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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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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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181 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116-2852
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Reviewed 3 days 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 2 days ago

Thank you for the wonderful feedback!

Reviewed 4 days ago

I was part of a group with a pre-planned menu, but they were able to accomodate my gluten-free requirements without any problem. I had french onion soup, and the salmon.. both delicious. Service was very good, especially considering we were in a tight space; servers...More

Thank caroleiaap
Management response:Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for all the kind words. The team here at Joe's on Newbury are very happy to hear that you and your group had a nice time.

Reviewed 5 days ago

This was the first restaurant that we tried in Boston, very busy but worth the wait. Our waitress was excellent and shared some of the historical places to see in this area. The food menu was Pub style and also excellent.

Thank Mark P
Management response:Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for dining with us and for the wonderful feedback!

Reviewed 6 days ago

Joe's American Bar & Grill serves great food and has very polite staff that attend to your needs with a warm smile. I highly recommend you try their Nachos.

Thank Zaid B
Management response:Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for the review! We are happy to hear you loved our Nachos, they are truly a guest favorite. We all look forward to having you back!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked from our Copley square hotel. Busy on a Friday night, had what felt like a makeshift table for 2 near the kitchen. Lots of gf choices. They had a French dip sandwich which is something that I've yet to see as a gf option...More

Thank Meghan J
Management response:Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for coming by! We are very happy to hear we could accommodate you!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful ,location and great warm service,but really average brunch--our only chance on a short visit so really disappointing--also cant do a cappuccino-

Thank holmes187
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to Joe's for dinner, it had the much sought after buffalo chicken wings that my friend craved. Great fish tacos and huge serving of nachos - all of which was delicious. Service was a tad slow for a busy Sunday night, but would happily...More

Thank Julieanne R
Management response:Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for stopping by. I am terribly sorry to hear the service was slow, that is certainly not our standard. We do happily look forward to having you back!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Joe's is a classic bar and grill. Lots of seating on Newbury to people watch and two bars, one on each level. Stopped by after a Red Sox game and had a couple Joe's Lager's and fish taco's. The check was only $19.

Thank Mark G
Management response:Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the stopping by after the game! We are so happy to hear that you were pleased with everything.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped into Joe's for a quick drink to enjoy the sunshine after a long day exploring in Boston and ended up staying for hours. The table on the open sunny side next to the street let us watch the world go by and was...More

Thank Gordon M
Management response:Responded 2 days ago

Marta and the team here at Joe's Newbury are so happy you enjoyed everything and had a great time! Thank you for all the kind words!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a very good lunch at the covered terraza during a rainy day. Service was excellent. Bread and food were excellent, especially the onion soup.

Thank Homero V
Management response:Responded 2 days ago

We are very pleased to hear the service and lunch was wonderful! Looking forward to having you back.

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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26 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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
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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