Parish Cafe

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Parish CafeParish Cafe

Type: Bar, Eatery

361 Boylston St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02116-3303
United States

(617) 247-4777 | map

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of mickyge
4/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Sip of Sunshine on tap was a great surprise! Food is excellent. I stopped here after Cheers (where I heard food wasn't very good) and before hitting other bars on Boylston. All within walking distance.

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Photo of jtk21351
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of scxcrunner
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of Zstets
3.73/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

Was honestly more impressed with the food
I thought the beer was way overpriced and even though I entered expecting to order one I ended up not

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

One comes to Parish Cafe to have unusual but excellent sandwiches. Each one is "designed" by a different Boston chef.

The beer is well rotated with plenty of local brews that may be difficult to find in any place but a beer bar. That said, the selection is limited with typically the most popular styles represented. In short, I love to go here but I usually don't find a new beer that I haven't had at another local beer bar.

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Photo of Ummbeer
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of American_Hawk
4/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of chefdave37
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of rjp217
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of alexdanehy
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of cshafer7
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MMarkMelly
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Enjoyed the Bar & Dining Area

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of KXS
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Known for their unique sandwiches and outside tables on Boylston Street during the nice weather. Very often a line for outside but they are used to handling lots of people - and we often go in for a beer at the bar and wait for an outside table when it's nice out.

Hard for me to find a menu where I legitimately considered ordered each and every sandwich offered. They all sounded great, and since I have eaten here several times before, I knew each one would be even better than described in the menu.

Beers offered on tap was barely adequate, but we go to this place for the great sandwiches at a relatively reasonable cost considering the quality ($10-$14 for most) and the good vibes.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Hit this place up on a Saturday afternoon, and we had an infant with us, so we needed to sit inside. That being said, our party was 5+, and it still was only a 30 minute wait on a Saturday. Outdoor seating has their own host/hostess, so the seating is very streamlined. Looks like a great place to be outside on nice days. The beer list was pretty dynamic, and I want to say there were about 18 brews on tap. Plenty of locals, as well as some more common west coast brews, but a balanced list all together. Great drinks menu, as well. The food is pretty damn good...the big thing at Parish is that they have a sandwich menu that brings all the best sandwiches from around the Boston area to one menu. They give credit to where the sandwich is originally from, and there are specials rotating through all the time. The place was mobbed and the service was still prompt and friendly. The place is narrow once you get inside, with everything to the left and the bar to the right, and it can get a little noisy, but overall a warm, welcoming feel. The prices were a little steep, but then again, you are in downtown Boston, so you have to be prepared to open those purse strings. I will definitely check this place out again in the future...maybe check out the other Parish, as well. Worth stopping by for some brews and grub.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went here on a Wednesday night with my son and daughter. It was a warm and comfortable night, and sitting outdoors was a great experience. Unfortunately, we could only drink outdoors. If we wanted to eat, which we did, it had to be indoors. Inside, it was crowded and noisy. Crowded enough that you couldn't walk from your table to a restroom. Noisy enough that you couldn't converse with the people sitting at your table.
The beer list was great. 15 or so beers on tap, lots of local (massachusetts) beers. I had a couple Buks, which were great. My daughter had a Wachusett Blueberry, which she enjoyed. Extensive bottle list. My son, the contrarian, had a Weihenstephaner Hefe, also enjoyed.
The food was quite good also. We liked the onion rings with aioli. I had a great portabella sandwich with a white bean salad. The others had a turkey wrap and mac and cheese, both well recieved.
Service was OK, a little on the slow side.
Great beer list, very good food. Too noisy, too many people standing in aisles.

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Photo of imabluehen
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place has an extensive bottled beer list. If you drink all of the bottled beers, you get to join the mug club. While I will probably never be in the mug club I did get to witness someone join the mug club while I was dining at Parish II on Mass. Ave. The bartender played the theme from Rocky and all the staff congratulated the young patron. My only complaint with their beer list is that there are quite a few errors on the beer list. The location of the breweries are wrong on several of my favorites. For example, it says Dogfish is from VT, clearly its from DE. Minutae, I know but bother me none the less.

As for the food, they have great menu. The menu seems to be the best of Boston's sandwiches all on one menu. I like the idea that they borrow and credit all the sandwiches to the original location. I will definitely go back to Parish as it seems like a low key hangout.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I went to the Parish for the first time after hearing so much about it from friends. WOW! You can see and taste why this place is the "Best of Boston" so many times over. The service is great, the food is incredible and the beer selection is above average for a "bistro-style" restaurant.

I had the famous "Zuni" roll which completely lives up to the hype.

The beer selection features about 15 on tap beers. Several seasonals are available as part of that draft selection. The bottled beer selection is also robust for the restaurant type. Maybe around 30 or so.

The service was attentive even though it was quite busy.

Great bistro food without the pretense.

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Photo of acme401
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Zuni Roll is one of the best sandwiches on this Earth!

I love the Parish Cafe. I have been going here for years and the Food, Beer and Service has always been top notch. It's not quite a restaurant and it's not quite a bar, it's right in the middle.

The menu consist mainly of sandwiches, but these are not the sandwiches your Mom made for you for lunch in a brown bag. Each one was created by a local chef. Some are amazing, like the Zuni Roll (smoked turkey breast, crisp bacon, chopped scallions, dill Havarti cheese and cranberry-chipotle sauce wrapped in a flour tortilla) and some are down right strange, (they used to have a ham sandwich served on banana bread with pickled red cabbage, I had it once....very weird). I've had a few of the entries but the sandwiches are what keep me coming back.

The Drinks: I love their beer selection. I'm a beer lover and Parish always has something for everyone. Any place that always has Chimay on hand is a good place by me. The claim to have 75 beers on tap and in the bottle. You can join their "Mug Club" if you go there often, and your personalized beer mug will be waiting for you hanging above the bar. Also my wife loves the Raspberry Zinger the bartenders make. She swears by it.

The art on the walls rotates, so there is always something to look at. A few flat screen TVs hung on the walls and very eclectic music played all the time.

When the weather turns nice, the patio seating is great for people watching. Oneof the best spots in the city.

I love this place.

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Photo of FlederMaus
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I must say this is one of my favorite places to eat and drink in the city of Boston. Patio views of the parks and buildings behind them as well as other perks of the top-notch location aside, the menu has it all. The sandwiches literally are the best of boston, with the menu heralding signature sandwiches from some of boston's best chefs (they would improve by adding some Bagel Rising too). Their beer selection is limited in comparison to something like Sunset Grill and Tap but it is quite sufficient for any great beer lover. While one will find better cocktails up the street at No. 9 Park, the bartenders at parish are very skilled and their drinks are exceptional (try the hunny bunny on warmer days and the drink with macallans and hot tea, the name of which i cannot recall, on colder nights). Overall this place does not deserve the title of perfect but it is damn near it.

Oh, and the staff is good too, esp the women.

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