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Rating: 3.37

Address: 25 Charles St, Boston, MA, 02114
  • Mon: 7:00 am - 10:00 am11:30 am - 11:00 pm
  • Tue: 7:00 am - 10:00 am11:30 am - 11:00 pm
  • Wed: 7:00 am - 10:00 am11:30 am - 11:00 pm
  • Thu: 7:00 am - 10:00 am11:30 am - 11:00 pm
  • Fri: 7:00 am - 10:00 am11:30 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sat: 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sun: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm

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Comments (244):

1. Chuck S.
Went here on a Saturday night with 5 friends, and had a good time. The food was decent, though not fantastic. The service also could have been better, but overall a very good experience. I'd go back again.

23/03/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. C S.
There's only 1 thing to order here:  steak frites.  Trust me.   A glass of wine and their incredible steak frites are all you need.

28/10/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Mike P.
I've had dinner here a few times, but I really love it for breakfast/brunch.  They are a constantly changing menu that concentrates on fresh well-prepared food.  I usually don't love these "New American/Traditional" restaurants that are over-crowding Boston, but at BHB they do things right.

24/10/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Razzle Y.
Went here for restaurant week tonight. Learned a valuable lesson, believe other Yelper's reviews. The food was extremely mediocre, and for the price I expected a lot more in terms of quality. In addition to the restaurant week menu I had the foie appetizer. Foie never fails to turn me into the happiest person on earth, I smile from ear to ear and am more content than after an orgasm. Until tonight. The two smidges of foie went down fast and had no desire to linger on my tongue. I'm betting the stuff I have in a can in my kitchen cabinet is tastier. The asparagus, egg and parm appetizer was just eh. The beef shortrib (yes 1) was tender and good, but no better than I make myself. The dessert? One bite. It was supposed to be some sort of grand marnier panna cotta cake thing. The cake was hard and stale tasting, and the panna cotta "frosting" was... not tasty. At least I saved some calories. Add a martini and my portion of the bill was $70 I would have rather spent on anything else.

05/03/07 | Link | Rating: 1.0
5. Stephanie M.
awesome server, awesome food, and ammazing creme brulee.

16/03/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Ankita d.
The brunch here is fantastic!  I had these amazing, fluffy pancakes that melted in my mouth.  The eggs looked perfect, like little yellow masterpieces.  I didn't like their lunch selection though...and everything came with french fries.  Though they were actually really good fries, I wish there were some healthier options

24/02/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Meg N.
Eating lunch at the Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro is a truly relaxing and enjoyable experience.  The service is perfection--making sure you have everything you need to enjoy your meal, but not intruding at all.  The atmosphere is intimate and fun...martinis, bellinis, wine are all very good.     The food is extremely good and I think there is something on the menu that anyone would enjoy.

13/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Valerie W.
While I have only been to Beacon Hill Bistro for brunch/lunch, its always been pretty good.  If you are too hungover for the Paramount (or the line is too long), the head across the street for a calm, relaxing brunch.  Plus they have Bloody Mary's.  ALWAYS a plus!

19/04/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Michel R.
One of my favorite brunch places in the city. I consider its only problem to be the age of the people there. Not as affordable as the paramount accross the street, but has a phenomenal eggs and salmon, or a pancakes with caramelized bananas (for those with a sweet tooth). Trendy and in the Beacon hill area, it's great for a date during the day.

09/04/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Robyn L.
Beacon Hill Bistro takes a somewhat different tact with its Restaurant Week menu compared to many other restaurants. For one, it's pretty limited -- three app, three entree and only one dessert option. (It's not really an option then, right?). For another, it's quite shi shi. My meal consisted of rare delicacies, including steak tartare and duck. No green salads or baked chickens on this menu. My order was a bit daring for me, but I loved it. A friend who joined me wasn't quite as thrilled with her mildly cooked duck. She turned it back without any problem. The manager was nice enough to bring her a tomato salad while she waited. Great experience overall. I just would have liked a couple of more menu options, especially for dessert.

19/08/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. April B.
I ordered their French toast with spiced apples. I loved it. I also love the fact that every Wednesday evening is Crayon in the Bistro night where the menu caters to kids. I'll have to check it out with my little one the next time we visit.

24/07/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Diane D.
Let me share my love for the BHHB brunch with you, because trust me, its worth loving.  
First before even getting into food - just look at the location.  Right on Charles St across from Common, surrounded by other Boston greats such as Upper Crust and Deluccas.  It's a great central spot to meet my friends and family from all around the area --- parking is even available right under the Common for city-reasonable price if needed.  The atmosphere is for anyone - I've been here with work friends and my parents, and have also seen plenty of families or people on dates.
In addition, the BHHB takes reservations and even without, I've never had a ridiculous wait.  
Once inside, check out this MENU.  It may appear small in size - but the returns are great!  In the right hand column you will notice...whats that? Reasonable prices!  Especially given the location and quality of the food...I don't see how you can go wrong with $10 brunch plate.
And I assure you, there is quality in the food.  Now that I've been a few times I definitely have a favorite - the scrambled eggs with salmon - but there are other great options.  The vanilla pancakes are a big favorite here and great for the morning sweettooth. The portions are perfect too --- not so large that you leave wanting to roll down Beacon Hill, but enough food that you feel completely satisfied.
In case you had any doubt of my love, let me also give a special shout out to the wait staff - attentive and always aware when my coffee or water is in need of refilling.
Thank you BHHB, for putting on a seriously worthwhile brunch in Boston.

13/11/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Erin H.
The BF and I went here on Monday night for our anniversary. We were excited - the reviews overall were good on this here fine web site, I had a $25 GC that i bought for $2 on restaurant.com , and we love to try new (to us) restaurants.
So I was a little bit crushed, when, having the highest of expectations, the food was not good.
The beat salad with farmers cheese was not good. The beat was in this weird cakelike mold and did not have any of the yumminess of roasted beets. Instead, it tasted like a huge canned beat cake. gross. The farmers cheese was mild, tasty, nothing special. But it was the dressing that was the worst. It was some kind of tarragon vin (didn't taste any tarragon) and it had the worst texture. You know when you make and oil based dressing and you put it in the fridge and then you take it out and it's kinda hardened into a gross oil mass? It was like that - the dressing was thick with oil, the kind that has not warmed to room temperature.
For his part, the BF loved the oysters but, um, those aren't exactly cooked or prepared - i'm giving credit to the shucker and distributor.
For my main course I had the pasta with chicken, bacon and brussel sprouts. This all sounds good. But just to be sure, I asked the server how it was. She assured me it was good. It was not. The homemade pasta tasted like flour - that's it. No salt, no seasoning, no chewy texture. utterly inedible, and i eat almost everything. The roasted chicken meat was good, the brussel sprouts were so overcooked, they were like baby food.
I never complain at restaurants, I really don't because I spent many years waiting tables and I understand all the many ways things can and do go wrong, and I certainly know it is not the server's fault. But she asked. And I wasn't eating, and so I told her. I thought maybe some sauce of some type, something to give it flavor, would help. She obliged by bringing back some salty bacon pan sauce, which I dumped over the pasta. But there was no saving the dish, then it all just tasted like salty bacon juice (not the worst thing ever....but still). The server was very kind, she checked back again and when she saw it just wasn't happening, she took the meal off the bill. She also took off (or forgot?!?!) a great bottle of Malbec. The wine, by the way, is very reasonably priced - cudos to that.
The BF's duck was delicious, cooked perfectly at medium rare, although SUPER fatty, we could only eat a little bit of skin (and I do love me some skin).
I guess I should have stuck with some sort of meat dish - everyone raves about the steak frites, but my meal was so bad I'd never go back.
We tried one final time to redeem the place, and our night. We ordered a trio of homemade ice cream. Well, two were homemade and the other one was awesome. The homemade mint has a great minty flavor but was filled with ice chunks and kind of watery...ditto with the caramel ice cream.
sigh. The $12 port flight rocked, it was basically 3 full glasses of port - almost too much even for sharing.

05/08/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
14. Adster N.
The ambience is great but the food quality (weekend brunch) only so-so. Still, worth considering if you're looking for a reasonably priced sit-down brunch place in Beacon Hill.

13/10/06 | Link | Rating: 3.0
15. Ramoners D.
Simply loved this cosy bistro!!  The waiters were very nice and furnished us with bread three times - the whipped butter put me in a trance.  I had the pesto chicken sandwich and it was ladden with amazing cheese and butter - want to fly back to Boston for it!

27/11/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Scott P.
1 Star - Lacking/Turn Off
2 Stars - Needs Work, But fixable
3 Stars - adequate
4 Stars - near perfect, rough edge here or there
5 Stars - Can't get much Better

Ambiance: Beacon Hill Bistro is a neat little place right off the Common in Downtown Boston.  Location is great.  Very nice bar as you enter, with great drinks, worth a stop before you sit down for dinner.  The dining room could use some work, as there is a little bit of a hotel feel, not exactly what comes to mind when I think of a quaint French/American Bistro.  It is more modern, and a little serious, but at the same time not uptight.  If you are looking for a super romantic night out with a significant other it might be disappointing, but other than that ok.  3.5 stars.

Service:  Quality of service was very good.  4 stars.  Our waitress was familiar with all the items on the menu that we had questions on and provided exceptional advice on ordering dishing that fit what we were looking for.  Additionally, and something I appreciated, she knew when to come to the table to take our order or ask if we needed anything.  Wasn't overbearing, and made us feel right at home.  The only thing she lacked was knowledge on the wines.  For this type/style of restaurant I would expect nothing more of the service, nearly 5 stars.

Food: 5 stars.  Now this could have been just what we ordered, but two spectacular apps and two perfect entrees.  We started with the seared foie gras and the a special on the menu, which was an assortment of rare field mushrooms, goat cheese, pomergranate seeds, and shaved black truffles on top (my favorite part!).  Both were fantastic and had simple flavors that were very focused, you could definitely tell the chef knew how to really bring everything together just perfectly rather than trying just to do something exotic for nothing more than the sake of doing something exotic.  The entrees were fabulous.  We had the Rabbit and the Venison.  Again, the chef focused on the heart of the dish and making sure to use ingredients and accents that enhance the meats rather trying to stack stuff to the moon or make some unique presentation with various rarities on the plate just to impress.
We followed with a great cheese tray that was very reasonable at just $7, and a phenomenal molten chocolate cake.  The cake was done to perfection, with both the outside and the inside done to text book form.

Wine:  This category is what kept me from going to 4.5 stars.  I give the wine list an unimpressive 2.5 stars, sorry.  It could really use some work.  There was no focus on the list, I felt like it was a mish-mash of wines.  Prices were fair not great.  The thing that drove me nuts, was they had nothing that was very good or great.  Yes they did have some nice bordeaux, but they were from very off years, and about 4 X what I think you could buy them for, taking advantage of labels.  We ended up going with a Chateaneuf du Pape, that was decent not great.  I think they could really improve here, without at all changing the price deck.

Overall Takeaway:  If you live in Boston or Cambridge, I think this restaurant is a must at some point.  If you are visiting, and want a really solid dinner in a good location I think you would be very happy.  Either way it would be hard for me to believe that you will walk away from this restaurant unstatisfied with the overall experience.  4 stars, Bravo!

Cheers

08/11/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Erik M.
This is my favorite place for steak frites in the city.  The steak is flavorful and cooked perfectly and the frites are awesome (sort of like fast food fries, but in a VERY good way).  Brunch here is good too, decent bloodies and benedict.  Even better since they built the bar a few years ago.

22/02/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. John O.
Yeah, yeah, I live in NYC..so everyone will think I am biased..but I ate here on Fri night and found absolutely nothing special about the food here..it was simple and fine...steak frites was passable, not a great selection of wines...there was a great elderly man drinking multiple martinis who ordered two servings of the scallops--so they must have been good (I don't eat scallops)...friendly enough place...

12/02/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
19. Johanna L.
I grabbed a quick brunch here with an old friend last weekend and really enjoyed it for a number of reasons. I thought the menu was well done. It was small, but had good variety with a few interesting egg dishes, pancakes and french toast. I tried the scrambled eggs with creme fraishe and smoked salmon and it was actually pretty amazing. My friend had french toast, which looked a little run of the mill but tasty. The dishes were $9-12, which I found reasonable, and coffee was $2-3, which unfortunately seems to be the going rate these days. I also enjoyed the ambiance, it had some character (but not too much) and wasn't too big or noisy. Our waiter was pretty nice too and didn't seem to mind when I got a second cup of coffee and we finished up chatting for about 15-20 min. after he cleared our plates. Finally, Beacon Hill Bistro gets points for convenience. It is a quick walk from the redline (which I took in from Cambridge) and the Back Bay where my friend was visiting her boyfriend.

22/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. Jesse P.
Places like Beacon Hill Bistro exist because Bostonians are willing to settle for mediocrity on a night out.  The only reason I have awarded this place two stars is because it is clean and the decor is well maintained.  The wait staff have been very attentive although I would not say the same for the maitre' d.  I have been there three times, once for brunch, once for the steak frites, and once for a salmon dish.  I am a lousy cook, yet if I had attempted these things at home they would have tasted no different from BHB.  The prices are not outrageous for a decent meal but laughable when placed on the bland, diminutive portions BHB will serve you.  Only go here if you will be with your significant other's parents, and if they are buying.

24/01/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
21. Jonathan J.
BHHB has a very cool logo. I came here in a large group and was expecting a very upscale experience given the location (Beacon Hill) and the ambience (tablecloths and wood-paneled wine shelves). However, the brunch food was surprisingly reasonable. I had scrambled eggs with creme fraiche and smoked salmon, but I also tried some of my wife's french toast. Both of them were very, very good. The decor was also very nice - simple and modern but not so aggressively trendy that it would stick out on Beacon Hill. It is also a short walk away from the Common and Beacon Hill itself is very scenic, so there are some nice strolling grounds nearby for you to make a dent in the heart-stopping accumulation of calories you can consume at BHHB. I'm not a huge fan of very heavy food, so that was my one complaint about BHHB (though you kind of have to accept what you're getting in to once you see the menu). I suppose the only other partial drawback is the layout of the restaurant, which is very long and narrow and doesn't leave a particularly comfortable clearance for foot traffic to the restrooms in the back. Apparently they also do not take reservations for parties of six or more (the person who made our reservation apparently cajoled them into taking three separate reservations and then just combining the tables into one long one).

11/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. Robert G.
Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the city.  I always have the feeling that I'm going to be seated at a table next to Warren Beaty and Annette Benning, for some reason.
The food is great, the atomosphere is relaxed, the service is everything you could ask for.  I've only been for dinner but would LOVE to try brunch - the menu looks amazing - and I'm sure if it is anything like dinner service it would taste fantastic.

25/01/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Deepa C.
went for brunch and had a decent time of it. solid service, food and coffee.  we went around noon, which was perfect since by the time we were done, the place was almost empty. it was a nice change from other brunch places where you feel rushed becuase of the line.

i had the french toast (very good) and the fritatta (also good). companions had the scambled eggs with salmon and the pancakes and all got good reviews.

the price wasn't too bad for charles street and i would def go back again.

24/04/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. Lynda M.
I ended up here the other night for dinner with friends. We tried to go to 75 Chestnut but it was full to the brim, I am sure they had broken some fire laws. Anyway, the place was quiet, we were seated promptly by the window. It is a long, narrow area with window bench seating. I had a deja vu experience, I know I was here about 20 years ago but I cant remember the name. Oh well--my salad and soup were delish and my friends enjoyed their chicken entrees. I was impressed with the cost of wine--$7 for a nice glass of pinot noir. A nice, cozy place to dine on Beacon Hill.

12/10/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. Wendy B.
We have been here twice for dinner. We love the food, but our experience has been different each time due to wide disparities in the quality of service. The first time our waiter was AMAZING, the second time our waiter was completely subpar. It makes a real difference. It stinks to spend this much on dinner and have a bad server. Food is better for meat-eaters than for vegetarians.

26/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Jessica H.
This review is for the restaurant only.

I have had a long standing love affair with Beacon Hill Bistro. Like any good clandestine affair we only see each other occasionally. But the meetings were always passionate and incredibly satisfying. The long tiled dining room with its banquettes and bistro chairs setting the stage beautifully; the efficient servers with their crisp button down shirts and long aprons to lovingly guide one through the experience; the classic, elegant and delectable menu that welcomes you like an old friend. We were good together. Like any good secret affair the Bistro didn't draw too much attention to itself. It was just there, waiting for me to return to its comfortable embrace when I had wearied of the newness or shenanigans other restaurants.

So when my mother and I ventured into the Bistro last Sunday night on a whim I expected to find the same fabulous experience I had had for the last several years. But much like finding out your lover has decided to cover his bald spot with a bad comb-over or gained twenty pounds since your last meeting I was, in a word, disappointed.

From the moment we started conversing with our server I knew I was in for a bad night. A casual, "how's it going" turned into hearing the saga of how the marathon traffic had confounded our server's commute, replete with eye rolling and physical demonstration of what sitting in traffic was like. This isn't Waffle House, honey. I didn't expect you to slide into the booth next to me and get comfy. A simple, "fine, thank you. May I answer any questions about the menu?" would have more than sufficed. I was then given to understand, through grimaces and squinting, that the fondue was not a wise choice. Because, "a bowl of cheese is too much cheese for one person." Yes, that's a direct quote. Not for me, thank you. Back up the truck and pour the melted, delicious cheesiness all over me. But thank you for editorializing my selections. It was about as comfortable as an old lover telling you you had cellulite or pointing out the zit on your chin. I ended up asking for a side of Brussels sprouts and asparagus (not on the menu). I expected a plate of golden & green pan roasted deliciousness. I received a soupy bowl of green and past-golden-to-almost-black vegetables. Swimming in a brown bacon broth. Which, frankly, was weird.

My mother ordered the beet salad with farmer's cheese to start, which, thankfully, was as wonderful as ever. This has been consistently good for both of us for at least 2 years.

For our entrees we both opted for pastas. Mine was duck and swiss chard (again, in a bowl of soupy mess - if you're going to serve the dish "in brodo" then perhaps you should specify that on the menu) and while the flavors were good, the pasta was tough and doughy and the chard hadn't been cleaned properly and was gritty. Really BHB? Seriously? Sandy, soupy pasta? C'mon! I literally couldn't eat it for fear of grinding down the enamel on my teeth. The management was very considerate of the situation, however, and took the dish off the bill. My mother's pasta was also a glue factory.  I greatly appreciate that the manager came over to speak to us and that my dish was taken off the bill. I appreciate that. But perhaps the lesson here is that if you do something well (classic French bistro food) don't try to do something else (modern Italian pasta).

Maintaining consistency is a challenge for every restaurant and the lack of consistency is quite often the death knell of a stalwart. The seasonings were over-wrought and the prep wasn't accurate. Either BHB has a passel of newbies in the kitchen or it doesn't care anymore.

23/04/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
27. d w.
Went for dinner. Food was good. Fresh, good flavor, nice presentation. However, for the price (entrees $24-$29) the portions were just too small. I had scallops. For $28 youd expect more than three scallops or at least some more filler on the plate. The same went for the sea bass and the lamb. Both were well done but not enough food on the plate. Too bad...I won't be back for that reason alone.

14/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
28. Ashley J.
I've been craving a good brunch in Boston for a while now and overall I was very pleased with the Beacon Hill Bistro. The service was excellent--very attentive--and the food was fresh and flavorful. I had the poached eggs with ham over brioche and delicious potatos and my husband had the french toast with spiced apples. I'd definitely recommend this place and hope to be back soon.

08/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Ryan N.
My husband and I generally go here *both* Saturday and Sunday every weekend for brunch. Vanilla pancakes, the best salmon I've ever had, curry turkey, perfect eggs, an excellent selection of teas. There is nothing better, and no keener motivation to get out of bed on a cold weekend morning in Boston.

31/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. Maria R.
consistently excellent food.  Try the beet salad (the beets are pressed into a mold) and the homemade chicken and noodles. Incredible flavor.

11/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Jay and Jenn O.
Went here for restaurant week, I got the lamb which was really nice. Jenn got the vegetarian dish that was not well spices, thus the three starts. Yeah, it was OK, nothing special really, but OK.

07/09/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
32. ginny l.
Great place for a bite to eat.

02/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Elizabeth T.
Great little spot.  A little cramped on the inside, but I have been in closer quarters. The menu was not that extensive.  We were there for brunch, so I am not sure about the other meals served there and what the menu would be like.   I got the Eggs Ben, which were really good.  My boyfriend had another egg dish, can't remember the name, anyway, they weren't all that keen on the changes he wanted made to the dish but were a little accommodating.  Unfortunately neither one of us were in the mood for sweet because I REALLY wanted to try the vanilla pancakes.  One thing to mention in particular was the waitress- she was amazing!  Really nice, hard worker, was having fun with the patrons but was getting side work DONE.  I used to be a waitress and she owned that place- I was impressed.

Overall, cute place, decent food, pleasant staff.  Will go back to try the vanilla pancakes but I still want to try some other brunch places in the neighborhood.

Oh, and fantastic mimosas.  Light on the OJ- haha!

11/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
34. Heather R.
Lovely (and comfortable) place for a weekend brunch.

24/10/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
35. Daniel D.
Brunch here was good.  Glad we had a reservation.  A bit pricey.  Nothing was super memorable.  Great location on Charles Street.  Come here for a nice meal if you're nearby, but don't go out of your way.

31/05/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
36. Chrissy H.
Stopped in for a bit of brunch today. There was not a wait since we got there around 2:15 as brunch was winding down. The menu consisted of your basic breakfasty items. I got the Eggs Benny... found it to be pretty mediocre. It needed a bit more hollandaise sauce.  The boyfriend got a mushroom omelet which was very fluffy but kind of bland. The mimosas hit the spot though and the wait staff was friendly and efficient. Our food came out in record time. The prices weren't too bad either. All in all, not the best breakfast I've ever had but I certainly could've done a lot worse.

17/06/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
37. Steve F.
Brunch!  I have eaten here twice now in the last two weeks, and I have only tried the brunch, so I will fill you in...

The atmosphere is very relaxing and very minimalistic. Never too crowded (maybe I shouldn't write such a positive review) and we have been seated promptly, even with a large party.  The menu has the usual range of egg dishes, pancakes, french toast, and some lunch items.  The vanilla french toast with carmalized bananas, and the french toast with cider braised apples, are both great, as was the frittata and the egg and smoked salmon scramble.  I enjoy a fine cup of coffee, and the coffee here has not disappointed as well.  

We were pleasantly suprised with our experience here.  I would probably choose eating brunch here over the Paramount across the street, mainly due to the stress factor of the crowded and hectic Paramount.  The food is probably a draw, and the prices are similar.  

My only gripe about the restaurant is that week to week, the menu hasn't seemed to change.  A special or too for some variety might be nice.  For that reason I subtract a half of a star.  Enjoy!

26/08/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
38. Colin G.
The menu is excellent the chef has true talent. The signature dish is the steak frits. Any scallop dish is excellently done. My last trip was very good with a scallop dish with a wild mushroom ragu that was delicious. The wait staff is very good and attentive and overly accommodating. BHHB is better then it was even 6 mo. ago. the menu is more advanced. This is a nice hidden gem in Beacon Hill.

05/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
39. Brent M.
The overall impression I got from this restaurant is that it is very overpriced  for what you're getting.

I was not all that excited about having to walk through the Common from the parking garage on a night with subarctic temperatures.  You figure a hotel / restaurant combo would spring for a valet, but no such luck.

The ambiance was nice and the staff seemed friendly.  The restaurant is very narrow and has a modern feel to it.  The small bar was also cozy and enjoyable.

Admittedly, the food was good, just not $60 per meal good.  I had rabbit, which was tasty, as well as artichoke soup which I thought was slightly exotic.  The chocolate mousse cake was also very good.  And they did have a decent selection of wines by the glass.

However, when I got the bill, I almost fell out of my chair.  For four people the bill came to well over $60 a person.  For a bowl of soup, an entree, one glass of wine, and splitting a dessert with somebody, that seems a little high for me.

Overall, I might go back for drinks, but unless somebody else is buying, i probably wouldn't go back for dinner...

22/02/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
40. Susan S.
Disappointed.  I went there with four friends for Restaurant Week and left wishing we had tried a different restaurant.  I had the arugula salad to start and it didn't really taste like anything.  There was barely any dressing on it, I was just eating dry arugula leaves.  I then had their pork dish  for an entree and it wasn't really anything special at all.  The worst part though was the desert.  The waiter described a flourless chocolate cake that four of us ordered and he had it all wrong.  It was not moist and oozing inside, it was dry - very, very dry.

04/04/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
41. Alex A.
Excellent breakfast. The fritata was delicious and the toast especially good (with the phenomenal jam). Coffee was strong and refills kept coming. Service was top notch and decor was sophisticated. Would return whenever I'm in the area.

07/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. Cathy H.
I went last night with 2 girlfriends, and it was a really chill time. The atmosphere was relaxed, yet very nice. The food was pretty great- I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised, as I was expecting it to be more hype than taste. The sauce was a little overpowering, but my appetizer (salmon tartare) was fabulous.

The cocktails (pricey like everywhere else) were good- and strong!

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Ok, second note. I went back for brunch and HELLO!! If you love brunch you --need-- to come here. The french toast is amazing.

25/10/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Barefoot B.
Beacon Hill Bistro has this classic elegance about it. The food was very much tasteful but the service was fair and could improve.

21/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. Gigi B.
Enjoyed a fantastic late dinner at Beacon Hill Bistro on a Thursday evening. The ambiance was very classic French Bistro down to the leather banquettes and mosaic tile floor. The wine, a verdicchio, was excellent. The skate wing with hazelnuts and roasted squash was incredible. I ordered the walnut tart with Armagnac ice cream for dessert and it was very good, but could have have a bit more spice and flavor. Our server was good, but not very attentive at times. Overall it was a wonderful dining experience and I will definitely be back, perhaps for lunch or brunch next time.

11/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
45. Shannon C.
The lovely Natalie S. & I stopped in here after getting manicures on Friday night. We opted for the bar area which had an open table. We split the tuna tartare app, Natalie got the gnocchi & I had the vegetable risotto. The menu was suprisingly summer-y for late October. The tartare was good, they threw a few dollops of pumpkin on there I assume to make it more autumnal. At first I thought 'why the hell would you pair tuna with pumpkin'? but it was actually really delicious. My risotto was really good, again - very light with a good amount of veggies & not huge either - perfect size really. Natalie's however left a bit to be desired - the gnocchi  looked more like tater tots - pretty dry & there was no sauce, just a smattering of oil and some veg. It was definitely not what either of us expected. But the drinks were good & the waiter was patient with us & our odd requests (splitting a 3rd glass of wine, asking for bread after dinner - whatever, that's just how we roll).

31/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
46. Justine H.
This review is really an inside scoop because I worked here for about a year while I was studying to take the LSATs and applying to law school.  I'll break it down though:

Bistro--General:
The owners (married couple) spent a lot of time in Portugal and other places in Europe, so they really do make the place feel like a little european bistro--funky yet traditional decor (think small black and white tile and a fire place)--and they keep things simple by having a menu with a few options in all categories, but it doesn't overload you with choices.  They also have a pretty good wine list, with a good variety of by the glass options.  Even though it's euro, they try to mix it up with some Cali wines, too.  Reservations are a must for brunch.  It can get pretty crowded--also, beware of the after church crowd (families with strollers take over!).  If you want to have a relaxing brunch then time it right or request a table in the back at least.

Breakfast--
The Bistro is open at 7 am (at least it was when I was there) throughout the week and has a full breakfast menu--not too expensive and with a multitude of options.  I really liked the museli (homemade granola, yogurt, fruit, honey).  They also do a fantastic poached egg, so if you're into eggs benedict, then I highly recommend it.  The coffee is strong and flavorful--if you're just a coffee and a pastry person, then you now have a better option than Starbucks, etc., to enjoy a cup of coffee and read the paper before work.  

Lunch--
They have some fun aps and tons of sandwiches on crusty bread (the bread is SO good!  I forget where they get it, but it's delivered daily from some fancy bakery--it's one of the few things that is not made in house).  I also recommend the roasted beet salad.  I would say that they lack in salad options, but if you don't want fries you can op for a green salad instead (although the fries are really, really good--again, they have the whole french thing down). The prices are very reasonable.

Dinner--
The Bistro is definitely a neighborhood restaurant.  Regulars come in nightly, but it's also Beacon Hill, so it's pretty mellow (read: older).  The dinner menu and lunch menu overlap a little, but again, the prices are quite reasonable.  The atmosphere is really nice at that time because all the tables are candlelit.  They have daily specials, which tend to turn into weekly specials due to popularity and ease on the kitchen.  I highly recommend the seared scallops.  All of the desserts are made in-house and they also run dessert specials.  There are so many good ones, it's hard to pin down a recommendation, but try the meyer lemon tort.  Oh my god, it's so good.

Hotel--
I had my parents stay here.  They liked it pretty much, but remember the whole euro thing miniaturizes everything, so if you are a bigger person (like my dad is) then you may not like it.  The rooms are small but very comfortable.  The beds are awesome and the bathrooms are good as well.  All the rooms have flat screen tvs, too.  They have full room service, but if you decide to use the room service, remember to tip!  It was always the server who drew the short stick who had to do room service because it really is a pain.

15/02/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
47. m b.
generously given 3 stars-  case could be made for 2 stars.  waitress was nice, but inept and/or poorly trained.  food was average; i got a steak that wasnt in any way memorable.  my colleague got the cod-  unimpressive in portion and taste.  we ordered a bottle of wine, and the waitress came back 10 mins later & said they were out of that selection & offered us a "comparable" bottle which she had in her hand.  we accepted that, but it was an annoyance.  ya know what-  im lowering this to two stars.  the visit sucked relative to price & other places we could have gone to.  75 chestnut is way better.

27/06/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
48. Christian S.
Was there for lunch. Pretty good food in a nice atmosphere.

27/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
49. Elaine S.
My friends and I ate here for Restaurant Week and although my friends were satisfied, I thought the food was bland and second rate.  The huge felafel appetizer was mediocre, really should have been special and different from a run of the mill middle eastern restaurant which it was not.  It was laying on top of wilted and sad looking leaves of spinach.
The entree was Chicken Pot au Feu - shredded dark meat chicken in a tasteless broth, surrounded by overcooked baby summer squash, zucchini, and potatoes.
Carrot cake was the dessert.  I have never had carrot cake with huge pieces of dried apricots baked in.  The highlight of the meal was the tiny blob of  cream cheese ice cream which was delicious and placed to the side of the cake.
All in all it was a terrible waste of money.

19/08/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
50. Foodforthought.m F.
I recently went to dinner at the Beacon Hill Bistro for the first time after living nearby for years.

It seems that my initial instinct (after reading the menu placed outside) was correct: this place is no good.

The food sounds complicated, with LONG dish descriptions that include the most elemental ingredients, the purpose of which escaped both me and my guest. The flavour combinations were bizarre and there was no real theme for the menu.

Overall, the menu has the feel of a recent culinary school graduate at the wheel for the first time.  I am a real foodie, eating out 4 or more times a week.

The service was friendly, but slow. Also, this place enjoys possibly the WORST reputation for employee treatment (one of the other reasons I have avoided it).

The food was overpriced.

On the plus side, the decoration was nice and drinks at the bar are always great.

There are loads of delicious places nearby who are the same price or comparable.

What a waste of a great location! : (

13/08/07 | Link | Rating: 1.0
51. Gina M.
They have quite a nice little brunch here!  Great service, pleasantly elegant room...and yummy yummy pancakes.  Count me a fan.

23/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Katherine W.
The food and service was great as was the setting.

Only hitch was at the very beginning when we arrived 10 minutes early for 6PM reservation and the dining room was nearly empty, our hostess advised she could not seat us yet and asked we wait at the bar.  She did ultimately seat us relatively quickly but it was an odd reception.

We would go back again .

01/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
53. Lili M.
Came here for brunch and it hit the spot. I ordered sunny side up eggs and the portion was just right to fill me up but not so much to the point where I felt paralyzed in my seat. It's small and cozy and the staff is smiley and helpful.

12/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
54. Gary F.
Gary loves the bistro for steak frites.  They are tight.  Imagine with Gary for a moment:  Delicious, tight, rare steak.  McDonald's French fries.  Greens.  Butter sauce.  Tight.
Gary will brave the Brooks Brothers clad crowd at this narrow little Beacon Hilliest of Beacon Hill locales for that steak and those McDonald's frites.
NB:  We have not verified that source of the frites at the Bistro.  However, they're from McDonalds.  And they're tight.

21/06/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
55. Rose M.
Long wait but not as long as Paramount.  Breakfast there was delicious.  We ordered the pancakes and waffles with assorted toppings and a side of fresh fruit.  Definitely satisfied the morning sweet tooth but is it a crime to still be curious about Paramount?

23/06/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
56. E.N. Z.
Excellent food and service! I am surprised that Chris didn't see any more Asians. I was amazed to see the amount of Asians there when I dined there recently for weekend Brunch.

I have had dinner there as well, both time the food was consistently superior. The waitress was super nice. Some restaurants won't allow the party to sit down if not all people are present. For my party of 6, the latest couple arrived an hour late. I was the first to arrive. The waitress immediately seated me.

Dinning at the B&B is well worth the money. The brunch is particularly reasonable in price. I sampled a few different things from my party, I was very impressed by the chef. I am looking forward to another visit so that I can write more in depth about my dishes.

01/09/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
57. Colin N.
I went today for brunch. It was pretty busy, so my friend and I sat up at the bar. The bartender was helpful but was not so accurate when making mimosas. Mine was a little orangey and the others I saw varied in the orange / champagne ratio too.

Aside from that, I was really impressed with the pancakes and french toast that we got. The pancakes had these awesome caramelized bananas on top. They were sweet enough that they didnt need syrup.

The french toast was great and had these apples on top. It tasted like an apple cobbler.

Today, I didnt feel like paying attention to the service or price - $36 incl. tip for 2 people. We just walked in off the street and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the brunch.

I would go there again!

04/11/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. Tim O.
I hate writing a bad review - I am normally Mr. Optimism.  I always find the good in every and any meal.  This is actually my first review I have ever written.  The food here though - was just terrible.  

Now, it is restaurant week and I am assuming that it may have thrown the kitchen off their normal routine...maybe not - but either way the meal I had was pretty disappointing.  

I started with the Chacutarie that was made of veal and duck - pretty good - but that is usually a home run for me whenever I had it - this one was just "good."  This was followed by Coq Au Vin - although tender and cooked right - the flavor was lacking and "bland" is the word that kept coming back to my tongue.  I ended with a cheese plate with a baked apple over drizzled honey - cheese was great as was the honey - two slices of brioche came with it as well.  It was pretty good - but how do you mess that up.

My fiancee started with the Mussels (from Maine).  I thought these were the winners of the night - but she didn't like the mouthful of sand she got with them - they were huge though and delcious - a little sand has never stopped me from enjoying the beach....

For her main couse she had a braised pork shoulder.  It was dry and then more dry - a sweet sauce accompanied the dish in too small a portion and by the end of the meal I was already thinking of how I could take what she had not finished and put it in a sub roll with a bunch of Mayo - I told you that I'm pretty easy....

Lastly, she had a choclate torte - which atfter a bite was discovered to be a hockey puck - The waitress eventually came back and told me that it was indeed dessert - not to be confused with desert.  

In the end we "missed" their A game on restaurant week, so we didn't have to pay too big of a price.  I'd like to think they normally do a better job - they actually just served their 10th anniversary - I would like to say that I would give them another shot, but Boston has too much going for it in terms of restaurants to be tried.  Sorry Beacon Hill Bistro - a foodie lost forever....

10/03/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
59. Wendy L.
The place seems really swanky and the crowd is on the older side, but I haven't found the place to be too stuffy.  My friends and I were roaming around Beacon Hill trying to grab a bite to eat at 9ish on a Friday night...  A bit tough considering that many places were already closing or not seating parties....and we had no reservations anywhere.  

We were able to sit down at Beacon Hill Bistro, and we enjoyed a lovely meal.  Given how good the food is, It's very reasonably priced and relatively easy to get a table on a Friday night.

06/08/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
60. Ellen K.
we came here on a friday night after dinner for dessert. i had the passion fruit sorbet, which was super tart and good.
but the service was horrible. our waitress, mackenzie, was so curt and rude and careless slammed things on our table. then she tossed us the check without even asking if we wanted anything else.
but the highlight of our night was when we saw a MOUSE crawling around under the tables. the kids sitting at the next table told the manager, who didn't even pretend to do anything about it. lovely.

29/07/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
61. Lynn F.
After finding this place on Yelp, now I notice that all of the positive reviews for brunch here talk about french toast and pancakes. Maybe those are good but l I'm a savory kinda girl and this was possibly the most blah breakfast I've ever had - no taste whatsoever (even the bacon which is boardering on sacrelige!). My brunch partner wholeheartedly agreed - her meal was equally cardboard-esque. The servers were extremely nice and professional though, so I'll give it an extra point for the pleasant atmosphere.

23/01/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
62. Nicole B.
Ate dinner at the Bistro for my third time last night, and all 3 times I've had a great meal and great conversation.

All of the dishes that I've tried here have been fantastic and inventive without being too crazy.  Last night I started with the chilled pea soup and entree was Steak Frites.  My date started with oysters and entree was the pappardelle with braised chicken. We split the molten chocolate cake to finish.  All dishes were great and we left very satisfied.

The ambience is definitely a typical bustling bistro, but not so much that we couldnt have an enjoyable conversation.

The restaurant was understaffed last night and very busy, but the service was still great and we were never for want of water, wine or status of our food.

Overall, a great experience and great food.

09/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
63. cricket c.
best brunch spot in beacon hill. try:

the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon
the french toast with strawberries and spiced cream (this is actually from the breakfast menu)

they're also nice about substituting ingredients. good service.

also good for dessert - the warm chocolate cake and the pistachio gateau with bananas were both delish.

09/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
64. chau h.
I went there this past Saturday with four friends for dinner. We had reservations at 8:15 and weren't seated until 30 min later. The waiter who never introduced himself was rude and seemed like he hated his job. He came by our table only twice ...once to deliver the food and second to drop off the bill.  The food was not good at all. I ordered the bibb lettuce salad -- the most bland dressing and unimpressive goat cheese. The charcuterie was just a slab of fatty meat with no flavor. My duck which I ordered medium came out rare and chewy.  My other four friends were not impressed at all either. It was my first time there and my last time. At one point, another waitress came by and told my friend to 'please be quiet and keep it down'  after she had laughed out loud.  Awful Awful food, staff, and ambiance. Will NEVER go back.

16/11/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
65. Rashid I.
I rarely give a place a 5 Star rating, but the Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro deserve it. The hotel in itself is exactly what we were searching for. We like to feel at home and the accommodations and the Staff made us feel just as if we were at home (living in Beacon Hill).. The restaurant was excellent. We had dinner on a Friday night and enjoyed breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning. Excellent food and excellent service. We fell in love with this place. Some must haves on the menu for dinner include the braised pork shoulder and the grilled scallops with duck confeit. For breakfast you cannot go wrong with the French toast or the vanilla pancakes.

27/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
66. Presha C.
I came here for restaurant week and was extremely disappointed.  They seated us promptly, but the food did Beacon Hill a complete injustice.  I had the skate wing and my friend had the pork shoulder.  Let's just say my friend didn't finish his plate, and I woke up at 4am over the toilet.  

Don't waste your time here...the food is sub-par!

22/03/08 | Link | Rating: 1.0
67. Katharine O.
So this is for a combo of the Hotel & the Bistro.

The hotel gets 4 stars and the bistro gets 4.5

As mentioned previously, the rooms are small.  It's on Charles St. It's not like the buildings are large.  The rooms however are very nicely decorated by Koo de Kir (on Chestnut St) and they're really cute.  We had a few issues with our bathroom-the sink didn't drain and the water pressure on the shower was interesting....squirting out all over the place.  We told the front desk of the issues and they were addressed immediately.

The restaurant is fantastic.  The duck was cooked to perfection and the scallops were delicious.  We couldn't decide on appetizers so we had the mussels that were in a Stella Artois sauce-best mussels we've had in a longggg time if ever. And the sweet potato ravioli which I believe was a special was pretty good too.  The wine list was fairly decent.  Dessert was a toffee bread pudding-just the right size....and was a perfect way to end the evening.  The drinks were filled to the brim and everything about dinner that night was perfect.....except for the waitress that couldn't seem to slow down no matter how much we told her we weren't in a rush.  

The restaurant itself isn't very large and couldn't fit more than 75 people at it's absolute max I would guess but the atmosphere was nice.  I always say I'll never go to the same place twice-but I would probably go back here for dinner.

15/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
68. Arun L.
Best St. Germaine cocktail I've ever had. Come to think of it, all their cocktails have been stellar. Brunch is a fancy, fantastic alternative to Paramount on a Sunday at BHB, but it's not too expensive. Furthermore, make sure to check out their four course wine-paired special dinners every other Monday.  Even if I didn't live a block away from this place, I'd be sure to return.

05/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
69. Laura M.
I really enjoyed the food I had here, which was priced about what you'd expect for upscale brunch ($8-10 for breakfast-y items, also had some soups, salads, and lunch entrees). I had the apple french toast and it was tasty, although the apples were cold which I didn't like. Good coffee, too, with a real sugar bowl and little cream pitcher to doctor it up from.

The service was kinda weak, though. Deepa C. made our book club group a reservation and they got the time wrong. They managed to squeeze us in to the table in the back corner by the bar. The bartender was our server, so he was pretty busy with drink orders and such the whole time. Food and coffee came at the same time, after a long pause. Took a long time to get change, then pay our check. Clearly the place was really busy and I think the food is good enough to merit its popularity, but I found the little service issues to be irksome. I kind of enjoyed the bathrooms being in a subterreanean tunnel, but they could've been cleaner for a place this schmancy.

I'd go again if invited, but since it's a ways out of my way and I wasn't supremely wowed, it's not my top choice for future meals.

05/11/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
70. Karla M.
I brought my fiance here for his birthday dinner last night.  The menu is creative, diverse, and delicious (true foodies will be hard pressed to chose just one entree), the service was good, and the decor pleasing.  We had a (complimentary) champagne toast, great bottle of wine (of which the price was not outrageously inflated like you find in many Boston restaurants), 3 (very generous) courses, and I was shocked when the bill came... for being in such a demanding location, quality of food, and the portion sizes, I was expecting it to be much more.  A great bang-for-your-buck!  

This is definitely a great place to go for a nice, but not pretentious meal.  We will most definitely revisit!

05/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
71. Joseph P.
My wife and I had a wonderful time at BHHB. Michelle, our server was fantastic. My oysters were briney and very fresh and clean. We both had the scallops. Done prefectly. Service couldn't be beat. The ambience was very nice and we will definitely come back.
A great little spot and reminds me of Paris.

08/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
72. Kristy W.
We went to Boston for the first time last weekend and found the Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro online. We decided to give it a try due to it's vicinity to Cheers and The Freedom Trail. I could not be happier that we did! The hotel room was phenomenal, very clean, very cute, very home like. There was water in the room for us to drink, the towels in the bathroom were so nice and soft! The bathroom was cute as well, and there was even a night-lite option. :0) There was an outdoor area that overlooked the street below which I thought was a nice touch. The brunch in the morning was FANTASTIC! My husband said their pancakes were the best he's ever had. I had to of course try them and I agreed! Yum. I really would recommend this place to friends and family. It was perfect!

08/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
73. Sam R.
Bar - small.

Restaurant - small.

Bathroom - small (and downstairs!).

Steak frites - small ... but highly recommended by many.

Price - BIG.

But hey, free wine, food and a good warm chocolate cake made for an enjoyable evening overall.

01/11/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
74. Barbara H.
I was in Wellesley for a conference, and ended up having a few hours on a Saturday night in Boston. My coworker and I were dropped off near Faneuil Hall and wanted to escape the masses of tourists, so we walked over to Beacon Hill to see if we could find a nice restaurant with tasty but not super heavy food, and stumbled upon the Beacon Hill Bistro.

To start, we shared a Roasted Beet Salad with Thyme, Farmer's Cheese, and Shallot Vinaigrette and a Boston Bibb Lettuce Salad with Mango, Hearts of Palm, and Goat Cheese with Tarragon. The Bibb Lettuce salad was awesome - goat cheese, mango and hearts of palm all made the salad. Now, I'm a huge fan of beets, but the way the roasted beets were prepared didn't really do it for me. They shredded the beets, and then packed them into this little cake, with something creamy before roasting. All that did for me was make the beets lose their awesome flavor. Not a bad salad, but not my favorite.

For our mains, we split the Fresh Herb Pasta Lasagna with Glacé Vegetables, Mustard Cream, Lentils and Pea Greens, and Truffle Vinaigrette along with the chef's special home-made Tagliatelle. I don't remember what was in the Tagliatelle, except that it was buttery and amazingly delicious. The lasagna was like no other lasagna I've tried - interesting flavors like mustard and lentils that blended well.

For dessert, an Earl Grey Creme Brulee hit the spot, along with a delicious double espresso.

The wine was delicious as was the cocktail we started off with. Great service, great food. I'd go again.

23/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
75. Rowena T.
Went here for RW last week and had a great experience!  

The food was creative, beautiful and delicious.  I had the celeriac and parsnip veloute (soup) with cracked hazelnut.  The flavor was creamy, and not too rich.  The hazelnuts gave it a nutty and somewhat surprising texture.  For the main course I had pappardelle with duck, mushrooms, and kale.  Yum!  The portions were great too!

I would really love to go back there for their Wine Monday (not every Monday, but every two weeks it seems) where you get 4 courses paired with 4 glasses of wine for $55!  I will have to save up my recession money though!

30/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
76. Sandi M.
Every time I try something at this place, I discover a new ingredient or rediscover an old one. Chef Jason Bond is so passionate about fresh ingredients. I talked to him about his upcoming Cochon555 event:

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31/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
77. Avin N.
Have only come here for drinks/bar snacks, not dinner, so keep that filter in mind on this review.

Overall I really enjoy this place. The bar area is pretty cozy, bartenders are generally friendly and the crowd is mostly couples enjoying a pre/post dinner drink. The gf and I have come here a few times to grab a drink before dinner and really enjoy the atmosphere and the Beacon Hill people watching. Nice variety of wines and cocktails, though I usually go with one of the beers on tap.

Bar food- highly recommend any of the cheeses they have on the menu. We went with a whipped goat cheese variety, and the bread it comes with is also fantastic. From what I can tell, rest of the food looks great as well, but for whatever reason we haven't opted to stay for dinner yet. The temptation of hitting up Figs across the street always seems to win out :-)

Definitely a spot worth stopping by, even if just to check out the bar and relax over a good drink.

24/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
78. Claudia H.
Right by the Boston commons, this is a perfect place for a weekend brunch. It has great ambience, quick and efficient service, and delicious non-greasy food.  My personal favorites are the Eggs Benedict, the French toast with caramel apples, and the breakfast cocktails.  However, every dish on their menu is delicious and you won't be disappointed.  The biggest surprise though are the prices, as they are unbelievably inexpensive for brunch!

09/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
79. denis s.
Scale 1 = poor, 5 = outstanding

CUSTOMER SERVICE:  3.  Nice and attentive.  We were there for restaurant week and she actually warned us that the wine pairing for the prix fixe was a rip-off (see Value, below).

FOOD:  2.  We normally don't go out on Restaurant Week for fear that we'll get some sort of assembly line, mediocre fair.  And that's what this felt like.  The wines were gross.  And my wife got some sort of signature drink that seemed like somebody who had never mixed a drink made it up on paper but never tried it.  My wife liked her mussels app and my sausage app was just OK.  My wife specifically was excited to try this place for Restaurant Week for a tomato-stuffed-with-lentils vegetarian entree, but was disappointed that the lentils were underseasoned and served with a side of bread that was hard as a brick.  I don't even remember what i got - that sort of sums it up.  The desserts were just OK - we actually left there to go find another place to have a second, more satisfying dessert.

AMBIANCE: 3. It's nice - going for a Paris bistro kind of thing.  I'm not sure I liked it - not that relaxing.

VALUE: 3.  The actual Restaurant Week price was fair.  But as mentioned above, they tried to tack on a wine scam.  They listed a wine pairing, which to me means a wine with app and one with entree.  But the waitress had to inform us that it was 2 oz. of wine per course -- for $19 total.   So i could spend $20 on two full glasses of wine or $20 for a bit less than 1 glass total?  Huh?

31/08/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
80. molly f.
This review is for dessert & coffee only...although I'm DYING to try their wine pairing dinner's on Monday night. We stopped in to BHB on Friday night for dessert & coffee after trying to vie for a seat at the intensely overcrowded 75 Chestnut. The atmosphere at BHB was much more appealing to us and my parents were grateful that the decibel of volume was low enough that you could actually hear conversation...and we were seated right away.

The coffee was good- although my latte was so insanely hot I barely got to drink it before we had to leave to catch our show at Sculler's. The dessert menu was eclectic & fun..two of us tried the S'more's dessert with homemade graham crackers, toasted house made marshmallows, banana ice cream & just the right amount of dark chocolate fudge. This certainly hit the right notes if you wanted something sweet with a little bit of savory...The other desserts we tried were the Blue Flower Early Grey Creme brulee which was interesting in its flavor and quite delicious, but the texture wasn't truly the custard most brulee's have. The sorbet's and ice creams were quite good as was the service. I'm certainly looking forward to their Russian River Valley wine tasting night...and would absolutely come back for dessert!

22/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
81. Janet F.
Our Family was there for the Easter Brunch on 4/8/2010 and were highly disappointed ! The portion sides were tiny and the staff was rude. We had the last Brunch time for the day and it was if they had run out of food and was just in a hurry to get  us out of there !!! When I called the next day to speak with a manager, they weren't the least bit understanding. Two Thumbs Down for a very expensive, disappointing meal !!!

09/04/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
82. t.T c.
Came here for restaurant week.  I like the skate wing, which I was looking forward to, as I had never had this type of fish before.  It was really good and the portion is good for restaurant week.  Dessert was sub-par, and among 5 girls, we ordered all the available options on the restaurant week menu, so it wasn't just that one dessert that wasn't good.

I have to say one thing that made me gave it 2 stars is because the service was horrible, that's really important for a overall restaurant experience since you wouldn't tip less than 20% for these places.  They seated 5 people at a 4 people table.  In addition, the waitress didn't take the time to explain the menu as if we were not going to be return customers because we're there because of restaurant week.  Come on!!  The check is still ~$50 per person.

If you only care about the taste of food, this place is worth a try; but for this price range, you can find a lot of places with GOOD service and Great food in Boston...

22/03/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
83. J S.
I went here for Restauarant Week and am so glad this made my list!

Went with a friend and we shared entrees because we couldn't choose between the braised lamb short ribs and the duck over pappardelle.  I am so glad we didn't choose just one because both were excellent!

The clams and mussels were just as good with a lovely piece of bread with olive oil brushed on a spread on one half that was to die for.  

The dessert was good but nothing to write home about.  The waiter was great making excellent commentary when asked questions about the wine or menu.  Service was great and when we asked them to hold dessert they did without rushing us even though it was RW.

02/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
84. stephanie c.
Came here for lunch with a girlfriend. Cute cafe spot. I liked the ambiance of a quaint cafe.

Service was alright. Food was a little bland and oily for summertime.

My favorite was the chilled zuchini soup appetizer. It was definitely refreshing for a hot humid day. But even the soup was a little oily.

My friend had the Lentil and Farro Burger salad....the burger tasted a little fishy and she sent it back in exchange for the beet salad. Light, fresh, but not too spectacular or tasty.

I had the Grilled Chicken Pesto sandwhich. The Pesto herb on the bread was good...the chicken itself was a little bland.

Overall cute place, food was a little bland...not sure if I'd come again.But decent nonetheless

26/08/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
85. Lindsay W.
This is the second installment of my brunch experiences on Charles Street.  Nina and I arrived early for the breakfast menu (not the brunch menu).  Originally I was going to get the mushroom and swiss omelet but instead I got my most favorite meal in the entire world!!! Lox on a bagel with cream cheese.  I would have given this place 5 stars but they didn't have capers and red onion to go with the lox, which was a big disappointment to me.  Nina ordered the most delicious omelet that I have tasted in a long time; smoked salmon and cream cheese and chives (basically what I got, but inside of an egg).

The Beacon Hill Bistro is very sophisticated and bright. This is the kind of brunch place that puts you at ease and encourages you to really enjoy the tasty food that is in front of you.  To top it off the waiters are really nice and attentive.  

It was the perfect meal to start off a day of Christmas shopping...

09/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
86. Ashley L.
Recently went here to meet some friends for brunch. The original plan was to go to The Paramount, but it was cold and not being able to get a seat without our whole party we decided on Beacon Hill Bistro. Not many options on the menu. I ordered their version of eggs benedict and the portion was tiny, but it did taste great. One friend ordered the mushroom omelette and said it was average and another friend ordered the french toast which she absolutely loved. The juice was $4 for a glass and tasted like it was made from a powdered mix. I rated two stars because our waiter was great, but the hostess was absolutely rude and completely cold to us. No one said hello when we walked in and instead just stared like we were interupting something. I will not be going back for brunch.

07/02/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
87. Lisa C.
Went to dinner here with a friend last night for the wine and dine mondays with wine from Puglia.  Definitely a fun experience.

The dinner started where someone talked about Italy and it's role in the winemaking industry and then talked about each wine that was paired with each course throughout the meal.  The wines were delicious and they gave you a pretty nicely poured glass as well.

The food was ok- I wasn't blown away by anything but everything was solid.  We started with a chickpea polenta cake with clams (not bad), and then had orechiette with crispy pancetta and cauliflower (yum!), mutton with eggplant wrapped around winter greens (mutton was tasty and cooked nicely but the vegetables were WAY too salty), and the last course was water buffalo cheese with pepper jelly and a cookie (also delicious).  I would prefer my food a little bit warmer, but that was definitely just a plating issue because of the event.

For the price, these dinners are a great deal and I would definitely do another one.

09/02/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
88. Tatsu I.
Bought a couple of tickets for the Harvest Dinner benefitting Verrill Farm and it exceeded expectations greatly.

Never dined here because it has that new generic look that's getting a bit tired at 5-7 years old. I noticed the reviews are not favorable, but I beg you to give it a chance. Head Chef Jason B. seems to be a recent addition. He's worked No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, Burdick's, and other esteemed places. He did not disappoint in the least and came out to greet us just before dessert, a very nice gesture after a long night of cooking many 5 course meals. He seemed to be a humble and focused chef, twas an honor to meet him. He's all substance and no flash, just like his cooking.

The meal was sublime, the best in recent memory, and quite a value at 60 dollars. (Actually, at 12 dollars a course, it's the best deal in a long time!) His use of ingredients from Verrill was not simply "earthy", it was a very clear picture of a chef's vision. The plates were comfortably layered, deep in elemental flavors that were judiciously added to, and flawlessly executed, course after course. This goes far and above bistro level. I am very happy to patronize a restaurant that supports local farms as well.

Give it shot, I am seriously curious about brunch.

13/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
89. Rhett S.
Like a modern tailored Kiton suite, matching Ferragamo loafers, and elegant Hermès' cufflinks; Beacon Hill Bistro does a job well done.

Randomly stumbled into BHB after becoming lost on the Freedom-Trail.  I stayed for just an aperitif but left full and ebulliently satisfied.  Like it's name, Beacon Hill Bistro is located in Beacon Hill; the Montecito of Santa Barbara or Bel-Air of Los Angeles.  The restaurant itself is small but not stuffy, it's pricey but not pretentious, and it's neat but not sterile.

Ordered a glass of Trimbach 05 Pinot Blanc and a basket of French Bread (complementary).  The wine had a nose of grapefruit pear citrus and crisp finish.  It paired perfectly with a sunny summer day and the bread was chewy around the edges and billowy soft through its center.

I would have been completely content with my already perfect choices; However, the Vanilla Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas just couldn't be left un-enjoyed.  And let me tell you... let me tell you they where exceptionally grand!

From the service and product to the presentation; at Beacon Hill Bistro you will not be left wanting anything more.

11/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
90. Rebecca S.
This is one of my favorite brunch spots in the Boston area.  We just went today, in fact, and as usual had a fantastic brunch.  For those who like to indulge their sweet tooth at brunch, they offer delicious, perfectly light french toast with caramelized apples, or vanilla pancakes that sounded good (but I didn't taste).  They also have lots of savory dishes -- a variety of egg dishes, smoked salmon salads, soups, pastas, a nice selection that will have just about every palate covered.  The service is very good.  The coffee is fresh and keeps coming. The orange juice is not from concentrate.  I didn't have a bloody mary today, but they're good here -- thickly spicy.

Be advised that this is a more sophisticated environment than some brunch places -- you might not want to go looking like you just rolled out of bed.  Maybe take a shower first.  If you arrive early enough to not have to wait for a table, lucky you!  If you do have to wait, I'd say anything under a 15-20 minute wait would be worth it.  There are other decent brunch places in the area, but they're going to be crowded too, and they're certainly not better than BHB.

BHB does dinner very well too, but I'm most often here for brunch.

15/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
91. Chrissy H.
Today a friend and I were starving and wanted brunch. Let me tell you, my favorite meal is brunch. I love everything about it! We walked down Charles Street fulling expecting to go to our favorite place...The Paramount. But...per usual, the line was out the door and we were starving.

We were seated promptly which I was quite excited about. That's the only reason why I gave this place three stars instead of two. (Note: I had brunch here about four months ago and had a good experience but sat at the bar). After this experience, I probably won't go back. We were sat down, given our water & our orange juice and placed our order. Everything came out fast...score! But the entire order was wrong. It would have been nice to tell our waitress...except she was MIA. Not one time during our half-hour meal, did our waitress come back. I understand being busy but at the same time, refill my water glass please!

The food wasn't terrible but it wasn't out of this world either. I probably won't be going back. I would rather wait in line for a half hour than to eat dry bread, overcooked eggs, and bacon that was hardly cooked (after asking for butter for my bread, eggs with cheese and crispy bacon).

21/02/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
92. Helen B.
What a great little find! The Hotel has 12 rooms all of which have been recently updated. The price & location can't be beat! I will definitely stay here again. Next time I'll request a corner room for sure. From the Looks of the floor plans those rooms look slightly larger. Breakfast is included with the room. Fabulous!

06/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
93. Sara S.
If you want brunch in Beacon Hill, please skip the line at Paramount and walk across the street to BHHB. The food is better, you actually get waited on, and there's alcohol. I really love their vanilla pancakes with caramelized bananas! I've also eaten here for dinner and really enjoyed it; I forget exactly what I got, but I appreciate the fact that they use as many local ingredients as possible! The atmosphere is sophisticated and minimal, with the service extremely professional and friendly.

What is really great at BHHB is their bar scene. The patrons are a great mix of Beacon Hill locals, guests at the hotel, and even people on upscale bar crawls. The bar is very popular, so get here early or late to get a seat... otherwise, you don't have a chance. The cocktail menu is really impressive and incorporates spirits like chartruse, spiced apple rum, and other ingredients that left Leighann F and I in a serious haze towards the end of the (long and awesome) night. The cocktail here give Alibi a serious run for their money!

25/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
94. Jamie P.
I don't usually write bad reviews because I really haven't had a bad restaurant experience in a while. I guess all good things have to come to an end.
This place was recommended to me by a Beacon Hill resident, so I was looking forward to a great experience and a great Sunday Brunch. It was a train wreck from start to finish. The coffee had less flavor than my dad's Maxwell House, the fresh fruit looked like it had been in the fridge for days and tasted sour, and the dishes were dirty and spotty.
Now the food...the worst part! My boyfriend ordered the roasted red pepper frittata. The frittata had very few red peppers (which were diced, not roasted) and was filled with the house potatoes that I think were supposed to be a side dish. He had to slather it with ketchup to give it any flavor. I ordered the vanilla pancakes with caramelized bananas. The fluffy pancakes were the bright point of the meal, but unfortunately, were weighed down with a cold banana mush that was far from what I would consider caramelized bananas.
Maybe I came here on an "off" morning, because I have no idea why anyone would recommend this restaurant. I would rather wait 1 hour in the freezing cold line across the street at Paramount than eat here again.

21/02/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
95. Adam E.
I don't go to Beacon Hill as much as I could. Maybe I'm afraid of twisting my ankle on a cobblestone. But I ventured out with my gf the other night to check out the BHHB. I made a reservation on Open Table for 8:30, and got there at about 8:15 because the MBTA trip planner assumes you walk at the pace of a 3 toed sloth on crutches. But the hostess seated us quickly, before we had too much time to marvel at the dessert cart.
It was Friday, so I needed a drink. I ordered the signature cocktail, the Beacon, which was a gin based drink with lime and a floral taste. My gf got a cocktail with cranberry juice, ginger-lemon vodka and prosecco. The drinks were ok, but hers was a little too tart and mine was... floral. Kinda weird.
But O! the food. I got a cavatelli (pasta) dish with braised chicken, breadcrumbs and bacon. Girl, it was freaking delicious! I'm not too proud to tell you I cleaned my plate. I tried my gf's veggie lasagna thing, which didn't really seem anything like a lasagna to me, but it was quite good regardless. Still, mine was better. I mean, you can't compete with bacon. And then, the dessert! I was like, "Maybe I'll have a bite, go ahead and order one if you want." And then the frozen chocolate terrine almond joy thing came out and I totally ate half. My gf licked the plate. Ok, not really, but I could tell she wanted to. Honest, this meal was out of this world. A little pricey, but outstanding regardless.

05/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
96. Jess C.
The eggs benedict here are unbelievable. So light and lovely and delicious. The interior is very bright and welcoming as well, making this a great place for a sunny Sunday morning. Be prepared to wait a little though if it's busy because this place is not that big!

09/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
97. Kim P.
Went for Sunday brunch and had the French Toast, a Bloody Mary and a side of bacon. The bacon was not overly crisp, which I like, and the French Toast was fantastic: I think it's the bread that they use. The Bloody was spicy and a nice addition to the brunch. The weirdest part about this place is the bathroom: you have to walk to the back, then down into the basement--weird and somewhat creepy. I wasn't disappointed and I would go back for brunch.

21/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
98. Miriam L.
We ended up here last-minute for Restaurant Week as we heard our other pick was not that great.

Despite the cougars in the corner, the general up-itself attitude, I was determined to enjoy BHB. However, the waiter was entirely distracted, almost, didn't act like he wanted to make our dining experience pleasant and professed not to hear us half the time. I felt like I didn't belong there, which was depressing as it was supposed to be a "special" night out.

Anyway, for a summer menu, the food was too heavy - rich, buttery and way undersalted. The falafel was tasty, but this huge chunk that tasted thick, the veal was far too heavy and the dessert pushed me over the edge. Even the frosting felt like it could have used salt!

Mediocre and I see no need to go back.

24/08/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
99. Ari R.
We had our valentines dinner here last night and from the minute we walked in it was an enjoyable experience. We were about 15 minutes late on a Friday night due to the parking lot that is 93 but they had saved our table and we were seated right away. The waiter came out with compd champagne wishing us a happy valentines day. Before we had ordered  they came out with scallops ceviche which were very good. My girlfriend and I love cooked (preferably seared) scallops (and while I'm a big fan of raw tuna and salmon, I usually prefer my scallops cooked. My girlfriend doesn't like raw fish at all) but we found these scallops very tasty. We split a salad and oysters, both were very fresh and hit the spot. Then the waiter came with another compd app, egg on grits and truffles, not what I was expecting for dinner but man this was good. The runny egg made these bites of truffles in fluffy grits a great combo. I ordered the duck and my girlfriend got the steak. The duck was cooked perfectly and came with what tasted like duck bacon, this is what did it for me, if you haven't tried this dish then get in your car (or the T) and get some ducking duck. The steak was tender and juicy. They kept us well hydrated (a must if you want any kind of good review in my book) and made sure our alcoholic beverages didn't dry up so I'm having trouble recalling the sauce on the steak or duck. I'm embarrassed to say that we didn't order dessert because we had a bunch if chocolates in our hotel room and were stuffed but the dessert menu looked great.  My only beef was all the tables were lined up against the wall but in comparison to other restaurants they were not too close together. The waitstaff was splendid and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

16/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
100. Katelyn M.
I was super excited to come here during restaurant week - I had heard of their local cuisine and felt that it's Beacon Hill location would make it quite a memorable dinner. That couldn't be further from the truth. Here's a little true-false quiz:

1. Service was excellent. (False - service was good, but our server described items in a way that raised expectations and left much to be desired when our - dessert - plates arrived).

2. Food was good. (True - the food was tasty. I can't complain about that. But was it worth its menu price -- absolutely not! It wasn't THAT good).

3. Dinner was unforgettable. (False - Honestly, restaurant week was several weeks ago, and I've already forgotten all we ordered).

Why travel all the way to BHH&B when the atmosphere is sub-par and there is better service and quality (local) food at Ten Tables in JP? I'll be staying local, really local!

11/04/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
101. Caitlin M.
I have been to BHB for a few brunches, a couple lunches and a dinner a long time ago. I love the atmosphere. Its great, reminds me of my favorite New York french bistros, the location is perfect as well and they never seem as crowded as some of the places on Charles.

Everything they do is decent. I wish sometimes that the service was more attentive. Even when I have been here when its not busy, I still find the service kind of lackluster. My water cup is never full, I am waiting for coffee or I find them unaccommodating menu wise.

Its great for a light lunch, yummy salads, salmon dishes. Some of their brunch dishes seem kind of heavy but diversified choices. Everything is decent but not exceptional. It does not job but will not return for anything particularly special

08/12/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
102. Christine A.
This is one of my favorite places in Boston for brunch. Whenever I have friends or family visit me in the city, this is always my first choice for a great brunch meal and a mimosa to start off a lazy Saturday. The dining room has a simple elegance to it, with crisp white linens and plenty of morning light streaming in the many windows.

My two favorite menu options are the roasted pepper frittata and the french toast with cider apples and creme fraiche. The frittata boasts a hearty portion of golden potatoes, peppers and sharp cheddar cheese, with toasted French bread on the side. The french toast is made with a thick, airy bread, then topped with delicious fall-inspired cider braised apples and a creme fraiche drizzle - absolute perfection. I recommend bringing along a brunch buddy who will share these two dishes with you so you can experience the best of both worlds.

As if that's not enough to entice you, dishes are reasonably priced (both are around $10) and the staff is always attentive. The location is great for some shopping on Charles Street or a stroll through the Public Gardens after your meal. A lovely way to start off a relaxing weekend.

19/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
103. Dasha B.
I love the interior of BHB for breakfast and brunch -- the long, narrow room is very Parisian bistro-esque, and the atmosphere is enhanced by dish towel napkins, newspapers on those long wooden rods, and mirrors running along the back buffet seating.

I had the "museli" with yogurt and fruit. I specifically asked for banana, and the waitress reassured me it came included. I was served toasted granola with yogurt, figs, dried apples, strawberries, and apricots. When I asked for bananas, the waitress seemed miffed and told me they were in the bowl....no, ma'am, they weren't.

Sister and friend enjoyed the belgian waffles and mushroom and cheese omelet. Omelet was nothing special, but the homefries were more like non-greasy potato nuggets.

21/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
104. Kara B.
I went here for dessert a few weeks back. The highlight of the evening was the meringue that was part of my strawberry dessert. The service was extremely poor. Our waiter was as attentive as a stone wall - that is 500 ft . away. The ambiance is that of a pretentious restaurant: loud elevator music, expensive meals with very little food on your plate, but presented like an art piece.
I doubt I will be going back soon. In a year's time - maybe. That should give them plenty of time to train new staff and maybe adjust their prices and portions to fit reality.

23/06/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
105. Margaret C.
My brother and I set out to grab brunch at the Paramount across the street but immediately felt lazy when we saw how long the line was. Saving ourselves a half hour of standing time was worth a few extra bucks to go sit at the bistro.

We were seated immediately and our waitress was prompt and pleasant. I ordered a bloody mary. It came complete with the most delicious olives ever and when I asked after a few extra the waitress returned quickly with two full skewers of olives. The details are important during a meal for me and our waitress was the perfect level of attentive and managed to sweep in and out between the close tables removing extra silverware etc almost without us noticing.

The food. Oh. My. It was amazing. I got the scrambled eggs with salmon and they were something to write home about. Perfectly light. My order came with thick crispy toast and the most mouth watering jam I've ever had. I don't even like jam! My brother was looking across the table at me like I was nuts because I could not stop commenting on the jam. His breakfast looked top notch as well and he was happy when the waitress backed him up when I teased him about a grown man ordering apple juice. So he's a fan too.

Now, the best part. The check came and we were SHOCKED. I can't remember ever getting a check in Boston and being surprised I was charged less than I expected. We even double checked to be sure she charged us for everything. I was extra happy that we didn't bother to stand in line at the Paramount when I realized I only ended up paying about 5 bucks more to eat at the Bistro. And that included an "adult beverage."

Over all, killer brunch. Don't skip this establishment.

13/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
106. Mike G.
boston globe's resident food critic devra first waxed raphsodic about meals here. so despite yelpers wildly mixed  reviews of 1 to 5 stars, i decided to taste for myself.  how ms. first could possibly liken chef bond's cooking to paul bocuse astounds me. has she ever tasted monsieur bocuse or his prodigy's cooking? having lived in france i have and must say there isn't much to justify any comparison.

last nights paté de chef,  which i hear  BHB is particuarly proud of, was  mortadella of pork & venison . it was dull and tasteless, saved only by the fig, sweet mustard &  crusty bread it was plated with.  i had to ask the waiter again what the paté was as he repeated the kitchen's spiel. mr. bond, i know good mortadella and this AIN'T good mortadella.

the much heralded frites WITH the steak, on a bright note, was mcdonald-ish and a winner. the steak, however, sub-par.  the braised pork shoulder, while not a standout, was good, paired nicely with carrots & navet.

BHB certainly deserves a star for the wine selection, service and ambience. but the dinner had no  "mmmmm"   moments.  and for the prices, there should  be.  as for food critics, well, lessons learned. again.

12/05/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
107. Julie L.
Mediocre food and poor service- total waste of time and money.  There are many places in Boston that do much better for a better price (Mistral, Sel de la Terre, Petit Robert Bistro, Radius, etc etc).

Let me begin by saying that their cozy decor and brunch is decent (though again, they don't do anything extraordinary here).  That being said, it's rare to find and overall dinner experience to be this poor.

Waited 15 minutes after we checked in (though we had a reservation), no apologies and endured the snippy attitude of the maître d'.  After we were finally seated, the elusive waiter (who showed consistent inattentiveness throughout the meal even when we were trying to pay him) finally came to take our orders.  We went with the prix fixe special- big mistake.

Duck pâté special was greasy, cold and not served with bread nor garnished properly.  Lobster bisque was grainy and too salty.  Proteins were undercooked and cold (had to ask for it to be reheated).  Don't even get me started on the desserts or how we could hear the other waitresses cursing and complaining in the corner about their tables which was totally inappropriate...

I understand that some nights get busy for the staff and maybe the chefs were off the times I've been but Beacon Hill Bistro has proven to be consistently poor in service and food- don't make the same mistake I did.  Leave this place for the hotel visitors & tourists and go anywhere else!

26/11/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
108. Sasha P.
If the steak frites were a dance they'd be the hokey pokey......because that's what it's all about!  After walking by this place dozens of times I finally decided to give it a shot. The dining room was buzzing as a bistro should be. The mussels to start with were great and my steak was off the chain.

My wife had a pasta dish which had braised chicken (first flag), Brussel sprouts ( second flag) and bacon (thought it would make up for all the flags!). I thought the brussel sprouts overwhelemed the dish, but she loved it.

Overall had a great night and would come again. Lots of locals here so that is a good sign!

17/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
109. Andrew R.
Solid and reasonably priced brunch in Beacon Hill, which is harder to find than you'd think.  Small menu, and average execution, but the menu was fine and the portions were big.  I liked the coffee.

17/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
110. Amelia G.
I have always loved the bar here, and have eaten many a tasty snack while tippling, but I went with a friend for my first full meal recently: Saturday brunch. The service was lovely, and very gracious that we lingered chatting happily for at least two hours. We had nice light brunch-y drinks, my friend got tasty lentil soup, and I had really delicious soft scrambled eggs with creme fraiche and smoked salmon. My only complaint is that the "spring lettuces" salad I got to start really truly seemed like a bagged salad, and it had those little slimy bits that make me so mad, and they only things in it were four slightly mealy slices of tomato and an okay dressing. So that was disappointed, but then the eggs made me so happy. I love hanging out here, and it's the perfect place to meet for a day of shopping, and I'll for sure be back. I'll just ask more questions before I order the salad.

18/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
111. Kirsten F.
Horrible experience!  And I didn't even taste the food!  The host was sooooooo  incredibly rude from the moment we walked in the door!  It was 2:40 and the menu says that food is served until 3 on saturdays, but we were told as we were being seated that they have stopped seating people and we need to "decide what we are having quickly".  I understand that we came into the restaurant on the late side, but I  have never experienced this kind of treatment at any restaurant.  Without even looking at the menu, we got up and left.  We were not wanted in the first place, so why would we stay?  As we walked out right past managers and the same host that sat us, not one of them even attempted to make the situation better.  I will never go back  to the Beacon Hill Bistro again!

08/12/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
112. Elizabeth Z.
My boyfriend and I stayed at this cute hotel and ate at the Bistro during the summer of 2009 and were impressed.

AS A HOTEL: Cute, fun, small. Staff is helpful and nice. Good for it's hip rooms, internet nook and chic roof-top terrace.  Did I mention the KILLER location?! Some Pitfalls: The rooms are a bit small, and there is no parking- which makes checking-in a bit cumbersome.

AS A BISTRO: We had dinner and brunch during our stay.  Both were amazing. I had a pasta and chicken dish which was both inventive and homey.  My boyfriend had the duck which he said was a fantastic flavor experience. On the downside, the service was a bit slow and assumptive at times: at both meals my plate was taken before I was finished, without asking!

13/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
113. Malaise L.
My review is just for the Bistro portion of this operation.
Went there for the second time on St. Paddy's night.  With me: hubby, nephew and his wife.  I forget what others had for starters.  I had the Arugula Salad and it was just perfect.  Very fresh and the hazelnuts were a nice addition.  Only bad thing is that it had no fennel I could taste. For main I had a risotto special (very good).  The men had specials as well.  Don't remember what they were but they ate it all.  My nephew's wife had the Cod and she barely touched it.  She said she felt it had been frozen (frozen cod in Boston???) She did not complain but the very friendly and knowledgeable waitress noticed and after she took the plate back to the kitchen she returned and said that the chef had tasted the fish which he found overcooked and they were comping her dessert.
Dessert for me was two scoops of ice cream: one malted vanilla and one rosemary both really good.  Can't remember what the others had but that might be because of one of these reasons or a combination of a.- We had some fantastic cocktails (did I mention it was St Paddy's?) and b.- I'm getting old.

26/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
114. Greg G.
We wanted brunch so we came here.  We waited about 30 minutes to be seated so we were starving by that time.  Our waitress was not the friendliest.  She was extremely cold and almost made me uncomfortable.

I got the mushroom swiss omlette.  I took one bite and thought the mushrooms almost tasted canned.  I was so hungry I just ate it anyway.  The other people I was with got the Vanilla pancakes which they said were really good.  I should've went with that.  The minute I got home I didn't feel good. Needless to say, about an hour later I got violently ill.  Not just once, but for about 24 hours.  Last time I go there!

DO NOT EAT THE MUSHROOMS!!!

15/02/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
115. Katie W.
Went here for dinner with my parents and my boyfriend for a lovely dinner. For me, the bay scallop appetizer special took the show--tender, little bay scallops dressed with a vinaigrette over lentils I believe, it was great.

I had duck (my usual go to) and it was fantastic, crispy and savory. My boyfriend and dad had the pork special which was heavy and decadent--just how french food should be!

Service was great, we had a little trouble with the bill....our first copy was 30 something dollars for the 4 of us :) but they fixed it quickly and we were on our way.

Great little bar too, perfect for a drink with friends or family if you want something a little classier than the Sevens.

24/12/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
116. Julia H.
I had a fabulous work dinner here, and enjoyed it all the more because the tab wasn't mine to pay.

The vegetarian lasagna dish I ate was perfect in every way - fresh ingredients, lovely, delicate flavor.

Service was great, wine was delicious.

I've only taken off one star because for a person allergic to nuts and shellfish, the menu choices were few for me, and the dessert choices were all but non-existent.

BUT, I will say that the waitstaff was well-informed of which items contained nuts, and were able to steer me away from dangerous dishes, which is a huge plus in my book (you'd be surprised at how many times this doesn't happen, even after I explain my allergy).

I also loved the loud, lively atmosphere. It's the sign of a good restaurant when I can talk at full voice and not be worried that the next table over might hear what I am saying.

I'm looking forward to my next visit.

28/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
117. Cindy T.
One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is to go for brunch.

New to Boston, I really just yelp or ask for recommendations.

We wanted to go to Paramount but the line was ridiculous so we walked into BHB.

I always order 2 meals for brunch. You've gotta have eggs AND pancakes! DUH!

And....what brunch without Bloody Marys?

Overall, it wasn't the best brunch I've had but it was pretty good. The pancakes were cakey which is not something I prefer. I prefer light and fluffy. I also prefer bloody marys at The Union Pool Hall in Williamsburg. How can you beat 2 for 1 Bloody Mary's which a Taco Truck inside the bar (of the outside)?? Plus, they make their own bloody mary mix and you can have either spicy, or extra spicy!

It was okay not great for the price.

18/06/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
118. Alex B.
Beautiful decor, better than average service; however, the portions were very small relative to the price. My entree was $28 and was slightly bigger than an appetizer. There are too many other delicious spots in Boston than too spend your $$$ here.

16/01/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
119. Mariano A.
The food is as good as it gets in Beacon Hill. They use local and all natural ingredients which is a plus. For dinner I would recommend to start with the duck confit or the cassoulette. They have a nice variety of entrees to choose from; from short ribs, steak, duck, or seafood, you really can't go wrong. Their gnocchi is also very good, my gf loves the scallops. The service is great, hosts and waiters/waitresses are friendly and they are efficient. One of our favorite restaurants in Beacon Hill for dinner. They also serve up a really good breakfast.

13/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
120. Elisabeth S.
The restaurant is a 5; the hotel is a 3 1/2.

The Bistro is fantastic. Recently stayed one night at the hotel and ended up eating lunch, dessert, and breakfast there! The beet salad with farmer's cheese was a very good lunch item, although I was eyeing one of my companion's choices, the Croque Madame, which looked to die for! Dessert was excellent, with a good selection of seasonal ice creams and sorbets, and several dessert specials. On a Friday night, it was pretty hopping until 11:30 pm and had a very good vibe. Breakfast is included in the room rate for hotel guests, and was very good (once it arrived. Breakfast took almost 2 hours, and our server was MIA for most of it).

The hotel itself is cute and basic. The rooms are city-sized hotel rooms (read: on the smaller side), the flat-screen TVs are about 15", and the bathroom had been recently updated with Kohler fixtures and new paint. Great price for the location, though! But if you're the type of person who likes to hang out in your hotel room, you'll get bored quickly.

07/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
121. Leighann F.
Something is missing here. Taking a gander at the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro sign (BHHB), something is amiss. They've left off a letter, I tell you! Clearly, this is hotel (H) on Beacon Hill (BH) with a bistro (B), but they've neglected to include a crucial element of their establishment in the main title and thus, the abbreviation that acts as their logo.

"B" is for BAR!

How they could choose not to give top billing to the best part of their establishment baffles me. Ok, actually, I don't know if it's the best part, as I've never stayed in the (h)otel and have yet to eat in the (b)istro, but I have had drinks at the (b)ar, and will stand by behind the statement that this tiny little cocktail counter is one of the better bars on (B)eacon (H)ill.  

Their cocktail list is pretty underrated, featuring a festive holiday drink made with fresh cranberries, a cocktail with chartreuse as the base and an Earl Grey Martini that tastes like strongly steeped tea balanced perfectly with gin and lemon. Joseph, the barkeep for the evening, was entertaining, friendly and mixed a delicious drink. Well, he mixed a few delicious drinks and before you know it, we were the only people left at the BHHB Bar!

With an atmosphere that is cozy and warm, complete with a fireplace and enhanced by friendly and familiar service, the BHHB Bar has a low-key neighborhood feel. Though don't expect low-key prices. This is (B)eacon (H)ill after all!

24/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
122. Amanda B.
Went back for a second time and it was really good! homemade museli...yum!

Got some attitude on the phone when making reservations 3 hours before brunch. "We don't take reservations day of, but I'll make an exception for you this one time." Gee whiz thanks mister, makes me feel really cool when you sit 5+ walk-ins while I"m waiting for my buds to show up.

Soon forgot about all that once the food arrived.

17/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
123. Dominique N.
Basically this is a really solid place for brunch that takes reservations, doesn't have ridiculous lines, has great food in hearty quantities and reasonable prices (mostly $8-10).  What more could you ask for in a brunch?

I had brunch there today (second time there) and was impressed by the quality of the food, the ambiance and service.  The first time I went I got the french toast (a ridiculous quantity of french toast, but delicious!) and this time I tried the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon.  I got a huge dish of eggs (plenty even for a guy - I had to take home leftovers) though not that much smoked salmon; the dish also came with potatoes and two perfectly toasted pieces of french bread.  

The service was great considering they were pretty busy - the waitress came by to get our orders promptly and was helpful in getting us the condiments we requested.  I know this sounds like the "basics" of waitering, but so many places can't seem to get even this right.

06/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
124. Sarah C.
Went to BHB for brunch this past Sunday.  We arrived around 11 or 11:30 and there was barely a wait (about 5 minutes) during which we had mimosas from the bar (yum!).  The space is very cute - bright, comforting - "it's a bistro", as my friend duly noted.

The seating makes the most of the limited space - it's not cramped, but hopefully you're not a crazy loud talker.  The wait staff was very pleasant and service was perfectly fine.

I got the french toast with cider braised apples and spiced creme fraiche.  The french toast itself was excellent - not knock your socks off, but just plain really good.  Came with real maple syrup (thank god) and a plethora of apples on top, which were really really good.  I was a little disappointed in the minimal amount of creme fraiche cause I love the stuff, but all in all the dish was good and well rounded - an ample portion as well.

My friend got the poached eggs (basically eggs benedict) which I tried and were good.  He was surprised cutting into them that there was a decent amount of water coming out with the yolk, but he didn't seem particularly put off by it.  He also got a side of bacon which was apparently oven cooked (aka not crispy), and delicious.

We ordered coffee and my friend ordered a pear bellini - it was yummy but could have been more peary.  All in all it was a lovely experience.  I'll probably try to make it to more places I've not yet been before I go back, but I wouldn't be averse to heading back that way time and again.

27/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
125. Margaret H.
I stayed at the Beacon Hill hotel for two nights with my boyfriend during snowstorm Nemo. The staff was amazing and so accomodating - they stayed late and had a great attitude about the extremely limited staff. They kept the restaurant and bar open only to the guests so we felt pretty lucky and boy were we! The executive chef was the only one able to make it in, so we ate like kings for three days. If you go here, I recommend the Croque Madame - I had it two days in a row it was so good! Everything we had was so great and the service was amazing.

09/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
126. Lindsay L.
I came here for lunch during Restaurant Week.  I ordered the gazpacho, duck confit, and chocolate torte.  I give it all three stars because everything was good, but nothing knocked my socks off.  If anything, I would give the chocolate torte four stars.  

Food aside, it's a nice setup.  I love restaurants with lots of natural lighting, and the sun was streaming in from the windows.  Plus it was tranquil and not loud at all.

If you end up at the bistro, it's probably because you're already staying at the hotel, shopping around Beacon Hill, or want a break from site seeing.  If that's the case, this is a solid, reliable option for lunch and drinks.  It's the location that works for this place.  I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to eat here, but if you're already in the area ... why not?

30/08/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
127. Stephanie D.
This was my second time eating brunch here, though my partner is somewhat of a regular.  I can't say whether he'll be back, but I definitely won't.

The food was fine - I have no complaints and would give this 3 stars if the review was just about the food.  The service, however, was abysmal and, unfortunately, even soliciting the manager's involvement did not improve things.

The problem started when we were served coffee but not offerred or automatically given cream.  I had to stop the server on her way back by the table to ask for cream.  After she brought it, setting it down on the table briskly, I immediately poured it into my coffee... to learn it was milk, not cream.  Ok, mistakes happen, but after (a) having to ask for it and (b) now having to ask for a correction AND a new cup of coffee, I was not getting a good feeling about how this meal was going to end up.  When I asked for cream, she again set it down in a hurry as if she was used to working in a diner, not a somewhat upscale brunch restaurant.  I picked it up to learn the porcelain had a sizable chip near the pour spout.  

Um, who serves their customers with broken dishes?  

So!  We called her over AGAIN - mind you, this is all just to get a decent cup of coffee! and politely pointed out the chip and requested a new cream pitcher.   Her response, no joke, was, "Oh, well... we wouldn't want you to have a BROKEN cup for your cream, would we."  Attitude and all.  I should have walked out right then.

Our meal continued with nearly silent/surly service, rarely getting checked on, always having to stop her to request what we needed.  

Finally, I'd had it and the manager was informed.  He appropriately apologized and offered to bring some complementary drinks to the table - which we accepted.  As he was setting down the drinks, we asked him if we could have some more cream for our coffee.  He immediately went off to get more cream and came back with... yup, you guessed it... THE BROKEN CREAM PITCHER!   The Very Same One!  

To top it all off - our server continued to have the same surly attitude even after the conversation with the manager.  Clearly HE is the problem.  

I want to like this place; I really do.  It's adorable; the food is pretty good; and the prices aren't bad.  But after that experience, I'll never go back.

18/01/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
128. Jane K.
Wow - what happened to this place? The service on my visit this week was horrendous and we will not be back:

- Food was served cold. The food was actually prepared well, but served barely lukewarm.
- Waitress was confused. Took our drink order (a bottle of pinto gris, nothing complicated) and disappeared for 15 minutes despite the fact that there were hardly any other customers. Then came back with a vague question about our wine.
- Complete incompetence for special orders. The menu has a nice message about the restaurant working around food allergies. I have celiac and cannot eat gluten - something most restaurants are up to speed on and work around pretty easily.  Not the case here - the waitress and the chef (since waitress had to go back and keep checking) didn't seem clear on what had gluten, arguing with me that potatoes (plain) have gluten. When I asked for easy substitutes - such as veggies instead of bread for a dip - I was told they didn't have that (um, you don't have vegetables?)

We left to eat dessert elsewhere.

01/01/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
129. Jenna D.
I am a huge supporter of studio hotels, establishments that make it a point to force you to feel like you are NOT in a huge hotel chain. While The Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro was in a lovely location, tucked away amongst the hustle and bustle of historic Beacon Hill, and knowing that there are only 13 rooms, which created that one-of-a-kind, "I'm lucky to have found this place" feeling, I felt their overall presence and vibe as a staff didn't align with the appeal of the hotel.

We arrived late Friday evening and were greeted by a bubbly and friendly young lady. That was the ONLY time during out two night stay that we felt welcomed. Accompanying our complimentary breakfast in the bistro on Saturday morning was a grumpy man at the check-in desk. He clearly did not want to be there. He did not smile or say "good morning". In terms of food, I expected more. I ordered smoked salmon and cream cheese omelet (perhaps that was the first problem). I was hoping for slices of smoked salmon with a slight touch of cream cheese somehow folded into the eggs. What I received was whipped salmon (gross) with cream cheese slathered in a folded herb-less omelet. Upon leaving Sunday morning, the same grumpy and quiet man got my signature and sent us on our way without a "thank you for staying with us", or "have a great rest of the day". There was actually an awkward moment there when I wasn't sure if we were done with all the transactions and if we were all good to leave.

Overall, the staff was dry and lacking some serious customer service skills. Location was great, the hotel itself is adorable.  
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07/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
130. Rachel H.
We had dinner and breakfast as hotel guests. Dinner: we ordered the roasted beet and goat cheese salad and the tortellini for starters. Both were nicely presented and had a twist in their own way. The beets were pressed into a tarine type shape and quite tasty. The tortellini was done with corn, shellfish and sausage. It was very tasty. Quite rich and not a small portion. If I'd had a slower day it would have almost been enough as a main course for me. But I am happy with small meals a lot of the time.
Which is what I didn't have with the pork! The pork shoulder and grits was amazing. And the others all ordered scallops which were some of the best I've had. Very simple, very fresh. We added on some fries as extras and they arrived once we'd finished. That was a bit disappointing. They were good though.
Wine list seemed good. If we'd had to go by the glass I would have been a bit disappointed by chard and Pinot noir choices. Dessert was ok. Flavors didn't compare with other courses and icecream was icy and a bit grainy. I'd skip that course if we went back.
Service was generally good, good knowledge of menu.

26/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
131. Denise M.
I really wanted to like this establishment and make it possibly a local after work establishment.. The 2 stars are for the decor and the beautiful setting. The missing stars are for the quality of food and the service.

18/11/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
132. william g.
I have been lurking around the Bistro for a few months now, as  my general boycott of 75 Chestnut requires me to actually branch out and walk more than half a block from my apartment.  The Bistro is WELL worth the effort, more so, I would even walk to it in the RAIN!

Warm fireplace, small, cozy, inviting bar with fishbowl view out onto Charles St, and a casual yet table-clothed dining room stretched out along picture windows, the Bistro is a MUCH appreciated and needed addition to Beacon Hill, ( RIP Rebecca's)

Why am I such a fan......?

First off, Francie, the short cropped blond bartender BOMBSHELL, is the best mixologist to grace the Hill since Frank waxed about the evil empire behind the bar at 75 Chestnut.  Her martini's are served "bird bath" style, ie, you need to sip them before even ATTEMPTING to pick them up, or you will be wearing them.  Francie rocks!

Second, the slow roasted pork shoulder with raisin sauce, in a word, yummers, like a huge chunk of melt in the mouth bacon, the saltiness checked by the sweet sauce.  Winner!

Third, the place is a HIDDEN GEM for weekend brunch.  On any given Sat/Sun, the line of locals and tourists forming outside the Paramount is EMBARRASSING considering the mediocrity of their fare.  Brunch @ BHHB ??

-No Wait
-Full Bar
-Francie :-)

-Vanilla Pancakes ( $10)
-Eggs Bene ($10)
-French Toast w/ cider braised apples ($10, would have paid double, taste bud ORGASM!!!!!

I could go on.....

So, in a nutshell, leave the bridge and tunnel crowd at the Paramount  and cross the street, saddle up to the bar early on a Sunday and watch the assorted 'walks of shame' skulking home out the window on Charles St. as you dig into some of the finest brunch offerings on the Hill.

12/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
133. Helen L.
such a cute and charming little place!

the restaurant is right downstairs and the elevator was hidden on the side. the rooms were great and so cozy. i had the regular room and it had a cute bed with a small desk and a wonderful bathroom set up. there was a very tiny closet space but as long as you don't have too much then you are okay. also, the wireless internet didn't really work in room. even though there was a public computer, all print outs and fax need to go thru the front desk. there wasn't much on tv either. it is great for if you are on vacation or pleasure but not too much if you are on business.

i loved the complimentary breakfast. there is normally only one person working so if you need 3 refills on your coffee then you may need to weight a little. otherwise, the service is friendly. i had the smoked salmon and cream cheese omelet and it was huge! the house potatoes and sour dough toast was great! i also had the belgium waffles with seasonal berries (strawberries) with powdered sugar and syrup. the waffles weren't as chewy as i wanted them to be. all in all the food was great.

18/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
134. Mabel N.
Great spot for brunch.  Great service.  Comfortable atmostphere.

Vanilla Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas  - tantalizingly delicious
Poached Eggs with Smoked Ham - One of the best I've ever had.
Bloody Mary - Near Perfection

Great Job BHB!!  WIll def. go back for more!

18/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
135. Sean M.
Ate there for restaurant week, after hearing good things on Yelp and some other forums. Not thrilled. The appetizer of duck mousse was quite good (what mousse filled with bacon isn't??), but the entree of "Braised Chicken with potatoes and brussels sprouts" was quite bad. It was just boiled chicken, potatos and brussel sprouts. Flabby and flavorless. Brussel sprouts were overpowering. Desert was good, though tiny. Service was excellent.

22/08/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
136. Karyn V.
Their food is excellent for dinner and brunch.  I particularly like going here for brunch, which is quite reasonably priced for the high quality food.  I strongly recommend this place for brunch or restaurant week.

I must admit it has been a year or so since I last went here (I moved).  The one thing that stands out to me is the service wasn't always that good.  Although I can't recall a particular story,  I do recall there was quite a big service snafu that I witnessed with the table next to ours that made the meal a bit uncomfortable for us, but the details escape me.  No one really acknowledged how it disturbed the other customers, that lack of acknowledgement definitely bothered me.

09/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
137. Shara H.
I rarely write poor reviews but this brown-haired, female bartender was just so darn mean. The first night I was there she just seemed preoccupied and I chalked it up to the busy holiday season. However, she sure paid lots of attention to her buddy in the corner.

The second night I was there, she made no eye contact. I had to ask for water and a menu, she seemed annoyed by questions and she was often M.I A. To top it off, she snapped at the people next to me and when they retorted she was beyond rude. Even if she was in the right about what she said to them she should have handled it very differently. If I were her boss, I'd fire her or make her watch episodes of Cheers. This way she can see how nice bartenders act.

As for the food...it was ok. The fish was overpriced but decent. My bread pudding was as dry as a desert though.

03/01/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
138. Lee R.
Food and experience is great when the service is good. Which it is most of the time. Today was not one of those days. Greeting at front desk was surly at best and waiter had an attitude.  I love the chicken hash for breakfast and the duck confit for lunch is great. Steak frites for dinner is also really good. Wished the service could be more consistent. Mostly in terms of attitude and delivery (of communication).  Staff should work on pretending to be happy and less miserable.

06/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
139. Casey H.
Soggy french toast and bad service. They messed up our order a couple times.  Won't be back.

29/06/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
140. Mike B.
At the recommendation of local friends, went to Sunday brunch.

Warnings:

The space is small and almost diner-like. Food was fresh and service prompt but it was not anything particularly memorable about it.

The bathrooms are located a steep flight down to the basement which is a real problem for handicapped/disabled patrons.

12/04/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
141. Maria B.
I really liked the vibe in here. Maybe because we were sitting two feet from Adrian Gonzalez and his wife... but whatever that's just a minor detail.

Anyway I went here for lunch with some coworkers. Our server was really great! Super funny, personable and attentive.

The food was pretty good. Not the most amazing piece of salmon that I've ever had but pretty great, especially for the price.

Overall great atmosphere, fantastic service, good food-- I'm very curious about their brunch so I will most definitely be back next time I'm in the area.

27/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
142. Momma D.
This place is lovely, but not great. I want to like it more than I can. It could be really special, but the details are lacking. Rooms are comfortable and cozy, but definitely "basic."  The staff is helpful and kind, but not "on point."  The restaurant meals are solidly good, but not great. Food is inconsistent, and FORGET anything on the dessert menus. It's a disaster of one failed attempt after another.  With some extra love, care and attention to the small things, this place could be the absolute gem of Beacon Hill.  As is, you get "boutique lite" and will probably get a better value from a bigger property.  Prices are high for the overall experience.

26/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
143. Michele G.
I've been here a few times, but this is my first visit since the head chef (Jason Bond, I think) left. Service is noticeably worse off. I made a reservation for three for brunch at noon on a Sunday, a full week and a half before said date. We arrived at 12:05, but were told that they gave away our table and that we would have to wait.

When we asked why, they said that their policy is to give away tables for people half an hour late for their reservations. Understandable, but I just stated that my reservation was for noon. Unless you live in a parallel universe where time works by skipping across the clock face, you screwed up. After further inspection, we were told that someone had moved our reservation to 11:30. Without notifying us. Fantastic! That makes total sense in your other plane of existence. But for us living in the here and now, it doesn't.

Anyway, we got an apology and we moved to "next in line". We still had to wait another 15 minutes, but fine. The food was good, but the server was absent and probably too busy to provide one smile.

30/09/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
144. D S.
Brunch Review: We went to BHB for the first time on Sunday, Nov 7, 2011.  We had the poached eggs and the scrambled eggs with salmon. The food was satisfying and filling but not necessarily exceptional. The fried potatoes were to uniform for my personal taste and missed flavor. The scrambled eggs had a nice texture. The coffee was free refill and my orange juice was freshly squeezed. We spent $36 in total. Our waitress was a sweetheart.

We might go back for the atmosphere and the neighborhood but not necessarily because the food was so exceptional.

07/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
145. Jessica C.
My fiancé and I ended up eating here on a whim actually. We had stopped over at 75 Chestnut for a drink, and decided we were not ready to go home. So we walked into BHB and ended up having a delicious dinner.

The layout what not what I would have expected when first walking into the establishment, but it works. The tables are small and cozy, and you sit fairly close to your neighbors. Drink selection is nice, and the wait staff are friendly.

I would say that this restaurant is great for a few friends wanting to go out to wat before a show, or after.

15/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
146. Melissa M.
Well, Good Evening.  It was a good evening.  Stepping into the Beacon Hill Bistro is a nice, welcoming, and unpretentious feeling.  Which, is a rarity in "these" parts.  And as a former Beacon Hill resident and lover of all things Beacon Hill, I think I am qualified to say that.  

The fiance who goes by Bill and I decided to treat ourselves to dinner at the Bistro on a Monday night.  The reason why we dined at the Bistro was to support Verrill Farm in Concord.  Verrill Farm suffered a massive fire in September and the Bistro decided to put on this benefit where 100% of the proceeds would go to Verrill Farm.

To begin, we were promptly greeted by our server-extraordinaire, Avery.  She sweetly came over to the table with water and delicious bread and butter.  I was partial to the bread that had cranberries and/or raisins in it.  Tasted like the kinds of breads my Nana would bake.

We told her that we were here for the Verrill Farm dinner and I chose the "field" menu and Bill chose the "pasture".  Our dining palates tend to never agree anyway, but that was fine with me.

We both started off with a delicious Roasted Buttercup Squash Soup, with the most exquisite Brioche Crouton, I mean, croutons are croutons, but a brioche crouton is so delicious that I needed to capitalize Brioche and Crouton.  It tasted like a true New England autumnal soup. Velvety smooth and aromatic.  Magnificent.

Then we were onto the "Pudding".  This was no pudding that I was used to, it was and I can't quite figure out what was in it. But, think of a tart made with pureed cauliflower and some other type of earthy green. Maybe peas/broccoli/spinach?  I don't know, but it was very tasty.  

Next, on the menu was my Dancer Eggplant Gratiné, with I am guessing, sun ripened tomato and fresh mozzarella, and a light tomato sauce which was almost orange in color.  With a hint of black licorice? I swear I could taste it, and it was good. It smelled unbelievably wonderful, too.

This is when Bill got his "pasture".  He devoured a suckling pig.  And when I say "devour" I mean, the dishwasher would not have to clean the plate after, if you know what I mean.  He said it was amazing.  

Okay, this is when I get really excited.  If you are wondering why, it is now time for the CHEESE.  Sweet baby!  I love cheese.  This cheese was like a slice of heaven. It was an Aged Cows' Milk Cheese served with Beach Plum jelly and a slice of brown bread.  I savored every square inch of that cheese, but I left the rind behind.  I'm not an animal.

Time for dessert, and let me tell you -- I was saving room. It was a baked apple.  Not sure what kind, but it was a good size apple.  Maybe a Cortland?  I think it was.  It was served warm and you could just ease your fork into the apple.  No need to strain your delicate wrists.  

I got my meal sans wine, Bill got his with the wine pairings and according to him, they were all perfect.

Thank again to Avery, Beacon Hill Bistro, Jason Bond the Chef du Cuisine and of course, my lord and savior, YELP.

For if it was not for Yelp, I would never have heard of this lovely event and best of all, it was for a great cause.

I hope Verrill Farm gets rebuilt bigger and stronger.  Can't wait to take the trip to Concord to visit them.

25/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
147. Rachel C.
From reading the other reviews, I guess I should have gone for lunch. Dinner was just okay, nothing wowed me. But what did leave me with an opinion, and why I felt compelled to share on yelp was the service. After almost 10 minutes with no water on the table and a half empty restaurant I was disappointed. The server never explained the dishes when he plopped them down and scurried off, and the whole vibe just made me very uneasy and I could not relax into the food.

The food was okay, but in Boston there are many other places that offer a better dinner experience.

16/08/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
148. Gabriel P.
The food has always been outstanding. The service, unfortunately, has never matched the quality of the preparations. They miss the small things. Better training would solve this and get them a 5 star rating.

22/08/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
149. JJ G.
The food here is a secret gem.  It's as good as it gets, freshest ingredients beautifully prepared and served in a place that is a little off the regular path.  The hotel looks lovely as well, but I am truly hooked on the restaurant

17/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
150. Gary P.
Horribly limited menu, portions of food are ridiculously small and are way too over priced.  Skip this place!!

14/10/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
151. Jeanette U.
Great hotel and bistro.  Our room was on the 3rd floor which we had access to a little courtyard outside.  The room was very cute but modern.  Had dinner at the Bistro (where we ran into John Kerry-second time) as well as breakfast the next day (breakfast was included with the rate of the room). I had the vanilla pancakes with a side of sausage.  It was so delicious!!!  Will def return!

07/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
152. Miriam W.
I checked into the Beacon Hill Hotel in the dead of winter. Case in point: I had to leap over a snow bank on the sidewalk to get from the cab to the front door. Thankfully, it was warm and toasty inside this charming, tiny hotel. The friendly bloke at the front desk personally showed me to my room. I felt immediately at home. And even better, when I got hungry later that evening I easily snagged a table in the bistro (a fabulous perk when there's no chance of you getting outside to grab dinner.)

I loved the neighborhood with its narrow streets, sweet shops and historical feel. The next morning, I took advantage of breakfast (included in the room rate) and boy did those soft scrambled eggs ever get my morning off right!

My only complaint with the Beacon Hill Hotel? The freezing cold bathroom. I'd creep in there, flip on the heater switch and run out until it warmed up enough for me to use the facilities.

If you want to stay in a place that feels like a well-appointed guestroom in someone's home the Beacon Hill Hotel makes an excellent option!

16/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
153. Cara F.
I just can't say enough good things about the dinner we had here, or the dessert the time before. Carefully-crafted meals from a menu with a mouthwatering array of choices; outstanding wine selection; attentive but unobtrusive service.  Try the duck and the roasted Brussels sprouts.

12/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
154. Nancy B.
Food and wine was very good but hard to enjoy with so many toddlers running around and babies crying. Seriously, there's a reason why I do go to Chuck E Cheese. At 30 bucks an entree, I expect the ambience to match the prices.

16/11/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
155. Canarsie Mama S.
Very Very Disappointing.  Nice waitress but such ordinary  food and some of it was basically inedible.  Much prefer 75 Chestnut but could not get a table there.

06/11/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
156. jeff s.
I was looking forward to really liking this cozy beacon hill spot,  wow was I sorry.
The starters:    " charcuterie salami plate" is a plate with pate and bread mustard and fruit , and two tiny pieces of fatty bacon?   gravlax, was very old. super fishy, not nice ,  I sent it back, and the server came back, " the chef says there is nothing wrong with this fish, but we wont charge you for it"  That is really a nice way to win over customers, make sure you know the chef says your wrong.    the entrees were ok   not great       the place was empty at 800 pm on a saturday night,  I guess other people already know...............

26/11/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
157. Zoe P.
A lunch review for this restaurant seems like an anomaly here at Yelp, and so does a 4-star review, but I suspect that lunch is one of the best reasons to visit the BHHB. Apart from the bar. Leighann might be on to something there.

Otherwise, you've convinced me. Brunch sounds mediocre, dinner sounds overpriced and the whole place does seem like a 3-star deal.

But not lunch, friends. Hearty portions of classics, well-prepared, at around $15 a pop. My steak was perfect, the sauce was perfect, the bite from the generous pile of fresh watercress was perfect. And my husband liked his salad. The bread was very fresh, the service was attentive, the light was pretty and I love the wood and tile interior, which I thought matched the lunch prices pretty well.

Minus a star because the place was empty (that's not why) and quiet as could be, so I could totally hear the waitstaff chatting it up. And they were reading some sort of Spencer's Gifts type catalog out loud and laughing at the obnoxious t-shirt slogans and the gag gifts. So it was kind of like eating lunch next to a boy scout troop.

Also, it's walking distance from MGH and, thus, my obstetrician's office.

14/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
158. A B.
This is a very good restaurant, but not a truly great one.  The food is of very fine quality and the restaurant's menu is well-designed.  The wine list is excellent.  The service is quite well done, and I think sincere.  What is lacking is that it is not a warm place, and  in terms of prices, the value is fair, but not great.  I do like to check it out from time to time, but I'm not a regular, even though I live nearby.

03/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
159. Brian W.
I came here with a group of 12 people for a work function on a Thursday night around 6pm. We had no problems making our reservation and the place wasn't really overly crowded anyways. The restaurant looks big from the outside, but it's not very deep so it's a strange long narrow space with bathrooms tucked down in the basement below the restaurant.

I thought the ambiance was fine and the service was adequate, but nothing too wonderful or terrible either way. I was a little disappointed in the menu which was a little more high class than I'm used to - maybe it was the French aspect. In any case it was one of those situations where there are 10 dinner options and nothing jumps off the page and everything seems to have one element that you could totally do without. I settled on the steak frites - the frites were delicious and crispy/salty but the steak had too much butter sauce and not enough steak.

It sounded like they had an affordable wine/dinner combo deal for Monday night that might be worth checking out, but other than that I don't think I'd be back unless work was paying again.

21/11/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
160. Jessica D.
Disappointing- mushrooms weren't fresh in the omelet, bread was too hard- you'd expect more- brunch was ok. Great breakfast potatoes though.

15/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
161. Michael C.
This is  a very cool little place for dinner. We walked in without a reservation around 8 to sit at the bar. Bad move; the bar is packed and all the tables are taken except of one small table next to bar that was not set up. One of my kids (she is the one that is quick on her feet and pushy) pointed out the table to the waitstaff who promptly set it up for us. We are doing pretty well so far.

We sit down and in about 2 seconds the bartender (this woman is working like crazy) pops over and takes our drink order. In a flash she is back with an absolutely perfect martini. This experience is going uphill fast.

After giving us some time to look at the menu the super efficient bartender is back for our order.  The best part of course was the food. Again, no disappointments here. Vegetarian lasagna was off the chart as was the frittes (I know this because I stole most of one my kids frittes. Unfortunately I can not attest to the steak since that was well guarded again my stealthy advances). An appetizer of gherkins, mustard, excellent french bread and pate was fantastic.      

Once finished eating we sat over a final glass of wine without any feeling of the staff wanting to rush us to turn the table.  Nice atmosphere, well trained staff and excellent food.

24/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
162. Rachael R.
Waiting in line at the Paramount is for suckers.

Seriously you could be sitting at one of the Bistro's white-papered tables with polishes silverware, being cheerfully served at your table, getting real maple syrup included with your order, having unlimited delicious coffee poured for you.....all right across the street fromt the enormous line at P.

I've recently committed to the waffles. But also love the pancakes.

For two people we almost always spend around $35.

01/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
163. Kristen C.
Greatly enjoyed my numerous visits while residing on Beacon Hill. Very friendly staff (Hazel was especially nice), quick service, and quality food. Would recommend for any meal. Also, hotel is pretty nice and priced well for the area.

12/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
164. Justin K.
Our experience at the Beacon Hill Bistro for lunch was off to a bad start as soon as we walked through the door and the host looked us up and down as if we didn't belong because we were wearing t-shirts and shorts. He then preceded to only give us one word answers as he coldly sat us down at our table. It got better from there though-the waitress was moderately friendly and my cheeseburger with their homemade chips was quite tasty. It still wasn't worth our unfriendly welcome.

15/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
165. Jeff M.
The restaurant was cozy and the service was attentive. The food was very good and the price was surprisingly low ($20-30 for main course while they could have been charging $40+). I would recommend their special honey peppers which were burning hot (literally). The duck breast dish was very creative and delicious with the duck cooked two ways served on the same plate.

Highly recommended.

04/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
166. Mike D.
I went here for lunch.  The setting is very nice and great location. I had a avocado BLT and my date had a western.  Both had a great presentation and excellent taste.  The server was good and cordial.

I will definitely go back!

12/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
167. Jennifer T.
This review is for both the hotel & bistro.

Thanks to the Jetsetter deal, we found this great little place to stay for a long weekend.  Now the rooms are a bit small but that didn't bother us.  It was super cute to us and I loved how minimal it was.  The bathroom was roomy and I loved the organizing containers to put toiletries into so it wasn't laying all over the bathroom.  Only complaint about the room is that I'd prefer a regular showerhead.  So would my husband, who is over 6 feet.  No one likes being cold in the shower.  

So the bistro.  Bonus of staying in this hotel?  Breakfast at the bistro, anything off the menu, is free.  You do have to pay the tip but any decent human being would anyway, right?  The food is good, not stellar.  I had pancakes that were a bit crumbly one morning but not necessarily dry.  I know, didn't make sense to me either.  But anywhere that has only sourdough for toast wins me over.  

We honestly can't wait to go back.  I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Boston!

12/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
168. Fred B.
Went for dinner. Nice atmosphere, fine service, very tasty food. Problem was the portions were extremely small and not at all cheap. Be prepared to order two of everything and spend a ton or eat before you go.

06/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
169. Jessica H.
went bc the restaurant we wanted to go to had too long a line. I split the pancakes and eggs Benedict with my bf. Didnt love the pancakes and the eggs benedict was alright.

20/08/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
170. Ashley E.
I came here with some of my girlfriends on a Saturday night since we wanted to try something new in Beacon Hill and we had an out-of-towner with us. We started with a bottle of wine and the oysters (which were a daily special). The oysters were delicious, but we asked the guy who brought them (not our waiter) if we could have cocktail sauce and saltines. He said he'd send over our waiter, but we waited for a while and she never came back. Eventually, another guy came back with the cocktail sauce, but ran away so fast we didn't get to ask again about the saltines so we went ahead and ate them with just the sauce. I'm glad we ate them because she didn't come back until the plate had been empty for 10 minutes.

For the main dish, I had the Red Snapper and the waitress had no problem subsituting brussel sprouts for the broccoli. The fish was delicious - the outside was crisp and the fish was very flaky. I also loved the sweet potato. One of my friends had the gnocchi and I stole a bite and it was pretty good too, although the look and texture of the gnocchi was different than I expected (they were more elongated shapes and there was more of the other items than there was pasta pieces). At the end of our meal though, we had all cleaned our plates and agreed that we would go back for the food (despite it being fairly expensive).

They left the wine bottle on the table and never refilled our glasses which I found odd. We would wait until our glasses were empty but then we had to refill them ourselves. Not a big deal, but when I'm at a restaurant this nice, I would have expected better service and to see our waitress more often.

They also sat us in the far left of the restaurant which was right next to a side door to the outdoors and the door down to the bathroom. It was annoying to always have the bathroom door opening and closing, and there was a strong, cold draft coming from the outside and it was so cold next to the door that one of my friends had to put on her coat and a guy at the table next to us was joking about trying to start a fire with the candle on his table.

05/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
171. John D.
I have been here twice for brunch and have enjoyed it both times.  They have a great bloody mary, with just the correct amount of spice.  I have had the eggs benedict and the omelot.  You can't go wrong with either.

27/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
172. Nicole V.
This morning Boyfriend was desperate for food, I was desperate for brunch. We went to Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro to satisfy both and were surprised at how much this meal sucked. If you're going to act as a pretentious restaurant, you should back it up with good food and friendly service.

We were seated immediately, which was nice, but it was next to a kids birthday party. Can't blame the kids for screaming and yelling during a birthday party, especially when their parents were the ones (I'm assuming) who made the reservations. Sound carries in this place and the kids were squealing in delight at their gifts. I quickly, and silently, thanked my parents for allowing my childhood birthday celebrations to be at Chuck E. Cheese and not an uppity Beacon Hill restaurant.

The server, Nahuel, came over and asked for our order. And get this--that was the ONLY time he talked to us until he gave us our check. I ordered coffee, French Toast with Cider Braised Apples and a side of 2 eggs over easy. Boyfriend ordered coffee and Smoked Salmon with Dill Potato Salad. When Nahuel brought our coffee, he had spilled it all down the side of my cup and then set it down on the white paper and walked away. No problem dude, I would love to clean off the cup before I can drink out of it.

Our food went to another table because, I assume, it was not our server who delivered it. When it finally found it's way back across the restaurant to our table, I found my $3 each eggs (Yes, I could have purchases 2 dozen eggs at the store for the price of 2 eggs at this restaurant) to be perfectly cooked and my French Toast, while not warm, to be quite delicious. Boyfriend  said his salad "was ok but the potato salad didn't have any flavor. Nothing special." By the time we were done with this meal, our $3 mediocre coffee was long gone and Nahuel no where in sight. I will happily pay $3 for a small cup of coffee--but in most restaurants it comes with at least one refill. Long after we had finished, Nahuel retrieved our plates and brought our bill. This is where he spoke for the second time--"Thanks a lot guys." Thanks a lot? For what, not speaking to the manager on behalf of your bad service? Needless to say, we will not be dining here again. Very disappointed.

30/03/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
173. Amy C.
This place is located in the heart of Beacon Hill, and it's a great brunch place. My girlfriends and I decided to go after the "Make a Stride Against Breast Cancer" walk so we weren't in our Sunday best. When we walked in, the hostess gave us all a look as if thinking, "why are YOU here? You don't belong here." I agree that again we weren't dressed the best because it was pouring rain outside, and we just came from a walk for Breast Cancer for our law school; HOWEVER, I still found it extremely offensive that she would judge us and make it so obvious based on our appearance. We were finally seated after she surveyed the empty room and said, "we'll try to find you a table." The server we got was less than attentive; I had to flag down a bus boy just to ask for more water. THE only reason it's receiving 3 stars from me is because the food is so freaking delicious and the price is reasonable for the portions. I finished my entire meal, and that rarely happens. I opted for their poached egg with hollandaise sauce and side of potatoes ($11). The eggs were perfectly poached so the yolk was still runny. Potatoes were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Don't come here for the service; come here for the food. Ignore the front staff, and you'll have a great time here!

Remember: Don't wear a casual outfit because you wouldn't want the hostess to stare you down the way she did us!

18/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
174. JP L.
I'm sure the food and drinks were lovely; the restaurant and bar were gorgeous. The staff was rude enough that we never found out.

19/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
175. Josephine L.
I'd be willing to go back to try the famous brunch and much-raved-about French toast, but the dinner experience here was definitely underwhelming.

The clientele was sort of snooty and over-dressed for a place whose floor looks like bathroom tiles and I think some of that pretentious snobbery carried over into the overall experience. Our waiter was very cute, attentive and friendly--no complaints--but the host left a lot to be desired, making us wait some 8-odd minutes while he did invisible busywork before finally seating us.

The Roasted Beet Salad with Thyme, Farmer's Cheese, and Shallot Vinaigrette was kind of forgettable and a little bland, even for salad. The Herb Rolled Pappardelle with Braised Chicken, Wild and Exotic Mushrooms, Spring Peas and Ricotta was not as rich as I was expecting (a good thing) but also not salty enough. I am not one of those people who cracks the salt shaker over everything I eat but this dish really needed some sodium. The chicken was well-cooked though, and the mushrooms and snow peas added a delightful crunch.

For drinks, I had the Beacon Hill something--it's a fruity, sweet drink that was tasty but came in way too small a glass with too much ice for $12.

With so many other romantic options for dinner on Charles St, I'd definitely suggest skipping BHHB and heading to, say, Lala Rokh or Toscano or Bin 26 Enoteca instead.

08/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
176. Kristi S.
I was excited to go here for my birthday dinner the other night, but we left  feeling underwhelmed with the staff and sadly disappointed with the food.

Our server seemed annoyed with us from the first introduction up until we left, which really put a damper on our evening. The food came out promptly and as ordered, but we just couldn't help but feel like an intrusion to her night.

All of the food we ordered came out very bland. The appetizer salads seemed intriguing on the menu with different flavored vinaigrettes, etc but the flavor just wasn't there. We both ordered the duck which was cooked well with a nice crispy skin, but the meat was very under seasoned and served on a heap of limp, over-braised dark greens. We ordered the "homemade cream" for dessert which is their house-made ice cream and were disappointed with the texture. It was dry instead of creamy and actually crumbled apart in our spoon when we ate it from all of the ice crystals.

I was really hoping to enjoy this bistro more, but sadly the rude service and sub-par food will prevent us from returning.

30/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
177. Eric S.
I had brunch here, the french toast coffee, and a mimosa. Zero wait to get in, nice decor, good service, not terribly expensive. Loved the food that I had (coffee wasn't great).

Oddly not that expensive - the location and appearance make it look like it would be much fancier and less casual.

07/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
178. Liz B.
Stayed at the inn and ate the bistro this past winter. Winter in Boston is wicked,but this inn was cozy and felt like I was staying at a good friends house. Rooms are small, but a-ok if you're just using it to shower & sleep. My room overlooked an alley so it was quiet and I barely heard any noise except for the other guests on my floor. The room was kept clean and candies beside the bed and water was a nice touch. Again, felt like I was staying at a friends house so it was a pleasurable experience. I was in each night before 11pm so I didn't have an issue with getting in, but I'd think twice about staying here if I knew I'd be staying out past 11pm. I wouldn't feel comfortable waiting in between doors for someone to open the door for me. There should be a key card they trust guests with or have a separate entrance to the inn so there's no concern.

I had breakfast at the bistro which was delicious. And one night had dinner which was one of the better meals I've had in Boston. The staff were pleasant all around.

Would definitely recommend both the inn and the bistro!

20/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
179. erik s.
OMG! Stop already. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results... Having forsworn meals at Bistro months ago I relented and broke my own promise when I was invited to Christmas Day dinner.

I'll cut to the chase. Our meal scored in the fair to bad range. Around us at other tables, food was being sent back for various reasons and at our table one entree, which eventually made its diner seriously ill, was sent back for being undercooked.

There, I've done my part in warning you off meals here.

FYI: I made but one New Year's resolution this year which I will share with you, and that was to not dine at the Beacon Hill Bistro ANYMORE... no matter how convenient its location!

07/01/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
180. Amanda B.
A group of friends and I visited the Bistro for breakfast one morning in February. We settled on the Bistro becaues the Paramount was likely to be too crazy for our party of 5. This was the same day we were seeing five of the nine Best Picture nominees at the AMC theatre, so we knew we needed a hearty breakfast.

Since I'd be living on snacks until dinner, I decided to avoid the pancakes I wanted and go the protein route by getting two eggs with ham (came with potatoes and toast with this delicious jam!!). It was solid. I don't really know how you could screw that up. Everyone else seemed satisfied with their meals as well.

I was glad we chose the Bistro. I wasn't up for the circus-like atmosphere of the Paramount (not a ton of breakfast/brunch options in the area at 8:30am on a Saturday!). It was a classy joint. Felt kind of French in design and the staff was great. And of course, the neighborhood is charming. This would be a good place to take an out-of-town visitor.

21/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
181. Jessica N.
"I have to say that I truly enjoyed my stay here while in Boston for the weekend. The rooms are very cozy but spacious; each of the rooms have a special custom name. The hotel has a deck area on the top floor with a beautiful view of the street. I wanted to just unwind and get some alone time with a good book for a little bit and enjoy some sun, and sitting up here with a glass of chardonnay was pure bliss! The location for shopping is perfect- a lot of small boutiques nearby at not a far walking distance. I had dinner here as well- the Scituate scallops dish with roasted carrots and hazelnuts that was extremely unique but delicious. I have stayed at some larger hotels in Boston before but I am glad to say I tried the BHHB. It is a refreshing change from the hotels that I am used too. I would come back for the food alone!"

15/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
182. Harry S.
Had dinner at Beacon Hill Bistro last Wednesday evening with my wife and daughter. We were attracted to the restaurant because of the great atmosphere and very good sounding menu but the serving sizes, even for the 'large' plates were very small.
The kale salad lacked taste and wasn't roasted properly, the special lamb chops in harissa marinade actually lacked flavor. I was attracted to this because the waiter said the chef had 'broken down the lamb in-house this morning' and I love a chef that does their own butchering! Disappointing.
The highlight of the evening was the duck 'large plate' which couldn't have been more than 2 or 3 ozs of duck breast. Our daughter loved it but commented that this was the first duck dish she had ever finished, was too small to share and would have loved to have some for left-overs. Clearly it was very good but for $27, there shouldn't be that little of it!

14/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
183. Ann G.
My boyfriend and I made reservations for our Valentine's Dinner this year at BHB.  They were serving a prix fixe meal which looked pretty good and when we were making reservations they still had the key times available.

I felt the overall atmosphere of the place was more casual than I expected, but still nice.  I enjoyed the bistro feel but felt it was out of place with the prices on the menu.  At any rate, the place was hopping and they were understaffed for some reason so the service was more two-star, but since our waitress was trying so hard to handle so many tables I figured why deduct the overall stars.  I hope next year they plan for a bigger crowd on V-Day and have some more staff on hand.

The food was quite good and I enjoyed the menu.  There was an oyster amuse bouche, I ordered the gnocchi for an appetizer, the beef for dinner and a mexican chocolate torte for dessert.  My bf got a duck mousse for the appetizer, the duck for dinner and had a rose rice pudding for dessert.  Overall the dishes were well done, the duck was especially delicious, and came out quite quickly (too quickly at times).  The wine pairing were well done.

My feeling is that if others wanted to enjoy dinner at BHB I would certainly come along, but nothing was so fantastic that I would have to return.  Four stars for a well done meal and a waitress who tried really hard.

21/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
184. Adriana H.
I recently spent a weekend at the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro with a few of my friends. The hotel was very clean, and the staff were super friendly and helpful with pointing me in the direction of some Boston Hot spots. This hotel was a great choice, because it was within walking distance of the Boston Common. We found ourselves spending sometime on their outdoor patio because the weather was very accommodating. Since we stayed on a weekend we were lucky enough to catch the bistro's brunch my sister and I split the House Made Muesli with Yogurt and Seasonal Fruit, and Smoked Salmon with Dill Potato Salad, Grilled Onions, and Greens, both choices were fresh and a great way to start our day! Overall we found that this was an excellent choice for a relaxing weekend in Boston that included good service, good food, and a good place to stay when traveling to Boston.

22/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
185. K. D.
Great location, fantastic breakfast.
I stayed here with my husband for about 4 nights.  The hotel is a little pricey and the rooms are small - really small, but we loved the location.  The staff was very friendly and responsive.  The complimentary breakfast in the bistro is fantastic.  The room is nicely decorated, comfortable bed, nice bathroom and shower.  Drawbacks:  The hotel requires a full week notice for any changes or cancellations.  Also, the street is noisy and the internet connection in our room was almost non-existent.  I still give it 4 stars though because I found the location to be so perfect and the hotel and bistro were  very charming.  I would stay here again.

02/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
186. Wesley M.
Great brunch spot if you can't stand the wait at the Paramount.

My girlfriend and I had to catch a bus and didn't have time to wait at P so we snuck into BHHB and had a nice breakfast. It's definitely a classy atmosphere and the hosts and servers are very prompt and accommodating. I never had to ask for a drink refill nor condiments. Everything was taken care of. I recommend the mushroom omelette (toast and homemade orange marmalade that comes with it is amazing) and the vanilla pancakes with caramelized bananas.

16/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
187. Debra L.
Decent, if slightly overpriced, breakfast spot. Have only been here twice and have only had breakfast each time.  

The homefries are deep fried and taste like little square french fries. Totally unhealthy and totally delicious. There is only one toast option but it's a really nice sourdough bread. The omelettes are well made with nice ingredients like spinach and sauteed mushrooms. The eggs are poached nicely.

It's all well done here but the atmosphere is a little bland. Perfect spot if you're in the area though and you don't want to wait in line at the Paramount.

19/02/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
188. Tiffany Y.
My two friends and I wandered over here for brunch around 11am because there was a line going out the door at Paramount.  Plus, we hadn't seen each other in awhile and were looking for a place to sit (and it didn't look like we would have gotten that at Paramount even if we had waited in line to get food).

They told us we'd have to wait about 10-15 minutes for a table, so we sat by this lovely fireplace right next to the hostess.  We ordered the french toast for the table (wow... bread was light and fluffy and not overly sweet) and I ordered the poached eggs.  Yum.

19/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
189. Andrew P.
Definitely a restaurant experience not worth having!  My mother was visiting so I thought I'd try this place out as their menu online looked good.  The greeting at the door was less than stellar to start.  Next problem, the menu online was not the menu I was presented with when we sat down.  There were some items on the menu that I liked, which was the reason I specifically chose this restaurant.  Moving along.  We both ordered and our meal was presented to us in less than 10 minutes.  One would think this is a good thing, however to me this screams pre-prepared meals.

I ordered the scallops with Israeli couscous.  My scallops were cooked nicely, but were not cleaned well as each one of them had a considerable amount of grit that made you feel as if you were eating sand with your meal.  The presentation of the plate was messy and there was virtually no couscous.  This meal was $29!!!!  I wouldn't pay $10 if I were have been able to see it prior.  For dessert, we shared the lavender creme brulee.   Although very tasty, it was clearly old and had been sitting in a refrigerator for days.  The brulee on the top was chewy to say the least.  Those who love creme brulee know that the best part is the crunchy caramelized sugar top to the dish.  Upon leaving, the two hostesses were too involved in their own conversation to even thank us for coming....don't worry, I won't be back.

Two entrees, two glasses of wine and one dessert, $100.  DEFINITELY NOT WORTH IT!!!  So many much better restaurants, even on the same street.

13/04/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
190. Rachel H.
Bistro review: very inattentive service, terrible experience

I recently had a delicious dinner made very unpleasant by a four or five-year old child right beside me at the next table watching tv on her iPad without headphones, sometimes at full volume and always very audibly. This might not bother me at casual place or very early meal but this a 7:30 dinner where my table spent about $80 per person.

Other diners seemed to be disturbed as well so I tried to politely ask the parents to move the child to an open seat the end of their table that was further from other tables. I was rudely rebuffed and the volume turned down to the half-way for a only a moment. They lingered over coffee, staying late with the child. There was no relief. The BHHB waiter, polite but generally inattentive, could hear and see the iPad but said nothing about it.

I was really disappointed with my experience and would discourage anyone from visiting Beacon Hill Bistro. I felt disrespected not only by the rude neighbors and the staff who made no attempt to control the atmosphere in their beautiful space.

03/03/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
191. Richard A.
BHB has lots of potential and, for that reason, my wife and I have gone there several times despite the inconsistent service and food quality.  Last night was the last straw.  We took a friend of ours from out of town, and all of us were very disappointed.

I ordered parsnip and apple soup, duck and chocolate cream tarlette with beet ice cream.  My wife ordered a salad first, also the duck and we shared the dessert.  Our friend ordered a beet salad and tagliatelli.    To start with, the soup came with serving of about 3 tablespoons (ok, maybe it was 4).  I asked the waiter whether this was the normal serving size for an appetizer advertised at $8.00.  He took the soup and returned with a slightly larger serving--we're talking about, maybe 6 tablespoons, and it was cold.  I ate what there was of it; good but nothing to write home about.  

The duck came next--one slice of breast meat and confit (one small leg).  I have to say that the flavors were excellent, but for $27. couldn't they serve a couple of slices of breast meat?  I mean, we're talking really small portions, both for me and my wife.  The dessert just didn't work.  The chocolate cream was almost tasteless and the beet ice cream interesting, but not in a complimentary kind of way.  Our friend's order of tagliatelli was also micro, but it only cost $14.

My wife and I frequently eat out and don't mind paying for quality and reasonable portions.  The final tab, including a bottle of unexceptional Barbera, with tip was slightly over $200., a bit much for an overall mediocre meal that left us still hungry.  The final straw was that the restaurant apparently charged us an additional dollar for the extra few spoonsful of soup!

30/11/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
192. pam c.
I'm a tour guide and sometimes at the end of a long tour, especially when I'm about to go on my first day of vacation, I like to go in to restaurants in downtown Boston and have a meal by myself. Beacon Hill Bistro is one of my favorite places to do this. When I went on Monday, they showed me to a nice banquette in the corner, so I wouldn't be sandwiched between noisy parties of 6. Thank you!  The server was attentive and, when I mentioned that a Hendricks Gin and Tonic should have a cucumber garnish, she went back and corrected the situation.

My desired hamburger was not on the dinner menu, so I decided to have a salad with a beet terrine ( which I originally mis-read as "beef" terrine), with a horseradish-y sauce on it. It was delicious--firm and sweet, and flavorful. The rolls were hot, the salad was fresh, and the spiced Brussels Sprouts, though they could have been a bit more tender ( not mushy, just not quite so crunchy), had a lovely flavor.

I love the ambiance as well. The low light, and the long window along Charles street make for a cozy feeling without any sense of claustrophobia which can often occur in spaces that are long and narrow, as this one is.

28/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
193. Julie B.
So I'll start with the positives:

The wine was really good.
The steak was cooked exactly as I like it.
There was a family with a little boy wearing sunglasses around his neck attached by one of those rubber strings. Super cute!

I might have given this place two stars if my expectations weren't higher. With $20-$30 entrees and a Charles Street location, I thought this place would be good!

I ordered the steak frites and the fries were basically generic frozen fries: McDonalds style. On the side was literally just a bunch of edible leaves. No dressing. They were flavorful enough, but it was weird.

My friend ordered the scallops and couscous. While I didn't try any of it, the presentation was horrible - as if they just dumped everything on the plate.

My other friend ordered the DUCK and was presented with the SALMON. The server apologized and offered to buy her a drink, but we all had to wait while they prepared the new meal. As we waited, my McDonalds fries got cold. They waited a while to bring out the food, but not as long as it would have likely taken to prepare, so they probably grabbed a plate already made from the kitchen.

So meh. Also, my steak was filling, but the girls I was with were still starving and ready to go for burgers after dinner. Really not worth it.

08/06/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
194. Breanna B.
We might have gone overboard, but this was a brunch for the ages. My brother goes to Emerson so we did a quick walk around town to find a good brunch spot. I wanted to treat him to something nice since he's accustomed to dining hall food. Upon walking in to BHHB, there was no wait, but the place was packed. Good timing to say the least. We went all out ordered coffees, mimosas, bloody marys and OJ to wet our whistles. Then came the actual meals. Quite perfect I must say. We each ordered a dish, but shared several bites among the three of us and may have indulged and ordered some extras - Eggs Benedict, the Country Frittata, the Mushroom & Swiss Omelet and the special Apple Crisp French Toast. All delectable - it was actually a little embarrassing getting a glimpse at our table as we devoured more food than we needed, but I was on vacation so I threw my inhibitions out the door. Totally worth it. I was full until dinner, even after walking through the whole city. This meal was pure energy. My main dish was the eggs benedict (I believe it was a special?) and boy, was it tasty. The meat was crispy, but a nice thick cut. The homefries were fried, like cubed french fries. Sold right there.  The coffee was strong and the bloody mary packed some kick to it. Also, the toast is not your run of the mill loaf of bread... rather homemade thick sliced, crusty french bread. Both the frittata and the omelet were great egg breakfast dishes. I only had a couple bites to taste, but my brother conquered his frittata and my boyfriend ate until he couldn't anymore, even though he wanted so badly to finish the rich french toast they so desperately needed to order. Although a bit pricier than most brunch spots, it was a welcome change from the norm. It's also bright with large windows so it felt very much like vacation with the bright, airy feel of the cozy restaurant space.

27/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
195. G S.
We tried a pre fixe coupon special that promised us a dinner for two for $100, valued at $200 (the coupon provided a break down of the "actual" value of each entree, which seemed way overpriced). Our helpful waitress warned us that the portions would be small, but after receiving our third plate which had a patty the size of a half dollar coin in the middle, we decided we better keep eating bread.

After eating four slices each, we were barely full - our 'final' entree (we chose teh vegetarian option) was a small piece of butternut squash surrounded by lentils. The dessert was the most filling dish of all, but of course, a meal that is not satisfying doesn't end well with a good-sized dessert. We are used to fine dining portions, especially for pre fixe menus, but these were were actually minuscule. The value of this meal was barely $50 per person - we are not large people with unruly appetites - just an average Boston couple looking to enjoy new flavors and feel satisfied after our meal. Don't think we'll return.

30/03/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
196. Jeff F.
Came in here for brunch and was disappointed - soggy french toast that came out late, errors on the order, service was way off - poor communication.

Skip BHB

17/06/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
197. Jacob G.
Very poor service, especially on a Saturday night. We weren't in a rush but it took forever to get our server's attention. Food was good, not great. Nice ambiance, not too loud or quiet and great location. I would skip it next time - stick with brunch there only.

19/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
198. Eva W.
Cute, sunny seating area. The food was decent but nothing special. Service was on the slower side, but then again we had a pretty large group.

Everyone enjoyed a round of mimosas and coffee, ah the brunch staples. Foodwise, the french toast was the fav of the brunch, but it wasn't spectacular. My poached eggs on brioche was a close second. Two friends who had the roasted mushroom omelet thought it was okay but kind of tasteless. Neither of two other friends liked the scrambled eggs with salmon - they found the eggs very rubbery. The breakfast sausage was kind of nasty.

When it came time to pay, the waitress took away the check and came back after 15 min and said they could only split among 4 credit cards...Why didn't she just say that to begin with?

18/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
199. Ann C.
Stopped in for Sunday brunch at the bar, and it was fantastic!  The onion soup was quite flavorful without being overly salty, the French toast was the best I've had in a while, topped with cinnamon apples and creme fraiche, and the frittata was perfectly prepared and delicious.  The highlight, however, was the atmosphere and service.  This is apparently a place the locals go, and it's easy to see why.  The bartender, Francie, made us feel entirely welcome.  In addition to having top-notch cocktail skills, she introduced us to the regulars and included us in the easy banter going on between everyone there. It was the kind of relaxing and satisfying meal we look forward to when we eat at our regular places in NY, and if we lived in Beacon Hill, we'd definitely be frequent fixtures here.

01/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
200. Sarah M.
Both the hostess and (I presume) the manager were incredibly rude when our party of 4 walked in on a Saturday night when there were several empty tables. We were told we couldn't be seated for an hour, walked outside, made a reservation in 10 minutes and walked back in. The hostess' response? "I suppose we have no choice but to seat them now."

The food certainly wasn't so spectacular as to overlook the poor service.

01/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
201. Kiki P.
Disclaimer: This review is for Brunch ONLY at the Bistro

Food: 4/5
Bacon: 5/5
Bloody Mary: 2/5

Beacon Hill Bistro is one of the best brunch places I have been to in all of Boston. The French Toast with Cider Braised Apples and Spiced Crème Fraîche  is the best French Toast in the area! The sweet and sour taste of the crunchy apples goes so perfectly well with the delicious French Toast. The spiced cream gives a elegant finish. And I top all of my dishes off with bacon because I am just a little obsessed...the bacon at this bistro is extra smokey and extra delicious!

For egg dishes, I have tried the Poached Eggs with Smoked Ham, Toasted Brioche, and Herb Hollandaise. This is well yet another phenomenal combination. Toasted brioche is light and fluffy and goes so well with the poached eggs. The smoked ham is truly smokey, which puts a unique touch on this eggs benedict.

I think I may become a regular at Beacon Hill Bistro, for Brunch at least. I will update this review once I have tried dinner.

18/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
202. Doug G.
Dinner review. The hummus appetizer was almost flavorless. The gnocchi was salty. The steak frites arrived cold. Very slow service. Huge disappointment given the price of the restaurant. Don't waste your money.

04/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
203. Beantown Foodie M.
I have been looking for an excuse to visit BHHB and last Sunday I finally reserved brunch with a friend there and now I cannot wait to go back! I really enjoyed it for a number of reasons. The menu had a delicious variety with a few interesting egg dishes, pancakes and french toast. I tried the Smoked Salmon with Dill Potato Salad, Grilled Onions, and Greens and couldn't get over the flavor combination. My friend ordered the Poached Eggs with Smoked Ham, Toasted Brioche, and Herb Hollandaise and I stole a few bites of hers as well. Yum! The presentation of both our dishes was delightful and the cozy ambiance was the perfect way to begin our Sunday in the city.

I didn't realize how close BHHB was to the Charles River--it is just a few minutes of walking down Charles Street with all its rustic charm and cute shops to the waterfront! Our relaxing stroll along the river after brunch was an added plus to our morning!

The service was very attentive and friendly, our meals were fresh, mouth-watering and generous portions and the location is prime! This Beacon Hill gem absolutely gets the seal of approval from this Beantown Foodie... I  am even thinking about making another trip back this weekend!

30/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
204. BT H.
Very disappointing brunch on Saturday, makes me think there's been a change in management. No record of reservation made three weeks before, slow service, spilled in serving, and the most plain banal food. It is hard to believe it was the same place that used to be so delightful for a special meal on Charles Street. Nothing lasts forever I guess.

20/04/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
205. Danielle L.
Disclaimer: Reviewing the Bistro only

I read a lot of reviews before we went to dinner at BHHB, I was a little worried to go here since the average rating put it at about a 3...not a good way to start a meal that's going to be rather expensive. My brother lives on Beacon Hill and wanted us all to try the restaurant when we were in town. We made reservations for 7:30pm on Saturday night and arrived, got seated with no problem. Our waitress came to get our drink order but never told us her name...oh well, not that I really care but was just surprised. She told us the Pork dish was limited (1 left) so if we wanted it, to order ASAP...my husband ended up ordering this.

She explained the menu which was slightly confusing as well as the Forgotten Greens. Menu was printed same day which made me feel confident everything is very fresh. We started with appetizers/salads: Gravlax (smoked salmon), Endive Salad, Beet Salad, Raw Oysters and the Mussels and Tagliatelle. With no exaggeration, all 5 of us cleaned our plates completely! Also to mention, the bread bowl consisted of 3 different types of bread, raisin, sourdough type and white.

For our main entree, 3 of my party at the Duck Breast served over the Forgotten Greens, like I said my husband had the Pork Shoulder (pull apart tenderness) and I had the Free Range Chicken Breast with Farro. And again....our plates were all completely clean...even the parsley garnish was eaten! We all enjoy food and will spend the extra money to enjoy something spectacular. When the food arrived, the portions are pretty small, but they really are the perfect size so you don't leave stuffed. I do not think service was slow at all, we were tended to and given everything we needed promptly. Every table was full, so it's not like we were there at an "off" time. We enjoyed dessert and coffee and were on our way. $300 for a family of 5 with apps and entrees and desserts and a bottle of Barbera D'Alba ($45), without the tip.

Of the 5 days, 4 nights we spent in Boston...this was my favorite meal. I'm glad I didn't let Yelp dictate my choice to go here (as I don't usually). But we had a wonderful experience and are so glad we tried it!

*decor is nice, modern, casual...jeans are acceptable but so are slacks. I believe there was a small bar area (I don't remember as we didn't have time to sit there).

28/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
206. Corey L.
I've been to the Bistro a number of times to wine and dine applicants to my program, often not paying. I've also been here for breakfast. I've always been very happy with the food, but it's pricey.
Good food that you're paying for. Also very fancy and nice inside. Always great service.

22/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
207. Richard C.
Beacon Hill Bistro
February 20th, 2014 by Richard Chudy

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It'd probably be simpler if we could ignore price and just focus on the quality of the burger in hand. In some ways, price is just one factor of many, but it's always something to think about, especially when that price tag slowly creeps higher and higher. But the flavor of the beef can often trump the price tag, within reason of course, and that beef better be damn great to be worthy of semi-frequent visits. The Beacon Hill Bistro burger launches off at $16, which comes with a side of fries and a red eye aioli (more on that later), and nothing else. Upgrading with cheese (cheddar or blue) will set you back $2, as will the bacon of the day. Of course I went with both, and for all you math majors out there, that comes to a grand total of $20. But how was it?

Nestled into a soft English Muffin, which appeared to have a small bite removed from the front, the burger is loosely packed, grilled and definitely on the thicker side of things. I'm not sure the English Muffin is the proper choice here, as the patty is simply too tall and hefty, causing the English Muffin to kind of crumble at times, but that's mostly due to one hell of a juicy burger. The beef, I must say, is one of the top three beefy burger experiences I've had to date. Seasoned flawlessly, cooked even better (a perfect medium-rare across the board) this burger is crazy juicy from start to finish and wouldn't give up. The taste of the grill is there, not in an overly charred way, just balanced, smoky and delightful. Ground daily from sirloin and copious amounts of beef fat (sometimes with the additions of brisket and/or short rib), it's an 8oz. burger done right in every which way. A side of piping hot fries are dusted with herbs; they arrive nice and salty and are crispy and ever so fluffy. The bacon of the day on this day was a Mangalitsa guanciale, a salt, pepper and herb cured piece of jowl that is dried then sliced raw. It's like eating the straight-up fat on a strip of bacon, cut just too thick for my liking, and not fully melting on top like was intended, similar to a piece of lardo. Still, I applaud the effort in doing something different with the bacon family, and creativity gets points even if the execution didn't fully do it for me. Cheddar cheese is slightly detectable but if I had to do it again, I'd probably omit, wishing it was included in the regular $16 price tag. It was the rare time where cheese didn't necessarily add anything to the burger. Red Eye Aioli was just fine, a little light on both on the espresso and the chili oil front flavor-wise, but much like the bacon, the effort of doing something outside the box will always yield an appreciation.

If you did strip down this burger for the basic package of $16 with a side of fries, you'd be in burger purist heaven. Cheese and bacon are generally automatics, but in this case, they almost get in the way of the beefy endeavor that awaits. Right up there with the beef from all the other greats like Craigie on Main and Back Bay Social Club, Beacon Hill Bistro makes a hell of a beefy burger. Is it worth $20? I'm not sure any burger truly is, but this one is easily deserving of hanging with the top notch fancy burgers in town.

20/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
208. Alexandra S.
I've been to this pretty bistro for lunch several times over the past few years and in general it's been a pleasant experience.
I took a friend there yesterday for lunch to congratulate her on a new job.

We arrived right around noon and there were only a couple of tables filled.
The restaurant is long and narrow with a charming black and white tile floor, dark wood and the overal ambiance of a true French bistro.  

This establishment also includes an attached boutique hotel and while I've never stayed there, photos of the rooms look lovely.

The bistro serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner with most of the menu showcasing typical French bistro fare.

Some of the lunch options include: Frisee salad with soft poached egg with anchovy vinaigrette, lentil and farro pave with baby spinach, moules frites with leeks, a fresh chevre omelet and steak frites.

My friend ordered the steak salad and I ordered the roasted eggplant, pepper and Gruyere sandwich which came with polenta "fries", and a mesclun salad on the side.

There is a nice looking wine list but we drank iced teas.

My friend said her steak salad was good.  It certainly was a nice-sized portion attarctively plated.  I really enjoyed my veggie sandwich which was served toasted and more like a panino which was to my liking.

As a polenta fan, I loved how they cut it into squares and fried the pieces for a "fries" effect.  However these "fries" didn't pair well with the small ramekin of ketchup with which they were served.
I think perhaps a rosemary infused olive oil and vinegar mixture might have been a better accompaniment although they were fine eaten just plain.

While I like very little salad dressing dressing to begin with, there was none at all on the mesclun greens on the plate.   They were just a dry little green heap.

As we sat there, the place did fill up but nonetheless the service was attentive while not being obtrusive.  Water and iced tea glasses were filled regularly.

The prices are a little high and once again as is typical for this area the excuse will be that this is Beacon Hill.  
Overall this place is more of a 3.5 rounded up to 4.  A little more focus on the plating and accompaniments and it would be a solid 4.

It's a good option in the neighborhood where other lunch places tend not to be as nice and usually feel more chaotic.  
Apparently if you stay at the hotel, there are packages which include breakfasts and dinners at the bistro.  Might be nice deal for someone wanting to stay in the Beacon Hill area when visiting Boston.

12/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
209. John B.
I don't have anything awful to say about this spot unfortunately I don't have anything great to say either.  I think I had higher hopes for a Beacon hill restaurant.  The food was good, but not amazing.  The service I have to say was better than average, our waitress was very friendly and attentive.  Not to sound cheesy but the place was just missing something that I can't put my finger on.  I wouldn't dissuade anyone from trying it but I feel that there are better options with similar cuisine in the city.

09/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
210. Halley H.
We came here on a Friday night around 7:30 and had no wait. Gotta love Open Table! The food was excellent and service was attentive and informative. We had the oysters, gravlox, andouille sausage, and white fish cake for small plate appetizers. For the main dish, I was deciding between the gnocchi and the duck. The server recommended the duck because the restaurant is known for their steak and duck dishes. I was so falls we picked that. Everything was great -- especially the duck. For dessert, we tried the Creme brûlée and chocolate layered cake. My friend loved the Creme brûlée, and he's a huge Creme brûlée fan. I loved the chocolate cake. It was as good as they get. The server brought over the check without being asked, which I definitely appreciate. Overall the experience was perfect. I have no complaints -- hence the five star review!

18/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
211. Gemma K.
They call him Bond, Jason Bond: so my hosts told me when they took me to lunch at Beacon Hill Bistro, about the chief chef in culinary charge there. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the term "eclectic" came into my brain.

As far as the location, it is very prime. Charles Street is accessible to so many touristy spots. The bistro is charming, very cozy and warm, and so very French. I was looking forward to a great lunch.

We hit the prime time of lunch time drama: it was very busy. Our server seemed to be overtaxed; so we waited a bit even for our drink orders. The wine selection was pretty ample, as options for lunch go.

I ordered the spicy greens with radish, shallots, and a cheese crumble, to start and it came with a fruity vinaigrette. I really enjoyed it and I believe it was $8.00 -- not large but tasty. My friends both ordered the raw oysters and those were gone in 10 seconds.

I think what was tough for me is that I really struggled on my "lunch" decision. Make no mistake, the options sounded very intriguing but I seemed to always find one item in each dish that I really didn't care for.

Enter Mr. Bond. (Or at least that's who I think it was though he looked more like a computer social network mastermind.) He concocted a wonderful pasta for me with wild mushrooms, basil and parsley, and gently tossed with grated cheese. It was great.

My colleagues ordered a mini duck confit tureen and both proclaimed it as "masterful". Well, okay, but I was simply happy with my own dish. Our little group got the wrong bill at the conclusion. But the Beacon Hill Bistro is so cool; I'm sure there are positives at all the other seatings.

As for Mr. Bond: he is good to go for keeping his current day job. Thanks!

04/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
212. Rob B.
restaurant:  
Really good new american/french bistro food.  Fresh seasonal ingredients at dinner, and a selection of interesting and classic cocktails.  The steak frites I had were quite good.  The fries were fairly traditional frites - thin, crispy and salty (in a good way).  The steak was done how I asked, was tender and delicious.  If I had a complaint, it's that I would have liked a little more caramelization/browning on the outside of the steak.

Breakfast is also very good.  It's been well covered in reviews, so I'll leave it at that.

Hotel:  
Very cute, 12 room inn in a terrific neighborhood.  The rooms are reasonably sized, and comfortable.  It's an old building, so there are quirks.  You can choose to complain about this or say it adds to the charm and character.  I choose the latter.  I would and will come back.

18/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
213. Jared S.
Came for my birthday dinner a few weeks ago.  Had a Saturday 8p reservation and the place was nearly empty.  The waitress was fantastic and service otherwise was top notch, but I just didn't think the food was that great.  

We did a "tapas" style dinner and had the charcuterie, crudo, sausage, beet terrine, scallops, and squash.  Don't get me wrong, it was all *good,* but there are so many places in the city we could have gone for a better meal.  Normally I'll at least be able to say that one dish was the winner and one dish was the loser...but all of the dishes were so wildly mediocre that it's hard to pick a favorite or least favorite.

24/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
214. Clay N.
I love small neighborhood places especially for lazy Sunday morning brunch and Beacon Hill Bistro does not disappoint! It's usually less crowded than the neigbohood spot Paramount across the street. The food was good - we shared an omeltte with the potatoes baked inside and a delicious sweet french toast - I'm a big fan of the savory & sweet brunch share and Beacon Hill Bistro is a good option for that combination. Coffee was good and service was very friendly. I would definitely come here again and would reccommend it if you're in the Beacon Hill area.

31/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
215. John R.
I give this Bistro 0 stars. My girlfriend and I just came from there, and I might have just had the worst restaurant experience in my life. Problems started at the pouring of my coffee. Had to wait at least 10 minutes for cream. Then I had no spoon. Then my breakfast came and my girlfriends was a mushroom omelet, which who knows why that came when she ordered poached eggs. Doesn't even sound the same. So she waited another 15 to 20 minutes for that to come out. Now while that's taking place no return to our table for a refill of water or to even ask if we needed anything. If I needed something I had to wait until I saw her and ask her to come by. I will never go to this restaurant again. Not even if it were free. Did I mention that when my girlfriend's meal finally came out it was awful too. Frozen potato's and a clinched fist garnish. Place is horrible and I wouldn't take a dog there. Wooo. Glad I could vent to you. And I'm glad my girlfriend paid to because she said I looked like my head was about to explode when I saw that they didn't feel like the bill needed any adjustments at all either. Turns out I have to give this place at least one star because I can't give it what I would like to give it which would be NEGATIVE 5!!!!

01/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
216. Reem K.
Today was my second visit to this great place. People here are so welcoming and easy to deal with. They give you all the time you need and they help to choose from the menu.

Today I went for Brunch and we ordered scrambled egg with Salmon, penne pasta with marinara sauce I think, and French toast. Everyone was so happy about the food and the warm lovely place. The pasta was flavor-full. The French toast crispy but moist and fluffy from the inside. And the egg was so yummy , just the perfect combination.

I guess I'm going back to this place so soon !

14/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
217. Alysse F.
I have been to this place multiple times. If you want good food and awful service go to the beacon hill bistro. If you want to wait 30 min before they take your order you came to the right place.

04/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
218. Meg K.
No bad experiences here, but nothing spectacular either. I go back because its convenient. I wouldn't make a trip to Beacon Hill just to have a meal at BHHB though.

Brunch is best way to enjoy BHHB. It's right across the street from the circus that is Paramount. For only about $3 more per plate, you can upgrade your brunch experience from Paramount to BHHB, where you'll have no wait or a short wait, and  fancier entree options. The food here isn't anything to write home about. Eggs benedict and french toast are both delicious, but not special.

I went for dinner once. I had a lovely meal of a beet terrine appetizer and steak frites. The beer terrine was one of the few creative options I've seen there. App and entree were both very good. The place is pricey, but it's in line with other restaurants nearby.

21/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
219. D S.
Delicious breakfast!  My husband devoured the French toast.  It was so yummy that we all wanted to eat it, too.  I ordered the salmon eggs which were savory and good.  The kids loved their vanilla pancakes, too.  The service was good, as well.  The location is convenient to Public Garden which is so beautiful and Commons and the capital.  Also, on the same street as cute locally owned shops.

23/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
220. Metropolitan F.
The other weekend I went to Beacon Hill Bistro for brunch. A friend recommended it so I thought I would give it a shot. Once we got seated and looked at the menu the couple next to us told us "do not order the salmon and crème fresh omelet." The woman took the inside out of the omelet and it looked disgusting. The waitress didn't even ask why she didn't eat her meal. However, the customer did say something and the meal was removed from the bill. I'm sure that couple will not be returning!

Now onto our meal, we both ordered the mushroom omelet served with potatoes and sourdough bread. The mushrooms were rubbery and poorly seasoned. I truly think the eggs were from a carton and not real fresh eggs. We barely ate our meal and to no surprise the waitress did not ask if anything was wrong. This restaurant has very poor service in the food industry. If I had to say something positive about this meal, I would say that the potatoes and bread were decent. I enjoy a good brunch on a Saturday morning but this restaurant did not meet my standards. I use open table for reservations and was disappointed to see that they don't have availability after 9:30AM on the weekends.

I would rate this restaurant a 2 out of 5 stars.

06/11/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
221. Elysia M.
My go-to restaurant in Boston. Excellent food and ambience in Beacon Hill. I have a few (kind of major) allergies - gluten, cow's milk, and nuts, they always do a great job accommodating me, without compromising flavor.

24/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
222. A R.
In my opinion the service was incredibly rude. We asked for a table upon arrival, the hostess said curtly that they were fully booked. She did not venture to ask whether we had a reservation, which we did.

Subsequently, when we tried to get some water after being in the uncomfortably warm dining room, the waiter's response was something to the effect of 'whadda ya want'... not the more conventional 'your server will be right over'.

When our server finally arrived his reaction was so bizarre that we didn't even know what to do. We had literally sat down and were waiting for service, his question was 'what can I do for you?'.... I dunno, maybe welcome us to the restaurant, maybe tell us about the menu, maybe ask us what we want to drink? The situation escalated and when we said we thought we should leave we were met with no resistance. The hostess turned out to be the manager who was uninterested in learning about how the service had forced two potential customers out the door (with a fixed price menu and a set 18 percent gratuity). This establishment appears to have little interest in the experience of its customers. We were looking forward to a charming Christmas dinner, but could not overcome the wall of frosty service. We went elsewhere. This place needs to rethink how it approaches customer service.

25/12/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
223. Julia V.
Screw the Paramount and its long lines, run, don't walk, across the street to BHHB for your breakfast. Hands down the BEST French toast I've had in my Entire life! They were fluffy, moist, and slightly crispy, tasted almost like a fresh yummy donut (in a good way). Also, they were covered in delicious tender Carmelized apples. My partner had the bananas covered vanilla pancakes which were also very good but definitely weren't as great as the French toast.

The decor is classy and the butter is whipped, definitely a place to bring the parents. Ill be dreaming to come back again..

01/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
224. Brian K.
THE SERVICE WAS AWFUL.
Am I allowed to leave zero stars?  If I could I would.  
My girlfriend and I were denied service at the end of our meal. It was a late night for us as we attended a dance show before dinner but we were on time according to our reservation.
At the point in the meal when we asked to see the desert menu we were abruptly informed that the kitchen had closed and desert and coffee were not an option. Just like that.
I was annoyed because it was simply bad form but also because we were celebrating our two year anniversary together and we had just spent over $320 on our meal up to this point. The least our waitress could have done was inform us earlier that the kitchen was closing but that didn't happen.
When I pursued the issue with the manager she would not budge and only gave us attitude and a cold espresso.
REALLY BAD EXPERIENCE.

04/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
225. Joshua S.
Excellent conversation and generous response from owner Peter Rait today. A personal phone call, apology, and generous spirit. I'll come back.

05/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
226. Tom A.
We had an excellent brunch here. Everything was top notch. Service, food, price, coffee and mimosas!The scramble with creame freche was the best. The side of bacon was the best I have had. We would definitely come back.

11/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
227. Gus M.
We live very close to this restaurant and never tried their brunch.  We went a couple weeks ago for brunch and then again this past weekend because we liked it so much the first time.   Great coffee and freshly squeezed juices and plenty of choices on their breakfast and brunch menu.  Wife had the waffles (which they stop serving at 10am) and I had the Fritatta.

30/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
228. Julia W.
I would like to respond to the review sent in by AR. My family and I were sitting at the table next to them, trying to enjoy the end to a wonderful Christmas dinner. They had been sitting for less than 3 minutes before they rudely summoned a waiter over to complain they had not been given any water. The waiter promptly returned and again, the two men complained they had been waiting for a long time with no service. When their actual waiter arrived (less than 2 minutes later) and apologized for the delay, the conversation escalated rather quickly, as one of the men said "we had a reservation, you knew we were coming, I have no sympathy for you." After which they proceeded with the charade of "should we leave? I think we should just leave." My table and the family on the other side of two men were happy to see them go because their rude behavior made everyone feel very uncomfortable.
My family and I have been going to this restaurant for over ten years for Christmas dinner. We have always found the service to be efficient and accommodating, and their food to be absolutely delicious! However, this year the desserts were not quite up to the standards of the dinner as they had reverted to Thanksgiving-style pies. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant if you are seeking a lovely meal and atmosphere for Christmas dinner.

30/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
229. Dee M.
My daughter and I had an amazing dinner at the Beacon Hill Bistro.  My daughter had the Fried Green Tomatoes with Basil Aioli to start with and the Gnocchi for an entree, which she absolutely enjoyed.  I had the Watermelon Salad with Feta, very refreshing and beautifully plated.  For the entree, I had the Dry Aged Duck Breast with Cipollini Onions, it was cooked perfectly and exceeded my expectations--delicious!  The service, ambiance and food were all excellent.  This is now my go-to restaurant when visiting Boston.  We had a very memorable dining experience here.

09/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
230. Ryan S.
Great food. We were here for breakfast and it was some of the best French toast I have ever enjoyed. This is a great place near all the happenings in Boston.

20/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
231. Ryan W.
This restaurant doesn't honor reservations and has the worst customer service. I attempted to make a reservation for brunch tomorrow and was told that I needed a cc to book. I was told no problem call back. I called back 30 minutes later to be told that too bad there were no more reservations. I asked to speak to the manager who literally laughed over the phone and said "what would you like me to do cancel an online reservation? I can't control our online reservations." I was never told there were limited reservations left. This manager should be ashamed of her service and the restaurant should reconsider their management. Absolutely horrible. Never will I ever attempt to go back to this restaurant!!!!!!!

04/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
232. Monica W.
I called hoping to make a reservation for brunch to celebrate a special family reunion (20 people), taking place more than a month from now. The woman answering the phone told me they cannot seat a party this large because the whole restaurant seats about 60. I then asked if there might be an option to split up the large party into smaller parties and seat them at separate tables, and I was rudely told they would not be able to be seated at the same time (even though I am calling to arrange this over a month in advance!). She acknowledged that she would rather take the risk of not filling the tables than receive guaranteed business from 20 people and was unwilling to work toward any solution.

While I completely understand that there may be a capacity issue, the lack of professionalism and courtesy displayed by this restaurant in refusing to even consider alternatives (I was more than willing to compromise) has compelled me to write my first ever Yelp review. Asking to spread 20 people out at several tables in a restaurant that seats 60 (with over a month's notice!) seems completely reasonable to me, but apparently that is not possible for the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro. As my family and I are local, we will be sure to never frequent this establishment again.

02/03/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
233. Mike P.
My family went here for a farewell dinner for my brother who is off to Japan for work.
We really enjoyed our experience here. The atmosphere was laid back and quiet cuz it was a Monday night. With its white micro tiled floors, intimate tables and wall long mirror the well lit dining room was very bistro and very cool.
We ordered a bottle of Chilean Red Wine which was delicious.
I got the bib salad for a starter. The lettuce was fresh and crisp and dressed perfectly with a light lemon dressing. It came with fresh juicy grapes and crunchy flavorful hazelnuts. Very tasty. Perfect appatizer size. For my entrée I opted for the Roasted Chicken Breast. it was very good. The skin was crisp and the meat was moist. It was presented over kale & black eyed peas which were flavored with some zesty andoulle sausage.
Usually my family shares each others meals but ours were all so good that we devoured our own without sharing.
For a dessert I had the gingerbread cake. It was a small but flavorful plate with coffee icecream and a caramel drizzle. Very delucious. There was some crumbled cookie around the ice cream that was wonderful. The coffee hit the spot.
Our server Dina did an excellent job. She was attentive and helpful with several of the questions we had. She always had a smile and took several pictures for us. She really added to our enjoyment.
The only negatives were the meat around the bone of my chicken wasn't cooked through. Also the desserts didn't all come out  at the same time.
All in all a very good meal. It was a terrific send off for my brother.

05/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
234. David B.
Woof! Awful!

Went to dinner on a friday night to the Beacon Hill Bistro. Girlfriend and I live a block and a half away and have heard over the past few months it was worth a stop so we finally went. We loved the options and the wine list. As we settled in we thought this was going to be our new spot. Oh sweet jesus we were wrong.

The ordering of wine was a procedure as anything we ordered wasn't available. I ordered the south carolina shrimp and the chicken and the Mrs ordered the duck risotto and the burger. The food arrived a brisk hour and 45 minutes later.

The risotto resembled something closer to a duck stew, nothing close to risotto-like, the chicken was salty and tasteless, the shrimp was pretty bland and the burger would be fine if it didn't have this salsa concoction that made it near inedible.

Listen, I'm a reasonable guy and live close to this restaurant. Save yourself the $140, come over and I'll slap you in the face with some lukewarm chicken and you can go home happy knowing you saved yourself from diarrhea inducing bland food.

Some side notes: The sides we ordered never arrived and another waiter brought us a cooling stone for the wine after we had basically finished the bottle. Both items were a little too late.

Timothy (waiter), stop smoking, you smell like my aunt Muriel.

05/12/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
235. Rachel W.
One of the best meals I had during my trip to Boston. We were able to get right in during a busy lunch time. The menu was a little limited but it was all delicious, so no issues there. Very happy we gave this location a try!

17/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
236. Ray D.
A group of us ended up here by default. The line at Bella Vita led us to cross the street to the beacon hill hotel. Food was good. Service horrible. Priced high for the quality. Next time we will wait for a table at Bella Vita.

11/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
237. Bryan R.
Generally quite good for brunch. I've been here a few times and have never been let down.

I think there's a lot of places I'd rather get brunch on the weekends, places with perhaps a bit more character or variety, but for a safe, airy, modern brunch BHHB is quite dependable.

12/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
238. Samrat P.
Very good brunch/breakfast place. Although packed due to Saturday morning traffic, this place was steadfast. The food is amazing. The omelette were fluffy and the meats were well cooked and flavored. The banana pancakes were the best however. I highly recommend this place to whomever wants a filling and delicious start to their day.

04/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
239. Catherine H.
The location for this bistro is great.  The ambiance and decor is beautiful, yet also fun. That being said I did not enjoy this meal as much as the ambiance. I came here with my mother and grandmother when they were visiting from California. Our original plan was to go to the Paramount, but the grandmother didn't want to stand in a line for so long (understandable), so we went to BHHB instead.

I ordered the vanilla pancakes with caramelized bananas and made a special request of the waiter. I asked him if he could cook the bananas into the pancake rather than just put them on top. I then asked him if he could also add the braised apples from the French toast in the pancakes as well. I know I made a difficult and confusing order that was probably quite annoying and a bit confusing, but I offered to pay extra. The waiter seemed to be really confused and said he would check and see if this were possible. I have no clue why it would not be possible as the pancakes are being cooked there and they have these ingredients.

A bit later they bring out the food and my order doesn't have anything I asked for. I was disappointed, but didn't complain. The pancakes were fine, but it would have been nice to have been told it was impossible to cook bananas inside pancakes. And I get it, I was ordering off the menu and that's an annoying thing to do... But they already had the ingredients.

My grandmother ordered the salmon and bagel and the bagel she got was one of those kid sized 3-4 inch bagels. She loved this because she likes small meals and is always concerned about limiting fat and carbohydrates, but I would have still been starving after that meal.

16/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
240. Steven T.
The ten of us had a blast last night at Beacon Hill.  We made an appointment early on and celebrated a dear friend's birthday.

-Very welcoming establishment.

-Clean and comfortable atmosphere.

-Intimate, cozy and enjoyable place to brings friends, family or maybe even a date.

-The food was on point with the succulent chicken breast, fresh beet salad with whipped goat cheese and well done creme brulee! Yay! Yay!  

-Moderate to high in price.

-A diverse menu.  Please check online for more detail.

-The staff is friendly, quick and professional.

-Both cash and credit is accepted here.

25/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
241. Jordan F.
Came here for lunch expecting so much more. Waited for 25 min when several tables were open and available. Finally got seated and greeted by our server who filled our water glasses, except he ran out of water for mine and poured the last remaining bit into my glass and said he'd return. He never came back to offer more water. Never asked us if we wanted anything else besides water to drink. He messed up everyone's order and brought the wrong meal. Never apologized or came back after to see how it was or if we needed anything else. We had to flag him down to get a beverage. When it was time to pay he brought us another tables bill and argued with us that it was correct until we shoved it in his face showing him items none of us ordered. A few days later we saw our billing statement online and he had charged each of us twice. Pretty good breakfast but the service ruined it for me.

03/05/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
242. Lillian C.
Came here for Sunday brunch and it wasn't too packed. It's a small place and kind of strange since it's also a hotel?

Service was just ok... had to wait for a bit throughout our time there, but hey, at least they were friendly!

Their restrooms are located thru a door, down some stairs, into a dark and scary area... I also hate when the faucet water is freezing when I try to wash my hands!

I ordered an egg and bacon english muffin sandwich thing. It was really cheesy and pretty good. The potatoes that came with it were nicely fried out the outside without being overcooked - the perfect texture! I really wanted some fresh fruit juice, but they only had OJ... wish they had a larger selection of fresh juices!

Anyways, this is a convenient location, definitely cozy (on the small side), with OK service.

16/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
243. Michelle B.
I love the location of Beacon Hill - right on Charles St. which is a very cute street in Boston.

I went here this past Monday for brunch with my bf and his sis. We were excited that we were able to take advantage of Boston's Restaurant week.

We immediately got served coffee and water.  Service was great.

We all decided to do the REST week menu.  I had the Caesar salad which was nice it came with little mandarin's which were very tasty. For lunch I had the mushroom risotto. I have to say my boyfriend makes better risotto at home.  It was good but nothing special and the mushrooms were minimal.

I ordered the coffee pudding bread and had a bite (it was ok) I'm not huge on sweets so I shared it.  BF and sis had the carrot cake topped with pineapple for desert which they did not approve of.  It's not very hard to miss on carrot cake but apparently you can easily do that when you put pineapples on top.

11/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
244. james b.
Everything about this hotel/bistro is fabulous.  While the rooms are small, they are extremely well appointed and immaculate.  The hotel staff is awesome.  The location is the best;  quiet, quaint and an easy jaunt or cab ride to everywhere.

The best breakfast (anything on the menu), though our waitress always gave the impression she would rather be anywhere else.  That was until day 2 when she overheard us talking about EMPIRE.  Suddenly, she was on her game.

**** our go-to hotel in Boston.

15/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0