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Stephanie's On Newbury, Boston, MA

Stephanie's On Newbury

4.3
4.3
142 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 236-0990

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Sebastian Zuluaga

  • Private party facilities

    The semi-private facility accommodates up to 45 people.

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Cross street

    Exeter Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Copley Square - Green LineBack Bay Station - Orange Line

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 142 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OF

    OaklandFoodie

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We ate at Stephanie's many times a year back when we lived in Boston over a decade ago. This is the first time we've returned in that long and were so sad to see it is just a plain old tourist trap now. The food was terrible and the service even worse. Our waiter accused us of mis-ordering twice when we had to correct what was sent to our table. The clam chowder looked and tasted like it had been sitting under a heat lamp for hours and when our over-easy egg arrived with raw egg-white all over the plate, the waiter told us that's how we ordered it. The interior is broken down, dated and dark and the music they were playing would be better suited for a fraternity party. Honestly the most disappointing meal we had all week (including the disgusting sandwich we bought at a Mass Pike rest area).

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2021

    overall2food1service4ambience4

    The salad was completely underwhelming. Can get a better salad at Panera. Location great and service decent.

  3. m

    marciaf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was excellent! Everything we ordered was amazing. The drinks were great too. Wonderful service. Highly recommend!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Food was amazing

  5. SB

    SarahB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Food was sub par at best. Take your money elsewhere.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    This isn’t the Stephanie’s on Newbury it used to be. It’s more like a dinner atmosphere now, one where you bring your kids on a Friday night out. Food was fine but nothing special. The bacon on my burger was burnt, literally black, but it was cooked how I wanted it med rare. Service was crap though and instead of taking ownership of error in getting us drinks blamed it on the printer at the bar running out of paper. I’m not sure I would go back again as we we’re looking for a nice evening out at a good restaurant and this just wasn’t it anymore. Fact the servers used to wear white button down shirts with crisp black aprons, now they wear dirty polos that say Stephanie’s on the back like you would see at Jonny rockets.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    it’s was awesome the food was so amazing!

  8. CC

    CeeCee

    Philadelphia

    77 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    I was there for lunch on a Friday and erroneously, on my part, was expecting a brunch menu. Thought menu was boring. Chopped salad had great ingredients but was tasteless. When I asked for pepper, I was given an ordinary pepper shaker. They have no pepper mills. Drinks were fine, but when I ordered a Bloody Mary, server asked if Tito's was OK. I said sure, not know that it was an upcharge. she should have been more specific. I thought $15 was high. Don't know what cost would be for the same drink using their house vodka. I won't be back.

  9. LC

    LisaC

    Key West

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    The food was decent but service was lacking. Out of water, cocktails empty, trying to flag down waiter numerous times. I'd expect more pay $100 plus for a meal!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great! Had a nice outdoor di

  11. WB

    WendyB

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    Been to Stephanie’s many times and had a great experience. Unfortunately this time the wait staff could not have been more disengaged and unfriendly. Felt like we were putting him out just being there. Hopefully just a fluke.

  12. SS

    StuartS

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Slightly disappointing

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Would have been a better experience if our server would have been welcoming, helpful. kind of caring. Instead we hit abrupt, abbreviated and abhorrent attitude. Will think twice next time about returning. Food wasn’t bad but server ruined it for us

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2021

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    Food was not good at all waiter was rushing us will not be going back

  15. NM

    NormanM

    New England

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    I really enjoyed my dining experience the, appetizer (Calamari) was the best appetizer I ever had (the best!!) and my dinner was Shrimp Scampi was very good my wife had a steak with French fries and she enjoyed it and my daughter had Chicken tenders. with French fries and she loved the Macaroni and Cheese. All and all enjoy the food and also loved the vibe (the 🎶 music was good too). Would highly recommended anybody to dine at Stephanie's.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Father’s Day Brunch with the hubby 💖

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The host on duty at the time of our arrival was extremely rude and appeared to have little to no customer service training. An incident occurred a little later at a table near to ours (no-one hurt and not the restaurant’s fault) and he fell over himself to help them. Comparing that to how he treated me on arrival I do wonder if he has a racial prejudice - I am not white, while the occupants of table who had the incident were. Our server was fantastic and made our visit truly enjoyable, which is why I rated the service as 4. The service from the host was ‘0’.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was very busy on a Friday night, as expected, but the slight wait for food was completely (and then some) made up for with the most delicious, fresh, dinner. Thank you!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Our server and food were great!

  20. J

    Jack

    New England

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about our experience last night was wonderful. We were able to be seated outside across from the hostess stand which is what I had requested but wasn't sure it would be possible with first come first serve. The server was aware of my food allergies and was incredibly attentive walking over every step to make sure I knew the lengths they were going to. Service, food and atmosphere were excellent. We will definitely be back to Stephanie's again soon.

  21. n

    natalied

    New England

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2021

    overall2food5service1ambience3

    I love the food at this restaurant but the service is always a let down. The server was great in the beginning. We ordered our food and the drinks came fast. The food was so good… big problem was the server never came back to ask if we needed anything. My glass was empty for a while. I held up my glass and someone finally saw me. I understand that the restaurant might be understaffed but that is not the case. There were a lot of people bringing out food. I know you can’t control the weather but the still was at a standstill when the rain came. Instead of tending to the people getting rained on. they kept bringing out food … guest needs … I work for a hotel and I like to recommend this restaurant but the service stops me from doing so… I wish this restaurant all the best and I understand we are in hard time but I have given this place too many chances… I don’t need someone to reply back to me. I am looking to express how I feel…

  22. d

    dianem

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    It's definitely not what it used to be. Average at best

  23. L

    Luv2ventureout

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2021

    overall3food2service1ambience3

    I had been to Stephanie’s for dinner in the past, but we went for brunch & I was very disappointed.

  24. SS

    SasStls

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Service was so, so awful, we would never go back! It took several minutes to even get somebody to come to our table to take a drink order. Our waitress brought out a dirty spoon, then she forgot my friend’s tea even after we reminded her, twice. Food was mediocre. Also, we were having trouble with the electronic payment machine and each time we tried to flag down an employee, they’d literally make eye contact with one of us but would keep walking! Couldn’t believe it. Truly a ridiculous experience.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    The food was very average, unlike the past. Our order was incorrect twice and the brunch was very bland. Disappointing experience. The other restaurants with outdoor seating allow dogs.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    We loved it everything was amazing.... the drinks were delicious I had the Paloma and then the rum punch both top notch. For apps we had the nachos and calamari both were delicious and we devoured them. I personally had the turkey club for my entree and besides it needing a little more Mayo for my liking it was amazing as well. Everything was so good I knew I had to go full circle and get a desert so I got the NY cheesecake which was of course great as well. Definitely will be returning!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Food was mediocre at best and extremely pricey for the taste. Would not recommend

  28. SG

    ShiruG

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Didn’t love it. The food was ok and the service not the best.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2021

    overall4food5service2ambience3

    The servers here did not pay attention to us at all, although the food was great. The cornbread was incredible.

  30. f

    foodie32

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    We've been going to Stephanies for brunch for years. Very disappointed in the food this time. Location and ambiance is great but feel like they are really making no effort w their food

  31. CG

    CGessner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Great Sunday brunch at Stephanie's. All of us in our party (4 people) had the breakfast skillet which was fantastic. We dined outside on the sidewalk and the tables were clean, and it was relatively quiet as well. Service was average and could have been a bit more attentive, but it wasn't to the point where anyone was complaining. Overall, service was OK; but nothing more than that. This is my "go to" spot for breakfast when I'm in Boston and it never has disappointed.

  32. K

    Kraze

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was worth it in every aspect, the food was great and the waiter was attentive

  33. MP

    MichaelP

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Have to figure out how to condition the space inside while serving the outside. Way too hot and humid inside

  34. AK

    AmyK

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    Used to be one of our favorite casual places. Items taken off menu that we loved. Food was bland. Very disappointing.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Food was not up to our Stephanie’s expectations. We’ve been going for years and this was our worst experience ever.

  36. AC

    AljaeC

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Food was excellent. Great service from our waiter. Only 4 stars because noise level and have to wait a long time for our check.

  37. M

    Megan

    New England

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Hopping place with a big, varied and delicious menu. Great vegan options.

  38. CS

    ChanayaS

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Loved it, going back soon

  39. QC

    QuentinC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Enjoyed the service and menu options. They have nice mixed drinks but don’t have a real wine menu. We dined outdoors so maybe they didn’t offer the wine menu for outdoor diners.

  40. KM

    KateM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2021

    overall1food4service1ambience2

    I am very disappointed with their customer service: when I made my reservation, I specifically wrote in the comments section that we want to sit outside, however, when we arrived, we were told that there is an additional 20 minute wait for an outside table. We ended up sitting inside, which I did not enjoy at all! They have plenty of outside tables, so I don't understand why they couldn't accommodate my request that I made in advance. Very disappointed!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Stephanie's On Newbury offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 236-0990.

Stephanie's On Newbury is rated 4.3 stars by 142 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Exeter Street

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Copley Square - Green LineBack Bay Station - Orange Line

  • Executive chef

    Sebastian Zuluaga

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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