Foundry On Elm
Foundry On Elm

Foundry On Elm

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.foundryonelm.com/
  • Phone: 6176289999
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation Monday - Friday: noon - 1:00am, Brunch: Saturday 11am - 1am Sunday: 10:30am - 1:00am
    Offering Brunch specials in addition to our lunch menu on Saturday until 3, Brunch Buffet and A la carte specials Sunday until 3:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Derek Clough
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Redline Davis Square T-stop
  • Parking: No
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Foundry On Elm reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (34)neighborhood gem (31)good for groups (30)hot spot (20)fit for foodies (17)great for brunch (11)special occasion (10)late-night find (9)notable wine list (7)great for lunch (7)romantic (5)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Fun Night
    Becca
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Everything was excellent. We ordered an appetizer with hummus to share and my husband and I split a salad and entree. The salad was very good and the pasta was excellent. The server checked frequently and everything arrived on time. Thanks for a fun evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Do not have the time nor the desire to write a review for this poor excuse of a dining establishment. Is it possible to give no stars? Bread served without butter? They had run out. 3 of 4 meals undercooked badly? The list goes on. Too many good places in Davis square to waste money here. New ownership might be a good place to start.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SFvisitorVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Probably good for a drink, but the food was mediocre at best.
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  • vibrant Davis Square eatery
    hamletVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were at the Foundry for a late dinner with out of town friends. I had the best vodka gimlet I've had anywhere. The food was very good - great appetizers and fresh salads as an alternative to the fries with our burgers. We will go back with the kids.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was great
    IsabellaVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Met a few friends here to celebrate a new job. Our server Rachel was awesome - so sweet!! She made sure our special requests from the kitchen were taken care of. We will be back!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual dinner
    localguy
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food is good and there is ample variety, but ordinary. Everything was cooked as ordered. On a Tuesday evening after 8 PM one would expect more attentive service, especially when the restaurant is not full. Service was slow and food delivery was slow. We were able to have a relaxed conversation, which was fine. The place is lively and has an active crowd--a lot of regulars. Staff is cordial and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food good but service not so much
    Hud35
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Went for late lunch with 5 friends on a Saturday in July .... the place was pretty much deserted, but pleasant enough. Our lunches were OK, not extraordinary, but the service was ridiculously slow and inattentive, with a couple of us getting our meals way before others. Maybe it was just an off day for the kitchen staff, but I wasn't impressed--especially since the place was so quiet! How hard is it to get 4 burgers and 2 pork belly sandwiches out to a table when that's about all you're having to cook?! I gave this a "Yes" to recommend to a friend, but with caveats about the service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great apps
    justamom
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We tried two appetizers - both were delicious - buffalo chicken balls and dates wrapped in bacon. Food and draft beers are very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great dining experience
    TheProf
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We have never been disappointed eating at The Foundry. The food is always good and the portions are more than ample. Each dish is appropriately seasoned and is never over-seasoned. Every choice on the menu is reliably good. The wait staff is friendly and very helpful. They provide prompt and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Burger!
    Halo1
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Had a great time at Foundry! Service was great, beer selection was superb, award-winning burger was deserving of the award! The only thing that could use improvement is the artisanal cheese platter.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great bar scene!
    BRFadeVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    After having visited Foundry several previous times found the menu lacking in entree choices...we all had the signature burger which was very good, very juicy but delish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cocktails, good menu
    Mrkennedy
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Not your typical pub food, the Foundry offers a nice diversity of dishes at fairly reasonable prices. Cocktails are well made and creative. This is one of my "go to" places in Davis Square.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, so so service
    Bob1
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We have gone to foundry a number of times. We like the food and the atmosphere. Unfortunately, the last three times the service has left us annoyed. At lest twice I will accredit it to a server who either lacks the skills, or just doesn't care; we ordered desert bunted waiter forgot to bring them over. The third time may have been due to an overwhelmed staff; the drink I ordered after arriving didn't show up until after the meal arrived and it was impossible to fid anyone to flag down. It is sad, if not for the service I would call this place a must go to, instead I say, you'll love the food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great drinks, poor service
    JoePi0105VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Have been going here since it opened, and while the bar has remained top notch, the food and service have been noticeably on the decline. Went with a party of five early Sunday evening (5pm). Restaurant was empty, didn't order anything fancy (2 croque monsieur, 2 burgers and a salad) and were there almost an hour and a half. Once food arrived it was good, but nothing to write home about. Won't be eating here again anytime soon, but will definitely continue to come for the bar - drinks and variety are great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Toe Jam
    Specialtime
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was our first time dining there. We had a great time dining. The food was excellent. It's a great place to enjoy with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Librarianne
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My fiance & I chose Foundry for a non-traditional "come as you can" kind of bachelor/bachelorette party. I made the reservation for 6 & for the most part that's the number of people we had, though at one point there was 8. When I made the reservations I noted that people would need separate checks. The nite was great- the food was tasty (I highly enjoy introducing people to the Foundry's poutine), the drinks stellar , and all of our party found something to eat & enjoy. The waiter, Mike, seemed professional though a bit scattered. Some drinks and food took a bit to arrive at the table but I chalked it it up to a busy nite and the special requests we were making. We'll be back to the Foundry but definitely with a smaller group next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pork Belly
    JackieAVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    It can be done well or horrifically. Foundry on Elm makes a blueberry barbecue pork belly sandwich that will knock your socks off.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time at Foundry
    Hooch
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This was my first time here. Although my party of 4 had a reservation, the table was not ready when we arrived. However, we sat in the bar area, at a counter at the window, and were pleasantly surprised that there was a cocktail waitress who took our order so we didn't have to wait at the packed bar. When we finally got seated about a half hour later, our waiter was pleasant but not very attentive. One of our apps was wrong, which was not a problem as they brought the correct one out immediately. 3 out of 4 of us ordered burgers, which were perfectly cooked. The 4th ordered croque madame, which was also delicious. Overall, the food was great, the drinks were great, but the service left something to be desired.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • S L O W service
    bewildered
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    It was Tufts graduation day, but that is no excuse for the terribly slow service and a waitress that seemed to be in another world. Not friendly, could care less. Food was just okay, 15 minutes to get a dessert? Come on.. 15 minute to get an app? Drinks that came out helter skelter, not together!! Waitress didn't check on us or advise us about the status of the food - why it was taking so long, etc. Been there twice, but doubt again. Efficiency and organization very lacking!
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  • Nice atmosphere, slightly pricy
    Drewseph
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    This was a great place to meet quietly and hear each other talk. Good selection of wines, good cocktails, good food - nothing really outstanding, and a little expensive for what it is, but I enjoyed it. Very nice location, and the interior is very classy and well laid-out. Service was a highlight: we didn't feel neglected or hovered-over, and after paying the bill we didn't get the feeling of being hurried along our way, making for a very relaxing and comfortable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • VERY disappointing
    FoodieGal
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    it was 6:00 pm, so NOT the busiest dinner hour and that was reflected in the empty feel of the long, deep interior. The server and took our drink order promptly, which was nice. He also informed us that the meatloaf special for Monday nights was not available, and that there was only one dinner special. It was disappointing that a special online was not available once we arrived at the restaurant. We ordered a an appetizer plate that consisted of hummus, assorted other dips and pita chips. Very mediocre! The pita were soggy and limp. The next course was equally disappointing. The server then forgot the next round of drinks and had to be reminded. We couldn't get out of there fast enough
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  • Mother's Day Brunch
    Andyeats
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went for Mother's Day Brunch. The brunch is a buffet, and there were plenty of options. Everything was fresh and delicious. It was quiet. The waiter didn't rush us at all. All in all, it was a very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Everything was great, with the exception of the service, which unfortunately affects everything. Our server was clearly very busy...too busy to attend to our table. We sat for long periods of time without ever seeing him, were served the wrong drinks and cold food, and he never even asked how any of the items were? Sorry Foundry, a terrible experience solely based on a terrible server. Training is everything!
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 661 reviews are from the Foundry On Elm reviews archive.
  • Small Menu But Great Food!
    mandii65VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The food menu doesn't boast a ton of options, but there's at least one of every type of dish you could want and they're all delicious! Extensive drink menu with lots of great beers. Restaurant is big and spacious - you can watch the game if you want but if you'd rather have a quiet meal with family that's an option too! Overall, a great find.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good local spot- but Noisy!
    DebrisVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Go early if you are dating, want to talk and not shout at friends. This is a Very popular spot with good food but poor acoustics, ie :ceiling noise problems, wood floor and wood tables. So there are no sound absorbing materials. A lively atmosphere is ok, but when 2 friends where there with me , it was a noisy Din! We'll go back, but not on a weekend or after 7:30 pm if we want any conversation with our food! Too bad!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Transplanted
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Fun night out with close friends. Delicious food (top-shelf oysters!) and our server was incredibly knowledgeable of both food and drink.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    eddie
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Foundry is a little more on the upscale side of dining options is Davis, which makes it unique. The food was great and so was the service. Also made a special request that the table have view of TV's for the Bruins game and they followed through perfectly on that request. Very happy with the experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great but pricy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Loved everything about this place but was amazed that total with tip was $70 a head. Would absolutely go back if it was $55 or less.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service!
    Gingernai
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We sent in a request for seating and it was ready and waiting for us just as we had wanted. Waitress was lovely and attentive. Food was delicious. Gets loud and more difficult to talk, even in restaurant area, as the evening went along. But fun atmosphere and great time!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent bar in Davis Sq
    moreChiliPlease
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Great beer/wine selection and lively ambience. The bar gets crowded on weekend nights, but you can generally get a table without a problem. However, food here is pretty mediocre. I've tried various dinner options and have generally been unimpressed. Get dinner at one of the many other places in Davis, and come here for drinks after!
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  • LOUD
    pigeonnumber3
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Yes it was a Friday night and we did not fit the demographic. By evening's end it was clear we were possibly the oldest folks in the place! Our group of three 60 year olds enjoys a lively place, but hoped to hear each other speak since one of our party only gets to Boston once a year or so. There was no trouble reducing our reservation as it became necessary to do so. My drink was strong and good; very glad there was Prosecco by the glass as well. Mussel appetizer was very good, the Artisanal cheese plate selection was fabulous. I had the Kabocha squash flatbread which was delicious. My friends enjoyed their meals as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • attentive service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We told the waiter that we were under a time constraint. He came to our table periodically to give us an update on the time frame and reassured us that we wouldn't be late. Personal service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wish this place was in my town!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Great spot for casual meal. Great burgers, pizzas, etc., but also delicious entrees and cocktails. I truly wish we had a place like this in our town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome dining experience
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We were a party of 8 on a busy Sat night. Service was great and food was delicious. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Burgers
    Bahamamouse
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Dinner before Johnny Clegg concert - service was efficient, food was really good, our college kids enjoyed it, will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun pre-concert dinner with friends
    Cynny
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    It was a real treat to have such a delicious dinner at the Foundry before heading over to the Somerville Theatre for a concert. The fact that we could make a reservation was a real plus. The Foundry came through all all fronts: great food and drink, fine service and fun atmosphere. We look forward to going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foundry Fun
    Mojo
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Tasty food, generous portions, good prices, and prompt service. Great place for couple or a group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too loud with mediocre food
    Velpew
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Went here before a concert at Somerville Theater. It has good reviews, but this is not the sort of place I enjoy. Loud beyond belief, food was eh, and service was borderline eh.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Local Spot
    HowieVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Food varies from good to very good depending on visit and item. Good range of choices. Great balance to the large dining room-modern elegance with just enough pub feel to be relaxed. Great beer and cocktail selection! Service routinely good, occasionally excellent. Mussels and pork chop both recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • well done versions of usual choices
    pwbeantown
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    4 of us had a very pleasant evening at the Foundry. Great selection of beers. Menu is somewhat predictable, but very well executed. I had an excellent burger, cooked just as I had requested. My friends had a pear salad with chicken, a pork chop and fish & crab cakes, all well liked.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.