Clerys

4.4
69 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Clerys is known as one of Back Bay’s favorite hidden gems. As a bistro, bar, restaurant and function facility, it is one of the most lively venues in the South End. Featuring a brunch menu on the weekends including a Bloody Mary Bar and menu items unique to the Boston flavor.

Located on Back Bay’s Dartmouth Street, walking distance from Hynes Convention Center and Newbury Street, Clerys draws you in with large inviting windows and modern speakeasy allure. Named after the Clerys clock and department store on O’Connell Street in Dublin, Clerys interior and menu options have that feeling of old school Irish charm.

Accompanied by a top-tier liquor, wine, and beer selection, along with a creative food menu by Chef Kelly Snogles, Clerys is hard to beat. Clerys is the perfect place to host any function or private event with its multiple floors, function spaces and bars with big screen TVs.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 69 people are saying
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4.3
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vipIzabelaM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

They do not offer brunch anymore. so I went to Brownstone next door.

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SarahB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

good neighborhood joint for basic fare. Not known for their coffee.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Super relaxed. Staff was great. Drinks were good.

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KPacoNC
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat at a high top near the bar. The bartender was working so hard and yet he still was attentive and his service was impeccable. Drinks were awesome the white Sangria was so delicious for a warmer than normal fall day. My daughters had salmon bowls they said they were awesome. I had the chicken dinner and my only critique would be that it was cold (mashed were cold) when it came out. The chicken was warm I am guessing it was timing thing and it was still delicious. I would highly recommend this place for anyone who wants good food and a fun atmosphere.

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vipILUVSTEAK
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Too few servers. They require one waitress to be responsible for all indoor seating. It is not fair to the staff and the customers.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great energy! Wish the menu had brunch and breakfast options as well, but overall a great atmosphere!

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MattT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great spot to grab a drink and a bite to eat after work

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vipNbSS
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food, drinks and service were great. Caesar salad with salmon was really enjoyable and the salmon was cooked exactly to my liking. Street is a little noisy/busy

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Arlis
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was looking for Brownstone (Next to this Clergy) for brunch and this restaurant serves their brunch menu. I set up a detailed reservation for one of my high profile guest birthday brunch and this place went above and beyond what I expected. Left Birthday balloons at the table with chilled glass Mimosas with cute a gold ribbon on them. Kind of spacing on the lady's name who served us that day but she was absolutely amazing. I would highly recommend this place for brunch. Good food and great prices!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Server was excellent. Came for brunch

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza was as usual delicious! And the garlic knots were doughy and perfectly seasoned. With a slightly spicy dipping sauce, they made for an excellent app. Servers were smiling and attentive, especially given it was late in the evening, and had been a slow day.

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vipVicki
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great evening to dine outside. Clery's menu is terrific with lots of variety. The service was efficient and nice. We were not rushed - had plenty of time for dinner and for just lingering over a drink. I would recommend Clery's to anyone who is looking for a great spot for outdoor dining.

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DanaM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Clery's is a cherished neighborhood spot. Warm and friendly ambience and service combined with good food at reasonable prices make it a "go to" for a beer and burger or mimosas and brunch.

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vipKatyH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice outdoor space that provided a relaxing atmosphere. Hard to believe We were in the middle of the city. Great food and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Also have the best time here! Brandon is one of the greatest bartenders in Boston and always provides quality service. Will continue to come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They did not honor the reservation. They had a private party booked for the evening - and the entire restaurant was closed. When I showed up - there was no apology for having taken my reservation for 7 people. They were instead obnoxious and rude

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vipRick9Plus
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food was fine, nothing extraordinary. They were either understaffed, even though it was not busy, or service was just that poor. My server took a break to smoke instead of taking my order, my burger was served without fries, no one checked if anything was needed or if everything was OK - disappointing experience.

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vipBelindaH
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We went for a late lunch and sat at the bar. It was very quiet, the barman was attentive and oh, those comfy bar stools! We had a couple of beers and ordered the patty melt and crispy chicken sandwich, both with side salads. The chicken sandwich was really good! Patty melt was pretty much blood rare, and we ordered it medium. So, I'd say the fare is pretty standard, but if you're looking for a sandwich and a beer that comes with a damn comfortable bar stool, this might fit the bill!

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James
New England
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

The food was very good and above average. If you are going with a group, it’s a great place as they have many big tables to accommodate. Because of this, it is very loud and I would only go back with a group of at least four. Not an enjoyable environment for a table of two. Mediocre service, but food was great.

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vipAdamC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Server was great, did the best she could under circumstances.. seemed like she could’ve used more support and/or maybe one more person on the floor.

Very loud, very busy which is why we go to Clery’s.. it’s fun! Managers/bartenders, turn the music up so we don’t have to here everyone else’s conversations!

All in all, awesome dinner.

Cheers!

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vipkhds
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The restaurant was basically empty and yet the service was terrible. We waited about 20 minutes for drinks (including waters), with no explanation. We then waited again for the same amount of time to order (still no waters). Ultimately we had to go find the waiter, talking to a fellow waiter in the back, to ask for those waters. The food came out and pieces of the order were missing (they came after we had finished eating, no apology). The food was pretty terrible--bland and cold. We asked for napkins, which we didn't have, and again waited for ~15 minutes. We again had to find the waiter to ask. When he came, he told us that we need to "be patient"--we thought we had demonstrated quite a bit of patience! Obviously you're not coming to Clery's for fine dining, but you expect decent bar food and decent service. We got neither.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Purtroppo avevamo prenotato ma ci hanno chiesto di lasciare il locale per le 21 perché sarebbe iniziata la festa di capodanno. Non era indicato in fase di prenotazione altrimenti avremmo scelto altro posto. Per questo motivo la cena è stata di corsa e sotto lo sguardo pressante delle cameriere. Cibo buono.
Sicuramente in un’altra circostanza avremmo lasciato una recensione migliore

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quick bite after a long day, great pizza and beers. Service was fantastic.

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vipCelesteP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

It must have been extremely busy because of the holiday parties in offices around the restaurant. The door did not stop opening and closing and for that reason, our table near the entrance was so cold that I had to wear my jacket the whole time. I had made a reservation for 6 but they gave us a table for 5 near the door and we had to squeeze to make room for my 6th person. The food was OK and what I expected for pub food, but probably a little over priced. But that is Boston for you.

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vipConnieH
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

They have a really nice brunch menu with a good variety. Some of our orders were messed up (forgotten items we added on) but the food was still good and the waitress was really nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Too Many undergrad people.

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LisaV
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I’m undecided about recommending. The service was awful, the hostess or maybe he was manager not sure what to do about a wobbly table!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good. Bar side can get very loud but overall it was a great experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was empty, probably didn’t need a reservation on the Saturday but got the Benedict it was delicious eggs were a little over cooked but not the end of the world. Also has an awesome Bloody Mary bar

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NitaS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Everyone seemed happy with their meal. Sandwiches and salads. I am writing this for people who plan to go with a group of people from work etc. Six of us women had lunch after a morning club event. We requested separate checks which they would not do. This was a big surprise as most restaurants seem to be happy to do this for us. Also, they insisted on keeping a credit card before taking our order. We had no alcohol. Never in my life have I had this happen for a lunch when no one was drinking alcohol and six to me is not a large group. The place was almost empty. We are a group of retired ladies. I guess they thought we were a flight risk! I will never book a table again at this restaurant due to requiring to keep a credit card even when no one drinks and not doing separate checks.

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DarleneW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

All of the food was fantastic. The waitress spent time talking in the backroom while we waited for her to come take our order

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AnthonyS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Not many people in on Saturday, so quite. Server excellant

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KimberlyA
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Irish type pub. Pretty good food and drink. Got a bit loud while we were there, but the Bruins were playing, so what are ya gonna do?

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MTg406
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Menu and food was great, service was pretty bad. We all had to ask for water, none of our waters got filled up one time during the 1+ hour we were there, they brought the wrong food, waiter forgot what we ordered when it came time to pay. BUT I will come back for the food.

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Shattarack
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had an early 5:15 reservation on a Friday night. The bar area was (appropriately) loud and very busy, but we asked for a table in a quiet area, where it was much quieter and with few tables occupied. The food was excellent, moderately priced for the location, and the service was professional and truly outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food but the dining area suffered from its proximity to s VERY loud bar.

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NoraL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and loved the prices

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0907eddie
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was my first time coming to Clerys, and I will be back for sure. Every year I come to Boston for WCDE dance convention and we are always looking for good price and good quality food and Clerys is the place for that

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EmilyD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We got a reservation and then when we arrived they said no reservations, only for people playing trivia. Therefore this reservation was completely invalid. The manager was a jerk about it. Our order of food did not match the menu, we were given drinks we didn’t order and no one checked on our food, which was not very good. You should not be allowing people to book a reservation when the restaurant does not uphold them. Very disappointed and angry.

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MelissaD
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Clery's is a typical bar, but it's good for large groups and they do monthly drink specials. We just did drinks and apps and it made it fairly cheap per person with the drink special and splitting a few things. The college football games were on on all screens and noise levels were pretty good. It got a bit louder after the downstairs club opened up, but for the most part was still a good place for catching up with friends.

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You can order delivery directly from Clerys using the Order Online button. Clerys also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 262-9874.

Clerys is rated 4.4 stars by 69 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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