1032 Beacon St, Brookline, MA | Directions 0244642.346025 -71.108294
Sun-Thurs: 5pm-10pm. Fri/Sat: 5pm-11pm. Sunday Brunch: 12pm-3pm
Great atmosphere, great food, OK service – I have eaten at the Beacon Street Tavern several times. Most recently, my boyfriend and I went on a Tuesday night and were seated promptly. They have great beers on tap and a nice wine-by-the-glass list. I ordered the Mushroom Scampi Pasta and my boyrfirend had the Lamb; both were excellent! The pace of the meal was nice: not rushed, nice spacing between starters and entrees, however service was inattentive even though the restaurant was not at all crowded. Maybe this can be chalked up to our waitress, I have eaten there before and been pleased with the service. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the food, wine, and ambience...we just wished someone would have refilled our water glasses at some point during the meal!
great late night. please feed us. – Still no late night menu here, but the giant gnome (?) at the end of the bar and the beautiful mistletoe toting bartender (!) more than make up for it. Another consideration might be valet service and i still would love to see the bar menu offered after 10 pm.
Please think before you review – I've grown increasingly tired of reading rants rather than reviews. This space is for reviewing the restaurant not writing about your perception of "mean bartenders" or "lost hostesses." It's amazing to me how many people think that during a Friday night dinner rush it's okay for 4 people to come in and take up table space drinking a drink each and eating an appetizer. For you information, $80.00 for 4 people on a Friday night is a PATHETIC amount of money, especially when there is a two hour wait for dinner. Think before you decide to begin complaining.
Secondly, the bread issue. Bread comes with dinner it is not a replacement for dinner, so if you are not ordering dinner, then don't expect to get bread!
Thirdly, most service industry people are nice and willing to accomadate most requests, but remember, they work off tips, which is why when you are sitting at a table with an $80.00 check for 3 hours, they want you to leave--plus I can guarantee that you will not leave 15%.
Lastly, ask yourself, how you are approaching the staff. Are you demeaning? Demanding? difficult? Are you blaming the staff memeber for an error in the kitchen or for the meal being less than what you expected? Are you taking up space drinking water?
Here's so advice: if you don't want to wait, go elsewhere. If you are angry, don't go out.
This place is lovely and so is the staff.
cheap eats, cheap drinks, yup it's a tavern – I have always been a big fan of good spots in boston to have a good meal on the cheap i.e. silvertone, the franklin, the b side. My only grip is that there is NEVER walkin seating or open seats at the bar after 7pm.
That said I think I've found my new favorite spot in Brookline. We have been about several times since the place opened. The menu is pretty big with 5-6 starters, 3 platters and, 5-6 entrees. The wine list is a little steep, but true value is found in the daily wine specials. We ahve noticed that a few times we went in the place seemed pretty chaotic. If you don't want to wait for a table they have bar tables hidden in the back bar room which are first come first serve.
Last night We went for dinner. I had the halibut $21 and my girlfriend tried to break the bank with the sirloin $23 add a bottle of grenache $40 and call it a cheap meal. Where else in boston can you find a worthy sirloin for under $30? I've read all of the reviews on this site and I think what people are missing is the fact that this is a tavern, a true bistro, a neighborhood joint where the bartender yells your name because your in the way. If I want to pick over the finer points of service and atmosphere I go to Grill 23 and pay for it. But when I need a place to go grab a bite on a wednsday night after work I will most definitly be going down to the beacon street.
updated review – bring on the summer and open up the patio!!!!!!!!!!Still enjoy going here for eats service and food are great and value for money is undeniable. I like to go there on the quieter nights (Weds) where service is more attentive. Fri and Sat are always packed and service is a little more pressured.
Welcome to the neighborhood!!! – For fans of the Washington Square Tavern like myself, Beacon Street Tavern does not disappoint. My friend and I enjoyed a memorable meal there recently, and the prices were extremely reasonable! We both ordered the sirloin medium rare - both meals were cooked to perfection. The broccoli was crisp and delicious, and the potato wedges were a perfect complement. We were fortunate enough to sample the rich, decadent chocolate cake (a new addition). The server was friendly and attentive. Like its sister restaurant, BST provides a wonderful atmosphere for a chat with a friend or a date. The staff was even able to accommodate a party of over twenty guests comfortably!
To everyone that has something bad to say... – I have been in the restaurant business for 15+ years, and it is appaling to hear waht people are complaining about.
Hasn't The Tavern just opened recently?? Give all of the managers and servers some credit. The Tavern is a work in progress and it is not easy to open a new restaurant and please EVERYONE!!
I just don't understand why people have to complain so much about waiting "40" minutes when they are told "30" minutes. Give the hosts some credit. They are NOT mind readers and a "wait" is a rought estimate.
My advice to all of you who run to your computers after going out for dinner is simple. Work in a restaurant for a week...then you may appreciate your dining experience a little more next time you go out.
Mean bartenders – Restaurant, pub, tavern ( whatever you call yourself) if you've got a bar- you're a bar. And people are suppose to enjoy themselves at a bar, right? Our bartender was so mean we were actually afraid to ask for another round of martinis and decided to order beer so he wouldn't have to work so hard. Forget about a smile or a "you're welcome". Is this a new trend for bartendenders? We went somewhere else and had a good time. You should too.
Slow service, Unfriendly staff – A few of my friends and I decided to head to the Beacon Street Tavern for my birthday dinner.
It looked nice and had a patio. Although the night was nice the outside was too dark after the sun went down and was a longer wait than for seating inside. ( good thing we sat inside or we would still be there )
After putting in our name the "hostess" who could only concentrate on one thing at a time
( this being a resteraunt at dinner time , not so good) looked more than confused since other people were waiting behind us.. Luckily found a seat at the bar to wait.
The selection of drinks is large and the bartenders seemed slightly less friendly than a scared dog. After about 45 or so minutes we finally got a table.
Our waiter greeted us with , "what do you want to order, can i get you more drinks".
Now that is the proper greeting after saying hello my name is blah blah.
We ordered bread for 4 people that was lets say the size of a larger finger.
The dinner selection was not large, with fancy names. The food was good, not excellent .
We asked for our check 3 times before it was brought to us. I do not suggest this place
unless you are in for a 2 hour meal, that is 1 course long.
Adding insult to unoriginality – A few friends of mine joined up to celebrate a friend's birthday with drinks and appetizers one evening, and as soon as we walked in to Beacon Street Tavern, we were unfortunately treated like secondary customers. It seems that even though the restaurant was mostly vacant, the waitstaff had no patience for customers who were not all purchasing entrees. We ordered enough food and drinks to run up an $80 bill, and yet we were STILL asked to leave in order to make room for a new table for the waiter (this being under an hour at the table). Additionally, the food (despite its expense and its exotic titles) was surprisingly ordinary and bland. Although the cocktails were not half bad, I can't think of any reason why I would ever wish to come back, particularly in a city where so much more can be found almost anywhere.
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