The Boynton Restaurant & Spirits

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The Boynton Restaurant & SpiritsThe Boynton Restaurant & Spirits
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The Boynton Restaurant & SpiritsThe Boynton Restaurant & Spirits

Type: Bar, Eatery

117 Highland St
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01609-2726
United States

(508) 756-8458 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2006

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of DPRickli
5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is just awesome. Great tap list, food that everyone can agree on, and really fair prices. Their tap list isn't as good as Armsby's...that said, my wife doesn't have a hard time finding a beer she'll like here, which is an issue at Armsby on occasion. Granted, that's more of an issue with her than it is with Armsby haha.

I've literally never heard of anyone disappointed by this place. Go and you won't be disappointed. Also the fried Brussels sprouts are bomb,

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Photo of brentblack1
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jefferson_39
4.63/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Buddance
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of fitzy84
4.46/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Went here for the first time with my family. The restaurant has a parking lot that is manned by a worker. The lot is decently large, but when we went around 4:30 PM, the lot was pretty full. When you enter the restaurant, there is a mostly booth dining area straight ahead of you, a bar area around the corner from the booths, but more tables to one's right when you enter. Even with the seating and the pre-5PM dinner, this place was packed and loud. Definitely had a neighborhood bar vibe that was still family friendly.

Service was quite excellent and attentive, especially with our child that was a bit unruly that evening. Our appetizer and entrees came promptly even though the restaurant was intensely busy. The food is great across the board. Portions are generous, prices are reasonable, and the quality of the food is great. The menu includes a wide range of sandwiches, burgers, pasta dishes, and pizzas. Everything I had was great.

For beers, the menu was quite good as well. The restaurant was introducing Sloop Brewery to the area, so I had Sloop's Red C drink. After my meal, I had Lost Abbey Angel's Share bourbon aged. When glimpsing at the menu, it seemed the restaurant rotated around some good local and nationwide drinks, both bottled and on tap.

Overall, if I lived in Worcester, this would be a great go-to spot. However, I would warn that it gets crowded and loud quickly, it seems, on the weekend.

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Photo of BenCannon171
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

A Worcester establishment! Great varied menu where everything is good but Pizza is best. Bar service is really good and wait service is okay. Probably busy on any given night of the week. Parking can be a pain if the back lot is full. Good draft list with rotating rarities along with old standby's. Always a fun time.

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Photo of Roguer
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of John_r_l
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MattGrimley
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of irrevjim
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

sit at the bar if this is important to you, bar staff have a better handle than waitresses, not only on what's there and what it is but why you want to know. all are friendly, overall a friendly big local place with families, nerds. hipsters, cougars everyone under the sun feeling comfortable in a pub setting, big place.
never had a bad pour or bad food
service is friendly and pretty quick, even when busy
they may not have the only cask of some swiss sour lager ever shipped to the US (Armsby would) but they have rotating casks of locals that you get nowhere else, as well as an impressive list of regular and rotating taps that you actually want to try, no matter what your preferred style, and they really don't have to, so it's awesome that they do it as well as they do.
food is solid, a nice mix of basic and slightly adventurous pub food at very reasonable prices

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Photo of mruane13
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Rideguy64
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Good food, inexpensive. Can be very noisy. They have a very diverse tap selection. Changes often. Good place to take the family. Something for everyone. The waitstaff is friendly.

This is a regular dinner stop for myself and family.

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Photo of kettleandcask
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MCV
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of WoostaBia
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Speedbump
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of wingwalker3
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of wfuqua
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Boynton has one of the better tap lists in Worcester. It appears that they change it weekly. The tap list is sorted by style and they identify the location of the brewery as well, which I thought was nice. The restaurant itself is huge and gets quite crowded in the bar area. It's not the quietest place ever either and there are better value for money bars in Worcester, although anyone coming from Boston will think this is a steal.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of cbutova
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Popular Worcester dining destination with one of the better craft draft lists aside from Armsby and Dive Bar. The beer list is always diverse and they seem to focus on having a few beers from many different styles to satisfy anyone. I have had many local brews here as well as the occasional seasonal brew from afar, for example FW Parabola. Prices are probably right around or $0.50 lower than an average Armsby draft price. I also think they will do half-pours if that is what you want. I have had several entrees and the pizza a few times here. The food is always fresh and flavorful with a large enough menu that mostly anyone could find something. If not, just fall back on the pizza and it will be satisfying. The place is also huge with plenty of booth seating.

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Photo of eb1610
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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The Boynton Restaurant & Spirits in Worcester, MA
Place rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 31 ratings