Bistro 5

4.8
1791 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 1791 people are saying
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KatelynK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great Cocktails and good food. The menu had limited options so be sure to review it before you go.

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PamelaC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and we were very comfortable dining indoors--a festive evening for a big birthday!

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FrankH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As always, the food was excellent. We had the sirloin and the pasta bolognese as entrees and the ricotta with honey as an appetizer. We shared the profiteroles with coffee for dessert and everything was splendid. The waitstaff was professional, prompt and friendly. The lone area of improvement I would suggest is the wine temperature. We ordered a bottle of Pinot Noir from Sonoma but it was served far too warm and we had to have it put on ice to bring it to a more drinkable temperature.

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vipPaulC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro 5 never disappoints. Our go to local. Food is always top notch with friendly service. Monkfish with chick peas and lamb shank tonight.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always

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Yellowribbonmom
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Despite having a reservation, we were seated right next to the kitchen and in direct line of the door which was open all night long. We were cold and had to ask several times for the door to be closed (they would close the door and then someone would open it again). Service was not great. We had several people waiting on us. Some orders were taken and never executed. Server rarely checked in with us. Long wait times for our meals, to get drink refills, coffee, etc. The night seemed disorganized. It didn’t appear that the restaurant was being well managed. This was definitely not the typical experience at Bistrot 5 which was too bad because we were entertaining clients. Food was good though.

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TaylaS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service. Food is amazing. Oysters were unbelievable. Calamari is fried in fresh oil and comes out with a light golden color. The polenta is crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside and the mushrooms have a real bite to them and don’t just dissolve. I recommend going with a few friends and having a few apps and share all the entrees. Cocktails are unreal. I recommend the Freddy quell to start and you have to finish off with their espresso martini that actually tastes like an espresso. This place is a hidden gem in west Medford.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful prefix Easter brunch! Food was outstanding. They thoughtfully catered around an allergy. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food and ambiance were excellent, as was the majority of the waitstaff. One server took my food away before I was done, and it took a very long time to bring our 2nd round of drinks. Otherwise it was a great experience and we would absolutely come again.

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JonathanN
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a terrific evening. The owner was even our waiter which was fun.

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Pumpkin
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, cozy and nice atmosphere, friendly staff, very accommodating. Worth the trip!

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jnine
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Have always been a fan of bistro 5, happily went for dine out Boston. Food was delicious and presented beautifully and the wine pairings were perfect. Great special occasion place, many new servers still need experience but lovely night

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Chef owner was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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NinoC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the very special treat to be served by the owner, our friend Vittorio Ettore, who entertained us by giving us the special features of each plate and the characteristics of each wine.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and staff were very attentive
Great cocktails, appetizers, entrees and dessert
Would return again

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ValerieT
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dining experience at Bistro 5! We ordered from the Dine out Boston menu which gave us a three course meal for only $38 and a couple of us ordered the wine pairings for only an additional $20. Overall the food, prices, atmosphere and service were all excellent. We will definitely go again!

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kareng
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we loved everything about our meal there. A lot of attention to detail, from the delicious focaccia to the cocktails and everything in between. So glad we were able to dine there!

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vipAnitaC
New England
18 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! Great service as well! The porcetta was fantastic as was the flourless chocolate cake!

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vipAngelaA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The food is delicious, the service is outstanding and the ambiance is energizing and comfortable all at the same time. This is our go-to restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Bistro 5 was awesome!! I sometimes forget about this little jewel of a restaurant - it’s right next door in Medford. We’ve only been a few times and every time we go the meal is wonderful and we always say we have to come more often! We did the wine pairing with the meal - we both had the calamari appetizer, my husband had the chicken stuffed with fontina, prosciutto, etc and thoroughly enjoyed it - I had the tagliatelle bolognese - it was very good - and that’s from someone who makes her own sauce taught by her dad who jarred 40 cases of farm grown tomatoes and taught us how to make sauce from scratch! We both had the olive oil cake with marscapone and blood orange - it was very light and a perfect end to the meal. Would highly recommend!

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PatriciaT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love Bistro 5 - food is consistently high quality. Tuna tataki is outstanding. Braised lamb special with asparagus and lentils was rustic, perfectly braised, and delicious. They do a good job with Covid accommodations.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner, as always. Super accommodating waiter. Great suggestions for drinks, which were delicious. Also wonderful suggestion to make the appetizer an entree size. Always love a special dinner at Bistro 5!

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Caitlyn
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was very pleasant. The food was good, but not great, with the exception of what I think were fried plantains. They were delicious! Also, our cocktails were PERFECT!

I had the monkfish, which had some interesting flavors but was dry and rather lackluster. My husband had the steak, and that was nicely done. Our waiter was fine, but didn't check in to see how our entrees were. He seemed to be in a hurry. We were pleasantly surprised at the end of our meal. The restaurant very kindly sent over a profiterole with a candle in it, as we were celebrating my birthday. I would definitely go back. We've been there many times and sometimes we're wowed-sometimes not. It's always a nice experience!

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AmyC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is so friendly and attentive, the drinks from the bar are creative, and the food delicious and perfectly portioned - not too large and not too small. We enjoyed the ricotta with truffle honey appetizer, orrichiete with octopus, and tagliatelle with bolognese (for my wife who makes the best spaghetti sauce, it was up to standard!). :) Very careful with COVID precautions. We went out of our way to come here and will definitely return.

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CiaoT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! The handmade pasta was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always

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KrSr
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Me and my husband had a very nice time . They surely made our night special !!

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NealG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I have ever had with my great girlfriend. Had a amazing dinner for valentines! Thank you guys

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar. Everything was amazing! Great tequila drink! Wonderful food and service.

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Patryk
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a nice and quiet restaurant. The food is amazing! So is the service.

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vipAndreaR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The food and service were excellent!

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HarleyM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Valentines Day tasting menu, and I also had the wine pairings. This was a seriously impressive meal from start to finish, and the wine pairings were perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had in a long time!

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stevei
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Great Service. My favorite place to go to!

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LindseyC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails and food. Monkfish and Bolognese were both delicious. Knowledgeable and friendly service. Perfect for date night!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sweetheart and I did the Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu and it was absolutely delicious. It is a meal we will never forget. The food was outstanding and the ambiance was perfect for a special Valentine’s Day. Our server, Alex, was incredibly kind and insightful. She made our time that much better.

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BillC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Bistro 5. The Valentine's Four Course meal was fantastic. Every bite. The service and timing of the courses were all great. We look forward to going back and we need to make a better effort to order takeout as well.

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vipKimT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal with excellent service and atmosphere. Will definitely be back and more often!

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 4.8 stars by 1791 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.