The Black Rose

4.6
90 Reviews
$30 and under
Irish
For the past 40 years, The Black Rose has been Boston’s premier Irish pub and restaurant. Located in the heart of Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall and steps from the city’s celebrated waterfront, The Black Rose has been serving up perfect pints of Guinness and traditional Irish fare 365 days a year since 1976. It’s a beloved Boston institution, prompting the Boston Globe to call it “The Fenway Park of Irish pubs.”

It’s name comes from the Gaelic term “Roisin Dubh” or the small black rose, which originates from a 17th century poem inked by an anonymous author who wrote: “Over the highways and byways the pilgrim goes aflame with the name of my small black rose.”

This is the essence of the Black Rose: an experience to stimulate the senses and create memories for years to come.

Pints are poured by staff with authentic brogues, the cuisine is authentic yet inventive, and there is live Irish music seven nights a week, all year round.

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BMF2652
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our first dinner in Boston since whole pandemic started, bartender/waitstaff was very attentive, can’t wait to go back

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hawthorn
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

homey and friendly and inspiring, all at the same time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

20 year anniversary and st paddy’s day

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vipChrissyC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Went on St. Patrick’s Day. Fun Irish ambiance with music. Food is reasonably priced but not a place I would go for good quality Irish food...it was just OK. If you’re looking for a place to eat pub food, have some drinks and some fun, this is a good place to go with friends.

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Jojo
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! service was fast and friendly. Food was delicious.

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SheilaG
New England
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were there early on St Patrick's Day. It took a few minutes to get waited on initially but after that service was excellent. My son had a burger and I had the Shepherd's Pie which was very tasty. We also had the corned beef and cabbage spring rolls. Music was playing on the tv so there was noise, but not unreasonable. Staff wiped down tables and chairs with disinfectant between customers, 90 minute rule was followed, and there are plexiglass partitions between tables.

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GirlWhoEats
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Was thrilled to know they would open at 8am on St. Paddy’s Day. It was the perfect way to end long night shift and start my birthday celebrations!

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kristi10
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service and location. Will be visiting again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

This place was fun for a drink, but not great for a meal

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently went to The Black Rose to have lunch with my family, and I had a wonderful time! The service was great, the food was tasty and I felt very comfortable with the way they were handling the COVID guidelines. Would definitely return and would recommend to others!!

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Virginia
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our Evening in Boston with the Rose as the center of the evening. Tommy and the staff were wonderful

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TimG
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed. We tried the phone number on web site and it was disconnected.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food2service2ambience5

Really great atmosphere

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WendyanneM
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect all around! Delicious food! Perfect service! Beautiful atmosphere! It really is the best place to go!

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asw0210
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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TaraD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and staff were great. I am sure it is much louder when they are open fully. They were great about cleaning, separation of tables and making sure people were not bunched together as they need to during current covid restrictions. Dinner was great (oysters, chowder and lobster BLT’s) and menu had something for everyone. Looking forward to going back and enjoying dinner when things are back to “normal”.

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Pamelalowe1967
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a solid Irish Pub in Boston. Great decor, large place with TVs playing rugby or soccer. The food is good, but a lot of it is bar food. The portions are generous. The service we had was outstanding.

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vipMilady
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I was looking for a nice old-fashioned Irish Pub. Most of the food that we ordered was very good especially the whiskey chicken wings the shepherd's pie was phenomenal it must be one of the best Shepherd's pies I ever had. And of course they had my beer on tap which is Smithwick I truly enjoyed my two visits to the Black Rose and will definitely return on any future trips to Boston

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vipAndrewA
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Took 15 minutes after being seated to be asked about drinks. Place was not busy and for the time of evening on a Saturday. Food was solid though. Ambiance was really lacking- I’ll chalk up to Cvd - but other Irish bars where hopping.

MJ
MaryJ
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed eating at The Black Rose. The menu had a great variety of Irish and American dishes. My husband had Shepard's pie and loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service

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NicoleW
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We arrived early and were seated immediately. We had outdoor seating the picnic tables seemed a little wobbly however with the current pandemic and restaurants rushing the get outdoor seating available for patrons that is totally understandable. Our waiter was great and the food was great. I would definitely go again.

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ReginaS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING service food location and staff. Go, like right now, and treat yourself to some seriously epic food and kind people.

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VanessaD
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place! The staff is so wonderful and lovely to interact with. The atmosphere is as close to a traditional tavern/pub you can get in the US, which is a win-win for my husband and I. We love it here. Guiness and Jameson wings for the win!

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vipElizabeth
New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there for Valentines day, food was delicious, service was excellent and live music was amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place for a meal. Def a diff type of menu (Irish...yum!) but American dishes as well. Atmosphere was typical Boston.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations through their website and walked fifteen minutes in the cold to find a locked up empty restaurant!!! Called the number and no answer! Very disappointed!

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vipJustinG
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Service good, food was terrible. Fish and chips some of the worst I have had. I should of guessed for being such an iconic piece of Boston nobody was in there! Have a Guinness and then held elsewhere to eat!

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vipdiningdiva
New England
69 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to let your hair down, enjoy the apps and the ambiance. Fun music always at the Black Rose. Loved the dip with the pretzels and wished we'd had a bowl of it! - the Cheesy one!

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vipLKFoodie
New England
33 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really fun, loud Irish Pub that has live music, depending on what time you go. Typical Irish fare that you would expect on any tavern menu. I had the corned beef sandwich, which was served on thick cut, super soft rye , with spicy mustard and ample amount of beef - It was outstanding!!
My friend got the fish and chips, which she enjoyed very much. The fish was coated with a nice crispy batter.

Food was reasonably priced. Quality of food was excellent and service efficient and friendly.

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Manduhbear
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Went for a quick baits, a drink, and to watch the Super Bowl. It was not busy, music was super loud, and food was OK

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ScottW
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was excellent and the entertainer, Jinny McGrath, was fantastic! Our waitress never smiled and looked to not want to be working. Sad because the four of us spent over $300.

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ThomasC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dined at the Black Rose two nights in a row as my business guests had mistakenly provided the wrong arrival date. The first night I had the Black Rose Burger. The Guinness onions on the burger were really good but the burger, more like a slider, was lost in the bun and toppings. My dinner guest, night one, had the beet salad (excellent) and the potato skins, which can be used as a personal defense weapon. Night two was much better. I had the grilled salmon, with jasmine rice and vegetables, perfectly cooked and delicious!! Two of my diner guests had the Shepard's Pie and loved it! The third, despite my warning, decided both burger offerings couldn't be that bad tried the only other burger on the menu, the 40th Anniversary Burger. Without any prompting from me he complemented the onions! Unfortunately he also said it was the most disappointing burger he has had in a restaurant that was not fast food.

The Service is very good and friendly. The wait time on food on the Wed and Thursday nights I was there was very reasonable. They have a good beer and cocktail selection and enough of a Irish whiskey (and others) selection to keep my Irish blood very happy. The atmosphere is traditional (American) Irish Pub and the music is perfect.

If and when I return it will be for the drinks and the music. I will try a few more of the appetizers but I am not holding my breath. I am from Central Massachusetts so this was a traffic nightmare commute in for dinner of two hours, more the next day.

MB
MattB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was great. Food was good. Very noisy, making it difficult to talk during dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was amazing. Great suggestions!!!

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TomN
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Black Rose is a great place. Our family tries to go every time we visit Boston. Amazing food, drinks and music. A fun time, every time!!

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TrishN
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Black Rose was a great place for lunch. A real, traditional Irish Pub. Food was quite good. Live Irish music later in the day was very nice also!

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matthewb
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

We dined at 6:30pm on a Monday. There was no live music as advertised. The service was HORRIBLE and the food was tasteless. We will never go back and do not recommend this pub. If you want GREAT food, atmosphere and service, I highly recommend the Green Dragon.

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SandraC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I think it was expensive for the size of what i ordered. I took the beef stew. And I was upstairs. It appears to be more fun downstairs.

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BryanC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great experience Good place I recommend tous place

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The Black Rose is rated 4.6 stars by 90 OpenTable diners.

The Black Rose does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1512/the-black-rose.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.