224 Boston Street Tavern & Restaurant

4.8
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$30 and under
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American
224 Boston Street is a neighborhood restaurant in Dorchester. Serving contemporary all-American comfort food during the dinner hour, it lets diners get anything from a great cheeseburger or salad to delicious mac 'n cheese and dessert. The most popular dishes at 224 include the homestyle meatloaf, tacos on homemade tortillas, and Short Rib Mac & Cheese.

At 224 Boston Street, guests can eat inside or outside at the beautiful patio setting. Diners on the go can also grab some takeout and enjoy it elsewhere. For people that have a busy night planned or don’t like waiting, 224 offers the option to make reservations.
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AB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Have always enjoyed 224Boston restaurant. Everything from booking a reservation to dessert went beyond my expectations. So happy you’re my favorite go to restaurant. Never disappoints, thank you!😍

HH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing brunch menu! Food was delicious!!

OR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Visited after not having gone there in quite a while. Recent reviews were good so we went before a concert in Boston. We were seated in a cramped corner table in an otherwise empty restaurant as we arrived at 5:30; asked to be moved. Service was attentive and friendly, no issues there. Drinks and starters were fine, albeit the scallop ceviche was a bit vinegary for my husband but otherwise tasty. Then the troubles began; my husband's pork tenderloin was barely lukewarm and the portion was small, my salmon was warm (not hot) but the risotto was again, barely warm and appeared to have been made prior and simply topped with the salmon. I then had to eat my entree alone while my husband waited for his to come back. Really no excuse for barely lukewarm food on cold plates in a not even half full restaurant on a Wednesday evening. Flavors were good and we like the atmosphere so we will give it another try and hope for a better outcome.

C
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was outstanding! Service - food extraordinary! Can’t wait to go back

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch food was delicious and the ambience was fantastic! Such a cozy and interesting look and feel !! I highly recommend this place!!

DA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back in years and happy to know 224 is still a great spot!

ID
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had brought friends from out of town with me. They enjoyed the food and the atmosphere very much!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So cozy in here, love the vibe. The food is always amazing!

JK
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Really good vibe. Nice, attentive staff. Food was very good to excellent.

WR
Naples
63 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

224 is a great neighborhood restaurant. The bar area and dining room are cozy. The food has been solid here since it opened about 30 years ago. We had fresh oysters, salads with salmon and scallops, and some to-die for chicken wings. The server was friendly and helpful. We will definitely return.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch on their outdoor patio after some of us swam in the Boston Sharkfest at Carson Beach. The food was delicious and the buckets of bubbles were particularly appreciated. We will definitely go back and hope to try dinner.

GW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly fresh food. The burrata was to die for. I absolutely love the charm of this restaurant - great atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The garden and the food were spectacular! The spinach ravioli was one of the best dishes I've ever eaten, staff was very friendly and attentive also. Will definitely be going back again!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

When we arrived they did not have my reservation set aside and offered us a table outside . ( it was quite cold). When I complained they said we could wait and get the table I reserved. Not a long wait. Table was fine. Food was awesome. Very noisy in the bar area where we ate.

WF
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food. Good value. They could change deserts more frequently though.

GW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute entrance! Great food and drink options! Service staff are very attentive!!! Short walk from Andrew Square. NY strip was on point as well as pork tenderloin dish. Presentation was subtly impressive. Fun atmosphere on a Saturday night.

J
London
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat! Every time we go for brunch we make a note to come back for dinner because it is so good. Our delightful waitress was exactly what you want/need (but don’t deserve) in a server: warm, funny, a touch sarcastic, and most importantly she patient with our indecisiveness!

Incredible value and fantastic food. A real neighborhood gem.

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

Always great food and service!

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorite places. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is memorable

CP
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this place was awesome, great food, good prices, and awesome location/space. I will be going back frequently

MA
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as well as the service! Air conditioning was a bit cold and they immediately rectified the temperature.

BB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I used to love this place, now not so much.
Two servers on during a quiet evening and my friend’s NY strip became a burger. How do you confuse a steak from a burger? They weren’t even busy!
Anyhow, when the server realized she had screwed up the order, she just said ‘yours is ready (mine) and they could put a steak on now...’ basically selling my friend on the burger. He took the burger since he was hungry, however, it was mushy with cold, overly salty fries.
My lamb was basically inedible, aside from about four bites.
Our appetizer was comped, but overall, I don’t see any reason to come back here.

C
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We hadn't been to 224 Boston Street in the past number of years but decided to give it a try again. NO REGRETS! We had a nice relaxed evening, first at the bar chatting with locals and management then on to dinner in the dining area. No waiting, but no pressure, The food was outstanding and our waitress was gracious and helpful. Perfect night for my Birthday. We'll definitely make 224 Boston Street Tavern and Restaurant a "go to" again. THANKS.

KR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The atmosphere, staff, and servers were great. The menu was varied and interesting, and the food presentation was beautiful. Two small complaints that could be easily remedied: The duck confit special, though tasty, was EXTREMELY salty - I am known to family and friends as a salt lover and even for me it was very hard to eat. My second complaint is the main dining room was very cold, even to those of us wearing long pants and a sweater. We tried 3 different tables to find the least draft from the air conditioning vent, to no avail.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place tucked away with seemingly not too busy of a crowd. Highly recommended

SJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

My husband and I went to 224 last night for the first time in a long time. I wasn’t impressed. The service was mediocre to basic at best.

I must say, The atmosphere isn’t great either. The lighting is weird and the dining room looks like it was set up that day with second hand tables and chairs. I’m not sure if they’re going for a run down, rustic look inside, but it would benefit from a fresh coat of paint and newer furniture.

I was not impressed with the beer selection. Very limited. I ordered a Belgian white ale and was given a can. No glass or anything, just a can.

I ordered the lamb frites which was delicious. My husband, however, ordered the short rib Mac and cheese and we literally had to look for the short rib in it. It was all shells and cheese with two little pieces of short rib. For $25, it just didn’t make sense. Way overpriced.

The overall experience was OK, and living nearby I’ll likely go back again. I suppose I’ll be more selective of entree choices overall.

L
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful find with fresh ad delicious food. It was a great little surprise and a perfect way to end the day.

MA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

There were 5 of us celebrating our son's Birthday and we wanted a nice restaurant close to Boston. My husband and i hadn't been to 224 in years but thought it was worth another try. We had a wonderful time. It was cozy. The food was delicious, ours service left a lot to be desired. We will return

MK
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Fantastic food and service. Highly recommend.

MO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED 224! My partner and I wanted to try a new restaurant and love to find those little gems that are off the beaten path and 224 delivered! The setting is fantastic-warm, comfortable decor and seating...the wait staff is incredibly warm and friendly and provides the perfect level of attention: doesn’t hover and knows exactly when to drop by your table...the menu is really creative and DELICIOUS! We recommend the calamari and Brussel sports to start and the pork tenderloin is FANTASTIC! I had the NY Strip and it was absolutely delicious! I can’t recommend this restaurant enough! We’ll be visiting again soon to try their brunch!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a brunch date at 224 and absolutely fell in love with the ambiance, the quaintness, the staff, and most importantly the food! We sat outside to enjoy the beautiful patio and garden. We ordered the steak and eggs and the breakfast burger (added an egg)! It was superb! The owner, Lanie, treated us to some cinnamon sugar covered donuts after our brunch with mint chocolate syrup. What a way to end out dining experience! We will definitely be back for dinner and drinks next!

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience.

JL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love 224 Boston Street. Warm, welcoming, great food. The service and character of the place are wonderful. We chose to spend our 20th wedding anniversary here. Not fancy but lovely and charming place. Also beautiful patio outside seating for nice evenings. Only suggestions would be to get a cappuccino machine and maybe a few more veggie or gluten free options.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Amazing! Sadly I’ve only had a handful of meals that breathe new meaning into life. This is one of those meals. Fresh and naturally simple with subtle bursts of fantastic flavor throughout. I wished it would never end. Definitely returning with friends to share these palette pleasuring morsels. Thank you!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

MM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love this neighborhood jewel! I've been coming for many years. I hadn't been in quite awhile because the last time I went the quality wasn't what it had been. However, happy to see that it is back to its previous excellent fare. Went there for the brunch with a few friends. We started with the little cream filled donuts - yum! I had the hash and eggs, and although the eggs were a little underdone for my taste, the hash was homemade, which I loved. Everyone I was with very satisfied with their food. I am looking forward to trying it for dinner soon.

KL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived late to our reservation and yet was happily welcomed. Our server was patient and guided us very well in making options and was super kind and happy to have us as her guests! I’m just bummed it took me over ten years to finally eat here, everything was delicious!

M
New England
49 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Meh, a fair experience at best. Not sure I’ll return. I thought the quality of the food in the presentation left much room for improvement tables were crowded restaurant was noisy service was a bit snooty, post was a jerk not the most pleasant experience.

ER
New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great menu, a little pricey for the area, but the food quality was good. Atmosphere is so cozy and welcoming. This restaurant is quite a gem!

S
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

224 Boston Street Tavern was quaint and the food, delicious! It wasn’t overly crowded and the staff made sure our coffee was never empty :)