Bistro 5

4.7
1837 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 1837 people are saying
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JennyG
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful birthday dinner!

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JenniferA
San Diego
3 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
8 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!

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JenniferA
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious, the space is really nice and intimate, the cocktails are well-made, and the staff was super attentive without being overbearing. 10/10 would highly recommend. We’ll definitely be returning.

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CarrieS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant! Hidden gem. Loved the food and the service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It is a cozy place mostly for adults. We bright along two teenagers to celebrate dad’s birthday. Service was flawless. Food was mediocre unfortunately given the price tag so high. Overall a good place.

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KatherineR
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

LOVE Bistro 5. The food, drinks and atmosphere are great! The owner is wonderful and the cooks are talented. My only recommendation is to expand the menu a bit. I think they started limiting choices during the Pandemic, but now it's time to start expanding again, if they can. Love this neighborhood restaurant!

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DianeW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Our waiter was fabulous. Bistro 5 is a favorite of mine.

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StephenF
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took my family. Cocktails and service good, apps top notch. The seared chicken was nice, the veal was great, the bolognese was fantastic, but my bass was very average, borderline meh. and mushy lentils with it were bland. The bass meal was not something I'd do again. Like food at a dorm or something. So my family had great meals but not me.

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marycat
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful evening with great food and service! We loved the calamari and the bolognese and the creme brulee.

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WendE
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fresh, some locally sourced. Waiter was attentive but not hovering. Overall a great experience.

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vipFoodie
New England
89 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience3

I was disappointed with how I was treated from the moment I entered the restaurant. We were early for our reservation at 730 p and my table was given to another three some as they came right in . I was told that they were preparing my table. Obviously a lie and they were seating their regulars. We had to wait another 15 minutes to get seated when they actually admitted that there was no table to set.. No real apologies and did not even try to make it up to us.
A gesture of graciousness by offering an appetizer or dessert. Really poor customer service. Once seated I had a great meal . The food is excellent, but the staff need to take some courses on how to treat their customers if they want them to return. I won’t rush back . It put a bad taste in my mouth. I think now restaurants think they can treat there customers like crap and they will come back if the food is good. Well think again.

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JonathanN
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was delicious. The service was Not very good. Also they have the door open to the street so we could hear every fire engine going by. For $100 a person I don’t want to hear the outside noise. I love the food I love the owner but the evening was not the best. Hopefully next time will be different. Thanks

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ElaineP
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and drink were very good. Creative cocktails were fun. Menu is small but everything is well prepared. Our party of 5 all enjoyed our meals, between us we had the Bass, the seared chicken , the veal and the beet salad.

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bdwa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night. Bucatini pasta with Spanish octopus; pressed chicken. Great salad and wine choices.

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vipJSMC
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Buck a chuck night is always fun! The house made pasta dishes, burger, and cocktails were all excellent. Thanks for a lovely re-entry into inside dining!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new dessert Oliver Oil Cake with Basil ice cream is AMAZING!

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vipUbisandstone
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The waitress forgot to tell us specials and we were disappointed seeing others with the scallops. She also gave us bread and forgot plates, so we had to wait for those to arrive.

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vipPith
New England
19 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Always consistently delicious.

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vipAdeBesche
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as always, an excellent meal, really friendly people helping us.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my Birthday celebration, excellent food and service, as always!

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StephanieS
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent. The have a small menu. Everything is very precisely made in just the right portion. The favorites at the table were the calamari and the eggplant appetizers. The gnocchi entree was delightful.

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MWex
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was perfect. The service was magnificent, and they made something I could eat even though with my combination of food issues there were only a few things to eat. I left full with a desert of flourless chocolate cake to eat later when I had room.

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elizabeth6
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro 5 is where we go for all our special occasions. The food is always extraordinary.

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kareng
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner! Had the pleasure to be served by the chef. Fantastic food and conversation. Thanks!!

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vipBobC
New England
23 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and exceptional service!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! We had the bucatini and the bass. Vieux Carre cocktail was yum.

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vipJams
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Great food, small and expensive portions. Beautiful outdoor patio but right next to commuter rail with lots of noise from trains

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Bert
New England
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a marvelous time at Bistro 5. We will keep coming back! I do need to tell you that my chicken dish was a big disappointment. I usually love your meals. My 3 companions loved their meals.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food as always. They have a new outdoor seating area which made it feel open and special not to mention safe. Excellent service as always.

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MegM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely restaurant, great staff and food - but we ate outside before the commuter rail stopped. I don't recommend doing that.

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JasmineB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was very good although I felt like most of the items we ordered were about $3-$5 dollars overpriced. Not a deal breaker but for $32 dollars I want more than decorative mashed potatoes and for $10 I want a bigger slice of olive oil cake. All that to say both were delicious and I would come back again

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EmilyO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Mother’s Day lunch. The chef chatted with us and was lovely.

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vipRRCVic
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the honor of having Chef Vittorio visit us at our table, and the experience overall was wonderful as usual.

We were so glad to get back to our favorite restaurant after a year of seclusion, and are looking forward to many more visits now that the restrictions have been eased.

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LynnN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Based on the pictures on the website it appeared there were heaters for outdoor dinning. When we arrived that was not the case. The outside temp was 48 degrees so not comfortable for dining outside without heaters. Fortunately for us they had two seat available at the bar. If is cold out do not opt for outdoor dinning.
The food and service was great!

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 1837 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.