City Winery Boston Barrel Room & Restaurant

3.8
66 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Live Music
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Tapas / Small Plates, Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 am
Bar
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Fri, Sat 10:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(617) 933-8472
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Enx Dadulas
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Valenti Way, Beverly Street & Market Street
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Parking details
In addition to street parking, City Winery offer their clients discounted parking at the Government Center Garage - 50 New Sudbury St, Boston, MA 02114

Here is the link to purchase your discounted parking:
https://bostonparking.spplus.com/Restaurants/Boston-City-Winery-Parking.html
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Public transit
Commuter - North Station (O.3 Miles - 7 min walk)
Green - North Station Stop (Valentine Way exit - 2 min walk)
Orange - North Station Stop (Valentine Way exit - 2 min walk)
Green - Haymarket Stop (O.2 Miles - 4 min walk)
Orange - Haymarket Stop (O.2 Miles - 4 min walk)
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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

What 66 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
3.7
food
3.6
service
4.0
ambience
3.3
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was marginal, service was not great. Our waiter was not knowledgeable about the menu and never came over to us and was unable to adequately answer our questions. We were disappointed becuase this place has so much potential!

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Cool spot, but was extremely quiet on a week night. Weekends/ events are probably more popular. Service was bad, even with the small number of patrons. I would come back for a concert, but would be unlikely to return for dinner again.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

I found City Winery to be adequate - the food tasted good, the service was good, the ambiance was good. For me, nothing beyond the wine list really stood out to wow me, but in all the experience was solid. Would go back again, especially compared to other nearby options.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We were greeted upon arrival, seated promptly. Our waitress was friendly.. we were here for a concert, but decided to eat in the restaurant... a bit more comfortable.. food was very good!

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

This is a good pre -event venue for Garden events..The food and drinks are very good. The servers seem to switch mid stream and got things a bit confused, and the final bill had to be corrected, which was not a huge deal, but we were headed to the concert, so it took a few extra minutes. There seemed to be a communication gap, even though it was not at all busy. Anyway, overall, we like it and will be back.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We met friends before a concert at the Garden. We wanted a 4:00 reservation and I was able to make it on OT. I got a phone call stating that we would not be able to sit in the dining room as they were between brunch and dinner. We sat at the bar and that was fine. There is a very nice selection of items on the bar menu. Food was very good. There were two drawbacks-one friend ordered a margarita and the bartender made it with a very Smokey tequila that was not well suited for the drink and the bartender was distracted and took two orders and then disappeared and made drinks for other people before he came back and completed taking our orders.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We went to CW before a show at TD Garden. We had reservations and were seated promptly - waitress came over a few minutes later but did not explain any wine selections - just asked us what we wanted. Would have expected some explanations of various wines. Appetizers ordered - not bad. However flatbreads were delivered before cleaning 4 appetizer dishes so us and the waiter (not our waitress) had to juggle all the dishes - annoying. The waitress came by once to ask us if we wanted anything else. In all we had one waitress and three other people coming by at various times. No continuity.
All in all not bad for a quick bite before a show but not planning to go there without a reason. Btw the concert hall there is great.

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1.0Dined on July 20, 2018

City Winery was awful from start to finish. We arrived in great moods, excited to see a concert at the Garden in a couple hours. The hostesses slightly dampened our moods: they were very rude, treating us as an inconvenience (though we had a reservation) and made us wait 10 minutes after our reserved time to be seated even though about half the tables were open.

Once we were seated, it was impossible to get service - we waited over 20 minutes once we were sat for someone to come by, so during that time we tried to flag down multiple waitresses and managers but were ignored by all. When the waitress finally came to take our drink order, she was very rushed and did not apologize for our long wait. We then waited 20 minutes for the drinks, during which we tried to flag down our waitress to order food, and were again pretty much completely ignored (though truly, the restaurant was not busy at all!).

When we finally got our drinks it had been nearly an hour since we arrived, and I was too annoyed to stay so paid for our drinks (and had to chase our waitress for the check) and went elsewhere. If you want to be treated poorly and wait hours for service, this is your spot.

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

The waitress was a bit disinterested in serving us, she seemed eager to get us out of there. We were there for a birthday and she did not even offer us dessert! Food was good, but for a place that was not busy I would have expected better service.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Staff was wonderful. Dinner before concert at Garden. My third time there. Love it

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Nice room. Really good service. Food tastes good. Fries with the burger could be more crispy. Prices high for what you get - it's downtown Boston. If you're going to a show I recommend dining in the Barrel Room then going to the concert venue. The concert venue seating is quite cramped.

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

There was potential in our mean to be good, but there were many disappointments. Both my husband and I ordered wine flights, his red, mine white. They were dropped off with no explanation at all about which wine was which. One of my three whites was room temperature, one was slightly chilled and one was the proper temperature.

Temperature was a problem thorughout the meal. I had the duck tacos, and everything that was supposed to be warm was tepid. My husband reproted that his fries were not served hot either. My duck tacos also had rubbery, unpleasant tortillas, which is too bad, because the duck itself and the slaw and aoili were all very good. The "assemble yourself" approach was also very nice. Had the tortillas been better and the duck and tortillas been warmer, it would have been a good dish.

The one dish that was really good was the grilled watermelon salad. It was a great combination of flavors.

We also had poor service. The server who took our order was friendly, but the actual dishes were dropped off by different people and then we did not see a server for 30 minutes. Had there been an actual issue with any of the food that was truly a problem or something missing, we would never have had the chance to correct it.

Very disappointing overall, despite an appealing menu and fun wine list.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Fabulous Father's Day brunch at City Winery. The restaurant is spacious and airy, with big windows. The food was very good, with something for everyone on the menu. I had the avocado toast with crab cakes, which I really enjoyed. The bloody Mary's were exceptional. Service was great. I highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We went to City Winery before the Paul Simon concert recently. I didn't know anything about it but was pleasantly surprised. The food was unusual and delicious; the service was great; the price most reasonable. Plus we were able to get to the concert in plenty of time. I'm going back, next time just to eat there and take my time over the great food and interesting wines.

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1.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We ordered oysters, along with four entrees. Our entrees came out (before we got the oysters) and were barely lukewarm. We asked our server to cancel the oysters. They were then brought to our table 30 minutes after our entrees were served. We sent them back. We were continually approached by servers bringing food we didn’t order. They were orders for other tables. We waited several months after it opened to give it a try, but they clearly still don’t have their act together. Very disappointing.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

1st time trying City Wineray and the food was amazing!

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Bad service. Our waitress basically gave us no attention, weren't even greeted. Another helped at times. We had to grab our own utensils and napkins from another table, had to ask for drinks/ask where they were. Most of the food wasn't hot. It wasn't busy so there was no excuse.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We tried City Winery for the first time last week before the Kevin Nealon show. I LOVE the concept of this place, and will go there again for another performance. I may choose to eat somewhere else however. I ordered a tuna burger and ordered it medium rare, and it came fully cooked and very dry. Didn't eat most of it. My son did like his burger. (he ordered a regular burger). The wait staff was great! Look forward to returning and hopefully the food order will be cooked properly next time

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Nice atmosphere in this place. No noise but really not a lot of people, Bostonians had leaved the town for memorial weekend.
Wine is good, we have a shot at this Russian Valley white.
Risottos are perfect. Calamari a little bit too salty

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Really enjoyed City Winery tonight. There were six of us...two of whom were hard of hearing. Noise level on Sunday @ 6PM was perfect. From the hostesses to our waiter, service was great. Ordered 5-6 shared plates and liked them all.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Very enjoyable dinner at City Winery. Note that this review is for the restaurant only, not the performance venue--which we look forward to checking out on a future visit. The restaurant is housed in a spacious, beautifully-designed interior with lots of windows overlooking the street. The wine selections were superb--as you might expect--but we also found the food to be quite good. The Lobster Two Ways and the Farro Risotto were delicious. One peculiarity is that everything on the menu is listed under a main heading of "Shared Plates" even though there are, in fact, meal-sized individual entrees that appear under under a subheading entitled "Large." Also, the menu choices seem fairly limited for such a sizeable restaurant. That said, our servers were pleasant, helpful, and efficient, the food was well-prepared, and the atmosphere was comfortable and inviting, so it's worth checking out if you're in the area.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Didn't realize it was at the very ts ok end of a lunch buffett.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Our appetizer was very good but our entree was very long in coming. Our waiter said it was because of that night's show and the crowd. However when it came (salmon) it was raw and the waiter took it off our bill. Overall it was a very mixed experience. Not sure what to make of it as our seats were fine and the show (Garfinkle) was excellent.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Small plates have large plate prices. Even though intended to share plates, server searched and could not find serving spoons. Also had to get dessert sharing plates from the concert hall. Server was great. We were not impressed by the overall approach on the small plates. If we dine before a show again, will probably go somewhere with a full dinner service. The main benefit of the restaurant is for pre-show dining, not as a dining destination.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Our server was attentive, and the sommelier was very knowledgeable. I had the tuna burger wrapped in prosciutto. It was delicious and the rosemary and truffle fries were AMAZING! Food came out quickly - we were going to the show so that was a good thing.

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Beautiful space, good food and beverage, and convenient place before /after Garden events. We'll be back !

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

6 friends had so much fun. We missed the music show. Food & service ok wine tremendous venue very hip

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1.0Dined on April 21, 2018

One of our meals never came disputed repeated assurances by the manager that it was coming. The waitress was unresponsive.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Server was attentive, food was ok, no complaints, just an ok experience.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great Place to gather for drinks, dinner but the best aspect is the music venue. Went to see this amazing band Incognito great show and good energy. What’s wonderful there is no bad spot to check out a band. Nice selection of wine, beer and mixed drinks only thing City Winery needs to work on is their Tapas - some things are good but, others items were very lackluster. With Boston being such the foodie town I just think City Winery just needs to step it up a bit but, on other fronts they totally score high in my book!!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

8 women for dinner before the P!nk concert. We were some of the first at the restaurant for a 5 PM reservation in the main dining area. The bartenders were very friendly and offered suggestions as we ordered drinks from their menu and waited for our full group to arrive. Once seated our server was sweet and very friendly and offered many suggestions on the small plate vs large plate parts of the menu. We decided to order a bunch of small plates and share. They were smaller then we anticipated, but all were tasty and fun to try, so we ordered some more. They come out quickly so it was convenient to eat a little, have another drink and eat some more. We ordered a special large plate, scallops and gnocchi, and my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Occasionally we had to wait for our sever as they got very busy—being the night of a big concert—but we were always checked on and the manager would get us more drinks if we were waiting. We loved trying their unique song themed specialty drinks! All in all it was a great spot, with lots of pre-concert energy, and enjoyable. I’d definitely recommend it before a concert at the Garden. It’s one of the few places that allow reservations on a concert night and they open at 5!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Absolutely incredible experience. Food was to die for. Best meal I've had in years.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was good, not great. Wine was varied and fun. the servers were a big let down. The bartender was wound up like a clock, bouncing all around (too much caffeine?). Our server was clueless. I asked her about the two complimentary wine tastings and she had no idea what varietal they were. In fact she didn't even know what I was asking, I got a blank stare. I put it a different way and she still couldn't grasp what I was asking. The bartender had to come over to fill us in. Not what you expect from a wine bar. We ordered tapas, and indicated that we would be there for awhile, and she made sure all that we ordered came out at the same time!! Hello!!! We ended up eating cold food because it came all at ounce. You would think that having other restaurants like this elsewhere they would know how to train and run it, I don't see this place having a following, the shows, yes. Don't worry about a reservation if you want to try it yourself, it seems the word has already got around, we were there this Saturday and it was very quiet.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Terrible service. Took 20 minutes for cocktails... after food arrived! Had to see out waiter 3 times

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We ordered a couple of small plates, shared a burger and throughly enjoed all three. My wife had a glass of a very tasty Portuguese white wine and I had a very good farmhouse ale from Maine. The wine list was very impressive and I plan on investigating it on a future visit. We finished our meal and headed into the concert venue to see Lee Ann Womack. The convenience of dining in The Barrel before the show was a plus. We look forward to our next visit in April.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

First time to this venue, WOW what a great take the food ,the wine, the show. Had a great night
Margaret & Austin where awesome!

thx
Kenny

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We had reservations for the Irish Comedy Tour show on Saturday night so we decided to go in early and enjoy dinner before. One of our party has a severe tree nut allergy. When we explained the situation, both our server (Jill) and management really went above and beyond to make sure everyone knew the severity of the allergy and made sure cross contamination protocols were followed in the kitchen. Over all an excellent experience.

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1.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Showed up late due to parking fiasco(whole different story) but got to sit right down due to place being only half full if that. We ordered carafe house Pinot noir and a few appetizers to share. Wine came out tasted like pure vinegar so we sent it back and ordered a bottle. All three appetizers came out in about 5 minutes and none were all to appetizing. Wine still not to table. Half way thru eating said if wine comes out send it back as we were nearly finished.. wine never came. We grabbed our check headed across the street into the north end and grabbed an easy delicious bottle of stags leap and some delicious Italian food.. don’t waste your time at city winery.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was delicious and it was a great scene for my 26th birthday

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

My wife and I were in for a birthday weekend and Bruins game. Stayed at the Onyx. A colleague told me about this restaurant so I decided to try it out. I have to say I was a bit nervous given the reviews but we were pleasingly surprised. It was a stormy night so the restaurant was not very crowded (although the music dine venue was packed). My wife and I were in the restaurant and really enjoyed ourselves. I had a glass of the CW Meritage it was great actually turned into three glasses. Started with the charcuterie which was great! Steak was good with a Hawaiian influence wife had the burger. We enjoyed our meal and ended with the triple chocolate cake which was amazing. One dessert we would go just for that and a glass. They are in the process of making their Boston wine I guess what they are serving is from their Chicago restaurant but the wine is great and they have amazing wine list. I was also very impressed and pleased with Erick Leon who appeared to be some type of manager. He gave us a tour of the restaurant and gallery and brought us into the concert venue to show us during the concert.. it was pretty cool. We will definitely be back. Ignore the negative reviews and give it a shot yourself. If you don't like it you can always walk to the north end. We will be back!

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