all natural and good
We were impressed with the menu and the restaurants devotion to keeping things organic and natural. The menu is small, but very nice. The food was very good as were the cocktails and the service was great! We will definitely go back again.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finally Made It
We had been holding onto gift certificates for this place for a while now, but kept missing the chances to have a nice romantic dinner. We finally made it for our 2-year anniversary, and we were quite pleased. While not very spacious, the lighting and artwork on the walls were very pleasant. The waitstaff were very courteous and informative. The selection of foods and wines were upscale, and the quality was decent. All in all, if you're looking for a slightly higher-end cuisine in the local area, you won't be able to beat Bistro 5.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stylish yet relaxed atmosphere.
Stylish yet relaxed atmosphere. The food was very good; I liked that everything is made in-house, and the emphasis on local ingredients. I had halibut which was excellent and my husband had rabbit. I would definitely go back - I'd like to try the tasting menu.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
a voyage for our tastebuds
Our recent dining experience at Bistro 5 was excellent as always. The occasion was a special one celebrating my parents 58th wedding anniversary. Our waitress was bright and bubbly with a firm grasp of the menu. We had an abundance of appetizers. The calamari were cooked to perfection and were very light and tender. The white beans in evoo with white anchovies were simple yet amazingly delicious. The fresh lemon ricotta cheese was a table favorite to slather on the fresh hot foccaccia bread. The salumi plate featuring a duck breast prosciutto is a personal favorite and I highly recommend ordering it. The olives were the finest I have tasted this side of Italia. The main courses were all devine. I highly recommend B5
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent customer service
This restaurant remembered us from our last visit over a year ago. Amazing. The food was excellent. Steak was perfectly done as was the fish.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place for my food tastes
This place for my food tastes and interests was outstanding. exceptional quality and interesting dishes. low key, informal, unobtrusive service, folksy fee, but mostly every dish was exceptiona.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another wonderful meal at Bistro 5
A visit to Bistro 5 never fails to impress. A favorite restaurant of ours, where the talented chefs offer up one wonderful surprise after the next, we appreciate the cuisine, the staff and the ambiance equally. No question, we will be back!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Local restaurant with gourmet twist
Had the pleasure of treating my brother to a retirement dinner. The menu was complimented by a chef's menu that allowed for
A 3 or 5 course option. I chose the striped bass which was perfect. My dinner guests had veal and Scallops , which they enjoyed.
We finished with dessert, the strwberry shortcake, although the presentation was different. The shortcake, whipped cream and strawberries had great taste and consistency. The service was attentive and friendly.
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is great but not exceptional
Overall it's a good dining experience. I was intrigued by Yelp 4.5 stars rating. However, I don't think the food in particular should be rated that high.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fave fo birthdays and anniversaries
This is our favorite restaurant for birthdays and anniversaries -- always enjoyable, always romantic, and always reliable.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We arrived on time, and were seated immediately. Was pleasantly surprised by the ambience of the restaurant, especially coming into the restaurant off a very busy street. The wait staff were courteous and professional. We ordered off the limited menu, and when the food arrived it was extremely good. Was advised by the waiter that the menu continues to change -- almost daily or even weekly. Overall, our impression of Bistro 5 was quite good, and we will return again in the near future.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a lovely meal!
My husband and I took our adult children to this restaurant when we were up visiting last weekend. The food was absolutely wonderful. The menu was imaginative and the flavors were spectacular. We particularly liked the fact that, since we all wanted to experience a taste of as many items from the menu as we could, the kitchen and wait staff accommodated by splitting dishes up and providing extra plates and utensils. The veal dish is evidently a 'legacy' dish from an older menu but it was above par. More modern dishes, like the rabbit and the duck, were really inspired. And the desserts were a great finishing touch. Terrific service and a nicely decorated space make this small restaurant worth the price!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Off the beaten path
I was looking for a local Italian place, and found this had very high ratings. It is not in the trendy areas, and it is very nondescript from the outside. Inside is very cozy, and it was not busy on a Saturday night. Good selections, well prepared, with some nice specials. The pastas can all be done as appetizers or entrees; nice they are flexible. I ate with three other foodies and all were satisfied. My second time there was equally good as the first.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second visit doesn't disappoint
My second visit to Bistro 5, husband's first. We split the huge calamari appetizer, that came with the sweetest grape tomatoes I've ever had. I had the scallops with corn risotto - fantastic. Husband had the spaghetti with various seafood, mostly squid and clams. The pasta and squid were great; clams were *very* salty. I'm not a clam person so not sure if that has anything to do with freshness, prep, etc. I had the grilled peaches for dessert, and he had profiteroles. Best profiteroles ever and definitely better than the ones at Brasserie Jo in the Back Bay. Several wine choices in the $32 - $34 range. Great service, too.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food at Bistro 5 has always been good but the ambiance not great. We were excited to hear that they are undergoing renovations and it sounds like the upate space will be AWESOME. Can't wait!!!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome as usual
Vittorio as usual had excellent items on the menu. He and his chefs do a wonderful job with the meal and also the presentation. The wait staff are very friendly and knowledgeable.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant had just opened
The restaurant had just opened after renovations, and was not offering the Chef's Tasting Menu. We were encouraged to make up our own from the A La Carte Menu. Everything was beautifully prepared, scallops and risotto, crispy tuna, buffalata salad with grilled heirloom tomatoes, trout and rabbit, especially the squid ink and saffron spaghetti with seafood, capers and olives.
It was great to talk with Chef about his new space and the plans for the bar and smaller dining room renovations now under way. Sound control will be required in the new enlarged dining area, but the fact that they pulled off reopening night with no hitches was remarkable. Our friends from California were extremely impressed.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice to have other surprise
Nice to have other surprise options off the standard Restaurant Week menu. Liked my wine pairing.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Music to my mouth
had dinner with a dear friend that I hadn't seen for a year and it was a lovely choice We are both very satisfied. The food was great the wait staff fun& very professional this was absolutely wonderful
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bistro 5 a 10!
Hands down the best restaurant in the Boston area.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the new look, and of course the total experience of a great chefs doing what they love-
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
As good as ever
This continues to be a wonderful restaurant in Medford that compares to any in Boston. The restaurant is open during renovations - breaking down some walls, adding a full bar. We hope the renovations maintain the wonderful ambience Bistro 5 has always had.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bistro 5 is always a treat. They have an outstanding and eclectic menu. It's perfect for that special occasion, when great food is a must. They have an extensive wine list, and while they don't have that many choices by-the-glass the ones on the list are very good, so don't hesitate to drink what they are pouring.
We went during their renovation - they are adding a full bar, which is very exciting. It will allow us to visit more frequently for an appetizer and a drink.
P.S. Crispy Tuna in Phyllo Dough appetizer is outstanding.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't wait to go back
A bit noisy and crowded since reduced size and under renovation.
Staff and food were excellent. Looking forward to returning.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Who knew they could cook and present the way they did Wednesday night. Stupendous food and equally stupendous service. Awesome people. The could use some sound deadening materials in that room since the young woman in the corner felt she had to speak loudly and we heard her so clearly that we knew when she drew breath in between sentences. Also, anything bruleed needs a spoon ;-)
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bistro 5 is a neighborhood gem
My husband and I have been going for 14 years. Authentic Italian food, great service and wonderful atmosphere.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant never disappoints
We had the fried green tomatoes, duck prosciutto, rabbit entree and duck entree. The food was amazing, but what was also an unexpected surprise was the basil bean spread that accompanied the bread at the beginning. We didn't have space for dessert, but that menu looked very good as well. I can't wait to see the next menu.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
B5 is just completing a renovation.
B5 is just completing a renovation. The new look is terrrific. Great restaurant.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bistro 5 is outstanding!
We tried the heirloom tomato tasting menu - 5 courses with wine to match. It was one of the best meals I've ever had! So delicious, beautiful, and creative. The service was excellent as well. Attentive but not intrusive. Very knowledgeable about the food and wine. I highly recommend Bistro 5!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tomato tasting menu rocks!
September had a tomato menu - every dish even dessert had tomatoes. The main course and the dessert were delicious - basil gellato is something I'd never even thought of.
I gave them a 4 on ambiance because of the current construction going on, but as soon as that is done it will be a 5 for sure. Bartender was fun and engaging. Server was knowledgeable and helpful as well.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went here with my sister two nights ago, and she's tough to please. First of all, the waitress was very accommodating with my non-dairy, no-soy restrictions. We ordered the lobster pasta, which was so flavorful, and they had no problem splitting it between the two of us. Then I got the rabbit and my sister got the steak. Both were incredibly flavorful and perfectly cooked. The only reason I took a star off 'ambience' was because I was very cold as there seemed to be a draft where I was sitting.
Fabulous food, fabulous staff!!!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Bistro 5 for the
We went to Bistro 5 for the Heirloom Tomato Specials which just ended. They were fantastic!
9/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great local bistro
The food is always good at Bistro 5, with inventive, seasonal ingredients and good wine options. The inside has recently been redone, and the spacing is much better there now.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Bistro 5 for our Anniversary and it was fantastic! Pumpkin risotto was to die for and great wine list. Staff is so helpful!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Four of us saw the tasting menu online and booked for a Tuesday night. We chose the five-course meal and wine pairings. Everything was perfect. Not only was the food delicious but our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable and timed everything just right. The venison was tender and flavorful. The octopus with pickled green peppers and smoked chipotle was unusual and tasty. Even the lobster in the bisque was cooked to perfection. We will definitely return.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great time at Bistro 5
We have been going to Bistro 5 for 4 or 5 years now for special occasions. We have yet to be disappointed. My ONLY complaint is with the redesign of the space. They used to have a little alcove that held a table for 2 that was perfect for an evening out. We loved it because we could watch the restaurant and joy the sights and sounds, yet we felt a secluded, we loved that. But other than that MINOR issue, the place is my first consideration for going out with my wife. We have limited time to get away as just a couple and this is perfect.
Thank you Bistro 5 for another wonderful meal and evening
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great experience love everything about the new look.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finally a local upscale restaurant in
Medford. We have waited along time.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
amazing tasting menu
We were so impressed with the Autumn tasting menu. Bistro Five consistently prepares exceptional dishes.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great experience
As long-time customers at Bistro 5 in West Medford, MA, we were pleased this past Saturday at the continuing high quality of the food. Our meals were truly excellent--from the appetizers to dessert, everything was truly excellent. This is a tribute to the chef-owner, who oversees every dish with exquisite care. As always, the service was warm and friendly. The new decor seems to have increased the noise level a bit, but not too much, and we are so fortunate to have this true gem in Medford.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Truly enjoyed all aspects of our first visit to Bistro 5. Ambience was very pleasing-quiet even when evening progressed. Guests intent on their meals which we found telling-our choices were delicious-can honestly say it rivaled dining in a fine restaurant in Italy.
Service by our waiter,Antonio was excellent. Will try to get back there soon and will highly recommend it.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and presentation were excellent. My wife had the seared sea scallops with pumpkin risotto which was very whimsical in presentation. I had the venison which was cooked perfectly and presented with fall vegetables and a concord grape reduction. The waitstaff was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. Don't miss the "smores for dessert.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time there. Food was very good, service attentive, and 4 of us could actually have a conversation without raising our voices.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first trip to Bistro5 since they remodeled and added a full bar. The food and service are still excellent, we were not disappointed. We had a 5 course tasting menu, enjoyed every dish (except my dessert which was interesting but should have stuck to the regular menu). Wine paring we're good, a couple strange selections but I'm no wine aficionado so not for me to judge. Overall I'd highly recommend Bistro5 to anyone, no need to go in to Boston for a great fine dining experience.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for the truffle tasting menu and were not disappointed. We chose to spring for the extra cost to have freshly shaved truffles on the pasta dish. It was well worth it! We hope that a truffle tasting menu will be an annual event at Bistro 5.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Diamond in the Rough
Bistro 5 just keeps getting better. Scallops with pumpkin risotto doesn't get any better than this.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Careful, detailed Tuscan-oriented
Careful, detailed Tuscan-oriented cucina in amiable, tasteful setting. Chef Ettore dealt with a difficult last minute truffle request with courtesy and aplomb.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bistro 5 review
New decor was a nice surprise. Food was excellent - I had a scallop and risotto dinner which was superb and my three other dining partners cleaned their plates as did I. Service was very good and pleasant. Nice to know there's a gem of a restaurant in this neighborhood. Wonderful dining experience.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
was good but could be better
We went on a busy night. The staff was wonderful. We ordered the tuna app and it was delish. But were disappointed with the entrees the scallops were delicious but the saffron and ink pasta was the downhill of the experience. It was filled with capers and green martini type olives which made the dish over-salted and a little unpleasant..for $25 there were 3 clams, some calamari and a few pieces of octopus. Overall it was a very good experience.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The staff at Bistro 5 are
The staff at Bistro 5 are all wonderful. A great place to go for an outstanding dinner. The location is great, across from train station but still quite. Plenty of parking in the evening. Bistro 5 is the perfect little place to dine.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM