Joe’s On Newbury

4.5
2021 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2021 people are saying
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Brendahross
New England
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A cool hang out spot on a weekday! The staff was super friendly and happy to help/ give recommendations. I would totally go back for the sangria (it tastes like candy).

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vipaklaus
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food is overpriced for warmed over, less than average bar food. Would not recommend unless just grabbing a beer at the bar!

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vipCathyR
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. We love it when Kyle is our server. He’s the best!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was well flavored. Good value and large portions. Bread is freshly baked. Well decorated. Acoustics were poor. Hard to hear people sitting across the table. Servers were friendly although they seemed overwhelmed during the holiday. We had to wait a while for our food and it all came together.

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Rustre
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Usually Prime Rib is good but this time fatty and undercooked.

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Luv2explore
New England
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed getting together with friends whom we had not seen in over two years and drink some beer and enjoy a nice meal. Service and ambiance were great. Highly recommend this restaurant

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your kind words and 5-star rating!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, came here after work for a bite and some cocktails. The Oysters were very yummy. We will definitely come back

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to give us a 5-star review!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual

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IsabelleW
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter Isaac was amazing. I have a gluten intolerance and he was very helpful in making sure my food was gluten free and that the kitchen had accommodated all my requests. Such a sweet guy

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded 5 days ago

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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AlyssaH
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall good restaurant-lots of options for food and drinks

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for joining us! We’re pleased you enjoyed our cuisine and exceptional guest service. It’s guests like you that make our job fun. Hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice. Good food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Really good food quality and value, a little slow service but it was packed

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded 5 days ago

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent lunch on Saturday Newbury Street was VERY full of people walking around and the restaurant was quite full, but people wore masks entering and exiting; server staff were all masked. The entire restaurant was quite clean, bright and great air flow on the ground floor. The food (blackened chicken Caesar salad and a quinoa salad) were both excellent…great portions too. I had a Bloody Mary with lunch - tasted great! Server staff was timely and pleasant. Looking forward to a return visit.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded 5 days ago

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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FelipeV
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Food was great. Recommended.

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lauriem
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We will not ever go back. Our waiter put a hand full of dirty plates from another table right next to me while I was eating. He then added our finished appetizer plates to the pile and headed to the kitchen. I told him what he did was disgusting and to never to that again. The bathroom floor had used paper towels leading out the door and up to the main dining room. The trash can at the edge of the lower bar was spilling over, so I had to carry my used paper towel back to my table. Finally, there was a male and female wait staff yelling at the edge of the kitchen, and so loud. The staff need training. And this resturant needs a manager who will pay attention. Do not go here. We left, shaking our heads, saying never again.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 23, 2021

Laurie, thank you for taking the time to provide us with details about your visit. We want to express our deepest apologies for the experience in which you encountered. We want to further connect with you about this incident. Please reach out to kate.tremblay@tavistock.c o m. We look forward to connecting with you.

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vipcazmachine
New England
38 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very crowded on a Friday night. Very long wait to sit upstairs, despite having a reservation. Hostess was very nice, doing her best. We were three, but were seated at a giant table. Very noisy, with loud people standing right near our table. Food and service were great.

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vipSteve
New England
50 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great go to brunch restaurant! Rashawn is by far the best server we ever had.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for joining us! We’re pleased you enjoyed our cuisine and exceptional guest service. It’s guests like you that make our job fun. Hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a yummy meal with friendly service in a cozy atmosphere !!!

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 15, 2021

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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ElizabethD
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Bday celebration with friends and Owen was our waiter. He was attentive, super nice and even took our photos! We had an array of cuisines from Nachos, Oysters, Brunch specials and all pretty good! The hostess accommodated us early without full party and it's the little things as one my friends is pregnant and could not stand long. Thank you Joe's!

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vipJamesT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Food was good. Brunch menu seems to have been re-oriented towards lunch. Fewer conventional breakfast options.
Noise level was too high. It might be the addition of glass partitions post COVID has resulted in the increased level of noise. Made it extremely difficult to hear the conversation at our table. Joe's should consider some material which might absorb the noise and replace the glass partitions. The noise level is a huge deterrent for a return visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great family style Pub on Newbury. Long wait time if no reservations are made.

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vipCsoave1
New England
48 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Every time we try to eat here it’s packed. Got a reservation. Food was average. Great location. Server was very nice. Would I rush back? No. But it was ok.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 15, 2021

We appreciate your review and will address your concerns. We’re sorry to hear about your disappointment, and we apologize for any inconvenience you experienced. Our top priority is to ensure our guests enjoy exceptional dining, and your feedback will help us continue to provide and improve our high-quality food and high-level service. Thank you for reaching out.

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vipChristineG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the fish tacos for an app and salads for lunch. They were large portions and very filling and delicious and the whole meal came to around $50. Great food for a great price.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded 5 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

From the moment I walked into Joe’s on Newbury to the second I left I experienced great customer service. The hostess was welcoming and accommodating. Our server Kyle was attentive, nice, and fun! He offered excellent food recommendations. Our table ordered Buffalo chicken tenders, Brussels sprouts, blackened chicken piccata, fish and chips, shrimp scampi, and French onion soup. Everyone was happy with their choices. The sauces on the pasta dishes were delicious. Joe’s French onion soup is my favorite but I wish they had served it hotter. Overall great experience!

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded 5 days ago

Guest comments like yours are important to us for a number of reasons. They help us stay focused on our goal of serving only the best we can. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We hope you’ll come back and dine with us sometime soon.

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LanaB
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our table wasn't ready when we came in so we had to wait at the bar. It was a while before a bartender came to us but once one did he made up for it with his customer service skills. Our waiter at our table was also kind and amazing. 2 hours went by like a breeze. Our food came out extremely quickly and was exactly what I ordered. I'd definitely come back and try a different menu item.

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TonyG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartender Mike was great and offered great service.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 15, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to give us a 5-star review!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded 5 days ago

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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BillS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Unless hard of hearing I don't think one can go wrong at Joe's. Food was a good value and out of 4 of us everyone was happy with the quality of their choices. Best was the server was pleasant, helpful, and efficient.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 15, 2021

Thanks for your feedback!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was great I love & enjoy going to Joe's!

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thank you for your kind words and 5-star rating!

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SFitz
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Poor service due to few wait staff.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 15, 2021

We appreciate hearing from you. It is our top priority to ensure our guests are 100% satisfied with their dining experience. Your review provides insight and constructive feedback to help us improve. We will address your concern, and we welcome any additional suggestions you’d like to share. Thank you for your comments.

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0121
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Terrible service and attitude. We booked a table in advance, were told to wait for it, wasted 40 minutes and… nothing! Ended up sitting behind the bar and wasted another 40 minutes waiting for our order… Also nothing! We had to leave, and no one was willing to take responsibility for the delay. We were repeatedly told that “it just happens” or that “the restaurant is full — people aren’t leaving.” You’d be surprised, but other restaurants manage to keep their schedules, occupancy, and service in check. And it matters to them, which also matters to their customers. I had been told that Joe’s wait times and service are annoying, but this was an all-time low. Never going back again and won’t recommend this to anyone. Felt so disrespected and unwelcome, had our evening ruined, and none of it was worth it.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 10, 2021

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience4

Waited 2 hrs and had to remind someone I was waiting for a seat

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 15, 2021

Thank you for taking time to share your feedback. We’re sorry you weren’t pleased with your experience, as we pride ourselves on providing fresh, quality menu items and excellent service. Your concern is very important to us, so we’ll address this issue—and we hope you’ll come back to see us in the future.

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Annalisa
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food. Great service. Menu has something for everyone,

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thanks for sharing your review!

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TanyaR
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was decent however.... the spinach artichoke dip should definitely come with chips and the small bread loaf, 2 of the small bread loaves or a good amount of just chips and the waiters should tell you what kind of chips they are if you are able to choose... are they tortilla chips or pitas bread triangles. Our waiter acted like he did not want to be there. We still gave him a 20% percent but he by no means earned even $5.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 10, 2021

We are very sorry to hear your experience was less than 5-stars. We would like to learn more about your visit to make it right. Please reach out to us at Kate.Tremblay@tavistock.c o m with the date you dined and a copy of your review. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time.

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SuzanneD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was awesome!

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thank you for your kind words and 5-star rating!

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JillK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was delicious but service was very slow. That was due to our waiter hanging out at the bar the whole time and talking to his friends.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thank you for your comments. Your honesty is important to us, as we always strive to do the best we can, and your feedback serves to help us get better. We appreciate your review and hope to see you again in the future.

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WilliamP
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good quality was good. We ordered a spinach dip which was great but they gave us bread for dipping instead of pita or chips thought that was weird. Our entrees were excellent. Overall we had a great time will return.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 10, 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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kellyofboston
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I’m sad to say our Sunday brunch was so mediocre. The chicken avocado BLTs were good, but the chicken and waffles were ridiculously skimpy, lukewarm and so disappointing. 2 of us also got omelets…. again, just blah. What happened to Joe’s?? For years, we loved it, but unfortunately, we won’t be back.

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 9, 2021

We appreciate your honest feedback. We can assure you this is not common and we sincerely apologize for falling short. Please reach out to us directly at kate.tremblay@tavistock. c o m to further connect. Thank you for your time.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Selection was great and food was fresh!

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you for your kind words and 5-star rating!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for my daughter’s birthday she turned 17 we enjoyed it . First time going there . Very impressed . Our waiter was the best .

Joe’s On Newbury
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thanks for celebrating with us! We are happy to hear you had a great time.

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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 4.5 stars by 2021 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.