Brasserie JO

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Type: Bar, Eatery

120 Huntington Ave
Boston, Massachusetts, 02116-5730
United States

(617) 425-3240 | map

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Added by BeerResearcher on 07-04-2005

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

Attached to the Colonnade Hotel, this place is a nicely decorated french bistro restaurant with a limited beer selection. When you first walk from the hotel the bar is there, a grey metal top with about 15 stools. The back of the resturant is large and has plenty of tables for dining. Windows overlooking Huntington Ave provide plenty of natural light.

There were 5 beers on draft here - a BBC Coffee Porter, Brooklyn Lager, Stella, Allagash White, and SA Boston Lager. There is a decent bottle selection here, with some beers from Pretty Things, Chimay, Ommegang, Cisco, and BBC. I only had one draft (the coffee porter) which was fresh.

Service was decent, and the food I had was good. Not really a beer destination in Boston, just convenient for those staying in the hotel who want a quick pint.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped by here after work on Friday after work with a friend to catch up over a drink. I knew the bar wouldn't be too crazy with people, so we could chat. The place has that Americanized version of a French brasserie atmosphere to it. There was an air of elegance to the place but not so much as to make you feel overwhelmed. Grabbed some seats at the bar, and were served by a very attentive barman. Served food and drinks quickly, laid out utensils and napkins nicely, all the little things that add up. There were only five beers on tap, one of which being the house pilsner. Others were Warsteiner, Sam Lager, Hoegaarden, and Grimbergen Dubbel. I ordered a Grimbergen which was poured into a Grimbergen glass. All the beers there seemed to have the appropriate glass. As for bottles, they had Chimay, Duvel, Saison Dupont, Lindemans, Corsendonk, Ommegang Rare Vos, and several other European selections. The second beer I ordered was a Castelain Blond. I had to order a French beer since I was in French joint. Came served in a stemmed tulip glass. As for food, with your order you get a nice roll of French bread and some wasabi/garlic carrots for free. We then ate some escargot (very buttery) and then an order of gruyere and spinach flatbread (needed salt). Pretty tasty barfood, I will admit though. Brasserie Jo's beer selection is a bit limited, but spot on, in that there are no losers on the menu. The service was good, and overall the prices were a bit higher, but normal for a upscale place. I recommend this place as a great locale to take someone to impress them, but also have the chance to grab a great beer.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Had dinner Sunday night before hitting up a Boston Pops Christmas show. Located in the first floor of the Colonnade Hotel. Atmosphere definitely reminds me of a few of the brasseries I visited in Paris. Casual but elegant feel. the waitstaff is very friendly and ready to wait upon you, but politely rude. I even got a "...ummm.. how do you say in English...." when I asked a question about the contract brewed house beer Hopla. A surprisingly tasty pilsner.

Food is light french cuisine with a few heavier entrees. I had the lamb shank and it was very moist and huge. The little bready things served with it were quite good.

The beer selection kind of surprised me so I looked it up on this sire and found that it has been reviewed recently. In addition to the aformentioned Hopla they also had Saison Dupont, Warsteiner and La Chouffe on-tap. Thirteen bottled beers also were offered, including: Corsendonk, Chimay (white and premier), Lindeman's. and Duvel. Europen style farmhouse ales mostly and a nice selection for the cuisine.

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Photo of rousee
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I went to Brasserie Jo for the first time last night. Let me first say that this is more of a French country-style restaurant than a beer bar. Real easy to find, it is connected to the Collonade hotel on Huntington Ave--opposite the Prudential mall.

The atmosphere inside is pleasant but it is a little bit of the "one big room" type feel to it. I could see it being too noisy for some people. This doesn't bother me at all though. There is a bar when you first walk in that seats maybe 20-25 people and a very nice selection of beers.

I tried Castelain, the French biere de gard--one of the other well known ones besides Jenlain. I think the Castelain is actually better than Jenlain. They also had a house beer on tap called Hopla. It was decent but nothing spectacular. It seemed to pair better with my steak than the Castelain even though I much preferred the Castelain. The food was great and the service was very nice, attentive, and professional.

This is an example of a fine restaurant getting beer right as has been discussed here on BA many times. Any other restaurants that are looking to elevate beer in their establishments would be well served to look at Brasserie Jo and use them as an example of how to do this.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

It started to rain. My girlfriend and I happened to duck inside Brasserie Jo at The Colonnade on 120 Huntington Ave for some appetizers. She now remembered reading some good reviews about this brasserie-style place with le French-leaning twist.

Before I continue this review, I should note that this is not your typical beer bar or high-end ale house. This happens to be more of the kind of establishment that you can feel comfortable about inviting your wine lovers, or non-drinking friends to for lunch or dinner. And while they're perusing the wine list, you're eyeballing the better-than-average beer selections.

We saddled up to the comfortable and wide sweeping bar.
Well, I was surprised and quite pleased by, not only the eye-popping decor, but by the unexpected beer selections.
Note: All beers are poured into the proper glasses!
On Draft:
Hopla - Is their "House Beer" A German style Pils: Floral, crisp and a malty middle. I can't place it for certain, but it has a wonderful minty and herbal quality. Maybe Radeburger?
Their Seasonal tap at this time is Hennipen

The bartender told us they sometimes add a tap of seasonal.

Fischer Labelle & Amber
Tuborg Gold
Saison DuPont
Tutz - The "Original Ice Beer"
Lindeman's Framboise
Corsendonk Brown
Affligem Abbey
Chimay White Cap (We'd have to drag Venom out of this place!)

Grand Bottles:
Paulaner Hefe-Weizen
Fischer Bitter
Chimay Premier (Kickin' and Screamin'!)

We really enjoyed the grand old 50s retro sort of feel to this place. The appetizers were outstanding! And the desserts are mostly classic French.
There's a top notch selection of Single Malt Scotch, Ports and rare Cognacs and Armagnacs as well.

There are 3 different dining themes within Brasserie Jo, The French-style bar, The 40s - 50s Retro, art-deco main dining area and a "Winter Garden"
We plan on visiting again soon, this time for complete dinner.

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Brasserie JO in Boston, MA
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