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Black Rose

160 State St, Boston, MA 02109-2502 (Downtown)
617-742-2286
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Ranked #182 of 2,815 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Irish
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Amelia Court House, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

After spending several days in and around the harbor area we decided to atop in and take advantage of the Summer Lobster dinner that was advertised on the signage of this pub. Atmosphere was good and it was very busy. After we were seated and got our drink order, we were told "we are out of lobster"...We paid for our... More

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Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

great place for drinks and meeting nice people.. great food too. just walking distance from our hotel convenient.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My husband and I had lobster dinners at the Black Rose and at $12 each, the price can't be beat. This is a nice Irish pub, unpretentious, comfortable atmosphere. We'll probably come back in the fall to sample some of the more traditional Irish meals on the menu. But for a summertime meal, this lobster deal can't be beat.

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Farmington, Maine
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We came upon the Black Rose when looking for lunch and a place to watch the game. It was very comfortable inside and the food was good. The only complaint was that the drinks were super slow.

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Orlando, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

After walking the city all day we were over making decisions. We had visited the Black Rose on previous visits so we stopped in. Service was terrible. We were seated immediately - no waitress to be found (well they were propping up a wall just not helping tables) After 10 minutes a waitress appeared to take a drink order, returned... More

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Detroit
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you set your expectations appropriately, you can have fun here. The Guinness was flowing and the Irish tunes were playing downstairs. We sat upstairs to we could take advantage of a special on lobster and comfortable chat. For $12, the lobster was just fine. The beer was cold, the service was really great. The Irish aren't really known for... More

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Indianapolis
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were directed to the Black Rose by a Bostonian, when we asked about Irish music on a Sunday late afternoon. There was a single guitarist, but alas, since the US was playing in the World Cup that day, he was playing American folk songs until his break. He never came back because by that time, the bar patrons, including... More

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Knoxville, TN
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Visited The Black Rose (160 State Street, Boston, MA) with 2 friends. It was ranked fairly well on "another" review site. All the meat was low quality and poorly prepared. My co-dinners had Fish and Chips and they managed to mess that up with the quality of the fish and oil soaked batter. I had a Reuben, the bread was... More

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Columbia, Connecticut
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32 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Fun pub to go to for some Irish Music, but definitely over priced and crowded, often standing room only on weekend nights.

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Omaha, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Went here while in Boston for a convention. Love love love the atmosphere of this bar. We went upstairs where things were a little less crowded. The bartender was awesome, showed us a place to sit where we could plug in our phones. I got whiskey and coke, and I'm not sure there was an ounce of coke in that... More

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