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Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

Not Rated.
Stoddard's Fine Food & AleStoddard's Fine Food & Ale
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
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

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

(Place added by: duhgus on 02-25-2010)
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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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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.

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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
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3.76/5  rDev -6.9%

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
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Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale in Boston, MA
90 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.