Stephanie's On Newbury

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3331 reviews
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Comfort Food
Stephanie's on Newbury has now become an institution in Boston. Located in the heart of one of Boston's most historic streets and upscale shopping districts, Stephanie's has been serving 'Sophisticated Comfort Food' in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere since 1994. Locals, travelers and shoppers alike favor this classic American bistro because of its commitment to blending old fashioned American favorites with a current, fresh twist. Stephanie's is casual elegance at its best with one of the city's most fashionable sidewalk cafes, popular club-like bar and cozy sky lit dining spaces. **Reservations are for inside seating only. Also, if the time you request is not available, please call the restaurant directly.**
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New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance and service. My Greek salad with chicken was embarrassingly overpriced even for Newbury Street and Boston. You can do better at many other places on Newbury Street.

Regular in the city.

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JM
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very nice brunch! We like Stephanie’s very much.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food never disappoints at Stephanie’s. The Mac and cheese is a winner. So is the lobster guac. Tiffany was an excellent server, too! We’ll be back for post marathon eats next year.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food, nice table for a conversation but service could have been better. Orders were not correct twice. Better attention to details needed.

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MB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

It was very busy on Sunday, as the weather was nice and it was a holiday weekend. Even with reservations we still had to wait close to 10 minutes to be seated (hosts were very nice and apologetic!!). Once we were seated, no one came over and after 15 minutes of just sitting there, I called a waitress over and asked if we could at least order drinks. After another 10 minute wait, the drinks came and our waiter scurried off before taking our order. After waiting another 10 or so minutes, he came and took our order. We were seated for more than 30 minutes before we were able to order (almost 45 min. after our reservation time). What's the point of a reservation???
The food came fairly quickly. My friend ordered the egg skillet and it was ok. It was very greasy(clearly cooked in an excess of butter) but it was edible. Which is more than I can say for my french toast. The menu said pan fried with mascarpone cheese and jam. There was no cheese and it was deep fried. Fried.To.Death. I pushed on it with my fork and grease oozed out of the bread. There was jam in between, but no cheese. I ate a few bites and that was all I could stomach- it was just so greasy!!
The service left a lot to be desired. I shouldn't have to ask for syrup, water, etc. I shouldn't have to flag down anyone I can find to get the bill. I get that it's busy, but either manage your reservations better or hire more staff.
I had a friend visiting from out of town and was hoping to treat her to a nice brunch. We both left slightly hungry, annoyed and with a serious dent in my pocket.

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NR
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very loud and our service was really slow.

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LL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We come to Stephanies every year for Sunday brunch before the marathon. Great pancakes!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was delicious and fish cooked perfectly. My main complaint was the noise level. We had a table of 8 and we had to shout the whole evening to hear each other. There were several large parties where we were seated but it was noisy everywhere in the restaurant. That is the reason for my lower grade.

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New England
33 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We have been to Stephanie’s restaurant many times over the years, but this time was our worst experience. The service was extremely poor, worst we ever had there. I had the scallop dish and other choices were salmon and fish and chips at the table. The food was average.

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B
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Love the menu!

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EG
New England
18 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We expected it to be busy since it was Marathon weekend, but it was apparent that the restaurant was ill-prepared. This is surprising because the Marathon has been happening for years, and Stephanie’s has been in its current location for years. The food was barely fine, definitely overpriced, and just average all around. Without their location, there really isn’t much going for them.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Worst crab cakes in the city. Too much bread crumbs and couldn’t taste the crab meat with the crab Benedict

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A last minute reservation at the suggestion of friends. Met all expectations. Wait staff very attentive.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal.
Great server who was originally from Columbia.
She was warm, personable and efficient.

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LS
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

I wont go back. Too noisy. Limited menu. Horrible service.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always solid brunch

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JN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love Stephanie’s! The Bloody Mary special every Sunday is wonderful and fun. The menu is diverse for any palate and the food is made with great care. Service can be slow at the bar at times but although busy, the table service was fantastic.

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great brunch. Most dishes are reasonably priced for Boston. The pancakes are excessively overpriced, more expensive than egg dishes. My favorite dishes are the carnitas and eggs in a skillet.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Great location, mediocre food. Everything came out barely warm. Wanted to try because it was highly recommended. There are much better brunches in Boston.

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OD
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A little pricey, but overall a great place to go, especially for brunch

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New England
21 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and menu choices. Staff very attentive.

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MD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Noisy and hard to talk freely with tables so close.

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New England
42 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Disappointed with visit today. Place is in need of an cosmetic uplift. Not very clean and felt dirty. Fried chicken sandwich was cold. Fish and chips were heavy on batter and small piece of fish.

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MW
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't been to Stephanie's in a long time. It's always been a favorite and it was great to see some things never change. The food was fabulous and the service was top notch!!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stephanie's On Newbury is our go to when treating ourselves to a fun Sunday brunch. The food is always perfect. The mimosas are delicious and the service is consistently exceptional. The staff is attentive without a sense of urgency dispite the energetic pace of the dininng room. Our family enjoys scene which is filled with multigenerational families, couples, friends or special events. Everyone is enjoying the great food and fun atmosphere that is Stephanie's On Newbury.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stephanies is always great. Very consistent and warm atmosphere. Its our special place to go

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

was nice but extremely noisy and very crowded

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

Our table was ready right away. The waiter was fantastic and recommended a good wine and the food was wonderful. Loved the atmosphere and our cozy booth.

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

Hands Down, Our new favorite spot. They make the simple, taste and look elegant.

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Boise
23 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always! We try to have brunch at Stephanie’s every Sunday if we can. Service always stellar! Love Eggs Benedict and lobster guacamole, especially.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Extremely disappointed with the service. Took a long time to be greeted by a server once seated, didn’t offer warm bread when every table around us had it, didn’t check in on food. Terrible service and mediocre food. Wasn’t worth the price.

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W
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and a really nice meal

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RS
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun, good food and atmosphere

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D
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant for Brunch! We really enjoyed our meal.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was very good but portions were small for the price.

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TN
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastique!
I will try Sonia and see which one tastes better. However, Stephanie is a good place to come

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AM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the waitstaff were very friendly! Can’t wait to go back!

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were sat in the upstairs section, central table, which was fine, but for the fact that cool air was blown onto us by air conditioners, which made some of our guests feel a bit cold. Is it possible to redirect the air upwards, rather than at the guests directly? The food was fine, although one guest's requested medium rare strip steak was more medium to overdone. The waiter was poor, being unsure of what he was supposed to do, and at times snappy. Charitably, this may have been because he was new or untrained, or both. That said, previous visits to the restaurant have been better than this one, plus it has the benefit of plenty of tables, so is often easier to book when other smaller, more upscale restaurants are booked out.

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CL
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fun Boston establishment. Great food and make sure to try the make-your-own Bloody Marys - they’re delicious!

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