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Ward 8
Ward 8

Ward 8 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ward8.com/
  • Phone: (617) 823-4478
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Kenny Schweizer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room
  • Private Party Contact: Adam Sheldon (617) 823-4478

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Medford St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking available, as well as public lot located behind restaurant.
A word from Ward 8
WARD 8 is a casual, energetic neighborhood restaurant and bar located in the West End. Featuring a New American cuisine, craft cocktails, local micro-brews, and a global wine selection.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Awesome cocktails, fun menu and really an enjoyable place to spend an evening"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "food very good, pleasant service, meagre wine list."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My first time going here with a friend. We were very pleased...great food (especially the Fries sampler) great drinks, great ambiance, and great service! Will definitely go again!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The food was amazing. The flavor popped out of every bite of every dish. The ribeye was truly amazing and almost melted in your mouth. the steak fritas were good as well."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My fiance and I love this place. Everything was so delicious! We both finished all the appetizers and meals ordered , and I wanted to lick the plates after. Service and atmosphere were great. Loved the new windows that open to give that North end feel. Can't wait to return very soon."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The ambiance was vibrant, the service was fantastic, the drinks were delicious, and the food was amazing! It fills up quickly after 8, so make sure to make a reservation."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It is refreshing to find a great food option in the North End that doesn't serve exclusive Italian food. All of us enjoyed our food, the atmosphere was very laid back and young. We found it amusing that there were several tables full of girls and groups of guys at the bar. Definitely fits the north end demographic with young attractive people and a fun energetic environment. Would come here again for girls night out!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The service was ok but we felt a little rushed to finish our meals quickly since we settled in for a late-night meal prior to the 10 pm closing time. It didn't help that our waiter reminded us several times of the 10 pm closing time and complained about other customers that he previously served who stayed too late for his liking. Our server even brought over our check without asking first if we were finished with our meals. We ordered the lobster rolls and steak for dinner. We were told that each lobster roll comes with at least enough meat from 2 whole lobsters but the sandwich we received did not contain much meat, especially not from 2 whole lobsters and also contained too much onion. The steak was decent. An overall an ok experience."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great restaurant in the West End! Was happy I had made a reservation. Food and drinks were absolutely delicious. Felt extremely rushed by the server. Normally, I like to spend an hour to an hour and a half at dinner. Plenty of time to enjoy a drink then have dinner and a glass of wine without "camping" at the table. First drink and appetizer were not even done by the time our main dishes arrived. We were in and out in 45 minutes, would have loved to stay a bit longer and enjoy the ambiance. It really took away from the experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Perfect for a date or dinner with friends. Went with a group of 7 people, everyone had something different and none were disappointed. The drinks were delicious too! I would highly recommend trying this place out!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Just went for brunch and loved it - really having tater tots as an option always gives a step up to any restaurant. The main items were also delicious though. There were so many wonderful-sounding options the three of us all had a hard time making a final decision, but we were each very happy with what we got (the bacon/brie/scallion omelette, breakfast sandwich, and steak & eggs). Would definitely recommend! It also wasn't very full, so my reservation was unnecessary, but nice we could make one for brunch anyways."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was perfect in so many ways. First of all directly abuts the parking area for an event at TD Garden...convenience - great! Loved the variety of cocktails and the friendly, attentive and informative bar staff. The appetizer portion sizes were perfect to share and were displayed in a simple, but elegant way. Appreciated the A/C, but enjoyed having the windowed walls opened to feel the city. Added to the restaurant feel of being alive. Noticed all ages were stopping by and I always love seeing that. Shows the establishment really has an understanding of their clientelle and all are welcone to enjoy. Whether drinks or food, an event at TD Garden - vacationing or just decompressing after work, you should give Ward 8 a try. Cheers!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Food--Swordfish special was excellent. Lettuce cup appetizer--pork filling was fried and inferior to traditional minced version. Noisy and poor acoustics, but expected from bar scene. Big negative was that AC was barely working on a 90 degree night--which made dinner extremely uncomfortable. Would never go back on a similar weather night, but would before a Garden event otherwise."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "No A/C, so great if you're near the window and there is a breeze. Very, very loud. Great if you don't want to have a deep conversation. Food was very good."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "A group of five of us had dinner here and it was wonderful! We got a nice table right by the open window/wall and the breeze was great. It did get loud when trucks went by, but that is part of it all. We started with some really good cocktails. I got the oaxacan old fashioned to start. For dinner I enjoyed the short ribs and a glass of rioja. A delightful meal and a really good time. We all agreed we would be back. Thank you, Ward 8!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I just moved into this neighborhood and this is quickly becoming my favorite spot - both for the food and the atmosphere. The service is excellent too by the way."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I really had no preconceived notions going into dine. We ordered a 1/2 dozen oysters to start while talking there were still 3 oysters that we were planning on eating, but all of a sudden the busboy was clearing our plates away to ready for the entrees. We downed the oysters sans plates and sauces. We ordered a Morgon which is a Cru Beaujolais and can be served at room temp around 60-65º. It was much warmer than room temp and not sure where it was stored but it was very warm. So much so we needed to have it iced. Our entrees were average fare. Nothing exciting or really memorable. I had Chicken with polenta fries and poutine. The fries were great but the 1/2 chicken felt like it was from a super market rotisserie. No crispy delicious skin"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Awesome food, impeccable service. Tables in front of restaurant adjacent to open window areas- there are actually no windows, just the space. Feels like eating outside without being outside. Convenient to north end, Boston Garden, parking. Very energetic bar scene. Food was phenomenal- Prices fairly reasonable for the area."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We went to Ward 8 for our 26th anniversary. The food and service was amazing. My husband loved his salmon and I had the best rib eye I have ever tasted. The mashed potatoes were a dream and I was thrilled to find grilled brussel sprouts on the menu. The beer was served in a frosted mug and our server was well-versed in the different beers available and recommended a great local brew from Cambridge. We have since recommended this restaurant to our friends and can't wait to return to try other items on the menu."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I took my Dad to Ward 8 for Father's Day since he's been hearing me talk about the awesome dinner and bar menu for a while. The windows were open and the gorgeous day certainly helped but the brunch was excellent. Friendly staff, attentive (but not overbearing) service and awesome food. We will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I had heard great things about this restaurant. I will start by saying that the food was very good. My issue is with the setting. It has a good bar and some tables at the front which are a nice place to sit. If you are unfortunate to be seated at the rear of the restaurant you might as well be sitting in a college cafeteria, it is stark, the tables are close and you are hidden behind a half wall. My other issue is with the chairs, I am not a large person and I found them to be uncomfortable and narrow. If I return, I would only sit at the bar."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food was solid, if not quite excellent, great portion sizes (not too large, not too small). Noise level energetic, a little too loud for good conversation at the table. Would go back, certainly for drink and dinner as well."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "It's a new favorite!!! We have had about 7 dishes from their menu, and everyone is fantastic! The pork in the pork lettuce cups was fantastic! The fried cheese steak dumplings are SO good - I want to learn to recreate them because I would eat them every night!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The title says it all. The food (especially the mussels) is great, but I would have liked a bit more on my plate."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Ward 8 had great cocktails, great atmosphere and great food. The maple chili duck wings were AMAZING. My boyfriend loved his Braised Short Ribs and I had the Ginger Miso Salmon that was delicious as well. It was full but not packed on a Saturday night at 8:30, which was perfect. Service was efficient and we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Very noisy restaurant.. The ambience was more like a pub! The food however was great as was the service. We went on the early side so our waiter hovered a bit because he did not have many tables. We loved the busser who always kept our water full and was also very attentive! We did not like that the large bar crowd at 5:30pm stood over us as we ate!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Even though we had a few mix ups, my friends and I would go again. The food was good although it would be nice to see some more vegetarian options or to know that a few dishes could be made without the meat/seafood portion. There was a rowdy group near us so my friends and I had to essentially yell to each other, but hopefully that won't be the case every visit. I got the Bee Sting drink which was good and one friend got the Ward 8 which she liked also. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We arrived early but our table was ready. The service was excellent, attentive but not overpowering. The food was very good all around. The "Lobster in the Hole" is worth trying even for a seasoned New Englander. This is a busy vibrant restaurant on a week night, largely populated by young professionals but not exclusively so. We had an excellent meal. Ward 8 may be the best place to eat that's within a short walk to North Station and the Garden."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "great food and service! took a friend here from out of town and she was so impressed! its nice having NON italian options here in the north end."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "I have dined here twice and the food has been awesome both times!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed dinner at this bustling bar/restaurant. He had the Lobster in the hole- with black truffle oil, you can't go wrong. I had the salmon which was delicious and a generous portion. We were happy with our apps and drinks. I'd recommend Ward 8 for it's vibrant ambience, it's fairly straightforward yet interesting menu and it's friendly waitstaff. Glad that I've checked it off my list of places to visit and we'll be back."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great drinks & the food is fab. Gluten Free options as well. The salmon dish is amazing, I hope it never goes off the menu. We live in the north end and its nice to have a spot closeby that is outside of the normal old school italian vibe. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "but I wouldn't recommend dinner. Dinner was not great. I ordered the steak frites (medium-rare) & it came out looking like a potroast. I must have gotten the end piece of the meat - either way, it wasn't good. But the apps were decent and beers on tap were great! Services was excellent. It did catch our attention that there weren't any female employees, though."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I had never been, it was recommended by my daughter. We did make reservations but were early. They sat us right away . I did not know what to expect...but it was a very comfortable atmosphere, service was excellent and the food was really good. I would come again and also recommend it!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "They've added more to the drink list - it's now two full pages! Including a whole section on amaros. Little Giuseppe may be my new favorite - although the Oaxaca Old Fashioned has been my standby for awhile. Tried the shrimp salad this time - a bit different & seasonal, had some roasted root vegetables rather than a lettuce base. Oysters were fresh and on the larger side (which I prefer - not too briney). Frozen custard is dangerous - creamy and not too sweet, perfect with the sour cherry topping."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great place to grab a drink. Not a great place to grab a bite. Food is overpriced and mediocre at best. Great drink menu, including a very good beer selection. Awesome bar area. Come for a drink. Go elsewhere for food."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The review tool on open table does not seem to be working for "noise level", and it was an important aspect of the experience. This is a very noisy restaurant and not for anyone wanting a quiet or romantic dinner. Food excellent, service fast, very convenient to boston garden for show or sporting event. Just depends what you are up for."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and appetizer. The waiter was outstanding! Great wine suggestion. Fun atmosphere and a very short walk to the TD Garden--a perfect dinner before our concert. Thanks!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Our waiter was friendly and the service was speedy. The noise level was loud, but expected as it is a big open room. The roasted veg salad was delicious! Best sweet potato fries in town."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Stayed at the Kimpton's Onyx hotel - staff recommended Ward 8 - I went TWICE that same week. Just was back in Boston last week and I took some friends who live nearby...again...AWESOME experience. From the appetizers to the mains...all full of flavor, and some really cool "mixology" cocktails and interesting selection of beers/ciders."
    Dined on 5/7/2014