Precinct Kitchen + Bar

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Precinct Kitchen + Bar is an approachable kitchen and bar focused on classic Boston cuisine. Both food and drink are approached in a familiar way that celebrate Boston's heritage, while expanding on tradition.

Offering Boston favorites and classic cocktails, the menu plays off of beloved standards while innovating with a contemporary approach. Housed in the historic Police Headquarters on Berkeley Street, the restaurant is a true celebration of Boston's past and culinary future.

Utilizing many local and regional products, Precinct is proud to partner with some of the best artisan purveyors. The kitchen uses meat, produce, and dairy from many local, small batch farms and is honored to serve these truly local products.

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Sun 12:45PM - 1:45PM
Tue 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Wed - Thu 8:30PM - 9:45PM
Fri 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Sat 12:45PM - 1:45PM 5:00PM - 6:30PM

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New England
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening at our favorite spot!!! We enjoyed our time with our friends and their kids.

TP
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omar & Ana were terrific in serving our group of 7. Glass always filled with water. Timing of food servings great. Some of the best charcuterie I ever had. A birthday surprise for my wife at the end.

JS
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greg was an amazing server and the food was delicious.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We came in from the western suburbs to see a play.
Food and service was excellent!

JR
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I live in Boston and celebrated our Annivesary here- we felt like were special guests in someone’s home dining at Precinct, in such a wonderful way. The waitstaff were such genuine hosts to us during our meal- down to earth and attentive. The portions were very generous and the food was delicious- it exceeded my expectations. Also, the cocktails were on point- very well mixed and a nice selection. Would definitely recommend and plan to return!

MB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It took us a while to find Precinct. Somehow I missed that it was inside the Loews Hotel. A reservation wasn't really needed on Friday night, but the food was delicious. The mussels appetizer and beet salad were superb. My dining companion had the crab cake. She said it was the best she had in decades. Our family is from Maryland, so we can be a bit picky about crab cakes. The meal was a bit pricey, $90 for two, but we both only had an appetizer and glass of wine each, while I had a salad as well. I would definitely tell friends visiting Boston to try them.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Service a bit slow but there was a large party. I would recommend it.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for all!

M
New England
23 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a really great experience. Very good menu, setting, ambiance and, above all, professional and friendly service. We were a little time-crunched because we had to get to a show. The staff responded in kind and got us served in a very timely manner so that we never felt rushed. We will definitely be back.

BD
New England
68 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, As Always! Precinct is one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. The dinner menu includes a variety of options to suit different tastes, appetites, and budgets, so it is an ideal destination for groups where not everyone is looking for the same type of meal. There are plenty of shareable choices, if that's your thing, but I like the fact that they have not fallen into the so-overdone "small plates" nonsense that seems to have overtaken so many restaurants. On this visit, our group enjoyed the steamed mussels, the filet mignon, and the Moroccan eggplant--all delicious. Greg, our server, was truly the consummate professional: skilled, knowledgeable, and courteous. A real gem. I highly recommend Precinct and look forward to returning.

OT
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Overpriced beer.

f
New England
126 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed a delicious dinner here before a concert. Even though it was a Friday evening, the restaurant was not full. The bar however was packed, and VERY noisy. Luckily we were seated far from the bar area. Lots of choices on the menu, and food was very good. They offer a sampling of 3 sides which is nice - enough for 2 people to try them without ordering full portions. Service was very good - attentive and friendly! We'll definitely return!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Terrible service and cold food as a result.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time here while staying at the hotel. Food was great, service was great, and location was very convenient.

DS
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyable dining experience. Great wine selection and well prepared food. I was a little disappointed by the crab cake; it was shredded crab meat and not jumbo lump (which is should have been given the price). The bar area can be crowded and loud, but the restaurant seating area was much more spacious. Great service!

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly staff - made you feel like they wanted to serve you

FT
Miami
67 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good mussels and scallops tagliatelle. Great French Onion Soup and Beet salad. Very good service. Nice outside courtyard. My only real complaint (and it is a pet peeve) is that my dish sat too long while the mussels were prepared, so that when served, it was not hot.

R
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had brunch here with two friends on a Sunday and we had a good meal with attentive service. We ate outside which was pleasant - some ambient street noise but it didn’t bother us. I would recommend the breakfast pizza.

LK
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I enjoyed a mother/daughter brunch here, and it was a lovely experience. The smoked salmon Benedict was delicious, as was the bellini. My mother had the margherita flatbread, which was also very good. We were able to sit outside in the lower patio area, which was very nice, although at one point the sun was really beating down from between two buildings, and there wasn't sufficient shade for me to be able to avoid it or adjust how I was sitting. But it didn't last very long. Overall, everything was great.

ER
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch!! Sat outside and had a great time. Great service

Precinct Kitchen + Bar
Responded on September 22, 2019

Dear EdRR, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! It's so wonderful to see our patio continuing to provide enjoyment into the third week of September. With the heaters on the dining room patio, our outdoor season should continue well into the fall, when indoor fireplace season takes over. We take guest service very seriously, as well, and are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed it. We hope you have the opportunity to join us again soon! Respectfully, Robert W. Cooper, III Manager on Duty

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T
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience1

But the bar next door is SOOO Noisy...hard to hear each other at the dining table. The food is great, service too and the restaurant is lovely, but it is adjacent to the noisiest busiest bar around and that really detracts from dining pleasure (let alone sanity). Too bad. Great place on a quiet night. We've been there other nights when it was fine.

Precinct Kitchen + Bar
Responded on September 22, 2019

Dear Tikitambu, Thank you for sharing your experience! I am sorry to hear that the bar atmosphere interfered with your evening, and I hope the quality of your meal and service helped make up for the volume. The culinary and front of house teams truly appreciate your kind words, and look forward to an opportunity to delight you again. Please reach out to us directly before your next visit, so we can work to find a more comfortable table. Respectfully, Robert W. Cooper, III Manager on Duty

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The location, atmosphere & food were all excelle t. It was noisy, however, very hard for conversation.

Precinct Kitchen + Bar
Responded on September 22, 2019

Dear DanetteB, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback! We're glad you enjoyed your meal with us, and that the environment tied the experience together. The bar certainly packs in an exciting energy - we find that the more intimate nature of our dining room is better suited for conversation at an appropriate volume. We hope to see you again soon, and do let us know if we can be of any assistance arranging for a quieter table! Respectfully, Robert W. Cooper, III Manager on Duty

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Service was incredibly slow. The build your own bloody Mary bar that's advertised online does not exist. The food was the same quality that you would find at a chain restaurant like Applebee's. Totally not worth the money. I think because it's attached to the hotel, this restaurant thinks I can get away with charging higher than normal prices for food. There's so many better choices for restaurants around this area.

TC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Party of 6 on Saturday early evening. We were seated promptly, menu had a good mix of options, drinks and food were all as ordered and all was excellent. The most notable part of the evening was the service, which simply could not have been any more professional - an absolute treat when service is this exceptional.

SM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was really good. Steak was cooked to true medium rare and our server was super friendly

F
New England
36 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was genuinely impressed with the service and food at this hotel restaurant. Had attended a book event across street and it was conveniently located. The waiter Greg was so attentive and accommodating. He knew we were sharing everything and was nice enough to split portions without us even having to ask.. Food was so flavorful and savory! The lobster risotto was my favorite.. there was actually a lot of whole chunks of lobster in there. Was not expecting that and was pleasantly surprised! Steak was cooked to perfection and the meat very flavorful, seasoned well. Will definitely come back and would recommend to others!

BO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food with outstanding atmosphere, including very cozy outdoor dining. Ask for Greg, best waiter in town

GC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, sleek decor, superior service, and prices are reasonable for the area.

T
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bar bites and and lots of tasty apps in the restaurant.

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Very slow service for breakfast. And was not even very busy.
Food was decent though

ML
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The appetizer green beans with the crisp leeks was very unappealing (the leeks seemed stale) and the beans that came with the ribs were under cooked. The rest of the meal was lovely-- delicious flavors overall; great wait service & ambiance.

VK
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I hate to say this but my friends and I were not impressed. The service was slow and we had a lot of trouble getting the waitress’s attention to ask for the check so that we could make it to a movie on time, even though the restaurant was only half-full. I enjoyed the “cheesy broccoli” a lot, but it was really not cheesy, just grilled broccoli, and my friends were a bit disappointed. The ragout was very bland. We were trying the place out for Restaurant Week and I don’t think we’ll be going back.

BO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The service was amazing! Best filet mignon and steak tartare I’ve ever had in my life!

L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great ambiance but they don’t provide any history in the great location and why the restaurant was so named. Lost marketing opportunity. It took a long time to get drinks. The server kept forgetting to bring parts of the order to the table and when the food arrived they put 3 of the 5 meals down in front of the wrong people & we traded while they walked away to see about the other two meals. The food quality was high and we did enjoy everything that was served. Also the air conditioning vent overhead dripped condensation onto the floor perilously close to our table. Back of house A, front of house C-.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mateo has a fantastic Server!

NP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Wanted to place in Back Bay that also had a patio for the summertime. I had previously read the menu online and it's a very good variety of breakfast as well as lunchtime options. The breakfast entree we ordered was wonderful and a very generous size. We did have to ask twice for my bakery basket that I ordered. I was hoping it would come out first so we could take our time but it ended up coming out after our entree since I had to ask for it

Precinct Kitchen + Bar
Responded on August 15, 2019

Dear Nicky, Thank you for sharing your experience! We are sorry to hear about the coursing issues with your pastries, and can assure you of a smoother experience during your next visit. Our patios our highlights in the Back Bay, and stay popular well into the fall. We're so glad you enjoyed them! The culinary team is thrilled to hear your feedback on the menu, and hope you stop by often to explore all the menus have to offer. Respectfully, Robert W. Cooper, III Manager on Duty

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Made reservations and specifically told them it was a special occasion but the hostess never told our server so nothing was done until I prompted the server which kind of ruined my wife’s birthday surprise. My wife’s steak was ordered medium but was cooked VERY well done. My lobster risotto was excellent. We split a charred octopus appetizer which was very good and the highlight of the evening. The service was, overall, very slow due, I suspect, to a large group seated ahead of us. Nothing about the experience was particularly memorable or special so doubt we’ll return there for our next occasion. The boston creme pie was a tiny biscuit covered in chocolate ganache but minus any cream filling so a big disappointment except for the “Happy Birthday” written in chocolate on the serving dish. It was about two small bites each and gone. The “Nor’easter” cocktail I had before dinner was quite good ... bourbon, maple and ginger but my wife did not like the very sour red sangria. Both the beer and wine lists seemed lacking ... no brown/amber ales for me and no wines on the sweeter side for my wife.

Precinct Kitchen + Bar
Responded on August 15, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are disappointed to hear that your experience with us was lacking. We strive to make every occasion special, and fell short in this case. Our beverage lists change regularly, so a greater variety of darker beers will come with the fall season approaching. The risotto and octopus are gems; we can assure you that, should you again visit, your entire meal will be on par with that standard. Respectfully, Robert W. Cooper, III Manager on Duty

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OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We found the food to be delicious but the service was among the worst we’d ever had. After an unreasonably long wait, our server never bothered to introduce himself or make any other kind of introduction. He just asked what we wanted to drink. Same thing for our food orders. Again the food was good — when it finally arrived. One of our party asked for chicken but was brought a vegetarian dish instead. Someone else ordered a drink at the start of our experience that did not arrive until after the food. Overall, I’d keep the chef but not the rest of the staff.

Precinct Kitchen + Bar
Responded on August 10, 2019

Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are deeply sorry to hear that your experience here fell short. The service you describe is not at all congruous with Loews standards nor Precinct's brand of hospitality, and we hope to have the opportunity to set things right with a second impression. Chef and his team are glad to have been the silver lining for your first visit, and they appreciate your kind words. Respectfully, Robert W. Cooper, III Manager on Duty

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DK
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

When I think of the Precinct I think LOUD! It almost ruined the meal. We could barely hear each other which was so disappointing.

Precinct Kitchen + Bar
Responded on August 10, 2019

Good evening, Deborah, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. It looks like you joined us by the bar, and that is certainly one of the more vibrant areas of our restaurant. I think you'll find the atmosphere in our dining room much better suited for quiet conversation. I would be happy to assist you with a reservation in one of the calmer areas of the restaurant for your next visit. We hope to see again soon! Respectfully, Robert W. Cooper, III Manager on Duty

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