Bistro 5
Bistro 5

Bistro 5

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistro5.com/
  • Phone: 7813957464
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Open some Sundays/Mondays for Holidays and Special Events. Call for more details.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Italian, French
  • Executive Chef: Vittorio Ettore
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Bistro 5 caters a spectrum of events from casual cocktail parties to a formal sit down dinners. We provide innovative cuisine to please any palate using the freshest, local ingredients and professional service. For more information complete the form on the private dining page at www.bistro5.com or call to speak to our event coordinator.
  • Private Party Facilities: At Bistro 5 our personal approach in service ensures we execute every detail of your event beyond your expectation. Bistro 5 has the heart and personality of a local favorite but also boasts the sophisticated Northern Italian fare found in a destination dining experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Megan Cormier 7813957464

Getting there

  • Cross Street: High Street
  • Public Transit: From North Station you can take the commuter rail on the Lowell Line outbound one (1) stop to West Medford. We are directly across Playstead Road from the train platform to the right of the gas station. It is approximately 11 minutes from North Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are several places to park your vehicle. 1. On High Street in West Medford square 2. Along the commuter rail on Playstead Road, parking is available to the public after 5:00 pm 3. Municipal parking lot behind "Bargain Spot Liquor Store" in West Medford Square on the opposite side of High Street *Do not park behind the building in the tenant parking or in the gas station adjacent to Bistro 5. It is private property and you will be towed even when they are closed*
A word from Bistro 5
Bistro 5 is located in Medford, MA just minutes from downtown Boston. "A quintessential neighborhood spot" boasts The Boston Globe. Chef/Owner Vittorio Ettore and his team serve the finest Italian fare with French and Spanish influences while focusing on farm-fresh local ingredients. Our ever changing Chef's Tasting Menu keeps Boston's most distinguished palates returning time and again for seasonally fresh dishes that embody the warmth and richness of Chef Vittorio's own hospitality. Bistro 5 also offers an extensive wine list featuring unique wines at exceptional values. The Bistro's three dining rooms are richly appointed and can accommodate parties of up to 75 guests, making Bistro 5 the perfect venue for your next office party, family gathering, or special event.
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Bistro 5 reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (58)fit for foodies (56)special occasion (45)romantic (31)notable wine list (21)good for groups (14)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (6)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • A study in contradictions
    starlingtonVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was absolutely wonderful. Every thing on our plates was amazing - the piattini, the starters and main courses and dessert. But, we were seated between the noisy bar with lots of flannel-clad patrons and the bathroom at a cramped table despite having a reservation and the restaurant not being totally full. Our first few orders were brought out basically on top of each other so that our little tiny table was overflowing uncomfortably with plates, glasses, etc. They did a fabulous job recovering from bringing my husband the wrong plate (we now have full (but wrong) meal in a to-go box in our frig). I was also a bit taken aback to look over and see people sniffing their food and using their soup spoons to scoop up mashed potatoes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bistro 5
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This was our second visit. I didn't think they could be better than the first time...but they were. Probably the best meal I've had in a decade, and the wine pairings were perfect. Waiter (Tony) was spectacular. Can't wait to go again. I've only seen this kind of style and attention to detail on the West Coast. Thank the Chef/Owner for us. His talents are greatly appreciated
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Heirloom Tomato Bliss
    Peg319ethaVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is the second special heirloom tomato occasion we have attended. This is a special treat especially the Rohan duck with a tomato cream brûlée. Bravo Chef Ettore!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for conversation
    bobo
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Excellent atmosphere with relatively low noise level. Food very good to though the menu limited. Knowledgeable service staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Four of us shared 4 different appetizers. The fois grais crème brule with duck prociutto was the most incredible. I had wished I had it all to myself! Carne salada (carpaccio) was also fabulous. The golden beet salad a great hit as well. Dinner choices were veal, rabbit, and scallops and were all fabulous. I can't say enough about our waiter. He was incredibly helpful, funny, and there when we needed him. An outstanding experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Scallops were a tad saltier than expected. Overall experience was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed review
    Not2fussy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My entree was very good but my spouse was disappointed. Dessert and appetizers were good to very good. Accomodations were very good, and the service was excellent. I really wanted to like this place. In sum, a great destination for the neighborhood but not really a standout overall.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good... not great
    sgnourish
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Service was informative and attentive. Veal Milanese had two big pieces of high quality cutlets. One cooked well. The other overcooked. Not enough sauce or potato underneath. Gnocchi was good yet didn't stand out. Calamari just average.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Medford Gem
    Mayfstro
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great for an evening out. You never feel rushed and there is a nice atmosphere. Great variety of items on the menu, but it could rotate a bit more for regular customers. The beets for an app and rabbit for an entree are awesome picks to start with.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lost a Step?
    arlingtondiner
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Bistro 5 has been one of our favorite restaurants for a couple of years. Our most recent experience was a bit of a disappointment. Perhaps because it was restaurant week, we waited 45 minutes between the appetizers and the mains. That was a really uncomfortable wait. The food was quite good - with the exception of a very bitter element in the tagliatelle, but wasn't quite up to snuff. The bill for four, including a couple of glasses of wine each rounded out at $300. I'm putting this down to being very busy -- so we will be back for another try soon - but I'm worried that they've lost a step somehow.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • just great .
    Kennard
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were first timers. Quick to seat, great choices on the menu, offered to move us since a group was getting a little rowdy in the other room. Went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and part of the neighborhood crowd. Food was great and has been consistent to round two. Definitely would recommend if your in the general area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dry shortcake
    JamesDiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The entrees were very good, veal and steak strips. The disappointment was the dessert - Mixed berry grilled shortcake. My idea of a mixed berry shortcake is a reduced fresh berry sauce (sweetened or unsweetened) poured over shortcake. The shortcake was dry but would have been fine if berries wand sauce were soaked into the shortcake, not totally soaked. The whipped cream was awesome. It didn't meet my expectations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife ordered the scallop dish with the scallops to be cooked thru when she received them they were burnt and looked like they were in cut in half not very happy and paid full price for the meal. We also wanted one of your specials on the appetizer and you were out of it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great upscale Italian
    CraigVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    With one night in Boston and thousands of choices where to go. Narrowing it down to Italian reduces the choices by about two... We picked Bistro 5 and are glad we went. Our server, Nr 8, was a hoot but knew every dish in great detail. He was ever so accommodating. We had calamari which was served over red peppers with just the right heat. Our second course of gnocchi with forrest mushrooms and truffle was deep and satisfying. The veal Milanese just makes me want to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner at b5
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Always a treat - roasted quail tops, sea scallops perfect, carne salada a revelation with onion jam and scattered cheese, best was a sort of peach cobbler with corn gelato (unusual but tasty), blueberry sauce, and on, each bite a joy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    ScottyB
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had one of the best dinners out in a long time. The food was truly outstanding from the beet first course to our main courses. We were given some wonderful bread with a chip pea spread as a starter, Not big eaters we were able to order half size on the pasta and one of the main dishes. We really like that. Our waiter Tony could not have been more accommodating. We were so impressed we plan to celebrate our anniversary there this fall. As we told the staff when we left, Bistro 5 is our new top restaurant, Parking can be a problem so going early helps in that there is a parking lot half a block away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wait staff was very slow
    Tapper5678VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    20 minutes for the waitress to come to the table, another 10 minutes to take our drink order, another 20 minutes to bring our drinks, after placing our order another 30 mnutes to get our food. Food was passable but nothing spectacular.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great
    PCW1
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went to Bistro 5 for the first time in a while and am sorry I haven't gone more often. It was outstanding! The calamari was its usual awesome and the scollaps entree was fabulous -- a nice size and absolutely perfectly cooked. Our waiter Tony was very helpful too. Bistro 5 has been a sure thing for a long time. It was great to experience it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was excellent. We both had salads green & beet which were delicious. I had the branzino and the menu does not misrepresent it. It did indeed come "whole" head, eyes etc. you name it. It was delicious but required careful dissection! my partner had the scallops which were perfectly cooked and flavourful. The creme brulee was amazing. Our server was attentive without being over bearing. We would definitely return, bar seemed to be hopping. Only down side was the noise at 8 pm we found ourselves shouting to be heard, so if you want a quiet conversation over a delicious dinner go early!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed.
    JimmieTimmyVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We made our reservation through Open Tabe and mentioned that we were celebrating a Birthday. This was never acknowledged. We also had to twice ask our server for the bread and white bean spread which come sauromatically. At these prices, these little things are quite disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodjoys
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    loved the house cured duck prosciutto as well as carne salada and rohan duck. Tony provided us with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always!
    ShannonBVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I never get to go here enough, but when I do it always delivers! And then I am just dying to go back! It is a wonderful place where you always feel comfortable. They food is phenomenal. Not too fussy, but exciting and overall just yummy good! Whenever I am asked for a recommendation - this is where I send people, and no one has ever been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific experience
    OldSpice
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    After numerous visits to this fine restaurant, it never fails to deliver on all fronts. The staff aims to please and is very attentive , warm and welcoming. Service with a smile!! The culinary artistry never disappoints and is always first class. This is why we always come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous as Usual
    foodforyou
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Vittorio's strawberry festival tasting menu was delicious. I suggest adding the wine pairing. The remodel has created a larger bar area and looks terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Father's Day celebration
    Denise
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    First time here - wish we had come sooner! Ambience lovely, understated and soothing. Server was excellent but we waited a bit longer than we should have between courses - this I think was due to a large party sitting near us. Focaccia and chickpea spread delicious. Warm beet salad and duck pasta first courses were perfect. Veal Milanese, scallops, and gnocchi with hen of the woods mushrooms perfect too. My son was swooning over the cheese plate. All dishes artfully prepared and presented. Would like to see a second vegetarian option in the entrees. Will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy we went back again
    McGoff
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The recent renovation is quite nice with the addition of much needed space and a beautiful bar. Our dinner was fabulouse as was the service. We will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rusty
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Weenjoyed a long leisurely dinner and we were not rushed or presssured into ordering quickly. Our waiter was attentive, helpful, friendly and courteous. The cocktails were great also. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Again
    Boots
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We've come to expect an excellent dining experience and we were not disappointed----Tony, our waiter was friendly and attentive as were all others----have never had a problem and experience is memorable always
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still Amazing
    Mffazio
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It's been over a year since my wife and I have been to Bistro 5. I was very interested in seeing the renovation and we were celebrating a special occasion so we decided it was time to return. As expected Vittorio and his kitchen staff did not disappoint. The duck prosciutto with foie gras brûlée was outstanding! We had the Veal Milanese and Spring Lamb for entrees also great. Love the new bigger bar and reno. Will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply a nice dinner
    Kanga
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great service, delicious food, pleasant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1198 reviews are from the Bistro 5 reviews archive.
  • Superb Dining at Bistro 5
    SandarellaVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Finally made it to Bistro 5, post renovations, and were impressed with the transformation. Ambience is dramatically improved with the expanded space. Server: knowledgeable with perfectly balanced attentiveness. The food is, of course, the star: the calamari appetizer: tasty and light with a delicate accompaniment of hot pepper rings and pepper sauce; the humus, surrounded by olive oil and infused lemon, served with a warm focaccia bread were impossible to resist; wild boar sausage with house made pepper tagliatelle: delicious; roasted half chicken with baby spinach and fingerling potatoes: superb; strawberry basil tiramisu: a perfect ending. Bravo, Vittorio! We love A Tavola, but we will be returning to Bistro 5 more frequently!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    Bday
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner to celebrate my children's birthday. We had a variety of appetizers and entrees and all were delicious and beautifully served. The chef made a special cake -chocolate, walnuts and candied orange which was rich, delicious, and light as a feather.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    LadiesWhoLunch
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    In Medford from New York for Tufts graduation, we were knocked out by Bistro 5. The food is superb, the service very helpful and friendly. The gnocchi were the best we've ever eaten--and we are Italian. We're still talking about what an outstanding meal we had. Truth be told, the food may have been a notch better than the very fancy Boston restaurant where we dined later in the weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bliss in West Medford
    MickVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Our party of six had a stupendous time. Three dozen oysters, appetizers, entrees, fantastic desserts, good cheer, several bottles of reasonably priced wine from a nice selection. Triple wow. Could not have been better. Want to come back on a Thursday for the hamburger special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Have It Your Way
    Easterbruncher
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The waiter indicated that anything on the menu could be adjusted into any appetizer or meal. That improved the choices. The food arrived perfectly displayed, at the right temperature, and with interesting herb-based flavors. While described as an Italian restaurant, the food was more continental than Italian. I enjoyed it very much. There was no rush to turn the table over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Becoming a favorite spot
    johnnieQ21
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Post renovation, Bistro 5 has a much improved ambience and a great bar. Sit by the window on a Thursday night and try the hamburger special. Or reserve a table and have a more intimate experience. The service is fantastic and the food is always wonderful. The ability to order off the tasting menu a la carte is particularly fun. Duck, lamb and pasta dishes--can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Trip to Bistro 5
    AAC1
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My wife and I invited another couple to join us at Bistro 5. The selections of wines by the glass was limited, but there offerings were solid. I had a wonderful super Tuscan. The wine list had some nice selections featuring Italian wines. They did a nice job of offering wines from every region. We ordered the truffle butter and a plate of olives to go with the home made focaccia. It was a great way to start the meal. We ordered the calamari and the duck prosciutto appetizers, which were both outstanding. I had the boar sausage over home made pasta, which was a flavorful dish. I was especially happy that the chef did not go overboard with the pasta. My wife had the veal cutlets Milanese, which was excellent. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    Nevs
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Bistro 5 is only 1/2 mile from me, so to me it's a neighborhood gem. I went there about a week ago after not being in for a while and was very impressed by the food. I had the scallops and my friend had the Veal. They were both spectacular, so I took 3 people there this past Friday. Everyone had a ball and the food was great!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of the way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Good food. It is however unfortunate that it is so out of the way. Coming from Boston, it took over 45 minutes, got lost numerous times, etc. etc.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • grazie
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Great restaurant: great service, lovely atmosphere, fabulous food!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate