I've been going here for years and it's gone downhill, party of 4 and 3/4 meals were either wrong or cold. It's a good spot for a drink but I'm definitely not eating here again.
My friend and I dined here pre-theatre. While the bar is historic and quite beautiful, the seating for dinner is somewhat cramped. Tables of two side-by side; so close that you can overhear your neighbor's conversations. We chose to share 3 dishes: Fondue with pretzels, charcuterie board and short-rib croquettes. The croquettes arrived first. We both agreed that they were luke-warm to cold, but kept eating. When our server asked how they were, we told her and she offered to take them back. We declined, but moments later another order appeared. Nice touch! However, the new order, although warmer, was still cold inside. The fondue was disappointing. The cheese was bland and hardly smooth and creamy. The pretzels were average. We did enjoy the nice charcuterie board. It contained a variety of meats, cheeses and fruit. Service was efficient, and we had plenty of time to make the show.
Service was horrible, there was not enough waitstaff. Our waiter was not attentive at all. We waited 30 minutes for the check. We were charged for a drink we did not order. Coffee was served cold and we told a women who was filling water glasses at our table about the coffee. She said she could not help us, as she was the hostess and then she walked away.
I've been to Stoddard's a few times and have always been pleased with the experience. Neither I nor my dining companions have ever had a bad meal. Try the braised beef shanks -- fall apart tender. Great array of liquor too. It's noisy so maybe not a place for a quiet, romantic meal, but definitely a great spot for fun and good food.
My first time at Stoddard’s. I thought it would be nicer inside. Basically it’s an old bar with food. Sticky table, wrinkled, stained menu, attentive waitress, energetic crowd. Had a stomach ache after eating tasty short ribs with sweet potato purée. Husband had steak tips. Not interested in returning.
Food was disappointing - small portions and overly charred on a few things. Service was great but tables are jammed in so we were right on top of our neighbors and it was hard to have a conversation
We had an early reservation at 5:00 pm which was after the matinee at the Opera House. The venue was empty and we were seated right away downstairs. The server took our drink order and food order, and our food came out quickly. However, the food was not as great as all the reviews I saw. My husband had the duck, which he said was tasty but very salty, as if it were over-brined. Our dinner companion had the gnocchi, who said the sauce was tasty but the gnocchi were very heavy and chewy. I had the lobster mac and cheese which was literally a boxed mac and cheese swimming in a milk sauce with some frozen lobster pieces thrown in. Definitely, not worth $36. The ambiance is kind of cool and our server was fine, but the food was not what I expected in the theater district.
We went to Stoddard's before a show at the Operah House. Perfect location! The food was excellent, service on point! We will definitely be back again!!
The food was great our sat ice was super it was noisy but it was Thursday night right before the show at the opera house so there were a lot of people but it was a good lively time!!definately will go there again!
Service was awesome- both host and server extremely friendly/welcoming. Food was sub-par and expensive for what we got: $100 for three appetizers and 2 drinks! Pretzels served with the cheese were cold/dry.
We had a wonderful meal. If any comments it would be that we were served too quickly. We didn't feel rushed in the least, but the meal was over within about 35 minutes. That was with soup and an entree. Granted, we didn't order anything that took a long time to prepare (Soups done in advance of course and we ordered a burger and shrimp and grits.)
The burger was one of the best I can remember and the shrimp and grits were everything they should be. I would have liked more lobster in my bisque, but it was delicious. I would recommend this place over and over again.
This was my 3rd or 4th trip here and it's always solid. Portions are large and they have a good variety of food. It's right around the corner from several theaters so is a great pre-show option if you want to spend $50 per person and not $100.
Appetizers were good, main courses just so -so, not helped on 2 of them by the need to sub in chicken for shrimp that they had run out of. Chicken in mine was dry, cream sauce a bot too thick and creamy. Noise was not an issue at all - not that crowded - until music was turned up at one point for awhile and was hard to talk over, but then it was turned down again.
Service was very good, staff friendly and helpful.
The wrong order was delivered, though my brother accepted the steak tips instead of the ribeye. Both the steak tips and ribeye (another order) were ordered medium rare, however the centers were purple and chewy. The waiter ‘mistakenly’ added an extra drink to the tab, and didn’t take much time to acknowledge the error, acting as if he had been caught. Could not hear the person next to you speak because of bar noise. This is a place to grab a drink with co-workers after a long day. Do not come for the food or conversation.
The staff were awesome and efficient. The food was exactly as expected and the “bigger boat” drink is not to be missed!! Overall a great experience!
The Coconut Curry Steak Tips were tender and cooked to a perfect medium rare. The pace of dining was perfect considering we needed to get to a show. Very convenient location if you are attending an event at the Boston Opera House. We enjoyed the meal and the restaurant very much. Just a bit noisy downstairs but it was a busy Friday evening.
First time here. I expected the restaurant to be a bit nicer given the price point. It's very casual and pub like. Not a bad thing...just expected something different. Service was good (again, casual). Started with the short rib croquettes which weren't much to talk about but decent. Entrees were Lobster Mac & Cheese for $38 (we only found a few pieces of lobster in each). Would probably try this place again but not in any rush. It would have to be a last resort.
The food is consistently very good. We’ve been a few times now, always before the theater. The service has also been consistently very good. The space is fun and interesting if not a little eclectic. The only issue seems to be the noise level. We have eaten upstairs and down and it’s pretty much always at the top of my comfort zone. If you’re coming with a group of friends, this is perfect. If you’re hoping for an intimate conversation, it might be challenging. I don’t mean this to be a detraction at all, just a heads up.
Burger was amazing. Pasta was terrible. Waitress was rude and didn’t seem to care about us at all.
I used to love this place and recommended it to everyone. However, this past weekend my parents were in town for the nutcracker. They appreciate good cocktails so I thought this would be the perfect place. I made a reservation since I figured it may fill up on a Saturday night. Upon arrival, we were taken downstairs. The menu we were handed had only a few drinks on it. Quite confused, I asked our waitress why we weren't given the full drink menu, the sole purpose of why we came. Rudely, she said that it was for upstairs only. I was confused as to why the drink couldn't be made upstairs and brought downstairs and she said it was because the downstairs was a separate establishment. Still confused, I explained that I made a reservation for Stoddard's and not the "supper club" which she said the downstairs eating area was. She rudely told me it was my fault for not specifying that I wanted to be seated upstairs for the full drink menu. I was so disappointed in our treatment and the confusion. Ruined the night with my parents.
Night out in Boston for Christmas
We had a great experience for our first time at Stoddards. The atmosphere was perfect and the service was above average. Our bartender Joe was exceptional as he provided us stories and history behind each custom cocktail. His passion for his job was clearly visible and was greatly appreciated. Appetizers were average but the entrees were excellent. Highly recommend the curry steak tips and the ribeye.
Excellent drinks and meals were delicious! Top both charcuterie board and the kale salad was amazing. Great service as well! Would absolutely go back.
Had a reservation for a high top table but was brought downstairs. (High tops were mostly empty for a 5:15 reservation).
Server came to our table but didn’t even introduce her self. Just asked what drinks we wanted.
Food was okay- I had fish and chips and my husband had the lobster Mac and cheese.
We picked this place because of its distance to the Opera House but I wouldn’t go back nor recommend.
Definitely didn’t get a welcoming feeling from anyone.
Food was amazing! We sat in the front part of the restaurant, which was nice and cozy! I highly recommend the Winter’s Pimms Cup!
We came for lunch on a weekday. There was only one server working. We waited almost 20 minutes for our drinks and the food took almost an hour. The Poutine was good, but our other meals were terrible. The lobster bisque was watery and had no flavor and very little lobster meat - 2 small morsels. The fish tacos were terrible - more breading than fish and completely overpriced at $22.00. The food took so long that we didn't have time to finish before we had to leave to get back to work.
Our food was absolutely terrible, we will not be returning.
Wait staff was standoffish and food was not fresh. Ambiance is fun. Probably better for drinks than a meal.
watered down drinks, and many unavailable items on the menu. Steak tips had about 3-4 oz of meat and 5 cups of over cooked french fries. Upstairs room/bar a very nice location, but likely wouldn't go back except for a beer
What a fun place to have drinks and dinner before the theater! Our server was very knowledgeable about the beer list and was able to make good recommendations. The food was outstanding. I had the short ribs and it was melt in your mouth delicious and my husband said his burger was cooked perfectly and juicy and tasty. No room for dessert because the meals were good sized portions. The bad did get a bit loud but that is too be expected at the dinner hour. The staff was friendly and engaging. I will definitely recommend Stoddards to anyone.
Pre theater dinner. Grabbed an early reservation and had a wonderful time. Our server was exceptional. Attentive and friendly. Food was fun and delicious. We sat in the bar area at a high top. We say next to a mother and daughter who were also attending the show. Made new friends. Small and loud, but a fun atmosphere
Nice place! The food and cocktails are fantastic and the venue itself is really cool. Have gotten the duck and shrimp and grits which are both fantastic. They have tons of gin cocktails!
Overall a great experience. I would go there again
Way too loud! I was there for a pre-theater dinner with friends. My reservation asked for a quiet table, if possible. Apparently, it’s not possible (we were downstairs). We asked two different servers if they maybe could turn down the music. Didn’t happen. When it’s that noisy it doesn’t matter whether the food is any good. It’s just not an enjoyable experience. And, BTW, the fish and chips was bland. Nothing to write home about.
It was great! Food was great! Would recommend to everyone!
Food was sub par and not worth the money. Poorly attentive wait staff but the vibe was decent.
Great atmosphere, service was terrific food fantastic.
We went with a group of 9. Sat downstairs in the speakeasy. Great space with plenty of room for a few large groups. Never felt cramped. Waitstaff was very attentive. Food was very good and served piping hot and plentiful. Bar was a bit slow as it was very busy but it did improve over the course of our meal. I would definitely dine there again.
Food was delicious. However service was not great. I had requested standard seating but we were seated at a high top. A beer was spilled and it took 10 minutes for someone to come over before we could flag them down for another. Was a bit disappointing.
For my visit to Boston I wanted to find a spot that had some buzz, great food and excellent beer. This is Stoddard's to a tee! The ultimate big city pub with history and atmosphere. Amazing service, fabulous food and an extensive craft beer selection. Highly recommend it. Not the place for a quiet dinner but if you want a place teeming with excitement and in walking distance of the theatre, definitely should be on your list of places to dine.