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Jacob Wirth

4.1
1801 reviews
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$30 and under
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German
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  • Great Beer
  • Fun
  • Casual
We are the 2nd oldest restaurant in Boston and the longest consecutively running tradition in the city. The original round mahogany tables and bar have welcomed one and all both young and old for over 142 years. Share a meal and moment in history where the people who built Boston did. Where Larry Bird came after walking off the court his last night of being a Boston Celtic. Most recently where Hollywood has found inspiration featuring Jacob Wirth in "Knight and Day" and "The Company Man." Where Boston"s Big Dig was drawn on napkin... Hey when you're 130 years old see if you get everything right!
We strive for great service here but sometimes things do not always go as planned. Both good and bad we would like to hear your experience and feedback. These comments can be sent to mfitzgerald@jacobwirth.com Thank you in advance!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
German, American
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Saturday: 11.30 AM - Close
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Phone number
(617) 338-8586
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mandeep Bisworkarma
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Catering
Please contact for further information- mmfitzgerald_83@yahoo.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Washington and Tremont
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Public transit
Tuft's Medical on the Orange Line.
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Entertainment
25 Years of Sing-A-Long Fun! Friday nights hoist a stein with Mel Stiller from 8pm-Midnight!
Thursdays and most Saturday's Sing A Long with Patrick Durkin! 8pm-Close
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 1801 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on recent ratings
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4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BettinaG 
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

we had an awesome time/.it felt like we were on Germany .the piano player was excellent and a lot of fun .the service was good ,the food was great ,my husband loved the german beer and I enjoyed the andry apple cider

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visitor (New England)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We all got sick after our visit. We weren't sure how... but we cannot ever come back. It is strange that the next morning, 4/4 of us were nearly unable to function.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Nice atmosphere, great service, good food. Been a fav for many years.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

It was busy but with reservation we sat right away so it was great lots choose from on the menu

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BritteZ (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

It was Eh. The food was pretty good, but the service wasn't super. I made a reservation through Open Table and received a message that we had the table from 6:00-7:30pm and then we would have to vacate and was told if we didn't show up, they would charge us $10 per person. This was totally unnecessary as the place wasn't busy at all. The food was brought quickly enough but there was no conversation from the staff and we waited a long time to get the bill, which was a problem because we had a theater show to go to. It wasn't bad, but I don't think it is worth going back. Seems more like a place to have a good beer than a good dinner.

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ZachR (New England)
1.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

The food was absolutely without flavor, and the service was terrible.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Great German food and brews. No German restaurants north of Boston. Definately worth the drive into the city.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We celebrated my son’s 30 th Birthday and everything was perfect! The piano player/singer was fun and entertaining and the staff was fabulous! Very attentive to all 30 of us. Food was wonderful and the selection of beer was amazing! I would go back in a heartbeat.

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Irishshea75 (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The drink was weak and the beer flat. Maybe it used to be good, but it was not that exciting.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Remember, this is an 1880's beer hall. I highly recommend the German sampler plate for the table and then choose one of the individual "small plates" for dinner. Noise level = a function of the consumption around you.

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vipFrankK (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

My second review of Jake's, was there about a year ago and that experience was excellent. This time around it was still very good but the service was not great, even though we arrived early (5:30 pm). They still make a great schnitzel but it was just slightly over done this time so a bit dry. They did provide some extra sauce on the side to help. Appetizer was excellent, the deep fried sausage and sauerkraut balls. House Riesling is Chateau St. Michelle which is one of the better domestics. Interesting is the fact that the local media is reporting that the place is up for sale. We'll see what happens with that, hopefully the menu will stay the same, it's one of the very few places you can find German food in New England.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Great dinner and interesting restaurant, lots to look at! Will be back!

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SantaFeKate (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Food is OK but not great, service was spotty. But the ancient setting and the experience and the mix of people is why we go. Just fun to do every once in a while, and very convenient for pre-theatre dining.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Very colorful authentic, historical, friendly place to have a beer and some delicious comfort food. Menu has something to please everyone. The sweet potato fries are magnificent!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We read the piece in the Globe about it being sold soon.. maybe.. So decided to go eat there once more. I liked it, and so did friend who joined us, but my husband didn't. It's a bit heavy on the meat and stodge, but the waiter was great.. first the bus-person accidentally knocked over a water glass and then my friend did, but we all got into wiping it up and joking. The singalong book looks great but this wasn't a night for that.. not the right crowd. I'd come again and order something fairly small. Not a place for intimate conversation but that's not what we were after

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

The place was really nice and had lots of history. Be sure to read the story of the place on the menu. Having eaten German food before, and love it, we found this place while on vacation for our 20th anniversary. The price was fair and we got a lot of food. The German beer on tap was great, dark ale is my favorite! The pork wiener schnitzel was breaded very well but the pork was not pounded and ended up a little tough, but still good. The cabbage, sausage, potato cakes, potato salad and apple strudel were all great. The plate of spaetzle, I mean plate because it covered it under the schnitzel, was super super super good! Go and enjoy a great German meal, but have fun trying to park :)

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Das Boot! Nothing better than having a beer out of a boot to accompany some schnitzel!

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vipHercules (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Good German food and large beer selection. Old world charm.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Food and drinks were both a huge disappointment, the inside did not match the pictures online

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was served faster then a drive thru McDonald's. The meals were not great. Would not recommend this place for a meal, but did like the atmosphere for a quick drink

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Jakels (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food . The waiter was nice but seemed to be handling too many tables . We had a reservation and were seated and weren’t even acknowledged for 15 mins . Any refills etc we had to flag down the waiter . He was nice but it was clear he was handling too many tables . The food was good

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
1.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Spotty service, sub-par food. My husband's medium-rare burger was bright pink and mushy, completely raw (not even warm) in some parts. He asked to have it cooked a bit more and it took 10-15 mins for it to be returned to the table. No apology or explanation was offered and we were one of maybe 3 tables at the restaurant, so not a busy day. We asked the waitress for menu guidance due to an allergy in our party and she didn't have any ideas or inclination to help. My butternut squash and goat cheese tower was just...gross. Barely cooked squash with no flavor, heaped with cold goat cheese on a plate of sad, limp spinach. Dressing was too thick to pour or apply to the food. If we hadn't been in a hurry to get to a show, I would have asked to speak to a manager. Grew up going to Jake Wirth's, but it's not the same. Totally disappointing experience.

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vipadoniram1 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

I love this place! Sauerbraten and wursts are great. Red canbage is the best anywhere in US. Great beet selection alrhough notways serving every beer on the list.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Service was slow and yet they closed up around us.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Good ambience and service but food mediocre.... not very German.

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MaryF (New England)
2.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

While my husband enjoyed his Rueben sandwich, I found the veal wiener schnitzel quite tough.

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Catahoula (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Jacob Wirth's is a steady, solid, Boston institution . Great beers, great atmosphere, great German food. Our waiter was less than on the ball, but that's unusual for this restaurant. It's worth the trip, especially around Christmas and New Year's.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Service was poor even though there were very few patrons in the restaurant and plenty of staff. It took a long time to place an order and plates + glasses we not removed, just accumulated on the table (we ended up putting most of them on neighboring empty tables). In the first hour + we were there the restaurant was about 20% full.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

It was freezing in the restaurant

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TodD (New England)
2.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

The restaurant was unheated on a 25 degree night. I'm sure the staff couldn't do anything about it but to ignore the fact completely as guests are huddled in their jackets was, well, humorous. Our schedule did not permit us to go anywhere else, but if we had known in advance that the heat was broken I'm sure we (and probably a lot of others) would have gone somewhere else. It would have been courteous for the restaurant to have given that warning to its patrons, and I would remain a fan.

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