Stoddard's

4.1
831 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Welcome to Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale, a late 1800s style pub featuring craft beer and classic cocktails paired with a menu of early American fare.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Tuesday-Saturday Lunch: 11:30am-4pm
Tuesday-Saturday Dinner: 5pm-10:45pm

Sunday Lunch: 11:30am-3pm
Sunday Dinner: 4-9:45pm

Mondays Closed
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Phone number
(617) 426-0048
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tyler Firth
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Catering
Contact us to discuss your catering needs.
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Cross street
Temple Place & Washington Street
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Parking details
Validate parking for Lafayette Garage at the Hyatt Regency Boston
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Public transit
Downtown Crossing - MBTA Red/Orange Line
Park Street - MBTA Red/Green Line
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Entertainment
Multiple TVs, Live bands and special event DJs.
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Special events & promotions
We are pleased to accommodate private and semi-private events during our lunch, dinner and bar hours. Our private room holds up to 35 seated guests, or 70 standing guests for a cocktail reception. We also offer several options for semi-private events. Also full buyouts up to 300 people.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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C
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It's clear that they work hard. The manager was running around like crazy. The menu is creative, unexpectedly so. We enjoyed our meals.

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BM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good, it took at least 15 minutes for anyone to ask for our drink order, and another 10-15 for it to be brought to us after seeing it sit on the counter for awhile. I think they were between shifts with servers so I'm sure some things got lost, but the couple next to us was completely served and finished before us, but we were sat at least 15min before they were sat. Food was brought much more quickly and the fried artichokes were amazing.

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CP
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A little bit loud for a date but overall a nice experience.

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TW
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Dinner before seeing Hamilton. The service was so attentive. I was impressed.

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Drink service was extremely slow. We didn’t get drinks until 25 minutes after we arrived at the restaurant. They had one waiter for a ton of tables and he just couldn’t keep up - not his fault, just low staffed. Atmosphere was cool.

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HF
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good spot for a pre Opera House show. Food was fine, not great, but also not bad. Chicken was a bit dry, as were the fries. Salad was very good. Menu is somewhat limited, but they are a scratch kitchen, and will accommodate. Dining tables were VERY close to one another. Definitely a better bar stop than a meal stop. Paid a bit more than I think it was worth. The staff was friendly.

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Delicious meal!! Awesome ambience. Went before a show. Great location!

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VB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

No one in our party was satisfied with the food. The two seafood dishes did not taste like they contained the freshest fish or shrimp. The fries were blah, the fried chicken sandwich nothing special, the serving of slaw paltry.

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L
New England
43 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

we ate here before a show after our reservation elsewhere was cancelled....we were lucky to find a place that could serve us quickly so we could get to the show on time. We were seated and served in less than an hour! Handled my husband's food allergies well. Everyone liked what they had (shepherds pie, chicken legs, scallops and sandwich. Kudos to them for not serving bread. None of us need bread before dinner.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Sat at a high top table in the bar area so bartender and waiter was one and the same which made it easy. Asked for martini recommendation and after a few words the bartender said “let me make you something”. He came back with a mixed cocktail in a Masson jar which was tasteless. I then said I would just prefer a cosmo. He cane back with a horrible version of a cosmo that tasted like it was vodka, sour mix and a splash of something red. Very disappointing. My husband and I ordered the fondue with pretzels as an appetizer. It was delicious. Warm baked pretzels with a nice melted cheese for dipping. For meals, I ordered the scallops. The first thing I noticed was that they smelled, which usually means they are not fresh. They were also very salty- too salty to enjoy so I ate half of my husbands meat. My husband ordered the beef which was delicious. My last drink was a gin and tonic which was good.

Atmosphere is terrific. Very old Boston, which I liked. Excellent location to the Opera House which we were going to.

I’d recommend you go but stick to beer ( which they have a ton of choices for on tap) and beef / burger.

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CC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Made a 6:15 reservation before seeing Hamilton. The location is very convenient to the theater district, and good service allowed us to relax and make it to the show in plenty of time. Our only complaint on this unseasonably warm November evening (70 degrees!) was how hot we were in the restaurant. But the pretzel fondue and lobster grilled cheese were both delicious choices!

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BN
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

To be honest, I had high hopes for Stoddard's after reading some of the Yelp reviews. Unfortunately my experience didn't live up to those of others.

I'll sum it up:

Asked for no croutons on a Caesar salad (person who ordered is gluten free), out came the salad with a large flat crouton over the top. The other Caesar didn't have it.

One check for refills as soon as the salads came out, nothing from the waitress until the meal was over.

"Beef Cheeks" menu item was majority fat. I understand the cut of meat, but half of the meat should not be fat.

A member of my party ordered the scallops and found them way too salty. Again, no waitress to check in, so we finished the meal. When told about the salty scallops when it came time for the check, the waitress went over and had an animated discussion with another member of the wait staff while constantly looking over at my table. No check in from the manager, nothing. Only a $5 off discount on the bill.

It's not about the money, it's about the service. I won't be going back to Stoddard's anytime soon.

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AT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We needed a place to eat before a show and Stoddard's was nearby. It turned out to be an excellent choice. We did wish the noise level were a little lower; some absorbent material probably would help. Both the food and service were excellent. We did not have any alcoholic beverages on this visit, maybe next tim

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EJ
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious Dinner before Concert:
We booked a table for a dinner prior to a concert at the Orpheum. The menu sounded diverse and I was sure we could both find options we liked. My husband had the Mussels and I had Haddock and Cole slaw.
We split battered Onion rings. Everything was delicious and could not have been better. I would definitely recommend for the food. The ambiance was OK, but would have been better with out the flickering T.V's with sports channels on along with the rather loud music in the dining area. It was difficult to talk or hear over it.

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DP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and atmosphere. Asked the server for a gin cocktail recommendation, he didn’t seem to be sure and just picked one off of the menu when he looked at it. Other than that great spot!

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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

This pub/restaurant was a mismatch for us. We were looking for a more upscale pre-theatre dining experience. This is a pub with a good selection of beers and sandwiches. They do serve fancier entrees (which when previewing the menu led us to believe that we'd be happy with this choice), but this is really a fish and chips and burger place. We sat downstairs and it was dark, noisy and bar-like. If we'd come to watch a game, we would have written a stronger review. i think the description of the restaurant on Open Table could be revised to be more accurate.

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MS
New England
110 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This pub has all of the attributes that people either love - or hate - about pubs. It is arguably 'authentic' in that it is cluttered, idiosyncratic, noisy and completely unique (although it isn't as old as it looks - the bar was rescued from an English pub and the site was a retail cutlery store until comparatively recently). There are cask ales and interesting beers on tap and a menu that is part pub - shepherd's pie, ie - and part nod to contemporary tastes - a nice plate of seared scallops and a good to very good duck breast. The location - around the corner from Boston's theatres, adds a star to the rating, since finding a reliable bite and a drink at 6 pm for a 730 curtain can be iffy. We were a party of four and we had a delightful time and a good meal. I would return.

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TD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great, casual dining with a nice variety of food choices. We’ve been there several times and have always had a great dining experience.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing in every aspect! Had the best time, we had to go back the next night. Food was so fresh, cocktails were carefully created.

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PW
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stoddards is a great place for a pre-show meal -- food is delicious, service is friendly, and the beer selection is fantastic! Will definitely go back next time I'm in the area for theater or a concert.

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p
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Stoddard's is accustomed to pre-theater diners, and we were in and out quickly. Part of the experience is the building, one of the oldest in the vicinity, having survived a fire 150 yrs ago. The food is good pub food. We particularly enjoyed the burger and the bratwurst. Messy, but tasty. They have an interesting cocktail list, as well as a variety of beers. Sadly, they do not offer desserts.

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F
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

I was disappointed with my fish and chips. the fish had little flavor, the sauce was terrible, ( tarter) the cole slaw had no flavor, bland, pretty bad. The best part was the fries. the pretzel / cheese dip was much better than the meal. I would not go back. the ambiance was too loud, table sticky, and wobbly, could even read the menu as it was so dark. the waitress was very, very nice. and my cocktail was good.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The hostess came over after 90 minutes and told us there was another reservation for the table and we needed to leave. The server had just told us we could hang so we’d ordered more drinks. Server A+. Hostess F.

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KM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were about 20 minutes late for our reservation due to traffic but it was no problem at all. They seated us immediately. Service was quick, which was appreciated as we were very hungry! We enjoyed our meal, but the noise level was so high that it was nearly impossible to have a conversation. Great option for pre or post theater eats.

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AS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Made a reservation here to have a meal before going to a concert nearby. Was attracted by the draft list and the menu, and Stoddard's didn't disappoint. The draft list was wide-ranging, I we were happy to try beers we don't normally see. My husband's jasmine rice bowl was better than my gnocchi, but overall the food was tasty. It was busy, but it wasn't super loud. And the service was great - everyone was friendly and attentive. We would go back to Stoddard's again if we find ourselves in the area!

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TG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a scotch egg - very tasty - The poutine was yummy - instead of drizzling the cheese, it was a fried wedge on top of the fries and gravy - golden goodness! We both had burgers with large Onion rings, that came hot and juicy, and 2 drinks off the menu that sounded interesting to try, but we'd get others on the menu next time.

Server was attentive but didn't hover over us, which was great. Ambiance was cool downstairs. Wood beam ceilings and brick basement. A+ Dining experience.

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h
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Our food was cold and tasteless. Our service was just okay. Cocktails were nothing to brag about.

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EO
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really great

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KS
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Meh, all around. Nice beer list. We sat downstairs and the ambiance is more like a sports bar that was badly converted. Glass block walls, banquets that curved around the back and odd posters. If they were going for a Gastropub look and feel they missed. It lacked warmth and coziness.

Food was alright but not stellar. Huge plates filled with a lot of starch and light on the veg. Red wine was served warm which I appreciated, my husband's pint was good. The note on the drinks menu about "beers coming soon" - well what's the point if you don't have it now?

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MD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

It was very loud and the tables are quite close together. So, you do have the opportunity to hear the folks on either side. The food is OK, not really that memorable. Drinks are OK as well. I think if you are just looking for a beer this place would be fine. Other than that, it's just OK. Very average.

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MG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Stoddard's before catching a show at the Opera House. The place was busy and the vibe was up-beat. Our table was ready when we arrived. The bartender waited on us and answered all of our questions. Drinks and food were excellent. Just a quick walk to the theater after dinner. We will be back!

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FM
New England
30 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved Stoddards! My son recommended this place before going to the Opera House. What a great find. It is a classic old pub with a fun vibe for all generations of people with interesting and fun pub food. I highly recommend. There is more of a beer selection than a wine selection but still enough for me to find something I like.

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KF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My first time here - may go back at some point as many other options in the area to check out - service was quick for a pre-show dinner - seated right away with my reservation so make sure to have one if going pre-show. Table we got was squished next to people on both sides so don't go for an intimate discussion - food was ok - I had bratwurst sandwich that was a bit over cooked and not nearly enough sauerkraut and mustard though the homemade onion rings were awesome. Wife had the scallops - there were 5 good sized ones but a bit salty for her taste. Great selection of beers - I had a cask ale but was a bit too warm for my liking but - Bathrooms are a bit of a trek downstairs but that has a good sized dining area and bar down there that I would like to sit at next time. All in all it did the trick and I would give it a second try one of these day even if just for beer and onion rings....

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HD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very cool ambiance, love the way they have respected the history of the building. Food was really great, friendly staff. Would definitely return next time I'm in Boston!

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JG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Came on a Saturday afternoon. They had one server for the entire restaurant. Hostess tried to help, but was a bit clueless. It look 20 minutes to get our drinks and 45 minutes after ordering to get sandwiches. Which were cold, as were the fries. I think it may have just been an off day when one or two servers didn't show up, but it was a pretty bad experience.

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LI
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our family party of 8 ate at Stoddard's before a play. We were disorganized and had a strict timeline. Our fantastic waitress was pleasant, very patient with all of my questions and kept us on schedule. My son has Celiac Disease and can't eat gluten. I called ahead so I knew to bring a GF bun. The waitress was great about our GF options and the chef came out to confirm our needs. I really appreciated how seriously they took his issue. Plus the food was delicious (with something that everyone in our party enjoyed) and the cocktails were great! I would definitely recommend this restaurant and will come again. Thanks Stoddard's!

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LR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Hadn't been here in a few years and sad to say was not as good as once was. First, we were not seated until almost 15 minutes after our reservation time, annoying as we were attending a show afterwards. They used to be known for their wide array of old fashioned drinks. Mine was OK but seemed very weak on the alcohol (and I am very much a lightweight). We ordered the hot soft pretzel to start. Was clearly previously frozen and not cooked all the way, and definitely not "soft" either. Mentioned it to the waiter and he did the right thing taking it off the bill. Our meals (mussels for me, a burger for my hubs) were fine but nothing out of the ordinary.

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Had received several recommendations for this place and booked off back of that and the promised 5 cask ales. There were no cask ales. The other beers were good though. The snacks were of monstrous proportions and defy the term ‘snack’. Burger was dry and tasteless. I didn’t get to the onion rings due to the aforementioned ‘snacks’. Service was good but overall I would say avoid other than for a beer and a snack for dinner for two and no more.

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F
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We were delayed more than half an hour by traffic, but we called to explain we would be late, and they held the reservation for us. Then we called again to say we would be even later and they still held it. We ended up down in the bar probably because we were (a) very late, and (b) at this point in a serious rush as we were on our way to see Hamilton. Downstairs was more boisterous than upstairs which is not what we would have chosen but hey, those in a rush can’t be picky. Food was pretty quick (we had asked which entrees would be quickest) and quality was good. Server was prompt and friendly if busy. The low rating is for the loud and crowded atmosphere in the downstairs. I’m sure that’d be great for some but not for us.

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AH
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice ambiance downstairs. I knew it when it was a store and enjoyed seeing that they kept the history.

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