Boston >Food & Dining > Charley's
284 Newbury St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211542.348968 -71.084284
Su-Th 11:30-1, F 11:30-12, Sa-Su 9-12
Neighborhoods: Back Bay West, Back Bay
First Stop in Boston – This was our first trip to Boston. We got in late and looking for a place for dinner, ended up at Charley's. What a pleasant surprise. The food was great and the staff was awesome.
We were informed when we ordered, that the food is made from scratch, so if there is a change you want to make, they can help.
Not knowing Boston, we took a chance on Charley's our first night there. We were very pleased and made it our last stop, before we headed home to Texas. Highly recommended!
Great Service and Food! – Great location, the food was amazing (Chowder) and the management was great......I left my debit card and they sent it to me via FEDEX...I cannot say enought good things about Charley's....
Perfect Springtime Brunch Patio Spot – Once springtime is here, I love heading to Charley's for brunch. Despite being a chain restaurant, I think that Charley's serves solid quality brunch and has one of the best patios on Newbury Street. Plus, they offer the most awesome mini muffins in their complimentary bread basket and if you order brunch, they always include a complimentary mimosa or my favorite, a Bloody Mary. Although I come here 99% of the time for brunch, their dinner is also outstanding and you can also eat outdoors with their sparkling lights and heat lamps.
Great brunch deal – I love this place for brunch on the weekends. The brunch is very good and very reasonably priced. A couple of the brunch options also include a free bloody mary, mimosa, beer or glass of champagne!
Great bread, beautiful patio on Newbury St. – I love bread and butter (I know, I'm working on changing that) and it is amazing at Charley's. The patio is beautiful on a nice Boston day. There are trees providing shade, as well as a home for little brown birds looking for a bite of your food.
For brunch, the food isn't extraordinary or anything, but it's good and affordable. A girl at the other table was drinking a blueberry lemonade cocktail that I will definitely order next time.
Good overall experience – When I first moved to Boston and found myself roaming up and down Newbury Street feeling slightly overwhelmed by all the choices, I called a friend and asked if he had any recommendations. He referred me to Charley's and I was not disappointed. It was a gorgeous Saturday night in September, which made for perfect outdoor dining weather. Charley's outside dinning area is accompanied by beautifully lit trees which make for a wonderful ambiance. We did have a 15 minute, but that is generally to be expected on a Saturday night on Newbury Street. You can roam the street for a few minutes or have a seat at the bar while you wait. The service was fine and the food was great. I had the chicken broccoli ziti and was very pleased (which says a lot, because I'm a native of the NYC metro-area and I'm fairly picky when it comes to pasta). I think the food took a bit longer than usual to come out, but, once again, it was a Saturday night and the restaurant was quite busy. I will definitely dine there again. My mother is coming to visit this weekend and I'm planning on taking here there. Overall, I would definitely recommend Charley's.
Horrible Service – While we were on vacation in Boston we decided that we would focus on dining at a variety of local dining in the area. We decided that we would have brunch at this restaurant. When we arrived at this restaurant we were one of the first seated however we were one of the last to receive our food. This only after we complained about how many people came after us and was served before us. My party contained 2 adults and 2 children, so the size of our party was not an issue. The coffee we received was not hot, it was lukewarm. The mini-muffins we received were good though I thought the corn muffins were a little dry. When our meal finally came, I could not eat the french toast that I was given it was cold. I asked others at my table and the kids said they were really hungry so they did not care, and my companion did not think his food was very good. I refused to eat my food and asked for a check so I could go elsewhere. The manager was very condescending in his attitude towards me and offered to give me eggs or some muffins because he felt bad. I have visited a lot of restaurants in Boston and this was one of the worst, especially for the price we paid. This restaurant left a bad taste in my mouth.
Hearty, enjoyable dining experience on the best street in town! – I have dined at Charley's for quite a long time now and I definately enjoy everything whenever I go there, however, after all of my experiences dining there, here are the key elements that guarantee you a perfect meal. Either go to dinner early or late night in order to get a prime outdoor seating spot for great people watching and luminescent lighting. The waitstaff should bring you over bread, but if they do not please ask for it, it is out of this world. Fresh from the oven, cripsy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, and the homemade butter makes everything melt in your mouth! Also, for wine I highly reccommend a glass of Moon Mountain's Cabernet Sauvignon. Incredible flavor, Sonoma Valley vineyard, and hard to come by in the New England area. I would then order a garden salad, I believe it is an extra $1.99 when ordering an entree, with the House Creamy Italian dressing. The salad is not anything outstanding but the dressing is incedible, you will lick the plate. Now for the drum roll, the reason I come here, a dish I have made my own version of just to satisfy the craving, the Angelhair Primavera with Chicken! This dish is highly flavorful, the matchstick vegetables are cooked perfectly and with grated parmesean cheese on top and a couple dashes of their Bull's Hot Sauce, you are good to go for an incredible burst of flavor in your mouth! I usually skip dessert because I have no room left in my stomach, but the entree is tasty enough that will leave you wanting to come back for more.
Worst Food Ever – The cheese pizza (margherita) is horrible. It is salty, has no flavor other than salt, cheese has no flavor, sauce has no flavor and 5 shriveled bits of basil were lame. It was the worst meal I've ever had anywhere. My husband had a burger that was over flavored, spicy and horrible. Even the meager fries were bad. This place is horrible, please save your money and go to one of the other nicer places on Newbury St. Steve's Greek is good, tons of other places are good. Please search elsewhere, this is not a good place to eat.
Great alternative to the more expensive ( but not necesarily better) Newbury Street eateries – Had an excellent dining experience here last night. It was "pretty busy" for a Sunday night. However, as great as my dining experience is concerned, it was something else that I noticed that really impressed me. It centers around the fact that the servers seemed to be really cooperating with each other regarding a large party of about 11 or 12 people. Their cooperation seemed to be reflected in the fact that everyone in that party seemed to be really enjoying themselves.
You should also try the Charles River pie when (not if) you visit this Newbury Street option.
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