M.J. O'Connors Waterfront

4.1
164 reviews
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A favorite Irish pub for visitors and locals alike, 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, fresh seafood, and steak entrees. MJ’s is conveniently located in the Seaport District of South Boston, directly next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. The pub has a beautiful recently renovated patio with soft seating and areas to gather with large groups. Gift cards are also accepted at over 10 sister locations including MJ O’Connor’s Back Bay, City Table, City Bar and Solas in the Back Bay, Ned Devine’s and Anthem Kitchen + Bar in Faneuil Hall and Gather in the Seaport District.
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New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Slow service, food didn’t come out as ordered and wasn’t hot

HS
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Never had a bed meal here. Great for after work drinks or lunch!

S
New England
29 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We wanted a pre-concert dinner in a casual setting where we could have a conversation with friends, and M.J. O’Connors was perfect for that. Just a short walk from the concert pavilion, the restaurant offers high tops in the bar area, a lively setting, regular tables around the corner from the bar, and outdoor seating as well. Although the menu is limited, there are enough choices to satisfy any taste. The pork belly appetizer was a big hit at our table, but everyone in our party enjoyed their dinners, which included the salmon, the chicken pot pie, fish and chips, and curried chicken dishes. We enjoyed being in a comfortable pub setting where we didn’t have to deal with too much noise or standing crowds. And our waitress, Sarah, was helpful and fun. We would choose this restaurant again.

M.J. O'Connors Waterfront
Responded on August 1, 2019

Hello- Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit with us, and of course, the service from Sarah! We hope you'll join us again next time you're in the area. Best, Grace

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j
New England
41 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick and friendly service. Food was great. Prices reasonable for Boston.

M.J. O'Connors Waterfront
Responded on July 31, 2019

Hello- Thank you for the review! We're glad you enjoyed the food, space, and service, and we hope to see you again sometime soon! Best, Grace

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LM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy dining at M. J. O'Connors! Everything was Great!!!

MC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was great! They honored our reservations every day. We appreciated their attention to our needs.

M.J. O'Connors Waterfront
Responded on July 16, 2019

Hi Melinda, Thank you so much for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed the food, space, and service. We hope you'll join us again next time you're in the area! Best, Grace

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AL
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten here on numerous occasions during our holiday in Boston. Lovely people and excellent food. Well worth a visit.

M.J. O'Connors Waterfront
Responded on July 16, 2019

Hi Andrew, Thank you so much for the review and recommendation! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit with us, and we hope to see you again next time you're in town. Best, Grace

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VD
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, loved our waitress, salmon was excellent, perfectly cooked, tasty rice.
Although I personally did not have the award winning chowder my partner did and loved it.
I recommend friends to have the chowder and they thought it was the best.

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our group had a wonderful experience. Great waitstaff and everyone enjoyed their meal. The background music was fantastic!

M.J. O'Connors Waterfront
Responded on May 29, 2019

Hi Julianne, Thank you so much for the review! We're glad everyone in your party enjoyed their visit to MJ O'Connor's, and we hope you'll visit us again next time you're in the area! Best, Grace

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SE
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food fun atmosphere. Clam chowder was fantastic.

M.J. O'Connors Waterfront
Responded on May 22, 2019

Hello- Thank you for the review! We're glad you enjoyed the atmosphere, and of course, our Award-Winning Clam Chowder. We hope to see you again next time you're in the area! Best, Grace

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m
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

:25 to get our drinks, and the sauces for chicken tenders and pretzels were congealed. Gross.

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

Hello- We're so sorry to hear about this. Would you be willing to provide additional information about the date/time of your visit, so we can look further into this? Apologies again, Grace

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S
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 2

Went there to celebrate a birthday and was shocked at the level of the food. Been there before, as well as their sister spots and this food was terrible. Our actual waitress was amazing, but the folks who brought the food out were horrible. They pretty much dropped the plates down like they couldn't be bothered. It's a bar and you could actually hear them hit the table. We ordered appetizers and they took so long to come out (we had a show to get to) that we didn't order anything else. And when something as basic as fries were served, they were cold. I understand when a place is busy, but they were not. Not sure what was going on in the kitchen - I suspect because there was a private party at City Bar, but they need to step up their game and tend to the customers that are paying. Just based on the food I would not go back.

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

Hello- We're so sorry to hear about your recent visit with us. What you have described is certainly not the service we strive to provide, and for that we deeply apologize. We have shared your review with management, our staff, and our chef, so we can work on making the necessary improvements. Any additional information you're able to share about the date/time of your visit, would be greatly appreciated. Apologies again, Grace

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CS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Good atmosphere! Our server was not very attentive to us. We sat around and waiting for her to come take our order and for her to bring us our check, all while she was standing in the corner on her phone. The pizza was yummy!

M.J. O'Connors Waterfront
Responded on April 22, 2019

Hi Casey, We're glad you enjoyed the atmosphere and pizza! Our apologies for the slow service. We've shared your review with management and staff, so we can work on making improvements. If there's any additional information you're able to share on the date/time of service, so we can investigate further, it would be greatly appreciated! Best, Grace

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OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Only one server working tables so we had to sit at the bar to get faster service.

M.J. O'Connors Waterfront
Responded on March 21, 2019

Hello- We hope to you enjoyed your meal at the bar! Thank you so much for joining us. We hope to see you again soon. Best, Grace

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HW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Hostess was very friendly and found our reservation during a very busy time. The server was very informative and did not rush hs

M.J. O'Connors Waterfront
Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi Howard, We're glad you enjoyed your visit with us! Your feedback is important to us, so thank you for taking the time to write this review. We hope to see you again sometime soon! Best, Grace

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L
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Visited for dessert and beverages. Menu is limited. Quantity of the food sufficient, but nothing to write home about.

LS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had fun, service was ok, they were busy so it did take a bit longer than I would have liked, staff was very friendly and nice, food was good, will go back

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to MJs before a comedy show Sunday during the boat show. Reservation made for 315. Got there at 3 and were seated right away even though the place was jammed. Waitress was awesome but you could tell she had 1 or 2 too many tables. (Thats on MJs ).
Didn't get the personal atttention but she knew her stuff, was all business and the food came out in a timely fashion although the burger was a little more medium rare than medium. But we werent there to become friends with the waitress and the food was good. On that night we were looking to eat and go to a show and that's what we got. We werent looking for ambiance just good food before a few laughs. Success.

KM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Short staffed. No silverware on table when busboy served food. Busboy brought silverware when requested. Steak tips were ordered medium rare but were served overly well done, dried out, and tough. Told waitress about steak tips and she deducted the cost from the bill.

R
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went for a family gathering / birthday party. We had a party of nine, it was comfortable food was very good, and lots of TVs to watch games. Overall a nice experience!

h
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

6 of us early dinner... thank goodness. When we were leaving place was popping, noisy, lively. Reuben good, not enough corned beef. Steak tips good flavor little tough - 3 orders. Booths nice, separated from Bar scene. Will return early dinner.

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

Yummy food and a great time for a birthday!

M.J. O'Connors Waterfront
Responded on July 31, 2019

Hello- Thank you so much for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, and thank you for sharing the special day with us! We hope you'll join us again next time you're in the area. Best, Grace

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BB
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

This is the first time I have been to this restaurant so perhaps our experience was an anomaly. I took my 4 person team there for a holiday lunch. I purposely made the reservation on the early side to help ensure we would get very good service. I fully recognize that a crowded restaurant at the height of the lunch rush hour (at the holidays) can be very hectic o the staff. Our meals took nearly an hour to arrive and when they did one of the meals was not cooked as ordered and was cold. The meals themselves were very good but overall it was not the experience I had hoped for for me or my team.

F
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Too many convention goers. We were not seated for 15 minutes despite a reservation. Say for an hour and then told our ticket was lost. Manager comped our order and had it packed up for us. We had other places to be!

DS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location near the waterfront (though not on). Warm, inviting atmosphere: accommodating and friendly service. Fair pricing for much better-than-your-average pub fair. Great menu with a nice variety so you don’t feel like you’re limited to burgers and wings. Definitely worth a visit.

ST
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is very good! Second time eating here. The Apple Bread Pudding is amazing!!! Thanks Xavier for great service!

H
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

OpenTable gave me the option of 11:00, 11:15, 11:30 and so on. I chose 11:15. Upon entering and checking in, I was told they don’t serve until 11:30, as their servers were not there. We were brought menus at 11:40.

WR
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not a very interesting menu but adequate choices at reasonable prices. Friendly service but not extraordinary.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Group meeting for national event

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Very poor service - unbelievably slow. Overpriced food with very small portions. Would recommend elsewhere

j
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

What a pleasant surprise! We stopped by MJ O'Connors before a show at the Pavilion and expected standard pub food. What arrived at our table instead was fresh, healthy food made well and very tasty! The chicken curry in particular was a big favorite!

AR
New England
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Gathered here for lunch 7/29/2018 with my siblings and we all truly enjoyed the time. Great service and we seemed to all order something different and everyone was pleased either meal!

M
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

Had steak and cheese sub, friend had fish and chops. Sub was extremely salty and the cheese on top was cold , bread soggy . Fish was greasy and had no flavor

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Food was less than edible. Steak pizza was sent back and clam chowder was most likely from a can. Server was really good and felt bad for him that he had the unfortunate job of serving food that was just really bad. I don’t usually write bad reviews but wanted to warn others that you will be disappointed.

BC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good overall and menu had a good selection. It was also very convenient to be right there so we could be first in line for the performance at LaughBoston. Our waitress was not well versed in the menu, and was only able to answer 1/3 questions we asked her. She was not good at checking on us and forgot things she had offered, and her overall demeanor was rather aloof.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Flys all over table and wall. Killed dozens myself as did my 4 colleagues.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was ho hum. Table next to us had woman putting her bare feet up on a chair. Waitress seemed to vanish. Had to ask for drink to be refilled.

KC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Underwhelmed is the best way to describe it. Not as family-friendly as I would expect for a restaurant attached to a hotel (we were there with our 5-year-old and 2-year-old kids and the hostess initially suggested a high-top table in the bar area, even though I had reserved a standard table, and then didn't even give us children's menus, my husband had to go seek them out). Server was nice, not super attentive but fine overall. Good selection on the menu, food was pretty tasty, though was somewhat over-priced (not unexpected for a place that likely mostly draws tourists).

VM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After my long cross country flight I was searching for comfort food and came to the right place. My meatloaf dinner was delicious but the icing on the cake was dessert. I am a bread pudding lover and their version was hands down the best I've tasted in 50 years. Thanks for the great experience.

W
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food reasonable price and service good. Would recommend

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