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Joe's American Bar & Grill

181 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116-2852
+1 617-536-4200
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good45%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“burger” (83 reviews)
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181 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116-2852
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was a neat harbor side restaurant. Very clean and nice. I thought the food was overpriced. 18 dollars for a hamburger may be a little steep for my taste. I had the macaroni and cheese which was good but it was almost $16 and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location, nice looking place. Had a 10am reservation from open table, arrived on time and was promptly seated. However, 15 minutes went by without a peep from a server. Don't have time to waste on our Boston trip. Spoke to the manager whom was...More

Thank TamLuci15
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nephew's rehearsal dinner was in a private room at Joe's. Nice atmosphere and wonderful waitstaff. We were treated royally. Excellent food as well.

Thank lynnprin
Brianne S, Manager at Joe's American Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for choosing Joe's for your special event. We are so happy you enjoyed everything!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Out for a quick bite, found Joe's through TA...very happy. Short walk from our hotel, very nice restaurant. Enjoyed a great burger (Big State Burger), nice beer in the bar and en enjoyable open atmosphere. You'll like it!

Thank palmcityfoodlover
Brianne S, Manager at Joe's American Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for the review! Looking forward to having you back next time your in Boston!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Here you can enjoy sunshine on sunny outside terrace. Great american food and beers plus wine as you wish. Relaxed feeling. Only negative thing was a quite slow service but as sun was shining it did not bother too much.

Thank Topi P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Prompt service although not overly busy. Very helpful staff. Good choice of drinks. Good choice of food. BUT......mains brought out except one starter ordered and forgotten, then asked if I wanted to keep my main whilst starter made! C'mon guys, basic rules! Food very good,...More

Thank RushmereBlue
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

I'm terribly sorry about your beginning expirence. I am happy to hear everything turned around. Looking forward to having you back.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right in the heart of Backbay, in Newbury Joe's is the quitessential american bar with a chic twist, so to cater for all audiences, great traditional food and tv screens to watch sports games

Thank Claudia F
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the wonderful feedback, Claudia!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loads of choice, ask for their gluten free menu, they can adapt most of their main menu. I loved the mac and cheese and side salad with house dressing I tried.

Thank Sarah M
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

We are so happy you enjoyed our gluten free options! Looking forward to having you back.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having had a bad breakfast at a top hotel just around the corner the day before, we just needed somewhere better. Personally the Corned Beef Hash was the best meal I had eaten since I had arrived in America a few days previously. My partner...More

Thank Brioche99
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the awesome review! Hope to have you back next time you're in Boston!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We dropped in mid-afternoon for a cold beer and a snack and were not disappointed. The beer was ice-cold. I had the ahi tartare. It was delicious. Service was good and the atmosphere did not disappoint.

Thank Tim P
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the wonderful feedback!

Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the
heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and
the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable
skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock
Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit
Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques
– as well as every other kind of store imaginable –
all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice
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27 March 2017|
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Response from capecodjim48 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Joe's is very casual. Enjoy!
22 November 2016|
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Response from kaaala | Reviewed this property |
Not size since I enjoy my steak. They probably do though. Just look up their menu. My daughter had soup and salad
17 November 2016|
Response from Andreaca2016 | Reviewed this property |
I have never even lived in Boston. I never worked there. I was visiting the city and that restaurant was recommended by the hotel concierge.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 181 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116-2852
  • Public Transportation: Copley and Hynes (green line)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighbourhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 617-536-4200
  • E-mail
Joe's American Bar & Grill has a new home in Boston's Back Bay. Our new landmark location features a retractable roof in the cafe and upper bar area, a display kitchen, two full bars, and private dining. Joe's is a neighborhood staple for traditional American cuisine. At Joe's, we focus on using the freshest quality ingredients for all our dishes as well as providing a comfortable and fun atmosphere for all our guests. Joe's is a favorite for a casual lunch, a family dinner or a gathering of friends. Enjoy Joe's for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch or take-out. Please know that Joe's American Bar & Grill tries to honor all reservation requests. HOWEVER, THE PATIO IS SEATED ONLY ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS.
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