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City Works - Watertown, Watertown, MA

City Works - Watertown

4.5
4.5
423 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
We’re beer geeks, not beer snobs. We celebrate all styles of craft beer, housing 90 local and global varieties on draft. We cook from scratch, adding brilliant twists to American classics. We’re the unique marriage of best beer bar and delightful restaurant. Above all, we are genuine people offering genuine hospitality, striving to make your day better. We live for it, and look forward to hosting your party, no matter how big or small.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:00 am–11:00 pm Thu 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri 11:00 am–1:00 am Sat 10:00 am–1:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 321-3170

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you’re looking to host a corporate party or social event, City Works is a perfect restaurant for semi-private parties. Our Watertown location is an ideal party venue for large groups of all sizes. We can accommodate up to 25 guests for a semi-private seated dinner, and up to 50 guests for a semi-private cocktail reception-style event. Half and full restaurant buy-outs are available. Minimum spend policies will apply for groups of 15+ Limited weekend availability for large groups

  • Neighborhood

    Watertown

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 423 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. EM

    EileenM

    New England

    225 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    225 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The level of the music is way, way, wayyyyy too loud. The place was noisy and packed and the music was way too loud. The chicken tinga tacos never disappoint but I couldn't wait to get out of there because of the music being ridiculously loud.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    It was fine but the service was subpar
  3. p

    patrickk

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a very large party (n=20+) for drinks and dinner. the space was large and well-aerated and the staff was attentive and very accomodating -even when more people showed than planned. can't go wrong with the drink selection and the food was pretty damn good as well. it is now our go to place after work in watertown when we need to laugh and enjoy some drinks and food after a very crappy day!
  4. AB

    AnnieB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We ate outside, pleasant enough except that it took an hour for the food to be served. On a Monday evening which was not exactly bustling. The biggest insult, however, was the surprise addition to the bill of a 3% surcharge, apparently due to inflation. There was no mention of that by our server or the hostess, or on the menu. We probably won’t be back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great ❤️ city works
  6. PH

    PHAbby

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only issue is GPS isn’t exact so our client had a hard time finding it but service great and yummy food!
  7. EM

    EileenM

    New England

    225 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    225 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Delicious beer menu and excellent chicken tinga tacos.
  8. NR

    NaomiR

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    We went to CityWorks to celebrate my son's 14th birthday. The food and service were all excellent. However, we had to leave before getting any dessert as the accessible bathroom was closed, and since I use a wheelchair I could not use any of the available restrooms. A very disappointing end to our evening.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Beer tap on my choice wasn’t working, took 15-20 minutes to get a beer after we sat down. Food was good, ordered dessert to go only to find out it can’t be made to go 10 minutes after ordering it. 3% surcharge due to inflation was added to the bill, are you kidding me???
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Food was fine. Nothing remarkable. Good beer selection
  11. CM

    CaseyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good and the beer selection was great. Friendly staff.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was good. Server didn’t check on us after the food was served. Had to call them over.
  13. K

    Katetp98

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and pleasant knowledgeable waitstaff. Great beer selection, ordered the fruit flight which had a mix fruit flavored cider and sour beers. Highly recommend this restaurant if you want to try different kinds of craft beers.
  14. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place in a vibrant neighborhood. We loved the amazing beer selection, especially the possibility to create our own flights. Our server was really beer-knowledgeable. Food was tasty. Great place!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always satisfied!!! Will be there again soon!!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Much potential, awful staff
  17. JP

    JPBJr

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Food is OK, come for the beer!
  18. j

    jdg0928

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of the food I've tried here is excellent, and the service has been outstanding as well. We were there on a beautiful, low-humidity night when they had the windows open. It was a great atmosphere. Active enough to provide energy, but quiet enough that our group of six people could easily talk among ourselves.
  19. BQ

    BenQ

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently delicious food. Great menu options and something (or many things) for everybody, even picky eaters. They also make delicious drinks/cocktails. The manager and staff are always nice - always see the same staff working. You can't go wrong with any of the menu options. I will be back.
  20. k

    kitbaum

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A very nice patio dining setting in Arsenal Yards. With warm weather, the side windows to the main room are open as well. Food choices are good with a very long list of beers. They should synchronize their beer menu with their website, though, as some of those advertised on the website were nowhere to be found.
  21. EA

    EmmaA

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to CityWorks. We went for Father's Day Brunch. The restaurant was very nice, the ceilings were high so a little noisy but it was not difficult to hear. The menu had a great brunch selection, and most dishes had a 'twist' - avocado toast had delicious pickles, french toast was stuffed ... the prices were reasonable. My only gripe is that much of our food was cold when we got it. We were hungry so we ate it, but I mentioned it to the waitress when she came to see how everything was and she didn't seem too phased ;( We would definitely give it a second chance because we liked the place otherwise though.
  22. C

    Cambridgegirl

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    A new favorite spot. Interesting enough menu to surpass your standard chain and atmosphere works for bringing kids or not.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    My husband’s parents were visiting so we decided to bring them to City Works for brunch. We dine here often, for dinner usually, and love the casual feel, great fast service and delicious food. We brought them here because we thought we knew it would be great. Well, our waitress was a very sweet girl but it felt as though it was her first day on the job. We have a picky group and had lots of questions she either couldn’t answer, or would say yes probably to without confirming first. My mother in laws meal and mine were missing several components, the extra salad dressings we had asked for didn’t arrive, my husband asked for cream with his coffee and the cream never came. She told my father in law that the donut order had 10 pieces but there were only 5. She spilled a significant amount of my drink while serving and her arm touched the rim which is unsanitary and messed up the salt rim. We didn’t really complain too much because we could tell she was very young and had just started, but it was disappointing to learn that Brunch meant we would get inexperienced staff who is clearly in training. We will continue dining here but will definitely steer clear of brunch.
  24. D

    Debbi

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celtics game 4!
  25. A

    Anonymous

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Celtics Finals game 5, everyone was watching the game and cheering! Great beer selection, food was good, staff was very attentive & helpful!
  26. AA

    AmyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my team for lunch and everything was wonderful. Our server was excellent and very attentive. The food was amazing. Will need to come back sometime and enjoy the bar and the extensive tap list.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    We were overcharged somebody else’s bill but it was nice to watch the game
  28. EB

    ElinorB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came after a HS graduation. We were unfortunately running late and it was no problem. They were understanding and held our table. The restaurant cheered for the 2 graduates which was awesome! Everyone enjoyed their food. I was so happy when the bill was way less than what I was expecting! Celtics were playing and on so we were happy. Overall a great experience!
  29. z

    zip50

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had a business lunch here and really enjoyed it. Good food, fun place, great service.
  30. JK

    JenK

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time coming to City Works and we all really enjoyed brunch! Our appetizers got forgotten initially, but the manager was super nice and not only put in a rush order on them, but also comped them for us. Excellent service overall and we look forward to coming back again!
  31. K

    Kevin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous great place to relax and enjoy yourselves
  32. M

    Mila

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I love this restaurant. Service is great and food is good. It is the perfect restaurant for drinks and a relaxing night with family or friends.
  33. BQ

    BenQ

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always consistent and good food, big space which works well for groups and a nice outdoor seating area. Delicious drinks and the brunch menu is diverse. Our waitress was great, which is the norm.
  34. HM

    HockeyMom

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood restaurant, great foods and good place to watch sports.
  35. TW

    T3WBoston

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience2
    Service was great. My Ahi Tuna Tacos were amazing. My wife’s fish tacos were a bit dried out & sad, but she said they tasted ok. The beer options are amazing. The interior of the place is really cool, but way too many TVs for my taste. Probably would have sat outside but everything was still wet due to recent rain storm. Not bad overall. Would recommend and will probably go back.
  36. SL

    SLMBoston

    New England

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good food and service. Fun place. The noise level is a bit intense, as we had to speak loudly while conversing, even with just 4 of us in a small booth.
  37. WC

    WendyC

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, huge dining space, lots of chatter. The food came quickly portions were OK.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    I was there for a date, and had a 7pm reservation. My date arrived shortly before 7pm and joined me for a beverage at the bar. While chatting there and catching up, my watch notified me our table was ready, however, we were not. Our bartender, Kate, informed them we’d be along shortly and told us not to rush. We were seated and drinks refreshed by our server, Mario. Excellent staff, ambiance and menu. My grievance is with management and cook, collectively. I ordered the BBQ Platter at $32 and was presented with 2 chicken wings, a hot sausage, perfectly cooked pork, and the worst ribs I’ve ever experienced. It was a cut of 4, overcooked; resulting in dry meat and a lot of char on the underside. It was served with a small side of baked beans, grilled corn on the cob and a couple of sauces (Carolina and St Louis style). At $32 for an entree, I really expected better. My date ordered the Rigatoni (she’d had it there before) and was happy once again. The ambiance was decent as they’d opened all of the blinds and the windows that were able to after the sun had fallen. All things considered, I’d venture back, after I’ve visited others in the area. Parking was easy and free.
  39. D

    Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Family get together. Food was good, server was not v
  40. ND

    NDiner

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant. Terrific waitress and the food was good. Only reason not entirely 4 stars is that despite a reservation specifically requesting an outdoor, shaded table, and a late lunch time, no tables were available and we had to wait to be seated.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

City Works - Watertown offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 321-3170.

City Works - Watertown is rated 4.5 stars by 423 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for City Works - Watertown

91 Arsenal Yards Blvd, Watertown, MA 02472-5018

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Watertown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:00 am–11:00 pm Thu 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri 11:00 am–1:00 am Sat 10:00 am–1:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 321-3170

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you’re looking to host a corporate party or social event, City Works is a perfect restaurant for semi-private parties. Our Watertown location is an ideal party venue for large groups of all sizes. We can accommodate up to 25 guests for a semi-private seated dinner, and up to 50 guests for a semi-private cocktail reception-style event. Half and full restaurant buy-outs are available. Minimum spend policies will apply for groups of 15+ Limited weekend availability for large groups

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