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Stephanie's On Newbury

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(55 Reviews)

190 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

(617) 236-0990

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Today: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
24
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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General Info
Since its opening in 1994, Stephanie's has been an institution in the heart of Boston's Back Bay. The upscale Newbury Street location offers shoppers, tourists, business travelers and locals a hearty meal in a cozy banquette or street-side with a perfect view for people-watching. Owner Stephanie Sokolove serves "sophisticated comfort food" in a relaxed and welcoming environment. The restaurant features a sidewalk cafe, club-like bar, cozy fireplace and sky-lit dining area. Over the years Stephanie's has received accolades in numerous publications, including USA Today and The New York Times.
BBB Rating
A+
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Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Fax: (617) 236-0690

Price Range
$$$
Location
At the corner of Newbury and Exeter Streets in Boston's Back Bay. Address 190 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Neighborhoods
Back Bay East, Back Bay
Amenities
Hours of Operation Monday - Friday 11:30am-3:00pm - Lunch 3:00pm-5:00pm - Afternoon Fare 5:00pm-11:00pm - Dinner Saturday 11:30am-3:00pm - Lunch 3:00pm-5:00pm - Afternoon Fare 5:00pm-11:00pm - Dinner Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm - Brunch 3:00pm-5:00pm - Afternoon Fare 5:00pm-10:00pm - Dinner Our bar is open until: 12 midnight, Monday - Wednesday 1:00am, Thursday - Saturday 11:00pm, Sunday
Categories
Restaurants, Bars
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Good For Family: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes

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Kaitlynn M.

01/03/2013

Overall
This place is one of my favori...

This place is one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. I am an absolute regular. Brunch is fabulous, especially their bloody mary menu. The blue cheese stuffed olives melt in your mouth. Their cod entree is the best, its has an interesting twist with New England chowder. Everyone is super friendly and the service is unbelievable. Their warm chocolate cake is to die for. The bar is pretty as well as all of the employees and patrons.

Tom P.

03/22/2011

Overall
Good but not great

Nice ambiance and friendly service. Somewhat frustrated that they were out of the 'special' beer and dessert fromSt Patty's menu one day earlier. Salad wedge was good, pork chop was good but nothing was excellent.

jaylaurino

02/22/2011

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$105.00 for a small cup of soup a salad and a grilled cheese

a very small grilled cheese sandwich a small cup of soup and a good sized salad $105.00? sure we had 3 drinks but please $105.00!!! and $32.00 for parking? and a 50 min wait!!!!!

Hri

10/05/2010

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I don't get Stephanie's

I'll give Stephanie's 5 stars for location, but that's about it. Last time I went my seared tuna salad was soggy, the tuna was smelly, and the ""sangria"" (if you could call it that) was horrible smelling. I know it's a great place to be seen, but wow, for those prices I'd expect a little more than outside seating.

LuvMarble

07/15/2010

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BEST MEATLOAF EVER!!!!!!!!

We went there Fourth of July weekend and my husband had the meatloaf (I ate half of it) AWESOME!!! I had the Grilled chicken Caesar salad, ehh......
So we went back and both had the Meatloaf, so good!!! It is so moist, delicious and had cheese in it. OMG, the best meatloaf I ever had. The only thing was, the second time we went there, the girl didn't bring out the bread basket. I then asked a server and he just forgot. I asked for it again thru the girl and she brought it out after we ate. It was ok! but she also forgot to bring it to the table next to us. My husband commented that you always get better service inside rather than outside. We did get better servie the first time (inside). I don't know, but the meatloaf is awesome and can't wait to go there the next time I'm in Boston.

Bostontransplant

07/13/2010

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Smells from cooking vents make me nauseous

Everyone seems to know Stephanie's. I used to live close to it so I used it as a landmark when telling people where I lived. If you're looking for an over-priced drink with a view, this is the place (Joe's across the street is the same). Don't get me wrong, you'll have a great view and probably a nice time. If you're looking for dinner, however, I suggest going elsewhere. The menu options are uninspiring and the food itself is bland. The last time I went, I ordered the cuban sandwich. Honestly, of the cuban sandwiches I've tasted from 3 different restaurants in the area (including Dana's Cafe in Woburn, MA and another little place in Pemberton Square), this sandwich was the worst and cost two times more than the others. When I lived in the area, the food vents blasted disgusting smells all over the neighborhood. It made me nauseous and was a huge reason why I left. Stephanie's is just a restaurant with a lot of hype but no real bite.

beatrix

05/06/2010

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great ppl watching summertime patio

Stephanies is somewhere you just have to go, theres no getting around it at all, you have to experience it. The patio seating is one of the best spots on a sunny afternoon and inside it has the big booths that are reminiscent of days passed and the feel of fanciness.
They have a killer walnut salad that is to die for and everyone orders in. This is the type of place where I brought my high school student for her graduation because it seems perfect for a special occasion. The staff are also very attentive, which is something I always pick up

juliacantor

04/19/2010

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A true favorite!

I love Stephanie's. I've been to the restaurant several times (always for lunch) and never had a bad experience. I almost always order the salad with seared tuna, which is delicious! I highly recommend it. I have also tried other fish and bok choy, which was delicious as well. It is often a place I've gone for celebrating something special, such as a professional accomplishment, or when a friend visits from out of town. I love the outdoor tables in the summer. Stephanie's is located right on Newbury Street, so it is a great location. A fantastic choice for lunch downtown.

josiebean87

04/13/2010

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Favorite place to splurge for lunch in the summer

My 3 fabulous supervisors decided to take me here for my 21st birthday lunch. These ladies work in the fashion & editorial industry, so I knew I wouldn't be let down. Stephanie's was so cute when I walked in, with all of it's fancy decor and dim lighting. It was wintertime so I especially loved the fireplace and how there seemed to be endless amounts of booths (I always tend to request booths, they're just comfier/more spacious). Our server was friendly and attentive, and she helped my supervisors decide what should be my first legal drink. An elegant and princess pink prosecco for me, haha. It was delicious. Strong bloody marys and various other drinks for the rest of the party (it was onlyabout noon, which adds bonus points to Stephanie's for having a fully stocked bar promptly available that early). For my entree I ordered the grilled jumbo shrimp salad and it was delicious. It's a very simple dish but you wouldn't believe how easy it is to mess up/how many times I've been given overly charred grilled shrimp. One of my supervisors got the ahi tuna tartar and it looked divine! We also got a free dessert to share since it was my birthday, but I can't really remember what it was since this was over a year ago. What I do recall the most is how great of a time I had here, and I've been wanting to go back ever since!

Sure, this place is pricey but it's Newbury St. so what do you expect. Also a reason why I prefer this place for lunch/brunch rather than dinner. Also, the outdoor seating is extremely popular in the summertime/warmer days, primarily because it offers some of the best people watching - so that's another reason Stephanie's is definitely a daytime restaurant in my book. It's also great for just about any type of group - bonding time with girlfriends, a romantic lunch setting, a fancy family meal (though I've seen small children here I don't really see it fitting), and business meetings. So really, whoever you are, if you appreciate a good meal in a great, laid back but plush setting, I definitely recommend trying Stephanie's out! Enjoy :)

Jason Weid

10/16/2009

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Amazing seared swordfish!

The new menu at Stephanie's is simply AMAZING! I would recommend the Seared Swordfish to anyone that is looking for a satisfying meal where you are full, but not over full. The portions are perfect and the whipped parsnip's sweet taste compliment the fish very well. I even had room to have the pumpkin cheesecake for dessert! The cheesecake was perfectly whipped with just the right amount of hot caramel on the plate. Kudos to the chef on a superb dish!

hsmom21

09/06/2009

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Great Newbury St. dining experience

Stephanie's is an experience unique to Boston and a must do for tourists and natives alike. I took visiting relatives here and we all enjoyed it immensely. The food was actually very good with a remarkable variety on the menu. My softshell crab was ever so slightly oily and a little flavorless, but they must have put an entire avocado in my salad and the dressing was delicious. My daughter was very happy with her chicken sandwich as was my sister with her crab cake. We found the service helpful, friendly and prompt. But of course the best part was the wonderfully fun sidewalk dining on Newbury St. itself.

natezp

08/01/2009

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Nice simple food; slow & thoughtless service

It is sad the after so long in the business this restaurant continues to have such ineffective service. The food is good when you are in the mood for simple comfort food. The service and price kills the deal.

Each time I eat at this place I am reminded that I am paying for location & nothing more. Here is how the usual visit goes: Though there are many open tables you wait 3-10 min at the door. You are seated and wait 3-5 min for your sever to get to you. Once he or she does arrive, you place an order for drinks and apps and wait 10 min for something to drink. It is not what you ordered, but bread and water are at least on the table now. Then, knowing that you will have to wait for more drinks, you walk to the bar and pay $25-30 for two good drinks. By the time you get back, the first drinks you ordered are still not at your table. In short, you wait and wait and wait. Finally, you will have some simple nice warm feeling comfort food. Then, you will wait and wait and wait for the bill.
Conclusion, this is an over priced and over rated experience for food I could have had at home in about the same amount of time.

KP22

07/28/2009

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totally overrated

they got best of boston for salads and their salads arent even that good.

this place is filled with snobs and everyone there is so waspy.

the staff is not attentive at all. the bathrooms are gross. and their are fruit flies all over the bar. nasty......

there are a million other places to go on that end of newbury that are way better.

connoisseur69

06/28/2009

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Great place for Brunch

We went in for brunch on a Sunday. We had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated and opted to sit at the bar for a couple of drinks. The cocktails were very good and strong but quite expensive, 2 for $27.50. We were seated and it took a while for the waitress to attend to us. They have a ton of wait staff but service was still slow and the staff seemed very disorganized. We were served a huge bread basket with a variety of breads including scones, raisin bread, crackers and more, I've never seen anything quite like this. Though it turned out to be a good distraction, as it took a very long time for the entrees to come out. We ordered a couple of sandwiches, the tuna melt and the grilled chicken. The tuna melt was superior, but the chicken was still quite good. However, this was all overshadowed by the warm caramel apple bread pudding dessert served with ice cream ( we had another dessert it was blueberry peach something). The bread pudding was mouth-gasmic to the pallet. Apparently it had won the top five desserts in Boston and totally deserves this honor. We definitely recommend Stephanie's on Newbury.

randomgurn

06/23/2009

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Looked good, but really terrible

We visited as a group of 10 on a Saturday night.

They were slow to get our order - we had to ask several times for them to come over. Whilst taking our order, the waiter decided to go and deal with a request from another table.

The food was then slow to arrive. My clam chowder was far too thick and flavourless. Several of us ordered steaks; everybody was given the wrong one in terms of cooking, and let's just say that my version of rare involves the meat still being pink. My steak was also so oily that I couldn't finish it.

Surprisingly, we decided not to take dessert.

Group consensus: the worst meal we have had in a long time.

Devyn28

08/26/2008

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Overall
Nice Brunch

Stefanies is a great place to have a leisurely brunch with friends or significant other...the food is tasty and they have enough of a variety for everyone...they make a great bloody mary and if its after noon - Id recommend their lemonade cocktail...its so refreshing! I especially love the outdoor seating to people watch...the restaurant is perfectly located on Newbury street so after eating and people watching you can shop til you drop!

japhen1

07/27/2008

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Atrocious Food

After reading restaurant reviews for years, I finally felt compelled to write after receiving such a terrible meal last night at Stephanie's. Quite simply, the food was awful. My fiance's New England Clam Chowder was as thick as wallpaper paste, and my Summer House Salad was nothing more than a half a head of iceberg lettuce drenched in balsamic dressing. Moving on to the main course, I ordered the ""special"", which was Mahi Mahi over ""Spanish Rice"". The fish was overcooked, and there was nothing ""Spanish"" about the rice; it was simply white rice mixed with peas and corn. Although served with a lime sauce, it was flavorless. Speaking of flavorless, my fiance's Cavatappi Chicken was a disaster. No taste, and quite frankly, disgusting looking chicken. All in all, a terrible meal. Much, much better options available in Boston.

membernameinuse

05/15/2008

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I absolutly love this place.

I am surprised to read anything negative about this restaurant. I eat here very often; business lunches, family gatherings, dates, or food and drinks in the bar to watch games. It is always fantastic. The food is delicious- way better than most of the other restaurants in the city that I frequent (and definitely the best in the Back Bay.) The service is always stellar. Everyone there is always friendly and accomodating, and goes out of their way to make the experience enjoyable. They have a great wine list, fun drink menu, and awesome patio. Anyway after reading the negatives I had to share my opinion. Sure, there is often a very long wait but it is worth it. I suggest going on a week night so you don't have to fight with the amateurs that try to get in on weekends.

LOVEBRUNCH

04/29/2008

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REALLY POOR DINING EXPERIENCE

We went there around 12:30 for brunch this past Saturday. After waiting close to two hours, we were finally seated. When another guest came to join us, Stephanies did nothing to accomodate the additional guest. The waitress was extremely unfriendly, and two out of four of us were unhappy with the meal. The description of the dishes on the menu greatly differed from what two of us received. When we told the waitress, she gave us a half (fake) smile and showed no interest and no real concern. At the end of our three hour dining experience we all vowed not to go to this place again, even when it is a sunny nice day and there is an appeal to eat outside. After our experience there, eating in a dark and dirty alley would be more pleasant.

JackAnj321

04/21/2008

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Uptight atmosphere, disgusting food, even worse service

I have been there several times, and I never enjoyed it...but I figured I should give it one last try, which I really regret. The service and food was bad the first few times, and this time I was disgusted at the service. Rude waiters, even a ruder manager....overpriced food, attempting to be gourmet....Do not go expecting a relaxing meal....

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