Precinct Kitchen + Bar

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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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OT
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
14 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
1 review
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
70 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
2 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
3 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!

MG
New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was all prepared excellently and was served steaming hot!! We also showed up early for our reservation and they took us immediately!! Well definitely go back!

B
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricier than initially expected, however it was for a night out with friends so it made it worth it. Food and portion size was excellent. Not too loud in the main dining area which made it easy to converse with the whole group. It had plenty of GF options and other dietary-restricted options for guests.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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S
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
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.

TW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reservations for 4 on a Saturday at 1pm. very noisy when we arrived but in 1/2 hour tables were cleared out. A lovely menu and breakfast was a hit with my guests at that hour. great service and a great place out of the hustle and bustle of Copley .

JS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greg was an amazing server and the food was delicious.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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

JR
New England
12 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
25 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
71 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.