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The Black Rose, Boston, MA

The Black Rose

4.4
4.4
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Irish, American, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (857) 465-4100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Faneuil Hall

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    The Black Rose is located next to the Aquarium T-Stop on the MBTA Blue Line.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 90 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. BM

    BMF2652

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    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

  2. h

    hawthorn

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    20 year anniversary and st paddy’s day

  4. CC

    ChrissyC

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    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.

  5. J

    Jojo

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  6. SG

    SheilaG

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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.

  7. GW

    GirlWhoEats

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 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!

  8. k

    kristi10

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2020

    overall3food2service3ambience3

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

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    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!!

  11. V

    Virginia

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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

  12. TG

    TimG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1

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

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2020

    overall4food2service2ambience5

    Really great atmosphere

  14. WM

    WendyanneM

    1 review

    5.0

    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!

  15. a

    asw0210

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food

  16. TD

    TaraD

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 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”.

  17. P

    Pamelalowe1967

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 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.

  18. M

    Milady

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 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

  19. AA

    AndrewA

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 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.

  20. MJ

    MaryJ

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic service

  22. NW

    NicoleW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    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.

  23. RS

    ReginaS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  24. VD

    VanessaD

    1 review

    5.0

    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!

  25. E

    Elizabeth

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 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.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 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!

  28. JG

    JustinG

    Chicago

    88 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    88 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!

  29. d

    diningdiva

    New England

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 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!

  30. LK

    LKFoodie

    New England

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 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.

  31. M

    Manduhbear

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 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

  32. SW

    ScottW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 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.

  33. TC

    ThomasC

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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.

  34. MB

    MattB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3

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

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Waiter was amazing. Great suggestions!!!

  36. TN

    TomN

    1 review

    5.0

    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!!

  37. TN

    TrishN

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    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!

  38. m

    matthewb

    1 review

    2.0

    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.

  39. SC

    SandraC

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 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.

  40. BC

    BryanC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    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 4.4 stars by 90 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Faneuil Hall

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Irish, American, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    The Black Rose is located next to the Aquarium T-Stop on the MBTA Blue Line.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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