House of Blues - Boston

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Where music and food feed the soul. The ultimate live music and dining experience. House of Blues Restaurant & Bar pays tribute to music and culture of Southern blues. Explore the eclectic mix of memorabilia and artwork throughout. Open at 4pm on show nights, House of Blues Restaurant & Bar serves specialties including jambalaya, smoked pulled pork sandwiches and a unique crab and salmon burger. House of Blues Boston is a legendary live music & entertainment venue located just blocks from Kenmore Square and Fenway Park. At House of Blues, guests will discover almost every music genre imaginable from rock n’ roll, punk, rap, country and jazz from both national and local acts. House of Blues is also a unique space with limitless possibilities for your next special event! For more information, visit the private events page on our website.
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3.9
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M
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place. Main course option was so limited, I only ordered from the appetizer section.

Ambiance was wonderful

CM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

The convenience of being able to make a reservation and then getting in to the show ahead of the line was FANTASTIC!

RA
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Okay for a before concert bite and to cut the door line, but the service was slow and food just okay.

B
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Definitely the place to go if attending a show. The food was reasonable, the staff friendly and we were able to "cut the line" for the show. Great night!

AM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Food was fantastic. Service was excellent.

M
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

If it’s all about location then eat here - House of Blues is in the heart of Landsdowne Street which is ideal. Service was friendly and not rushed. The food was just ok but not terrible. Music was way too loud.

MH
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Convenient location right across the ball park. Great ambiance inside and out. Food serving sizes were good. Quick service.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great Venue directly behind the ball park and excellent food.

MH
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was good and very convenient to eat before the concert. Love it!

BK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great being right across from Fenway, easy access. Had a good time and a good meal. Only concern was that the server and bartender were unable to answer questions about the ABV values of the various beers I was interested in. It would be helpful if the ABVs were printed on the beer menu.

TS
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We had dinner at House of Blues - Boston before a show. There was a Red Sox game that night and the bar was absolutely. House of Blues did a very good job at monitoring the crowd. The restaurant/bar was at fire code capacity and very, very loud. The service was prompt and attentive. The food was average, but convenient. Be prepare for a noisy bat crowd if it is a game night!

KN
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Normally service is excellent. Our waitress was distracted and harried. I had to flag her down and request the bill twice, which made us late for the concert.

DS
New England
100 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our food was basically "pub" food but it was good and our waitress was very attentive. The concert hall is way bigger than I thought it would be and loaded with 3 bars per floor. Good acoustics also.

DD
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

First time at this location. It is very small, unlike any other HOB I’ve visited. Menu is limited, prices are high-but typical for HOB. We ate early dinner, with a nearly empty room, yet food took about 20 minutes to arrive and server came by zero times during the wait. If a restaurant is not busy, there’s no excuse for servers to be socializing near bar instead of checking on patrons at least by eye contact. After dinner we went to a concert next door, which was very full but orderly and had attentive bar servers.

d
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Waitress was very friendly and seemed super busy
Ordered cheeseburger with crispy bacon - didn’t get bacon
Ordered onion rings - they were excellent!
Ordered margarita flat bread - took one bite - was disgusting! All tomatoes and the little list piece of cheese on each slice - we took one bite and said we didn’t like it
Waitress took the $1.00 bacon off
But not the pizza
Didn’t want to complain about it not coming off - I wanted to continue to enjoy our night - we left and went elsewhere immediately after

J
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Surprisingly good food. Great place to go when seeing a show - skip the line into the venue!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food, cool environment.

AW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I was celebrating my fiancé’s birthday with dinner and a show. It was all great!

NO
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sara was a doll. She was very attentive and kind. We will definitely return and hopefully sit in her station.

J
Las Vegas
60 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great location to grab a quick meal before a Red Sox game. The menu is somewhat limited compared to other locations, but our food was served pretty quick and hot.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at the House of Blues went above and beyond. The service was excellent and the staff were all helpful and pleasant.

DZ
New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall4food2service2ambience2

The food was very salty. We got our appetizer at the same time as our meal.

MT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I’ve been to so many HOB. San Diego and Chicago are my favorites! Since I live in the Boston area I had high hopes and couldn’t have been more disappointed. Only positive Waitstaff and Bartenders are friendly. Everything else was terrible..... the place was pretty empty and it took forever for a waiter to come over then took twice as long to get our drinks delivered. We got our appetizer BEFORE our drinks! And it was traaaaasssh. The place makes a mint and it looks like a hole in the wall bar from the Combat Zone days.
We had heard of you eat theee before the show they will let you cut line.....WRONG! At least the Concert was fantastic. I would def see another show there but eat somewhere else.

DA
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

before SEEING A SHOW GREAT IDEA TO EAT THERE INSTEAD OF STANDING IN THAT LONG LINE GIVES YOU ACCESS IF YOU SPEND AT LEAST 15 BUCKS

D
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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EH
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaraunt was fantastic ! Gary Clark Jr. was fantastic ! The Venue was GOD AWFUL COLD !!! I have been ill for 3 days now after the HORRIBLE experience of how COLD it was !!! I have no idea how you feel keeping it so uncomfortably cold upsrairs makes everyone on the floor happy ...absolutely TERRIBLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could go on and on and on and on about this ! The meal and show were fantastic. But SERIOUSLY HOB Management ...Figure out the HVAC situation.

A
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

We always enjoy going to the HOB Restaurant prior to seeing a show

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Horrible service, waited 40 mins for a drink. Never saw the server. Other tables around ours were also complaining. The only good thing out of this meal was VIP entrance for show at House of Blues.

JL
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!!! Food was better than ever! I want to commend the gentleman who was running food Saturday night. I ordered pulled pork with GF bread (not an allergy but an intolerance/ sensitivity) he brought me my meal and said here is ur pulled pork on GF bread and he leaft. This bread looked way to good to be GF however I assumed it was since he annouced it. As soon as i picked up my sandwich i saw him fly down the back stairway run to my table and grabbed my arm just as i was about to take a bite. At first i was startled but then I was very grateful for his immediate attention to correct this and though I do not have celiac or nor would have become very ill just some stomache discomfort he took my sensitivity very seriously and made sure to rush(run) back to table. Very appreciative because if i were someone with celiac i could have become very ill. So thank you!! Service was excellent!

CJ
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience1

I don't understand how food could be so bad !!!

Hamburger was completely rare, pork belly tacos gross, eggplant parm sandwich like a hocky puck, dessert far from homemade … haven't been to such a bad place in long time for food.

Waitress was very nice, not her fault ...

R
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast, attentive fun service, excellent pulled pork sandwiches, all in time for the Drop Kick Murphys ! Glad we made a reservation.

AS
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never even got served...sat for several minutes watching our server chatting at the hostess stand. We left

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

First and foremost, our waitress was incredible. Was very open and honest about what we should and shouldn’t order, offered plenty of help, and was always rushing to get us everything. She was a bright spot for the establishment.

Unfortunately the food was quite bland, dry, and overpriced for what we ended up getting. Would have loved to enjoy it before the show, but it felt more like fast food in quality than a decent sit down meal. Price definitely didn’t reflect the quality for us.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Went before a concert

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a concert and dinner. Best service ever. The waitress was knowledgeable and friendly. The food was outstanding. Highly recommended!!

PB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy yummy pub food. We are there before the show and it worked out perfectly.

LW
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Excellent selection, service and value. Food was of average quality and service was good.

MW
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The food was just ok and the ambiance was not great. I was expecting more.

C
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our server was really nice and friendly. We just ordered salads and a burger. Burger was decent and salads were good. Service was pretty fast. They were also nice enough to charge our phones.

BR
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

If I could give this place 0 stars I would. I arrived at 5:45 and was seated. It took 15 minutes for the server to bring water and another 10 to bring the beer I ordered. Myself and 3 other people spent over an hour and a half there and I think our server came over maybe 3 or 4 times. We received our food which tasted like it had been sitting under a warmer for who knows how long (which it probably was since the server was just chatting with other servers the whole time). The fries and bread tasted stale. There was no tzatzki sauce on the falafel burger. When we request some we were given sour cream with chopped pickles in it, literally. Anyone who likes falafel knows that tzatziki is made with yogurt, cucumber, and dill. The eggplant parm sandwich was less than subpar and the falafel tasted like a dry brick. The server did not come over once during the meal to ask us how everything was. Oh and let me add, it was NOT busy. It was a horrible experience and not worth the money one bit.