Boston's Bistro & Pub
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 108
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by LittleDon:
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $
Pros: A great local place with good beer and good people. A great value
Cons: You're in Western Ohio
Should reviews be relative or absolute? Should I expect a 5 out of 5 to mean the same in New York or LA as Cedar Rapids or Ogden? If so, relatively few places outside of large metropolitan areas or beer meccas, will every rate better than mediocre. But is this fair to places which may never be as good as a Publick House or O’Briens or Beachwood BBQ but are better than what could be expected for the town size or location? This is the dilemma I have with Boston Bistro and Pub. Compared to what could be found in Boston, San Diego, or LA, it’s probably only slightly better than average. Given that it is in West Central Ohio, a place not known for craft beer, what it offers is far more than can be expected.
I flew into Dayton on a recent business trip and decided to stay close to the airport since it was convenient and close Boston’s, one of the few places with a 4+ rating and more than a few reviews. I was a bit apprehensive since there were only 2 reviews over the last three years, one of them being less than glowing. It was a Monday night. I was warmly greeted by not only the bartender, but some of the patrons at the bar. A good start. While the tap list was not extensive, it was good enough to have more than a few beers worth trying. The atmosphere is what I’d expect from a suburban neighborhood beer bar in middle-America. Bar immediately as you walked in, a number of TVs, pool tables, etc. The bartender, while professing to be relatively new to craft beer, had a good understanding of what she liked. The patrons were welcoming; I even had a great conversation with someone who brought me a basket of popcorn from the popcorn machine (“Best popcorn in the area … “).
The food, like the beer selection, was limited but good. Many Hungarian flavored dishes. I opted for a Zwack infused chicken Panini. Good, but a bit on the dry side. But why would I complain? Prices were very inexpensive and it was half price pint night (a pint of Flying Dog Gonzo for under $4). All in all, a very pleasurable evening.
In the end, if you find yourself in Dayton and need a place to drink and eat, Boston’s is an exceptional choice. Thanks to the locals who made it an extraordinary experience for me. I will most certainly stop in the next time I'm in town.
03-31-2013 00:01:15 | More by LittleDon
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Vibe: This place is located at the corner of North a Main Street and Dog Leg Road. It is on the top floor of a two story structure that somewhat resembles an European mountain chalet. The main entrance is in the back of the building by the parking lot, which leads to a room with a bar, some high tables with stools with backs on them and booths by the windows. Further to the back is a pool table, dart boards, and more booth and tables to sit down at. The décor seems like it is from the 1970s.
Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperatures using a variety of glassware (i.e., pint glasses for most beers and snifter glasses for beers with high alcohol contents such as Russian Imperial Stouts).
Service: I went on a Tuesday afternoon so there were only a few people sitting at the bar. The bartender was very friendly and knew a lot about the beers, offering advice about which ones to choose. I also got to meet the owner, who explained how he has been providing craft beers to the Dayton area for a number of years.
Selection: The place had 16 beers on-tap, which were listed on a board on the wall. A sheet of paper also listed the draught beers and gave details such as the alcohol content and BA score. The bottle/can list was equally impressive, with offerings from breweries such as Finche's, North Peak and Jackie O's.
Food: The place has a lot of Hungarian dishes. I tried a Hungarian-themed pizza that was topped with pork kraut. It was cut into small diamond-shaped slices that were perfect for sharing and munching on while drinking beers. Panninis were served in a basket with a choice of ?homemade slaw or a choice of four different types of potato chips.
Value: Prices seemed reasonable compared to other places in the area. I pwould definitely go back again to this place because it had a nice family feel and the staff were very friendly.
10-29-2013 22:03:53 | More by metter98
4.7/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
I consider uncovering an establishment like BB&P - thanks to BA - a triumph. I travel for work and found myself in Dayton in search of good beer. BB&P addressed that admirably with their 17 taps, which were comprised of thoughtfully selected offerings. I started with a Tri-PA from Full Pint, then a Hoppus Maximum Amber from Thirsty Dog and the crowning achievement, a freshly tapped Great Lakes' Monster. A unique added attraction is the proprietors have added Hungarian dishes to the menu, which offer an ideal accompaniment to the beer. I had a stellar Panini called the 'Hot Arrogant Kolbasz' that was excellent. Also be sure to check out the richly garlic and paprika laced mashed potatoes. The atmosphere is friendly, laid back and populated by locals. The staff are friendly and welcoming as well and are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the beer they pour. Dayton's fortunate to have a place like this in its midst; I will always return on future trips to Dayton.
05-22-2013 10:05:52 | More by SudsTerkel
2.63/5 rDev -36.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.75 | $
so, i may not be the best to review this place, seeing as how our waitress didn't even come around a second time, but overall i was very disappointed in this place. after being talked up in the dayton area as one of the classic places to go for expansive selection...we were left wanting....
after repeated attempts to flag down our waitress for round two, we simply threw some cash on the bar and left, vowing never to return.
02-25-2013 02:08:36 | More by speedvagen
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
While this place is quite a way to drive to get to, I'm glad I visited and I will be coming again.
Atmosphere: From the outside it's not much to look at. It's a very odd building with a split level and a defunct wine store and another bar (not affiliated as far as I can tell) on that lower level as well. Inside though, it's a simple cozy place. Plenty of booths and tables.
Quality: All high quality beers and imports on tap here. Constantly rotating with the majority of what was on tap being Oktoberfest, but plenty of stouts and a few pale ales as well. I had a Bell's Two Hearted and a Great Lakes Oktoberfest. Bottle list was 100 bottles long with just about every major style covered in both import and US craft category.
Service: Quick and attentive, but not intrusive. Very knowledgeable about the tap list when those who joined me had questions about what beers were available that night in style that they may like.
Selection: See quality comment above. Very hand in hand here. With a constantly changing tap lineup and lots and lots of bottles, you'll have plenty of selection for whatever beer mood you may be in. Well, at least I see it that way for my tastes.
Food: Didn't have a lot here, but I will say the free pizza and popcorn was very very good. If the simple free stuff is this good and this well done, that bodes quite well for the rest of the menu next time I stop by.
Very reasonable prices. Myself and 3 others over a game of cards had 8 beers total on tap for $38.50 - and again these were all US craft 16oz pours.
I will definitely be visiting again.
09-29-2012 12:29:34 | More by damndirtyape
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I live near Boston's, and it's a great place to try out some amazing beers! They have a great selection of beer that is always changing with the seasons. Most other bars in the area serve your basic selection of beers, but Boston's always has a nice wide variety. They were also named The Most Arrogant Bar in America 2 years in a row (maybe even three!).
If you can, stop in and grab one of their crazy pizzas (mashed potato pizza is delicious), ask about the beer selection, and have a few pints with your friends!
03-01-2011 04:31:53 | More by MaxSpang
Boston's Bistro & Pub in Dayton, OH
92 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.