The Westland

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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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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L
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The food was way too salty and didn’t come out hot. The restaurant was freezing. Overall, bad experience.

SQ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Waiter was excellent. Food was ok. Noise level was too loud.

Y
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Westland was the perfect venue for a late-night dinner after a concert at Symphony Hall. It's a very short walk to the restaurant. We had 10:15 PM reservations. The restaurant was very quiet when we first arrived, with not many tables of guests, but more folks started pouring in after the concert, which made the restaurant pleasantly animated with like-minded folks. There is a wide variety of items to choose from on the menu, and the Staff was very friendly and very attentive. I would definitely recommend the Westland.

WB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed our dinner before the Symphony Hall performance, great food, great atmosphere. It's our new go-to before the BSO

WT
New England
37 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for pre-theater dinner. Menu changes periodically and the food has always been excellent, but keep your flatbread on the menu as a regular item. Our waiter, Jose, was exceptional. Appreciated his guidance on food and wine.

B
New England
44 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great before a visit to Symphony Hall. Food is good american fare. Chicken sandwich is a bit spicy.
Service is a bit uneven.

E
New England
23 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pretty average food. I can cook better crab cakes than the ones we had at the Westland. We were seated at a crappy table although there were much better ones available. Maybe this put me in the mood to dislike everything we had.

MY
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

While the food and drink are good, it is pretty pricy. Also though service was over the top at the beginning of our meal, it became rather sporadic as it got crowded. We did go before a show at the Symphony but these guys should count on a rush before shows.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food and ambiance. The Brussels sprouts dish is both very good and creative. The location is a few steps from the symphony hall which is great.

SA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the atmosphere was pure perfection.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New year’s Eve dinner

JO
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service. Short walk to Symphony Hall and parking. Group of six - all happy with their meals and portions.

MT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience today before the Pops. Food was outstanding, service great. We will be back for certain.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Pops holiday show

PK
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our foursome had dinner before a concert at nearby Jordan Hall. The food was fine and our server was excellent. We were in a room with a lot of tables (no booths) and the atmosphere was ok. We had asked for a booth in a different room and were told they were reserved for parties of six. Go figure. The one thing that bugged me was there was a faint, weird, sour smell. Kind of like bad plumbing. Don’t know if this was coming through the ventilation system or if there was a different issue. It was bothersome enough that I’d think twice about returning. Which is too bad, given the decent menu, good service and location convenient to several cultural venues.

M
New England
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good food, but they messed to the order a few times. Didn’t leave off the bread, didn’t put my drink on ice. Were very good about gluten-free eating.

d
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This restaurant is a great choice if your going to the BSO. The food was good (especially the brussel sprout appetizer) but the service was SUPERB. Steve was our server and Julia was training. Both had outstanding customer service skills but I have to say Steve was the best server I've EVER had at a restaurant - and we go out to eat a lot. He really gets enjoys his job and made our experience even better. So - Good restaurant - good location - GREAT SERVICE.

m
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Westland was a great surprise for brunch as you are never sure what to expect when you are near a landmark like Symphony Hall, but the food, ambiance and service as well as price was fabulous. I would go here again and definitely recommend it to all of my family and friends

D
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

First round of cod served was uncooked but they fixed that quickly. Somehow, they don’t serve bread even if you want to pay for it. Meals were ok, nothing spectacular. Best thing working for this place is proximity to Boston POPS.

JB
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great atmosphere, however it can get loud and lively. Super short walk to Symphony Hall!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Took over an hour to get our food. Reservation was at 515. Got apps fairly quick but main meal didn’t arrive till 640. Ended up running out so we would get to Pop’s on time.

B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Happy to enjoy Westland for the first time. We arrived just as the front dining room upper level (closest to street) was full and about to empty with diners leaving to the Symphony.
Service was delayed due to the staff member being pulled to those diners.
One major recommendation is to work on the lighting in the front dining room. Much too bright from the ceiling lights. Maybe dim those lights and add some warmer wall sconces and table lighting. We commented to ourselves that we felt like we were at a Marriott courtyard breakfast room. As we left the restaurant we noticed the back dining room and bar area had much warmer lighting and better ambiance.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent,friendly service. Food was wonderful!

MK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

A pleasant find near Symphony and Huntington Theater. Menu is varied: small plates, burgers and other sandwiches and moderately priced entrees. Good wine list and attendant service. Finally, a worthwhile replacement for the nowlong gone but memorable Cafe Amalfi.

B
New England
42 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here before a play at the Huntington theater. Great atmosphere, delicious food, and outstanding service!
We’ll definitely come here again.

CY
New England
56 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We went prior to a theater event and they were very prompt and pleasant. Food was good and would go back when in the area.

P
New England
22 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wildly surpassed our expectations. Food was outstanding. The prosecco at Sunday brunch is yummy and a bargain.

X
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This was my third visit to The Westland and I plan to go again. It is a comfortable place well located for musical events. The food is well flavored but was barely warm when served on all three visits (one dinner; two brunches). I did mention this to our server and she expressed concern and comped our coffees. I will be interested to see if the situation improves when I return for a pre-concert dinner next week.

NS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation @ 12noon yesterday...adjedniy to be seated near front window...noisy large party ...settled in nicely in other dining room,

RW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

What a nice addition to the options around Symphony Hall. Very nice menu options and decent wine list. Nice ambiance. An excellent choice for pre- or post-concert dining.

AL
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Three of us dined at The Westland on the Saturday night after Thanksgiving pre-symphony, which we have done numerous times since spring 2019. The food last night was amazing! We started by sharing the fried calamari, the steamed mussels and the tuna tartar - all were excellent. Each of us enjoyed our entrees. I had the salmon which was adjusted for me (dairy free) and was perfectly cooked. My husband had the Smoked BBQ Pork Shanks and our friend had the pork tenderloin. Both said their dishes were good. We enjoyed two bottles of wine so passed on dessert. The restaurant was very busy, the noise level was loud but we were able to talk nonvertheless.

D
New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came down from NH. I booked the restaurant based on its proximity to Symphony Hall and the garage. I was pleasantly surprised. From the minute we walked in, we felt so welcomed by the host and server. On a Saturday you have brunch choices vs Lunch, but the choices work and simple fair done well. I will definitely go back when in Boston.

k
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun upbeat restaurant that is perfect before a symphony hall event. Short ribs were amazing. Salmon a bit overlooked but broth was yum.
Burgers looked amazing.
Definitely would come back!

k
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great brunch.

DS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

My companion and I agreed it was our worst dining experience in recent memory. disastrous.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was very slow on a Sunday for brunch, and the place was not really crowded for a pre concert meal.

AC
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went for a Saturday brunch before a symphony performance. Food was good, service was good, but the place didn't feel well managed. Awkward check-in, a number of tables seemed to find service sluggish. We ended up compromising on food choices because of possible kitchen delays -- even though the place wasn't at all crowded.

OT
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived early after a drive from the Western suburbs and were quickly seated. Our meals were delicious - the parsnip puree under the shortribs was the best I've ever had - naturally sweet from the parsnips and full of fresh, earthy flavor. It was not thinned to blandness as with too many parsnip purees. Our server was personable and knew how to balance chatting when we wanted to talk about our meal, with knowing when to leave us to our own conversation. It was an excellent choice for our pre-theatre dinner.

BS
New England
39 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been looking for a replacement pre-BSO and pre-Huntington restaurant since Brassiere Jo closed. This is a good one. Very convenient, comfortable and friendly. Service was good, if a tad slow (but we still finished in plenty of time.) Nice cocktails, good sized portions.
Dessert menu is a little thin. Main courses good.

JR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We came here for brunch. Everybody loved the Belgian waffle with fruit and maple syrup. Best we've tasted since Brussels! The breakfast pizza was fantastic but big - half went home and heated up well the next day. I asked for the eggs Bene which comes with Canadian Bacon, to use regular, and the waiter checked with the kitchen. And they said yes. Also, a nice twist is that they use a portuguese english muffin which is slightly sweet. The Earl Grey tea was just Twinnings - would have liked it if they had Stash or Tazo Tea (more flavor) and if the water could have been hotter but not bad. My husband had a Good Morning, Sunshine (alcoholic drink) which he loved and my daughter liked her drink, Boston Proper, as well. The atmosphere and service was very nice. We came on a Saturday with an 11:30 reservation and the place was almost empty. But the front filled up while we ate. Still a hidden gem in Back Bay.