M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza

3.8
161 reviews
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A favorite Irish pub for visitors and locals alike for over 15 years, visit MJ O’Connor’s for delicious pub fare, American food, local craft beers and an extensive draft beer selection. Menu features include award winning New England Clam Chowder, Fish & Chips, Guinness Beef Stew and Steak Tips. MJ’s is conveniently located in the Park Plaza, between Back Bay and the Theater District. Gift cards are also accepted at over 10 sister locations including MJ O’Connor’s and Gather in the Seaport District, City Table, City Bar and Solas in the Back Bay, and Ned Devine’s and Anthem Kitchen + Bar in Faneuil Hall.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

MJ O’Connors was clean, food was very good, Guinness was cold. We got our table on time. Service was good. I would definitely recommend this.

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ND
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

The food was mediocre at best and the service was poor. We weren't looking for anything elegant or overly expensive. But the experience was not at all what we expected. Would not go again.

M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza
Responded 5 days ago

Hello- We're sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your recent visit with us at MJ O'Connor's. Would you be willing to share additional information about your visit, so we can make the necessary improvements? Any additional information you're able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Apologies again. Sincerely, Grace

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

It was game night and we thought with it being an Irish Pub in Boston that the place would be heaving and have an amazing atmosphere. It couldn’t have been further from the truth, the place was half empty. The servers looked like they didn’t want to be there. I asked one lady (who wasn’t my server) for a couple of glasses of water (we were already 3 beers in at this point) and she walked away from the table shaking her head. Food was OK but wish I’d researched more and gone to a proper Irish pub instead.

M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza
Responded on May 9, 2019

Hello- We're sorry to hear about your recent visit with us! I've shared your review with management, so we can look into this further. If possible, would you be willing to share additional information about the date/time of your visit? Any information you're able to share would be greatly appreciated. Apologies again, Grace

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Y
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice ambiance but the noise level was extremely loud. We could not have a conversation without screaming at each other. Food was very good, but the noise is the reason I would not visit again.

M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza
Responded on May 7, 2019

Hi Yvonne, Thank you for the review and feedback. Our apologies for the noise level. We've shared your review with management, so we can work on making adjustments. We're glad you enjoyed the ambiance and good, and we hope you'll give us another chance in the future. Apologies again, Grace

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L
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Server was rushed, brought one wrong order.
Not particularity friendly or caring.
Beef stew had practically no meat in it.
Fish and chips good.
Noise level very loud.

M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza
Responded on May 7, 2019

Hello- Thank you for providing us with additional information about your visit. Our apologies again. Grace

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We went for our 10 year anniversary and had been here prior. Loved it the first time. This time was slightly disappointing. The food was great. Service was good. A party of about 20-25 people came in and just sat themselves. Pushed tables together and when asked by a server if they got permission, they said yes and continued what they were doing with no regard to anyone else in the restaurant. The server took their word for it and let them continue on. It got loud fast. People were so close to us, even standing right next to us having their own conversation, almost leaning up against us while we were trying to enjoy our night. Our server had a hard time getting by them to bring our food or get our next drink request. We enjoyed the food, but the staff had no control of that party or thought of the other patrons trying to enjoy their dinners. We weren't the only table upset by this either.

M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza
Responded on May 1, 2019

Hello- We're so sorry to hear about the experience you had while celebrating your 10 year anniversary with us. We completely understand your frustration and have shared your review with management and our staff, so we can work to make sure this doesn't happen again. Any additional information you're willing to provide about the date/time of your visit, so we can look further into this, would be greatly appreciated. Again, our deepest apologies. Grace

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MS
Detroit
26 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The staff was awesome! Very accommodating. Went there for a veggie burger which was homemade but very bland.

M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza
Responded on April 19, 2019

Hi Mary, Thank you for the review and feedback. We're so happy you enjoyed the staff, and we're sorry that you didn't enjoy the veggie burger. We have shared your feedback with management and our chef so we can work on making improvements to the recipe. We hope you'll give us another chance sometime soon to try our new menu items! Best, Grace

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TO
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Service wasnt the best. Guinness onion soup was delicious!! Quesadillas were average but the beef tips and beef stew 👌🏼👌🏼

M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza
Responded on April 23, 2019

Hi Tiffany, Thank you so much for the review, and our apologies for the lacking service. We have shared your review with management, so we can work on making the necessary improvements. We're so glad you enjoyed the Guinness Onion Soup and Beef Stew, and hope you'll visit us again next time you're in the area! Best, Grace

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SO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Went before a show and had a great dinner. The mixed drinks were very good, it was loud but that’s was to be expected. It didn’t ruin the experience.

M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza
Responded on April 16, 2019

Hi Shayne, Thank you so much for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed visiting MJ O'Connor's before attending a show, and we hope to see you again sometime soon. Best, Grace

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j
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First time diner and I was pleasantly surprised w/ the overall quality of the experience, especially the food quality. Other than being really loud, no negatives. Hostess seated us immediately even though we were early for our reservation and the whole party had not yet arrived, which was greatly appreciated. On both quality and quantity food & drink are good value.

M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza
Responded on April 9, 2019

Hi Jeffrey, We're so glad you were pleasantly surprised by the experience! Thank you so much for the review. We're glad the hostess took care of you and that you enjoyed the food, space, and service. Our apologies for the noise. We hope you'll visit us again sometime soon! Best, Grace

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FF
New England
36 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

I love MJs! At my most recent visit to the restaurant, I got the shrimp pasta special (something along the lines of Shrimp Fra Davalio) and it was exceptional! That paired with the Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco beverage made for an excellent meal. Thank you!

M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza
Responded on April 8, 2019

Hello- Thank you so much! We're so glad you enjoyed the pasta special, and of course, the Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco cocktail. We hope to see you again sometime soon. Best, Grace

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W
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptionally helpful service for family and large groups. Loud bar atmosphere, but the kids and family had fun.

M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza
Responded on April 5, 2019

Hello- We're so happy to hear this! Thank you so much for the kind review. We're glad your family enjoyed visiting us, and we hope you'll visit us again sometime soon. Best, Grace

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BG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Way too noisy for conversation at a table. It will not be our first choice for a quick after-work meal.

M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza
Responded on March 27, 2019

Hello- Thank you for the review and feedback. We apologize for the volume and have shared your review with management so we can work to make the necessary improvements. We hope you'll give us another chance in the future! Best, Grace

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice spot for dinner before the theater, good music and a good crowd.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was really nice, it isn’t too crowded the food was served really quick and it tasted great :). Would recommend

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K
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It took quite a while after we were seated for anyone to come over to our table for even water. However, once our server come the service was fast and she was great! Drinks were awesome and the food was wonderful! We will be going back!

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F
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Terrible Shepherd’s Pie! Waitress could bother to clear dishes. Burnt kids grilled cheese.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had reserved a table for 8pm and had requested a high table near a TV. It also asked if there was an occasion we were celebrating and we were celebrating my husband's birthday so said so when booking. Upon entry the lady who was at the desk looked for our booking and pointed towards the back and and said we are through the back, go to the bottom. So she could have taken us along not having been there before but we made our way through. It didn't seem very clear where we were to go but we found someone who we asked again about our table. Our table wasn't really ready as she asked did we definately want to sit at a high table, if so, was the one nearest to us at the time ok, which wasn't near a TV and they did have plenty around. Anyways, I'm only mentioning this as it didn't really make us feel welcome and my husband was a bit annoyed that he wanted to leave. Server was nice enough but didn't smile alot. Husband had a burger, plus cheese & bacon for $17 and I had the Chicken Caesar salad for $18. They were both nice but not worth the money in my opinion. Definately not the salad. We were in, out and back in the hotel room (Plaza) in an hour. I just didn't think the experience was nice and that is why I wouldn't recommend it. They ask if your celebrating but for no reason so it seems. I'm not saying this expecting a free meal or drink of any kind, but awknowledgement or at least have our table ready would have been nice. We were also sent towards the back of the bar (opposite Maggianos) which was lacking in atmosphere in comparison to the front (Plaza side).

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Made a reservation for two. Were seated basically on top of coat racks. Ordered a Makers Mark Mule. It came in a tall water glass not a mule. It tasted like straight bourbon over ice. I didn’t taste the ginger beer nor did it have the fizz it should. We both ordered the shepherds pie. It was fine.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Nothing special. Given location and nearby theatres, would expect a better food. The hostess was not pleasant, seemed annoyed that people were coming in. Attentive service did not exist. Food OK. Likely pick another place next time.

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G
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Mj o'connor is a "known" quantity for us. Sorry to see curry sauce has left the menu! Mac & cheese was great tho.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Soups were very good! Friendly bartenders. Meal was ok.

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JD
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Location is good they needed more help in dining area New Year's Eve .Waitress was good ! She just had several tables to cover.

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KC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We had reservations here prior to seeing Blue Man Group. They tried to cram us into a 4 top when we were a party of 5, three were tall guys. The waitress was flat and the food was either cold or over cooked. Disappointing at best

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

La soupe à l’ognon était parfaite!!!!

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N
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Hostess was rude, after trying to make 5 of us sit at a four top even though many tables were open and we had a reservation. She did add a two top to make a larger table but only after rolling her eyes at my request. Waitress was very good, food pretty good.

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SG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Was looking forward to dining at M.J. Connors but unfortunately was somewhat disappointed. Have been in many Irish Pubs before ( including in Ireland) and frankly didn’t really get the pub vibe here. Service was okay as was the food but neither were exceptional. I know there are many other Irish Pubs in Boston and next time I’ll try another.

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a
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We went here before seeing a show at the Shubert Theater. We made a reservation but were running late so I called and the staff was very understanding and accommodating and saved our table for us. The service was fast and the food delicious!

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TH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Pretty much the most mediocre food ever. Lobster way over cooked on the watery lobster Mac and cheese. Server working hard but too many tables to keep up and lots of waiting.

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LB
New England
179 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

First time at M.J. O'Connor's in years and needless to say, my Husband and I will not be back anytime soon. We ordered a lot of different appetizers and entrees and the Server forgot to place one of the items and I had to ask multiple times for more mustard - At $100.00 with only one alcoholic drink, you're better off going to one of the better restaurants nearby - that way you will be guaranteed better service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There for Thanksgiving our waitress was amazing!

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Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food with phenomenal server (she recommended both beer and my entree (must put chicken curry back on the menu!!). Had a great corner spot that was moderate in a lovey atmosphere.

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T
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were a group of six on our way to the theatre. Our server was attentive and responsive. I had the fish and chips and the dish was fantastic as was the Kentucky sidecar!

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SS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are in Boston for the weekend we stopped by MJ’s after not being treated well at the Four Seasons Hotel bar. What a gem! Recently remodelled MJ’s has a great atmosphere. Felt welcomed the moment we walked in. The staff and manager were excellent and attentive. Especially our server, Jess. We ordered the fish and chips and two glasses of rose wine. The fish and chips were perfect and delicious and the rose was really good. Both were very good value for being In the heart of Boston. We will definitely be back next time we are in Boston.

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B
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Service was terribly slow and one of the worst I have ever experienced. Although the food was good I would not go back.

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MG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Guinness onion soup and beer was excellent. Highly recommend. Prompt service as well.

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P
New England
50 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

I met some friends for dinner here last week. The service was pretty good and the food was tasty. There was a nice selection of beers but not overwhelmingly large. For dinner, I had a reuben which is my favorite sandwich I have had 100's of times. The reuben was good but not tons of meat. For $15, I think they could have provided a bigger sandwich. The fries were good.

The server was friendly and timely.

I think the prices are high for what you get, and I realize I was eating in downtown Boston.

Overall, a nice place to grab a bite and a beer or two before a concert of theatre.

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LS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Food was subpar and atmosphere was sparse and uncomfortable.

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LW
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We were staying at Boston Park Plaza hotel and this restaurant was very close and much more reasonably priced than the hotel restaurant. We visited this restaurant 3 times during our stay. Everything was very good - I did feel the service could have been better. I do not blame the waitresses they were trying to keep up with the inside and outside. I think they need to hire more help.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Enjoyed my return visit to mJ O’Connor. I have visited each time I’m in the city over past few years.
Young guy from Ireland welcomed me. Very welcoming and ensured I was seated and being looked after. Nice to hear a voice from home.

Only downside was length of time it took to have food order taken.

Will however return next time I am in Boston.

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