Off The Common

4.2
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
59 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
When you’re looking for Back Bay restaurants, there’s no better place to start than at Off the Common. Our new and vibrant lobby restaurant and lounge blends contemporary interior design with a menu of fresh, seasonal, and locally inspired cuisine.

Off the Common is a destination for dining throughout the day. Choose from our extensive buffet for breakfast, or delicious a la carte items, such as our Lobster Benedict. Our lunch selections are diverse and delectable, from soups and seasonal salads to lobster rolls, sandwiches, burgers and more. For dinner, we invite you to enjoy the taste of New England and try our seafood, chicken or pasta.
What 59 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
60% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
LL
New England
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wasn’t sure what to expect at a hotel restaurant in the lobby, but we were greeted and waited on by Tommy who was very friendly. We ordered some cocktails,the bowl Cobb salad and the tacos, all were amazing! Would definelty come back!

t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

This place is completely overpriced for their terrible food - the $15 chicken pops were pushed-down wings that had been re-fried (as in made once, then made again) and were tough and tasteless, the $21 burger was served rare when I ordered it medium then came back the same way, my date had the ravioli which were under-cooked and cold and the drinks were overpriced, as well, and all while sitting in the bright lobby of a hotel (which isn't listed on OpenTable). Overall a bad experience and wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless you're looking to get ripped off.

o
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for brunch, the Quiche Lorraine was amazing. Also recommend the lobster Benedict.

J
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience! Great food and excellent service. Also has a kids menu

SC
Roxburghshire
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Set in center of lobby , service and food great today . Seated right away but don’t think wait staff looked at reservation book as many seats available .
Loved the signature cocktails and the lobster roll was one of the best and largest I’ve had . Clam chowder was tasty too . Would recommend for lunch .

IT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We came here after attending Downton Abbey exhibit across the street at the castle. Restaurant has a nice hotel lobby vibe. Like the menu although a bit overpriced.
Service was not great. Salad ordered with dressing on the side arrived with dressing on it.
One small pot of hot water for 4 people . And $5.00 each for a cup of tea?
Food was good but quite overpriced.
Would not recommend

SS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went there for mother's day brunch and it was a very underwhelming experience. The ambiance is the only good thing there. The service is specially poor. I was expecting a higher class service for such a location.

CA
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Off the Common was great! We had a slight issue, but it was taken care of quickly. The Chef and Sous Chef catered to our needs and even came out to check on us. They went above and beyond. I would visit again.

NC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I took our two grandsons (ages 10 & 12) to Off The Common while staying at the Park Plaza. I would have preferred a few more vegetarian options, but my husband ordered the flatbread and I ordered the ravioli and we split them up. They were both very good. The kids had been eating too many fries on our trip, so we asked to substitute soup for the fries with their burger. There was an upcharge, but very worth it. Both boys enjoyed the tomato bisque. It's sometimes hard to find a good family restaurant that's reasonably priced while traveling, and we found Off The Common fit the bill.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was slow and not as attentive as expected

TC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was very good but we had the rudest waiter who wouldn't stop rolling his eyes at us and as if we were bothering him every time we asked for something, like a steak knife for my steak! His name started with a B, cant remember it. The busboy did more for us than the waiter.

TT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were skeptical about a restaurant located basically in the lobby of the hotel, but it was cold out and we opted to stay in and give it a try. it was our anniversary and right off the bat we were met with a friendly congratulations and shown to a quiet table where we were greeted with complimentary champagne. The staff couldn't have been more pleasant and efficient, our entire meal was well presented and delicious and we left feeling like we had definitely made the right choice. Thank you!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Cannot actually take a reservation for any table larger than four.

d
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I read all the reviews before going there and I figured maybe we would have a different experience but everything we read was spot on. With all the other options in the area it was probably not worth it. everyone was very nice but the service was very poor and we were laughing about how accurate most of the reviews were.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

2nd time at On the Common, choose this venue, first time service was impeccable, today, table was unclean, reserervations for 3, only 2 place settings on the table, love the Park Plaza, disappointed with this visit service was subpar, Sunday brunch was over 15 minutes after our arrival, they did extend it for us, that was very nice of the Host, no water glasses and no one offered us water either, i will return for brunch, I'm guessing that this was my one bad expirence, im hoping it won't happen again, my husband was offered the menu and was charged buffet price, that was a nice gesture and greatly appreciated.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Menu was reduced to half of what was shown on line. Overpriced. Boring.

s
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our family dinner here. We did not know what to expect due to mixed reviews but wanted to try their fish and chips.
Dinner was fantastic. Thank you! We will be back.

AC
Western KY
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster eggs Benedict was delicious!

a
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

SO LOUD. It's in a hotel lobby, which takes some people by surprise.

L
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had breakfast recently with friends. A pretty, small area off the lobby of the Park Plaza Hotel. There was a buffet, but we decided to eat off the menu. Two people had corned beef hash with eggs; they said the hash was homemade and very good! I had an omlette; very tasty with great potatoes and homemade bread. Unlimited refills on beverages (including juices)!. There is some noise because of the location, but we could still hear each other talk.

OT
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

For a hotel option, the food was fine but the service was dismissive at best. The waiter truly couldn’t be bothered. And PLEASE don’t clear a plate while the Patron is still chewing.

JC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall good / waiter forgot water - after I asked for it

L
New England
33 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

This is the worst place that I have eaten in all of my trips to Boston. Overpriced and horrible service.

T
Seattle
38 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Horrible hotel food! Very expensive , many good restaurants around the hotel to choose from, go elsewhere .

L
New England
31 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Good location, poor/limited menu... ambiance is nice

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was a busy convention weekend at the hotel where this restaurant is located. They didn't have a table for us when we arrived at our reservation time. They did finally manage to get something for us after about 20min. Service was slow and food was average. The staff was very friendly when we interacted wth them.

LP
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We went to see a show and have appetizers before hand. It was fun.

r
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobby of the Park Plaza is flexible, informal dining/bar space. Booked for the Christmas Day meal special, staying right in the hotel for the day. Flavorful menu...delicious sweetcorn ravioli, partner had traditional Christmas fare inc. sticky toffee pudding. lovely staff.

f
New England
26 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I am required to write a review since I am rating this experience one star. The service was so poor it ruined the entire experience for us. The waitress essentially ignored us and was terse in her interactions with us when we finally got to interact with her. It was lively but not busy. Management was either poor or nonexistent. We were seated at a dirty table and never received a setup until after we were finally served our meal. The sliders were poor. The tomato soup and grilled cheese was reasonably good, although over seasoned. The poor experience adversely affected our experience with the food.

CO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager surprised us with a Birthday Dessert based on my reservation with Open Table. Service was great, we had drinks and dessert after a show.

s
New England
33 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The manager was very friendly and professional but our server was frequently missing. The food was really average. Drinks were good. We like the bar and might go back for a drink, but too many other good food options around to go back.

S
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Bad placement for a restaurant --too distracting/busy!

c
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was slow and not very good. Meal came out cold, water never served, forgot toast and when it came it was burnt, over easy eggs over cooked, and pancakes dry. Servers never check on us, we had to flag people down every time we needed something. Hotel bathroom needed to be cleaned. Over all not impressed and I will not be returning.

F
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Buffet brunch closed at 11:30 on Sunday morning , which is ridiculous. Food types could have been more diversified than what was there. But closing at 11:30 on a Sunday morning is the pits. Everything else can be overlooked but this early closure is a non-starter. Not worth the Monet.

v
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

OpenTable needs a new category: Great for Grandmas. The restaurant is pretty overpriced; food at lunch was very good; breakfast/brunch was just OK (the bagels were what Calvin Trillin calls "round bread"). But it's a pleasant, quiet place just south of Boston Common/Public Garden to meet friends and/or family, have a meal, and talk. The hotel lobby space is open, airy, and rather grand, but the tables are intimate enough to have an enjoyable conversation. And the service is very nice. It's not in my top ten, but I wouldn't hesitate to come back.

ME
New England
65 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Brunch!

f
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great hotel lobby renovation!
Great hotel bar and restaurant.

TC
New England
58 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

First I read the menu online which was a mistake because I was really looking forward to a cheese plate and a charcuterie plate which were not on menu at the restaurant. My salmon arrived in an necessary deep bowl which made it difficult to eat a flaky fish. The salmon was greasy and the mushrooms were rubbery. A very disappointing meal. On the bright side, my husband loved his steak with chimichurri.

R
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David was an outstanding server! Great personality, great service, great recommendations.

LR
New England
19 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We chose Off the Common because of its proximity to the Theater District. My mother, daughter and I were very impressed with the vibe of the cool seating areas and the service was impeccable. Being off the lobby of the Park Plaza, there seemed to be a lot of groups cutting through the restaurant on their way to some other destination. There was a server redirecting them, but it was a little frustrating.
Our food was wonderful from the calamari to the beignets for dessert. I look forward to returning for a date night with my husband.

1
2

Tweets by Off The Common