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“Awesome deli food”
Review of Doyle's Cafe

Doyle's Cafe
Ranked #72 of 3,434 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Irish, Cafe
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Jamaica Plain
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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Went here from the Samuel Adams Brewery Tour. We took the shuttle from Sam Adams...that was awesome. The driver was so much fun!!!! Doyle’s is an old style pub. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. We had the “staff special” sandwich which was a hot roast beef on a bun...YUMMY. We also had a Ruben. Best Ruben ever! Service was fantastic.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Doyle's Cafe is a great place to hang out to enjoy good food, a cold beer, and friendly service. The cafe established in 1882, has the cozy pub-style atmosphere that everyone can enjoy. I would recommend Doyle's to anyone traveling to Boston!

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Loved it! The food. The atmosphere. The people. Would have loved to stay and hang out but we had just finished the Sam Adams tour and were too full of beer! Definitely need to visit if yours sightseeing Boston!!

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

The best pub grub and friendly atmosphere of any Boston restaurant, bar or pub establishment. Great food and service. What more can anyone ask for? I send any visitor to Boston that I know to Doyle's. They always report back it was part of their best time in Boston. The inside is like a living history museum of Boston. Family owned and operated.

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

Visited multiple times over the years but finally getting around to writing a review after lunch at Doyle's yesterday, November 5, 2017.

Getting There: Situated at the corner of Williams and Washington, you can take the T on the Orange Line to Green Street and walk a couple of blocks. If you have a car and want to drive, there's a lot in the back and a couple other lots nearby as well as limited street parking. Alternatively, you could do the Sam Adams Brewery tour and ride the trolley over to Doyle's.

Getting In: Don't use the door on Washington Street. 1. There is a sign out front directing you to the Williams street entrance; 2. Use the Washington entrance and you will get yelled at by the bartenders; 3. They won't let you cut through; and 4. Everyone will stare at you uncomfortably because you obviously can't read or follow basic directions. Use the Williams Street entrance.

Getting Seated: Seat yourself at the bar or wait for a table. I came in with my Dad for lunch yesterday so we got a booth for two.

Ambiance: Doyle's is a classic Irish pub that's been operating since 1882. You've got a great wooden bar and tight seating, but it's charming and historical. There are lots of pictures and framed newspaper clippings detailing the history of the city and paying tribute to the who's who of characters who have left their mark on Boston. Every politician ever comes to Doyle's. Doesn't matter if it's a mayoral race or a Presidential campaign. They shoot movies (Mystic River) and tv shows (Boston Public) here too.

Drink: Doyle's was the first bar to serve Sam Adams on tap, so you should make it easy and go with that. My dad got the Boston Lager and I went with the Octoberfest. Regular pint glasses (and not the Sam Adams glasses) were used, but we didn't care.

Food: Great pub fare and good prices for the portion sizes. My dad got the chicken parm and I went with the broiled scrod. The scrod came with two sides, so I went with the potatoes and the vegetable. A little disappointed that the potatoes were breakfast potatoes (clearly left over from the brunch menu and lukewarm to boot) and the vegetable of the day was sweet potato. 2 potato dishes as sides is a bit excessive, even in an Irish pub. Dad's chicken parm covered the plate and came with a side of penne that he reported (but didn't share) was delicious.

Price: 4 beers and two lunch entrees came out to about $55, which isn't bad. They take credit cards now, but cash is king and will get you taken care of a little quicker.

Overall: Lots of tourists but also quite a few regulars. It's a fun Irish pub that is quintessentially Boston. It's a little loud, but it just adds to the charm. If you're visiting Boston take some time to come here for a bite, you'll really enjoy it.

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