Joe’s Waterfront

4.4
734 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Joe’s Waterfront, nestled at the crown of Boston’s North End Waterfront, showcases the best views of the Boston Harbor amidst some of the city’s most beloved historic landmarks. The menu features creatively flavorful dishes and modern fare made with local ingredients fresh from the ocean, farm, and neighborhood purveyors. Throughout the modernized dining room, nautically themed artwork and décor adorn the walls and surround diners against the gorgeous Boston Harbor backdrop that’s been woven into the story for decades. Upstairs at Joe’s debuts a comfortable new dining, lounge, and bar area with spectacular waterfront views from above. Adjacent to the lounge is a separate private dining area ideal for intimate events. Joe’s Waterfront offers brunch, lunch, and dinner with indoor and outdoor seating. Delivery and take-out options available.
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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
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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected

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mari
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

our Waiter Dario was excellent...good food atmosphere was great view of the water.

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Kaeleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could rate 1927/5 i would. The food was AMAZING. And I had a stroller but all of the waitstaff was totally accommodating even though it’s so bulky and annoying. I appreciated the helpful attitudes!

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded a day ago

Having you and your group dine with us was a pleasure! We really value the fact that you took the time to share your feedback. Hope to see you soon!

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KaityC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to Joe's Waterfront on a Saturday evening, the service, food, and overall ambiance was great! In particular our waiter Joe, was fantastic.

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded a day 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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vipfuntimes
New England
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food atmosphere and service. Very Covid-safe. They have built plexiglass everywhere. We had Brussel sprouts Cobb salad and mac and cheese. Outstanding food. Our server was the nicest. She had just moved here from Kentucky and was so nice and welcoming.

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded a day 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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OliviaW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Joe's has the best seats in Boston. Right on the waterfront, you can't beat the atmosphere and view. The sangria is the best in town, and I love the seared tuna salad. You won't regret your visit!

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SileneG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

From the staff to the food, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Joe's. Everyone working seemed happy to be there and Jesus was very attentive but appropriate in how often he visited. It was a great Friday night dinner with friends from out of town. Easy and fun.

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded a day ago

We couldn’t be more pleased about your experience. Thank you for sharing your comments. We appreciate hearing from you and hope to have the chance to serve you again soon!

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vipTaraA
New England
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Location and view couldn’t be better. We had friends from out of town, so great location and close to the airport. The food was a 5 at best. Stick to seafood or a sandwich.

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your kind words! We look forward to having you back.

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JLin
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Walking alongside the river as we visited Boston and came across Joe's Waterfront. The service was excellent and our server helped recommend top dishes, all of which we really enjoyed. The seafood was extremely fresh and well prepared. COVID practices were great with dividers between the tables, appropriate distancing, and hand sanitizer sprays at each table. It was too cold to sit outside but the view would have been beautifully overseeing the harbor if we could sit outside. Would highly recommend!

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Drew
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great although it came out as it was ready so everyone was eating at different times. It was a bit odd but at least it was fresh and hot. Every beer we tried to order they said they just ran out of which was also weird. So there was next to nothing to choose from. Location was great and staff was friendly. Would return but think they need to work on some better organization and keeping a better back up inventory so not to be out of so much.

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thanks for sharing your feedback. We’re sorry your experience didn’t match your expectations. It was an uncommon instance and we’ll do better in the future. Please feel free reach out me at Kate.Tremblay@Tavistock.c o m with any further comments, concerns, or suggestions you wish to share. Thank you again for your review.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall experience!

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Username
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience3

The menu has changed and not for the better. There are better restaurants out there for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Waited to be seated for more than half hour , had to go inside and complain in order to get our table

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
18 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu
Something for everyone
Always my go to place when meeting people

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vipSW09
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Fair tourist place. Don't expect anything spectacular.

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JourdanJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great spot to hit when visiting from out of town! Next time we visit we will be coming back!

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vipDavidK
New England
54 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have dined a bunch of times at the Joe’s on Newbury Street. This was our first time at their Waterfront location. We were impressed with the ambiance, friendly and attentive service and our overall experience. We also found this location to be a bit quieter than the Newbury Street location.
Our waiter served us very well without hovering. Our mains of the pan roasted salmon and the Cure burger were properly prepared (burger nice and rare as requested) and nicely complimented by a Sam Adams draft Boston Lager and draft Brick Red.
All in all a nice evening dining experience.

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VITALIYS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location, tasty food, nice and professional staff!

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DevinD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

me and my fiance actually ended up going here last minute for valentines day and it was such a positive experience. grateful we were able to get a table! Beautiful skyline and water front views, fast service, delicious apps and dinner! loved the ahi tuna tartar! great steak tips & sides. and their bread is so delicious as well. Will definitely come back!

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Scotty2
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Decent food and decent service from our server but Joes was to dimly lit and to loud for my liking. Also the seats were wet from being cleaned but not dried !!

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taylorc
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great location, fun cocktail list, good eats. Also, if you have small children, they offer a great kid-friendly menu.

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Eric
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is great, and it was very helpful that they had gluten free options for the one of us that has celiac. The service was just OK.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our table for 10 was ready early, service was very attentive and friendly, everyone was happy with their meals (omnivore, vegetarian, and GF friends). Good drinks too. Loved being on the water!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Pretty Good food, but service was slow- I think partly because our waitress was also the bartender even though we were sitting in the dining area. I think it would be a good expertise in warmer weather to sit outside!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

American Joe’s is fun to watch a sports game at but the food is very mediocre. The chili was cold and there were bits of bone it it. The chowder had a lot of sand. The salads were okay but very overpriced. Overall the meal just wasn’t that great for the price. In hindsight, we probably should’ve just gotten the burger and fries which they never get wrong.

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vipQuattro4
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

As a local, I should have known better. This place continues to employ front of house staff that simply does not care and doesn’t even seem to be trained properly. The volume of tourist “one and done” business allows this place to perpetuate abhorrent standards of service, overpriced garbage food, and somehow still remain open. Sail loft is 40 feet away. Go there instead.

AVOID.

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BriannaA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We have a dirty fork, glass, and plate at our table. Hair in our food and service was bad. The waitress was so sweet and tried her best - likely not her fault. But it was overall poor which was disappointing.

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JVachon
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to Joe's on New Year's Day for brunch. Menu options were fantastic, and included full lunch menu. We sat at a high top at a window overlooking the harbor - very nice, and fun to watch boats. Only gripe is that service was a bit slow with every order and even getting and paying the check. The restaurant was not at full capacity so not sure why it took 10-15 minutes for coffee, 10-15 minutes for the check, etc. Maybe the waiter was hungover from New Year's festivities ;) Wait time on food was fine. I would recommend this restaurant either way. It's a classic. Sad it left Providence!

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LesleyD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

We felt rushed the whole time. Main course arrived just after starters. Supposed to be nice NYE dinner but they just wanted rid of us. Shame as food very tasty. Preferred sitting outside in the cold waiting for fireworks than staying there. Very disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for dinner before the fireworks on NYE. Perfect view. Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Let me just say for starters, Joe's American Bar and Grill is ALWAYS a good idea folks! I've dined at several of thier locations and the food / service is consistently of a high quality

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service eventhough it was Nee Year's Eve!! Perfect view!! Just loved it.. variable menu for both foods and drinks, perfect place to take good pictures. The steak trips were just amazing!

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arnien19
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Having made the reservation 4 weeks ahead I expected a table that was not at the front door. The table was dirty when we were seated. Kevin (our server) was great & no complaints in the dinners we ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The ribs were awful. They advertise is it “slowly cooked for 10 hours” but were not even close to being fall-off the bone.

Service was sub-par as well.

Does not live up to its location.

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MarkM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall great experience. The person who brought out our soup and meals was so enthusiastic and made our experience that much better.

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spot1704
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was really good! Tuna tartare and the tuna salad were really food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great wait staff! Friendly and attentive. Everyone’s food was very good but the baked haddock was a little dry.

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LCE1211
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my daughter's 16th Birthday and had a blast! The hostess and waitstaff were very nice to her and everyone else at the table

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vipDap1
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe’s serves some of the best clam chowder in Boston. Our server was so nice and friendly, and she easily answered any questions about the menu and offered recommendations when we could not decide. Service from the kitchen was quick and all entrees were delicious. The menu offers something for everyone. We’ll definitely return.

FAQs

Joe’s Waterfront offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 367-8700.

Joe’s Waterfront is rated 4.4 stars by 734 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.