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Eva

4.1
4.1
78 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Eva means full of life. It is also the initials to my children, Elias & Vivian Aboujaoude, who are my life. Eva is a space designed to be welcoming and bright, a place for great food, refreshing cocktails and lively conversation. All while sitting back to enjoy and observe the hustle & bustle of beautiful, historic Newbury Street from one of the largest outdoor patios. Please note that our patio is being seated on a first come first serve basis. All reservations are being taken for indoors.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 52 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (617) 546-5155

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 78 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Pretty inattentive staff. Chicken looked like it was boiled with no seasoning. Nice outdoor area tho.
  2. RK

    RoKa

    Miami

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined today

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We arrived at 5:00 which is apparently the shift change. This caused us to receive no service for 15 minutes. The busboy was kind enough to bring us drinks while we waited. We ordered the tuna tartare, street corn, chicken tacos, and steak. All of the dishes were just okay.
  3. DJ

    DesireeJ

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This is the worst restaurant. Twice now we have had the same server once on Mother’s Day then this past Saturday July 2nd. She has no sense of urgency, is not knowledgeable about the menu and really has not business being a server . I told the manger , we still left her a proper tip but the food isn’t even that great. We all asked for truffle fries but there was no truffle on them. We will not be back this place is awful. Don’t waste your time
  4. DS

    DannyS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Server forgot our entree order and then the kitchen closed down early.
  5. B

    Bostonlover

    New England

    71 reviews

    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great experience— great service in Boston’s best patio. We will return!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great service and attentive staff. I wish they had a bit more flexibility in their menu. As someone with a gluten free dietary restriction I felt that my options were somewhat limited. Overall a very good experience even on a hot day
  7. S

    Sinnerville

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and fantastic food. Can’t say enough good things!
  8. n

    nomnom

    New England

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    So glad to have a restaurant back in this space, I've missed Cafeteria! Many of the menu favorites from Cafeteria are there, and some new ones too. Everything we had tasted good. Loved tomato soup, and the brownie dessert was yum. Hope they'll add some herbaceous mocktails to their drink menu.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    food was alright, the patio was nice, the servers were also nice and attentive. nice place for lunch break between shopping on newbury &/or to catch up with friends.
  10. SG

    SandyG

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was terrific! We asked for and got outside seating and an umbrella so we were very pleased. I did feel my "Cobb" salad was rather sparse and would not order it again...but I will be back!
  11. M

    Mikeb

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    EVA has a nice outdoor vibe, great server. The food is pretty pedestrian. I would not describe it as better than good.
  12. B

    Bdabride

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We celebrated Father's Day and had a wonderful time sitting outside and listening to a street band singing Frank Sinatra across the street.
  13. ND

    NDHBoston

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service doesn’t exist at this establishment. I waited almost an hour to be served. Spoiler: I was never served.
  14. JS

    JanS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall, it was a lovely evening and a very good meal. The staff were very friendly and the food was very good. It wasn't very crowded the evening we were there (a Sunday at 7:00 p.m.) so we were very surprised that the service felt so rushed and that we barely finished our meal when the check appeared. We had to ask for a dessert menu and coffee. Even when things are crowded, the fine art of careful, thoughtful service and making customers feel relaxed is something to work on. Nonetheless, we would go back.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Excellent cocktails. Food was all fine (spinach/artichoke, broccoli, Milanese) but nothing special and could have made it just as good at home. Won’t be back.
  16. MP

    MeganP

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The first floor is very loud so we asked for a table upstairs. Luckily they were able to accommodate but we did have to wait about 35 minutes for a table. Once we got up there, there were plenty of tables which was surprising given our wait. The decor and vibe was great, but the food was nothing special. Lamb meatballs and the chicken Milanese were overcooked and our server took a while to check on our during the meal, refill drinks, etc. I think the place would be much better for a casual lunch/brunch, particularly if you can use the outdoor patio. But for a Saturday night nice dinner out, I’d go elsewhere.
  17. KS

    KarenS

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    Maybe it was the high hopes based on the publicity, but what a disappointment. I’m not really sure what I got for a drink-ordered the Tee Time-got something garnished with a lime. My initial delight at the crispy crust on the top of the Milanese was quickly offset by the burnt bottom. What I expected to be the relatively clean, classic Milanese was surrounded by at last least a half cup of aioli which was good but impossible to eat around and rather than being an accent was overwhelming. And the room was so loud, conversation was difficult. Hopefully it was just an off night or new staff settling in but with the number of reliably good to great meals I know I can get in and around Boston I’m in no hurry to go back.
  18. DL

    DawnL

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed our lunch and our server was really great! I was waiting for a friend who was over 45 minutes late and our server kept checking in with me - I did have a cocktail waiting.
  19. L

    Lauren

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So impressed with this restaurant experience. Food is 10/10 and very friendly staff in a cozy meets chic environment with fabulous cocktails and a killer playlist. You can't go wrong here for brunch or dinner.
  20. GM

    GabM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    It was just all around decent, would rave about it or be looking to go back anytime soon.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food was ok and the restaurant was clean. The white sangria was good and would recommend getting it. Serves was just ok. I think they didn’t have enough staff so they couldn’t be overly attentive.
  22. LE

    LEEL

    Boise

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Ate outside. Waitstaff courteous and efficient. Food excellent as well.
  23. A

    Allyson

    New England

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The spicy broccoli starter and shrimp pizza were phenomenal! Drink was expensive for the size but that’s eating on Newbury Street. Cute inside but a little dark even during the day
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, ambiance, and drinks
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all loved the food. The staff was wonderful. We’ll definitely return!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Super great food!! the service was incredibly slow but the manager and our waitress definitely made up for it! the patio was super nice especially on a nice night
  27. EM

    ElisabethM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Food was good and servers were nice but speed in which food and drinks were delivered was VERY slow. Took 25 mins for a glass of wine, 35 mins for an appetizer, then another 35 mins for the entrees and then they forgot to give me dressing for my salad. This restaurants needs to work out the kinks or won’t be worth returning.
  28. S

    Sandy

    New England

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was AMAZING! 4 cheese pizza! Fish tacos! Ceviche! Wow!
  29. K

    Kaitlin

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food and great ambiance
  30. g

    gigi

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The best is how convenient it is to the convention center, other than that just okay. Server did a nice job correcting the long wait for the meal, server was personable. Food was average, nothing special.
  31. KC

    KyleC

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    One of the best patios in Boston! Cafeteria was one of the best and was happy to see some of their items still on the menu with some amazing additions. Service was nice and friendly but VERYYYY slow. Don’t come here if you have immediate plans afterwards. Food was delicious. Drink menu was ok. Wine list wasn’t the best. Still a great place to have a meal, enjoy company and people watch!
  32. V

    Vanessa

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    I used to love Cafeteria, which is the old space that Eva is now in so I had high hopes for it. The patio is expensive and fun to sit out on and the indoor decor is simple, minimialist, with fun rattan chandeliers and tiling. The menu has the basics, cauliflower, calamari, burgers, pizzas, it just left a bit to be desired. I will say I saw a couple of pizzas come out and those looked well-done. Upon sitting down we ordered wine, but my friend did not like hers, so she sent it back for a different one. Our waitress seemed pretty annoyed by the request, but brought the new glass of wine over a few minutes later. We ordered the lamb meatballs, they are super flavorful but small and the veggie mirepoix bed they came on was unseasoned. My friend and I split the spicy chicken piccata dish, which quite honestly is a joke if you’ve ever had a chicken piccata before. The only thing that tasted great, was the orrechiette pasta which was al dente - hard to mess up. The chicken was cut into little cubes, not well-seasoned or pan seared (as the menu references) and the broccoli was definitely previously frozen. I will say the minimal wine sauce that it came with, was flavorful and spicy. I’d say overall, I’m glad I tried it, but likely won’t be coming back anytime soon. It’s a good spot to have a glass of wine and people watch on Newbury Street.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Awful just awful. Service was terrible, food wasn’t hot and our server proved she had no idea what a straight up martini was. Had to finally go to the bar and ask them what it was and to get the right one. I get you just opened but it was worst experience and left right away. I will definitely not be going back and wouldn’t recommend.
  34. DA

    DAVIDC

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    They mixed up our order and my steak tips were charred and over cooked.
  35. l

    linseyt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious, the spinach & artichoke dip was INSANELY good. Definitely going to come back to try more dishes on the menu!!
  36. M

    Moba

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Service. Friendly Staff. Great food, great wine!
  37. R

    Remy97

    New England

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was amazing! A little pricey for a very simple brunch but was delicious. They were understaffed like everywhere right now but handled everything wonderfully and we never would have known!
  38. L

    Laura

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    This was our third visit and we'll skip returning, given the variety of fantastic restaurant options within blocks. The service was both over- and under-attentive: our server wasn't able to read the table and came over within minutes of us having received our appetizers to see if we were ready to order, having asked us the same thing - and been told no - when the starters were delivered. Then when she was asked about the daily beer on tap, she disappeared. Another drink was delivered (by someone else), we asked again about the beer, and by the time our server returned we were done with our main courses. The calamari was the one constant - light, hot, and delicious every visit, and the cocktails are fun. I didn't find much clam in the chowder, the spinach dip was really heavy and served with very few chips, then we were charged $3 when we asked for a few more to finish off the large portion of dip. The pizza is fine, as was the caesar salad. Just fine. Perhaps it being seated in the basement (we had reservations) rather than in the airy upstairs room, or out on the patio, that made this visit so dreary. Unclear.
  39. N

    Nikki

    Hawaii

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Was nervous after reading other reviews but was pleasantly surprised! Diverse menu good service. Patio was hopping Thursday lunch.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Given the price, the food and drinks are average or below average. The service is great - our server and the staff are very nice! The drink menu has a lot of options with Aperol and/or gin - personally I don’t like either so I went the only option that didn’t have either and it wasn’t my favorite. The appetizers we ate were good/average, the entrees were below average, but the desert was our favorite. I enjoyed the vibes of the place, but I wouldn’t go again for food - maybe just for a glass of wine and the four cheese pizza - which I’ve had before and enjoyed.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Eva offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 546-5155.

Eva is rated 4.1 stars by 78 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 52 times today
Google Map for Eva

279a Newbury St Boston, MA 02115

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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