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Row 34

Not Rated.
Row 34Row 34
BA SCORE
100
world-class

45 Ratings
Ratings: 45
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 6.7%
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @row34

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(Place added by: Jason on 12-02-2013)
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Reviews by mynie:
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4.38/5  rDev -5.4%

Located in the heart of one of Boston's most expensive districts, this place oozes class and money and banks and all the other stuff generally associated with humorless white people. Normally I would not be allowed in such a joint, but I just so happened to have finished a job interview and was clad in a fine 3-piece that was tailored for me, personally, by the experts at Sears.

The aesthetic is aggressively open and white (in the color sense, not the racial sense). It gleams like heaven, or the end of a detergent commercial. There's a bar in the middle looking directly into the kitchen and then high-top seats round the perimeter. Above the bar is a pegboard sign that announces the beer list in white, sans serif letters, as if they were sandwiches at a deli. It's a very cool touch, and thankfully it's also supplemented with printed beer lists.

The selection was broad and extensive, and while it was pricey it wasn't as bad as many other places in the area. There was nothing too horribly obscure on draft (Maine's Mo was there, though), although the bottle selection had some hard to find stuff at sky-high prices (50 bucks for a Bo and Luke).

So it's not exactly my scene, but it's still a very nice beer bar with some very nice seafood.

mynie, Apr 02, 2014
More User Reviews:
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4.8/5  rDev +3.7%

DorianB, Nov 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8%

great food and great beer

Shawn_Winters, Nov 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8%

Dizzy242, Nov 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

jamvt, Oct 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Davepoolesque, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of kinopio
5/5  rDev +8%

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.

kinopio, Oct 07, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

jrnyc, Sep 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

AirBob, Sep 21, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +5.4%

cdobrowo, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -13.6%

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5/5  rDev +8%

KHops79, Sep 13, 2014
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morebeergood, Sep 03, 2014
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halo3one, Aug 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

rjp217, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of LittleDon
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

LittleDon, Aug 16, 2014
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Row 34 in Boston, MA
100 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.