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Bronwyn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bronwynrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (617) 776-9900
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
    Thursday – Saturday: 5:00pm – 12:00pm
    Mondays Closed
    July 4th - July 7th Closed for the holiday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: European
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Bronwyn
BRONWYN is a restaurant and bar located in Union Square, Somerville, featuring the cuisine of Germany and greater Central and Eastern Europe. Chef Tim Wiechmann draws on his cultural heritage to create hand-crafted sausages, schnitzels, traditional noodles and specialties such as Riesling sauerkraut and giant pretzels. An extensive list of bier and regional wein has been curated to enhance the cuisine. The chef’s wife, Bronwyn, is the restaurant’s namesake. The interior of BRONWYN embodies the rusticity of a European tavern and is adorned with the handcrafted treasures of the Chef’s travels and his family’s heirlooms. Upon entering the restaurant, one is reminded of the artistic spirit that imbues the neighborhood of Union Square.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was our second time dining here. We love the food. Both times we got the large sausage plate as an appetizer and loved it. Sat near the bar where we could see a sign for a $14.00 hamburger, but waiter said my son could not order it in the dining room. Loved the Spaetzle dish and the schnitzel, Actually everything was delicious. Great, interesting beer list. If you want a reservation, I would call the restaurant directly because Open Table would not let us make a reservation for 5 people saying that there was no availability within 21/2 hours of 5 pm, but the restaurant was empty the entire time we were there."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Love Bronwyn. Great menu for sharing and honestly it is too hard to decide what dishes not to try. Go drink some great beer and munch some wurst. You know you want to!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "outstanding service, amazing food, exceptional beer list and beautiful rustic wood ambiance, easily my and my wife's favorite. The attentive and informed staff made our first wedding anniversary very, very special. The menu rotation (among other things) keeps us coming back to try the new, exciting fare and the variety of unusual German beers (which match the plates and pair with the season perfectly) are always great."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "tastes like germany. we had the haxe and it was just right. beer was delicious. they offer a giant pretzel to start ... and you pay about $6 for it. I think they charge for a bread basket, too. cocktails were good. the only thing off was the glass of wine -- german's are not known for their red wine, but I am not a white drinker. alas, small problem."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My wife and I started with spinach and cheddar filled pierogies and a salad. The pierogies were delicious - I was afraid they would be too cheesy, they weren't. The salad was fresh, and nice accompaniment to the pierogies. I ordered blutnudeln - I may have the spelling wrong - but essentially "blood noodles". Noodles that start red due blood added to the dough, and blood in the sauce, plus a very tender beef shank - it was perfect. My wife had an assortment of delicious homemade wursts. The beer menu is extensive with beers from Germany, of course, Poland, Austria and elsewhere. Overall excellent, and much better than most of the German food that I've had in Germany, but not for those who just want pea shoots and greens."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I'm fairly new to Somerville, but I kept hearing such good things about Bronwyn that I had to visit! (I brought my mom along as a dining companion.) I had the sauerkraut cocktail (with amaretto), which was surprisingly delicious. My mom and I split the giant pretzel to start (which is served with devilishly hot mustard, and I mean that as a compliment), then we shared the spatzel (excellent) and the mini wurst platter (which made me want to try all six sausages on the big platter -- another visit). We had the Berliner donuts for dessert. We were very happy with all of the food, and the portions were good for sharing between two people. When the kitchen lagged between the pretzel and the mains, they sent out some complementary pickled eggs."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our second time at Bronwyn and, once again, we had a terrific food experience...loved, LOVED, LOVED IT ALL. Had the Prix Fixe menu myself and the opening two entrees were phenomenal. The Polish beer on tap, the desserts....Ooooooh the desserts. Each selection is like going to heaven. There's only one thing wrong with your restaurant: you're 85 miles away from where I live in NH....I wish I was closer...I'd be there every night. Seriously, every night. Truly a great restaurant. I am Polish born and your meals take me home. I truly love your restaurant. Great job."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Went there to celebrate my 50th birthday with my family. The restaurant was wonderful in modifying or reservations due to delayed airline flight. When we arrived, the staff was thrilled to see us. Our waiter was exceptional and made some great recommendations of both food and drinks. The food and atmosphere were great."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "As expected, everything was scrumptious. As good as T.W. Food with an entirely different feel. German soul food with a foodie touch. Awesome."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Having lived in Germany for three years over twenty years ago, it was a joy to taste authentic German fare that was truly delicious."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I had never been to Bronwyn before. A friend of mine recommended, so I went. It was for sure busy -- Saturday night, but service was good and food/drink were excellent. This place is good for a date as well as out with friends or family get-together. It is a great find in Union Square."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Although most if not all of the food is made in house, the taste still lacks a little German authenticity. The menu could be expanded, particularly to exclude side dishes (e.g., spatzle, rosti) from being served as entrees. There are wonderful German dishes (both heavy and light) that are not represented on the menu. The potato pancakes are overly thick and unappealing."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Dining at Bronwyn is a wonderful experience. Upon entering the restaurant you are greeted warmly. The food is superb. The service is friendly and attentive. The servers offer expert guidance on the menu for those not familiar with the cuisine. The cocktails are inventive and especially good. The selection of beer is extensive and worth exploring, along with the schnapps."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Very pleased that they have vegetarian options, and even a vegan plate. The spätzel was amazing."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Good German food with a fun beer list. We arrived early and they seated us right away...in cool throne chairs! Very unique decor!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I didn't know much about German food going into it, but everything we tried was phenomenal! We had the pretzel, the schmaltz (chicken and pork fat spread on rye bread), the spatzel (our favorite!), and of course a wurst plate. Can't wait to go back and try their famous hot dog and more German beer!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We were very impressed by the food on our first visit to Bronwyn: the dishes reminded us very much of trips to Germany and surrounds, while still having interesting local ingredients (rhubarb featured a couple of times in this season, as did ramps and pea tendrils). While there were not as many draft beer choices as we might have hoped for, the standard was very high. By contrast, we were quite disappointed by the service: after a very friendly initial experience and a great table location with thrones (!), we had the sense that each request to our server was an inconvenience to him, while he was brusque in reaching across both of us to remove items. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Dinner was really something to write home about. We had reservations but ate at the bar because we were hungry and arrived a little earlier than planned. We both had their (only) hard cider, which was crisp and not too sweet. (Of note: Barkeep Ryan is kind of a rock star) We shared the potato pancakes (with rhubarb compote and dill creme fraiche) for our appetizer. These were savory and the flavors were unusual but delicious. One could almost make a meal of these. My entree was the Sauerbraten with grilled parsnips. Traditionally, this can be a VERY heavy dish, but this was lean, tender brisket without a crust or gravy. I'd do this meal all over again. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "A family gathering at Bronwyn for a special occasion (college graduation) proved to be a crowd-pleaser. Terrific food and pretzels. Great range of beers, too."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This is a rare German/Central European restaurant in the Boston area. The food is amazing and they serve a great brunch as well as dinner. There are beers and wines from the region to complement the food which includes Schnitzel, Sausage as well as unique takes on pasta and pork shank. So much fun. Use Open Table and make a reservation as it is small and crowded. Nice outdoor seating if we ever get good weather."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Bronwyn started brunch service a few weeks ago, and it doesn't disappoint. Germany may not be known for its brunch food, but Bronwyn takes traditional brunch classics and gives them a German spin, with items like Haxe Hash and Schnitzel and Biscuits. The biergarden makes a great spot to enjoy brunch on a sunny day."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We loved the creative food. It takes a talented chef to interweave central European, new world and seasonal influences, and come up with super yummy dishes. Our lovely meal was marred our server's inability to pour wine. Every time she poured, big ol' drops would splash this way and that: Into our water, onto the table, into our food. Ultimately, to prevent our server from delivering our beverage everywhere but our wineglasses, we resorted to grasping said glasses tightly and telling our server we didn't need a refill when she came around. We will be returning, but in meantime, please train all servers to pour properly!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My wife chose Bronwyn for us, in an attempt to find something new. Most of the cuisine in our neighborhood is Brazilian, which we love but this was above what we expected outside of Boston proper. We usually latch on to one dish we adore and order it every time, but we have been so enthralled with Bronwyn's selections and service, that we've encouraged ourselves to try everything once. We have not been disappointed. The list of beers is more than extensive, and we haven't not liked anything yet. If you're a foodie, had a long day at work, need a place to go on the weekend, or just plain want a new experience, you owe it to yourself to go to Bronwyn."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Both the drink menu and dinner menu are deep, so it may take a few visits to find your favorites. We visited with a group of six and everyone enjoyed their meal. Only the noodle dishes were more than could be enjoyed at one sitting."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Loved our German dishes tonight, but best of all we got to speak German with our server from start to finish!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I love Bronwyn! A lot of places in Boston are hyped up and overpriced, but everything I've ever had at this Union Square spot is on point, qualitaetisch, and gut! I love bringing friends and spreading the word. It's always delicious and the drink list is fabulous. I've lived in the Czech Republic and traveled all around Austria, Germany, and Mitteleuropa and my wanderlust is mostly satisfied by the giant pretzels and homemade sausages on the menu. I also used to live in NYC and Bronwyn easily surpasses or stands up to some of the great spots over in our rival city or SF...in food, ambiance..etc. Be prepared to wait and spend a little cash but you'll probably be glad you did. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great food, great beer and wine selection. Might this be a kid-friendly beer-hall? Single hipsters, do not despair, if they keep executing in the kitchen, there is little risk that the stroller-people take over."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Bronwyn's menu offers lots of flexibility--try a few snacks at the bar, share a bunch of small plates, or order more traditionally with an appetizer and entree. We opted to share, and found that the food didn't hit a wrong note--pickled eggs, an amazing pretzel, radish soup that was a perfect spring dish, a simple and homey but still delicious horseradish potato pancake, and Wagyu beef saurbraten that was perfectly tender. Drinks are great too--both the cocktails and the interesting selection of beers. Service was friendly, very considerate (we were early for our reservation and they worked hard to accommodate us), and well-informed. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Really smothered everything in horseradish and did not do European food justice."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My wife took me here for a special dinner and all told the experience was lovely. We showed up pretty late (for Somerville) around 9:30 and still had amazing and inspiring food. It was our second time there and while I was expecting more customization of their proteins, their choices and pairings where spot on - I think I liked it even better this time around. They have an excellent small "patio" that is perfect for a late spring day if you can get there early enough. Our server was one of the best we have encountered since moving to the Boston area 5 years ago. We had an excellent night. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "the food is excellent and very different than your average fare that you can find in cambridge"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I would describe this as an updated take on German/Central European food. The place feels a bit lile something normally to be found in NYC. A bit geared to the hipster crowd also. This is the first time I have been there since opening. I made a few walk-in attempts before but it was always crowded. Even though it was a Thursday evening, it was a lot more mellow. I liked it that way but some people may miss the buzz of post-opening. It made me think if the hipsters have already moved on. The place is nice and worth a visit. Mostly as a bit of a novelty. I grew up in Europe and know the type of food. It is hard to imagine that people make this their regular go-to place for food. The beer list is extensive and a draw. Also stands out in area. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "My request for a good table was met (didn't want to go communal for a special occasion dinner) with an awesome placement in the second dining room. The house cocktails were excellent (we got a "zwei" and a "drei"), the wine list was great, and all the food was the real deal. It was a really noisy place, but this was far from our first date, so it didn't matter. A fantastic experience."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This is a great little restaurant serving traditional German fare (some with a twist). Homemade sausages, hot house baked pretzels and a beer menu that goes on forever. We sat at the bar and were part of a very lively atmosphere. Highly recommend the pretzel, sausages and the spaetzle. The bartenders are great to suggest the perfect beer for your tastes."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Heavy, greasy, chewy schnitzel. Worst I've ever had. Hard, burned pretzel. Sausages okay, but the rest of the plate oily. Good sauerbraten. Terrible cosmos. Horribly uncomfortable seats. Inattentive, but pleasant waiter."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Our server was very helpful on choosing a beer, got us to try something new, but understanding our likes/dislikes. Hot pretzel was AMAZING with delicious spicy mustard. The perogies were good, but I was expected a mashed filling. It was more of steamed potatoes not fully mashed. I got the spicy bierwurst with avacado salad, roasted apple, and pretzel croutons - good, but disappointed in the sausage texture. It could be me, but it was smaller than a hot dog, and the texture was a little too silky for my taste, which paired with cooked apple and avacado was a bit too smooth overall for me. I will definitely go back to try some of the amazing dishes we saw around."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • " It is a cozy place, and the hosts were friendly. Our server, though not the warmest guy, was efficient and attentive. There were several items on the menu we would have liked to try, but sadly, our eating capacity is small, so we settled on sharing an appetizer and an entree. I had always wanted to try sauerbroten, but never had the chance. I think if I went to heaven, and angels served me dinner, this is what they would serve me. It was the most tender, succulent meat I have ever tasted in my 50+ years. I don't normally order a cocktail with dinner, but the short list of cocktails had some fascinating-looking drinks, so I tried one. I chose from this list of 10 Bronwyn Haus Cocktails, the "Funf" - number 5. Complicated and delicious!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Bronwyn was a delightful surprise and surpassed our expectations for dinner. We were worked in a half hour early, which helped us immensely. The server was knowledgeable and helpful and steered us toward a visionary dessert we would not have thought of ordering. The only challenge is finding a parking spot, as we are from out of town and drove there. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Very knowledgable and friendly staff, the eats are very tasty although I didn't love anchovies with my schnitzel...but I still ate all of it. The beer menu is amazing and the schnapps menu is too good to pass up! This was my second time at bronwyn and I can't wait to go back. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Come on, three people, two beers, a starter and a main each and $200 in Union Square? The South End moves to the 'Ville."
    Dined on 4/24/2014