This year, Boston’s beloved, Charles River Bistro, located on the banks of the Charles River Lagoon, celebrates its 5th anniversary. Under the leadership of owner, Chris Sinclair, The Bistro has introduced a number of exciting additions including a newly enhanced food and beverage menu as well as a brand new, lighted beer garden fence and seating area. Sinclair exclaims “we are so appreciative of our many local Beacon Hill customers, and visitors from around the world- they are truly what make working these long hours so worthwhile. Getting to know our customers and finding new and innovative ways to serve them, entertain them and support charities important to all has always been our highest priority.”
Boasting a sensational selection of locally crafted beer, cider, wine, custom crafted sangria and a mimosa bar, The Charles River Bistro has been serving up libations every Wednesday night during the free Boston Landmarks Orchestra performances at the DCR Hatch Shell and will continue to throughout the fall every Sunday during its renowned live Jazz & Soul brunch.
Featured in The Bistro’s new menu are even more fresh seafood favorites, which are sourced from a variety of local fisherman. Several of The Bistro’s new features this past year actually came from customer suggestions including two types of its famed lobster rolls, the hearty surf & turf burger, New England clam rolls and fresh clam chowder. There are also house-created specials like gazpacho, home-baked desserts and sweets from local partner bakeries, and of course, The Bistro’s special hand-cut French fries. Newly arrived Boston resident James Early commented that since moving to Boston, he visits the Esplanade weekly because of The Bistro. “When I discovered the restaurant, I just fell in love. The staff are tremendous and you can’t beat the charm and the food is delicious.”
In addition to the continued beer and wine service, the newly crafted fenced seating area, and an enhanced menu, The Charles River Bistro continues to host its popular ‘Field Trip Fridays.’ In collaboration with its long-standing relationships with local community partners and non-profit organizations, The Bistro invites children from all over the city to visit the park, enjoy food, games, community bookshelf and other free public amenities. Just recently, The Bistro hosted 50 kids from the Salesian Boys and Girls Club. Executive Director of the club, Mike Triant, noted “The Bistro has been an amazing partner and resource for the Salesian Boys and Girls Club. They showed incredible support for our annual breakfast fundraiser which raises funds for camp scholarships for children and have hosted over 30 of their summer campers on field trips.”
The fun doesn’t stop there. There may be just a few weeks of summer remaining, but The Bistro is kicking things into gear with the release of its annual fall programming. The Bistro’s fall schedule is filled with a host of new programs that cater to patrons of all ages around the city. The Bistro will feature events including new resident mixers, outdoor trivia nights, duck scavengers hunts, more live music, and additional special themes during the renowned weekend jazz brunches. Also games are not just for game night: there are now nearly 100 board and lawn games that are available seven days a week and The Bistro’s (and Boston’s only) free permanent public piano is back and better than ever with a face-lift and a tune-up.
One of The Bistro’s most loyal customers, Mark Duffield remarks “I have been a regular at the Bistro for all five years of their operation and have come to think of the employees as family. I look forward to another five years of visiting this wonderful jewel on The Charles.”
The Charles River Bistro will be open until November 1st, so be sure to stop by and say hello, get involved with some of their new fall programs, and enjoy the pleasure of the beautiful fall colors along the Charles River.