Joe’s Waterfront

4.5
752 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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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Starting May 9, 2021

It's time to celebrate Mom. Make your reservation for this weekend and enjoy our chef-prepared brunch and dinner specials including Chilled Shrimp Gazpacho, Fennel Pollen Dusted Halibut, Mom’s Steak & Eggs, Soft-Shell Crab Benedict, and Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere were all great!

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded 13 hours ago

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

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AliJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 3 days ago

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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded 3 days ago

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 6 days ago
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 3 days ago

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 7 days ago
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
46 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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vipTaraA
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
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 on April 21, 2021

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

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JLin
Philadelphia
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!

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on April 13, 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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Drew
New York Area
9 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!

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on April 21, 2021

Thank you for your 5-star review!

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

Excellent overall experience!

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on April 13, 2021

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

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AnnaD
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! Highly recommend!

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on April 27, 2021

Thank you for your 5-star review!

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Username
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience3

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

Joe’s Waterfront
Responded on April 13, 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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OpenTable Diner
New England
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
19 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.

FAQs

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

Joe’s Waterfront is rated 4.5 stars by 752 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.