Dining Experience

We want you to feel welcome from the first moment you walk into Hamersley's Bistro. Sink into a cozy banquette, enjoying the warmth of the buttercup-colored walls and the buzz of the open kitchen. Be greeted by your friendly server, who provides expert suggestions on the perfect combination of food and wine. Enjoy a satisfyingly simple, hearty meal, prepared from seasonally fresh local ingredients. We see Hamersley's as an elegant Boston translation of the homey, family-run country bistros of France. You'll see how the beautiful architecture of the restaurant reflects the meeting of France and New England, with the rough wooden ceiling beams salvaged from a Connecticut barn in harmony with French tapestry florals. The open kitchen- one of Boston's first- creates a lively, fun touch, and gives Gordon Hamersley a chance to show us all how much he just plain loves to cook (and eat, too, but that's another story...)

Each visit to Hamersley's should be a special experience, so we make both creativity and consistency our priorities. This means that our house specialty Roast Chicken with Garlic, Lemon and Parsley will always be delicately moist; and that our new dishes like Halibut in Crispy Rice Paper with Peaches and Mint will intrigue and delight you. We're not just talking about the food, either- please use our welcoming staff as your resource for a great evening. Most of our waiters have been with us for years and want to help you choose the most delicious array of food. Don't forget about the wine! Fiona Hamersley's lovingly chosen, eclectic wine list features changes with the season, just like our menu. Your waiter is very knowledgeable about our wine list, so don't hesitate to ask for ideas.

Some things have changed since we first opened sixteen years ago. We now have more seating, a private dining room, and a brick patio for casual outdoor eating. Everything else, though, has stayed the same. We still make gracious hospitality our first priority. We're still the friendly place that welcomes spur-of-the-moment walk-in diners, and we're still the place where you'll feel equally at home in a little black dress or old jeans. We're still the cozy place where you can completely relax after a long day. And you'll still see Gordon most nights with his trademark baseball cap, cooking up a storm in the open kitchen. Many of our guests feel so at home here that they think of us as their favorite neighborhood restaurant, even if they don't live in the neighborhood.

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