Boston >Food & Dining > Silvertone Bar & Grill
69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA | Directions 0210842.357020 -71.060970
Mon-Fri 11:30am-2am; Sat 6pm-2am
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central
Great value – I've been there three times for dinner and was always very satisfied with the food and service, not to mention unbeatable prices. The $10 steak tips comes with a generous salad, porkchops were heavenly, and the fish special I had the last time was very good. Steak tips tends to be on the dry side, though, maybe ask for 'rare' to compensate. Always had a professional waiter, never had or witnessed any attitude or drama. My only regret is that they don' t have dessert - not even ice cream. My hope is that one day they will, and the meal will be perfect. I am definitely looking forward to the next meal at Silvertone.
Snobby Hostess - GREAT bartenders – I would have expected the elitist attitude of Silvertone's hostess "Mo" to come from an exclusive, upscale restaurant in New York City, NOT from a place like Silvertone's. She was on some sort of high and mighty kick. We were a party of three, with two more joining us for drinks later in the evening. I put in our name for a table of three and was told the wait was an hour. So at that point I told her, make it for five- by the time we sit the other two would join us. Well 45 minutes later she tells us our table is ready and is everyone in our party here. Well, we were still waiting on two. So she refused to seat us at a table for five and instead sat a couple at a large table. What I didn't enjoy was her snobby response to me: "You've been going back and forth with this 3-5-3-5 business, haven't you?" As if I was making it up to get a table sooner?!? Excuse me, who do you think you are, Mz. Hostess? Apparently "Mo" forgot her job was to be a HOSTESS, which, by definition, means she should be accommodating and welcoming. So we ended up eating at the bar, the bartenders were a hoot- very nice, and almost made up for the hostess' lack of, well, hostessing. The food was only ok. I was expecting more of a "wow" factor. My advice? Don't go when there is a crowd, and when Mo is hostessing, eat at the bar.
best first date ever! – Last year I went on a first date at Silvertone... and almost one year later we're still together. So perhaps I might be a little too biased to give a review but none the less here I am. Now living in Chicago, I miss the nights I'd get off work, dash quickly over to Sivertone, sit down with my co-workers and order a bottle of Vueve for a mere 50 dollars! Oh so quickly the stress of the night dwindled away! The night of the first date was some sort of breast cancer fundraiser/ anniversary party and a party it was! Since April is only a few months away we were hoping to have a wonderful anniversary, however we can't remember the actual date. So here I am writing a review hoping that someone who knows this info is randomly reading this review and will help a poor romatic out. And for everyone else- definately check this place out!!!
Diamond in the Rough – Silvertone is one of my favorites. The steak tips are the best I've had and very reasonable. The wine list has a great selection and a unique pricing policy, $10 over cost. For $30 you get a bottle that could be $55 in another place. Although best known for their Mac & Cheese and Meatloaf, I also suggest checking out other items on the menu as well. For a while I was in the habit of just trying something new, never had a bad meal. The bartenders are smooth and professional, no rookies here. It can be crowded, though they have some of the most generous booths in town. Great for lunch also.
Watch out, it's dangerous in there. – I have visited Silvertone several times with gay friends and they have never been mistreated so I can't speak to that however, as a large woman I have experienced mistreatment there. Until now I have not told anyone but my shrink this, but the last time I was in Silvertone I was tied up in the back room and force-fed mac n' cheese. It was a traumatic experience. Yet strangely delicious too. My point is that if you go there you should either (a) go with friends or (b)not be fat. I am working with my shrink to get past this experience. Omigod the raspberry martinis are so good, if you go get sugar on the glass. Mmmmm.
Ooh...ooh...ooh! I know I know... – Credibility lost. I see the story has changed to support your own brand of hate crimes. If I am to understand this correctly, now ?hyiy? is present at the bar to hear the horrible tirade of the lecherous bigoted bartender. Why on earth would you allow that to go on? Now you?re slamming the Bible belt? Hmmm there seems to be a pattern here with this fraction of the group and their experiences at restaurants/bars? Hmmm. I?ll pray for ya. That?s it! No more. You have heard the last of me in this forum on this subject. To the public please read with an open mind. If you would like to continue this discourse you know how to find me.
What happens when... – ...a nurse, two med students, an opera singer, a successful entrepreneur, a physician, and one unemployed guy go into a bar?
Well if the bar happens to be Silvertone, then they DO get harassed by the bartender trying to pick up the one female in their predominantly-gay party.
Unlike the last few reviewers to post on this matter, I actually WAS present when the bartender decided to ask my friend (the straight female who was in town with her boyfriend) what she was doing with that group of f-gs. Recent commentary on this matter--by conjecturing third parties--has decided to fixate on red herrings like the use of the word "idiotic" or personal testimonies of continued patronage in their defense of the restaurant. A great mac 'n cheese (which I didn't taste - I visually filled up on cottage cheese from the lady holding her shirt open and gyrating for the bartender's flashlight) doesn't negate that this establishment hires people who feel comfortable tossing out these sorts of offensive and incendiary comments. I thought I left hospitality like this back home in the Bible belt. >>>
P.S. As for the 25% tip--I daresay it would not have been the same had he paid AFTER we learned what was said.>>>>>>>>STEER CLEAR, QUE*RS!
Cannot beat this place... – This restaurant is truly one of the best places in Boston to eat, drink and be merry. I just read a few of the most recent reviews that referred to discriminating bartenders and bad service. I cannot speak to either of those allegations but I can just say that I have NEVER had a bad experience at Silvertone. I dine at Silvertone at least 4 times a month (lunch and dinner) and have hosted a party in their back room. Silvertone has one of the friendliest staff's around and not to mention great meatloaf and mac &cheese! They are definitely worth going back for! Bottom line, I would strongly recommend giving this place a second chance (or in many cases, 10th, 11th, 12th etc chance:)).
If you're Gay stay away ah come on... – Initially, I thought not to respond to these dangerous allegations and then reconsidered solely to defuse possible misconceptions of any unsuspecting potential GUEST of Silvertone who might have been infected by this poor review. I say Guest simply because everyone is welcome, everyone! I personally assess individuals according to what they say and do. Not their sexual orientation, gender or religion. After all, words and actions are the only two things we truly own, everything else fades away. And for this reason I must respond, not to you (anonymous writer) but to the public at large. First, let me say to the group who felt comfortable enough to share Silvertone with others, thank you and we will see you again soon. We have more Duval Leroy and will leave a bottle set aside for your next visit. Thank you for the 25% tip and the warm wishes for a Happy New Year. It?s a shame everyone in your party was not as enthused. I hope you chose your company for your New Years festivities well. I trust you had no idea a member of your party, on the evening in question, was capable of calling anyone an ?Idiotic person of color? or insinuate that the couple that approached the bar would stand for an outrageously damming statement from any bartender/person without defending the honor of their guests. And to the most important thing, everyone please be aware of third party information. In the ?He said, She said? game, sometimes people get hurt. All too often, what starts out as one thing quickly turns into something completely different. If your at ?The Tone? and see a flashlight streaming into a crowd coupled with a ?woooo? it means we are highlighting people having fun, dancing or what ever. Not some lecherous act to get a better view of breast. To the guy doing the funky chicken, no harm no foul (pun intended). There it?s all been said. No hard feelings, in fact I was so moved by this event I wrote a song, check it out at myspace/8734808 entitled? If I were you?
Love us or hate us, not for everyone................... – Hello to all of you who have supported us for the past 10 years and those we hope to meet in the coming 10. Normally, I would let this sort of thing slide, but these last two reviews need to be addressed.
First Review- Silvertone is not in the habit of discriminating against anyone based on race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. In fact, the first two years we were open people thought we were a gay bar because we are downstairs (can't see in) and the men leaving were so handsome. My brother is gay, as are most of my closest friends. My belief is he knew your friend (a girl?). I will look into this allegation and if I find it bears weight, the individual will be terminated. I'm glad you at least enjoyed the Duval-Leroy!
Second Review-To the two cute blonds in the corner: Mea culpa, all my fault. I am the one who seated that group next to you. They are regulars & dine with us several times a week. I arrived as they were leaving, crest- fallen for not having gotten here in time to enjoy their holiday luncheon. I promised them I would find a place to put them if they didn't mind packing in like sardines. The rest is all true....... just wanted to make it clear the motivation was not greed, but love. Would love to buy you lunch. Please contact me at ktgchilds@yahoo (won't let me write "dot com") & I will send you a gift certificate.
Third - As long as I'm here I should mention our #1 critisism: We don't seat incomplete parties or allow others to join when we are on a wait. The reasons for this is three fold: 1) we are small and it is impossible to estimate the wait when people are wating 40 minutes for friends to arrive before even ordering food, 2) It is simply unfair to allow someone to walk in off the street, sit down and eat when others have been waiting over an hour for a table, and 3): We have a small staff. Simply put, service suffers.
It's not about anything other than that. Happy New Year.
One of the owners-Katy Childs
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