Boston >Food & Dining > Laurel Grill and Bar
142 Berkeley St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.348856 -71.071889
Monday To Saturday From 12:30 PM To 02:30 PM Monday To Saturday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 02:30 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Back Bay East, Back Bay, Bay Village
I will never go to Laurel again! – I have eaten at Laurel before, but never will again. Four friends and I made a reservation for a Saturday night and arrived 30 minutes early so we could have a drink at the bar first. When the time for our reservation came around we were told by the host to, "get comfortable because it's going to be awhile." After waiting an hour during which time we periodically checked in and were repeatedly told there was
nothing that could be done and we just had to wait, one of my friends spoke with the manager. The manager yelled at him telling him the restaurant was very successful and that is why it was so crowded and we should wait. A minute or so later the manager came over to us and started yelling at us more causing a scene in his own restaurant! He then stormed out the front door. Being nicer and more professional than he, we calmly picked up our things and walked out. The manager was outside as we left - smoking a cigarette and talking on his cell phone - and yelled after us something to the effect of, "I'm glad you're leaving!"
So were we, my friend, and don't worry, we will never darken your door step again. And if anyone asks we'll make sure they know what they're in for if they choose to: food that is average at best and staff that is
unprofessional, rude, and abusive.
I entertain often and had wanted to go to this restaurant for a while. I took my two closest friends. The chicken was raw and missing the proscuitto, the potatoes were cold and the tuna was not even close to the way my friend had ordered it and was missing the rice noodles. I mentioned this to our waitress and she replied " it looks rare to me but I like mine raw," she did take the chicken back and returned it still cold... we ate what we could. At the end of the meal our waitress asked how the meal was, when I explained our experience she replied, "I am not offended, I don't cook the stuff!" Boston has so
many excellent restaurants, why be treated this way?
Inventive Menu without being precious – In a few lunches and half a dozen dinners, every dish I've tasted was at minimum very good, more often than not excellent. Lamb shank reliable in many incarnations, as are pastas. Flavor combinations are generally vibrant and richly composed, yet well balanced. Salads are dressed expertly, neither dry nor drenched in goo. Friendly and efficient service all around, but an even jollier time can be had dining at the bar, especially if you're a single diner--you won't lack for conversation. Cocktails are expertly mixed.
Best food and service in Back Bay! – Took wife to restaurant on 4th Wedding Anniversary. What a restaurant! Terrific food served by energetic wairtress combined for a perfect dining experience. Food was nothing short of blissful. I will be frequenting that Laurel's from now on.
Great and Inexpensive – I was truly surpised to see some negative reviews about this restaurant. I live very close by and this restaurant is my go to place when there is no food in the house. The dinners are great and very affordable. My favorites are the veal meatloaf ($10) and the seafood ravioli. They also have a great chocolate fondue dessert. However, the best part of this restaurant is the Sunday brunch. All meals are practically diner prices and they are all great. They also give diners these incredible sweet, lemon poppy muffins in the morning- I could eat a dozen. I also like the Eggs Benedict and the Veal Hash (incredible). This place is definitely one of my favorites.
so disappointed – read the reviews here and got really excited about reasonably priced fare in a nice restaurant. the venue is spacious, and the waitstaff was friendly. we went at 830p on a sat night, so there was no wait. but the food - ehck. the duck i got was just overcooked, and the chicken my bf had was so dry that even he couldn't finish it (and normally, he'll eat most anything.). also, if you're in any way uncomfortable with the possibility of a bar filled by all guys and few/no women, prob not the place for you.
HORRIBLE – I've eaten here twice. Both times, the food and the service were horrid!!!!!
I will never step foot in this establishment again!
Nice meal at a good price! – Laurel is a great place to go if you want to have a nice sit-down meal in a classy atmosphere but not spend a lot of money. Their prices are very reasonable with most of the entrees around $15. Last time I was there I had the salmon, which was done nicely. Our table shared several desserts, all of which were delicious. The best thing about this place, however, for me is the price. It's hard to find this kind of nice atmosphere with a reasonable price. If you're looking more for very very good food, there are better places to go, but you will not regret going to Laurel if you want to be conservative with your cash. Highly recommended as a good value.
I have always had good service at the tables, but the bar service is not great.
Apalling Service – Our Opentable reservation was cancelled by the restaurant. When I called to re-confirm, the staff was incredibly rude to me and wouldn't acknowledge the reservation.
If we hadn't had a large party, we would have gone elsewhere.
Food was decent, good prices. Bartender was extremely rude. We were seated half an hour after reservation time and had to stand by the bar and wait. Instead of asking us nicely to move away from the door, the bartender very rudely and loudly told other patrons that we were blocking the door. We were only there b/c there was nowhere else for us to go!!
The abusive service makes this restaurant experience not worth your while.
Mmmmmm chocolate fondue – Laurel is a gem. It was our first time visiting Laurel last Saturday night. We made reservations on-line earlier that day. My boyfriend and I were seated promptly. The wait staff was nice (thanks Adam) and helpful. I ordered the salmon and it was delicious! I tried my boyfriends mash potatoes and they melted in my mouth. The chocolate fondue desert..well.. lets just say I am still dreaming about it. Well be back for more!
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