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Hillstone Restaurant (Boston)

60 State St, Boston, MA 02109 (Formerly Houston's) (Downtown)
617 573 9777
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Ranked #55 of 2,815 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $40
Cuisines: American, Sushi, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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87% Recommend
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English first
New York
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80 reviews 80 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I've been to Hillstone several times before and had left with a great impression each time. This visit did not allow as great an experience as I did before. Several things we asked for were not available. Some family members were not satisfied with what they had but mine was very good: Yellowtail sashimi with baby kale- very worth trying.

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60 reviews 60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Impecable service from Manager, Isys Johnson Delicious, fresh, creative meals prepared by Jose Drinks served with a smile and an extra piece of fruit on top by bartender Doug This establishment used to be Houston's, it is right next to the marketplace just take the stairs down and you can sit outside, at the big "Cheers style" bar or in... More

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64 reviews 64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Wandering around the city and stopped into Hillstone for a drink with my husband. Atmosphere is perfect - dark and modern and warm. Lovely bar. Good drinks. We ended up eating dinner here as well. We had spicy tuna rolls and a Thai steak salad. The sushi was outstanding. The salad flavors were great. My only criticisms are that the... More

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Toronto, Canada
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148 reviews 148 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

I bumped into a local on the fery and she recommended the palce and that Iorder teh Ahi tuna burger. I was not disappointed. The burger was large, accompanied by my choice of couscous salad. Aglass of Sauvignon Blanc completed the picture and voila! Agreat lunch in a hot day! The only problem: I ordered an espresso and teh waiter... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

What more can I say...came here on my first night in Boston on business with a couple of colleagues. It's next to Fanueil Hall which is a bit touristy but this place isn't at all. It's busy - we were told there was a 15 minute wait for dinner so we took some seats at the bar and were served... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

Outstanding atmosphere, great food and wonderful servers made this an exceptional experience. We were running a little bit late and had a smaller party then we reserved the table for. The restaurant accommodated us very nicely. Sat outside and listened to a band while we ate our meal.

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Keflavik, Iceland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I was travelling with friends and we stumbled upon this restaurant for a late dinner. We had never heard of it. The service was great, the atmosphere was nice and the art on the walls was charming. The only thing that we could complain about were the seats, you sink into them and feel very small :) but then the... More

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Toronto, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I tried this restaurant on a Boston local's recommendation and was not disappointed at all! Although the recommendation to me was to try the burgers I decided to give the sushi a try as I am a big sushi fan and it was an excellent decision! The rolls had very unique flavours and styles, I was extremely comfortable enjoying my... More

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Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
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94 reviews 94 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

The odd but pleasant subterranean space inhabited by Hillstone Restaurant has been home to a number of decent but not particularly memorable restaurants over the years. The latest incantation is a decent-plus interpretation of a bistro, with outdoor seating over looking the bustling plaza in front of Faneuil Hall, a good-sized bar area, and a cool, dark dining room of... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Even though recipes have changed through the years, it has been great service and good food reliably. This location decided to change the prep of their best dish, the ribs. From overnight BBQ, to bacon fat wrap prep. Not a good move, hopefully they have gone back to the original recipe. Also they do not fall off the bone any... More

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