Joe’s Waterfront

4.6
769 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
What 769 people are saying
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4.6
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MelissaGC
New England
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service is great, but the food us entirety mediocre

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vipGator
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food..nice variety and good value. The restaurant has a great outside area.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for mother’s & our waitress Mercy was so amazing!!

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ChuckC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We were not happy about most of the Gluten Free options being removed from the menu

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service! Greta food!

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AnitaS
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My husband and I had lobster rolls. Plenty of lobster and the roll itself was tasty. Our daughter had soft shell crab Benedict, which she rated highly. Drinks were good, as was service, despite the place being busy. It’s a nice location.

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Ambience & such a Wonderful, Cheerful & Polite Server, Julia L. She was fast with our order & so engaging!

Food was great! Fresh Warm Bread, Sangria to die for! and the Mac&Cheese was simply divine!

Great experience & COVID protocols were top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

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maryb
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Joe's for mother's day brunch. The menu was great, service was excellent. We have been there a few times in the past, will definitely go back again!

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vipDouglasM
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a good meal and enjoyed having the water right outside the window. Thanks !

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Dallas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful everything, amazing place. I RECOMMEND FOR EVERYONE!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg SO beautiful!! AMAZING food & the best dirty martinis. Highly recommend for a date night ☺️

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diner29
New England
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always

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Cecilia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The omelette was great-perfectly cooked, right amount of vegetables and fluffy. And our waiter was super nice. But I have two complaints:

1. I ordered a bloody mary and it came with a half rotted lime (it was turning white from mold) and an olive that was so old it was wilting. Your bartenders should be checking if the fruit is old or not every day they come in to work. Makes me wonder what else is going bad that they're continuing to use.

2. We sat outside and our heat lamp was out of propane. The waiter was going to grab the heat lamp from a nearby table but that one was also out of propane. People are trying to stay safe by eating outside but also don't want to freeze, so someone should be checking propane tanks and ordering more when they are half way empty, so that you never run out. We would've stayed longer and had more drinks if the heat lamp worked so you lost money there.

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Cropp
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The staff did a great job respecting covid protocol and setting clear expectations for availability of outdoor dining, first come first serve. Food was mediocre but not as expensive as other places in the area. Nice to see they offered mocktails.

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vipRonnie
New England
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. We were 5 ladies celebrating birthdays. The manager, wait staff, everyone is friendly and accommodating. They recently updated the interior and did a beautiful job. We all loved our lunch choices. All around always a great experience and we will return. GREAT spot to meet friends, especially if you want to stroll after along the waterfront or on the beautiful Greenway.

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vipCJ9323
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The creme brûlée was curdled
My ahi tuna salad had no seasoning around the tuna just pepper
The mussels and chorizo appetizer was abismal at best
The saving grace is the excellent wait staff

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review. We take all suggestions for areas of improvement seriously and will address your concern. Your input is important to us, and we’re pleased you chose our restaurant and hope you’ll come back to dine with us again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere were all great!

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded 7 days ago

We are very happy to hear you had a great visit. Thank you for sharing!

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AliJ
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation and got there a half an hour early and we were sad immediately which worked out perfectly. The food was a great value because it was so much bigger than we thought it would be. We split the chicken BLT and Cobb salad which were both generous portions and delicious. Sitting at the window was a plus and our server Eileen was the friendliest, most helpful and fun server I have ever ever had. Kudos to her! Can’t wait to come back.

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vipECharles
New England
23 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a Great Day to be at Joe's Waterfront. Beautiful Day for Brunch in the City with the windows open and the crowds outside bustling. We had a Great Window Seat and the viewing was Spectacular. I had the Lobster Benedict and Karen had the Ouellette and both were cooked to perfection! Our Server was Awesome and Very Pleasant, we thoroughly enjoyed Him. Julia, one of the Managers, recognized my name from doing a lot of Business at Tavistock and Totally took care of me which I Greatly Appreciated! Great Spot, Great Food, Great Service.. Highly Recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Food wasn’t great quality. Clam chowder wasn’t hot. Ordered a dish that turned out to be all fried when that wasn’t the description on the menu. Waited over 15 min just to get water (had to ask for it and point out our server hadn’t offered yet). Would not recommend or go back.

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on May 3, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress (Molly?) was amazing! Great experience, very clean - the renovations look great!

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on May 3, 2021

Thanks for your wonderful review and 5-star rating! We are thrilled you love the new look!

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edmundt
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The new design is lovely, warm and preserves the great waterfront view. The food was surprisingly delicious and was served hot and with perfect timing. But the real star was our server, Mercy. She was so bubbly, knowledgeable and professional that she enhanced our dining experience. We typically dine at independent restaurants, but wanted to see the renovation. We’re so happy we went, one of the most enjoyable meals lately (and we eat out often).

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on May 3, 2021

Your review brings smiles to our faces—and this is why we do what we do. Hearing about experiences like yours is what makes us proud. We will be sure Mercy is shown your kind review! Thank you for your kind words, and be sure to come see us again soon!

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RobD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Small portion for the captains full platter. More fresh then seafood.

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DonnaQ
New England
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Mussels appie was awesome, and the lobster salad roll very good. As was the Rose All Day Spritz.

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on April 27, 2021

It was a pleasure having you dine with us. Thanks so much for your positive feedback. We're happy that you're happy, and we're looking forward to your next visit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
19 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Joes on the Waterfront
This time of year is so beautiful
On the water
not sure why the music is so loud!!! It’s not a sports bar
We shared the brussels sprouts appetizers
and it was outrageous ...And I’m not a big fan of brussels sprouts

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on April 27, 2021

Thank you for your feedback!

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GEORGEB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GOOD FOOD, SERVICE, AND VERY NICE PEOPLE........gb

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on April 27, 2021

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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LoriC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My husband ordered the seafood platter “full-size” and it was super small mostly French fries. Totally overpriced for the portion size and actually asked if it was the smaller order???
Our other entrées were fine!

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foodieforlife25
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Even after having reservation was made to wait half an hour. Didn't get outdoor table as requested. Overall food was good. Would probably go again when it's not as crowded.

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CaronC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Kind of a bummer we walked by other restaurants with available outdoor seating and made our way to Joe’s where we had outdoor seating reservations, only to see 4 empty tables outdoors and be told that we’d have to wait 40 minutes for one of them. We had to be seated inside on a beautiful day under a super loud speaker that no one could turn down for us. We drove a long way into Boston for that. Wish we stopped at another restaurant instead.

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on April 27, 2021

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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Alexandra
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful scenery, attentive waiters, quality food.

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on April 27, 2021

Thank you for your 5-star review!

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JessicaD
New England
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing! The best restaurant experience we had during our stay in Boston!! Food was delicious as well.

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on April 27, 2021

We are so grateful for your 5-star review. Thanks for sharing your rating with us and the community.

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Colleen
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place ever. Our server was awesome and sweet!!!

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on April 27, 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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FernandoB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Bad service salty food I don’t recommend this restaurant

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on April 27, 2021

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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mari
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on April 27, 2021

Thank you for your kind comments! We are happy you had a great visit.

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Kaeleigh
New England
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
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 on April 21, 2021

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
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
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 on April 21, 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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funtimes
New England
47 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
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 on April 21, 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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OliviaW
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
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!

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on April 21, 2021

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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SileneG
New England
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
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 on April 21, 2021

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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FAQs

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

Joe’s Waterfront is rated 4.6 stars by 769 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.