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Reviews by jneiswender:
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
I went to the Parish for the first time after hearing so much about it from friends. WOW! You can see and taste why this place is the "Best of Boston" so many times over. The service is great, the food is incredible and the beer selection is above average for a "bistro-style" restaurant.
I had the famous "Zuni" roll which completely lives up to the hype.
The beer selection features about 15 on tap beers. Several seasonals are available as part of that draft selection. The bottled beer selection is also robust for the restaurant type. Maybe around 30 or so.
The service was attentive even though it was quite busy.
Great bistro food without the pretense.
01-15-2009 22:36:07 | More by jneiswender
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4.04/5 rDev +2.3%
Known for their unique sandwiches and outside tables on Boylston Street during the nice weather. Very often a line for outside but they are used to handling lots of people - and we often go in for a beer at the bar and wait for an outside table when it's nice out.
Hard for me to find a menu where I legitimately considered ordered each and every sandwich offered. They all sounded great, and since I have eaten here several times before, I knew each one would be even better than described in the menu.
Beers offered on tap was barely adequate, but we go to this place for the great sandwiches at a relatively reasonable cost considering the quality ($10-$14 for most) and the good vibes.
06-04-2013 18:03:16 | More by KXS
4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
Hit this place up on a Saturday afternoon, and we had an infant with us, so we needed to sit inside. That being said, our party was 5+, and it still was only a 30 minute wait on a Saturday. Outdoor seating has their own host/hostess, so the seating is very streamlined. Looks like a great place to be outside on nice days. The beer list was pretty dynamic, and I want to say there were about 18 brews on tap. Plenty of locals, as well as some more common west coast brews, but a balanced list all together. Great drinks menu, as well. The food is pretty damn good...the big thing at Parish is that they have a sandwich menu that brings all the best sandwiches from around the Boston area to one menu. They give credit to where the sandwich is originally from, and there are specials rotating through all the time. The place was mobbed and the service was still prompt and friendly. The place is narrow once you get inside, with everything to the left and the bar to the right, and it can get a little noisy, but overall a warm, welcoming feel. The prices were a little steep, but then again, you are in downtown Boston, so you have to be prepared to open those purse strings. I will definitely check this place out again in the future...maybe check out the other Parish, as well. Worth stopping by for some brews and grub.
11-05-2012 03:51:33 | More by GarthDanielson
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
Went here on a Wednesday night with my son and daughter. It was a warm and comfortable night, and sitting outdoors was a great experience. Unfortunately, we could only drink outdoors. If we wanted to eat, which we did, it had to be indoors. Inside, it was crowded and noisy. Crowded enough that you couldn't walk from your table to a restroom. Noisy enough that you couldn't converse with the people sitting at your table.
The beer list was great. 15 or so beers on tap, lots of local (massachusetts) beers. I had a couple Buks, which were great. My daughter had a Wachusett Blueberry, which she enjoyed. Extensive bottle list. My son, the contrarian, had a Weihenstephaner Hefe, also enjoyed.
The food was quite good also. We liked the onion rings with aioli. I had a great portabella sandwich with a white bean salad. The others had a turkey wrap and mac and cheese, both well recieved.
Service was OK, a little on the slow side.
Great beer list, very good food. Too noisy, too many people standing in aisles.
07-15-2011 22:51:23 | More by lordofthewiens
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
This place has an extensive bottled beer list. If you drink all of the bottled beers, you get to join the mug club. While I will probably never be in the mug club I did get to witness someone join the mug club while I was dining at Parish II on Mass. Ave. The bartender played the theme from Rocky and all the staff congratulated the young patron. My only complaint with their beer list is that there are quite a few errors on the beer list. The location of the breweries are wrong on several of my favorites. For example, it says Dogfish is from VT, clearly its from DE. Minutae, I know but bother me none the less.
As for the food, they have great menu. The menu seems to be the best of Boston's sandwiches all on one menu. I like the idea that they borrow and credit all the sandwiches to the original location. I will definitely go back to Parish as it seems like a low key hangout.
05-10-2011 17:30:04 | More by imabluehen
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
The Zuni Roll is one of the best sandwiches on this Earth!
I love the Parish Cafe. I have been going here for years and the Food, Beer and Service has always been top notch. It's not quite a restaurant and it's not quite a bar, it's right in the middle.
The menu consist mainly of sandwiches, but these are not the sandwiches your Mom made for you for lunch in a brown bag. Each one was created by a local chef. Some are amazing, like the Zuni Roll (smoked turkey breast, crisp bacon, chopped scallions, dill Havarti cheese and cranberry-chipotle sauce wrapped in a flour tortilla) and some are down right strange, (they used to have a ham sandwich served on banana bread with pickled red cabbage, I had it once....very weird). I've had a few of the entries but the sandwiches are what keep me coming back.
The Drinks: I love their beer selection. I'm a beer lover and Parish always has something for everyone. Any place that always has Chimay on hand is a good place by me. The claim to have 75 beers on tap and in the bottle. You can join their "Mug Club" if you go there often, and your personalized beer mug will be waiting for you hanging above the bar. Also my wife loves the Raspberry Zinger the bartenders make. She swears by it.
The art on the walls rotates, so there is always something to look at. A few flat screen TVs hung on the walls and very eclectic music played all the time.
When the weather turns nice, the patio seating is great for people watching. Oneof the best spots in the city.
I love this place.
08-22-2008 16:34:37 | More by acme401
Parish Cafe in Boston, MA
89 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.