The Dogwood
The Dogwood

The Dogwood

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dogwoodcafe.com/
  • Phone: 6175227997
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Entertainment: live music on the weekend

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tower St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Dogwood
Whether you're out with the family, meeting some friends or commuting from work, the Dogwood Cafe is the place to experience a casual, relaxed dining experience with a neighborhood atmosphere and the best pizza Boston has to offer. Join us for Brunch Saturdays & Sundays, 10:00am - 3:00pm
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
The Dogwood reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)kid-friendly (13)good for groups (11)great for brunch (11)great for lunch (7)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (4)fit for foodies (3)romantic (3)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Great food with bad service
    bostondinerVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    There is nothing more frustrating than when the server disappears. This was a really pleasant dining experience until she disappeared. We waited so long to get a refresh of our beverages, that I had to get up and go look for her. Same when we wanted the bill at the end.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner
    andreagriff
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Friends and I had dinner here Saturday night before heading to a show. I had been before, but my friends had not. Everyone enjoyed their drinks and meal. Two of us had a special- the lamb burger with orzo salad and loved it. Two others had turkey burgers, also delicious. All of my friends plan to return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not quite up to par this time.
    Eatingood
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We've been to the Dogwood an number of times, and usual they are better. This past experience wasn't so great. My wife's sirloin steak, $21, was thin and not cooked correctly. Probably due to the fact the cut of meat was not good, cooking it to the proper temp would be troublesome. My burger was good, the Juicy Lucy. But, it was supposed to be stuffed with bacon and cheese. If it was stuffed, there was so little stuffing that I didn't notice. There was no difference between my burger and your average Cheese Burger anywhere else. Service was ok, but again, not too helpful. Also, their dessert menu that evening only had a few choices as two of their best desserts were not available.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dogwood - an easy style
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We found this restaurant surprisingly good. I had a beet salad that had a lovely combination of food and flavors. My husband had the shrimp on crostini which he enjoyed. It's the perfect Sunday night supper place,
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Handy/tasty neighborhood treasure
    CBS42
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This has become a favorite of ours for excellent "comfort food." The menu is not overly fancy, but everything is done very well. The beer and wine lists are also good. The noise levels can be a little high there, especially if they have a someone playing music near the bar; but you get used to it. Sometimes, it even helps keep up the energy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Enjoyable
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The Dogwood is a good neighborhood restaurant. Their menu has been updated somewhat. Their pizza is always delicious. The only complaint is finding a place to park!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Home fries!
    cmcd91085
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Bring back the old home fries please! Not a fan of the sweet potato ones!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food near the T
    davescatVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Nice to have music on Friday nights. This place is comfortable for families with toddlers (who often dance in the aisles), couples, groups and singles enjoy the bar
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold eggs
    chris
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Our eggs came out cold which was a huge drag. The bacon was really good though. I got the Nutella French toast and it wasn't good at all. First of all, the bread wasn't soaked through with the custard so it was like bread with a layer of egg on the outside. And the Nutella did not taste like Nutella brand (which we eat daily at my house) and there wasn't even enough to cover all the pieces of French toast. My husband liked his food more. He ordered ouevos (sp) rancheros and was very happy with his meal. We also lived the outdoor patio which has shade cover over the entire thing but allows you to enjoy some sunshine and fresh air. I would go back to try out the bar some night, but wouldn't go back for breakfast.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Sunday brunch
    pkb82
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We had a perfect Sunday brunch. Lucky enough this was not super busy so we manage to enjoy the place fairly quietly. Food was good and well prepared. Service was fair.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In the neighborhood
    BrocktonDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    6 of us went to the Dogwood after an early evening event nearby. We did not want to fight Boston crowds, parking or pay Boston prices on a Saturday night. The menu is bar pub & pizzeria. We all chose pizza, which was very good. They have many unique topping combinations and great oven baked crust. We opted to sit outside on the patio. It was a chillyl, but the restaurant had heaters going. The benefit was that it was quiet and possible to have a conversation. Inside, the restaurant was busy and there was a duo providing live folk music. The restaurant is located conveniently across the street from a subway stop. Street parking may be challenging, but there is a large public lot across the street which charges a modest $6.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Great Service
    Jaime
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Enjoyed a casual dinner with friends. Loved the decor, beer selection, and food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Local Restaurant
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The Dogwood is a comfortable reasonably priced restaurant with good food. My only complaint is that it is hard to find a place to park. My husband and I stopped going there for a long time just because of that. Lately we have been able to park about 3 or 4 blocks away, which is o.k. in the Spring and Summer, but not so great in the winter months in Boston. We will try and frequent it more often now that the weather is better.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Live music, great pizza
    Joejoe
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Drinks are a bit pricy but my pizza was amazing. The live music was fantastic. The appetizer portion of chicken fingers was very skimpy. Overall good bar food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • family
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    With reservation through open table didn't expect to lead to table next to kitchen and bathrooms. Served cold crepes, they were taken taken back without complaint but returned just as they had been served, cold.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    andreagriff
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My friend and I met here on a Friday evening- the place was bustling! We got a great spot in the corner by the window. Our server was very patient while we caught up and ordered a few beverages. The pulled pork tacos were very tasty. We each ordered a pizza and our server was very accommodating to each of us as we changed slightly the combinations. I would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Love this place! We have always gone to the Dogwood but recently found out one of children has a many food allergies. The staff was wonderful came to out table to inquire about each allergy. They took their time and made sure they checked all ingredients before we ordered our dinner.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 63 reviews are from the The Dogwood reviews archive.
  • A little curt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our server was very friendly, the hostess was not. The food was yummy, but the chilly reception was off-putting. I won't be going there for awhile.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Good food and service plus there is music on Saturday evenings.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was quite suprised at the
    spinfab
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I was quite suprised at the the service and food quality. choosing to eat at this restaurant use to be a no brainer. I had to send food back(it was burnt) and had to flag the waiter dowm several times(he was new )so I can cut him some slack still more effective training may be necessary. I will go back again(want to give them another chance) however; in the meantime will be recommending it with caution.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall ok but the Pizza was aweful
    closetfatkid
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I liked the live music. It was easy and not super crowded for a saturday night. The burger, sweet potato fries, and quesedilla we ordered were all pretty good but the pizza was inedible it was BBQ chicken and had a weird combination of BBQ and garlic that did not taste good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good gastopub
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The beer was good. So was the food. This is a small place with good bar food and a fun scene. We had the pizza to start which was average. Main courses were much better and fairly priced. The only disappointing part was the reservation process. We had a 730 reservation on opentables. When we arrived they said our table was the one behind the guy playing loud music. Obviously no one was going to sit there all night. Thus we had to wait in line like people without reservations. Seemed like a bait and switch deal. That was no cool but we had some drinks to that was ok ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A neighborhood favorite
    BostonDiner
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Hi. We frequent dogwood when we want an easy night out. Great burgers and fish and chips, with a good selection of beer. It's a popular spot in JP, and always busy -- make a reservation!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood spot
    Tim850cso
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Go all the time. Good food good drinks good people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We went to the Dogwood right as they were opening on a Saturday morning for brunch, so it was quiet. The staff though was friendly and attentive and the food we had was good. I would come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!
    alittlejstillz
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The Dogwood is always consistently great. The food is fabulous and also won't break the bank. It's a wonderful place to go for dinner as a couple or with the whole family. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Local Restaurant
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    The Dogwood is a place to go for reasonably priced food that tastes good. Servers are always attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dogwood is a staple brunch
    Nats
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Dogwood is a staple brunch spot amongst my friends and I. We love this place. The food is phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Atmosphere
    cust28
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    The food was great and the service was terrific. The food was complimented with a great selection of both wine and beer. Great restaurant, I will attend again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great to have music with our pizza!
    CharmCityKids
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    My family - from my 23 year old brother to my 68 year old father - loved the guitar player that accompanied our pizza and beer last weekend. We plan to come back when he sings again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wouldn't be my first choice
    altababy
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    The food wasn't great but it was fine. The noise level was insane, altho they did turn down the amp a bit when we asked. Lots of servers and "right and left hands weren't coordinated." Felt a bit confusing and overwhelming, instead of relaxed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Friendly place
    Margaret
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We had a large group on a Friday night (for a birthday) and service was just great. Went with traditional pub food and craft ale and was not disappointed. Live music also a treat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time, but not the last time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Great first experience. While it's out of my way to go to, it's worth going out of the way for. I'll be back, and I'll be recommending The Dogwood to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great spot
    runnerman
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    We came here after a big event and made a reservation for 10. The place was awesome, the food was absolutely delicious ( had the lobster scramble), and the service was pretty prompt. We have been there twice so far and we will be going there often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An odd place at lunch time
    CarovalVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    This place looked more appealing in its photos on Open Table. It was odd and empty. Perhaps it's more fun at night. The food was OK, the service was OK, but we won't be going back. Sorry.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Whats Going on??
    LDRBVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    We have been going to the DW for years and really love it. However, since the rennovation the service has been horific. A few weeks ago we waited 30 minutes for a glass of wine. This weekend we waited an hour for our dinner. The manager is fabulous, really apologetic and they were very accomodating regarding the mismanagement of the kitchen. But the new wait staff is awful.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer
    Beth
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    We held a informal business meeting at the Dogwood cafe, very nice, prompt service - in and out in 60 minutes with a delicious meal! Definitely a hidden jem!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my best experience there
    KandJforbrunchVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    I have gone to the dogwood before and lived all but one other time. The food is usually great and the drinks well mixed. My turkey tips were over cooked a bit and my drink was something other than promised. But the waitstaff wasn't attentive enough to pick up on it and it wasn't so horrible that it was worth waiting while my dinner partner was half way through her meal. They also didn't have music and they usually do on Saturday nights. So that was an added disappointment. I will be back. This restaurant usually rocks.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Nice friendly place; decent beer selection and prices. But the food was pretty mediocre, especially the cardboard pizza crust.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Neighborhood Bar
    Sulldog
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Great food, great atmosphere and perfect for families or dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic