Porter Cafe

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Porter CafePorter Cafe

Type: Bar, Eatery

1723 Centre St
West Roxbury, Massachusetts, 02132-1550
United States

(617) 942-2579 | map

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Added by morebeergood on 07-09-2011

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of EZE123
4.85/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I have been coming to this bar since it opened a few years ago, I was so excited that there was finally a good beer selection in West Roxbury, that I actually went almost everyday when they opened at 4pm just to there to hang out and enjoy the beer selection. Right off the bat they made it clear that they were different than all of the the mainstays in the area, because of this the surrounding bars and restaurants have stepped they're game up. Back to Porter, the food is great especially the burger which is by far one of the best in the city (personal opinion). In short I highly recommend this nice little beer bar.

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Photo of StrayteEDGE
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Ris2000
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Resuin
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Andrew041180
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A - Cool place. It appeals to the younger and hipper crowd in West Roxbury, which is a fairly small percentage of the population in this family oriented Boston suburb. A friend and I snagged one of the two outdoor tables.

Q - Food and beer menus are both very impressive - as was the quality of what came to our table. The beer (Racer 5 on draft) was fresh and the food was delicious.

S - Not sure if it was just that we had an outdoor table, but the service was sporadic. Not bad, but it didn't match the rest of the experience.

S - Expansive beer and wine menu and small but varied food menu. Just the way I like it. I like pouring over a beverage menu before I make my choice, but I want the food choices to be targeted.

F - We had a Brussels sprouts appetizer and burgers to go with our Racer 5's. All of it was very well done. Especially the sprouts, which were pretty unique. I don't usually see them on a menu.

V - I was very comfortable paying the bill and felt like it was entirely reasonable. I think the beers were about $6 and the burgers somewhere in the $11 to $12 range. There were also pricey entrees on the menu that I would like to go back for some day.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The atmosphere of this place is very hip. Very simple, but cool. About 40 seats for sit down service, 15 or so seats at the bar, small countertop space looking out to Center street, and 4 outdoor tables during the nicer months.

The quality of food and beer was good too. Some of the food was paired up with some beer from a local brewery during their Commuter Ales event on Tuesdays this month. Beef stew, mussels, fries, and fried pickles were all good. The beer selection was nice too. 15 or so on tap and 50 plus in a bottle.

The service was good. Our bartender Nate took very good care of us and we had no issues at the bar and little counter area at the begininng of the restaurant on the left hand side.

Selection of beer was nice for the size of the place. Can't really see them squeezing anymore into their, but their rotating tap line and some rotating seasonal beers are always a plus.

It is good to find another local hip place less than 15 minutes from Dorchester. We will be going here again sometime in the near future. We will try different things on the menu next time we go.

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Photo of mtloconto
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I'm a big fan of Porter and worked hard to get them into the neighborhood and opened on time, so my review is biased. Nonetheless, I've visited eight times in the two months since they've opened and have yet to have anything short of a great experience. 15 taps with rotating lines of Pretty Things, Dogfish and Harpoon 100 bbl. Another well-selected 52 bottles and cans, including the new Sixpoint offerings (Bengali Tiger & Sweet Action) and a rotating beer of the week (Lagunitas steam beer last week, Founders Porter this week). A good mix of imports and local Massachusetts beers, and most are in the $5-8 range.

The food is exceptional. The chef tutored at Coppa in the South End most recently, and it is reflected in the dishes. A well-proportioned menu with comfortable gatropub options - burger, steak frites, pork chop, salads, bar bites.

Really happy to have Dermot & Paul, the owners (formerly of Brookline's Washington Sq. Tavern, Beacon St. Tavern & Matt Murphy's, and JP's Brendan Behan, among others), in the neighborhood. A most excellent addition to West Roxbury and the surrounding area.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I ate here on opening weekend. We really were looking forward to trying this place out since we've heard so much about it. Plus, we wanted to support a new local business. A somewhat small place inside, with a bar to the left and about ten tables on the right. A cozy atmosphere. They still needed to work on the decorations on the walls etc, so I won't hold that against them quite yet. We ordered dinner and generally liked the food. We had an appetizer and some burgers, and they were tasty. Our waitress had a bit of a miscommunication with the kitchen and brought us the wrong temp burgers, but they tasted fine regardless. Still working out the kinks. Beer selection was good for the neighborhood. There were 14 beers on tap: Notch, Pretty Things, Allagash, DFH, SN, Bear Rep, etc, plus a list of beers by the can, bottle, and bomber. Pints were $5-6, and bottles from $5-8. It's quite a beer upgrade for West Roxbury. I feel this place will be quite successful as the new local place to meet for a beer or have a meal and a brew. Once the inside is decorated a bit more and everything is settled in, this will be a great new addition to the beer community on Centre St in WR.

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Porter Cafe in West Roxbury, MA
Place rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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