About Roost Bistro on Newbury

Welcome to Roost Bistro! We are a classic New England American bistro featuring a full cocktail and wine bar as well as an 8 tap beer tower featuring local craft beer. Located on Boston's popular Newbury Street, we are a privately owned, small restaurant with beautiful outdoor terrace seating as well as cozy indoor dining.

259 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Friday: Lunch 11:00AM-5:00PM; Dinner 5:00PM-10:00PM
Saturday and Sunday: Brunch 10:30AM-5:00PM, Dinner 5:00PM-10:00PM

Cross Street:
Fairfield and Gloucester Sts

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 587-4222

Website:
http://www.roostbistroonnewbury.com/

Public Transit:
In between Hynes Convention Center and Copley Square stop on the Green line and just a few blocks from Back Bay Station on the Orange line.

Executive Chef:
Jeff Feldman

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Roost Bistro on Newbury Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

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4.0

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3.9

value

3.3

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Quiet

64% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (3)
People Watching (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Romantic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Authentic (1)
Business Meals (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent wait staff and the food off of the brunch menu was amazing

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

I do not go to a restaurant on newbury (enough said) to watch football on tv. Will not return

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was an ordinary restaurant. The menu was not the same as listed on open table. For instance the Open Table menu listed sword fish, pork chop, shrimp/crab cakes and none of these were on the menu.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great spot to people watch on Newberry. The wait staff was very attentive. Drinks, appetizers and our meal was delivered in just the right time. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We had an early dinner prior to a New England Conservatory concert. The service was highly attentive. We enjoyed the tuna and oysters as appetizers and steak tips and roast chicken as entrees. All were generously portioned, well seasoned and cooked to taste. We'll definitely go back when looking to enjoy a neighborhood meal.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Late-night Find, People Watching, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

All was okay; not great. Upon reservation, I requested an outside table and it was given away to the party in front of us. We were a few mins. late for our reservation but it was a big disappointment. It just isn't the same inside. Food and service were good but it just wasn't special. We came here earlier in the summer and had such a great experience. Something has changed.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

This place was great. It's relatively new, no cocktail menu but Brian, the bartender was fantastic and made us drinks on request. Food was good and nice proportions. Not crazy big not not tiny for the price point and area. Would definitely come here again.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on September 5, 2017

We ate here on a Tuesday evening which might explain that we were the only people in the restaurant. We sat on the patio which was very nice and romantic. The wine was good, but the food was so-so. We got the calamari which was described as "flash fried," but was soggy when it got to us, and we split the steak tips which weren't cleaned (of the fat) very well and was mostly under-cooked carrots, not steak. Might have caught them on an off night but for a $95 meal (including wine and tip), I'm not sure it was worth it. I will say that our waitress was very polite and attentive!

Tags: People Watching, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Roost is super nice for a quiet outdoor brunch experience!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2017

I love their food and great customer service. The mimosas were perfect. The fact that is kids friendly makes it also a great spot

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The salad dressing was delicious! We enjoyed our meal. The chef even came out to check on us. I would go back when in Boston!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Roost was a great find for a friends-gathering. We got a spot at an outside table and it was a beautiful night to people watch but still quiet enough to share intimate conversations. The food was delicious--everyone loved their meal. The waiter seemed a little "new" but overall he did a great job! Would definitely go back. Love the chef's approach to clean food prepared delicously.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on June 22, 2017

I usually don't write bad reviews as I have worked in the service industry in the past. But I do have to say, the food was almost inedible.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Great for a nice afternoon brunch with friends!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 1, 2017

I'm not quite sure of the history of this place, but it seems to be coming back from some less than impressive cuisine offerings. As a result, we were the first people to arrive even an hour after it opened for the evening, though many other restaurants along Newbury were packed. Great patio for people watching. My mom had a cosmo, and I chose the interesting Boston Strong cocktail - a sweet blend of midori, lemonade, and blue curacao. I had 2 appetizers as my meal: the blackened tuna and roost oysters. Both were satisfying - the oysters much more so. My mom had the grilled salmon, which was perfectly cooked and flaky. Service wasn't the most attentive, despite only a couple other patrons being there by the time we were finished. Overall, a great find with solid cuisine. I would go back.

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Good food and great atmosphere. Recommended.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 15, 2017

I took a client here for a business lunch and Roost Bistro delivered. I had the eggplant caprese sandwich and sweet potato fries which were great, and my client really enjoyed the brunch options being available during the week. Quick, friendly service was a plus as we were both able to get in and out on our lunch hour. Outdoor seating is great and so are the prices. I will definitely be back with future clients.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food and drinks were absolutely delicious! Great service too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The lunches here are consistently good (and served quickly) and the value is unbeatable for the Back Bay. Great for a work lunch break or a more leisurely meal on the patio if you have the time. The service is great as well.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Sometimes I go into restaurants and have a hard time finding food that jumps out because I'm a vegetarian. There are many items on the menu that seemed like good choices and I will definitely be going back to try more. The salmon was cooked beautifully, the server was very attentive, the atmosphere was relaxing. I will definitely be returning and recommending my friends and family to try as well!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 9, 2017

We had lunch at Roost Bistro and were not disappointed! Great food and service. We were impressed with the selection of sandwiches and gluten free options (available upon request). We will definitely be returning for a quick and delicious weekday lunch!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Wish I had read reviews before brunch here! Slow service (wAitress was trying hard and nice). Omelet was greasy liquidy tasted of butter and oil... tons of cheese. white toast only toasted one side and soggy. Potatos mushy. No avocado in omelet as written. People next to us had fruit garnish on plate, not ours. Bacon ordered crispy was fatty and translucent. Great location. Such a shame...

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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Absolutely the worst service ever

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

One hour wait and then they forgot the order for one in our party, he only received it once we were done eating. My eggs were cold. We saw other tables complaining about the hour long wait. No one came to apologize for the poor service.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Great location and decor but the service was terrible. We waited an hour for our food-which was just waffles and eggs. We noticed very few tables actually had food. The waiter didn't check in with us during the long wait-we had to flag down a table busser to get a refill on our coffee. When the food arrived, it was cold and eggs Benedict were overlooked. They also forgot part of our order. If you don't mind waiting a loooooong time for your food, the food is good. We will skip next time

Tags: Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Pass right by Roost when looking for dining options. My friends and I went for brunch, and it was horrible. I am usually understanding, but they were overbooked and understaffed, especially for marathon weekend. We had to flag down staff just to get water refills, order more drinks, and place a meal order. Then we waited for at least 45 minutes for our brunch. And the food was tasteless. The only highlight was the bartender. She was alone behind bar, place was packed, and she was waiting a few tables, all with a smile

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 (New England)·Dined on April 9, 2017

We went fo brunch. The eggs benedict were just ok. The french toast was really good. The menu is a bit limited - online they seemed to have more options than they actually had there (either eggs or sweet stuff). We enjoyed sitting outside on a gorgeous day. Their selection of mimosas is awesome!

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Only one waitress was working but she was still smiling.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 4, 2017

This is the second time I have taken my staff to Roost. I work at a company about 3-4 blocks away. The first time the service was slow, but the food was good enough that we wanted to return. On this second visit, we were the ONLY customers in the restaurant. The service was extremely slow. We were not attended to by the service people during our very long waits between arriving, having our order taken, and finally getting our food. It was almost 40 minutes between ordering and food arrival. The waitress appeared in the dining room only once during that time, after 30-35 minutes, to say our food would be right out. It was another 10 minutes. Again, we were the ONLY party there. I can understand issues in the kitchen, but the lack of attention and recognition that were being made to wait an excessively long time was inexcusable. We will not be returning.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Surprised at how quiet it was for a Friday night. Decent food right on Newbury Street. Ambiance was a little plain, but seating was still comfortable and service and food were quite good.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 8, 2017

This was my second visit to The Roost, both times for business meals. Outstanding food and you can't beat the value in Back Bay.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Went here for brunch, they had already run out of the item I wanted an hour into brunch and the eggs Benedict were mediocre, bread was soggy. Tacos were ok, they were falling apart- wrap bread was not good. Nice location on Newbury and nice decor, but overpriced.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

My wife and I have been at Roost a number of times and have always enjoyed the food and have had excellent service. Place has never been that busy but the last time we were there, we were the only folks in the restaurant from 6PM until we left after 7:15 which seemed rather odd.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2017

First and foremost, the food was not good. Not only were our four different entrees flavorless, two were freezing cold. Took a very long time to get the food from time of order, even though the restaurant was not full. The server did not ask us if we wanted anything else to drink after we finished our (not good) bloody marys even though we finished a long time before our food got there. I would definitely not return.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2016

This is a great place for a quiet meal. The portions are plentiful, food very enjoyable and the service top notch.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2016

Great menu with unique culinary options on a newbury street full of homogenous lunch options. The vibe is casual enough for a mellow date, but nice enough for a lunch with family on a special occasion. More cozy and comfortable than your normal bar, and not too ritzy. The service was wonderful and the food was delicious. The cheese plate was large enough for 3 people. The caprese sandwich was super tasty. And the salmon burger (ground not filet) delivered delicious.
The most obscure ambience note was the manager fought to keep the exterior front door open, on a day that barely surpassed 40 degrees on the thermometer. The interior glass door was closed, but it made for a drafty dining room. When we asked to close the door, we were told "no, the manager likes to have it open." Next, when no one was looking, another party went and closed the door on their own. The door immediately and promptly again propped open.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2016

I made a reservation for a rainy night, but the rain scared away all the customers and so when I showed up I was told they decided to close early, sorry. I understand if a restaurant decides to close early, but there was no attempt to contact me to let me know they would need to cancel my reservation. Not cool.

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 (München)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Basic food, reasonable prices, and a full bar. It was a nice quiet place to meet with family that we hadn't seen in awhile.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Loved the service and food was amazing! Server was friendly and my friends loved everything!

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Food was very tasty but we waited 45 minutes before we got our food. My aunt told the waitress that we would be late for our conference if we didn't get our food and it came 10 min later. The waitress apologized and the restaurant gave us half price. So, not the best experience but they may have just been short staffed that day, nothing to rule out going there again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch
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