Boston >Arts & Entertainment > Kingston Station
25 Kingston St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211142.353626 -71.059281
Mon 5pm-9:45pm; Tue 5pm-9:45pm; Wed 5pm-9:45pm; Thu 5pm-11:45pm; Fri 5pm-11:45pm; Sat 5pm-11:45pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central
Love the food and drinks – I love this place! One of the few reasonable places in Boston where the food (gruyere cheese fries!) is delicious and tasty, but also the drinks are well-made. Friendly staff (they leave you alone to eat and aren't intrusive) and a chill atmosphere make this place a hidden gem in downtown crossing.
Upscale Comfort Food – Kingston Station wins major points for their cocktail list - I had both the Blueberry Collins ($11) and the Flying Dutchman were both well mixed & delicious. The Blueberry Collins is their current cocktail of the month, and it's dangerously good - super sweet & fruity; I basically couldn't tell I was drinking alcohol.
I ordered the truffle fries and a side of fried macaroni and cheese; I should have known from the waiter's reaction that I didn't need to do so. The order of truffle fries came out, and I was overwhelmed by a massive plate of cheesy, truffle-y goodness. I barely made a dent, even with some help from friends. The baked mac and cheese was good, but wasn't particularly warm by the time it got to me. I also sampled a friend's mini slider; it was a well-seasoned, perfectly cooked mini burger. Yum!
The decor is pretty cute - it's meant to be evocative of a train station, and it is; vintage white subway tiles definitely help to this end. The service is OK; definitely not great.
Great for happy hour! – The fries are terrific, the drink menu terrific with great prices this makes for a great after-work during the week hot spot.
Great place to meet friends and eat – Had a great dinner with a group of friends at Kingston Station. The long bar is a great spot to meet friends, and then head to a table to enjoy the food. The owner makes you feel welcome and comfortable without being obtrusive. Our server was on his toes all night and kept the 8 of us well fed and never without a drink in our hands.
Great variety of dishes on the menu.
Really awesome fries...Decent Entrees...TERRIBLE service – I have been to Kingston Station twice and both times received horrible service. As someone coming from a service background I can be a little more nitpicky than most, but this was really bad. The first time I went was in May 08, the server was unattentive, leaving drinks (both alcohol and water) empty, the place was empty so we didn't understand why. The last time was unacceptable...drinks were empty, the server forgot to put our appetizers in and when we asked where they were he accused us of not ordering them, and then ignored our table the rest of the night. Not only was our server off, but the bar was a disaster. Drinks were spilled all over and the bartender was really slow. Aside from all of the service issues...the owner is really nice and apologized to our table. The food is pretty good (truffle fries are delish) and the decor is really cute and quaint. However, there are a lot of places in this city with similar menus and better service, so hopefully they can turn their service around.
Friggin Amazing – Oh my word! I was floored with the service, food and the ambiance all together. WE went on a Saturday night for the Jazz and it was AMAZING. The jazz was awsome! It was like having a bunch of friends over to play for you in your own kitchen.. It was completely unpretentious and the prices were very reasonable. The bar does get loud later in the night, but all that said, I will definately go back and continue to recommend this place
Amazing food, easy to grab a table – My friend and I ate her last night and I loved the food. We ordered the truffle french fries - yummy! For my entree, I got the artichoke ravioli. The sauce was so flavorful! I can't wait to eat my leftovers tonight. Our water glasses were repeatedly re-filled and our waiter was right on top of things. I found the wine to be a great price at $6.00 a glass. I didn't find it loud at all but then again, it wasn't overly packed. We went on a Wednesday night. Check it out for yourself.
New favorite after work spot – This place is totally swinging with the after work crowed.. the bar is very well stocked and the service is quick. Kingston gets a very bad wrap for noise (I don't know who goes to a bar for a quiet intimate experience..) but, if you want to avoid that just go a little after the happy hour rush - the place really starts to empty out after 7. Oh! And - great coffee.
Fantastic Bistro – I had a good vibe from the beginning as a patron who was leaving as my fiancee and I were arriving said, "You're going to love it". I was a little nervous after reading reviews about the noise level and ambiance, but it seems like the management read those things and corrected any issues. The ambiance in the rear dinning room was very cozy/romantic with low light being accented by candles and white christmas lights on the "big wheel". As for the noise, although the place was not packed, the ambient music was at a good level and the abundance of tile didn't seem to be a problem.
The food here is just great. Our dinner consisted of the Onion Soup, Steak Tartare, Seared Tuna Salad Nicoise and the Truffle Fries. All were outstanding. What was odd was there were a few pasta dishes on the menu and the special of the evening was rigatoni and meatballs. I would guess that they would be good, given the quality of the bisto dishes, just seems strange, that's all.
The drinks were good as well with an ample selection of beers, wine and cocktails, which came in small and large sizes, which is a nice change for people like my fiancee who can't handle more than one typically-sized martini.
The service was good with our friendly waiter offering suggestions and endorsments of our choices. I would defintely go back, for dinner or to grab a bite at the bar after work.
Stylish restaurant and bar, serving modern bistro fare, located in the former home of Peking Tom's. – In Short
Kingston Station has the feel of a classic European railway station, with vintage white tiles, mismatched tables and chairs, and a small café in front. The casual atmosphere suits the American bistro fare served within. Popular items include beef carpaccio salad, steak frites, veal milanese, and truffle fries. Sample an original cocktail such as the Partly Cloudy (Brugal Anejo rum, ginger beer, fresh ginger) or, if you dare, the Kubler Absinthe.
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