Bristol Restaurant and Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Boston

4.6
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1460 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Located in the heart of Back Bay, the Bristol offers guests a contemporary American menu comprised of carefully crafted dishes that, while familiar and nostalgic, are tastefully influenced by international flair.
The Bristol Bar boasts a collection of sought after, small batch production spirits, some of which have been crafted specifically for us. Our cocktails playfully mash up seasonal ingredients and spirits that strike balance and create the perfect sip for any occasion.
Whether you are cozied up by the fireplace, taking in the stunning views of the Boston Public Garden, or casually sipping our maple syrup and cardamom old fashioned at the bar, The Bristol is your venue to create memories that will last a lifetime.

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AlexaG
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Honestly, our waiter wouldn't leave us alone. He kept interfering in our personal conversations, and immersing himself into them. It was super strange, happening 4-5 different times making all of us uncomfortable. My eggs came out cold, which was disappointing since it was a very expensive lobster egg scramble. My husbands burger was good and came out hot. The other two guests food met their expectations. Overall, it wasn't the excellent experience we are used to from the Bristol :(

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
131 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening! Fantastic food and great service! Our server Marissa was awesome! The shrimp cocktail and steak au poivre were delicious! Looking forward to returning soon!

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davidd
New England
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Server handled adult birthday dessert with one candle gracefully.

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vipMROB
New England
84 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Bristol is priced for perfection so when it isn’t perfect it isn’t ok. In our lunch meeting for 3 the clam chowder was inedible due to salt, the ice tea was missed and the cutlery was bent. Certainly not perfect. Otherwise a very pleasant experience.

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vipLCDLCD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Careful - not listed on menu but shrimp cocktail is boiled in beer. If you have Celiac be careful. No warning whatsoever.

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vipfwr3
New England
43 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

we were seated very close to the bar and it was really noisy - should have asked for a different table

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vipstomachdoc
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience! We had the burger; didn’t realize the fries were made with Truffle oil

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sergueia
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Since it is Four Seasons we expected much more for the place. The restaurant was not very clean, food was average, couple napkins had holes in them. Definitely not a good value for the money.

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Lauref
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The $35 burgers were just ok
We were 3 people and we ordered the burgers med...one of our party got a rare one so sent it back....she didn’t get her burger back for almost 30 min ...and the rest of us were done.
It should have been removed from the bill...it was not
No apologies from the wait staff....

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KDog
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was fantastic as always: inventive, classic, flavorful & expertly prepared.

Service was professional, but slower than usual for this restaurant and therefore not quite up to the usual high standard.

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vipStanleyK
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food and a great wait person, timing was impecable

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vipLuv2havfun
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaun was a delight!

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ErinC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom and I were in town for a show at the Colonial Theater. I had thought we’d have a real view of the Common, but the restaurant is on street level. The food was still good and our server was excellent. I’d definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We enjoyed our special lunch. Sean our server was excellent

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vipZacharyS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal. Shawn and the rest of the Bristol staff took great care of us. We had a fantastic window table and enjoyed every bit of our lunch. Thank you.

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vipSR1124
New England
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We went to enjoy a Valentine’s Day dinner at the four seasons hotel in Boston. None of our requests for a table that were made with the reservation were honored.

We were sat next to the bar which was jam packed and extremely noisy. The menu is very limited and they have a prefix menu as well. we were extremely disappointed with the service and with the value for the cost.
The evening ended with a bill on which we were overcharged and had to point the error to the wait staff. When we plan on next special date, it won’t be at the four seasons

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Excited to eat at the Bristol on Valentine’s

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Joet
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Bristol burger and Brussels sprouts. Service terrific

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barbaram
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best. We were there at 6:00 for a before the theater dinner and everything was superb. Service great, room had other guests and still was quiet, food was beautifully presented and just delicious. My husband had the Bristol burger and said it was the best. I had a brussel sprout, sweet potato and other veggies salad and I long for the recipe, it was just excellent.

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vipJoanN
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A restaurant with great food where you can have a conversation and hear each other and not be rushed

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vipbalovestocook
New England
97 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Bristol lounge is not what it used to be.
Our server did not know the menu at all. Not asking alot for him to know what toast and pastries are offered. He did not get our orders right. He did not come back to the table and ask if we needed anything, which we did. Order took too long to get to us to eat, this was an issue because we had a show to catch. I had to go find the waiter to pay bill.
Food was yummy but not fantastic.
Croissant was soggy, like it had been microwaved.
Sad....

Bristol Restaurant and Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Boston
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thank you for providing such valuable feedback. Please accept our sincerest apologies for the disappointment you experienced. We can certainly understand your frustration, as you did not receive the experience we strive to provide our guests. Through reviews like yours we are able to continue to learn & will share this with the entire team. Should you wish to discuss this further please call the number below and ask for me directly. Jayson Goldstein, Director of Food & Beverage (617) 338-4400

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Brunch with my daughter before going to see a play at the Emerson Theater. I was a few minutes early and the host explained I would have to wait until 11:00am to be seated. He actually sat several other tables that were not waiting when I arrived. We were seated at 11:15am.
Service was so slow, food was bland and it took forever to get water refills.
We finally stood up and put on our coats because we waiting over 20 minutes for the server to pick up the credit card. So disappointing.

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vipLuv2play10Us
New England
79 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite dinner. Food and cocktails were great and the service was spectacular!!

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viplorig
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent. The service unfortunately was not up to four seasons par. It took 1/2 hour to get a drink & over an hour to get our food & when we sat down we told the waiter we were under a time constraint as we had theater tickets.

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StaceyS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Before a show

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vipTrentC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Server had too many tables. Long waits for her to take cocktail orders, take dinner orders.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a phenomenal waitress who was super busy but tried to be so accommodating. The hostess was particularly wonderful as well. We were there to celebrate 4 birthdays- a 90 yo, 85 yo and 2 60 yo!

Done remember the waitresses name but she was young with blond hair in braids.

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vipBillyh
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Veggie burger awful

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vipnoankpearl
New England
90 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Bristol Lounge is always beautiful and service is attentive and professional. It's a "who's who" of Boston at breakfast and lunch. That being said, $38 for a tuna poke bowl seems like a lot - it's not markedly better than the $27 bowl at Trade downtown. You're paying to be at the Bristol Lounge - which is a beautiful, civilized experience.

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vipLove2eatOut
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience and will go back for sure! Expensive, so value good but not great.

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vipsunam
New England
36 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service.
It was a little loud due to the fact that there was a playoff football game on TV.
We will definitely go again

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time at Sunday brunch. Food choices were incredible and delicious. Ask for Keith. He gave amazing service & was def part of the experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a wonderful dining experience here

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FoodLover13
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went on a Monday night for my birthday, no hostess no greeting. The restaurant was quiet until a small child started yelling, yelling and yelling. Not once and not twice. The waitress apologized for the distraction but didn’t do anything to compensate. So glad we asked to be moved from sitting right next to them at the table that seems like it was in the lobby. Beautiful restaurant, hope to give it a second chance and maybe there’ll be a manger on duty to manage the restaurant.

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vipLUCYT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming, attentive and helpful staff. Perfect special lunch

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MARIONC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The brunch at the Bristol is outstanding, albeit a little pricey and a tad noisy. The food and service are excellent and families, groups, and singlets were all represented.

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vipVLF51
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall it was an extremely enjoyable buffet brunch. Service - excellent!!!! Everything was very good in its preparation except for:

Shrimp, slightly undercooked and tough
Dumplings, room for improvement
Sweet table, vast room for improvement!!!!

My freshly made eggs Benedict where perfection, except for over buttered english muffin, but that is minimal

In Boston the Four Seasons does not have any competition for Sunday buffet brunch but that doesn’t mean they should let down their standards. I was very happy with most items, but I’m telling you the sweet table was not good.

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vipJasmine
New England
49 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful lunch sitting at a window table. Service was friendly, efficient and professional. The food was excellent-I had the Classic Bristol burger medium rare (minus the cheese) and my friend had the fried chicken sandwich. The holiday decorations were beautiful. Highly recommend for a special lunch and a theater dinner.

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vipBeverlyDiners
New England
24 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were staying at the Four Seasons, but would have dined here in any event because the food, decor, service is so good.

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vipCaroline
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Biagio was fabulous! The food was delicious but he truly made the experience!! We had mussels which were a huge portion, the black bass and the wedge salad! The smores dessert was excellent too! Will definitely be back!

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