Precinct Kitchen + Bar

4.5
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600 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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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 - Fri 8:30PM - 9:45PM
Sat 12:45PM - 1:45PM

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New England
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is so fresh and deliciously prepared. Service is first class. A completely enjoyable evening!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our family dinner and birthday celebration-nice that our fantastic server Greg encouraged our vegetarian “adjustments” and worked really hard to make sure everyone was happy. Look forward to next visit!

VG
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food wasn’t worth the price.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner here! Our server Omar was attentive and friendly. He made sure we stayed on schedule so we would make our play. The food was delicious — lobster risotto and gnocchi with braised beef. We realized as we started eating that we forgot our play tickets, a huge problem! We found the PDF, e-mailed it to the manager and he printed them for us! He saved the night! We will definitely be back when we have more time and to tell them we made it to the play. :)

JG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Not sure I would recommend, would have to think about it.

NY
New England
83 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

What a bar scene! Thankfully, the restaurant part is a bit removed from the loud bar scene (great for after work and Friday nights!). We had a pre-theatre time and the service was excellent. Fast, attentive, and courteous. The appetizers (octopus and deviled eggs) were good. The eggs were a bit mustardy and the octopus wasn't too tender. However, the accompaniments helped each dish.

My scallops were good - but not necessarily $34 good. My husband's fish and chips were fine. Nothing extraordinary or out-of-the-box creative but fine, solid food.

MS
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

While I think the bar area is great, the dining experience was severely lacking. We had a group of 6 from my work, and most of us were unhappy with the meals, thinking the Steaks served were rather tasteless, which was surprising. I ordered the Braised Beef Gnocchi, which was very mushy. I sent it back and asked for seared scallops, which were OK, but nothing I couldn't have made with minimal effort at home, and for the prices they charge I expect much better. Very disappointing. The wait staff were not friendly, but stone faced and grim. Although we will probably be back for drinks in the bar, this will be the last time we will come here for dinner.

LR
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food, service, and ambiance were all fantastic. Enjoyed the beef gnocchi. Good cocktail list. Very attentive to customers. Thank you!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, good atmosphere good service, a bit noisy

LM
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The bar area is busy, but we were seated in a back area of the restaurant that was very quiet. Rare to find a place at peak dinner hours where you are easily able to hear what your dinner partner is saying! Would definitely go again.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were both great. Will definitely come back here!

S
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A thoroughly enjoyable evening of unmatched service and delicious food! Hard to rate the noise level because we were the loud ones!

KP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Precinct's half sandwich w/half soup or salad is the perfect size and the service is excellent and efficient, which this makes for a great business lunch spot. The food is very good and I frequently bring clients here.

LR
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was prompt. Table was comfortable with enough room for all guests. We had a nice brunch! Will return for dinner

c
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had theatre tickets for a Sunday afternoon so decided to do brunch. We each had Bloody Mary’s (they were terrific) and ordered the Spiced Banana French Toast as an appetizer. It was incredible. (Not sure the 2 slices would have been enough as a meal though.) Our main meals were good too, but the French toast stole the show. Our waiter was attentive and pleasant, as were everyone else we encountered.

T
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It's such a nice place. The food (especially seafood) is terrific, not over priced, and the ambiance is friendly friendly. The only drawback is the wildly popular bar next door which is sometimes hard to get out of your ear. One can asked to be seated away from it and that helps. We live down the street and frequent it. I recommend it heartily. And the oysters rock. Muscle preparation sensational. There's a lobster risotto that is super good...a place you return to.

TH
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always really good and the service is something I wish other restaurants had. Very attentive, very patient and definitely one of my favorite places to brunch at.

OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and really affordable for Boston

EB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Probably due to the fact that it was New Year's Eve, the folks in our party who ordered burgers found that they were not warm enough. All other entrees were good, and the service was excellent. I thought given the location that the cost was a good value.

JL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Precinct Kitchen exceeded my expectations. I was initially intrigued by their many gluten free choices, a must for a family with two people living with celiac, and then our waiter, Greg, really made our night. His service was seamless, often anticipating our needs without needing to ask. Our water glasses were always full and we were allowed to fully take the time to enjoy our evening. They kept the gluten free dishes separate from those that didn’t need to be gluten free and made our daughters with celiac feel truly taken care of, something they haven’t felt at a restaurant in years! From the oysters and calamari to the charcuterie board and truffle fries, the food was delicious. The capper was the gluten free chocolate lava cake to celebrate one daughter’s 21st birthday!
Thank you Greg and Precinct Kitchen! We will definitely be back!

c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a date night. Romantic ambiance with fabulous food and service. Highly recommend

AC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere with fun Christmas decor!

PS
New England
31 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Attractive restaurant. Food was uninspired, dull. Service was ok. We were disappointed. One and done.

BD
New England
73 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Precinct is wonderful. We always enjoy our visits here . . . and there have been many! Food and beverage selections are excellent, and service is attentive and pleasant. The bar area is typically packed, and can be quite loud, but once you thread your way through the crowd and into the dining room, the noise level becomes much more tolerable. Look forward to returning.

B
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun place for brunch before a weekend show at the nearby Lyric (you get a discount, too -- can't beat that). Food was good, service was prompt, and the atmosphere is lively. Good Bloody Mary, too.

JH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were staying at the hotel so it made sense to have dinner there. We didn’t realize how incredibly noisy it was! They were in the midst of a holiday Pop Up in the bar but it made it very hard to hear in the dining area and there were no tables available far enough back so we were seated close to the bar area. Overall the food was good but the noise factor was less than ideal

j
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

A convenient location, good food and good staff. The drawback for me is the noise level!

KK
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Atmosphere was decent Soup, grilled cheese and specialty cocktail were excellent. The flatbread was just so so. I would go back for the grilled cheese though.:)

TH
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our table wasn't ready so they sat us at a very quiet, private booth which was very accomodating. Food was excellent, service very attentive.

K
New England
55 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, fantastic atmosphere, love an open kitchen concept. Never disappoints!

OT
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place. Appealing menu, food was good, service friendly and prompt.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place

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CP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive wait staff, excellent meal!
I would recommend.

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service! The chef made my husband his own almond milk for his coffee because they were out. I have to say it was the best almond milk I’ve ever tasted. He should bottle and sell it! The waitress was very attentive as well. We chose the gluten free pancakes and they just plain rocked!!! And the Huevos Rancheros had phenomenal taste, yet were a little too fried for my taste. The breakfast potatoes are deep fried and so were the corn tortillas, I personally would of asked for them plain if it was described in the menu as fried. Over all the service made the meal. Great ambiance for a restaurant in a hotel. Will definitely find it again.

L
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Came here for dinner before a show - good food and great sitting area. Bar area was very loud and crowded in aisle way to get to restroom was only downfall. Wait staff was awesome!

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Solid place for lunch. Service was excellent—waiter was attentive and food was fast. Food was ok but not great.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Don’t miss the octopus and the French Onion soup!

c
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Entering the restaurant was confusing. If my companion had not known how to wend his way through the crowded, noisy bar to the reservation stand, I might not have been able to find it. Once seated, the noise level was still high, but manageable for conversation. The cocktails are fun to try, and I enjoyed my Gin Fix. The appetizers were outstanding. Deviled eggs were creamy and so delicious -- perhaps the best I've ever had. The hummus plate was equally yummy. The ceasar salad was average. Our main dishes were also good, but not on par with the appetizers. The steak frites was ok, but we make a better steak on the grill at home. The truffle fries were much better. Fish and chips -- also good, but not so good my companion wanted to take the leftovers home. Another companion had the lobster risotto, and cleaned her plate, as well as finishing off my truffle fries. My recommendation is to go, enjoy the cocktails and appetizers, and perhaps skip the mains.

AN
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and drinks! Stellar octopus app, soft homemade gnocchi, tender beef, awesome fat homemade noodles, great shellfish. The staff are super friendly, the drinks were very tasty with a great selection of cocktails and wine! Decadent chocolate Lana cake for dessert. It was all a bit heavy sure, but it was high quality and everything was cooked perfectly. Will be back!