The Rattlesnake Bar & Grill

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The Rattlesnake Bar & GrillThe Rattlesnake Bar & Grill
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The Rattlesnake Bar & GrillThe Rattlesnake Bar & Grill

Type: Bar, Eatery

384 Boylston St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02116-3801
United States

(617) 859-8555 | map

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Added by deltatauhobbit on 12-22-2009

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Photo of Shellynix
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Starting with the positives, on a Thursday night at dinner time, we were able to get seated quickly. There was a long list of local bottles to choose from. None were horribly exotic, but if you are looking to introduce yourself to the Boston beer scene and do not want to stop by a package store, they will suffice. The food that was served was exotic (antelope, boar, and more) and tasty. The nachos that I had were different and amongst the best I have had at a bar. However, the tap list consisted of only about seven drafts. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier was a pleasant find for $7.25 a draft. the rest of the drafts were passable. The food was all overpriced. $15 got me two tacos with no sides. Other meals that my group ordered were likewise small. The atmosphere, well not much. Noisy-semi touristy, theme bar. If you are into small plates stop here. For me, there are so many other options when I go to Boston, that I will not likely return here.

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Photo of American_Hawk
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

3.5 solely for their roof deck.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of lwbyrne
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MrBoh
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kinopio
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The Rattlesnake has definitely upped its beer selection in the last couple of years. I've been here about 5 times and have always found something interesting on draft, recent examples being Jacks Abby Hoponius Union and Ithaca Flower Power. They usually have something from Dogfish and the current Narraganset seasonal on draft at all times. About 15 draft lines. They sometimes have events, like a recent dinner where each course was paired with a different sour beer

The bottle selection is pretty good. I once ordered an Aventinus and they served it in the corresponding glassware. I haven't ate here but I have it on good authority that they make some of the best nachos in town. Beer prices are fair when factoring in the swanky neighborhood. If you are into margaritas this is a good place to visit.

The Rattlesnake has a pretty sweet roofdeck and that may be its biggest selling point. The inside is quite large so its a good place to come if you are with a big group. Its also in a very nice part of Boston, but its an area that doesn't have a lot of quality bars, so the Rattlesnake stands out in a good way. Those are the reasons I give it a high atmosphere grade.

Overall its a solid all around place and one of the best options in the Back Bay for good beer and general merriment.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Stopped in here last night to grab some beers and food, and to watch the Sox. Not a great sports watching location, televisions are on the small side and no volume. This place had undergone a face lift a couple of years ago, and I honestly think they made the place pretty bland looking. Grabbed seats at the bar. Our bartenders (guy and gal) were both attentive and friendly. Beer selection was nine beers on tap: Sam x2, Harpoon x2, Stella, PBR, DFH 60, Rapscallion Premier, and Guinness. Nothing to get excited over. Most were $5.50 a pint. The bottled beer list was about 60 choices long, and while there were a few decent choices sprinkled here and there, I thought the prices on bottles were overpriced. Most were $7-10, with only maybe 3-5 craft beers under $6. I went with a Rapscallion draft ($7!), and bottles of Flying Dog In Heat Wheat ($5.50) and Geary's Pale Ale ($4.75). I then ordered a marinated duck taco entree. The shell was tasteless and oily. They duck got lost in the lettuce and the strange sticky rice. And, no side dish at all. Not worth $11 for two tacos. The Rattlesnake would be worth a stop for a quick beer, but don't plan to make a night of it here. Food wasn't good, and beer was pricey. Better to stick with $4 Mexican beers or $3.75 drafts of PBR if you find yourself at the Snake.

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The Rattlesnake Bar & Grill in Boston, MA
Place rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 12 ratings