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Top of the Hub

800 Boylston St.,Prudential Tower, 52nd Floor, Boston, MA, 02199
(617) 536-1775

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Restaurant Details
$$$$ ($50 and over)
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Open Mon.-Sat. for lunch and dinner with the kitchen serving continuously from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 a.m. and Sunday brunch beginning at 11:00 a.m.
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Top of the Hub
800 Boylston St.
Prudential Tower, 52nd Floor
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 536-1775
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Dec. 27, 2007 - Boston.com - Devra First
3 reviews
Feb 01, 2010 - Glas45
A special night out

The view, the atmosphere, the food etc all make this very special. I would take anyone to the Top of the Hub. The only reason I didn't give 4 stars was because the wine list is extremely complicated and you shouldn't be intimidated to ask for the cheapest wine they have. No great restaurant will offer bad wine and the range of prices on the wine menu is from 60 to 1,000 per bottle and our Waitress didn't offer to help much. However, I have been there often and apart from the Wine List it is a superb restaurant.

1 review
Jan 16, 2009 - redsoxlite
View is Second On The List

The Top of the Hub is TOPS in my book. I come up there once every two weeks to eat and enjoy everything the Hub has to offer. The view is nice but its the Chef and his team that really keeps me coming back. The great thing is that I have some special requests due to allergies and they go out of their way to help me get what I want. Most of the time I have the Tofu Pad Thai. Its the best around and with that view, its good living. The staff is so great about making sure that I enjoy my time there. After I eat in the dining room I go over to the lounge and enjoy the live jazz. I give this place four stars.

1 review
Jun 29, 2008 - motophoto
Top View, OK to VG food, great wine list

TOTH is perfect for special occasions, the view and the setting are excellent, the food and service very good, but a lack of polish makes you think you are overpaying for the view. The menu offers a fine array of choices, and there are certain gems (the lobster soup) that are worth the trip on their merits alone. Our steak was tough and overcooked enough to make us regret the $$$ it cost. Our server was very friendly, his service was very good, he was enthusiastic and attentive, but he seemed to be just starting out and lacked experience. The wine list is a multi-page book and is very complete, so much so that one would think a sommelier might be of some use here. Go for a splurge, but save room for the bill as tall as the Pru!

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(no rating) May 18, 2008 - landjakewells
Top of the Hub tops Nothing!

I normally do not write reviews for restaurants after a bad dining experience, but after my fiancee and I have eaten at nearly all of the top-rated restaurants in Boston-- Dante (Cambridge), Zephyr (Cambridge), Fleming's Steakhouse (Boston), Capital Grille (Boston), North End (Strega, Lucca, Giacomo), Stella (South End)--and it was a very special occasion (her 26th birthday), I felt compelled to write this review.

I made my reservation on Opentable 1 1/2 months in advance, and I requested online to make it a special experience with a table next to a window because it was her birthday. I also had Boston Coach chauffeur us to the restaurant. I thought it would be the perfect celebration given the amazing views, service, and cuisine. But boy, were we in for something different.

None of my requests were met. Our night started out in dissatisfaction when we were seated a row away from the window seating. After our first request to be moved to a window table, our server told us that we should get in line and the wait would be another 45 minutes for a window table. She suggested that we could go to the bar and have a drink before our meals. How crass I thought? I told her I made the request a month and a half in advance, it was my fiancee's birthday, we had a driver transport us to the restaurant, all to no avail. My fiancee told me it was fine, and we could just sit where we were, but I could tell she was disappointed.

So we decided to stay put; however when we saw three open tables open up near the window, I decided to ask again. I thought for sure with the vacancy near the windows, our special occasion, and our reservations made nearly two months in advance, they would move our seating. Yet, when I asked another server, he said with rather Italian accent that they "never accomodate requests for window seating--for no one," but he said he would ask a manager and see if it was possible. Our server and the one asked returned, and they told us that could not do it, even though four tables (at that point) were open, because they were going to be seating those soon, and once we "started eating" we could not be reseated. How unhelpful the service was, I thought. I was not aware that it was against restaurant policy and code to move a party once they had started eating for a special request. I reiterated my plea that it was her birthday, the reservations were made a long time ago, but all I recieved was the same response except stronger now: NO!

Now onto the meals. While we watched longingly as five tables vacated, we were served our Spicy Lobster Soup, sub-par at best. It was not spicy, too creamy (it felt like we were just drinking heavy cream), and the bowl and plate lacked any creative garnish. The salmon was bland, certainly not worth their asking price of $28. Chef Ramsey of Hell's Kitchen would have been up-in-arms about it and dumped it in the trash. My fiancee's dish, the lamb, was cooked but flavorless. Overall, neither great service, nor cuisine, and, for that, we declined dessert at the same time and asked for the check.

The final disgrace came with the bill. Our server had the gall to say, "have a great birthday," to my fiancee as I was autographing my name on a $110 Bill. How rude, how terrible, I thought. It was as if they had not listened to a single thing we said the entire night. I thought fine dining was about excellent service and cuisine, and the Top of the Hub delivers on neither. For that, double-damning: no stars.

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