Boston >Food & Dining > Stephanie's on Newbury
190 Newbury St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.350279 -71.079545
Monday - Friday
10:00am-3:00pm - Brunch
3:00pm-10:00pm - lighter fare/Dinner
Our bar is open until:
12 midnight, Monday - Wednesday
1:00am, Thursday - Saturday
Neighborhoods: Back Bay, Back Bay East
$105.00 for a small cup of soup a salad and a grilled cheese – a very small grilled cheese sandwich a small cup of soup and a good sized salad $105.00? sure we had 3 drinks but please $105.00!!! and $32.00 for parking? and a 50 min wait!!!!!
I don't get Stephanie's – I'll give Stephanie's 5 stars for location, but that's about it. Last time I went my seared tuna salad was soggy, the tuna was smelly, and the "sangria" (if you could call it that) was horrible smelling. I know it's a great place to be seen, but wow, for those prices I'd expect a little more than outside seating.
BEST MEATLOAF EVER!!!!!!!! – We went there Fourth of July weekend and my husband had the meatloaf (I ate half of it) AWESOME!!! I had the Grilled chicken Caesar salad, ehh......
So we went back and both had the Meatloaf, so good!!! It is so moist, delicious and had cheese in it. OMG, the best meatloaf I ever had. The only thing was, the second time we went there, the girl didn't bring out the bread basket. I then asked a server and he just forgot. I asked for it again thru the girl and she brought it out after we ate. It was ok! but she also forgot to bring it to the table next to us. My husband commented that you always get better service inside rather than outside. We did get better servie the first time (inside). I don't know, but the meatloaf is awesome and can't wait to go there the next time I'm in Boston.
Smells from cooking vents make me nauseous – Everyone seems to know Stephanie's. I used to live close to it so I used it as a landmark when telling people where I lived. If you're looking for an over-priced drink with a view, this is the place (Joe's across the street is the same). Don't get me wrong, you'll have a great view and probably a nice time. If you're looking for dinner, however, I suggest going elsewhere. The menu options are uninspiring and the food itself is bland. The last time I went, I ordered the cuban sandwich. Honestly, of the cuban sandwiches I've tasted from 3 different restaurants in the area (including Dana's Cafe in Woburn, MA and another little place in Pemberton Square), this sandwich was the worst and cost two times more than the others. When I lived in the area, the food vents blasted disgusting smells all over the neighborhood. It made me nauseous and was a huge reason why I left. Stephanie's is just a restaurant with a lot of hype but no real bite.
great ppl watching summertime patio – Stephanies is somewhere you just have to go, theres no getting around it at all, you have to experience it. The patio seating is one of the best spots on a sunny afternoon and inside it has the big booths that are reminiscent of days passed and the feel of fanciness.
They have a killer walnut salad that is to die for and everyone orders in. This is the type of place where I brought my high school student for her graduation because it seems perfect for a special occasion. The staff are also very attentive, which is something I always pick up
A true favorite! – I love Stephanie's. I've been to the restaurant several times (always for lunch) and never had a bad experience. I almost always order the salad with seared tuna, which is delicious! I highly recommend it. I have also tried other fish and bok choy, which was delicious as well. It is often a place I've gone for celebrating something special, such as a professional accomplishment, or when a friend visits from out of town. I love the outdoor tables in the summer. Stephanie's is located right on Newbury Street, so it is a great location. A fantastic choice for lunch downtown.
Favorite place to splurge for lunch in the summer – My 3 fabulous supervisors decided to take me here for my 21st birthday lunch. These ladies work in the fashion & editorial industry, so I knew I wouldn't be let down. Stephanie's was so cute when I walked in, with all of it's fancy decor and dim lighting. It was wintertime so I especially loved the fireplace and how there seemed to be endless amounts of booths (I always tend to request booths, they're just comfier/more spacious). Our server was friendly and attentive, and she helped my supervisors decide what should be my first legal drink. An elegant and princess pink prosecco for me, haha. It was delicious. Strong bloody marys and various other drinks for the rest of the party (it was onlyabout noon, which adds bonus points to Stephanie's for having a fully stocked bar promptly available that early). For my entree I ordered the grilled jumbo shrimp salad and it was delicious. It's a very simple dish but you wouldn't believe how easy it is to mess up/how many times I've been given overly charred grilled shrimp. One of my supervisors got the ahi tuna tartar and it looked divine! We also got a free dessert to share since it was my birthday, but I can't really remember what it was since this was over a year ago. What I do recall the most is how great of a time I had here, and I've been wanting to go back ever since!
Sure, this place is pricey but it's Newbury St. so what do you expect. Also a reason why I prefer this place for lunch/brunch rather than dinner. Also, the outdoor seating is extremely popular in the summertime/warmer days, primarily because it offers some of the best people watching - so that's another reason Stephanie's is definitely a daytime restaurant in my book. It's also great for just about any type of group - bonding time with girlfriends, a romantic lunch setting, a fancy family meal (though I've seen small children here I don't really see it fitting), and business meetings. So really, whoever you are, if you appreciate a good meal in a great, laid back but plush setting, I definitely recommend trying Stephanie's out! Enjoy :)
Amazing seared swordfish! – The new menu at Stephanie's is simply AMAZING! I would recommend the Seared Swordfish to anyone that is looking for a satisfying meal where you are full, but not over full. The portions are perfect and the whipped parsnip's sweet taste compliment the fish very well. I even had room to have the pumpkin cheesecake for dessert! The cheesecake was perfectly whipped with just the right amount of hot caramel on the plate. Kudos to the chef on a superb dish!
Great Newbury St. dining experience – Stephanie's is an experience unique to Boston and a must do for tourists and natives alike. I took visiting relatives here and we all enjoyed it immensely. The food was actually very good with a remarkable variety on the menu. My softshell crab was ever so slightly oily and a little flavorless, but they must have put an entire avocado in my salad and the dressing was delicious. My daughter was very happy with her chicken sandwich as was my sister with her crab cake. We found the service helpful, friendly and prompt. But of course the best part was the wonderfully fun sidewalk dining on Newbury St. itself.
Nice simple food; slow & thoughtless service – It is sad the after so long in the business this restaurant continues to have such ineffective service. The food is good when you are in the mood for simple comfort food. The service and price kills the deal.
Each time I eat at this place I am reminded that I am paying for location & nothing more. Here is how the usual visit goes: Though there are many open tables you wait 3-10 min at the door. You are seated and wait 3-5 min for your sever to get to you. Once he or she does arrive, you place an order for drinks and apps and wait 10 min for something to drink. It is not what you ordered, but bread and water are at least on the table now. Then, knowing that you will have to wait for more drinks, you walk to the bar and pay $25-30 for two good drinks. By the time you get back, the first drinks you ordered are still not at your table. In short, you wait and wait and wait. Finally, you will have some simple nice warm feeling comfort food. Then, you will wait and wait and wait for the bill.
Conclusion, this is an over priced and over rated experience for food I could have had at home in about the same amount of time.
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