Doyle's Cafe

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Bar, Eatery

3484 Washington St
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, 02130-2602
United States

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Cavanaghty from Maine

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great place!! Sam Adams of course first sold their beer here. Good service for a Irish Pub in Boston. Good Irish/American/English comfort foods. We went after a tour of the Sam Adams Brewery and it was the perfect ending to a beer tour in Boston. It is your typical Irish Bar and Pub, which really gave it a great atmosphere. If you go you must get the Sam Adam Boston Brick Red, they only sell it in Boston on tap, and what better place to get it than there!

Oh and you get to keep your Sam Adams glass with any Sam Adams beer on tap you buy!

May 02, 2012
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This is a quintessential Boston pub, traditional style with lots of townies. You'll find plenty of conversations around Boston sports and politics.

The service is fast and very informal. Plenty of humor throughout.

The food is mostly sandwiches and burgers. My Reuben featured corned beef cut with the grain, making it very chewy.

The beer selection is wide ranging but common larger craft brewers.

Sep 08, 2018
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costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Jan 03, 2016
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Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Nov 09, 2015
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trevorpost from Massachusetts

3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Mar 25, 2015
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AdamTebbs from Oklahoma

4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Hope you like Sam Adams beers because at Doyles they love it. Visited after a Sam tour and had a blast. Great food, friendly staff and of course awesome Sam Adams beer.

Feb 13, 2015
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Nov 17, 2014
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LutherBrau from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Sep 03, 2014
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kevintaraross from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Sep 01, 2014
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Sellen from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Jul 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Jul 05, 2014
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doremite from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

May 29, 2014
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portia99 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

May 24, 2014
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

May 23, 2014
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ricknelson from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The best way to see Doyle's is to first go to Sam Adams (Boston Beer Co) and do their brewery tour. Easy to get to on "T" Red Line; head toward Forrest Hills and get off at Stoney Brook station. It's just a very short walk (follow the signs) to the brewery. Then after the tour of Sam's and having a few great beers; go outside and hop on the Doyle's Shuttle bus. What a fun short ride from Sam's to Doyle's; and it's FREE!!!
Once inside Doyle's you will have plenty of options on where to sit. It's a massive bar, and food is great. Good beer selection, and if you saved your Sam's tour ticket you get to keep your beer glass.
After a fun time at Doyle's you have short walk to the "T" Red Line. Once out the door walk straight across the street on Williams St, walk a block, turn right onto Amory, go to Green St "T" station.

Apr 12, 2014
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dental from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Apr 09, 2014
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jwps214 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Mar 03, 2014
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IPAchris from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Dec 02, 2013
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Mybeercanbeatupyourbeer from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Nov 12, 2013
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EBeckett3 from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

My local for many years. I remember when it was one room with the elevated outside its front door. The Burke Bros. (Billy, Gerry & Eddie) set the standard and young Gerry is the best and most gracious host you could have. Now famous as the location in many films & TV productions, e.g., Mystic River, Boston Public, Chris Matthews, et al.

Atmosphere: Throwback perhaps, but truly a place where everyone in the community is welcome. Great history and a venerable political watering hole. As far as quaffing goes, difficult to find a better feel. Go in alone, with a group, on a date or for an event, affable and low key. For me, a second living room. Yes, I have a strong bias here.

Quality and Selection: always had a good tap list with better known crafts, British, Irish and Boston breweries featured, particularly Boston Beer Co.(Sam Adams) located right around the corner. Sam Adams standards and "experiments", Harpoon, Tremont, Smuttynose, Doyle's Pickwick Ale, as well as many cask offerings sampled first here. Fantastic single malt & bourbon selection as well.

Service: As I wrote above, this was my local & many of the servers were neighbors. In the 30+ years I've been frequenting and recommending the place, I've had nor heard any complaint. Seen lots of folks, not just regulars, get a pizza after the kitchen was officially closed and have marveled when tough customers got kid glove service from the staff. Love their weekend brunch too.

Food: Pub grub served with a nod and a wink as well as a smile. Vegetarian friends always happy with the offerings, especially the meatless reuben! If you're looking for clam chowder in a bread bowl, a new England boiled dinner, scrod, burgers, pizza, etc. you can't go wrong.
Prices are fair - no gouging or added charges.

Aug 20, 2013
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SerialTicker from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

I went here after the Sam Adams Brewery tour when I was in Boston last summer. Doyle's seems to get somewhat mixed reviews, but I had a great experience.

Atmosphere: Just looks like an Irish pub, with a bunch of memorabilia hanging around. Surprisingly big, as well.

Quality: There are a decent number of taps (don't know what the exact number is), with a good number of them being Sam Adams, including some Boston-area only beers by them.

Service: People seem to think the service isn't all that great, but we went in at about 11:30 or so on a Friday (maybe a Saturday...?) and there were very few people there. The bartender was nice, and the waiter was as well -- he even paid for one of my dad's beers. Made small talk, and were very attentive.

Selection: I don't know the number of taps that Doyle's has, but I remember seeing a single row of about six -- I'm not positive if there are more. The list seemed to be pretty decent, with, as I said, a few Boston-only beers.

Food: Excellent. Best clam chowder I've ever had (I've had it at about a half dozen places), the reuben sandwich was awesome, and the sweet potato fries were fantastic... it seems like a lot of people think the food's pretty average, but I was impressed.

Must visit in Boston. Go to the brewery first and take the trolly on over. Great experience.

May 17, 2013
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greenengineer from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

How can you not love Doyle's, the quintessential Irish pub in Boston? I was there on a recent Thursday night, celebrating the end of the New England Runner Pub Series.

The food is classic pub grub. Nothing gourmet but all decent, and at a good price. The beer selection is pretty good, but since this is Sam Adams "home" pub, you probably want one of the Sam Adams varieties on draft. That or a pint of Doyle's Pickwick Ale.

But what you are really here for is the atmosphere. The walls ooze history, with mementos of James Michael Curley and the Kennedys featured highly. It's a friendly place, and a nice place to hoist a pint or two.

Dec 11, 2011
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IHC from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +24.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I love this place. For an authentic irish feel of old boston this place is a must! JFK's presidential poster is still on the wall!! The food is great here and it's pretty inexpensive. Also, if you take the tour of the Sam adam's brewery and bring the ticket with you they'll give you a free sam adams glass with your first sam's beer. It's a pretty good way start off your day in boston if you ask me!! Also this place is less then 5 min walk from MBTA so quick access to other parts of the city is available.

Dec 08, 2010
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Doyle's Cafe is first and foremost a local bar with a ton of atmosphere. The inside takes you back in time with its quaint charm. If you are looking for a wide variety of beer besides Sam Adams, Harpoon, Sam Smith, and macro, this is probably not the place for you. It should be noted that Doyle's does have two house beers which are tasty. While the beer is fresh, Doyle's sticks to the tried and true. The service is friendly and helpful. The prices are inexpensive. $3 for house brew, and most beers are less than $5. The food is very good. The veggie burgers here are some of the tastiest I have had at a bar. That alone has kept me coming back thinking this place is a treat. Overall, Doyle's is an excellent local Boston bar...just do not expect to be bowled over by the draft list.

Dec 06, 2010
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Jesstyr from District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Came here after a round of golf at Franklin Park. Great place to grab a quick pint and a bite, but not really an ideal beer bar from a food and beer selection perspective.

Atmosphere is classes 19th century updated bar, heavy wood, old pictures, etc. Crowd is a mix of local/regulars and tourists, particularly on a weekend. Quality is pretty good considering the historic nature of the place - fairly clean, good menu. Service was pretty typical, though the waitress didn't recognize Franziskaner when I ordered it - suggesting it was "well-aged".

Beer selection is better than your average pub, particularly with the Sam (Smith & Adams) selection and house brew. I like the randomly strong collection of Sam Smith, tried the Taddy porter, which was pretty good. Food is fine, typical pub fare. Burger is probably the best bet, but dont expect a gourmet meal. Price is better than expected for Boston.

Apr 11, 2010
Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain, MA
Place rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 55 ratings