Boston >Food & Dining > Oak Room Restaurant
138 Saint James Ave, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.349264 -71.076358
Breakfast: 6:30am - 11:00am
Lunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday through Thursday, 5:30pm -10:00pm | Friday and Saturday, 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Sunday Brunch (a la carte): 11:30am - 2:00pm
Neighborhoods: Prudential / St. Botolph, Back Bay
Staff Is Excellent – Had the pleasure of being served my Maryanne - what a sweetheart!!! She provided top notch service with a giant smile!
Food and drinks were stellar as well. I would highly reccomend the Oak Room in the Back Bay.
Upscale bar with live music – If you're looking for an upscale bar with live music, the Oak Room is a perfect pick. The crowd is a mix of the mature and middle aged; people coming for food/appetizers, late night drinks, and after special events. They have a live piano player and some patrons are very enthralled in the music (including the guy next to me who pretended his table was a keyboard...) The Oak Room is the perfect location for a nice evening of live music and fine cocktails.
I went to the Oak Room recently to celebrate a friend's 30th birthday and it was fairly busy for a Saturday night. There was a wait for tables after 9:00 p.m. The cocktails are priced around $20, which are of the highest in Boston. I would say wearing something around business casual is fine, while there were some in full suits and dresses. It is one of the more mature drinking establishments in the city. Boston is known for being fairly casual, but this is one of the more elgant bars.
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A wonderful evening! – The food was very good (spectacular dessert, fine steak, best bread basket and butter we have had in Boston)), but what was really special was the quiet, lovely room and the great service. We have as good food at the Palm, or Capitol Grill, but the former was so cold in summer we couldn't finish our meal, and the noise and overly intrusive waiter at the latter made us never want to return.
The Oak Room has the virtues of a fine private club, but they need some attention to their veggies.
Great restaurant diminished by a poor opening at the bar. – When you want in, you are not in the restuarant, but instead are in the oak bar. It is where you wait, after checking in with the host. I went there for my birthday. In the bar, we waited about 29 minutes to get our drink, then were ignored for the rest of the 40 minutes we waited to be seated. We had arrived that early because we had heard such great things about the decor, that we though it would be fun to sit for a bit. The bar is an amazing site. I can not do it justice using words. You have to see it to believe it. Interesting enough, someone siting next to us in the bar was ordering dinner from the Oak Room menu, so I suppose that you can do it. It you wnat to sit in take, the Oak Bar is a great place to do it, but if you want attentive service, it is a joke. That said, when we were brought into the restaurant proper, it was different. The decor stayed amazind, verging on over-the-top, but the service was just as good. The waiter was very attentive, treating us like we were his only guests that evening. The food, while very expensive, was great. I ordered a steak, and my wife some chicken. We both finished happy with our food. Because of the price, I wouldn't recomment it as a place for anything other than special occations. Also, try to stay out of the bar, because it disappoints. The restaurant, though, it worth it, as it is an experience.
great disapointment – We went to the Oak Room for our office Christmas Party and I have to say that we were greatly disappointed!!! We were impressed with the decor but that was about it...the service and the food was just mediocre, from the appetizers to the entrees to dessert! The waiters were not attentive nor friendly and the place wasn't even packed! We have been to a few "top of the line" steakhouses around Boston and I can honestly say that this was a huge letdown...a restaurant to this caliber should never have an "off" night..we spent alot of money for food that night and the experience was just "OK"... Sadly enough, I don't think I will ever give it a second chance and I haven't recommend it to anybody who loves food!
Professional Steakhouse – I went out with a party of 17 to this swanky venue and DAMN was I impressed! Our waiter was so great and friendly we were almost shocked at how attentive he was. ALLLL of the food on the menu is great
( yes I got to see a huge chunk of the menu with 17 plates at the table) but if this kind of place is a once and a while thing for you, there is no point in going if you do not get the steak. Filet mignon, DIVINE... If you really want to splurge, go for the Kobe Beef... phenominal...
Absolute worst service I have EVER had in my life! – I have been to this restaurant/bar twice and both experences were so awful that I will never return. The decor is beautiful but the service is so terrible that i will never dine here again. The first time with a friend. We sat at a table and this is no exagerration, waited over 20 minutes and no one came over to us. They werent even that busy!!! Then I decided to go to the bar and stood at the bar for 10 minutes and none of the 3, yes 3, people behind the tiny bar even acknowledged me. A manager saw me standing there and I said I had been waiting for drinks for over half an hour and no one, not a waiter or a bartender would wait on me, so she apologized and got my friend and I a drink and said they were on the house. When we got the bill, our waiter had put the drinks that were supposedly "on the house" on our bill! after such terrible service we didnt even want to argue over it, we just wanted to leave, so we paid the bill. The second time I went with a friend who was from out of town and heard good things about it, we sat at the bar and again, it took about 15 minutes to be acknowledged, and the bartender made all the servicebar drinks before ours. I know this is supposed to be an upscale restaurant, but the service is anything but fine dining.
DO NOT GO HERE.
The Oak Room is NOT the Oak Room Bar – The picture for this restaurant as well as the reviews (mentioning buffet or lunch) are not the Oak Room, but refer to the Oak Bar area which sits in front of the Oak Room Restaurant as one enters. We ate recently in the actual Oak Room Restaurant...delicious food from 1950 (chops, steaks) served by waiters who knew nothing about it from 2007. Two people, no bottle of wine, two courses for $195 total and we were rushed through by a Brazilian waiter to whom we kept saying "Go Slow", "No Need To Rush": our main entrees arrived one minute after our appetizers! We, at 50 years old more or less, were the youngest there by 10-20 years. The portions were so groaningly too much and so much fat and oil! A Boston Cream Pie for dessert came with melted dripping black chocolate over it..about eight ounces! And this was atop lamb chops in grease, haddock in a bed of oil. Who eats like this anymore? The food was delicious but I was glad we were there with a gift certificate as the service was indifferent and complicated by language issues, and the food was just heavy. Everything is a la carte, so in addition to haddock ($38) and lamb chops ($43) we got some mixed veg ($17)..tasty but salty as heck and swimming in grease and oily breadcrumbs. Again, not distasteful but so heavy, so much! I strongly urge patrons to eat in the Oak Bar area...light menu, more waiters, better service. The Oak Room touchingly catered to a lonely old woman while we were there: three waiters spending all their time with her talking and serving (of about 40 seats only some six were occupied the time we were there). That is its charism...not anyone under 65 or who cares about their health.
Great food, atmostphere – I made reservations at the Oak Room for Valentine's Day. I called the restaurant the afternoon of our dinner to make sure it would be ok to wear jeans. The man I spoke to said it was fine as long as I called ahead before and said he would leave a message for the manager. Upon arrival, we were seated quickly when the manager came to our table to inform me that I could not wear jeans. I explained to him that someone was supposed to leave him a note and said it was fine. He brought me to the lobby where they actually had a pair of khaki's in my size waiting for me. It was slightly insulting but at the same time very generous. After that was over, I ordered the surf and turf(filet with a lobster tail) which was incredible. The filet was the highest quality beef I had ever had. Deserts were great(and on the house because of the mishap) and the decor and ambience is definitely something that one should experience. Extremely impressive!!
great food, great service, great decor! – My boyfriend and I went to the Oak Room yesterday for Brunch and had a wonderful experience. The waiter's recommendations were excellent: you have to try the crab cakes! lobster roll and oak room benedict were also great. Waiter Kenny was awesome, made us feel welcome and (like other reviews have said) like royalty! It is obviously a little pricey, but definitely worth it. Great variety of brunch items and you really get a lot of food. Brunch special was a great deal, included an app, entree, and dessert for $29!!
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