Stephanie's On Newbury

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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
140 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We sat outside on the patio for brunch. It was cool but we wanted to take advantage of a bright day in October. The patio was full and the tables very close together. We both chose shakshuka which was basically tomato sauce with eggs. It was served with bread to mop up the sauce and was tasty enough. Coffee was also OK but not great. The best part of the meal was the service. Our waitress brought the food very quickly and responded promptly to our requests. Water glasses were refilled frequently. I thought the prices were high. You can eat better for less elsewhere.

T
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner on Monday night. Restaurant was half full. Seated right away. Food came out promptly and was delicious. Service was responsive but also relaxed. Perfect for a leisurely work dinner.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and atmosphere are great. The menu is unique with interesting, tasty options.

S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service as usual. Good Bloody Mary too but disappointed in the decision to remove the meat and cheese skewer from the Customize your Bloody Mary menu

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Was told there was many gluten free options for my daughter but they ended up only having 1 choice once we arrived.

DB
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server was incredible - attentive, friendly, timely.

Stephanie's On Newbury
Responded on October 3, 2019

Thank you for your review!!

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S
Salt Lake City
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Our waitress was friendly and attentive but our order was prepared incorrectly, despite a long discussion about needed the sauce on the side. Food was unremarkable. Great location and comfortable atmosphere.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Very slow but worth the wait

MG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Host was inundated with amount of calls that she was rushing to sit us down. No hello, no conversation at all. Our waitress forgot to give us utensils . When our appetizer came we did not get plates either. Had to eat monkey bread from plate. Food was good, will think twice before coming back.

F
Wilmington
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend recommended and we were so happy we went. Awesome Bloody Mary’s and the Shakshouka was delicious- have been wanting to try this dish for ages. Decor is really unique.

DT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

Table not ready on time, redirected to bar then forgot about. Mac & cheese very bland (tasteless). Wife ordered dry white wine, waitress advised to try champagne cocktail ($8 extra) when it came it was very sweet. Didn’t drink it !

c
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Unbelievably loud and restrooms were clogged

MD
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

A favorite spot is a favorite no more. Mediocre food. Very bad service. Sad to see a place you enjoyed going to the -gosh what happened? That used to be a great place. Category.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Outdoor greeter seemed less than happy to there on the day of our visit. Everyone else we interacted with - especially our server - were incredible and helpful. We love to visit this city and Stephanie’s is one of our “must go to” places. The greeter experience was a total one-off this time. Maybe he was having a bad day - we all have them.

OT
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Service on both my visits was upsetting. I will write a full review after giving management an opportunity to respond.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was very bad. They brought the food and there was not silverware on the table.

They took forever to bring the menu even though the place was empty. They didn’t refill the coffee.


Do not recommend this place

MK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

It was a shockingly horrible experience from beginning to end. Too many details to illustrate and even the manager showed absolutely no care or concern whatsoever. This has always been one of our all time favorite spots but sadly no longer

TN
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made a 5PM reservation for me, my daughter and mom on 9/22/19, it was my daughters 17th birthday. I called Stephanie to possibly change the reservation to 3PM. When i called which was sometime after 12PM but not quit 1PM, i was informed by the lady who answered that the menu between 3-5pm was a lighter menu so I said forget it i will keep my original reservation for 5PM, the lady informed me that that if I wanted to come @ 3PM it would be fine and the chef would be able to accommodate us if we wanted to order from the dinner menu. I was like great I will take the 3PM reservation. It was my daughters birthday we were not coming for salad and sandwiches. So we get there and there is a guy with a pink shirt we checked in with. So i informed him of what the situation was and what I was told. He pretty much shrugged us off stating "sorry you were misinformed but the kitchen would not be able to accommodate you, the kitchen is in transition to dinner. I was was livid, steaming mad. We came out to celebrate my daughters birthday and not only do you have people giving misinformation over the phone but this guy was not willing to help figure something else out or anything, he pretty much said sorry, hears the menu you can order brunch since we have 10 min left before brunch is over or you can order from the light menu. I dont know if this is how Stephanies treats its customers or what. But for someone coming to your establishment for the first time and having a family member who came to celebrate her birthday, this was the worst experience I have ever had in an establishment. THANK YOU VERY MUCH STEPHANIE'S FOR RUINING MY DAUGHTERS 17TH BIRTHDAY ON SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY. WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS. THANKS AGAIN

Stephanie's On Newbury
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you Tonie for reaching out to upper management. This situation will be handled internally, and we are thankful for your patience in the matter. We look forward to rectifying this situation and providing you and your daughter a wonderful experience in the future. Sincerely, Sara Botka General Manager

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GL
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

This used to be the place to be and be seen with top quality food. Not anymore. It is still $$$ but the food is bad, the waitstaff thinks they are the elite and the over all ROI is POOR.

HC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Enjoyed Stephanie's brunch but missed the opportunity to have the burger. Solid menu and drinks list.

Stephanie's On Newbury
Responded on September 26, 2019

Thank you for visiting us!

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PR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there for brunch; food was great. Tiffany was best waitress ever. It was very busy so a lot of people were talking. There is no reason to play the music so loud on top of that. The waitress could barely hear us ordering. Other than the music, I highly recommend Stephanie’s.

Stephanie's On Newbury
Responded on September 26, 2019

Thank you for your feedback Paula. We will pass your praise along to Tiffany!

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PA
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. A fun place,
comfy food and place

Stephanie's On Newbury
Responded on September 26, 2019

Thank you for visiting us!

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MB
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Understandably busy during lunch because the lobster roll and tuna melt were delicious! Fairly loud and seated close together like a coffee shop atmosphere.

Stephanie's On Newbury
Responded on September 26, 2019

Thank you for visiting us!

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D
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In Boston for a business meeting. Brought my colleagues here. All 8 enjoyed the dinner and atmosphere. This is the 5th time to visit Boston in recent years and our 4th at Stephanie’s. Enough said!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were terrific. The steaks were flavorful and cooked to correct temp. Highly recommend the Lobster Roll. Wait staff very attentive.

R
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Mediocre at best
Only busy because of location

DC
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Lobster pot pie very soupy and brick chicken dry.
Rolls were old and reheated.
Very disappointing

EA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience at Stephanie’s food was excellent including g the Boston cream pie

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We sat outside and it was a very nice place but the amount of food we were given was smaller than expected regarding the price of the meals. We had brunch and thought it was great but only complaint would be the portion size was much smaller than what we thought was fair for the price.

Stephanie's On Newbury
Responded on September 26, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We will pass this along to our chef for improvement!

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RD
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was incredible and the specialty cocktails were unique and interesting. The only issue - a server was a little pushy toward the end trying to get us out of there, though it was not crowded on a Wednesday night and it was hours from close. Our actual waiter was patient, but another server kept trying to grab our check, which clearly hadn't moved since being placed on the table, when we were still finishing our drinks and engrossed in conversation. Food gets an A, service gets a B-.

DD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for food and drinks ... Perfect location!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Waited over hour for the food
And they still forgot one entre

C
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nicholas worked hard to take care of our service. Main course came out before my first drink order which was odd. Overall food was very good and overall service was as expected,

Stephanie's On Newbury
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you for your review, I have passed this along to Nic for him to see! We appreciate the positive feedback!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

This place was loud- completely ruined a good time. The service was awful. The food was good and the drinks were tasty, but that was the only nice part about it.

LL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Despite having a reservation, the hostest told me the only table available was next to the open window (and it was 60 degrees out). If I wanted an indoor table, I'd have to wait 20 minutes.

MP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good. A bit cramped but the bloody Mary’s are worth it

V
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch. Monkey bread is wonderful. Wait staff was lovely. We all loved our meals. Highly recommend.

Stephanie's On Newbury
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you for reviewing us!

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MR
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

It's a very trendy spot, pretty noisy, and while the menu sounds special, the food doesn't really deliver.

B
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here many times. The food is exceptional. Truffle fries, Tuna Melt, all salads... Mac & Cheese. Perfect. Fun active spot. Solid service. See you again.

H
Grand Rapids
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Not as good as it used to be. Food had no flavor. Menu selections need to be updated.
Looks tired.

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