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The Porter Cafe

££ - £££
West Roxbury / Hyde Park / Roslindale
American, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
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1723 Centre St, Boston, MA 02132-1550
+1 617-942-2579
16:00 - 01:00
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Porter Cafe is a small but cozy neighborhood pub! Our waitress was friendly and attentive. I started with the Simple Mixed Greens salad which was absolutely delicious. Loved the roasted tomatoes and amazing tarragon dressing. For entrees my husband decided on the Mississippi Chuck Pot roast which he said was so flavorful and tender. I opted for the burger which... More 

Thank Dianne O
Boston, Massachusetts
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65 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

I live in the area and whenever my fiancé and I decide to stay local, Porter Cafe is our spot. I love the Brussels sprouts side dish and the half chicken is my go-to meal. It's an awesome spot to grab a couple drinks and/or watch a game.

Thank Mike A
Boston, Massachusetts
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265 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Had some drinks at the bar earlier this month. If you're looking for a local neighborhood hang out, this is the place. Its pretty small but I saw that they also have outdoor seating all along the side of the building which which is a nice plus. Banquet seating with red leather is cool and I liked the brick walls.... More 

Thank Jill W
Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

This is a local modern Irish restaurant / pub, and it's awesome. They have great drinks, and really tasty food. Fish & chips and the burger are especially awesome. It's well prices and a comfortable, friendly spot to grab a drink and a meal.

Thank Eliza D
Boston, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

My husband and I went for dinner here on a busy Sunday night. The atmosphere was fine though like many other places in Boston you do feel a bit squished in (we were about a foot away from two different sets of couples). It has the small pub feel to it. We were excited by the menu choices but were... More 

Thank Rachel T
Boston, Massachusetts
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80 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2016

This is a great neighborhood pub. The food is consistently good and good variety. We love the mussels and the burgers. Their fish tacos are also good. Shrimp scampi, risotto and chicken bahn mi sandwich are all good options.

Thank AJFregal
Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

Local Irish pub...don't want to say too many good things about it so you don't find it! Food consistently good, taps always interesting brews, service outstanding always. Small place with limited seating but a great experience!

1 Thank Zaphod1951
Boston, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

Small, somewhat noisy tavern. Okay food. Nothing I'd go out of my way to come back to but would definitely eat there again if I was in the neighborhood. Wonderfully friendly wait staff. They were attentive, efficient and added a pleasant touch to an average meal.

Thank RiverRoadRider
Boston, MA
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150 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

The servers at this restaurant are so kind! I had a sore throat when I walked in, and the strong Irish hot black tea and honey cured it almost instantly. The food served here is fresh and delicious! "The burgers are some of the best you can get in Boston," according to some of my family members who frequent this... More 

1 Thank maggied00dle
Needham, Massachusetts
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84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

I loved the the brick walls and dark wood bar, and the casual Irish feel was nice, although I would have preferred to watch baseball instead of soccer given that their were playoffs on TV. We loved the 80's alternative music soundtrack, and the owners were cool dudes!!! The chef has a very robust, flavorful style; each dish was strongly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1723 Centre St, Boston, MA 02132-1550
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > West Roxbury / Hyde Park / Roslindale
  • Neighbourhood: West Roxbury / Hyde Park / Roslindale
  • Phone Number: +1 617-942-2579

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