Back Bay Social Club

4.3
669 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Located on Boston's ever thriving Boylston Street, Back Bay Social is Boston's go-to restaurant and bar for traditional American fare, live entertainment, unique cocktails, and laid-back atmosphere.
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KM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time dining there for quick dinner. Great service. Excellent cocktail. The short rib dinner was tasty, a bit under cooked but very flavorful. The roasted root vegetables were flavorful slightly mushy finely julienned cut. Overall reasonably priced. Would return.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious burger and fun atmosphere to watch the game!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lovely patio on a beautiful night. However, the food was fair and service somewhat loose.

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SN
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was nice eating outside on a pretty, sunny day in Boston. Bread basket was the best pasrt of our brunch. Tried to love the flight of Bloody Mary's but the tiny mason jars they came in made it so hard to drink them.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation dinner. Forgot to specify we were dining with my 90 year old mother and they sat us upstairs. No elevator. She slowly climbed the stairs and we had a nice dinner

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MR
New England
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We (Berklee College of Music) have many luncheon events at Back Bay Social as it's a convenient location, and we've never had any problems. They always have provided great service, have friendly staff and the food is good at a reasonable price.

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1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

the 5 of us were brought downstairs which had a terrible odor as soon as you descended the stairs. Service was average. Waitress never smiled but gave the illusion she cared. Two orders of salmon were tasteless and pizza was salty. My 23 yr old son and his friend thought the food was fine. He had brisket/Mac and cheese and friend had chicken and waffles. Probably should have ordered a burger! Not worth the Benjamin!

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New England
21 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was there early in the evening (6:30). Had a reservation, but didn't need one. Food was decent and service was fine.

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New England
32 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant has a good, convenient location. Nothing otherwise extraordinary about it - just good pub food for when you are in the mood. Would be nice for them to up their beer/wine game to become a bit more interesting. I hope when I return again they have.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was alright. We ordered food specifically and it didn’t come out correctly. Also don’t get the bagel and lox. We had high expectations being Jewish and loving bagels and lox and they didn’t meet them. The lox was toasted and there was no cream cheese on the bagel.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

7pm dinner for 2. Had to scream across the table for conversation. Service was extremely slow and our waiter was not knowledgeable. Food is cheap but decent at best. It’s bar trying to be a restaurant. Not worth the time compared to all other options in Boston

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious and was quick to come out of the kitchen. Service was good, however took longer to get our drinks than our appetizer and the server could not answer some questions about what ingredients were in a drink (when the information was not listed on the menu) and what the frozen drink of the day was, however to his credit, he may have been new. Even with that, our server was very friendly and checked up on how we were doing and if we were enjoying our food. Overall I think it was a great place and would definitely go back!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch!

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Great service and food! I had a big party of 20+ and a good time was had by all! Thanks!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Unique food options. Fantastic drinks. Overall great experience.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Boston Marathon

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1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

April 15, 2019 meet up to watch daughter and daughter in law run marathon

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My post-marathon meal. It was very crowded obviously, but service was still good in spite of everyone hanging out at the bar. The hostess was very nice to us despite being quite harried with the crowd.

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L
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were on a break from our conference and made a last minute reservation and were seated on the patio. It was a beautiful day and was perfect to be outside. The Reuben was delicious!

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a casual drink, a quick bite to eat or anything in between. We invited customers to join us after an event at the Hynes Convention Center and it was perfect.

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C
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great venue right in the heart of Boston on Boylston Street. Service was outstanding and brunch was delish! 👍👍

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AW
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

If you are looking for an average meal this is your place. It is basically bar food. Probably a good spot to watch a game as there are lots of TV's around. Overall, I would say our server was great, the food average and the location is great if you are in the Back Bay area.

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Houston
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow.
Food was just okay.
I wouldn't go back.

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LT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated immediately. Our server was friendly and attentive, checked on us often. Food was very good. Will def go back

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Sadly this is a restaurant that can rely on heavy foot traffic. The Reuben is far from what you would expect if you have ever actually had a Reuben. Is the bread toasted, you may ask? ( and we did)..nope. Sent back to the toaster? 10 minutes later? Nope.

The Avocado and Turkey club. Seems like a straight forward sandwich...only there is no actual avocado on the sandwich. A scan of the fine print admonishes you for your careless assumptions..it’s an avocado spread.

Don’t bring your kids. Kiddie cup lids don’t fit, do be prepared to take a bath in Chocolate milk.

And when it is clear to the manager the experience has been disappointing...”Here is my card!” No thanks.

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TS
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Came for brunch on a Saturday. Food was very good. Was a bit loud but still a nice atmosphere. Would definitely recommend overall.

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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Super noisy. Pub food. Great service but not a great dining experience. Good place for a beer with a friend.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They seated us early and were super friendly and accommodating!

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AC
New England
61 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I came out tonight with my cousin in hopes of cheering us up because my aunt (her great aunt) just died this week. I came to BBS before when I was surprised with a bday dinner and it was nice. Tonight was subpar, unfortunately; I had my bolognese sent back because it tasted a bit odd and was a poor pasta choice, the service was okay, and the prices are too high for no reason. It’s, definitely not the end of the world, but we were disappointed :(.

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was awful and the server was very weird, constantly checking in on how we were, not taking notes for our order and forgetting things, stealing things from other tables.

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LW
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We made a reservation only a few hours before dinner, but we’re glad we did since we heard them tell people they were no longer taking names for the night. The food, drinks, and service were good, but it was the type of place where you couldn’t hear the person you were eating with because it was loud.

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NV
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food. Very happy with our night out.

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D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, a little on the pricey side.

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DA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was top notch and we selected from the Dine Out Boston special menu. Service was fine but waiter was MIA a couple of times. No big deal though. Overall, the food was great and we would return to Back Bay Social Club again when dining in the Back Bay.

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DR
Greensboro
21 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Came here for lunch for the lunch w my team the last day of our conference. The food was forgettable. I had the short rib sandwich which was bland with soggy bread. My fries were also cold. Everyone else agreed that their food was lackluster. Our server was great though.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

It was an average experience. The server was good, but the food was lackluster. We also felt like we were being rushed out of the venue, which isn’t ideal.

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Out of the eight people we were with, only one person liked their food! We all felt it was a waste of money. Most left a lot of food on their plate and usually the waiter would notice and ask if everything was all right and he didn't.

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PM
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately the service received was very poor. Food quality was mediocre for the price of the food. Meals were mixed up; bills were mixed up, overall a poor night. Saving grace for resturant in providing high quality of customer service was to provide some of the meals for free. If the entire bill was waived would have earned my service back while I am still here in Boston and/or upon my return in the future.

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1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Open table shows an extensive gluten free menu but there isn’t one at this restaurant except salmon and beets, that taste like canned beets, atop raw kale.

The brisket taste like it was cooked too fast.

The maple chicken was good.

A glass shattered at our table and another had a chip on the rim.

We waited a long time for our checks. Not great for groups, as stated on open table.

I wouldn’t go back here. Curious why there are so many reviews at a 4 star level...

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great spot to meet friends. The menu had something for everyone. The food was good. Our waiter was outstanding.

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