The Westland

4.0
228 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Welcome to The Westland, located (not coincidentally) on Westland Ave. near Symphony Hall. Like our name, we’re simple and straightforward—a classic American Brasserie featuring updates on your favorite food and drink. The kind of place you can go to dine and drink anytime and all the time. We look forward to seeing you here soon. Cheers!
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GV
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Great cocktails. Food is nothing to write home about. Ambience was decent and not crowded even for a Saturday evening. I would say apps and cocktails are the strengths of this restaurant for now. Would have liked their dinner to be better--for example, their dinner menu was from the winter and we went there on July 13th. Definitely room for improvement but I would not write this place off yet!

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JC
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent, food, service and location. We would return.

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BD
New England
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Solid neighborhood option, will be back before a show at the Symphony

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WD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Decent restaurant! Good food and service and fairly priced. This area (by Symphony and the Huntington) needed a restaurant like this!

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KC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was overpriced for the actual quality and quantity. I bought the Niçoise Salad which had 4 tiny pieces of Tuna, random scrambled eggs, two cut up baby potatoes and two cut up grape tomatoes on a bed of shredded lettuce... for almost $20 dollars. The steak was way over cooked when asked for medium rare. Not to mention that I could have literally gotten drunk off the banana bread pudding since the cooks didnt cook the alcohol all the way through. The only thing with coming back for is the tomato soup. Such a shame since this place had so much potential.

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Very good but service was slow. We needed to call over the waitress to finally take our order. It was not busy but she was clearing tables, hanging around and we couldn’t get her attention. Another waitress came over and got our waitress to come over. The food came out of the kitchen very quickly. The hostess was very good.

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F
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We both had salads (Cobb and Caesar with chicken) and portions were quite generous and ingredients fresh.

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J
New England
31 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

We had 1 pizza and a glass of wine each. The wine was fine. The tomato, mozzarella & basil pizza was very dry and tasteless. Tomato paste had been substituted for tomato sauce and no olive oil was used. The crust was under cooked...all in all the worst pizza in recent memory. The Arugula, fig and goat cheese pizza was tasty, but also very dry and no olive oil had been drizzled over it either. It was barely acceptable.
This dining experience was at odds with a previous visit at which we had good burgers. We are not likely to return to Westland. Jack Craib

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W
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Way overpriced! 4 small scallops for $29 is an absolute rip off. While the food was decent, it was not worth what we paid. Yummy cocktails though.

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t
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Good location for symphony and HUntington

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e
New England
26 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We have been the The Westland several times over this past winter and the food was great. However, it is now summer and they continue to offer their "winter" menu which is quite heavy and honestly, pretty boring if you've been eating here regularly. While our food was ok, we were bored with the menu - no specials and nothing of interest.

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BF
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our dining experience. Good drinks . Good food. Will return .

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G
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and beautifully prepared. The beef bourgeon was very tender and tasty. Crab cakes were delectable. We were seated at a high top in the bar area, which was comfortable, but the tables are very close together so it was impossible to avoid hearing the conversations on either side of us. Overall a very positive dining experience with good service.

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j
New England
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

I took my family here for dinner. Everyone's food was tasty but, unfortunately, one chicken dish was under cooked and we found blood inside. We informed the nearest waitress who sincerely apologised, which was nice. And they manager also came over to apologise which we appreciated. Whilst they did offer to re-cook the meal, and we declined, they did not automatically remove this item from the receipt. So we did have to ask for the undercooked meal to be removed, which they agreed to. Other than this meal which was undercooked, the other were very tasty.

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UR
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for a concert at Jordan Hall or Symphony Hall. Food excellent, and service outstanding. We appreciated the dip and chips while we awaited our food. They even made a special fruit dessert for us.

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OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not a bad experience, but also nothing notable about it. Everything was “good,” which was disappointing given the enormous potential for the space.

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WG
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant was really needed in the BSO area !! The food was very good . Portions were about right. The service was pleasant . The only issue that may need attention is the problem of noise.

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H
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Pluses & Minuses - some things good - others not so good. No one at the check-in desk when we arrived. Finding our reservation did not go well. Our table was not ready for our 6:00 p.m. reservation - the restaurant was not full. Our second time at this restaurant and the same undersized table in the same poor location. The table was small - more like one would get at a cocktail bar - and against the wall in a busy walkway. It was a rainy night - no cloak room in site for raincoats and umbrellas and no offer to take care of them - we had to ask. The cocktails were fine as was the calamari appetizer. The porchetta was tasty albeit somewhat dry - the roast chicken was excellent.

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BD
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Pomegranate seeds were spoiled; server didn’t offer to bring something else or take it off the bill...she just chuckled and suggested we pick around them. Not OK.

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ML
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

nice venue but defintely sub par food. steak tasted like cooked in microwave and chicken seriously overcooked.

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E
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

What makes the Westland great is that the food consistently tastes great, and there is something to please everyone on the menu. I appreciate that there is a range of prices and types of food on the menu to accommodate people's different budgets and dietary restrictions. In addition, it seems like most people haven't caught onto the Westland yet, so you can reliably get a table as well. Some things that I think the restaurant could improve on... the service is quite slow. Once it was painfully slow and we waited a very long time to get drinks, our food (even though the place was almost empty), or just our waitress' attention. The other time, it was mildly uncomfortable when everyone at the table started to wonder when we were going to be helped. I think this is worth enduring if the group isn't in a rush given how accommodating the menu is. The a other thing to improve is the music, in my opinion. I feel like the Westland would best serve the neighborhood as a laid-back, but elevated space to celebrate a family occasion or introduce friends to each other. The Top 40 playlist cheapens the atmosphere I think, but it's an easy fix.

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MM
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitstaff if amazing and we love the hostess! She is so amiable. We all met for brunch and this was my second time back. The Westland does not disappoint! Ty

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JM
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great first visit. The

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

It took 15 minutes just for water for a table of 2, at 5:30. Never mind drinks. Another server came over twice and almost took us over as her table because our server was so bad. I had a salad and it came out warm, almost 30 minutes after we put in our order. There were waiters standing around and plenty of empty tables. I’m not sure what was happening, but I’ve worked as a bartender for years and couldn’t find anything that would have contributed to the poor level of quality we received

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AM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Ordered 3 burgers and none were cooked to your requirements. One of our starters came a long tome after the other 2 and we had to work hard to get our servers attention. Overall the food was mediocre and the place appears fancier than their food.

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DS
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The menu is some what limited. We chose this restaurant because it was near symphony hall. I wouldn't probably choose this place next time. They were still using a winter menu in June. We had fall salads and chose to pay extra to add chicken. The chicken was really salty, crab cakes were delicious, cauliflower appetizer was bland, martinis were super small. Our waitress was great. We asked for an after dinner coffee menu, they didn't have one. The bar tender was able to make what we requested, they didn't have whipped cream. However our waitress asked them to make some and the kitchen did.

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EK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place

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PM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I’ve been there several times with different friends and we all raved about everything there. This time was quite different...stale pre dinner chips...greasy and globs of fat on the 2 beef pieces of the bourgignon dinner...even one of the carrots tasted ‘off’.
Not sure about going back....

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SM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend the cheese board and cocktails! The chicken was very sweet.

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SH
New England
252 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

It is a good location pre Pops, but the service was very patchy. Luckily we left enough time. Food was good in general, some things better than others (It was our third time there)

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H
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was fine, but the wait for the food was way too long. We had a 6:30 reservation and were seated right away. We needed to be done by 7:45 to get to a show nearby. We ordered drinks and waited at least 20 minutes for them. In the meantime we ordered dinner, which was burgers and a pizza. The waiter kept telling us another 5 minutes. The food finally arrived at 7:40. We gulped it down and ran out. We had to eat fast and so could not enjoy the food.

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S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner before Pops concert. Ideally locTed two minutes from Symphony Hall. Excellent menu for both a quick meal if you need to get to the show or just everyday dining for any occasion.

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N
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We've been waiting for The Westland to open for over a year. The space is beautiful with two good size bars. They seem to have some kinks to work out though. The restaurant was not very crowded but the service was very slow, food actually came out before we got out drinks. It was also very loud, despite the small crowd. The food was hit or miss. The crab cakes were delicious but the salad was overdressed. That said, we'd be open to giving it another try in a couple of months after they've hopefully had a chance to work out some of these kinks or at least stop in for a drink at the cool bar.

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J
New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great value. 3 crab cakes in the appetizer, most restaurants would only offer 2. Wine list fairly priced, would have like a few more selections. Great place to eat before theatre or symphony.

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CM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved that the noise level was quiet. Low music that didn't intrude and quiet TV at the bar. That is really important to us when looking for a restaurant. This was our first visit but we go to Symphony Hall a lot and so we will be back because we can talk without it being an effort.

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JS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Never been there before and it was lovely..I'll likely be back

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IR
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Imaginative American food. The burger was to die for and actually done medium rare (which is rare). Bacon and cheese pizza was delicious. Their take on the shareable calamari was very good without a thick batter. Good crab cakes.

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VA
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Breakfast Negroni, brunch poutine, bananas fosters French Toast was so good! Service was okay but it’s new and going through the phases.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Wouldn’t recommend. The service was horrible.

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w
New England
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food done well with unobtusive but attentive service. Nice atmosphere.

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