Boston >Food & Dining > James's Gate
5 McBride St, Jamaica Plain, MA | Directions 0213042.305952 -71.114448
Pub hours Tue - Sat, 11:30am - 1am; Sun, 12pm - 1am; Mon, 4pm -1am. Restaurant hours Tue - Sun, 5:30pm - 10pm; Fri, Sat, 5:30pm - 11pm
Neighborhoods: Jamaica Central / South - Sumner, Jamaica Plain
Fireplace in the winter - Patio in the summer – I despise laundry, but its right around the corner of my apartment, which is right around the corner of James Gate! During the summer their clean quiet patio transports you to another place…where everything is yummy and the company is attractive.
I love nachos, beer, and chocolate cake. James Gate has all of that. You are guaranteed happy weight gain with their huge servings of calamari, buffalo wings, and fries…heaven. Their sweets are made by a local bakery and the whip cream is made in house by the chef! Crazy good. The prices are decent and the beer selection is healthy. You won’t be disappointed, bring sun block (each table does have a large umbrella).
J.P. gem serves up smooth pints with a lack of attitude and a warming fireplace. – The Scene
This bar has everything you want in an Irish pub--dim lighting, a warm fireplace, and a convivial crowd downing copious amounts of Guinness. Of course, this being Jamaica Plain, the crowd is nothing like one you'd find on the Old Sod. Lesbians, working stiffs, and greasy-haired hipsters all congregate around the hearth and the bar.
James's Gate features a separate restaurant area in the back, but it's much cozier to order from the bar and eat by the fire. Either way, think Old World comfort food: shepherd's pie, pot roast, and bangers deep-fried in melt-in-your-mouth beer batter. Add this to 19 beers on tap (including the local triumvirate of Harpoon, Tremont and Sam Adams) and a generous selection of single malt scotch and rare cognacs, and you may just find yourself curling up here through winter.
Overrated – This has to be one of the most consistently over-hyped places in JP. The service is often surly (I was once given back the wrong debit card and had to go back there for it, the guy didn't even give a token apology) and the food is not bad, but overrated. If you want to go somewhere with a real atmosphere and friendly service, for god's sake go to Costello's, Doyle's, the Behan, or even the Galway House. The Gate is for JP folks who want to be reminded that they are fortunate enough to live in JP.
Best pub food – The James Gate supplies the best pub food in Boston. If you are looking for cheap comfort food the pub menu provides a number of cheaper options than the restaurant menu.
I've eaten here several times now and it just keeps getting better. I would expect to pay more for food of this caliber, but I'm not complaining! As far as the service goes, I've found it nothing less than fantastic. The servers are always friendly, but not intrusive, and I've never waited any longer than I thought I should. You must eat here. Period.
Awesome food,awful service... – The James Gate has great food for an Irish place,second only to Matt Murphys in Brookline.I'd recommend the mussells and the fish and chips.The bar side is cosy in winter when the fire is lit.Definetly go for dinner but not for lunch/brunch.The restaurant is not open and I was made order at the bar and pick up drinks there when the food arrived even though it wasn't busy.I felt like tipping the bus boy who did most of the work!
gate to great – Jame's Gate has it all, fireplace, diversity, pub food, gourmet food, good drinks. Nobody knows about it, that's how we like it.
Good Eats, if you've got time – Very casual place serving upscale not-your-typical-bar food. Its a great place to get a good meal without the need to dress up, casual as it gets. The menu has many options ranging from seafood to meat dishes. The one bad thing was the service, it took over a half hour for our food to arrive and the place wasn't packed (7pm on a Wednesday night). So definately try this place out and try the specials as they are great!
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