Solas

4.4
141 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Solas is a comfortable modern Irish pub in Boston’s Back Bay on bustling Boylston Street, steps from Newbury Street and Copley Square. The inventive menu includes Fried Deviled Eggs, Irish Street Corn, Reuben Egg Rolls, Loaded Hamburger Flatbread and Panko & Corn Flakes Crusted Chicken. A rich selection of salads and stews, sandwiches and entrees are enjoyed with our extensive selection of draft beers, craft cocktails and wines by the glass. Stop in for a pint of Guinness paired with one of our delicious menu items. Solas gift cards are also accepted at sister restaurants City Bar and City Table, also in Back Bay, Anthem Kitchen + Bar and Ned Devine’s in Faneuil Hall, and Irish pubs MJ O’Connor’s, with two locations in the Seaport District and Back Bay.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Irish, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Daily: 11:00am - 2:00am
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Phone number
(617) 933-4803
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sean MacAlpine
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Exeter Street
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Parking details
Valet Parking at the Lenox Hotel,metered street parking, and parking validation for the Prudential Center garage.
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Public transit
Orange Line Back Bay Station, Green Line Copley Square or Hynes Convention Center
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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EC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, service & location. A little loud, but as we were seated in the bar area, it was expected. Our table was predetermined when we arrived @ 5:15pm before a show and they were fairly busy. It would be nice to have an option for seating. This was our first time (friends had been there before). Next time we will let them know our preference when making the reservation so they can still work it into their scheduling.

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ET
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here. Great menu. Something for everyone. So cozy. Great to hang out with friends and watch the game, or a nice couples dinner. We love the soft pretzel appetizer

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j
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Friendly and accommodating service and a very decent whiskey selection. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by the beer selection and the food was good, but not stellar. Good for an easy dinner, but I wouldn't choose it over the other options available.

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JO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, prompt service, fun atmosphere,.

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for comfort food such as Shephard's pie, Irish meatloaf and chicken pot pie

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MW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met some friends here before going to a concert at Fenway. Food and service were fantastic. And conveniently located. Even restrooms were lovely

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MG
Grand Rapids
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hesitate to order a Rueben sandwich because I have been disappointed more than once by chewy corn beef. The Rueben sandwich here had very tender corn beef, tangy sauerkraut, delicious marbled rye bread and just enough dressing to make it perfect! Sat outside to eat at sidewalk table and thoroughly enjoyed people watching while dining.

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KP
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience. The food was traditionally inspired Irish cuisines

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DM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Restaurant in the bar area was quite noisy. Meatloaf was average to a bit below average. Pot pie was a little above average but not exceptional. Our impression is that this place has gone a bit down hill since the last time we were there a year ago.

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ME
New England
58 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst chicken tenders ever. Spit them out! Cheap frozen chicken ick factor! Did not have the heart to tell waitress who also was awful. NEVER going back.

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P
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

I left my wallet on the table by mistake. When I realized the error the next day, I called and was able to retrieve the wallet from Lost and Found. With nothing missing. Thank you to our server who I liked even before that!

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LM
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Over marathon weekend we ate at Solas twice! Food was delicious, loved the beer selection and waitstaff was very good! We did enjoy upstairs better as the music downstairs was so loud we weren't able to have a comfortable conversation. Upstairs the music was still energetic yet gave us the opportunity to have talk and hear each other. One of my favorite spots! I will be back and will highly recommend Solas to friends who will be in the Boston area!

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WR
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great meeting place downtown. Good food, great service, up eat and comfortable. Definitely a great memory for my family.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Guinness onion soup. I enjoy this little Irish spot and it has a fun ambience. Small so make a reservation if you’re a group! But it’s also super fun to pack in at the bar!

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KM
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Reliable comfort food. Great taste. The fish and chips was fresh and flavorful. Definitely would come back.

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KM
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Entree salads and BLAT were delicious. Service was attentive.

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D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Solas was a very welcome stop following a harrowing trip through the Nor'easter that pounded the East Coast. The pub has traditional ambiance that made us feel right at home. Our server, Mallory, was incredible!!! Friendly and cheerful, she made us feel very comfortable and welcome. Our meal was great. The clam chowder was especially delicious. There's a lot of competition in Boston for the best clam chowder, and I've had a chance to sample a lot of them. Solas' chowder is among the best. The short rib is tender and the crema delicious. The chicken pot pie was perfect for a stormy night . . . very homey and warm. The fish and chips are flaky, tasty and not greasy. We look forward to our next stop in Boston and Solas.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive staff—Great food—-perfect Guinness!

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always had great food & outstanding service at Solas. We visit Silas a few times a year but try to make annual visit New Years before the family fireworks on the Boston Common. Great place for families or adult night out. Highly recommend trying Silas!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mid-week dining @ 6:45pm found the downstairs bar area buzzing with patrons. The upstairs dining area is quieter and more suitable for dining with friends since conversation is easier. The menu has some wonderful "comfort foods" such as short ribs, mac and cheese, and a superlative chicken pot pie with a couple inches of puff pastry stacked on top( my favorite). Great location on Boylston Street a block from the Public Library and similarly close to the Prudential Center shops.

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J
New England
64 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken BLAT is the go-to here

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m
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Best chicken fingers in Boston
Love the fish tacos and salmon dish also. Highly recommend if your shopping at Lord and Taylor’s to grab lunch there.

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m
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were looking for a last minute spot on a Friday night and Solas popped up on Open Table. We had walk by this dozens of times and were happy to give it a try. It was a great experience. The bar is cozy and the service and the food were both great. As a gluten-free diner, I was thrilled with the choices too. Great little find--will definitely eat here again soon!

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j
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food. Try the beef ribs and clam chowder. Our waitress knew what she was doing. It’s not an environment for an intimate conversation though because of how loud the music is.

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PG
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Fish and chips all tasted the same, as if cooked in the same oil simultaneously. Fish batter had NO flavor at all. The French onion soup was okay.

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S
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Remarkable clam chowder in a highly competitive environment, and the “blat,” though essentially a sandwich, needs a much more elevated classification. Tender, moist grilled chicken on a toasted but soft ciabatta wth lettuce, bacon, chipotle mayonnaise. Exquisite. Service by Kevin was outstanding and wonderfully personable.

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FF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun and good food.

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MK
New England
31 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my second time to Solas. The first time had been with family members, so when I was in Boston on business, I thought this would be a good place for a casual meal with business teammates. I was not disappointed. The food was great as was the atmosphere. I was glad I had reserved a table for a Sat evening as the place was "hopping" when we got there. Would definitely go back again.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing too fancy or special, food was decent and service was good. Good selection of beers.

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y
Toronto
61 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to the Lenox hotel "city table" restaurant the day before for brunch and returned but it was closed for weekday lunchtime. Solas offered the same lovely service, high chair and coloring book for toddler. Grilled fish was good. Satisfied lunch cravings.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for quick good meal. Great beers too! Came here last year and came back again during the Head of the Charles for their Clam Chowder!

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive server, a lot of food, food very good!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from Australia and were looking for a nice local spot. This was it. Great food. Good service and great staff. Would go here again if our stay was longer.

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d
New England
32 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The fries with curry sauce were delish. Good chicken pot pie and shepherd's pie too. Bathroom is inconvenient, all the way in hotel next door.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Value for money, service excellent, highly recommend to my friends

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L
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Four of us stopped at Solas, which is part of the Lenox Hotel, before a Red Sox game. It was an unusually warm September evening and we were able to nab a table outdoors. Aside from the noise coming from Boylston Street, we were able to have a decent conversation without yelling.

The food was actually delicious. Two of us got the BLAT, (grilled chicken breast, bacon, lettuce, smashed avocado, tomato & chipotle mayo on parmesan focaccia), minus the bacon. The chicken was cooked perfectly and not at all dry like chicken breast can get. The combination of the chipotle mayo and smashed avocado was so tasty, as was the focaccia roll. One person got the turkey burger which he deemed very good, and the other got chicken tenders and fries.

Service was excellent. Our server was very attentive and pleasant without being overbearing. Restrooms are in the lobby of the hotel and are spotless. This is a good stop before the baseball game, and far enough away so that it's not packed and loud like some of the places closer to Fenway Park. There is noise from traffic on Boylston Street (trucks, sirens, etc.) and lots of people walking by, and one young man with a skateboard asked if we were done with our fries, but it didn't really take away from our enjoyable experience. Next time I will check out dining inside. I definitely recommend.

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RI
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening with great Irish fare.
Service was attentive.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I would suggest beer and appetizers instead of entrées. The shepherds pie was watery, lacking vegetables, and did not have enough mashed potatoes. The Mac and cheese was lacking flavor.

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J
New England
64 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was better than I remembered, always love the classy Irish feel here.

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D
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at a street side table and enjoyed a fabulous meal. Our waitress was attentive without hovering. She made great recommendations. The Irish Meatloaf was absolutely amazing - so flavorful and delicious. Brussels sprouts combined with great mashed potatoes rounded out the meal. Can't wait to go back to Solas!

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