Bristol Restaurant and Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Boston

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Contemporary American
Located in the heart of Back Bay, the Bristol offers guests a contemporary American menu comprised of carefully crafted dishes that, while familiar and nostalgic, are tastefully influenced by international flair. George’s Bank Sea Scallops provide the perfect canvas, accented by celery root fregola, locally foraged mushrooms and honeycrisp apples. North African harissa heightens roasted cauliflower’s delicate flavor, balanced by lemon and toasted pine nuts.
The Bristol Bar boasts a collection of sought after, small batch production spirits, some of which have been crafted specifically for us. Our cocktails playfully mash up seasonal ingredients and spirits that strike balance and create the perfect sip for any occasion.
Whether you are cozied up by the fireplace, taking in the stunning views of the Boston Public Garden, or casually sipping our maple syrup and cardamom old fashioned at the bar, The Bristol is your venue to create memories that will last a lifetime.
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RZ
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and sister-in-law and I thoroughly enjoyed our "long" lunch at the Bristol Restaurant. We didn't feel rushed in the least, which was nice since we settled in for a long afternoon.

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EB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding!

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CC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The Bristol burger was fantastic but the bar appetizers were a bit boring. The chairs were uncomfortable for a bigger guy unfortunately (even after we switched tables). Overall it was a great dinner but in the future I would only go here for a casual meal.

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DB
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good and tasty.

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MT
New England
31 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was excellent!!
Highly recommend for all occasions. There
Is something for everyone.

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff that made my family feel very comfortable and welcome in Boston as we were there to watch the Blues/Bruins game 7!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

In a word, awful. Where has the Bristol of old gone? Where to begin....Impossible to find a good meal on the menu, the martinis are served in tiny glasses and taste as though they are mixes rather than concocted drinks....host stand staffed by two women dressed far too casually and apparently clueless about the menu changes. When we registered our disappointment in the experience, they repeatedly asked how our food was. Two items off menu that the kitchen was “kind” to make for us.....won’t be going back anytime soon, this experience ruined the place for us. And btw, we are Boston natives and residents, eat out all the time and have been patrons of the Four Seasons since they opened. But I’m afraid those days have passed. Very sad to see.

Bristol Restaurant and Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Boston
Responded on June 12, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. This review is very difficult for me to read, and I am incredibly sorry that you had such this experience with us. I am leaving my contact information below and would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss this further with you. I hope to connect with you soon. Rachid Hadouche Bristol General Manager 617-351-2068.

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FS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is not cheap , but totally worth it .
Will go every time I am in town

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DN
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

The variety of breakfast selections was very sad, I expected to find more varieties given it ended up costing 150+ a person to eat here

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BN
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about this restaurant from the service to the food to the ambiance! Total elegance in an understated way!

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J
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We’ve been celebrating there for many years and think it’s due for an update in decor and food.

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RG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive, but everything it's cracked up to be. Excellent celebration venue

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CD
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite luxury is to treat ourselves to dinner in the bar/lounge area with the red leather couches, so relaxing and the food is always delicious and the service impeccable.

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MT
New England
32 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again the overall experience was excellent!
Food was great, service was outstanding and the ambiance
Was perfect for a special occasion lunch.

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OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Extremely overpriced for the quality of the food
Other than the service we were very disappointed

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W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service from Mahmet and Milton, as always, and we love the view and the ambiance. Just wish the Bristol Burger wasn’t $34 (the most expensive in the city by far, and not nearly as good as the previous version). We’d be coming here weekly otherwise.

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FM
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s our go-to Sunday brunch place when in town visiting our son. A great selection of foods, tasty, and high quality. The service is usually great.

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LA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! My favorite in Boston

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

We have no problem paying 58.00 for a meal and have paid more. Our steak was about 1/4 inch thick rib eye and it was cooked perfect but it was not hot. The fat had started to congeal before we finished eating. Noise level was so loud we barely could hear each other when talking. The only 5 star was our waiter. He was great.

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SJ
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Went there for a special night out. I was very disappointed. Given its location and price I found it very casual. For the price I was paying I expected a higher level of service and ambiance. I guess this is the price for casual at the 4 seasons.
However if you are not loaded with money and are looking for something special, I would recommend somewhere else that you would pay the same money but actually get white linen service.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The waiter was not attentive. After they cleared our plates from main course, we never saw him for over a half. Never offered desert or coffee. I had to go to Maitre D’ to settle my check.

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PM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

I eat here three times a week and it’s always perfect; the best service always, but this time everyone was out of synchronization. I said no bread they bring bread, asked for sparkling water they brought still, served my and not my guest, and on and on. It’s typically great but this time it’s like the servers were all discombobulated

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P
New England
33 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

One of my favorite things about the Bristol is that if you want to share a dish they don’t simply being you an extra plate and a serving spoon. Instead they elegantly divide it in the kitchen and serve each person a dish. It makes everything seem special. Thank you

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P
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Does not disappoint. All-around delightful. But pricey! Great for a special occasion.

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AN
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I gave 4 * star on food b’coz they didn’t have an option for dessert that was gluten free and also dairy free

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bristol has the perfect combination of the ideal location in Boston overlooking the Public Garden, a spacious layout for private conversations and a staff that seems to love their jobs. I was there for my 60th birthday dinner and have never felt more special or cared for in a restaurant. Sensational! Our server had been there for 20 years and was looking forward to 20 more. BRAVO and THANK YOU!

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A
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

For the life of me, I can't understand how the Four Seasons, usually the paragon of good taste, would adopt the embarrassing payment system of bringing a remote credit card machine to the table. So undignified, especially when I'm paying a super premium for eggs and toast. And then to have to choose the tip in front of the server is mortifying. It's enough that I wouldn't return. It's horrible.

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PR
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tried a really amazing cocktail called Snapchat. Service was good, food was good, it was pretty boisterous in the restaurant but that may have been from some of the local graduations.

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I
New England
44 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bristol knows how to make two ladies who lunch feel special! Everything was delicious. Our waiter was so gracious! Thank you

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service, five star. Excellent food.

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M
New England
17 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were both fine. Menu is incredibly expensive even for simple things. A Cobb salad with tuna is $40, for example. Good if you’re expensing the meal with work, but work look elsewhere for everyday dining

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing service- top notch

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TA
Columbus
50 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Was a brunch and while the food was top notch and amazing.

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g
New England
92 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Bristol still has one of the most perfect locations in Boston and the food and service are very good. But I think that’s the key - it’s all very good when it used to be extraordinary. Everything was delicious but the dishes just miss the mark for excellence - it feels like they’re trying very hard to be creative but sometimes it all comes together as a bit too much. The service is very friendly but it’s missing the air of formality from prior years and there’s something to be said for that elegance. Would I return? Yes, I would as it’s still one of the best options in Boston, especially at lunchtime. But I do miss the classic Bristol.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Extremely slow and inattentive service during a business lunch.

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MM
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Four Seasons is our family go to special occasion spot!

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FF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I don’t know if the Bloom is off the rose at the Bristol or what but this was one very off evening. Our server clearly had too many tables and was super-inattentive and rushed. Really unusual for the Bristol. Despite empty tables by the window, we (2 women) were seated in the dining room at furthest table toward the lobby. My wife had to send her meal back it was so cold (a hot pasta dish). There was no apology and no manager came by to inquire about it or ask if they could do anything for her. All around a really off-putting experience and not what we’d come to expect here.

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DL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still thinking of the lamb burger...

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish the music was just a tad quieter but very lovely!

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ST
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Bristol bar. A beautiful space, impeccable service and food.

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