The Colonnade Boston Hotel

★★★★☆
Luxury Hotel in Back Bay, adjacent to the PRU
  • 120 Huntington Ave

    Boston, MA 02116

    Cross street: At Garrison St., 1 block from W. Newton St, Copley Square/Hynes Convention Center

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Sometimes you just have a craving for classic dishes prepared well and served with old fashioned service. They have many traditional French specialties but manage to keep the feel of the place lively and relaxed.

I recently had to plan a dinner with some business colleagues and I knew one of them was an old school meat and potatoes guy. Instead of one of the steakhouses, I decided to try Brasserie Joe. We both got the steak frites and our other companion got the Cassoulet which was the special that night. Our steaks were tender and flavorful and cooked perfectly and the frites were served in a cute little cone. The cassoulet was outstanding.

Dessert was the best part. We were all pretty full but decided to share the profiteroles.. When the dessert arrived it looked yummy but, well, a bit naked and I was disappointed. Aren't they supposed to have...before I could finish my question; the charming young waiter approached the table and, with a flourish, drizzled warm chocolate sauce on the fluffy cream puffs. Forgetting for a minute that I was here on business, I dove in and licked the rich chocolate off my spoon.

This would be a great place for a romantic dinner and I plan to come back soon with my sweetie!

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★★★★★

Sometimes you just have a craving for classic dishes prepared well and served with old fashioned service. They have many traditional French specialties but manage to keep the feel of the place lively and relaxed.

I recently had to plan a dinner with some business colleagues and I knew one of them was an old school meat and potatoes guy. Instead of one of the steakhouses, I decided to try Brasserie Joe. We both got the steak frites and our other companion got the Cassoulet which was the special that night. Our steaks were tender and flavorful and cooked perfectly and the frites were served in a cute little cone. The cassoulet was outstanding.

Dessert was the best part. We were all pretty full but decided to share the profiteroles.. When the dessert arrived it looked yummy but, well, a bit naked and I was disappointed. Aren't they supposed to have...before I could finish my question; the charming young waiter approached the table and, with a flourish, drizzled warm chocolate sauce on the fluffy cream puffs. Forgetting for a minute that I was here on business, I dove in and licked the rich chocolate off my spoon.

This would be a great place for a romantic dinner and I plan to come back soon with my sweetie!

Pros: Good food, charming staff, nice bar

Cons: not the place for cutting edge cuisine

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My husband and I had a terrible dining experience at Brasserie Jo the first time around. Even though it was advertised everywhere that they were participating in Restaurant Week on Sunday, we did not receive the menu for that. In addition, the waiter's description of a seafood crepe was poor at best. The item was not at all as described, and contained many unexpected ingredients. I found shells in the seafood. My husband's burger was ordered medium and was overcooked. The fries were soggy. After our food was dropped off, no one ever checked with us to ask how it was. We finally flagged down our waiter and asked for bread to sop up the soggy liquid in my crepe. He never returned with the bread. A woman nearby asked for the Restaurant Week menu and had to fight for it -- a waiter came back to her table to argue 3 times before she received the menu. All this for the "bargain" price of $50. I left my address with the hostess, who apologized, but didn't receive a call back. I called them and received an offer to come back on the house. We took them up on it. They didn't have our reservation on record, but I spoke to the maitre d and he understood. This meal was so much better. I had the mussels and fries and my husband had a salmon BLT. Both were delicious. The service this time around was excellent. We left a $10 tip for our meal that was probably around $35. I'm glad that I gave Brasserie Jo a second chance and would definitely consider going back.

2
★★★★☆

My husband and I had a terrible dining experience at Brasserie Jo the first time around. Even though it was advertised everywhere that they were participating in Restaurant Week on Sunday, we did not receive the menu for that. In addition, the waiter's description of a seafood crepe was poor at best. The item was not at all as described, and contained many unexpected ingredients. I found shells in the seafood. My husband's burger was ordered medium and was overcooked. The fries were soggy. After our food was dropped off, no one ever checked with us to ask how it was. We finally flagged down our waiter and asked for bread to sop up the soggy liquid in my crepe. He never returned with the bread. A woman nearby asked for the Restaurant Week menu and had to fight for it -- a waiter came back to her table to argue 3 times before she received the menu. All this for the "bargain" price of $50. I left my address with the hostess, who apologized, but didn't receive a call back. I called them and received an offer to come back on the house. We took them up on it. They didn't have our reservation on record, but I spoke to the maitre d and he understood. This meal was so much better. I had the mussels and fries and my husband had a salmon BLT. Both were delicious. The service this time around was excellent. We left a $10 tip for our meal that was probably around $35. I'm glad that I gave Brasserie Jo a second chance and would definitely consider going back.

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Not the best, but good before the theater. The steak frites is mediocre and a little pricey for the quality of meat. A good location, but there are better places close by.

3
★★★☆☆

Not the best, but good before the theater. The steak frites is mediocre and a little pricey for the quality of meat. A good location, but there are better places close by.

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Difficult to say it's "below" average, because the service and operations of most places in Boston or large cities are quite disappointing -- therefore, I guess they fit right in.
In emulating a Parisian brasserie, they are successful: the service is atrocious! I've been there three times (I know, I don't learn) and always the lamb or beef was well-done rather than rare (as ordered). The coup de grace? Last night's experience, when the waiter said, "Sorry for the mistake but it's out of my hands." Lovely. The classic "not my fault" cry. First off, he wasn't the one who brought the meal to our table, never asked how it was, never checked on us. We had to flag the sympathetic host who took the plates away. Then 20 min. later, the waiter arrived with his lame apology.
BTW, when the food first arrived, the plates were unceremoniously slid over the table cloth, and when the server departed, my son said, "Hey, I think I'm in France; they practically throw the food at you." : )
After correction, the dinners were mediocre; my wife by then had already finished her boulliabaise.
Amazing how they didn't take her plate away as well, simply to keep it warm. Brain-dead, I tell you.
Anyway, the lamb steak was succulent, Steak Parisienne was flavorful, pommes frites not overly salty. But in all cases, the beef was rather tough and stringy.
It was about 10p.m. (the place would be open for dinner until after 11p.m.) and was about 20% at capacity.
I tend to have high expectations when you drop $40+ for just an entree alone. But as mentioned earlier, most up-scale dining spots have dreadful 'operations.' They are not sensitive, aware, proactive. I get far better (even outstanding) service at a Route 1 breakfast diner.
But why should these over-priced restaurants improve? Even as the economy is weak, they still are packed with customers most evenings. Almost all of them.
It's astonishing how much people are tolerating these days.
Best regards,
J

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★☆☆☆☆

Difficult to say it's "below" average, because the service and operations of most places in Boston or large cities are quite disappointing -- therefore, I guess they fit right in.
In emulating a Parisian brasserie, they are successful: the service is atrocious! I've been there three times (I know, I don't learn) and always the lamb or beef was well-done rather than rare (as ordered). The coup de grace? Last night's experience, when the waiter said, "Sorry for the mistake but it's out of my hands." Lovely. The classic "not my fault" cry. First off, he wasn't the one who brought the meal to our table, never asked how it was, never checked on us. We had to flag the sympathetic host who took the plates away. Then 20 min. later, the waiter arrived with his lame apology.
BTW, when the food first arrived, the plates were unceremoniously slid over the table cloth, and when the server departed, my son said, "Hey, I think I'm in France; they practically throw the food at you." : )
After correction, the dinners were mediocre; my wife by then had already finished her boulliabaise.
Amazing how they didn't take her plate away as well, simply to keep it warm. Brain-dead, I tell you.
Anyway, the lamb steak was succulent, Steak Parisienne was flavorful, pommes frites not overly salty. But in all cases, the beef was rather tough and stringy.
It was about 10p.m. (the place would be open for dinner until after 11p.m.) and was about 20% at capacity.
I tend to have high expectations when you drop $40+ for just an entree alone. But as mentioned earlier, most up-scale dining spots have dreadful 'operations.' They are not sensitive, aware, proactive. I get far better (even outstanding) service at a Route 1 breakfast diner.
But why should these over-priced restaurants improve? Even as the economy is weak, they still are packed with customers most evenings. Almost all of them.
It's astonishing how much people are tolerating these days.
Best regards,
J

Pros: Ambience, location, hours

Cons: Service, awareness, not "prevenant" at all, value

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My sister and I dined here last Sunday night and we had such a nice time. The service was wonderful, the food was great and the atmosphere was just perfect for a nice, quiet dinner with my sister. We had both recently returned from Paris and were craving a good French meal. She had the mussels and I had the steak. Both were really well prepared and delicious. We also shared the chocolate mousse for dessert. What a great presentation! We ordered Cote du Rhone by the glass which I highly recommend, but they have many other great wines on the list. We just had a perfect evening. And the price, I couldn't believe what a great deal it was! Definitely less expensive than Paris! If I lived in Boston (we are from NY) I would be dining here at least once a week. In fact I am planning to return with my husband just so he can try it. I know he would love it!

2
★★★★★

My sister and I dined here last Sunday night and we had such a nice time. The service was wonderful, the food was great and the atmosphere was just perfect for a nice, quiet dinner with my sister. We had both recently returned from Paris and were craving a good French meal. She had the mussels and I had the steak. Both were really well prepared and delicious. We also shared the chocolate mousse for dessert. What a great presentation! We ordered Cote du Rhone by the glass which I highly recommend, but they have many other great wines on the list. We just had a perfect evening. And the price, I couldn't believe what a great deal it was! Definitely less expensive than Paris! If I lived in Boston (we are from NY) I would be dining here at least once a week. In fact I am planning to return with my husband just so he can try it. I know he would love it!

Pros: Ambience, Service, Food

Cons: None

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Read about this restaurant offering French kiss Friday promotion and gave it a try. Miniature pizza arrived and it was delish. Better - it was free. I marvel at critics of Free food like another review i read here. Also received a baguette of bread and carrots (FREE). Service was very good and while the free food was good the martini was awesome. I asked the bartender to recommend one and he gave me a Manoh? It was some fruity concotion that was so good I had another. Ordered the steak and frites at the bar and they were fantastic. Ordered medium and got medium - now thats rare (pun intended). This is a cant go wrong restaurant. Meal was a great value. will return

2
★★★★★

Read about this restaurant offering French kiss Friday promotion and gave it a try. Miniature pizza arrived and it was delish. Better - it was free. I marvel at critics of Free food like another review i read here. Also received a baguette of bread and carrots (FREE). Service was very good and while the free food was good the martini was awesome. I asked the bartender to recommend one and he gave me a Manoh? It was some fruity concotion that was so good I had another. Ordered the steak and frites at the bar and they were fantastic. Ordered medium and got medium - now thats rare (pun intended). This is a cant go wrong restaurant. Meal was a great value. will return

Pros: Bustling Ambience, Great food at a good value, Martinis

Cons: Parking like all boston eateries-

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Have always heard good things about the place, but finally got the opportunity to go after reading about French Kiss Fridays. How can you resist?!?!
As always got to the place a little early to have a cocktail at the bar - terrific espresso martini and they give you these great little "bar pies" to wake up your taste buds!
Looking through the menu was like reading a cookbook there are so many choices and the prices are not to be matched at any restaurant in the city on this level! Terrific Value for your money!! The entree portions were huge and the desserts are over the top. Best profiteroles I have ever had!
The server was very informative for us as first time diners and made several great suggestions, not to mention he was extremely attentive and friendly and the Maitre D provided great tips on selecting a wine. The place was jam packed and it's no secret why!
I'll be going back real soon and taking more friends with me!

2
★★★★★

Have always heard good things about the place, but finally got the opportunity to go after reading about French Kiss Fridays. How can you resist?!?!
As always got to the place a little early to have a cocktail at the bar - terrific espresso martini and they give you these great little "bar pies" to wake up your taste buds!
Looking through the menu was like reading a cookbook there are so many choices and the prices are not to be matched at any restaurant in the city on this level! Terrific Value for your money!! The entree portions were huge and the desserts are over the top. Best profiteroles I have ever had!
The server was very informative for us as first time diners and made several great suggestions, not to mention he was extremely attentive and friendly and the Maitre D provided great tips on selecting a wine. The place was jam packed and it's no secret why!
I'll be going back real soon and taking more friends with me!

Pros: Huge portions, great prices, Large selection of French wines for under $70

Cons: Make a reservation, especially on symphony nights

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I used the "know before go" tip I read here on citysearch. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. The personal-size free flatbread pizza at the bar was smaller than the cocktail napkin. And they only gave us 1 to share! I wasn't expecting much when it is free afterall, but I honestly thought the waiter was joking when he brought it over. It tasted great, but the "slice" I ate was no bigger than a stamp.

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★★★☆☆

I used the "know before go" tip I read here on citysearch. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. The personal-size free flatbread pizza at the bar was smaller than the cocktail napkin. And they only gave us 1 to share! I wasn't expecting much when it is free afterall, but I honestly thought the waiter was joking when he brought it over. It tasted great, but the "slice" I ate was no bigger than a stamp.

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My wife and I had a terrific meal at brasserie joe. The food is outstanding and I highly recommend the chicken coq au vin. Having traveled to France on many occassions, we found this to be a true representation of a brasserie not a bistro. The room was bustling and full of energy (exactly what we were looking for.)

We sat outside and enjoyed the fresh air. Service was excellent. Our waiter was very attentitve and explained the menu in a professional but not over bearing way. We expected a bit of snobbery when we arrived but it was exactly opposite - the woman host was very friendly and welcoming.

Advice is to save room for dessert (the profiteroles) and be sure to order their fries .... really terrific.

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★★★★★

My wife and I had a terrific meal at brasserie joe. The food is outstanding and I highly recommend the chicken coq au vin. Having traveled to France on many occassions, we found this to be a true representation of a brasserie not a bistro. The room was bustling and full of energy (exactly what we were looking for.)

We sat outside and enjoyed the fresh air. Service was excellent. Our waiter was very attentitve and explained the menu in a professional but not over bearing way. We expected a bit of snobbery when we arrived but it was exactly opposite - the woman host was very friendly and welcoming.

Advice is to save room for dessert (the profiteroles) and be sure to order their fries .... really terrific.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

Cons: Bar on small side

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The food was good. BJ manages the basics of French cuisine well.

However, the service was *** horrendous***. The waiter managed to serve 2 wrong dishes for the 3 main courses ordered. Moreover, he never intimated an apology. Beverages were never refilled unless specifically requested, and only after considerable effort and time was spent in trying to get the the server's attention.

2
★★★★☆

The food was good. BJ manages the basics of French cuisine well.

However, the service was *** horrendous***. The waiter managed to serve 2 wrong dishes for the 3 main courses ordered. Moreover, he never intimated an apology. Beverages were never refilled unless specifically requested, and only after considerable effort and time was spent in trying to get the the server's attention.

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I went there for Brunch expecting to find great food and service ? given the prices that?s the least you should expect. What I got was OK food and TERRIBLE service. When we were seated at our table the restaurant was out of menu?s ? which is interesting because the restaurant was not even close to being full and other tables were eating. We waited for about 10 minutes before anyone came over to us and another 5 before we got menus. They only had 3 menus for our party of 5. Now on to the server. She approached the table, no Hello, took drink orders and stormed off. When she came back she was complaining about the menu shortage and the management. She then went on about her other table and a customer that was requesting more coffee. Not to servers ? not a good gesture to complain to one table about your other customers. One of our glasses was dirty ? we were actually scared to tell her given her attitude and the fear of her telling the other tables about our request for a clean glass! When we brought this to her attention she brought us a new glass and then placed the old glass in the plant fixture next to our table. The dirty glass remained in the plant for the rest of our meal. One person in our party order tea and she brought us hot water in a juice glass. I guess the restaurant was out of tea pots as well. She instructed us to ?just pour the water into the mug?. When the food arrived a plate of toast was dropped on the floor ? this stayed on the floor for the rest of the meal along with the glass in the plant. The food was OK ? nothing great and given the service definitely not worth going back for. The best part of this experience was when she came over and recommended a great brunch spot right around the corner. This is my second time there for brunch and my last. The first time there was enjoyable however, the service was so awful my second visit I will never go back.

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★★☆☆☆

I went there for Brunch expecting to find great food and service ? given the prices that?s the least you should expect. What I got was OK food and TERRIBLE service. When we were seated at our table the restaurant was out of menu?s ? which is interesting because the restaurant was not even close to being full and other tables were eating. We waited for about 10 minutes before anyone came over to us and another 5 before we got menus. They only had 3 menus for our party of 5. Now on to the server. She approached the table, no Hello, took drink orders and stormed off. When she came back she was complaining about the menu shortage and the management. She then went on about her other table and a customer that was requesting more coffee. Not to servers ? not a good gesture to complain to one table about your other customers. One of our glasses was dirty ? we were actually scared to tell her given her attitude and the fear of her telling the other tables about our request for a clean glass! When we brought this to her attention she brought us a new glass and then placed the old glass in the plant fixture next to our table. The dirty glass remained in the plant for the rest of our meal. One person in our party order tea and she brought us hot water in a juice glass. I guess the restaurant was out of tea pots as well. She instructed us to ?just pour the water into the mug?. When the food arrived a plate of toast was dropped on the floor ? this stayed on the floor for the rest of the meal along with the glass in the plant. The food was OK ? nothing great and given the service definitely not worth going back for. The best part of this experience was when she came over and recommended a great brunch spot right around the corner. This is my second time there for brunch and my last. The first time there was enjoyable however, the service was so awful my second visit I will never go back.

Cons: Service

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I have eaten dinner here on several ocassions, but most often I just come late and sit in the bar area with cockails or wine and a snack with friends. The cocktail list is wondeful (the drinks are HUGE and $11/each) and the food is typical French. My favorites are the escargots and the endive salad. The offer plenty of good wines by the glass as well. The staff is extremely friendly and the room is beautiful.

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★★★★★

I have eaten dinner here on several ocassions, but most often I just come late and sit in the bar area with cockails or wine and a snack with friends. The cocktail list is wondeful (the drinks are HUGE and $11/each) and the food is typical French. My favorites are the escargots and the endive salad. The offer plenty of good wines by the glass as well. The staff is extremely friendly and the room is beautiful.

Pros: Consistently great food

Cons: Pricey...

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My wife and I stopped in after a concert at Jourdon Hall. The bar was crowded but the dining room wasn't. We seated immediately and our waitress took our drink order promptly. My martini and my wife's Cosmo were great! The bread and carrot dish starters were very good as well and we shared a shrimp cocktail appetizer. The shrimp were huge and delicious and the cocktail sauce was perfect. My wife got the trout almondine and I got the salmon. We were both very satisfied with our food and thought it was a cut above most food we've had at local restaurants. The only negative of our meal was discovered at the very end when we noticed that the glass my wife's drink came in was cracked. We'll go back again!

2
★★★★★

My wife and I stopped in after a concert at Jourdon Hall. The bar was crowded but the dining room wasn't. We seated immediately and our waitress took our drink order promptly. My martini and my wife's Cosmo were great! The bread and carrot dish starters were very good as well and we shared a shrimp cocktail appetizer. The shrimp were huge and delicious and the cocktail sauce was perfect. My wife got the trout almondine and I got the salmon. We were both very satisfied with our food and thought it was a cut above most food we've had at local restaurants. The only negative of our meal was discovered at the very end when we noticed that the glass my wife's drink came in was cracked. We'll go back again!

Pros: Fast service, Great drinks, Excellent food

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Had a light Lunch on a Saturday afternoon. The service was pretty bad, and we are not picky or hard to please guests. When seated, the wine glasses were covered with oj pulp and smears - the host acted a little funny when we requested replacements, as if we should not have mentioned it perhaps? The waitress had a very hard time answering simple questions, came back twice to clarify the wine order, then still almost poured the wrong selection. They tried to take plates we were actively eating from, and left empty ones behind to clutter the table. Overall, there were many hallmarks of an inexperienced wait staff. On a brighter note, the food was tasty, and we really enjoyed that aspect of things. For the price though, it was not so good as to make up for the really awkward service.

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★☆☆☆☆

Had a light Lunch on a Saturday afternoon. The service was pretty bad, and we are not picky or hard to please guests. When seated, the wine glasses were covered with oj pulp and smears - the host acted a little funny when we requested replacements, as if we should not have mentioned it perhaps? The waitress had a very hard time answering simple questions, came back twice to clarify the wine order, then still almost poured the wrong selection. They tried to take plates we were actively eating from, and left empty ones behind to clutter the table. Overall, there were many hallmarks of an inexperienced wait staff. On a brighter note, the food was tasty, and we really enjoyed that aspect of things. For the price though, it was not so good as to make up for the really awkward service.

Pros: tasty food

Cons: Expensive, Awkward service

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I should have known- hotel French bar...... all the other reviews led me astray. The food was sub par for the price. I had the pork with a sauce that was more of a brown gravy with a dash of cheap wine (could have gotten at any diner for a lot less and still would have been better). My husband had the fish- you could not have added enough salt to give it taste. We got the bill and just wanted to give all the food back to get a refund. I have never been so diappointed by a meal that I can only call BLAHH-

0
★☆☆☆☆

I should have known- hotel French bar...... all the other reviews led me astray. The food was sub par for the price. I had the pork with a sauce that was more of a brown gravy with a dash of cheap wine (could have gotten at any diner for a lot less and still would have been better). My husband had the fish- you could not have added enough salt to give it taste. We got the bill and just wanted to give all the food back to get a refund. I have never been so diappointed by a meal that I can only call BLAHH-

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My friends and I often choose Brasserie Jo's as a nice place to meet for dinner. The quality of the food is excellent. I have repeatedly enjoyed their steak frites. The steak tartare was also good. The best thing here, however, are the profiteroles served with a seemingly unending stream of chocolate sauce: they let you say when. So good! Service has always been friendly and efficient. I also like the atmosphere. It's fun to come just for a cafe au lait or a few drinks if you don't want to pay for dinner. Very classy.

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★★★★☆

My friends and I often choose Brasserie Jo's as a nice place to meet for dinner. The quality of the food is excellent. I have repeatedly enjoyed their steak frites. The steak tartare was also good. The best thing here, however, are the profiteroles served with a seemingly unending stream of chocolate sauce: they let you say when. So good! Service has always been friendly and efficient. I also like the atmosphere. It's fun to come just for a cafe au lait or a few drinks if you don't want to pay for dinner. Very classy.

Pros: steak frites, profiteroles, atmosphere

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As tourists to Boston attending a medical conference in June, 2005, we tried as many restaurants as we could during our four day stay in the Back Bay area. We also had our 4 year old twins in tow, so we were able to test the "family friendliness" of each place we dined. We went here for lunch. The "house beer" was outstanding. My wife enjoyed her tuna very much. The bread and salad and were excellent. My half tuna sandwich was average. The kids liked the spaghetti.

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★★★★☆

As tourists to Boston attending a medical conference in June, 2005, we tried as many restaurants as we could during our four day stay in the Back Bay area. We also had our 4 year old twins in tow, so we were able to test the "family friendliness" of each place we dined. We went here for lunch. The "house beer" was outstanding. My wife enjoyed her tuna very much. The bread and salad and were excellent. My half tuna sandwich was average. The kids liked the spaghetti.

Pros: professional service

Cons: a tad pricey lunch

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Despicable service - lack of wine choices by the glass and SOLD OUT of many, surly waitress and rude wait staff in general. Not inclined to return any time soon.

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★★☆☆☆

Despicable service - lack of wine choices by the glass and SOLD OUT of many, surly waitress and rude wait staff in general. Not inclined to return any time soon.

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Two great dishes --Duck and RockFish. What makes a really good French restaurant are the sauces and both were very good. With several glasses of wine and everything else, a meal like this for around $100 is a good value....way better than mass produced fare from a chain.

2
★★★★★

Two great dishes --Duck and RockFish. What makes a really good French restaurant are the sauces and both were very good. With several glasses of wine and everything else, a meal like this for around $100 is a good value....way better than mass produced fare from a chain.

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I read all the reviews and felt this would be a good choice for a birthday celebration on Christmas Eve. (not too many places are open) The service was wonderful: the food was not. Nothing recommended on this site was even half good. Prices are reasonable, ambience ok, cleanliness excellent.
We eat out all the time, so we feel we are somewhat educated on the food scene. This is not meant to put down this restaurant. It just simply was not good.

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★☆☆☆☆

I read all the reviews and felt this would be a good choice for a birthday celebration on Christmas Eve. (not too many places are open) The service was wonderful: the food was not. Nothing recommended on this site was even half good. Prices are reasonable, ambience ok, cleanliness excellent.
We eat out all the time, so we feel we are somewhat educated on the food scene. This is not meant to put down this restaurant. It just simply was not good.

Pros: service, cleanliness

Cons: , no bread plates, loud

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The decor is tired, the dining room gets loud. There is a constant stream of servers rushing past our table - diner style. The service was average at best. The steak frites was a notch above edible. The thin slab of meat was burnt on the outside and red on the inside - I ordered it medium. If this is suppose to be an "excellent" restaurant in Boston, then we've still got a far way to go. We didn't valet, but I noticed the cars were all parked in the valet zone or left double parked on the busy busy Boylston Street. For $14 I rather park it myself in a garage, there are plenty to choose from.

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★★★☆☆

The decor is tired, the dining room gets loud. There is a constant stream of servers rushing past our table - diner style. The service was average at best. The steak frites was a notch above edible. The thin slab of meat was burnt on the outside and red on the inside - I ordered it medium. If this is suppose to be an "excellent" restaurant in Boston, then we've still got a far way to go. We didn't valet, but I noticed the cars were all parked in the valet zone or left double parked on the busy busy Boylston Street. For $14 I rather park it myself in a garage, there are plenty to choose from.

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My wife and I may have ordered wrong, but the main course we ordered was par at most. We got the 'steak' which was a thin slab of beef cooked in butter sitting on top of fries. For the price we paid, it was not worth it. Maybe we ordered wrong, our appetizer was good and so was the wine selection and dessert. We looked around at the plates at other tables and they looked better. The service was excellent though which keeps me from giving this restaurant a bad rating, but there are too many other restaurants where I feel I could have done better.

1
★★★☆☆

My wife and I may have ordered wrong, but the main course we ordered was par at most. We got the 'steak' which was a thin slab of beef cooked in butter sitting on top of fries. For the price we paid, it was not worth it. Maybe we ordered wrong, our appetizer was good and so was the wine selection and dessert. We looked around at the plates at other tables and they looked better. The service was excellent though which keeps me from giving this restaurant a bad rating, but there are too many other restaurants where I feel I could have done better.

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I have been to Jo's on multiple occasions. I am a picky eater, so the limited menu is a little tough, but everything I have ordered, from the Pork Tenderloin, to the steak tartar, to the burger is amazing...plus save room for dessert! The martinis are the best in town, that is if you like them Shakin'!! And the Service is the best part, make sure to eat at the bar some night and say hi to Michael, Kevin and Cesan.

2
★★★★★

I have been to Jo's on multiple occasions. I am a picky eater, so the limited menu is a little tough, but everything I have ordered, from the Pork Tenderloin, to the steak tartar, to the burger is amazing...plus save room for dessert! The martinis are the best in town, that is if you like them Shakin'!! And the Service is the best part, make sure to eat at the bar some night and say hi to Michael, Kevin and Cesan.

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Very nice atmosphere, great food. Feels like a cafe in Paris. It wouold be nice if they stayed open later...

2
★★★★☆

Very nice atmosphere, great food. Feels like a cafe in Paris. It wouold be nice if they stayed open later...

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The food was delicious. My friend had the Skate and I had the Swordfish. Beautifully prepared, both were moist and full of flavor. As an appetizer, I ordered the Pate and my friend ordered the Onion soup. I liked hers better than mine, but we were very pleased. The service had unmatched quality. We highly recommend the profiterol with the chocolate sauce as a desert (yum!).

2
★★★★★

The food was delicious. My friend had the Skate and I had the Swordfish. Beautifully prepared, both were moist and full of flavor. As an appetizer, I ordered the Pate and my friend ordered the Onion soup. I liked hers better than mine, but we were very pleased. The service had unmatched quality. We highly recommend the profiterol with the chocolate sauce as a desert (yum!).

Pros: great food, great service, good wine menu

Cons: parking

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Fries are awesome with the Steak Frit!! Nobody else in town compares.

2
★★★★☆

Fries are awesome with the Steak Frit!! Nobody else in town compares.

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Surprisingly Enjoyable dinner we had last night at Brasserie Jo's. There were 9 of us and everyone enjoyed their meals and also enjoyed the fabulous desserts.

2
★★★★★

Surprisingly Enjoyable dinner we had last night at Brasserie Jo's. There were 9 of us and everyone enjoyed their meals and also enjoyed the fabulous desserts.

Cons: Parking

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Good French cuisine. We dined there before a show at the Huntington Theater. The Salmon was excellent, as was the Scallops. The raw bar appetizer of clams, oysters, shrimp and Crab claw was good, except the crab. I think it was too chilled. Dessert was excellent. The wait staff was superb. The restaurant has a lot of seating, and since we had an early dinner, seemed very empty. Although by the time we left, it was a lot fuller.

2
★★★★☆

Good French cuisine. We dined there before a show at the Huntington Theater. The Salmon was excellent, as was the Scallops. The raw bar appetizer of clams, oysters, shrimp and Crab claw was good, except the crab. I think it was too chilled. Dessert was excellent. The wait staff was superb. The restaurant has a lot of seating, and since we had an early dinner, seemed very empty. Although by the time we left, it was a lot fuller.

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The steak frites and filet of skate were both excellent! Service and all French wine list were great. Chateau Margeaux by the glass! A tad too much butter on the potatoes, and by the was people, the chocolate sauce on the profiterole tasted like plain old hersheys. Not bad though. We didn't get the cheese trolley (we were too stuffed) but we saw it and it looked very ambitious for Boston. The menu itself is a little all over the place, but service, atmosphere and all around great food are all found here. MUCH better than the hotel.

2
★★★★★

The steak frites and filet of skate were both excellent! Service and all French wine list were great. Chateau Margeaux by the glass! A tad too much butter on the potatoes, and by the was people, the chocolate sauce on the profiterole tasted like plain old hersheys. Not bad though. We didn't get the cheese trolley (we were too stuffed) but we saw it and it looked very ambitious for Boston. The menu itself is a little all over the place, but service, atmosphere and all around great food are all found here. MUCH better than the hotel.

Pros: wine list, location, service, filet of skate wing

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I ate lunch here recently, and wasn't too impressed. I ate at the bar, which has diner style quality (i.e. not good). The free loaf of bread with carrot strings is very tasty, but my steak fritas wasn't that great. I've had much better fries at Abe and Louie's, and the steak itself was just mediocre. On the plus side, service was excellent.

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★★★☆☆

I ate lunch here recently, and wasn't too impressed. I ate at the bar, which has diner style quality (i.e. not good). The free loaf of bread with carrot strings is very tasty, but my steak fritas wasn't that great. I've had much better fries at Abe and Louie's, and the steak itself was just mediocre. On the plus side, service was excellent.

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