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The Hawthorne

500 A Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 27203
624-8717
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Ranked #19 of 2,814 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Most recent review
- Jun 17, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Jaffrey, New Hampshire
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It was very crowded when we came into the bar, so we had a standing table, but as soon as a regular table opened up they moved us - so the staff was very attentive. Good wine selection, munchies and mixed drinks - only downside was rather funky beer selection.

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New Jersey
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Anyone wanting to open a high-end bar should take notes at The Hawthorne. Mixologists hand craft drinks for an upscale yet unpretentious crowd. The bar limits the occupancy to ensure all guests enjoy their experience. Although small plates are available, this is not a restaraunt but definitely the place for after dinner drinks!

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Have been here twice, most recently with a couple of girlfriends. We had a reservation and were warmly welcomed and seated at the bar while our table was prepped (to which we were relocated after a short time, our cocktails joined us on a silver tray). The cocktails are delicious and smooth - not one complaint. Service was attentive and... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The Hawthorne is a great place to get some drinks in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Cocktail menu is always on point, and although a little higher in price-range, you won't be disappointed. Just sampled some hors d'oeuvres this past weekend and everything was great. I highly recommend this bar for young professionals looking for a "grown-up" atmosphere.

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Houston, Texas
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65 reviews 65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

Rare it is to find a classy lounge that is not too loud with a true mixologist behind the bar, great service and affordable prices! The Hawthorne has it all in abundance plus tasty bar bites and a cool vibe. The owner roams around continuously to keep it that way, too, so just go! It's five o'clock somewhere!

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Columbus, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We stopped in here after dinner at the Oyster place next door. It's a quaint little bar in the Hotel Commonwealth building. It reminded me of the Great Gatsby and the theme of the drinks are apothecary and different. My drink was a version of a beach drink but it left an odd taste in my mouth. My hubby just... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

My best friend took me to The Hawthorne for the first time back in early 2013. She knew that I generally dislike nightlife, clubbing scene that is often associated with loud thumping music and noise, massive crowd of people, and excessive alcohol. "You'll like this," she said to me. She was right. To this date, The Hawthorne remains my favorite... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Great service, great selections of wine by the glass. Great place to have a drink. The waitress was very friendly and they kept the water coming which is nice. Never had to look for someone!!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Every time we go back to Boston (once or twice a year) we make it a point to stop by the Hawthorne. Every time we go there we are impressed by the staff and quality of service, not to mention the drinks. The bar's popularity is well deserved - on the busier nights it can be difficult to get in.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Hip, swanky bar in Boston's Kenmore Square area that serves fantastic cocktail concoctions! They actually seat or "stand" you in areas that have assigned servers so there is no 2 or 3 deep crowds at the bar...interesting concept to avoid overcrowding. They actually shut-off admittance if all the areas are occupied and you have to wait in the foyer/hallway until... More

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