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Bistro 5, Medford, MA

Bistro 5

4.6
4.6
1886 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Bistro 5 is located in Medford, MA just minutes from downtown Boston. "A quintessential neighborhood spot" boasts The Boston Globe.
Chef/Owner Vittorio Ettore and his team serve the finest Italian fare with French and Spanish influences while focusing on farm-fresh local ingredients. The ever changing Chef's Tasting Menu keeps Boston's most distinguished palates returning time and again for seasonally fresh dishes that embody the warmth and richness of Chef Vittorio's own hospitality.
Bistro 5 also offers a full bar and extensive cocktail and wine list featuring unique wines at exceptional values.
The restaurants 2 dining rooms are richly appointed and can accommodate parties of up to 100 guests, making Bistro 5 the perfect venue for your next office party, family gathering, or special event.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, European, French

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (781) 395-7464

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Vittorio Ettore

  • Catering

    Bistro 5 caters to a spectrum of events from casual cocktail parties to formal sit down dinners. We provide innovative cuisine to please any palate using the freshest, local ingredients, and professional service. For more information, complete the form on the private dining page at www.bistro5.com or call to speak to our event coordinator.

  • Private party facilities

    At Bistro 5, our personal service approach ensures we execute every detail of your event beyond your expectation. Bistro 5 has the heart and personality of a local favorite but also boasts the sophisticated Northern Italian fare found in a destination dining experience.

  • Private party contact

    Jodi DiFrummolo: (781) 395-7464

  • Neighborhood

    Medford

  • Cross street

    High Street

  • Parking details

    There are several places to park your vehicle. 1. On High Street in West Medford Square, meters until 7pm 2. Along the commuter rail on Playstead Road, metered until 7pm. 3. Municipal parking lot behind Bargain Spot Liquor Store; in West Medford Square on the opposite side of High Street.

  • Public transit

    From North Station you can take the commuter rail on the Lowell Line outbound one (1) stop to West Medford. We are directly across Playstead Road from the train platform to the right of the bank. It is approximately 11 minutes from North Station.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • $1.50 Oysters every Tuesday

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - Thu - 5:00 PM - 8:45 PM,Fri - Sat - 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM
    Enjoy $1.50 local oysters every Tuesday, while supplies last only!

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What 1,886 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Worst service one could possibly imagine. From waiting 35 minutes past our reservation time to get a table, to having the waiter tell us “stop complaining aren’t you comfortable enough at the bar?”. They then charged us for the drinks we thought were complimentary due to the long delay. Good not too good for price. Diners beware - plenty of better restaurants in the area
  2. w

    wilkinjs

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food in a friendly, corner-restaurant atmosphere.
  3. R

    Rusty

    New England

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was most accommodating as we arrived 15 prior to opening and they greeted us warmly, seated us and provided beverages. It’s a great neighborhood restaurant.
  4. MB

    MarilynB

    Orlando

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday dinner for my daughter. Delicious. Great service.
  5. F

    Foodie

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was outstanding. Just wish the pasta portions were a tad bigger. Drinks were phenomenal. Initial bus person was a bit awkward but he may have been new. Server was very sweet and nice.
  6. MT

    MaryT

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really enjoyed the tasting menu and wine pairings. Service was very good. Dining room a bit noisy but overall highly recommend. We will be back!
  7. W

    Wade

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    To be honest, I was pretty let down by this place. My wife and I are not Italian connoisseurs by any means, but she does love Italian food on a weekly basis! That being said, the >$30 steak I had was OK at best - would've gotten a better one at Texas Roadhouse. I thought my wife's linguine was decent, but she compared it to something out of a Chef Boyardee. Needless to say, she was quite disappointed and I was too. Evidently the kitchen staff was short-handed, but the food quality was just not there. I normally don't write reviews, but man this one let us down. Hopefully it gets better for anyone reading
  8. OL

    OliviaL

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always a great dining experience! quality food mixed with professional service and ambiance.
  9. BB

    BillB

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Good drinks, good service, and good food marked our visit. The restaurant is loud, but we encode ourselves.
  10. c

    calamari

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The bartender/host was especially courteous and attentive. He anticipated our dining needs even before we asked. He was also very accommodating and allowed us to choose from a couple of tables that seat two people. It's been a while since we have dined at Bistro 5. We were happy to return. We will recommend this restaurant to our friends.
  11. C

    Candy

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and great service. Will return again and again!
  12. f

    foodie

    New England

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I had the gnocchi it was delicious. We changed the sauce to a marinara. It was delicious. Excellent service. I would frequent this restaurant if I lived closer.
  13. JR

    JeffreyR

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Menu is too limited
  14. JM

    JulieM

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    I want to preface this review by saying I have eaten at Bistro Five about ten times over the past couple of years. Always enjoyed the food and atmosphere. This time I found that our waitress was a bit rude and told us we would have to “place out appetizer and dinner order together because there were only two chefs in the kitchen”. Well okay usually they ask if you want an appetizer and then don’t take your Dinner order till you have decided your meal. I wouldn’t have had an issue with this situation if the waitress hadn’t acted like we were bothering her by being there and wanting to do something so outrageous as have a nice meal before going to a show. I ordered the salmon and the serving was minuscule. It was the first time I ate and was still hungry when I was done. I know that restaurants are struggling with the pandemic but I would rather pay more for a decent serving than to be still hungry when I finished my plate.
  15. RF

    RicardoF

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Todo muy bueno, en especial los higos! Increíbles. La puesta de sol al lado de la estación es maravillosa
  16. CH

    CindyH

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    interesting menu, farm to table with friendly service.
  17. PS

    PeterS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. We drove over 40 min to eat here
  18. C

    Charly

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bistro 5 has been a favorite of mine for more than 20 years! Went last night with a friend for her first time and she was blown away by the quality and taste. I had the watermelon burrata salad and the textures and flavors were so well balanced and full of whimsy I could eat a hundred more! Their homemade pasta was amazing as always, as well the chocolate pot de creme. Server thought to bring carrot strips along with bread for my gluten-free friend to taste their white bean dip with our cocktails. Outstanding place to impress your foodie friends, or just to pop in for a nice meal on a random Tuesday night. Consistently impressed with Bistro 5.
  19. L

    Lg20

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Very disappointed. I brought guests from out of town, the ambiance was off. The food was mediocre, really lacked seasoning & flavor. The service was weird, took ages for a glass of wine even though we were right next to the bar.
  20. J

    Joanne

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A gem of a restaurant. Such wonderful attention to detail. Great service!
  21. KM

    KarenM

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal and great service. Can’t wait to go back.
  22. B

    Bear

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food and friendly service.
  23. CC

    CathyC

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this restaurant is a hidden gem. I met a friend for dinner because it was half way for both of us and we were blown away by the service and food. We had the Restaurant Week special and the food was amazing and beautifully presented. The portions were perfectly sized and the service was impeccable. Can't wait to come back!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is always very good, delicious and fresh, hats off to the chef, I love the gluten-free gnocchi Bolognese, Salmon is always delicious, try the calamari, they’ll make it sautéed, fried or the way you like it. Alex always does a great job at the bar and service. We will be back
  25. L

    Lizzie

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Enjoyable summer meal from the Dine Out Boston menu. All four of us found dishes we loved. Outside less noisy than inside... trains come and go. Waiter was busy but took care of us well.
  26. a

    acpa1211

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    We went here for restaurant week. The burrata and the calamari were pretty good. Salmon was very good, as was the gnocchi and the desserts. My only complaint is because we sat on the outside patio. I definitely do not recommend that because the commuter trains were going right by the restaurant like every 15 minutes. It was not a good vibe. Sit inside and you'll be happy.
  27. JM

    JohnM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovative menu, wonderful service, spectacular food. It all made for a lovely evening.
  28. BB

    BandB

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this restaurant and enjoyed it very much! Cocktails were imaginative and tasty, food and service were both excellent. Looking forward to a return trip!
  29. TL

    TimothyL

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an excellent dinner during Restaurant Week, with wine pairings for a 3-course meal. Each of the courses was delicious, with generous portions. The cocktails were excellent as well. Great place, with friendly but not intrusive service.
  30. BC

    BobC

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Vittorio is a magician with food! Thanks for a great evening!
  31. p

    purrformer

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is the epitome of the phrase "neighborhood gem" -- we are lucky enough to live within walking distance, dine there regularly, and take great pleasure in introducing out of town guests to it. Be sure to order the wine pairings that are thoughtfully planned to accompany many of the menu items, we have discovered some fabulous new wine favorites that way. The patio is delightful on a summer night, but be aware that the noise of nearby trains will periodically interrupt your conversation. However, everything else is damn near perfect.
  32. DK

    DebraK

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner in outdoor space. Thank you for bringing back outdoor seating! A bit noisy when commuter train goes by, but otherwise lovely setting. Food top notch.
  33. k

    kareng

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We love Bistro 5! please make sure you continue to train your staff to offer consistent service and food. I suspect that someone was on vacation last night because things were a little relax. Never the less, please visit often, will not disappoint.
  34. JA

    JenniferA

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, so delicious. We got all the specials this time and they were incredible. I was so excited to be able to bring two of my friends who had never been and introduce them to this wonderful place. Our server was so attentive and helpful and the bar tender was able to make me a drink not on the menu.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come back to Bistro 5 because of the excellent wait staff, creative and well executed dishes, and
  36. L

    Lindsey

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food never disappoints. It was delicious and the service and drinks were spot on too!
  37. L

    Lexx

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal. GreAt service. Highly recommended
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Bistro 5 has been my go-to for years, but this time everything was just a little disappointing.
  39. NS

    NorthSuburbanBostonF

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A local gem! Outstanding food and service always
  40. b

    boston12

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    The service was slow. However, I feel this is due to the face the server was alone in the entire outside section. He was kind during his interactions. I was expecting tasty, quality food, however the portions were small and underwhelming. As for a recommendation, I would recommend Bistro 5 to a friend if they wanted to meet for a cocktail and maybe one small appetizer.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bistro 5 using the Order Online button. Bistro 5 also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 395-7464.

Bistro 5 is rated 4.6 stars by 1886 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Bistro 5

5 Playstead Road, Medford, MA 02155

Additional information

  • Cross street

    High Street

  • Neighborhood

    Medford

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, European, French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There are several places to park your vehicle. 1. On High Street in West Medford Square, meters until 7pm 2. Along the commuter rail on Playstead Road, metered until 7pm. 3. Municipal parking lot behind Bargain Spot Liquor Store; in West Medford Square on the opposite side of High Street.

  • Public transit

    From North Station you can take the commuter rail on the Lowell Line outbound one (1) stop to West Medford. We are directly across Playstead Road from the train platform to the right of the bank. It is approximately 11 minutes from North Station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Vittorio Ettore

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (781) 395-7464

  • Catering

    Bistro 5 caters to a spectrum of events from casual cocktail parties to formal sit down dinners. We provide innovative cuisine to please any palate using the freshest, local ingredients, and professional service. For more information, complete the form on the private dining page at www.bistro5.com or call to speak to our event coordinator.

  • Private party facilities

    At Bistro 5, our personal service approach ensures we execute every detail of your event beyond your expectation. Bistro 5 has the heart and personality of a local favorite but also boasts the sophisticated Northern Italian fare found in a destination dining experience.

  • Private party contact

    Jodi DiFrummolo: (781) 395-7464

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