Row 34

BA SCORE
97
world-class

24 Reviews
Row 34Row 34
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(617) 553-5900 | map
row34.com

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Added by Jason on 12-02-2013

PLACE STATS
Score:
97
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
121
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
3.79%
 
 
Taps:
23
Bottles/Cans:
28
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 121
Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Antg8989
3.91/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Considering Trillium is right next door, they should be marketing/utilizing that option to their fullest potential. A good selection, but nothing to write home about. Didn't have any food so I'll just give it a 4. Service was good, but I got the hint the server knew we were only getting beers..she didn't seem thrilled about it. Interesting place...seems like a great first date kind of place.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here for brunch on a Saturday.

Cool place, industrial vibe, with pretty spartan furniture and trimmings.

Tap list lived up to it's reputation. This was the day after Peche Day, and they had a few of those left. The rest of the list was varied, and had quite a few odd ones, including one I had, Bellwether by Breakside. Food was also excellent, I had chowder and then pancakes. A lot of food and very tasty indeed.

Row 34 really shined in the service department however. My waitress was named Erin, and she was great. She took the time to chat, and seemed genuinly interested in my opinions and my enjoyment. We talked about me making the trip from Sweden basically for the beer, and she seemed amazed by that. So amazed that she brought over the head of their beer program, Suzie. Suzie was so helpful and knowledgeable about beer, and also just such a nice lady. We chatted for quite a bit about the beer scene in New England and Europe, and then she cracks open a bottle of Jester KIng that she wants me to try. Just awesome level of service here.

So, in all, I loved Row 34, next time I will come for dinner, but the main reason I'll be back is Erin and Suzie. That level of helpfulness is just world class.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.26/5  rDev -27.4%
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 Ctruskey
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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 Gkruszewski
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of bushdere
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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 22Blue
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Lare453
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of MtnSoup
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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 BeerBucks
4.4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of zimm421
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of INWarner413
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of cshafer7
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of dwagner003
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Macsimus
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Awesome place with great beer and food : )

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Photo of DanforthPewter
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Buzzing on a Tuesday night. Service went out of their way. Awesome tap list. Only had oysters but they were top notch

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Photo of chrisjws
4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of LeeeMare
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -14.3%
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 TBonez477
3.79/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

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Row 34 in Boston, MA
4.49 out of 5 based on 121 ratings.
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