Row 34


21 Reviews
Row 34Row 34

Type: Bar, Eatery

383 Congress St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02210-1811
United States

(617) 553-5900 | map

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.26/5  rDev -27.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1 | selection: 4

'Stopped by with the recommendation of good friends. The selection was eclectically solid. Tap pours were expensive ($8-$9+). The place was packed. I sat down at the bar and was ignored for 25 minutes, after which they closed for the night and the bartender then presented me with an unsolicited pint glass of water. Say what?

I wasn't going to write a review but if I am giving the lowest score available on BA there needs to be an explanation out of respect (no matter who it is).

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Photo of SiepJones
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in over EBF weekend in part to grab lunch but also to make a stop at Trillium. It was close to 2 PM but lunch was still going strong as lots of people hung out in the bar area enjoying drinks. We didn't have a reservation but were sat, almost immediately, in a side dinning room away from the bar. Row 34 has large and diverse beer list, and I started with a Trillium Coffee Pot and Kettle. Our server was very friendly and especially helpful with recommendations. She helped us with our lunch decisions and her input was spot on. Our food was excellent. We split some Brussel sprouts and spicy lobster tacos, which were great. I had the Crispy Fish Sandwich (a classic) and my fiancee had Clam chowder which she loved. I would certainly recommend Row 34 to anyone looking for good seafood and craft beer while in Boston.

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Photo of bushdere
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This place is phenomenal. If you're in the Boston area and on a one night work trip, make this the place that you go. The food is great and the beer selection is posted on a daily basis on their website. If you don't like what you see, go elsewhere. But if you like what they have to offer on their beers, the food makes the trip worth it. They have a really interesting list of light, sour and hoppy beers. Even some local Trillium and Night Shift when I was there.

I am very glad I made the trip over here for dinner. Try the raw bar and follow the waiter/bartender recommendations, you will not regret it.

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Photo of MtnSoup
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Had the opportunity to stop in for dinner and beers at the bar before a flight out of Logan. This place is outstanding. Would go back again and again if I was local.

Vibe: Very busy, beautiful space with a large l-shaped bar. Definitely a high-end restaurant.
Quality: Great.
Service: This is where this spot really shines. My bartender was extremely knowledgeable about the beer, and the food menus. Without asking he was bringing tasters of beers to try. Super attentive (even before I was seated after a wait).
Selection: Great beer list, mixed with local NE highlights and overseas exports. Nothing mind-blowing, but they definitely had some beers I've not had before from the area.
Food: Amazing seafood. Oyster selection was out of this world as expected for the location. Also had a fried fish sandwich that was about the perfect accompaniment to the beer.

Go here.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

An interesting place that left me wanting more. Great vibe. The tap list was weak given the reputation. I was shocked at the lack of Trillium options given that they are their next door neighbours. Food was excellent. Service was a little slow but very friendly. Definitely not a must-visit, but worth stopping by for dinner or if in the area.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

From Vegas and was looking for good for and local beer....Row 34 was perfect spot. Solid lists of beer Maine Beer Co, Trillium. I had a beer drank half talked to our waiter and he comped it without me saying anything. Food was fresh and outstanding service. Going back tomorrow.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Right next door to Trillium. Always a great beer listing which they definitely work hard at sourcing. The food is excellent. It's an oyster bar owned by Skip Bennett of Island Creek oysters fames. Gotta love my home grown Duxbury oysters. More selections other than just oysters . Definitely for those who like seafood and micro beers. Those folks looking to thin the herd might want to choose another restaurant. Pricey but great.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is absolutely dope.

The beer selection is unrivaled, about 20 taps, some great stuff from MA breweries, including good ol' Trillium, a few classic German lagers, and a good amount of sours and whatnot from all over. There is always something super interesting on tap here. The prices are rather high, as per the neighborhood and the Boston area in general, but the quality is certainly there.

The food is also killer, I don't love seafood, I actually hate it, but the lobster roll was still one of the best things I've ever had. People in the party I was in were absolutely digging the raw bar.

The vibe is really cool, really open with high ceiling, and just very cool to see the huge raw bar in all it's glory.

This place is a must stop in Boston.

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Photo of W_Des
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Was in town for a conference and wanted some seafood and beer. I got some oysters from the raw bar and they were fantastic. Really fresh with differing levels of brininess. Followed that up with a fish collar that was very delicious. It had a nuoc cham sauce on it. I had the Houselager from Jack's Abbey and overall I though they had a good beer list on draft and in bottles. I wish there was more local stuff as that's what I like to try when I visit someplace new. Really hopping on a Monday night and the wait staff was very friendly to me. I was dressed down (hoodie, jeans and sneakers) and was still treated excellently. I would definitely go here again. Also it's right next to Trillium!

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Photo of Gatch
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I think this place is a bit over-hyped. Pretentious feel and clientele. Prices are high, even relative to the area. It was super busy when I was there so the service was not great but I can't knock them for having success and being popular. The raw bar is superb, that was my experience with the food. I had a glass of Jack's Abby Excess. What stood out to me was a mug of Mahr's Helles...$9! For real? Anyway, cool spot, but not the best place to drink beer in the Greater Boston area. Not by a long shot.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Just a fun bar, cool set up, and awesome staff. The food is excellent at for Boston an excellent price, the lobster roll easily the best I have ever had. At least 10 great beers flowing on tap, with a very good bottle selection also. Overall a great experience.

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Photo of Stevecarini
4.78/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Thanks to a waitress whom I didn't get a name from, I stumbled upon Omnipollo- I appreciate that recommendation - they know what their doing at Row34 from Seafood to beer. Oh hey, Trillium is right next door too.

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Photo of smcolw
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Located near Trillium in South Boston, this is a hard place to get into, but it is worth the wait. First off, this a restaurant first, not a beer bar. The food is phenomenal. I recommend the oysters...many varieties, all of them good.

The beer is varied and unusual. The bar, however, is short without much space.

This is great place to go for dinner with a great beer selection. Get there early to make sure you have a table.

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Photo of Dad_of_Rad
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited on 2/6 mid-afternoon.

The space is cool in an old factory that has been several different industrial tenants. Classic look, very clean. Service was excellent. I'd just come from getting beer at Trillium and they put my beer in their cooler to keep it cold. Beer offerings were excellent. They'd just run out of Maine Lunch and Tree House beers from a beer dinner earlier in the week. Had Trillium Sleeper St IPA and Jack's Abby Helles Lager drafts. Both were very good.

Only disappointment was the limited menu between normal lunch and dinner times. Plus, they are only open for dinner on Saturday. Food was very good. They have an extensive raw bar which I didn't sample but thought items looked very fresh. Would definitely recommend as a must visit.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Upscale establishment with a decent taplist and tons of great seafood. The oyster lover that digs good beer will be in heaven here. Apparently there are many in this crowd as this place gets absolutely packed.

The staff is on point managing the crowd and though it was crazy busy, we were able to snag seats at the bar in about five minutes. Food was great and a big bonus is that Trillium is located right next door.

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Photo of kinopio
5/5  rDev +10.9%

Row 34 is the #1 destination in Boston if you are looking for both great food and excellent beer in one place. It is one of the best seafood restaurants in the country and easily top 3 best beer bars in Boston.

I appreciate the focus on sour beers. Usually there are 5 on draft at once. Some obscure stuff too. There are usually some good sour bottles too from the likes of Cascade, Allagash, etc. Aside from sours, tons of local stuff from Trillium, Jacks Abby, Nightshift. Some bars put way too much focus on hoppy beers at the expense of variety. Row 34 does not have this problem. The cask offering is often the best bang for the buck, typically 20 ounces for $5 or so. Servers are generous with samples and seem to know their stuff.

The guy who owns Island Creek Oysters is a partner here so obviously the oysters are great. The lobster roll is ridiculous. I'd recommend focusing on the smoked and cured stuff or the crudo. Its creative stuff that also lets the quality of the seafood shine.

This place gets packed. I like to get there right when they open at 4:30 on saturdays. I have always been able to get a couple bar seats this way. Otherwise make a reservation or come at off hours during the week. But either way definitely come here because I dunno of anywhere else where seafood and beer is combined so well as it is here.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%

This is paradise for anyone who is a foodie and a beer geek. Excellent food and a great, diverse beer list. Bartender Matt was beyond awesome. The physical building is great with exposed ceilings, brick walls and awesome lights. Loved this place.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Great seafood and great beer. What else could you want?

I am fortunate to have a colleague who has lived in the Boston area for 30+ years and is well connected with the restaurant scene. Each time I go to the area, about four or five times a year, I get to go to a new place. Recently, I was in town for a conference at the Convention Center. Row 34, within walking distance, was on the list.

If you plan on going, make reservations. On the Sunday I was there, there was nothing available. Through luck, or connections, we were able to get a table for six on the patio. Judging by the crowd there were few conference goers, leaving me to believe this was a typical night. Service was outstanding. Prompt, knowledgeable and fast. The oysters and other dishes were extremely fresh and well prepared. And the draft list was superb. Lots of small local crafts and a few better known other beers.

Prices were what you'd expect in Boston for top quality seafood (e.g., oysters 3 apiece). Drafts were reasonable. Not sure how difficult parking would be, but if you're staying near the Convention Center, or even downtown, it is very walkable. I'm looking forward to the next time I'm in Boston. I know where I'll be going.

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Photo of kwiley03
4.94/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have been here a few times and it gets better everytime I think. It is the sister restaurant to Island Creek Oyster Bar which is also a must try spot. Having tried many different things from both the food and beer menus, I have yet to be disappointed. The beer menu is excellent with a nice variety of styles to choose from. There's always some locals on draught like Night Shift and Trillium. The food is also very good, I realize this everytime I eat at other establishments, try the smoked fish plate or the shrimp sliders they will not disappoint. And of course don't forget about the oysters.

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Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Located in the heart of one of Boston's most expensive districts, this place oozes class and money and banks and all the other stuff generally associated with humorless white people. Normally I would not be allowed in such a joint, but I just so happened to have finished a job interview and was clad in a fine 3-piece that was tailored for me, personally, by the experts at Sears.

The aesthetic is aggressively open and white (in the color sense, not the racial sense). It gleams like heaven, or the end of a detergent commercial. There's a bar in the middle looking directly into the kitchen and then high-top seats round the perimeter. Above the bar is a pegboard sign that announces the beer list in white, sans serif letters, as if they were sandwiches at a deli. It's a very cool touch, and thankfully it's also supplemented with printed beer lists.

The selection was broad and extensive, and while it was pricey it wasn't as bad as many other places in the area. There was nothing too horribly obscure on draft (Maine's Mo was there, though), although the bottle selection had some hard to find stuff at sky-high prices (50 bucks for a Bo and Luke).

So it's not exactly my scene, but it's still a very nice beer bar with some very nice seafood.

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Photo of Jason
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This place is the real thing, a top notch seafood joint that doubles as a beer bar. Great location in the Seaport District so there will always be plenty of parking around and only a few steps away from Trillium Brewing is a plus.

The level us service is amazing but that is expected being a sister of Eastern Standard / ICOB. Tight lunch menu, had a round of oysters and the fish & chips ... both amazing though the clam chowder was too busy. Beautiful looking bar and dining area.

The beer list rivals all of the Boston area beer bars so I hope they keep it that way ... I had Trillium Farmhouse dryhopped with Citra on cask, Ritterguts Gose on tap, & Oerbier on tap. All were poured is perfectly clean glasses ... all different and without logos. That is another thing ... no beer logos to distract you. Beer list was acurate with style, abv's, pour size and price like all proper beers list should be arranged.

Do yourself a favor and visit this place ASAP. You'll be kicking yourself you did not do it sooner.

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