City Winery Boston Barrel Room & Restaurant

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The Barrel Room & Restaurant, located steps away from TD Garden, offers a relaxing, yet elegant and attentive environment that complements our globally inspired & “wine-centric” menus. City Winery Boston also offers a one-of-a-kind concert venue, with a unique list of artists, shows, and thrilling live music performances. Located in the heart of the city, within walking distance of the historic North End and Faneuil Hall, we will have the only fully-functioning urban winery in Boston.
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Sun 5:00PM - 5:45PM 7:45PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 6:15PM 7:45PM - 11:00PM
Thu 5:00PM - 6:15PM 8:45PM - 11:00PM
Fri 5:00PM - 6:15PM 9:00PM - 11:45PM
Sat 9:45PM - 11:45PM

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New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great, sommelier was friendly and knowledgeable. Bussers were very attentive but our actual waitress seemed clueless. When we asked about a wine, she was not able to tell us anything about it outside of what was written on the menu, items were forgotten during service, etc. Staff overall seems young, with more training should be great.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We were sat at 6:10 and did not get our order taken until 6:40. We explained that we had a show to be at by 7:45, yet we still did not have our food by 7:15. Three separate times, someone else’s food/ drinks were brought to our table and we had to tell them it wasn’t ours. When she realized, the waitress had the manager head to the kitchen to try and speed up our order but by 7:25, we were trying to find our waitress to skip the food, get the check, and leave. At that point, our food was brought over to us and we had to shovel it down so that we could run to the show. My shrimp was extremely over cooked and my mother’s chicken was cold. Very confusing since we were waiting so long for it. The manager was very nice and apologetic, but I’m not sure I would ever go back.

A very unfortunate experience, since we had heard nothing but great things about this place and we’re excited to try it.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Will never go back . . . Service was absolutely terrible, food never showed up, drinks were made wrong multiple times . . . Manager never even tried to make it right. Awful experience from the beginning.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such an awesome experience in the Barrel Room Wine Bar and Restaurant! Tom and his team, on very short notice, were able to create a private experience for our group of 12. Preordered awesome pizzas and risotto balls. The drinks and wines were great, atmosphere exactly what we wanted and the location perfect for meeting before an event at TD Garden. Can’t wait to go back for a pizza making class or winery tour.

SA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

NOT recommended. 30 min before we got our first drink, extremely overpriced, entre and dessert were not good.

L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

It was freezing in the restaurant. Our server was great. There were no cabernets by the glass or any light beers available. Very limited cocktail list d/t small amount of liquor selection. Food was fine. We won't go back.

F
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time had by all dinner before the show and then a nite cap after what could be better
Terrific service fantastic food options

C
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very cool spot in the city not overrun with tourism. something to eat for everyone from meat lovers to vegans. the bartender that created our craft cocktail the Boston & Maine came over to our table and introduced himself and explained how he created the cocktail. would definitely go back.

O
New England
53 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

I never write a bad review, but this restaurant has so much promise but was so disappointing. The hummus plate said it was with “pickled vegetables”, which turned out to be raw onions and nibs of cauliflower and carrot so small you couldn’t pick it up with your fingers. Service was so slow at 5:30 with a nearly empty dining room - the appetizer and entrees arrived at the table at the same time.
The seasonal fares risotto described as having all these lovely summer vegetables showed up as a grey, mushy, oily mess. The kitchen has got to be able to do better!

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall would probably not return for a dinner. Will have to see if the winery tour or activity is better. The service was sporadic and unorganized and the food was mediocre at best.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

What a waste of money! Food drinks and service all terrible

OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service has done a 180 and I really look forward to coming to City Winery now. The new team is amazing and food is so much better.

L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I was not able to skip the eating portion to write a comment so that is why I gave 1 star for most categories. I made reservations for 1045 and changed them to 11pm. We got there before 11 and were told the kitchen is closed. Nit sure why any a e would accept reservations if they are not serving food. It would ha e been nice to know that inead of going out of the way to go there, an email or phone call- anything. Very poor customer service.

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good - great wine

M
New England
25 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

City Winery may be a great before/after concert venue, however it needs work as a stand alone restaurant. I was eager to see this venue and made reservation for my friend group despite other similar reviews.
If you are a foodie, I'd go elsewhere where the food, service and ambience are the stars. While our server was pleasant, she was not terribly knowledgeable about the wines made on site or the menu. Food arrived mis-cooked and while CW comped us, it was a disappointing culinary event, if a great venue.

PS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The place looks great but they're a long way off from being worth the even moderate price tag. We ordered an appetizer - it came out with our main meal. We ordered coffee (brunch) but couldn't find our server to get a second pour even though we were only one of maybe three parties in the entire establishment. I ordered a $10 side of sausage and got two tiny Jimmy Dean sausages that were cold - maybe worth $1.50. The tuna melt I ordered was cold, cheese all hardened, and the piece of tuna looked like it was sitting out on the counter for 5 days. My girlfriend's french toast was pretty good but I'd be impressed if they managed to also screw that up. Definitely my worst experience at a restaurant in the Great Boston area in 2+ years.

K
E. Tennessee
28 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a lovely time here. The location is very good

h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time here! A friend and I went for Sunday brunch and the food was excellent. Really great menu. It was extremely quiet, which I believe was due to the nice day and the nearby popup location. I will definitely be back! The staff was wonderful, and Austin was friendly, personable, and helpful.

ED
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Was very loud. Service was only fair. Steak was fatty. Wine was good.

O
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

First time here , we had a reservation . The coffee wasn’t brewed , we never got refills , on water or coffee until i asked , we were catching up so took us a few moments to even look at menu and the Servers would come over checking on us until we were ready. But once we ordered our food and it was delivered to our table we didn’t see a server and I had to ask for refills on coffee and water. The food wasn’t Tasty at all and it was cold. The sausages were under cooked potatoes and eggs had a lot of seasoning that was very overpowering . The bathroom needs some extra care .

EA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Wish there were more people around! Pretty dead for a summer night

OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Pros: City Winery has great food for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Drinks are fantastic and the bartenders are super friendly

Cons: Don’t sit at a table. Service is slow on both busy nights and slow brunch mornings. Go right to the bar for the better service and phone chargers supplied underneath the bar top.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Meal was great, except the soft taco shells on our duck tacos were incredibly dry, close to inedible. Great drinks to help wash it down though!

SD
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good but nothing special for the price. Not much variety in the menu. Did not leave feeling like I definitely wanted go there again. Server was pleasant but a little slow.

M
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

It was overall a good time. There was a mix up with the bills at first and it looked like I was charged only 60.59. When the waitress brought my bill back it said 83 and changed as charged. I was super confused. After they explained it was a mix up but I was also disappointed I was not told avocado and bacon were extra on my burger. I was only asked if I wanted them on my burger not knowing I would be charged. I said both would be great and the burger didn't have bacon. not realizing I would be charged I thought it was no big deal and didn't say anything. After finally getting the right bill after the mix up I saw that they had charged me for all of this. Wish the service all around was a little better. I liked the food though and the wine and atmosphere was nice. I may go to one of the popup events but idk if I would return to the restaurant itself.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mother’s Day

j
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

I stopped in for a bite before the Celtics game. The service was quick, and the food was pretty good, so on that basis, no complaints. I was surprised to find very few wine choices, given the name of the place. The ONE chardonnay that was available by the glass was really sweet...not what I expected. More like a reisling. I won't be back for the wine, but perhaps for the music, or a quick bite before a game at the Garden. I think they are missing an opportunity here...just my two cents.

R
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a really fun spot. We tried several different items and they were all delicious. They have 2 club venues that sounded like a great time. Definitely going back and will stay for the entertainment!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was really fresh and tasty.

b
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed it. We had four going to Celtics, and the server knew and respected our time deadline. We shared a variety of very good plates, and it worked out great. Going back tonight pre-Celtics.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We arrived early for our reservation and were seated on time, but almost 30 minutes passed before we even saw our server for the first time. The dining room was not busy otherwise (oddly so for a Saturday night) and there seemed to only be one or two servers for the large space. The service overall was extremely slow and the dinner (no apps) lasted almost 2 hours. I wouldn't recommend this spot for dining, especially if you are trying to get to a game or show on time. The wine is great, but I wouldn't treat this as more than a bar.

LR
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

It's ok if you're in the neighbor or seeing a show there. The food was good and reasonably priced. I was waiting alone for my companion, and the waitresses checked on me once in 45 minutes. By the time I decided to order, I couldn't get her attention for 15 minutes.

LC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

went with a table of 8. there was a show they weren't prepared for so our food took over an hour to come, the waitress didn't communicate anything with us, and when things did finally come out it was one at a time and either not cooked to over cooked. The only positive interaction we had was with a bus boy who was friendly and apologetic (so thank you to him) The general manager finally came over and I made him comp half our bill, he didn't offer I had to ask. Would have walked out...

HB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was not crowded; however, we waited two hours for our brunch and it never came. We ended up leaving without having eaten. I’ve never been to a restaurant and had that happen before.

FS
New England
62 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is actually the perfect place for pre-game Bruins dining. The space has a quieter side but you can get a little rowdier at the bar. There is plenty of space for everyone and it is a clean establishment. The wine was great from their carafe menu and we ate just enough in the right amount of time to walk over and see the puck drop.

BT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a meal of small plates. Spaghetti squash was amazing with some Pinot.

K
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service at the bar with our friends prior to the Celtics game.

P
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Been to the Winery twice in the last 2 weeks before a TD Garden event. Love the $1 oysters 5-7 pm.
* Convenient to TD Garden
* Food and wine are good.
* Dislikes ... very noisy environment, service is slow, and waitress not attentive. one evening had to track waitress down 2 times. They missed one of the items we ordered.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Booked reservation for the Fleetwood Mac concert. Apathetic hostess pointed to “our table” across the restaurant and relied on us to find our way. There was no empty table and we had return to the host stand to try again. The food and drinks took a long time, as apparently three bartenders called out sick. The food was good, but silly errors included incorrect wines and a butter wrapper in the chowder. The server, Austin, was very apologetic and kind and encouraged us to come back.

L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Food all came out at different times, one plate came out a full 30 min after everyone else’s. Some food came out incorrectly, and all plates were different temperatures. The actual food was just ok, definitely not worth the price. The server was sorry and told us we would get a free round of drinks but it was still extremely expensive for what we got. Will not being going back and I definitely DO NOT reccoment

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