Joe’s On Newbury

4.4
2059 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Joe’s on Newbury, located on Boston’s historic Newbury Street, offers the comfort food you crave. A staple in the Back Bay for over 35 years, the popular spot serves a New England inspired menu featuring classic dishes and an extensive beverage list. Joe’s on Newbury offers brunch, lunch, and dinner with indoor and outdoor seating as well as an enclosed patio, giving diners the feel of being outside all year long. Delivery and take-out options available.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipchristaro
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! Loved server and COVID precautions. Had back dining room to ourselves for the first 30 minutes

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dmr2
New England
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dining experience. The service was perfect- gave us space but was very responsive and took special requests with grace. The food was delicious with good portions. A young, upbeat atmosphere! Loved it!

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vipMichaela
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Wasn’t a huge fan of the brunch food. The spinach artichoke dip was the best thing we had. Service was great!

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vipbackbaybob
New England
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good place for comfort food close to home

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and wonderful staff

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We had a table for 5, decaf coffee was cold & old. Regular coffee was a bit better. Eggs Benedict with Avocado were a strange combination between cold toast, warm eggs and cold tomato slices and avocado. The sauce should have been poured on top but it wasn’t.

Service was nice, attentive and fast. Overall mediocre to disappointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were able to book a reservation on a Saturday night and walk in 15 min later. We were sat right away. The place had a good vibe. A lot of activity. Our waitress was good and my tuna tartar was excellent as an appetizer . The brisket meatloaf was a little dense . One true negative was both my friends warned me to make sure you check for TP in the ladies room because there was not many that had it. Even though they saw staff using the bathrooms maybe they should have alerted management to the problem. Cost wise this was pricey for the quality. I might go back but for the price I would hope for better quality.

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KateA
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Celebration lunch with our Daughter after her first semester of Law School - Joe's is always a great choice - Clam Chowder is AMAZING!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food2service2ambience3

Steak over cooked

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vipAnnaD
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Sandryna was attentive. Wonderful. She gave us a great experience.
The people at the front desk were cold. Unwelcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were closed and didn’t even call to let me know my reservation was redundant. Drove 40 minutes to end up hungry:(

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vipscrod
New England
250 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

steak is delicious as well as the bread. Hit or miss with service like in all restaurants since COVID

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JaniceG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Seated next to the front door that kept opening and it was freezing outside. The online menu said that they serve prime rib, which was not the case when we got there. I ordered the lobster mac & cheese which was terrible and I had to send it back. I settled on some clam chowder soup which was mediocre at best. Our waitress seemed impatient, Although it was quite busy and she was a little preoccupied. Never again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was New Year’s Day so it was really busy. Our waiter, I think his name was Jackson. Was really nice and provided us excellent service.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you for the great feedback. We try really hard to provide a good experience and are really happy to hear that you enjoyed it!

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Izzy
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great and delicious. Restaurant staff weren’t always wearing their masks which was concerning

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

There were no issues with service, a steak was ordered medium and came out more on the well done side, but everything else was fantastic. Would come again!

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RichGirl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The restaurant smelled like it was “cleaned” using dirty mop water. Ruined the otherwise good food and pleasant atmosphere. It was especially bad in the bathroom area. The table was also really sticky, and the server was so busy because they were short-staffed, that we were unable to get her attention to wipe it down again.

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BeverlyW
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Little warmth in service.

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BarbaraD
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The table was dirty when we sat down. I asked the waitress to wipe it off and she did - in our laps. It was still very sticky. The waitress was less than friendly and hard to find. We won’t be going back next year. Or ever.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on January 2, 2022

Nobody at our company likes to hear feedback like this. But we are committed to continuous improvement and a relentless focus on quality. Your comments are instructive and will help us improve areas of opportunity. If you want to share more information with us, please email Kate.Tremblay@Tavistock.C o m.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

McKenzie was great. To have to work Christmas and your whole restaurant did amazing. I had a 2:00 reservation and online couldn’t change it to 1:30 it said no available times. And when I asked the super friendly hostess if she could take us a half hour early because I had to work at 3:30 at restaurant also. She immediately sat me and my mom. Right at a 4 top that overlooked your kitchen . That was super cozy and warm. The kitchen and the two ladies on take out; There orchestration combined was awesome to watch through the plexiglass. Super professional!!!!!! The male tall skinny server with the reindeer hat that worked next to McKenzie was my favorite to watch because his personality says it all 5 star genuine heart!!!! Thankyou for making a great Christmas lunch for me and my mom . P.S. my moms salmon with artichokes,sautéed spinach and silky Dijon sauce was cooked to perfection!!! Our second time there on a special occasion! Can’t wait to come back!!!!

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you for your very kind words. It is much appreciated. We take pride in providing the best service possible and are quite happy that this reflected during your most recent visit. We hope to see you again soon!

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BethW
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went here for a family brunch on Christmas Day. We sat downstairs. The atmosphere is pleasant and we felt very Covid-safe. The tables are set reasonably far apart and there are glass dividers separating the dining room into smaller spaces. Maybe these were always there? All the wait staff were all wearing masks as required, but not all places consistently
Everyone thought the food and cocktails were very good and the service was as well. The menu had both breakfast and lunch options - pretty much something for everyone. We got lobster rolls (excellent), spinach-artichoke dip (which comes with bread but we also asked for chips which they were happy to provide), the mac and cheese with buffalo chicken, and a burger, which were all very good. The server was attentive without being overly so. We all agreed this may be our new go-to place for Christmas brunch!

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you for your excellent review and rating! I’ll be sure to pass along your kind words to our staff. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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PhilipP
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I led a group of 4 older people and clearly the restaurant is aimed at a younger crowd. There were stairs to get to the main dining area and I wasn`t aware of that. No elevator I assume - 2 in the party had some difficulty getting up and down. There was no written menu offered until asked; the expectation was that people knew how to get the menu on an app and we did not. We were given the brunch - lunch menu and the dinner menu could only be used at 4:00 pm on. So no one could order steak and that was regrettable. The noise level was high, but it was a full room, so that could not be helped. Overall it was a pleasant experience, but I would not go back with a similar group. I would recommend it for anyone 40.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you for pointing out this situation and area of opportunity for our team. We are committed to making the guest experience the best it can possibly be, and your insights help us achieve that. We apologize for your disappointment and hope you will give us another chance in the future. If you’d like to contact us directly, please feel free to email Kate.Tremblay@Tavistock.C o m

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was superb, unfortunately can’t remember name, but he was friendly, knowledgeable & professional! He suggested the Banana French Toast special & his description was spot on, just divine. My husband had the Crab cakes Benedict, which were super. Being it was our Christmas Day Brunch we enjoyed Bloody Mary each & those went down well too!

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you for leaving such a nice review. We are glad that you and your family loved our services, our dedicated staff will be pleased to learn of your high praise. Thanks again for your kind words!

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JeffS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We sat at the front window and the seal at the bottom of the window was not sealed and the cold air was streaming in. It was just in the area of our window. Middle one.

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Davidsavannah
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us to have a meal and catch up with each other. We'd made reservations and were seated in prime spot street-side but it was a bit noisy for us. They graciously relocated us to a booth inside where we sat for two hours and enjoyed a good meal together on Christmas Eve.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you so much for your 5-star review! We will share this with our team to let them know to keep up the amazing work.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it all. Had Maine Lunch on tap.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on January 2, 2022

It was a pleasure having you dine with us. Thanks so much for your positive feedback. We look forward to your next visit!

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vipJpmom
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok. Service was too slow. Took almost an hour for our entrees to come out. Regular stuff. Mac and cheese and burgers. We saw large groups of people who were seated after us get their food before us which is always frustrating. Luckily we were not in a rush and had a nice seat at the window. Would have been better had the server or a manger at least come to check on us or refill any drinks. Even water. Prob will not visit again anytime soon.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on January 2, 2022

We are disappointed to hear this but appreciate your honesty. Our teams work hard to deliver great service, and addressing your concerns is a priority. Your experience is truly important to us, as our goal is to live up to our exceptional standards. If you want to discuss this further, please email Kate.Tremblay@Tavistock.C o m with the date you dined and a copy of your review. We thank you for your time.

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elleedee
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tomato soup was on par with the best I’ve ever had!

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on January 2, 2022

Thanks for sharing your feedback!

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vipMitchS
Savannah
77 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Must be me getting old, but after being away from Boston for six years, we visited Joe's for their French Onion Soup. I am sorry to say that it was not the same soup as in the past, the flavor was not as intense and deep as it had been in the past. Also, the restaurant was way too noisy (for my taste, I can only speak for me).

Too many people for my Covid weary taste not wearing masks while waiting to be seated.

On a positive note, we had 8:30PM reservations for a Saturday night and they were able to seat us almost 15 minutes early.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time here, good food, quick service, great waiter!

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Sueh
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great prices, prompt, friendly service.

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Theo
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and elegantly presented. Great location and two levels. Two bars. Five Stars in my book.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Shelbi as a server, she was the sweetest human being ever! Awesome experience, give that girl a raise<3

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AngelaB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have asked for a better server! Food was great and the kids had a blast. Great lunch in the city with friends.

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vipThomas
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

MacKenzie was terrific

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on December 14, 2021

We’re happy you are satisfied with the quality of your experience with us. It means a lot! Thank you for reviewing us!

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KMACK1of4
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Took my husband here for brunch. It was a casual date but isn’t every day a special occasion? Anyway - it took almost an hour to get our food. Blueberry pancakes & he got steak and eggs. Easy stuff so they must be short handed. Food was good but not Wow! Frosted blueberry pancakes were pretty yummy but once you ate the top one the others were just pancakes.
The restaurant was very clean. Bathrooms were spotless. And people super nice. Especially our wait-person. She was very nice & courteous & apologetic. So we definitely enjoyed our date. I’d think twice about brunch there but I’d go back. I love Joe’s food usually!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you so much for your 5-star review! We will share this with our team to let them know to keep up the amazing work.

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vipGreat
Philadelphia
432 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

OMG. Excellent service and food. Everything that we had was delicious. We highly recommend it hands down.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on January 2, 2022

Thank you for leaving such a nice review. We are glad that you and your family loved our services, our dedicated staff will be pleased to learn of your high praise. Thanks again for your kind words!

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vipDavidK
New England
55 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Joe's was hopping this past Friday and we had to wait a five/ten minutes for our table reservation which wasn't too bad. Our waiter, Steven D., could not have been nicer and more attentive. The Pan-Roasted Salmon was very nicely prepared and cooked as requested. The Bolognese came in a nice healthy portion and as it was coupled with a House Salad, it was well shared with my date!
A good selection of draft beers to choose from was a nice treat.
All in all, a very good experience at Joe's on Newbury.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on December 14, 2021

Thank you for leaving such a nice review. We are glad that you and your family loved our services, our dedicated staff will be pleased to learn of your high praise. Thanks again for your kind words!

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vipGreat
Philadelphia
432 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service. The chile was very good as were the shrimp cocktail. We'll be back to dine there again in the near future.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on January 2, 2022

It was a pleasure having you dine with us. Thanks so much for your positive feedback. We look forward to your next visit!

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You can order delivery directly from Joe’s On Newbury using the Order Online button. Joe’s On Newbury also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Joe’s On Newbury also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 536-4200.

Joe’s On Newbury is rated 4.4 stars by 2059 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.