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Joe's American Bar & Grill

#66 of 2,382 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Back Bay
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181 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116-2852 (Exeter)
+1 617-536-4200
07:30 - 00:00
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 00:00
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

When I asked the hostess if there was a gluten-free (GF) menu, I was impressed with her enthusiastic​ response, "Yes, absolutely!". Not only does Joe's have a GF menu, but it is also the largest GF menu I've seen in my 4 years of eating GF. When my waiter delivered my food to my table, she announced something like this:... More 

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Brough, United Kingdom
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357 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Impressive place but needed to be better for 5/5. Service decent enough but bread arrived after meal did and it all felt a bit rushed as it was so busy. Not cheap but good quality. Cool place but needs to improve a bit, lemonade really expensive and no refills

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great service, friendly staff, good food - what's not to like. Only reason it didn't get 5 stars - the toilets were really unpleasant. Dirty hand towels overflowing in two baskets and sinks and toilet pans needed some attention

Thank feeanddee
Wausau, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Joe's was recommended by our cab driver and we weren't disappointed. Visited Boston for the Boston Marathon, 2 of us visited shops and art galleries on Newbury St, the other 3 in our party hung out at Joe's. We all had a great time, met some of the locals, very friendly, ate dinner there. Had Prime Rib French Dip, best... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This Bostonian establishment is a great way to take a break from shopping and sight seeing in picturesque Back Bay. Its right on Newbury St, which makes it ideal for a meal or drink. Classic Boston bistro fare served in upscale decor - delicious value for money.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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326 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of us made reservations for dinner on a Thursday night (which is highly recommended) and had a wonderful time. Our server, Marcus, was extremely friendly and easily catered to a number of dietary requirements from our party. He seemed calm, cool and collect for a busy Thursday night and stayed on top of everything. I ordered the Prime... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Terrific restaurant and staff. Food delicious and not to expensive. Something for everyone. Wait staff attentive. Will be back.

Thank Kate S
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spending a couple of days in Boston (for the first time) on my own, I stumbled upon this little gem. Attentive staff, great atmosphere and the food was delicious. I had the clam chowder inside a bread roll, which was the perfect balance of creaminess and sharpness and the bread was beautiful. Then I had the seared tuna salad which... More 

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Canton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Joe's has a fun vibe. It is on the louder side, though, and was super busy on the Saturday afternoon we were there. We waited 30 minutes for our table, and it was worth it! We sat in the enclosed area by the sidewalk, on the first floor, which is also where the bar is located. Most of the seating... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Joe's was great. We had a large group, 9 people, and went for dinner before going out for a bachelorette weekend. The food was good and reasonably priced. They split our checks for us without us even needing to ask, which was awesome! They also knew it was our friend's bachelorette so they had a special champagne treat for her,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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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 weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.
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