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Row 34

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54 Ratings
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: n/a
Taps: 23
Bottles: 28
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

383 Congress St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02210-1811
United States
phone: (617) 553-5900

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Photo of Dad_of_Rad
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited on 2/6 mid-afternoon.

The space is cool in an old factory that has been several different industrial tenants. Classic look, very clean. Service was excellent. I'd just come from getting beer at Trillium and they put my beer in their cooler to keep it cold. Beer offerings were excellent. They'd just run out of Maine Lunch and Tree House beers from a beer dinner earlier in the week. Had Trillium Sleeper St IPA and Jack's Abby Helles Lager drafts. Both were very good.

Only disappointment was the limited menu between normal lunch and dinner times. Plus, they are only open for dinner on Saturday. Food was very good. They have an extensive raw bar which I didn't sample but thought items looked very fresh. Would definitely recommend as a must visit.

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.34/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BAsbill
4.31/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of dcisco44
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of mjrtchie
4.61/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Overall. Superb. A great combination of a great beer program and excellent food. Service and setting were also great.

Photo of woodchip
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Good vibe, a little spendy, but the food and taplist rocks.

Photo of WoostaBia
4.09/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Strickzland
4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Upscale establishment with a decent taplist and tons of great seafood. The oyster lover that digs good beer will be in heaven here. Apparently there are many in this crowd as this place gets absolutely packed.

The staff is on point managing the crowd and though it was crazy busy, we were able to snag seats at the bar in about five minutes. Food was great and a big bonus is that Trillium is located right next door.

Photo of DorianB
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of Shawn_Winters
5/5  rDev +8.5%

great food and great beer

Photo of Dizzy242
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of jamvt
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of kinopio
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Row 34 is the #1 destination in Boston if you are looking for both great food and excellent beer in one place. It is one of the best seafood restaurants in the country and easily top 3 best beer bars in Boston.

I appreciate the focus on sour beers. Usually there are 5 on draft at once. Some obscure stuff too. There are usually some good sour bottles too from the likes of Cascade, Allagash, etc. Aside from sours, tons of local stuff from Trillium, Jacks Abby, Nightshift. Some bars put way too much focus on hoppy beers at the expense of variety. Row 34 does not have this problem. The cask offering is often the best bang for the buck, typically 20 ounces for $5 or so. Servers are generous with samples and seem to know their stuff.

The guy who owns Island Creek Oysters is a partner here so obviously the oysters are great. The lobster roll is ridiculous. I'd recommend focusing on the smoked and cured stuff or the crudo. Its creative stuff that also lets the quality of the seafood shine.

This place gets packed. I like to get there right when they open at 4:30 on saturdays. I have always been able to get a couple bar seats this way. Otherwise make a reservation or come at off hours during the week. But either way definitely come here because I dunno of anywhere else where seafood and beer is combined so well as it is here.

Photo of jrnyc
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%

This is paradise for anyone who is a foodie and a beer geek. Excellent food and a great, diverse beer list. Bartender Matt was beyond awesome. The physical building is great with exposed ceilings, brick walls and awesome lights. Loved this place.

Photo of AirBob
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of cdobrowo
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ThatPerson
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of KHops79
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of morebeergood
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of halo3one
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of rjp217
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of LittleDon
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Great seafood and great beer. What else could you want?

I am fortunate to have a colleague who has lived in the Boston area for 30+ years and is well connected with the restaurant scene. Each time I go to the area, about four or five times a year, I get to go to a new place. Recently, I was in town for a conference at the Convention Center. Row 34, within walking distance, was on the list.

If you plan on going, make reservations. On the Sunday I was there, there was nothing available. Through luck, or connections, we were able to get a table for six on the patio. Judging by the crowd there were few conference goers, leaving me to believe this was a typical night. Service was outstanding. Prompt, knowledgeable and fast. The oysters and other dishes were extremely fresh and well prepared. And the draft list was superb. Lots of small local crafts and a few better known other beers.

Prices were what you'd expect in Boston for top quality seafood (e.g., oysters 3 apiece). Drafts were reasonable. Not sure how difficult parking would be, but if you're staying near the Convention Center, or even downtown, it is very walkable. I'm looking forward to the next time I'm in Boston. I know where I'll be going.

Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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Row 34 in Boston, MA
100 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.