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M. J. O'Connor's Irish Pub

#255 of 2,673 Restaurants in Boston
#273 of 2,886 Places to Eat in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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Back Bay
Chowder, Irish, Pub
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27 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116-3907
+1 617-482-2255
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11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 71
    Excellent
  • 95
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Food is good, but...

Had the tomato basil soup to start. Not even a hint of basil, just plain tomato soup. Was served far too hot. Skip this. Main courses were shepherds pie and guinness beef stew. Both were very good but served scalding hot. Dessert was the bread pudding. Tasted ok but texture far too dense...too... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
iDogbert
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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219 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Funky, fun and a great time at this place. We've gone several times during our trips to Boston. Great location in the Back Bay.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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94 reviews 94 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Had the tomato basil soup to start. Not even a hint of basil, just plain tomato soup. Was served far too hot. Skip this. Main courses were shepherds pie and guinness beef stew. Both were very good but served scalding hot. Dessert was the bread pudding. Tasted ok but texture far too dense...too much egg. Also not worth it. We... More 

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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142 reviews 142 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Fish and Chios definitely above average. Nacho appetizer is a huge order. Nice atmosphere but service could be improved especially if you aren't ordering from the bar. Long wait to place order. Longer wait to get final bill.

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Buffalo, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Great atmosphere, server was slow, food was good Good experience overall. The only negative was the server, slow to approach table, we were finished with our first drink and waiting to order before we were able to get his attention to please let us order dinner.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Great pubby atmosphere here with a buzz and lovely staff. We ate twice here and we're not disappointed with them. Nicely presented food and plenty of it. Great Apple pie. They pull a great Guiness also !

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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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289 reviews 289 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
281 helpful votes 281 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I had the clam chowder, and it was very tasty. I also had the fish and chips. Okay too, but it was an enormously big portion! No doubt there are people, who can eat this amount of food, but I also think it would be a good idea, if the restaurant offered half-portions. In this way you could avoid food... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Was here on St. Paddys day. So much fun. Battered haddok and chips were devine. Staff in a little rude at first and then they warm up to you after you order more than a beer.

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Orford, New Hampshire
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

If you are staying at the Boston Park Plaza and need a place to hide from the construction, this is a perfect escape on the same block. Small but nice selection of beers, good service. Guinness served cold, which might disappoint some purists. Stopped by after dinner on a Tuesday night and the place was packed. Was like walking into... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

With so many good and authentic Irish pubs in the city, this place just didn't quite hit par. The food was decent, the drinks were pricey, and the service was fairly slow. Good if you're in the area, but certainly nothing to seek out.

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Bowmanville, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This place had great prices for food and the music was great. Irish atmosphere and great staff. Very clean, and many draught on tap

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 27 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116-3907
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighborhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 617-482-2255

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15
  • Cuisine: Chowder, Irish, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?