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About Us

Welcome to City Table, a casual neighborhood restaurant and bar, in Boston’s historic Back Bay.

Located within the iconic Lenox Hotel, on the corner of Boylston and Exeter, we’re in close proximity to Back Bay Station, Copley Square, the Boston Marathon Finish Line, Newbury Street shopping, and the Boston Public Library.

Known for years by locals for our welcoming and personalized service, delicious dishes and creative cocktails, City Table is a comfortable spot for any type of occasion.

From Executive Chef Jonathan Varela, comes City Table’s inspired, ever-changing menus featuring signature dishes like house steak frites, chopped salad, pan roasted bone-in chicken, and delectable desserts. Our brunch specialties include double cut french toast, shakshuka, and the classic eggs benedict.

We serve gluten-free and vegetarian options alongside weekend brunch. There is a private dining room for events up to 32 guests.

City Table’s inviting interior makes the perfect setting for your special event. The restaurant is Back Bay’s hidden gem, often a welcoming place for locals and visitors alike. The private dining room and spacious restaurant space feature a stylish aesthetic paired with incomparable service. City Table’s private dining room accommodates parties of up to 32 guests. Or, reserve the entire restaurant for both seated dinner and cocktail parties of up to 100.


A Brooklyn native and long-time Massachusetts resident, Sean MacAlpine found his calling to cuisine in 2002 when he filled in for a chef at Coastal Passenger Schooners in Mystic, Connecticut. Sean’s experience in the kitchen is quite extensive and includes a cooking gig at Five-O Shore Road restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine, where he worked under his brother, Jonathan MacAlpine. He eventually moved back to the Boston area and opened Main Streets Market and Café in Concord, MA for dinner service.

It was 2006 when Sean met Robert Fathman, the Executive Chef at Azure (now City Table) at an open mic night in Lynn, MA. Sean gave him his phone number in case he was ever looking for cooks and a week later he received a call from Robert asking him to come in and work. From his Line Cook position, he worked up the ranks to Sous Chef, Executive Sous Chef, and eventually to Executive Chef. Sean worked as Executive Chef for many years, bringing healthy, fresh ingredients and wants to implement them into as many dishes as possible. In 2019 Sean was promoted to Director of Food and Beverage.

Azure (City Table) is also the spot where Sean met his wife, Beth. They have two children, Ben and Isla. In his spare time, Sean loves to garden and spend some quality time on the golf course.


Our Press

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"Meet Sean MacAlpine of City Table, City Bar, Solas, and Lenox Hotel in Back Bay" - Boston Voyager, 2018

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The Lenox Hotel will celebrate Judy Garland's birthday on June 10 with a special brunch menu. ~ABC News, June 8 2018

The hotel's City Table restaurant features several honey-inspired dishes including Avocado Toast ~ Laurie Wilson, OpenTable, August 2016

"The Lenox Hotel’s new Executive Chef has local roots" ~Julie Kramer, October 2015

Just 26, Adam Wimes lands job as The Lenox Hotel's Executive Chef ~ Alex Weaver, BostInno, September 2015

Warm, laid-back ambiance and upscale American comfort food combine to create a friendly neighborhood vibe at City Table ~ Meredith Wilson, Panorama, November 2009

Glowing lights and dark wood make this relaxed restaurant a comfortable, convivial space to share moments with friends- and to share delicious, classic, American food. ~Where Boston, January 2010

City Table is a cozy space tucked in the nook of the Lenox lobby just out of reach from Boylston Street’s bustle, a comfy spot for taking shelter from the storm of last-minute shopping with your pals and the frigid winter weather. ~Scott Kearnan, Stuff Magazine, December 2009

The rustic dishes are nicely done, the drinks are simply great, and the service is highly polished, which means City Table will make a fine neighborhood hang out. ~Amy Traverso, Boston Magazine, January 2010

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