Over the Charles
Set on the 16th floor of the recently updated DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston-Cambridge, enjoy a laid-back atmosphere while taking in stunning views of the scenic Charles River and Boston city skyline at this outdoor rooftop bar in Boston. Grab a locally-crafted beer from Jack’s Abby or sample a tasting of their award-winning lagers featuring locally-grown ingredients, traditional German brewing standards, and American innovation. So get the most of your Boston rooftop season at Over the Charles with our locally crafted rooftop bar experience and we’ll see you on the roof!
A selection of wines, cocktails and lite fare are also available.
(21+ after 9:00PM. Reservations required for food service.)
Thursday's are Trivia Nights starting at 8:00PM!
Phrenology Trivia Night
Multiple dates available
Thu 7:30 PM - 11:00 PMPhrenology Trivia presents Trivia for Phrends! Join us each week for a fun, interactive night of trivia! Bring a team of up to 6 people, and show off your skills in various categories. With visual aides and song hints, you’re bound to have a good time with a great view of the city! Phrenology Trivia is at Over the Charles Rooftop Bar every Wednesday at 8 PM. Guest must book in order to ensure that they get a spot at the door. 1st and 2nd place winners every week. #phrenologytrivia #OTCRooftop
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
Menu is extremely limited. Very few patrons but service was slow. I had to go to the bar to request my check because we were tired of waiting.
Vicchick, thank you for sharing your feedback with us regarding your most recent visit to Over the Charles, and we sincerely apologize for the service delay. We will be sharing this with the Management team for further follow up with the staff and are so sorry this put a damper on your evening. If there are additional items you would like to see on the menu, please send us a private message so we can pass your comments to the Chef for review.
Fantastic experience and extremely kind staff! It is a bit cold in a fall day, but otherwise great!!!
Wow, thanks for the five-star rating AlejandroR. The staff will be so excited to hear that they provided you with a fantastic experience. Be sure to come back and visit us again next season when the weather warms up.
Great view, good food, slow service due to staff shortage, unfortunate use of plastic for serving dishes
Thanks for visiting Over the Charles and for taking the time to share comments regarding your most recent visit MaryPat. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the food and the view. Due to operational constraints this year, we had to use disposable dishes, but hope we can adjust this next season. We appreciate you visiting us and we hope you'll think of us again next season!
We had a great time here, and would say that clearly the most remarkable thing about Over the Charles is the view. I live in the area and love me a rooftop, so based on experience believe this arguably the best outdoor rooftop bar view in the city. My honey and I went there on a mild October evening hopeful for a nice sunset and boy oh boy did it deliver! You can basically see every major high rise in the entire Greater Boston area from here, and as the sun sets and the colors change and the city lights up... wow.
So, to the establishment. First off we found the staff and service great. Friendly, attentive, upbeat. The menu is limited, basically stepped up bar food, but our flat bread and the wings were pretty good. The drinks menu is also limited and features the Jack Abbey brew line (which is not bad...) We started with a couple Aviations off the menu which were ok, then asked if the bartender could make 'custom' MaiTais (i.e. without the premix) which he did and were really good. Otherwise, the vibe was great - unpretentious, good selection of tunes, uncrowded, fresh air, very chill. So maybe the eats and drinks are a tad pricy, but hey, who cares, they don't charge for the view, and we found ourselves relaxing and gazing into the distance. On a nice day/evening it is totally worth it.
Hi neighbor SenorScott! Thanks for the detailed review and for visiting Over the Charles. We appreciate you calling us the "best outdoor rooftop bar view" in the city and you caught a nice sunset! It's great to hear our staff were friendly and welcoming and that you enjoyed the food. Hopefully we'll see you again next season when the weather gets warmer.
Sat for 35 minutes. No service- not even a hello from a server.
We are so sorry to hear about your recent experience at Over the Charles as this is not a typical service level from our staff. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and our Management Team will be following up with the staff to ensure none of our guests are overlooked.
Limited menu and wine list. Did not have any of the 4 white wines on the list. Told this after we ordered one. Gave us a cheap wine then tried to charge us for the one we ordered but didnt have.
pauln, we apologize the wines on the menu were not up-to-date during your visit and there was confusion on our end for the price of the wine served. We will be following up with the Management Team to ensure we keep our menu priced correctly and up-to-date. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention and apologize for the mix up and limited availability.
We loved it! The view at night is beautiful, the service is outstanding - I asked them to bring a dessert or drink written “Happy Birthday” and they brought a cake with my boyfriends name on it and the whole experience was really great!
EitanT, we love this review! Thanks for visiting our rooftop bar and are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the view, service and were able to celebrate your boyfriend's birthday with us. We appreciate you choosing Over the Charles and hope to see you on the roof again next season!
Did not eat. Prices were high. Got a table stuck in the corner
PatH, we are so sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit to Over the Charles. We appreciate your candid feedback and will be sharing this with our Management Team in an effort to continuously improve on our customer experience.
We went for my sisters birthday. The service was great from beginning to end! The maitre d’ was very informative, the server was super friendly, the food and drink delicious, and the core sepctacular! It’s definitely a hidden gem.
Thank you for sharing your feedback on your most recent visit to Over the Charles and for considering us a "hidden gem." We appreciate you choosing our rooftop bar to celebrate your sister's birthday and hope you'll think of us again next season!
Best restaurant I've been to in a long time! My boyfriend and I made the reservation for my birthday dinner. I asked for a nice view because like many others I've experienced quiet a lot of personal loss and just wanted something nice for my birthday. And boy did they deliver! The view was absolutely beautiful, the food was delicious, and they even surprised me with a card that had been signed by the staff! They really went above and beyond for this trip, and I'm grateful for how magical everything was! 100/10
Thank you for such a kind and glowing review ShanaO. We are so happy to hear that our staff had a chance to make your birthday dinner something special after the difficult times you've experienced. May you continue to find joy throughout 2021 and we hope we'll have a chance to welcome you to the rooftop again.
No menu. No prices. Charged 23$ for a glass of mediocre house white wine. Nice view but awful service. Very limited food offering.
ChristopherK we apologize you were not provided menu options and we fell short on our service level during your visit. The menu is available on OpenTable, our Instagram page, QR codes on the rooftop and printed upon request; however, we will follow up with the Management Team to ensure our staff members are providing all available options to guests during their visit.
We had a BD celebration with a group of friends. The view and the people who were working there were great, but everything else was mediocre. Limited options of cocktails and food. Ordered Margaritas, but they were too sweet and too chemically. Way overpriced for the quality. We were given plastic plates and utensils for food, which becomes a problem when it gets windy. The service was great, but everything else was blah. Not coming back!
Thanks for sharing your feedback with us and for choosing Over the Charles for a Birthday Celebration FromQ. It's great to hear you enjoyed the view and our staff members were welcoming. We'll keep your comments in mind when reordering our cocktail selections in an effort to provide better offerings for guests. Due to operational restrictions this year, we have had to switch to disposable items, but hope to be able to change this next season.
The view was amazing and the atmosphere was upbeat, the staff was just very happy and that makes a difference in the vibe. Can get windy, and most things were light so blow away easily, but being a jacket. The food was good; flatbread and pretzels were awesome, dipping sauces were ok. They had a good variety of Jack’s Abbey beer which was great. They were out of a lot of the red wine selections and the wine was a bit overpriced, but the waitress was very helpful about trying to help us find a wine we liked. Overall a great spot for a chill outing.
Beach5, thanks for visiting us at Over the Charles, and we're so happy to hear how helpful our staff was for you. Thanks for the great feedback regarding the wind, and we'll check with the F&B team to see how we can address this in the future as well as the red wine selections. We're loving our partnership with Jack's Abby this year and it's great to hear you enjoyed the variety we offered. Again, thank you for your feedback and we appreciate you coming to visit us.
Bartender is awesome! Servers very accommodating. Definitely recommend, despite being pricey.
PeterS, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our Boston rooftop bar and the service our staff member provided. Thank you for choosing Over the Charles, and we hope to have to opportunity to welcome you again soon.
The hostess was quite Roos but the waitresses were awesome. It started raining and they helped me get a table with an umbrella, despite it had a reservation.
Food is ok. Simple. The wines are disappointing. Great view of the Charles and the city.
If you don’t come with high expectations, it is actually a nice place to chill
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us regarding your visit to our Boston rooftop bar. We apologize that the hostess was rude to you at the front and will be following up with the Management Team regarding this. The F&B team is always looking for ways to improve our offerings so please feel free to message us with additional details on how we can improve our wine selection so we can be mindful of this when planning our menus. Thank you for visiting Over the Charles.
First, it rained. And for a rooftop bar, that can be a problem. The staff tried to dry the seats and tables but it was just wet. There is no covering at all so the bar area and server is getting soaked and needs to take cover indoors to stay somewhat dry. The drinks were good so the bartender gets points!
The food was OK. Nothing special and overpriced for the location of the hotel. But this goes for the indoor restaurant as well. Charging center of city prices for Allston is not appropriate.
The view - stunning. A great view of Cambridge to downtown to the BU west campus. The lights reflected off the low cloud cover so interesting pics.
Would I visit again - probably because it’s the hotel I normally stay at while visiting my son, but I’ll probably stick to drinks and order a pizza for the room…
Urikhai, thank you for visiting Over the Charles during your stay, and we're happy to hear that the team did their best to try to keep things dry during the rain. We'll be sure to share your comments with the bartender and will also share your feedback with the kitchen to see if there are any improvements we can make regarding our menu. We appreciate your feedback and hope we can welcome you again the next time you visit your son.
The drinks were not good at all. The vibe was horrible. Couldn't even hear the music on the background. if you're looking for a quiet space you should go there. Not a lot of option for food/appetizer or drink. I don't recommend this location.
Jessical, we appreciate you sharing your feedback with us regarding your visit to Over the Charles and apologize we did not meet your expectations. We do tend to get busy on Friday and Saturday nights, but are usually quieter on Tuesday - Thursday and on Sundays. We will share all of your feedback with the F&B team to see if there are any improvements we can make regarding our food and beverage offerings in an effort to continuously improve on the guest experience.
We Went to the hotel for a Rooftop Experience for our 20th anniversary. It is not what you see in the pictures the seats were falling apart the wait staff didn’t speak English the food was burnt and oily and greasy. They played rap music that Swore and dance music that was Inappropriate. Awful service awful accommodations we would never go back there ever again.
We are so sorry you did not have an enjoyable experience, especially during such a special anniversary. Some of our staff members are bi-lingual, but should have been able to accommodate you in English. The Managers have been informed of the inappropriate choice of music & we appreciate you bringing this to our attention as foul language is never appropriate in our spaces. Again, we sincerely apologize we could not provide an enjoyable experience for you & do appreciate your valued feedback.
I enjoyed myself. Wished I could have stayed for trivia night.
Thanks for visiting our Boston rooftop bar! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself and hope you can visit us again soon.
Great view. And v good food! Our 3rd visit there.
Etsn, thank you for visiting us so often! We're so happy to hear we can consistently provide you with a great view and good food at Over the Charles.
Trivia Wednesday night was fantastic, and the views and drinks were perfect.
AJBacho, thanks for sharing your feedback with us and we're so happy to hear you enjoy our Wednesday evening trivia nights!
The food was very late, very limited menu and basically slightly upgraded bar food. Tiny little wings and ok flatbread. But the view, the vibe and the service was really excellent. Really cool way to see the city skyline, good for a drink or a special occasion.
Thanks for your complete and honest feedback AJHAJHAJH. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the city skyline views, but apologize the food service was disappointing. We'll be following up with our Chef to see if there is anything we can do to improve the timing and offerings on the menu.
Great atmosphere. Great time. Would definitely go back
Hi AlexanderR, thanks for sharing your review with us! It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to the next time you can stop by.
We had to be patient with out 9:15 PM reservation. (That was the earliest time we could get) Once we were notified, we were quickly given a briefing of how the restaurant operated. I informed the manager that we were staying in the Doubletree Suites Hotel and we were Diamond members. He responded with, "We are independently run and do not considerate Hilton Hotel members' status" I was OK with that but when were seated, we were placed at the least desirable table, in a corner surrounded by two sides of cinderblock wall. The view of Boston was very poor. We booked our stay at the Doubletree because of this rooftop bar. I quickly complained about the table and was told all the other open seats were reserved. Soon after our drink order, the manager came out and seated us at a premier rail table. We were delighted with this change of table. The view was spectacular and what we came to see. As far as the wait service, Maria was our server. She was very attentive and professional. The light menu was great. I would recommend the Mediterranean Platter and Veggie Kabobs. The chowder was good also. Kudos to them for making a potential bad experience into a very nice evening, as anticipated.
Hunter, we are so appreciative that you chose the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston - Cambridge specifically to come visit us on the rooftop! Thank you for sharing your experience with us and we are happy the team could to turn your experience into a pleasant one after a quick change. It's great to hear you enjoyed the Mediterranean platter and veggie kabobs and will be sure to share this with the Chef!
menu was very limited as was the beer selection. The table we got sat at even with a reservation was in the corner by the wall which only allowed the view for 1 person. Server was nice but it was slow and they capped how long we could be there for 1hr and 15 min which with the slow service was only enough time for 1 beer. Overall, not going back but the view was nice.
AmandaD, we are so sorry that our service level was slow & you weren't able to fully enjoy your experience. For this rooftop season, we have partnered with Jack's Abby Craft Lagers as our exclusive beer partner and try to offer a variety of lagers to suit different tastes. We will also be following up with the Management team regarding the delays in your service in an effort to improve the guest experience. We really appreciate your candid feedback as we can continue to evaluate our operations
The atmosphere was pretty awesome. We sat at a table with a direct view of the river and city. So that was amazing. The service was SSSLLLOOOWWWW. It was extremely frustrating and honestly ruined the whole experience. We were there almost 3 hours and only saw our server a couple times, which is why it was such a long stay. We won't be back.
rigger8, thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with us. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the city/river views, but are so sorry that our service fell short that it ruined your night. Can you message us with additional details regarding your visit so our Management Team can follow up further? We want all of our guests to enjoy not just the view, but our service and hope your insights can help us improve.
We were seated right next to a giant block wall and really didn’t feel like a rooftop when you’re surrounded by cinder blocks. We also waited 45 minutes to get our check when it was supposed to be a 90 minute limit. The table next to us waited well over an hour to get a drink. Half of the craft beers they rave about weren’t available. Crappy service, felt forgotten about and not worth the price. Great food that came out quickly though so there’s a Silver lining.
Dear HeidiP, thank you for taking the time to share your most experience with us. While it is great to hear you enjoyed our food, we sincerely apologize our service level fell far short. We will be sharing these comments with our Director to see if there are any improvements we can make with our scheduling to ensure we have enough staff to cater to each and every guest. Unfortunately, a few of our kegs kicked during service, so there was some down time in regards to beer availability.
Waited an hour for a hamburger and flatbread after being told we had a hour and a half limit on our visit.
Menu is limited and the bar had no options other than what was on the menu, really would have liked a scotch on the rocks.
Tilt, we are so sorry to hear about the extended wait time for your food order. Based on important feedback like yours we will be reviewing our menu with the Chef in an effort to provide a satisfying selection of lite bites and beverage options that can be executed well by our team. Thank you again for sharing your comments with us.
Great views, more intimate rooftop with validated parking
Angie, thanks for the five star rating! Great to hear you enjoyed the views at our Boston rooftop bar. Hopefully we'll see you again soon this season.
Even with the rain, the staff was amazing!
Great food, and a great view!
Thanks for the great review JoSo and we're glad the rain didn't hinder your visit! We hope to see you again soon on the rooftop!
Awesome view, great food, wonderful server. Will come back.
JhoselynC, thank you so much for the five star review and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Boston's Locally Crafted Rooftop - Over the Charles. It great to hear that you enjoyed the view, food and the service, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
Waitress did her best, but too many people for 2 waitresses on a Saturday night. Food and drinks were just ok, nothing special and lobster roll was dry.
Dear MichelleE, we appreciate you taking the time to share your comments with us from your most recent visit to OTC. While we strive to make everyone's visit five-stars, we will be sharing your comments with our Management Team to see how we can improve on our scheduling on busy nights. Feedback like yours also helps us update and adjust the lite bite offerings we have on our menu to ensure we are providing options our guests will enjoy.
Food is pre-packaged and heated up. Food is not made to order. Amazing views.
Thank you for sharing your comments with us ChloeC, and while we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the views, we are so sorry we fell short with our food options. Due to operational restrictions, we have had to start the season with limited food options, but hope to be able to change this in the future.
Loved the food and the ambience + the restaurant staff were very accommodating!!!
Thanks for the five-star review and it's great to hear that you loved both the food and the ambiance. The team will be so happy to hear how accommodating they were. We appreciate you coming to visit us at Boston's Locally Crafted Rooftop Bar!
The views and service were incredible! We weren't happy to receive our food in paper/plastic. After receiving our appetizer we didn't even order a main course -- seemed too wasteful and really cheapened the experience. We'd go back but only for drinks unless they switch to real silverware and plates.
MBrown, we appreciate you sharing your honest feedback about your recent visit to Over the Charles and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the views and service. Due to operational restrictions this year, we were unable to launch the season with reusable plates and silverware, but hope to be able to change this in the near future. Thank you again for sharing this comments with us as it helps us continue to improve our offerings.
Maria is an incredible server, and we had such a blast at trivia night!
Tram, thank you for taking the time to review your most recent visit to Over the Charles during trivia night, and to share such kind words about Maria! We are very fortunate to have her on our team, and comments like these give us even more reasons to recognize her for her dedication and service to our guests. We hope to see you at another trivia night soon!
Maria was the best waitress! The bartender was also fun. They wanted my friend to have a great 21.5 birthday!!
Thank you for sharing your comments with us regarding your most recent visit. This will give us an opportunity to recognize Maria and our bartenders for their outstanding service and dedication to our guests. We hope your friend had an awesome 21.5 birthday. Thanks for spending it with us at OTC!
a great view, and parking validated down to only $5!
YingC, thanks for the five-star rating and for coming to our Boston rooftop bar Over the Charles! It's great to hear you enjoyed the view and hopefully we'll see you again soon.
Gorgeous views and delicious food and drinks! Service was friendly and we weren’t rushed at all. Can’t wait to go back!
Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on your visit to our Boston rooftop bar - Over the Charles! It's great to hear you enjoyed the view, food and drinks, and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
Over the Charles is rated 4.1 stars by 76 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.