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Does Brasserie Jo still exist?

SSqwerty Dec 30, 2007 09:36 AM

I Googled it and it came up on the net, in the Colonnade Hotel. But I thought I read that it had gone out of business. Beautiful menu. Is it good? Is there another brasserie you like better?

  1. MC Slim JB Dec 30, 2007 10:13 AM

    I haven't been by in a couple of months, but I'd be surprised to hear it closed. It does a brisk business from the hotel, pre- and post-Symphony, and general Back Bay vistor/tourist traffic. I mainly like dining in the bar: great oversized drinks and pretty authentic brasserie fare. I have spottier luck with dining room service, but think the private dining rooms are very useful. All the greatest brasserie/bistro hits are there (steak frites, steak tartare, moules frites, etc.), and the raw bar is pretty good, too. I don't have many places I consider reliably good in the Back Bay, but this is one of them.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB
      Winer Dec 30, 2007 10:23 AM

      They still do a very brisk business and it is a bit of a gathering spot for many in the French community in Boston. The food is authentic and delicious. Go for lunch and check it out again.
      As MC Slim noted the provate rooms are handy for meetings etc

      1. re: Winer
        fullbelly Dec 30, 2007 12:41 PM

        I don't know his name, but I love the maître d' at Brasserie Jo. He's amazing! We came in with our family on a Sunday. The place was packed, and he ended up taking care of our table himself.

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      Hotelboy Dec 30, 2007 10:31 AM

      It is still open and doing a good amount of business but there is some new competition in town for them. Gaslight, La Voile and Petit Robert Bistro. All have great traditional french brasserie style food in a smaller setting. The newest is La Voile on Newbury St. The owners closed their restaurant in Cannes, France and physically moved the restaruant to Boston. They even imported the staff. I would recommend it.

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      1. re: Hotelboy
        SSqwerty Dec 30, 2007 10:38 AM

        Thank you so much! I'll try all of these options!

      2. vonwotan Dec 30, 2007 03:23 PM

        Ou la! You scared me! Brasserie Jo has been one of our favourite after theater spots.

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          ShelT54 Dec 30, 2007 05:15 PM

          it exists. Go at happy hour for a good martini and free Alsatian pizza to snack on. Good seafood in a bag entree. Nice service and reasonably priced. Better than Petit Robert.

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            BikeToEat Dec 30, 2007 05:24 PM

            I very much like their skate wings in a brown butter, caper sauce. It's a huge portion. My experience in the dining room has been fine, but it has mostly been early dining before a concert at Symphony and it has not been that crowded, so I can't comment on the service when things are hopping. The last time we went the waiter remembered us and even recalled what wine we had ordered a month before. I thought that was pretty amazing given the number of patrons he must serve.

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