Boston >Food & Dining > Brasserie Jo
120 Huntington Ave (Colonnade Hotel), Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.345901 -71.081101
Monday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 01:00 AM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 01:30 AM Sunday From 12:00 PM To 03:00 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Back Bay, Prudential / St. Botolph
Terrible Service – I went there for Brunch expecting to find great food and service ? given the prices that?s the least you should expect. What I got was OK food and TERRIBLE service. When we were seated at our table the restaurant was out of menu?s ? which is interesting because the restaurant was not even close to being full and other tables were eating. We waited for about 10 minutes before anyone came over to us and another 5 before we got menus. They only had 3 menus for our party of 5. Now on to the server. She approached the table, no Hello, took drink orders and stormed off. When she came back she was complaining about the menu shortage and the management. She then went on about her other table and a customer that was requesting more coffee. Not to servers ? not a good gesture to complain to one table about your other customers. One of our glasses was dirty ? we were actually scared to tell her given her attitude and the fear of her telling the other tables about our request for a clean glass! When we brought this to her attention she brought us a new glass and then placed the old glass in the plant fixture next to our table. The dirty glass remained in the plant for the rest of our meal. One person in our party order tea and she brought us hot water in a juice glass. I guess the restaurant was out of tea pots as well. She instructed us to ?just pour the water into the mug?. When the food arrived a plate of toast was dropped on the floor ? this stayed on the floor for the rest of the meal along with the glass in the plant. The food was OK ? nothing great and given the service definitely not worth going back for. The best part of this experience was when she came over and recommended a great brunch spot right around the corner. This is my second time there for brunch and my last. The first time there was enjoyable however, the service was so awful my second visit I will never go back.
Excellent French Food – I have eaten dinner here on several ocassions, but most often I just come late and sit in the bar area with cockails or wine and a snack with friends. The cocktail list is wondeful (the drinks are HUGE and $11/each) and the food is typical French. My favorites are the escargots and the endive salad. The offer plenty of good wines by the glass as well. The staff is extremely friendly and the room is beautiful.
Perfect ending to a great evening – My wife and I stopped in after a concert at Jourdon Hall. The bar was crowded but the dining room wasn't. We seated immediately and our waitress took our drink order promptly. My martini and my wife's Cosmo were great! The bread and carrot dish starters were very good as well and we shared a shrimp cocktail appetizer. The shrimp were huge and delicious and the cocktail sauce was perfect. My wife got the trout almondine and I got the salmon. We were both very satisfied with our food and thought it was a cut above most food we've had at local restaurants. The only negative of our meal was discovered at the very end when we noticed that the glass my wife's drink came in was cracked. We'll go back again!
eh, not so good – Had a light Lunch on a Saturday afternoon. The service was pretty bad, and we are not picky or hard to please guests. When seated, the wine glasses were covered with oj pulp and smears - the host acted a little funny when we requested replacements, as if we should not have mentioned it perhaps? The waitress had a very hard time answering simple questions, came back twice to clarify the wine order, then still almost poured the wrong selection. They tried to take plates we were actively eating from, and left empty ones behind to clutter the table. Overall, there were many hallmarks of an inexperienced wait staff. On a brighter note, the food was tasty, and we really enjoyed that aspect of things. For the price though, it was not so good as to make up for the really awkward service.
SHOULD HAVE KNOWN – I should have known- hotel French bar...... all the other reviews led me astray. The food was sub par for the price. I had the pork with a sauce that was more of a brown gravy with a dash of cheap wine (could have gotten at any diner for a lot less and still would have been better). My husband had the fish- you could not have added enough salt to give it taste. We got the bill and just wanted to give all the food back to get a refund. I have never been so diappointed by a meal that I can only call BLAHH-
Love the Steak Frites – My friends and I often choose Brasserie Jo's as a nice place to meet for dinner. The quality of the food is excellent. I have repeatedly enjoyed their steak frites. The steak tartare was also good. The best thing here, however, are the profiteroles served with a seemingly unending stream of chocolate sauce: they let you say when. So good! Service has always been friendly and efficient. I also like the atmosphere. It's fun to come just for a cafe au lait or a few drinks if you don't want to pay for dinner. Very classy.
not a bad lunch – As tourists to Boston attending a medical conference in June, 2005, we tried as many restaurants as we could during our four day stay in the Back Bay area. We also had our 4 year old twins in tow, so we were able to test the "family friendliness" of each place we dined. We went here for lunch. The "house beer" was outstanding. My wife enjoyed her tuna very much. The bread and salad and were excellent. My half tuna sandwich was average. The kids liked the spaghetti.
Awful birthday evening – Despicable service - lack of wine choices by the glass and SOLD OUT of many, surly waitress and rude wait staff in general. Not inclined to return any time soon.
Great Surprise – Two great dishes --Duck and RockFish. What makes a really good French restaurant are the sauces and both were very good. With several glasses of wine and everything else, a meal like this for around $100 is a good value....way better than mass produced fare from a chain.
Don't go – I read all the reviews and felt this would be a good choice for a birthday celebration on Christmas Eve. (not too many places are open) The service was wonderful: the food was not. Nothing recommended on this site was even half good. Prices are reasonable, ambience ok, cleanliness excellent.
We eat out all the time, so we feel we are somewhat educated on the food scene. This is not meant to put down this restaurant. It just simply was not good.
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