1032 Beacon St, Brookline, MA | Directions 0244642.346025 -71.108294
Sun-Thurs: 5pm-10pm. Fri/Sat: 5pm-11pm. Sunday Brunch: 12pm-3pm
A friend and I came to the Beacon Street Tavern over the Memorial Day weekend. We sat at the bar and asked the bartender for the food and drinks menu and started a tab. After a few minutes looking over the menu and discussing it together in Hindi, we ordered two non-alcoholic drinks. The bartender appeared incredibly annoyed and asked if that was all we were getting. We answered no, we were still looking and would decide on food in a few minutes. It seemed that he was hoping we would purchase alcohol - we don't drink for religious reasons. "You're in a bar, you're in a bar, and you're not ordering beer?" He brought us our drinks and pretended to take our orders. I use the term "pretended" because we ordered in English but the waiter kept telling us he didn't understand us, finally saying "If you can't order in a language I can understand, I can't serve you." This was completely absurd and we were confused and hurt. While we do have strong accents, our English is fluent and we've never encountered this kind of problem before. He then proceeded to tell us that he was closing up and we would need to leave. The bar was not closing, it seemed as though he just didn't want to serve us. He then gave us a handwritten bill for almost $20 - our drinks should have cost nowhere near this much. I have gone over this experience again and again in my mind and, while I hate to assume it had to do with our ethnicity, it's the only conclusion I can come to. I was embarrassed and shocked to be treated this way - it's never happened in Boston or any other city during my time in the U.S. I have no idea what the food tastes like, since I wasn't allowed to order any. Don't go here.
great staff, medicoer food – all i wanted was a good burger ad fries, i got a burger that was burnt on the outside. the fries were perfect besides the cook adding peper to them-
the waitress could not have been nicer.
abe and louis on boyleston makes a perfect burger with good fries for the same price tag.
Beacon St, yes, Tavern, NO – I was starving and decided to give the place a try since it had outdoor seating and was next to a place where I needed to run errands.
The only "Tavern" food available was a burger and beer. Otherwise it was upscale bistro fare on the expensive side. I opted for the cheapest entree...the burger (at 11.50) and ordered it medium. Well, when it came out, it was about 1/2 the size of the bun and wayyy over cooked. I was so hungry I ate it anyway. I don't mind spending money on good food, but for a burger, I'd go somewhere else.
If you're looking for fiddlehead soup with tender pea tendrils, then give it a try.
Don't forget your credit card! You'll need it.
Lovely – My daughter and I were walking to Fenway and stopped in before an evening game. The hostess, server and everyone were fabulous. We had drinks, oysters and appetizers. We were treated VERY WELL and will definitely go back. You can sit outside or in and we loved it!
Let the customer taste the food before you drop the check! – When we walked in the door the Hostess told us that the kitchen would be closed in 30 minutes. So we ordered food promptly at the same time expecting it to come out all together. My friends food came out first, 10 minutes went by no sign of my food another 5 minutes I asked the server to check on my food as I knew the kitchen was closing soon. When I did get my food he asked us if we wanted another drink we declined and before I put a spoon full of food in my mouth our check was on the table. As the server hovered around the check presenter I could not wait to get out of the place evidently as much as he did.
Chewy steak but good staff – I really enjoyed the steakhouse. Friendly staff, good music and icey cold beer which is important. Worth a second visit but make sure you tell them you don't like your steak overdone.
The Washington Square Tavern's owners stuck to their successful formula and opened a similarly welcoming bar and eatery across town. – In Short
Similar to its sister location, the Beacon Street Tavern aims to provide its guests with a welcoming spot for reasonably-priced, upscale comfort fare. The menu runs the gamut from pressed sandwiches and spicy beef quesadillas to more high-minded fare like seared tuna and an eggplant napoleon. No reservations are taken, so most patrons face a wait, even on weeknights. When the weather allows, there's a breezy outdoor patio.
Great atmosphere... – Kind of dark, but the food is great, the bartenders frequently have Irish accents, and the atmosphere can't be beat.
hostess asked us to leave.....and we will not be back. ever. – i went to the beacon street tavern on thursday 6/12/08, met a friend at the bar and then we sat outside. my friend happens to be pregnant but does not look it and ordered a club soda, much to the chagrin of the waitress. we ordered, ate, paid the bill and left a 20% tip even though the waitress was mediocre and had a bit of a 'tude....within 5 minutes of paying the bill, the hostess came up and said that she needed the table (the inside of the restaurant was half-full) and that we would need to leave. are you kidding me?? i will never go to this place again, the food is good, but, not good enough for that kind of treatment....this is a city of a million restaurants where one need not be treated rudely. note to the beacon street tavern....treat your guests like guests, not like you are doing them a favor by letting them sit and eat for 40 minutes. ridiculous.
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