Boston >Food & Dining > Pops Restaurant
560 Tremont St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211842.343812 -71.071911
Mon-Thu 10:00am - 3:00pm, 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Fri 10:00am - 3:00pm,5pm - 12am
Sat 9:00am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 12am
Sun 9:00am - 2:30pm, 5pm -10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Shawmut, South End
why am I only now discovering this place?! – I have to admit, I've gotten into a bit of a rut as far as the South End is concerned. Whenever I've venture into that neighborhood before, I gravitated toward the places that get more consistent coverage by Boston foodie people. Last night, before heading to a show at the BCA, I decided to mix things up a little and give Pops a try. It was a wonderful experience and I'll definitely be adding this place to my list of South End faves.
The menu is divided pretty evenly between small plates and standard-sized portions. Because so many things looks delightful, my friend and I both opted to craft our dinner from multiple small plates.
My friend started with a salad (don't remember which one) and then had the small portion of the ravioli as her main course. (She said both were delish and since she ate them all, I believe her.)
I started with the beet, hazelnut and feta salad and the truffled mushroom and lobster cappuccino (yum, yum yum!) and then had the miso salmon w/ sweet potato chips. All of which was very tasty.
For dessert, my friend got the warm chocolate tart - which ended up being closer to thick dark chocolate pudding vs. an actual tart - and I got the donuts. The donuts were seriously delicious! They're essentially chocolate-filled beignets... SO good!
We made a reservation because we wanted to be sure we'd get in and finish dinner in time for our show. Since it was a Tuesday night, the reservation wasn't necessary, but Pops is a pretty small restaurant, so I can imagine it fills up pretty quickly on weekend nights.
Comfort food done right – It is obvious that the South End has a lot of different wonderful restaurants to choose from but I find that one that is often overlooked is Pops Restaurant. The concept is an upscale diner vibe and amidst the trend of "comfort food", Pops really does it right. My favorite dish, although a bit heavy, is the Kobe meatloaf, buttery mashed potatoes, roasted carrots and gravy. The meatloaf is so tender and moist, yet it still has the home-y feel that reminds you of your mom's meatloaf. I've found that the staff is always attentive and friendly without being overbearing. I totally recommend that you give Pops a try the next time you're in the South End.
Horrific- dining on a meter – We dined at POPS to celebrate a sister's birthday. We had drinks, wine, food, coffee, and dessert. The new tapas menu definately needs to work out some kinks - don't serve tapas on teacup plates! Before we were finished with dessert, our server came over and asked us to vacate the table because our two hour time limit was up and the next reservation was here. Huh??? The hostess was beyond rude; she was completely unhelpful when it came to retrieving our cars from the valet service. She told us to wait outside for our cars, as she needed the table. It was very cold and windy. No apology was issued; instead, we were told that we just don't understand the new way restaurants do business. Never again. Skip this nightmare unless you enjoy dining on a meter
Cute and Nicely Priced – I've been a fan of this restaurant since they opened, and I love the fact they are aware of the stress the economy is putting on us and issueing Pops Dollars. Most entrees are under $20, so it's a big bonus to also get a discount towards my next visit. I also like the decor and the sun room in the back.
Friendly, neighborhood feel, with great food – We were a group of 5, made a reservation and were seated promptly for dinner on a quiet Sunday night. Nice wine by the glass selection, as well as a dozen or so microbrew/import beers. Restaurant had a nice vibe to it, looked like a lot of locals enjoy this restaurant. Everybody in our group enjoyed their meals. Favorites were the lamb, cassoulet, gnocchi mac n' cheese, and the meatloaf. Waitress was very accomodating to our zillion questions about the eclectic menu. The waitstaff in general were having fun and helpful.
If you're looking to speed through a meal, this probably isn't the place for you. Nice place to sit, chat with friends over some drinks, and take your time.
It's a small dining room, so make reservations if you're a large group.
Pops is now on my short list of places to go on my business trips to Boston.
South End restaurant enjoys a high-profile location while serving affordable, upscale comfort fare. – Formerly Perdix and Truc, this subterranean South End space is now home to Pops, a stylish and affordable bistro serving contemporary updates on classic dishes. Patrons choose between the intimate dining room, a romantic sun porch, seating along the kitchen counter or a space on the tiny sidewalk patio. Nothing on the dinner menu tops $20, with dishes like grilled Merguez lamb sausage with white bean ragout or crispy skin salmon with cucumber noodles and black sesame rice costing in the high teens.
Fabulous Dining Experience – Based on a friend's recommendation, my family and I recently had a great experience at Pops. We were seated in the "Greenhouse" room, which was tastefully decorated and looked onto the rear courtyard. Our server was attentive but did not hover. Each of our meals was delicious. I particularly enjoyed the Kobe meatloaf which melts in your mouth. All around, we had a fabulous dining experience, and I would highly recommend Pops!
Loved the half order option – I went here for lunch with co-workers on a Tuesday. The service was good, but it was a little slow. We were the first ones there and the kitchen was just opening up. The tomato basil soup smelled great and my co-worker loved it. I ordered the half order of spicy lamb bolognese. It was amazing. It was spicy enough to make my nose run a bit and the lamb tasted really fresh. I got to try my co-worker's italian sandwich, which was also good. I can't wait to go back when the weather is nice to sit out back.
Helped renovate it and ate here. – Although I was amongst the many who attended "Training Night" in this establishment, I can attest to the owners integrity in maintaining customer satisfaction. Furthermore, I am amazed how he has integrated the experience of top notch dining on a mid to high range menu selection in such a pricy neighborhood of competitors. Food quality and taste were great. Great job Felino. You were great to work for and a good person outside the business as well. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my trade.
Readers of this review, bear in mind that this business is still in its infancy for the most part. You are not dining at a place that is looking for acclaim that requires Wolfgang Puck to be their Chef. Its like getting in the passengers seat of a friends Classic American Musclecar. You don't critique to much about it or its driver. "Get in, sit down, buckle up, shut up, and enjoy the ride.
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