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Jacob Wirth - Permanently Closed

3.9
3.9
1857 Reviews
$30 and under
German
We are the 2nd oldest restaurant in Boston and the longest consecutively running tradition in the city. The original round mahogany tables and bar have welcomed one and all both young and old for over 142 years. Share a meal and moment in history where the people who built Boston did. Where Larry Bird came after walking off the court his last night of being a Boston Celtic. Most recently where Hollywood has found inspiration featuring Jacob Wirth in "Knight and Day" and "The Company Man." Where Boston"s Big Dig was drawn on napkin... Hey when you're 130 years old see if you get everything right!
We strive for great service here but sometimes things do not always go as planned. Both good and bad we would like to hear your experience and feedback. These comments can be sent to mfitzgerald@jacobwirth.com Thank you in advance!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    German, American

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Saturday: 11.30 AM - Close

  • Phone number

    (617) 338-8586

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mandeep Bisworkarma

  • Catering

    Please contact for further information- mmfitzgerald_83@yahoo.com

  • Private party facilities

    Please call for further information!

  • Private party contact

    Please call for further information!: (617) 338-8586

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District

  • Cross street

    Between Washington and Tremont

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Tuft's Medical on the Orange Line.

  • Entertainment

    25 Years of Sing-A-Long Fun! Friday nights hoist a stein with Mel Stiller from 8pm-Midnight!Thursdays and most Saturday's Sing A Long with Patrick Durkin! 8pm-Close

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

What 1,857 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. EJ

    EJ21en

    New England

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    For anyone having missed the news, Jacob Wirth had a fire on the 4th floor of this iconic establishment. The restaurant was seriously impacted by the water. I'm hoping they will reopen.
  2. PD

    PattyD

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We can’t give an accurate rating as when we arrived, the restaurant was closed. We received no indication when we reserved on Open Table nor when we called to find out what was going on.
  3. BC

    BillC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We enjoyed the small plates of German food - very tasty - and they nicely solved the stereotypical complaint! We have not been to Wirth's for some time. It is livelier than we remembered, and we were glad to see that.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It can get quite loud in there and the chairs are not at all comfortable. The Vienna schnitzel is the best of the three options. The German platter was very good.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Our group pre-ordered and were told that the items on the on-line lunch menu were what we should order off of. We did so and were not told until we got to the restaurant that several of the items were no longer available!!! Might have been nice to know that before we arrived. Please update your online menu so people know what is and isn't available.
  6. PH

    PeterH

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great German food with a pub atmosphere. Wide selection of draft beers. Entertainment in the evening. Friendly wait staff. Short walk from South Station
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2018

    overall2food1service4ambience1
    Food too salty
  8. J

    Judy

    New England

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2018

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Just wasn’t up to par. We had a large party. It took the server 20 minutes to come over to the table. Appetizers were served at the same time as the main courses. Beers were served AFTER we received our food. Food was just ok. Wouldn’t go out of my way to go there again.
  9. J

    Janny

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    We had made reservation week in advance yet were given unsatisfactory table. Service was slow although our wait person was really working. Not enough staff which perhaps accounts for poor seating as there appeared to be a few open spots. Food was satisfactory and well priced
  10. a

    amberj0yful

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My grandparents came over from Germany, so any chance we get to enjoy German food - we take it! The food was the delicious, the portions were huge and the environment was fun! I would definitely recommend this place to friends and family. This was our first time, but it certainly will not be our last!! :)
  11. WC

    WilliamC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    FOOD WAS VERY OVER COOKED! Appetizers were potato pancakes over cooked. Shnitzel was over cooked! German mixed grill was dry and over cooked!
  12. C

    Celia1

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2018

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Disappointing German food. The sauerbraten meat was very dry. I should have sent it back. The potato pancakes with apple and cinnamon was flavorful and nice 'n oily.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2018

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    The service was very slow and very frustrating. Management did provide a $40 comp which helped. Great food though!
  14. JP

    JohnPaulaL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was delicious, service was great, location within walking distance to theater(s ) .
  15. LM

    LM86

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2018

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Service was atrocious - our waitress did not check in with us at all after we got our lunch. I had to ask for the check. Wouldn’t recommend
  16. SJ

    SherryJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was great! We were looking forward to try the meatloaf . But was out. Did find that odd to be out of an item at 6pm. Did try the mountain burger, which was good. Overall, food and drinks and atmosphere was good. Would go again.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great beer,food and service
  18. D

    Dad36

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jacob Wirth was my Dad's favorite restaurant. My 2 sisters and I enjoyed dinner and memories of my Mom and Dad. Thanks
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good food, great portion sizes and a good more traditional pub feel.
  20. PN

    PheN

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2018

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    It had been 15 years or so since the last time I'd eaten at JW's. Unfortunately, the food quality has significantly declined since then. Both the bratwurst and knockwurst we had were really bland. Good fries, and an OK red cabbage base that was saved mostly by the pretzel bun. We didn't try any of the beer selection, but they do have a great selection to choose from. The wine list could be added to, with some decent German wine that's not a Riesling. I grew up with authentic German cooking, and have eaten in Germany as well, and the last time I ate here, it was absolutely comparable to what you'd get in Germany, or at least in a German home. Today, the same cannot be said. While I was disappointed with the food, the service was good. The host was really amenable when I called to say we might be late; and the waiter was prompt. The price was unbelievably low, especially when you consider the area. Overall, it was definitely a mixed bag. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic German plate, but it's certainly a decent spot for a quick, affordable bite, or after-work beer with your office mates.
  21. DB

    DarrellB

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    An old theater district gem with a properly worn, comfortable atmosphere. Not pretentious but good food choices whether German or American with a great draft beer list! We actually held dinner reservations but found the place when walking around looking for a lunch spot. So we ate lunch in the bar area and kept our dinner plans for the dining room the same day! We enjoyed both a lot. We liked the choice of "small plates" for German favorites (but they weren't all that small). All of that equates to good value. Some beers are fairly pricey but really good!
  22. MC

    MichaelC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I brought my wife out for 50th birthday with two other couples. We are from rural New Hampshire and going into the city is a big deal. With that being said we chose Jacob Wirth's. Thank you for a GREAT TIME!
  23. R

    Randy1

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of many memorable visits, we enjoyed a beer at the bar awaiting other members of our party. Appreciated the old world service, ambiance and food
  24. O

    Ords

    Calgary

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2018

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    An okay pub environment with okay German food. I had the butternut squash ravioli which had too thick of a cheesy sauce. Mom had the schnitzel which was awesome, but the spaetzle was not great. Good beer, solid service.
  25. G

    Gen13

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2018

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Great food- the vegetarian chili was a little too spicy but really good otherwise. Great schnitzel and cabbage. Our waiter was not very attentive and I had to walk up to the bar to ask for more water as after waiting a few minutes we could not see him anywhere. Additionally, 2 of the drinks that a member of our party ordered were apparently “not available now” even though they were on the menu. Overall, still a great meal and great ambiance.
  26. JL

    JamesL

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal, good service, hope this place stays open forever!
  27. Z

    bertZ

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Just solid pub staples with traditional German options that are very good. It has a great old beer hall vibe, great tap list, and quality food. Service was also excellent for our pre-show meal.
  28. h

    happycamperz

    New England

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for excellent German food. Pub style atmosphere. Service is friendly and attentive. We would highly recommend this restaurant either before or after the theater.
  29. BJ

    BrettJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2018

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    My chicken sandwich was not warm. we and the table next to us had to get up and track down the waiter to get our checks.
  30. GM

    GradyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I reserved for 4. I showed up with 5, and was accomodated quickly for the extra person. Everyone was very happy with the food and beverages. I've been coming here since the first month I moved here in 1980.
  31. L

    Larry

    New England

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good food, service and beer.
  32. JG

    JeffG

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great classic Boston spot
  33. CY

    CindyY

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The sauerbraten was not memorable, we make better at home. The service started off well, but suffered as tables filled up.
  34. JI

    JoeI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an iconic restaurant in Boston. Unique and authentic in all respects. Great beer and German food and all that could be expected in a genuine German beerhall!
  35. SE

    StevenE

    New England

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2018

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    The German food was terrible and no where near authentic. It barely had flavor and was overpriced. Very disappointed in the food as well as the service. The waiter didn't take our drink orders (we settled on the pitcher of water) and was overall disinterested in our table.
  36. l

    lynn

    New England

    53 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2018

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    This was the worst meal any of us have ever eaten. No wonder the restaurant is for sale.
  37. LJ

    LJCBoston

    New England

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Because this was a historic restaurant, I was hoping for something different. Instead, it is a very loud place with a pub atmosphere. Seems to have a terrific selection of beers. Stick to pub food which they seem to do a reasonable job on: don't order anything fancy. If you are looking for a loud pub where you can drink with friends, this place is plausible. Quiet before-theater dinner not so much.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    I was hungry when I entered and full when I left
  39. WM

    WendyM

    New England

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2018

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    I've always like JW for informal business day lunch - sandwiches. Tried the Weinerschnitzel on a Friday night - dreadful! Undercooked veal, tasteless schnitzel, not very hot. What a mess. My friend enjoyed the giant everything-burger. Good asparagus and bacon appetizer. General buzzing ambiance was good. Service - indifferent.
  40. D

    Dolly123

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great ambiance at an old school German restaurant. Service was great and the sing-along with Mel was so much fun!

FAQs

Jacob Wirth - Permanently Closed offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 338-8586.

Jacob Wirth - Permanently Closed is rated 3.9 stars by 1857 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Washington and Tremont

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Saturday: 11.30 AM - Close

  • Cuisines

    German, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Tuft's Medical on the Orange Line.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mandeep Bisworkarma

  • Entertainment

    25 Years of Sing-A-Long Fun! Friday nights hoist a stein with Mel Stiller from 8pm-Midnight!Thursdays and most Saturday's Sing A Long with Patrick Durkin! 8pm-Close

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (617) 338-8586

  • Catering

    Please contact for further information- mmfitzgerald_83@yahoo.com

  • Private party facilities

    Please call for further information!

  • Private party contact

    Please call for further information!: (617) 338-8586

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