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West End Johnnies

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American, Bar
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138 Portland St, Boston, MA 02114-1706
+1 617-227-1588
Sun 11:00 - 16:00
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Billerica, Massachusetts
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173 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We met friends here that were going to a Bruins game. We were headed to North Station so it was a very convenient spot to meet. It was a gorgeous Patriots Day in Boston - sunny skies, the Sox won, the Marathon was winding down. There were so many people out and about - the city felt so alive that... More 

Thank Mws101
WestEndJohnnies, Owner at West End Johnnies, responded to this review

When it comes to pregaming the Bruins, we know how to have a good time over here! I'm so glad you and your friends met at our place for a drink. Happy my team didn't let you down as well. Thanks for the wonderful review, and I hope to have you back for another visit soon! Until then, Johnnie, Owner More 

Halifax, Canada
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644 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is just a notch or two above that usual pub dining experience with nice touches like cloth napkins. It's close to the TD Garden so we stopped by here before the Celtics game. The menu is high end pub style food. It was delicious. Johnnies famous meatballs was a great appetizers and the 1991 molasses wings were very... More 

1 Thank tshep42
WestEndJohnnies, Owner at West End Johnnies, responded to this review

We go the extra mile just to see you smile! I'm so glad our meatballs and wings are such a hit with you. You can always count on our food to leave you satisfied. Thanks for the amazing rating and kind words, and I look forward to having you back for another visit before the next game at the Garden... More 

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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Birthday celebration here and the Reggae Brunch at West End Johnnie's and it did not disappoint.. Food was good and service was on the spot but the live band stole the show. Great vibe , good relaxation.

Thank Sirik C
WestEndJohnnies, Owner at West End Johnnies, responded to this review

We've got plenty of good vibes over here, Sirik! Glad our reggae brunch won you over, and that you enjoyed our eats and service. I really appreciate your kind words and support and hope to have you back for another visit soon. All the best, John, Owner More 

Hartford, Connecticut
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336 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

The food here is certainly acceptable, if not inspired. It is not a real party place, but they seem compelled to crank up the sound system anyway. I can recommend the meatball appetizer, and my companion was happy with her salad. The host was extremely accomodating and helpful with the wine.

Thank TomM1951
WestEndJohnnies, Owner at West End Johnnies, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by, Tom! I'm so glad you enjoyed your order and our service. Sorry the music was loud for you -- did you come in on a Friday or Saturday evening? If so, I'm sorry but we change over to nightlife pretty quickly. I apologize if it caused any inconvenience. Thanks for the support, and I hope to... More 

Poughkeepsie, New York
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Was just in Boston this past weekend visiting a friend and she suggested the Reggae Brunch at West End Johnnie's and it did not disappoint! We arrived around 11:30am and told it would be a 2 hour wait for our party of 2 without reservations. There were no seats avail at the bar but the hostess went out of her... More 

Thank laurenm1414
WestEndJohnnies, Owner at West End Johnnies, responded to this review

Happy we could fit you and your friend in! Our reggae brunch tends to get pretty packed, but I'm so happy our hostess helped you find a seat at the bar in no time. Glad you enjoyed our eats, service, and entertainment! If you ever come back to Boston, I hope you visit us again! All the best, John, Owner More 

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4 reviews
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Heading to a Bruins game then you gotta check this place out! Food was amazing! For sure my favourite place in Boston that we ate at. The Muscle's were the best I've ever eaten and considering i'm from Newfoundland that's a pretty big statement!! I had the Lobster Mac & Cheese and again one of the best ive had. My... More 

Thank Heather M
WestEndJohnnies, Owner at West End Johnnies, responded to this review

Thrilled we're your favorite place to eat in Boston, Heather! I'm so happy your consider our mussels and lobster mac & cheese the best you've ever had. It really is a huge compliment! You can always count on us for good quality with each dish. Thanks for the kind words and wonderful rating, and I look forward to having you... More 

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Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

With so many great restaurants in Boston why settle for mediocre food at best. My burger was frozen and the bun was stale. My husbands corned beef was mostly fat. Ugh sent the burger back too late to order anything else. Thought this would be convenient to the garden event but should have stayed at one of the other great... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
WestEndJohnnies, Owner at West End Johnnies, responded to this review

We take great pride in serving quality dishes to our guests, and I am disappointed you did not enjoy yours. Our burgers are not frozen and our rolls are always fresh. I wish you had asked for a manager so maybe we could have done something at the moment. We are not perfect but frozen we are not. As for... More 

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350 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

We went to West End Johnnies prior to. Celtics game on a Friday evening. The restaurant is in nice old building with high ceilings. The food was good, the prices moderate and the service decent. Unlike restaurants near the TD Garden, this one accepts reservations before game time. We'd go back.

Thank Dhanan
WestEndJohnnies, Owner at West End Johnnies, responded to this review

Glad you got your fill before the Celtics, Dhanan! We know how important planning prior to a basketball game can be, and we're happy to help out with reservations. As always, I want our guests to leave fully satisfied. That being said, I'd love to do better than decent service -- if you have any suggestions on how to improve... More 

Chatham, New Jersey
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Delicious bar food and fun atmosphere for a pre-game dinner! My nephew ordered the steak tips, and they were outrageous. Not just a typical sports-bar menu.

Thank StephSciarello
WestEndJohnnies, Owner at West End Johnnies, responded to this review

It was a pleasure having you in before the big game, Steph! So glad you and your nephew enjoyed our dishes. You can always count on us to fill you up before tip off. Hope you get the chance to come back again before your next game! Until then, John, Owner More 

Roanoke, Virginia
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

Going to a Bruins game with two teenagers. Never been to TD Garden, but we were running a little late and wanted to have dinner before going into the Garden. All the nearby restaurants were full-on sports bars, many with bouncers. Some with "Game Day Buffets" that just weren't all that appealing. I popped into three different places before West... More 

Thank youvegot2bkidding
WestEndJohnnies, Owner at West End Johnnies, responded to this review

We have something for everyone in the family! Glad you decided to give us a chance and try our food. I'm so happy your server got your orders out in good time, and most importantly, that you didn't miss the face-off! If you ever go to another Bruins game again, I hope you consider visiting us for another pre-game dish... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 138 Portland St, Boston, MA 02114-1706
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
  • Phone Number: +1 617-227-1588
West End Johnnie's in Boston incorporates the melting pot of this historic West End area through its ambiance, people, and food.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?