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Tavern Allston

3.9
3.9
85 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Welcome to Allston’s Best Restaurant & Bar!

Tavern in the Square Allston is the neighborhood spot for college students, locals, and working professionals. We’re the place to be all semester long with DJs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Keep the party going on Sunday with our awesome brunch. Need a break from the office? Try us out for lunch! On game day, post up with us to catch all the action of your favorite teams on our 58 TV's! Bring the family for parents weekend, our menu has something to please everyone, and Homecoming weekend Tavern is the place to catch up and reminisce. One of Boston’s most beloved nightlife destinations! 21+ After 10pm. Come see what we have to offer!

Located near Brighton Music Hall, Agganis Arena, and Boston University.

Follow us on Instagram: @taverninthesquareallston and Twitter: @TavernintheSq


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–12:00 am Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 11:30 am–2:00 am Sun 11:30 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (617) 782-8100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Allston

  • Cross street

    Harvard Ave.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Green Line: Packards Corner, Harvard Avenue

  • Entertainment

    DJ's every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nightsStump Trivia Tuesday nights 8:00pm - 10:00pm58 TV's to watch all your sporting events

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 85 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 3.5Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. MM

    MeMc

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Service was awful. The drinks took 45 mins to get to the table. No even joking. 3-4 bartenders behind that bar and a 45 minute wait for drinks? The server barely came by to check in. Seriously wished we just left.
  2. K

    Kmbrlykat

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Second time dining here; chose it this time based on semi-convenience to Agganis Arena/BU hockey game. Food was good…they have some interesting choices. Ambiance is decent—huge bar; guessing it gets quite busy later at night. Server (female) was friendly but that’s about it…not very attentive or efficient; was hanging out chatting at bar while we waited for extra chips (that they charge for—and never received), and then at hostess stand when we wanted to pay. Not trying to get her in trouble…just be better—and less chatty w/ coworkers in plain sight while your table waits for stuff.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service was slow
  4. N

    None

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good food, options for people with allergies. Parking on Friday night was a little difficult at the Allston location.
  5. ST

    SusanT

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Ordered the Asian Ribs app and the description didn't match what we got. No pineapple or fortune cookie, three ribs. Dinner (Steak Tips) came with lukewarm sides (mashed) and broccoli that was supposed to be oven roasted green beans. Kitchen should attempt to have food match menu description. Was not impressed. Steak tips were cooked correctly and tasted good, but again, menu described a marinade and you could not taste it.
  6. O

    Olga

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I loved that many things could be made gluten free.
  7. w

    wontbebackhere

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    arrived and waited five minutes to get seated. no one was around so we sat at the bar which took another five minutes to get attention. we ordered a strawberry fishbowl that tasted disgusting. we’ve been to tavern in the square in lowell and burlington and their drinks are always amazing even if late. this tasted so gross. we ended up returning it and going to lone star because we were so turned off for our valentine date. won’t come back to this location again.
  8. E

    Elena

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Sat down at 9:30, ordered drinks and an appetizer. Was not told that the kitchen would close at 10:00 (which contradicts their “late night” menu hours), so we could not order food.
  9. JJ

    JJNAA

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was much better than expected. Great selection of beers. We sat outside which was good but Brighton Ave is a busy street with plenty of bus traffic so loud.
  10. E

    Elizabeth

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We enjoy the Tarven! Great environment :) and friendly staff.
  11. UC

    UnhappyCustomer

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    When I arrived with my party, we were met at the door and the woman told us, walk ins were no longer allowed, they were only accepting reservations. When we asked if there were reservations available, her response was we needed to go through OpenTable. I asked again, if there were reservations available, she stated they do not make them at the door, we need to go through OpenTable. The restaurant was pretty empty, so I assumed there was space available. Rather than informing us if it was worth looking or booking, she just reiterated to go through OpenTable. When I looked, there were reservations available, I booked it. Then she replied, Ok I can seat you now. If it wasn't for the fact that we were hungry and secured parking after a couple loops around, we would not have stayed because this woman did not seem like they wanted customers. Luckily, our server was nice.
  12. WP

    WendolynP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved It had an excellent restaurant. We will be back again
  13. JS

    JasonS

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Great outdoor dining. Large portions. Good value.
  14. BR

    BostonRob

    New England

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Phoned in to ask if I could have 7 reserved seats instead of 6. Was rudely told that was against Pandemic laws. After we got to the place, our waitress took our first round of orders then didn’t come back for an entire hour. Bad service. We were seated in the area on the left where it smelled like old paint/construction. Neon blue light made it hard to scan the QR code for the menu. Would have preferred to be seated in the main bar/restaurant area.
  15. KD

    KylieD

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall2food5service1ambience1
    Made a reservation a week in advanced for my birthday just to be told that my party can’t sit together when we arrived. We were told when making the reservation we could be seated together, and if we knew we wouldn’t be in the end, I would have definitely chosen somewhere else. The manager was extremely rude, and the hosts kept saying they would see if they would seat us together just to never come back and avoid us. It was a terrible experience and I wish I went somewhere else. However, our waitress was very nice and apologetic and the food was good.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2021

    overall1food4service5ambience5
    Called ahead to check if under 21s could go, we were told yes, then we were seated by the manager after our IDs were checked and a few minutes later he said our under 21 friend couldn’t be there even though he wasn’t drinking. Very uncalled for and ruined the night.
  17. r

    reviewanonymous

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was very attentive and the food delivery was timely. The waiters and waitresses were very friendly
  18. C

    Christine

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Such a fun Friday night happy hour! Four of us had 2-3 drinks and split appetizers and the bill was only $50 each with full tip. Recommend the broccoli and chicken tenders! The outside area was lovely and our server Shannon was great.
  19. CC

    CeceC

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    the waiter was nice but it tooks 35 mins to get our drinks. The service was very slow all night, we ended up leaving early.
  20. CC

    CeceC

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service was slow at first but overall friendly waitress and good atmosphere
  21. j

    justafoodie

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2021

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    It took us 40 ish minutes of sitting at our table to actually have a waiter address us... but otherwise, great time!
  22. a

    andreagriff

    New England

    38 reviews

    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    My husband and I went here for lunch on Saturday. It is very spacious. The menu had a great variety. Our server was adequate.
  23. KA

    KrisAn

    Denver

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Food is overpriced. environment is great. service poor, as I accidentally spilled my soda and cleaned it up, but we still got charged for an extra soda to replace it and also the soda was super diluted and tasted bad.
  24. D

    Doug79

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They were closed!! Took our reservation but they were not open.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2020

    overall2food5service3ambience2
    The manager is so rude and an awful person. The service is never really that great here but the food is good and the drinks are cheaper than most other bars.
  26. EJ

    EricaJ

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great bar food, great options for vegetarians
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Overall good, definitely the best restaurant in the Allston area, had a sports bar vibe as there were many TVs, also had outdoor seating
  28. JB

    JenniferB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food n service! And a great spot to wAtch the game (lots of tvs!)
  29. BS

    BrianS

    New England

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent time, good apps, quality beer!
  30. RJ

    RobbeeeJ

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The restaurant was empty when my dining partner were there between normal meal service times, service was very attentive and we were just "snacking" on basic bar food...which was way above normal pub quality in my opinion. I'd definitely go there again.
  31. MF

    MegF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best service, drinks, and atmosphere! They are also being safe!!
  32. ST

    SarahT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I was looking foward to brunch and there was none
  33. LW

    LisaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were extremely accommodating and the food/drinks were reasonably priced and good quality.
  34. BS

    BelaS

    New England

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All things considered service and food very good.
  35. DF

    DonnaF

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    This was our first time. It was a fun place for a birthday dinner!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Didn’t have tableware the entire time... left after appetizers... drink didn’t taste lol any alcohol
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My meal was fantastic how ever I went in for their Saturday brunch that I saw on Open Table and after I sat down was I informed they no longer offer brunch so I was very disappointed. They service and food was still great but not what I wanted.
  38. BS

    BelaS

    New England

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really good brunch, wide variety and good quality. Great coffee! Service was really good.
  39. KL

    KL23

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Was so excited for brunch here, in the summer they had an a la carte breakfast like the cinnamon roll waffles but on this visit the buffet was the only option. Compared to Burlington location this buffet doesn’t have as many options and no omelette bar. The service here is excellent every time though! Waitstaff is extremely attentive and friendly
  40. CW

    ClarkWayne

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Service was poor all-around and inattentive. Excessive delays serving drinks, excessive delays serving meals (at a time when it wasn’t terribly busy). And to top off our dining experience the server misplaced my credit card when closing out our check. She and several other servers were scrambling around the restaurant looking for it (ultimately someone found it with another party’s check. Restaurant temperature was also uncomfortably cold (my daughter ate her food while her winter coat on!). As such this restaurant officially made it onto my family’s blacklist if restaurants to never return to.

FAQs

Tavern Allston is rated 3.9 stars by 85 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Tavern Allston

161 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Harvard Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Allston

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–12:00 am Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 11:30 am–2:00 am Sun 11:30 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Green Line: Packards Corner, Harvard Avenue

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    DJ's every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nightsStump Trivia Tuesday nights 8:00pm - 10:00pm58 TV's to watch all your sporting events

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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