Bistro 5

4.7
1831 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.

Offers

  • $1 Oysters every Tuesday

    Multiple dates available

    Tue - Thu 5:00 PM - 8:45 PM

    Enjoy $1 local oysters every Tuesday, while supplies last only!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 1831 people are saying
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vipsisgrows
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tuscan kale with peaches and ancient grains🔥🔥🔥 followed by veal milenase wirh figs.. absolutely gorgeous and so delicious!!! What a lovely evening here. Lovely staff, host and waitress .. Looking forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I received friendly, attentive service. We were all happy with our food. The ambiance felt welcoming & cozy.

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SarahM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Nice people, pretty place, very disappointing food. Beet salad never even came. Ordered the veal and the pasta/meat sauce. Pasta was ok, but underspiced. Veal was nearly inedible, like a frozen dinner. We were sorry to see this.

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vipJRPatsFan
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite being clearly understaffed on a busy Saturday night, the servers worked together to take care of guests and the food came out in a reasonable amount of time and was, as always, fantastic. We love this place!!

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Yablu
New England
27 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Healthy food in a convenient suburban setting. Main dining room off bar has more active vibe and preferred ambience for us. Those looking for quiet setting (still with view of kitchen) should request the dining room to left of entrance.

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maize
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was great . Service was lacking

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CherylR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and fun! We were outdoors, which was noisy but we didn’t really care.

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Sally
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening, the food was fantastic, sitting outside was a treat (train noise notwithstanding). We come to Bistro 5 for special events and are never disappointed. Whatever is served, there is a perfect balance of flavors, attention to the smallest details, interesting takes on classic dishes. Highly recommended.

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vipMeaxling
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have so missed this place!! I’m from CT love visiting for the fresh pasta and great atmosphere.

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vipLori
Houston
69 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside but the inside has great ambience— small and chic without feeling stuffy. The food and wine were outstanding!!! And the server was personable efficient and professional. This place is fit for foodies.

TJ
TJOH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were a little disappointed with this restaurant. We booked an outside table and when we arrived there were none available. Luckily we could sit by a window inside next to the bar so it was fine. The appetizers were good - we got the polenta and the beet salad - I'd say the beet salad was a little small for the price. My husband ordered the steak medium rare. It came well done. We had to send it back and he ordered it rare this time to be safe because it was a pretty small steak. But I heard the waitress tell the chef "medium rare" so I had to correct her. When the new meal came it was very good, but I'd say still pretty small for the price. My sister and I ate here also one time earlier and the waiter, while very nice and friendly, could not answer any of our questions about the menu. It is not a big place and he was working again, so I assume he's there often. Luckily the bartender overheard and was able to answer our questions. That time I ordered the veal and it was a big portion, but I was not impressed with the presentation. It was basically just breaded and fried. It could've been chicken for all I know and the description made it sound much more interesting that it was. All in all, the prices are too high for this establishment; they're trying, but they need to try a little harder in my opinion.

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vipWinchesterBetty
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Small plates and combinations of apps made a great vegetarian meal for me and my husband LOVED his steak!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They created a great outdoor eating space on the sidewalk. Its a great view outside a victorian building with fascinating detail!

MK
MichaelK
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was even better. Parking wasn’t too hard to find either. Would definitely go back.

RJ
ReneeJG
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went for DineOut Boston. Food was delicious. Good portions and just the right timing. Wine pairing was a nice touch that other restaurants don't always have.

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Martine
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service is great. I was a bit surprised by the short list of entrees -5 choices plus 3 fresh pasta dish. But I was not disappointed by the tarragon Chicken. A sophisticated blend of herbs and veggies with grilled chicken. Very good. My friends got vegetarian burger, and a regular burger. They enjoyed their meals as well.
I will surely go back.
Martine

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BariO
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went there because they were participating in the Dine Out Boston program. The food was delicious and the service was fine. My only complaint was the noise level.

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jobrien
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Not very big portions at all, good quality food though, We asked for more bread thought he was bothered by it.

Service was not good. He mixed up the dessert and the cocktail was not what he said and was. He never checked to make sure everything was to our liking.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and loved every thing about it. Great find ! We will be back soon!!!

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vipAndyV
New England
29 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bistro 5 Knocks it Out of the Park Again! We went during August '21 Restaurant week and for $38 for a three course meal and a $20 wine pairing, this could not be beat. I ordered the Scallops Ceviche, Tagliatelle Ragu, and the Olive Oil Cake. Mrs Reviewer ordered the Polenta, Haddock, and Flourless Chocolate Cake. Every dish was expertly prepared and wonderful. The wine pairings were extraordinary. In the past, I've found restaurants skimp on the food and wine portions during restaurant week (or even the wine pairing portions). Not so at Bistro 5; you are not getting a lesser-meal; just a great price. I appreciated that the wines were fresh and not poured from a bottle opened a few weeks ago and stored in the fridge (or worse yet, on the bar shelves). The meal was followed up by a cup of Cappuccino, which was brewed expertly as one would hope from an Italian restaurant. Go now before and Bon Appetite!

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Washashore
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great neighborhood gem. Despite a busy Friday, food and service were very good. Halibut was cooked more than my personal preference but the unusual presentation made up for it. Portions are generous. We took dessert home to enjoy. At $38 Boston Dine-In for 3 courses is definitely a bargain considering the quality of the menu items at Bistro Five.

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Dglady
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wish I hadn’t waited so long to try out this gem! Delicious food and loved the wine pairings with the Dine Out Boston prix fix menu. Service was outstanding and it was just lovely to eat outside.

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vipPhoodie
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bistro 5 and always have a consistently outstanding experience here. The calamari is light and delicate, some of the best we’ve had anywhere. The halibut was cooked perfectly and served with lentils. The chocolate molten cake was one of the best I’ve ever had. This is a neighborhood gem for those folks who live close by - I’m 30 minutes away, and it’s worth the drive! Also the service is top notch.

MP
MaryP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Bistro 5! Food is great - wine pairings are exceptional and just a pleasant experience! Love having a nice restaurant that we don't have to drive into Boston to go to when we just want a nice quiet night out!

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vipBbvis
New England
32 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious food and good service. The gnocchi, halibut and bolognese were terrific. Sadly they were out of the veggie burger. Desserts of flourless chocolate cake and olive oil cake also good. Great neighborhood find!

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rital
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Dineout Boston and it was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Sat outside which was lovely. There is noise from traffic (you are on corner of Main St and close to train tracks). But trains go quick and not very often ( at least when we were there from 8:30 to 10:00). The food was very very good , so we were discussing food etc and noise was not bothersome. The hostess and waitress were extraordinary ! So helpful, cheerful and pleasant to talk with. Gabriella answered all questions we posed to her; they must work with chef to understand what goes into each dish. You can be sure we will return to this wonderful, unpretentious Italian restaurant !!

JJ
JerryJ
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went there during Dineout Boston. Food was excellent and perfectly cooked. Sat outside which is right by the train station so it was a bit noisy.

LG
LenG
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the tasting menu and amaro flight as well as new items on the menu. Service very friendly and attentive. Very positive experience

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Suzanna
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Had the tasting menu, one appetizer and the dessert was good, the main course was ok. The mushroom pasta was outstanding, would go back specifically fir this dish.

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Lindsey
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and prompt friendly service. The drinks are done of the best around.

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vipBill
New England
26 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have been loyal patrons at Bistro 5 for many years! Last night we ate outside, enjoyed the $1 oysters and always great cocktails. The highlight of the meal was the branzino. This was one of the most beautiful plated dishes that I've ever seen (and the taste was as good as its looks). We will be back and not always on Tuesday when the $1 oysters are available.

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JennyG
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful birthday dinner!

JA
JenniferA
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were flexible in helping us be seated outside, which is what we wanted. They were so gracious in allowing us to stay past closing; we never felt pressured or rushed even though I’m sure they were anxious to head home. All the food was delicious and the drinks were great.

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Mfacu
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We enjoyed a great dinner early Saturday evening. This was only the second time we’ve been out this year. We would enjoy doing it again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
18 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Concise menu. Items served from open kitchen were hot and well plated. Martini was served ice cold as is proper. Thanks

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LindaG
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Pasta shines and chef specials are very good. They also know how to cook fish.

The ambience is nice but a bit too dark with a brown monochromatic palette.

I expect that they were short-staffed due to the pandemic and it showed. Hopefully with time this issue will be resolved.

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Eddies
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good except for a horrible glass of Cabernet I sent back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks!! We tried everything and all was fantastic!

JD
JDKZJ
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent. The service was great, too. Everything we ate was delicious and perfectly executed! It’s been consistently excellent for years and is our go-to restaurant for a real treat!

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 4.7 stars by 1831 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.