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Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

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Stoddard's Fine Food & AleStoddard's Fine Food & Ale

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Taps: 22
Bottles: 66
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

48 Temple Pl
Boston, Massachusetts, 02111-1306
United States
phone: (617) 426-0048

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @stoddardspub

Tuesday - Saturday: 5pm - 2am
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Monday: Closed

(Place added by: duhgus on 02-25-2010)
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Photo of Mini4x
4.21/5  rDev +4%

Excellent beer bar with four rotating cask taps, for those of us that prefer casks beer this is one of the few places that typically always has a few to chose form. Food is excellent, highly recommend the chicken wings, or the cheese plate. The crowd can be annoying, I'd suggest going during the summer when school is out and there are more 'adults' there rather than college students.

Mini4x, May 25, 2014
Photo of msubulldog25
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%

Visited 16 Nov 2013, 8:30 - 10:30pm

Four work colleagues and I dined here last Saturday night; we were in Boston for an Expo and staying at Hotel Nine Zero just a couple blocks away. The day had been a long one, work-wise, and the walk from the hotel was short, so it seemed the perfect option to have beers/dinner at this establishment. I'd found Stoddard's weeks ago (perusing BA, of course) and the others went along for the ride - but all came away satisfied.

From a historical perspective, the place is awesome. I won't drone on with all the details (let the backside of the menu do that), but there are century-old fixtures and details abounding, a massive mahogany and oak bar, corsets and cutlery signage from earlier businesses once housed in this 1868 Greek Revival structure - even a framed inscription (tough to find) from the building's original architect. As a lover of history and architecture I found the cozy space pretty fascinating... and busy! When we arrived both bar and dining areas were completely full, so despite our 8:30 reservations we weren't seated until after 9:00. No big deal, staff was friendly and apologetic and we simply ordered beers at the bar to bide our time.

The beer list is pretty good. I counted 18 draught options + 2 casks + 6 bottles on the menu and it appears to rotate pretty frequently. Of the 6 "IPAs", only 2 were from the Northeast and one of those was Mayflower's English Mild(?). 3 Stouts, 3 "Lagers/Germans", a half dozen "Belgians" (all domestic), a couple Seasonals and the handful of Bottles/Cans (everything from $3 Bud/Bud Light to $18.50 Avery Uncle Jacob's). I picked Jack's Abbey "Smoke & Dagger" rauchbier on nitro (x3) and others Troegs Dreamweaver and the ubiquitous Narragansett (which inspired research/discovery of the old "Hi Neighbor! Have a 'Gansett" phrase... that became our saying for the remainder of our time in Boston). Apparently there's a much longer bottle list, but I didn't get the chance to review it.

Food was very good and inspired by American classics: lots of red meat and fish, cheeses, some pasta and vegetable sides. We all shared some onion rings and brussel sprouts to quelch our disappointment over missing the last pretzel/gouda fondue by mere minutes. Others picked salmon and short ribs and I chose the hanger steak frites. Tasty and filling, every dish was above average.

Service was friendly and prompt with refills. Despite the noise and bustle, the server took a couple minutes to answer some of our questions regarding the building's history, including the one about the framed corsets that hung on the brick wall above our heads.

Prices for dinner entrees ranged from $13-16 for simpler burger/sandwich options and pasta to $24-28 for bigger meats and fish. Beers are generally $6-7, regardless of pour size.

Overall a very good experience: fun and vibrant atmosphere, good food, good beer. I'd certainly return.

PS: A trip to the basement-level men's room is quite an "experience"; it's fairly small and has what looks like a transplanted outhouse for a toilet stall. Beneath the urinals is an odd cut-out in the concrete that is simply a pit of exposed dirt (why???)...all kinda weird, but memorable!

msubulldog25, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of KXS
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%

Had special taps for pre-Brewfest celebration so that alone made it worthwhile, but we thought the food was excellent. The options were not extensive, and a little bit of an odd assortment, with a rather large range of prices. We debated about the burger ($15) or the venison, but ended up splitting mussels (very spicy sauce made this the best we've had in a while) and the beet salad (unusual in that parts were warm and other parts cold - on purpose - and turned out to be a nice sensation), and then shared the $24 stuffed rabbit. When you eat out a lot, it's hard to find a place that has something that is different - something with a unique taste, but the stuffed rabbit clearly did it for us - truly the best dish we've had in years.

The waitress and her newbie shadow were great - the hostess should get another job, as she caused the rating to go way down. Place was also too noisy to have a regular conversation - even after most the beer folks left. Will definitely go back again on a non-event night.

KXS, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of PJK
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%

Stoddard's has one of the best selection of drafts in the Downtown Crossing area, if not the entire city. It has a very warm, friendly atmosphere. In addition to a very vibrant collection of craft beers, the also pride themselves on artisan cocktails. But when I visit, I can't resist the beers, so I'll have to review those another time.

I'd consider it a "must visit" for beer lovers.

PJK, May 21, 2013
Photo of BigOldOaf
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%

Just a preface to the review, I rated the pricing "reasonable" only because there was serious value in what I ordered. Otherwise, I would say it's a bit pricey.

The inside is dim and warm with dark wood throughout. The vibe is like an Irish pub with an upscale twist. The beer list is not so extensive, but filled with quality craft brews. There were perhaps 20 taps and a handful of bottles on the menu. I decided on the Green Flash Grand Cru. About midway through that beer, I decided I wanted a little snack so I took a gander at the food menu. For lunch, the menu was certainly expensive. Most of the items were upwards of ten dollars. Seven bucks for the soup of the day. At nine bucks, I decided on the cheese plate. Expecting a pretty wimpy portion, I was surprised at the bang for your buck! The quality was also outstanding! I would have expected this plate to be priced between 13 and 15 dollars. It came with three generous slices of each cheese, which included bleu, brie, and something reminiscent of sharp provolone. The brie was mild, the bleu very sharp, and the third smack in the middle. There were also halved grapes, a solidified honey spread, a fruity jam with hints of fig, and eight or nine slices of crouton-like pieces of bread. I started off with just cheese and bread, but began to experiment as I advanced through the plate. The spreads went well together and with every cheese. The flavor combinations were delicious! The sweetness of the spreads offset the sharpness of the sharp cheeses and complimented the mildness of the brie. Overall, Stoddard's is excellent. More upscale than I typically enjoy, but definitely a worthwhile place to go. I would recommend bringing a date who enjoys craft beer.

BigOldOaf, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

The Atmosphere about this place was pretty cool. It's was like you stepped into a old tavern/castle based upon the dark decor and wooden planked floors. Booths, high tops and a nice bar area were spread out in this long bar.

Quality: The quality of the beer and food was good between the girlfriend and I. We shared some vegetables with cheese fondue/beer cheese, little bread rolls that looked like tater tots that also came with the same dip, and fries that had ketchup and herbed mayo for dipping. All the apps hit the spot as we were not planning on eating much before the show. The beer was also good, cask from Notch, Imperial IPA from Widmer, and Dubbel from Boulevard.

Service: The service was good, but could have been better. We were there for the Notch cask event before we caught a show at the Orpheum around the corner. Bartenders should manage their areas a little better.

Selection: The selection of beers to me were great. 20 drafts, 5 firkins, and one gravity cask put a smile on my face. I was checking out there bottled beer selection and was delightfully pleased with what they had. I would say they had around 70+ bottled beers to choose.

Value: Some beers seemed expensive and others didn't. Very strange. I think the cask was 6.75, imperial was 6, and the dubbel was 7. It seemed reasaonable for some, but a but pricey for others. A little expensive, but they can probably get away with considering they are in the theater/financial district of town.

Overall: This is a great place to try beer for a special cask event or beer release. Also located a block from Park Street for the train lovers too. Will be taking the T up from Dot to enjoy some pints once again.

Flounder57, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

The first thing you might notice upon entering Stoddard's is the "old world" decor, accentuated with soft lights emanating from lit candles on the dark wooden tables and dim cieling lights. Mahagony, oak, wood, and red bricks, make up the bulk of the materials used in designing this place.

Another throw back to the past is the presence of two lone "stree corner" light posts spaced apart in front of the bar, which adds a sort of quaint charm. Upon passing the foyer, which has a fairly low cieling, the actual establishment has fairly high cielings. While there are no televisions, there is a large projector thats casts its images on the wall above the foyer.

As far as the selection is concerned, there are five cask ales and twenty ales on draught. And if that isn't enough, there is double the amount in bottled form. Jazz music plays quietly in the background. Additionally this place attracts young and aged business men and women alike, and is fairly mixed demographically.

The waitstaff, while not completely knowledgeable on craft beer, are very helpful and willing to search out the answer to any beer related questions. The food is artisinal and high in quality (had the charcuterie plate which was very tasty despite liberal use of salt), and the beers are served at a proper temperature. However, the prices are rather stiff at around $7.50 a pint. Overall I deem Stoddard's a nice establishment that is worth checking out.

TheJollyHop, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of rousee
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%

Stoddards is finally open after a long wait. I wanted to try it twice before writing any review and I first want to warn all you people out there that like to complain about beer prices. 7 bucks is the norm for the co2 beers and I actually paid 10 bucks for a pint of cask Cape Ann west indies IPA. Had never seen it before and maybe it was an expensive one off but I wish I knew the prices on some of these beers before jumping in. It was still very good and fresh and Im glad I tried it but it wasnt worth 10 for a pint. They are cool about giving you samples on just about everything though.

Atmosphere in this place is absolutely fantastic except for some of the lame suit crowd that you're bound to get at any place around here during the work week.

They are closed on Mondays !

The staff is definitely getting used to it and they seem to kind of warm up after you've been in there for more than a few minutes. They are not very knowledgeable on beer but I find it somewhat amusing to hear them talk beer. They're definitely learning on the fly and they all seem to be fairly interested in trying the "new" beers which in my opinion is a great thing.

I only ate here once and the food is definitely quality. Its not as expensive (relatively speaking) as the beers/drinks either and you can tell right away that they're into buying better/higher quality ingredients, and putting some effort into their food preparation, etc . I could see upgrading my food score after I've tried the menu a little more extensively (tried cask ale brunch and it was excellent--score upgraded)

Beer selection is as good as anything downtown that I've seen other than a liquor store. The only fault I would give them is too much Harpoon and too much Mercury, the bottle and can selection is fantastic too, although I could see them not having everything that is displayed.

I like this place a lot except I generally dont care to hang out with the suit crowd that is so prevalent M-F. Lookin fwd to tryin it on a weekend.

Update--food has gone downhill quite a bit over the last few months.

rousee, May 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.73/5  rDev -7.9%

A quick illustration of this bar's thoughtfulness on the beer: I watched a bartender clear a beer line for a newly tapped beer. About an hour later, the manager poured the beer and declared it flat (versus his knowledge of that particular beer). He even said that this beer previously poured too foamy. The bartender volunteered to correct the carbonation.

This establishment is long and dark, due mostly to the mid-block location opposite a large building on a narrow street. The bar is half the depth. Taps run the length of the bar about 18 inches apart. The selection is eclectic with no conventional beers and relatively few common craft beers. They are obviously seeking a clientele wanting the unusual.

My bartender was a bit "all over the place" but friendly. Midway through she stated she was working a double and wanted to cash out. I didn't see her after she closed out so I'm not sure what she meant by the double. In the end, I'd say she was "busy" without a lot of work.

The food was okay I ordered a basic Caesar salad and the ingredients were served around the late--the anchovies were whole and on the side while the croutons were on the other side. Unusual. The couple next to me loved their charcouterie.

Love the beer but not the service.

smcolw, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale in Boston, MA
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