City Winery Boston Barrel Room & Restaurant

3.5
113 reviews
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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
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Was there for Marc Cohn show and ate dinner in the restaurant beforehand. The duck tacos were dry and tasteless. There were hardly any patrons in the restaurant but pre show dining in the concert hall was bustling so possibly the food preparers were focused on that crowd. Our server was fabulous and the manager promptly replaced our fried calamari that arrived to the table cold. Service couldn’t have been better but the food is lacking unfortunately because it’s a great spot to see a show and would be fantastic if the food reflected that as well.

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AM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This place is not a bad option if you are going to see one of the shows. Just go early and order with plenty of time. The décor is kind of cool with the windows and long bar and there are good tables for groups. The food is pretty good, and there is a nice variety, but it doesn't always arrive hot...and the service is slow. The server we had this past visit spilled a martini all over my husband-she was very apologetic and ran to get cloth napkins to clean up--but that drink should have been comped and it was not. We had gone in at 6:15 for appetizers (which were good) and dinner before seeing Marc Cohn. Were stalling as friends were delayed so we waited until 7:15 to order dinner (show is at 8:00 and in the same building.) Dinner came out at 7:50 and fries/burger were cold. No time to send it back OR eat it so we had a server put it on a tray and brought it over to the concert venue. Very stressful and disappointing.

I think the key here is that when folks come for a concert and want to eat beforehand, the kitchen gets overwhelmed and slow. Then all bets are off and there is no time to send anything back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a fabulous birthday dinner at City Winery. Our table ordered everything from small plates, flat bread, and large plates. Everything was deliciously prepared. The ambiance was so relaxing. We were seated at a large round table that was perfect for conversation.

I highly recommend this establishment.

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JF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Atmosphere very interesting. Great space to mingle. Convenient to TD Garden ad great place to meet before a game, however service at bar very slow. Wine good but pours very small for the price. Irritating that food in restaurant wasn't served to entire party at same time, but instead arrived individually. Took over 10 minutes for entire party to be served so first people didn't want to eat without everyone getting food and their meals were cold. Why can't the kitchen figure out how to serve all food in party at once ?

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The food and service were okay but the atmosphere was fun. We saw a concert after dinner (highly recommend) and it was a great experience. Overall, it was a good time but I'd stick to apps, drinks, and a show.

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New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely amazing night the bar staff was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and when it came time to get a table we were absolutely thrilled that everyone was spread out and not on top of each other the prices are a bit high as we spent about 200 dollars on the night but it was well worth it and I can’t wait to do it again next year

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SW
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Elizabeth was very knowledgeable about the wine and very attentive.

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AR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Everything took a very long time. Our server was not around much and the room we were in was pretty empty. The server initially was pretty attentive and another manager of some sort came by. But then things really slowed down. Once we finally ordered my mom's food came pretty quickly, a flatbread, the person who delivered the food stated the other food would be right behind. Our server came over a bit later and made a statement that the flatbreads are fast and she would check on our food. She came by a couple times saying the food would be out soon but in reality it was at least 15 minutes of my mom's food getting cold before my dad and my food came. The server didn't offer anything to help make this better (glass of wine, new pizza, manager) she just made an excuse that there was a party elsewhere. I did enjoy my food but the way that the service had been put a damper on my birthday dinner. We didn't even get dessert as it felt like that too would be an ordeal. I realized after leaving I should have asked to speak to a manager but really didn't want to have that kind of interaction on a special day.

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n
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding time at City Winery. Went for my mom's birthday this past Friday afternoon and our guy, Taurin S. hooked it up! Thank you, Taurin and the Manager at City Winery Boston. My mom had one of the best birthdays ever and we will be back New Year's Eve day with an even bigger group! Many thanks.

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SM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We ordered the bib lettuce with prosciutto, the skirt steak and the scallops. The prosciutto was oddly chilled and has a sort of a dead muted color. Texture was tough — none of the buttery texture you expect from good prosciutto. The flank steak was cooked a nice medium rare but the Romesco sauce was starting to cake over and none of it was hot. Seemed like it was left under the heat lamp too long.

The $30 scallop dish was the most disappointing. Six undersized scallops were barely warm and the puree they were sitting on was stone cold.

All in all it felt like a place trying hard at fine dining and executing poorly. I'd stick with the burger and fries.

Bartender made a great Manhattan though 👍

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MC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Nice venue, but they are definitely not equip to serve brunch. The staff was still cleaning up from an event held there the night before. The brunch menu lacked variety and the service was slow. The quality of food did not make up for it.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Wine was decent, food left something to be desired.
Went with a group of long time friends. We ordered the tour of cheese and meats and a red wine flight.

The waiter did not offer any knowledge of what meats and cheeses we were eating, the menu did not lend any explanation. We asked the waiter and he referred us to the menu.

One friend had the red wine flight and he referred her to the menu as well which just listed 3 names.

Flatbreads were basically small pizzas, individual size and the dough was quite thick for what I would consider a flat bread.

The risotto balls with pumpkin purée were great! Would go back for a glass of wine and the risotto balls.

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MD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall a good experience. Flatbreads were great. Food overall was tasty. Service was very good and the atmosphere was great. The steak I got was okay - came pre-sliced which I don't like, and was cooked correctly but was not hot when it came - maybe not timed well? And the cheesecake dessert was very disappointing - dry, too much crust and not much flavor. The other desserts were very though.

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m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Max - the manager made the meal worthwhile after a rocky start at this eatery - props to him for outstanding customer service!

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It was good overall and the place is really nice. Only thing was the bread on the sandwich seemed a bit stale and did not feel fresh.

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DF
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was absolutely terrible. Multiple bartenders made eye contact and one put a menu in front of us but none would take our actual order for reasons that aren’t clear. It wasn’t busy at that point with open seats at the bar. Drinks at dinner were not made correctly, the waiter acknowledged the mistake and offered to bring new drink, but those never showed up. The food was overpriced given the quality and portion size - there was no value. It was really disappointing as the space itself looks wonderful.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Thank you!

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LP
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Server was very friendly but seemed to have a lot of tables and as a result was not as attentive. Had to send back 1 drink and 2 side dishes due to being made incorrectly. Some enjoyed their bites and beverages though.

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J
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Cute spot with lots of potential and good options but service was poor and slow. The restaurant was empty and food took over 1 hour/did not taste great. Weight staff was not very attentive and walked by several times without checking in while we were waiting to place a second drink order.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was slow and spotty; the food was hit-or-miss; and the drinks were mediocre. Not a suitable place for a special occasion and a large group.

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A
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Do NOT recommend for food at all. Terrible quality (eg the mushroom flatbread was more like an undercooked pizza with canned mushrooms). I could see her coming here to go to the bar and have some drinks.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Small portions for price and no spoons given with coffee/tea.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service not great they focused on the event or large groups ended up waiting a while wine was very good tho

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HO
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible. We literally needed to waive our hands in the air for our server to look our way and attend to us. This was the case throughout dinner, not just a single instance.
We have been to City Winery previously to hear a concert and I would go back again for that, but never again just for dinner.

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F
New England
26 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Great wine list, stunning physical space. Food was excellent overall but be aware that the portion sizes even on their full plates are quite small, even smaller than European standards, so it is a good idea to order multiple dinners for the table and share, as with tapas. We encountered some significant service issues since our meals arrives while the appetizers were still on the table being enjoyed, that is nearly unforgivable, and resulted in a graceless shuffling of plates on the tiny square table, and our appetizers being left untouched. Acoustics are about what you'd expect in a Boston restaurant in 2018, lots of shrieking shrill RHT voices competing for attention over their white whines.

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GT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We learned of this place on Phantom Gourmet, and since we had an event coming up at the Garden it seemed perfect to give it a shot prior. After seeing some of the reviews I was questioning whether to go or not, however our experience was outstanding. We showed up 15 minutes before our reservation and were sat immediately. Our server was at the table within a couple of minutes for the drink order, and the drinks were delivered within a couple of minutes. This is how the rest of the experience went with service, we were always taken care of in a timely manner with grace. The food was excellent. The thought of Pumpkin Spice scallops scared me while intriguing me at the same time, I am so happy I got them! Of course the wine was excellent, and for those that are more into beer like I am, the selection won't disappoint. I would go back here in a heart beat, wish I had known this place existed prior. It will be the preferred pre-Garden stop going forward!

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Apps came out cold, service was OK, but awkward, several servers double taking orders, etc. Food was poorly plated and overpriced

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AW
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was good, bottles offered are overpriced for what you can get in Boston, service was horrible. Will not return

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TM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

The ambiance, food and wine were good. The service was terrible. Our server had no knowledge of the menu and how things were prepared. The manager that we spoke to was very nice and professional. She gave us a free dessert because the service was so poor. She was very knowledgeable of the new Fall/seasonal menu. We let her know about our server. I fear you will lose business with service like that. Overall though we really liked it and would give it another try...

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W
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Not a great value, limited menu, slow service (establishment was not busy), could not recommend for dining. Maybe a glass of wine but that's about it.

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TA
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

I have been several times. A HIGH recommend if you want to see a concert in a fantastic intimate setting which includes drinks and food served at the table during the concert. Our experience this past weekend was rough. Bar was not packed, but it took a good 20 minutes to get drinks with each order. Food was excellent as always, but what should have taken 1 hour or less took twice as long unnecessarily.

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CP
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Underwhelming sums it up. It was a little chaotic at the front desk and then we waited a while for a server, who was perfectly pleasant and obliging when he came. The wine/ sommelier were excellent. The food was fine but nothing very special. There were lots of empty tables in a night before a concert at TD Garden and; a restaurant in this location should be packed. The decor was lovely, but there was something amiss. I don’t know if it’s new, but it hasn’t quite worked itself out yet.

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DT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately we didn’t sit at the bar where in the past we have received great service. On this occasion we, two couples, reserved a table - 2 hours before a concert at the TD Garden. The service was just brutal. Twenty minutes for the first drink order, 20 minutes for the app. The “Concert” menu was designed for folks that would be in a rush. We were not initially in a rush but then due to the lack of service and attention we were. We ordered two burgers (not on that menu) and flat bread that was on that menu. Burgers came right up! Flatbread took another 20 min!! Management was helping clear tables and even though they heard our dismal comments to the server we were ignored. Didn’t want anything just an apology.

I would not recommend City Winery RESTAURANT until they figure out their staffing plan. This review does NOT PERTAIN TO The City Winery Music Hall.

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JM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Was excited to try this location, note I have not been to other CW locations. Overall, underwhelmed. Food was just okay, wine was similar. We tried a number of apps and entrees. The only item I'd saw was good was the flatbread. Was hoping this would become a go-to pre-TD Garden location, will look elsewhere.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Absolutely the worst. I had a 6:15 reservation for 6 and when we showed up we were told it would be a ‘few minutes’ because they were setting the table. Isn’t the purpose of a reservation so you have a table that’s ready when you show up? We were seated at 6:30 and after 10 minutes I found the hostess and asked her to please send our waiter over because we had a time constraint and needed to be finished with dinner at 7:30. Five minutes after that the waitress showed up. For those of you keeping track, time is now 6:45. She asked if we wanted to order drinks, I told her of our time constraint and we were ready to order everything. She said the kitchen was busy and couldn’t guarantee how the food would come out. She recommended ordering off the supplemental menu as those items tend to come out quicker. Not everyone wanted to order something off that menu. We asked a question about the Lobster 2 Ways and her response was ‘I don’t know I’ve never had it’. We ordered 4 glasses of wine, she delivered 3 at the same time and the 4th one 25 minutes later. Any one that came by the table we asked about the 4th glass of wine to no avail. The 2 people in our party that order off the ‘quick menu’ got their food last at 7:20. One person didn’t get what they ordered so we sent it back and didn’t did not have the time for replacement with the correct meal. We couldn’t get the food we ordered but on 3 different occasions they tried to deliver food that we did not order. I will say that at the beginning of the meal the waitress was boarder line rude but by the end she was apologetic about the service.

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GM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Lots of kinks to be worked out. Service seemed haggarded. Never got appetizer.
Glass for beer came much later than beer delivery

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MM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

It took over a half hour before we left our table (since no server came to us). We snagged seats at the 2nd bar, but it was a really awkward setup. 2 hour dinner for 2 of us who were in a rush.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Service at this restaurant is the worst I have ever experienced. We waited 40 minutes for drinks, side dishes came out before we had drinks or entrees. Entrees took over an hour. Wait staff didn’t even care.

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MK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful but they are way understaffed. We waited 15 minutes before anyone greeted us and then after another 15 minutes we still did not have our drinks so we left. The place was not full either. I would not go back till they get the staffing situation fixed.

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D
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I hosted an event at City Winery in September and the food for 25+ people was great along with the service and rented space. I had dinner with my wife there this past week prior to a show at the garden. I requested my burger med raw but got it well done. I will def. give this place another try as I had a great experience the first time and really do enjoy the place but overall was disappointed in the meal i had recently.

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