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Bistro 5

4.4
1617 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, European, French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Open some Sundays/Mondays for Holidays and Special Events. Call for more details.
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Phone number
(781) 395-7464
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Vittorio Ettore
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Private party facilities
At Bistro 5 our personal approach in service 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.
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Private party contact
Jodi DiFrummolo: (781) 395-7464
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Catering
Bistro 5 caters a spectrum of events from casual cocktail parties to a 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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
High Street
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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
*Do not park behind the building in the tenant parking or in the gas station adjacent to Bistro 5. It is private property and you will be towed even when they are closed*
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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 gas station. It is approximately 11 minutes from North Station.
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Special events & promotions
Chocolate Tasting Menu coming this FebruaryFebruary 3rd-27th

Hamachi
Cured with Cocoa Nibs and Black Lime, with
Fresno Oil, Cilantro-Rice Crisp, and Avocado
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Duck Sausage
Cocoa, Sage and Blood-Orange Zest, Hazelnut Cauliflower Puree
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Short-Rib Ravioli
Cocoa and Espresso, Goat Cheese, Crispy Brussels-Sprout Leaves
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Venison
Mole, Rutabaga and Turnip Pommes Anna, Golden Grapefruit Emulsion
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Chocolate Panna Cotta
Dulce de Leche, Vanilla Seasalt Honeycomb, and Kumquat Chips



Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4
food
4.5
service
4.2
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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

So I've probably reviewed Bistro 5 before, but wanted to write something more because, we're pretty regular now, 3 times a month is likely, we've brought friends there, we've eaten in every part of the restaurant and, they ALWAYS impress and live up to our hopes! The salad with pickled veggies is cravable! The various tastings they run and allow you to pick favorites are always a delight. Burger night is a favorite (and I don't eat burgers anywhere else!) Just a great story of a hard working team that is led by Renaissance man, Vitorrio!

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Extraordinary

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Bistro 5 took excellent care of my friend and me as we were celebrating his birthday. The service was superb, the food was fresh and lovingly prepared, and we really enjoyed the cocktails.

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5.0Dined on September 26, 2017

Fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Knowledgeable and friendly waitstaff. Attentive chef-owner creates limited exquisite seasonal menu.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Our meal was incredible! A wonderful neighborhood gem that we will definitely return to.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

We have been meaning to go here for years. Finally made it and it was worth the effort.
Best veal that I have ever had and everything else was very good. Give them a try or keep on supporting this place.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Just fabulous as always. My compliments to the chef/owner. 👍

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Absolutely fantastic , as always! Food is phenomenal , service is top notch! Just a great place to come for everything from celebrating a special occasion to a quick burger night.

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3.0Dined on August 30, 2017

The food was good but there was some problem in the kitchen that kept our entrees from arriving for an hour after our appetizer. The waitress apologized and gave us a dessert for free. Hopefully just a one-time issue.

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4.0Dined on August 24, 2017

I've been visiting Bistro 5 for years now and it never fails to impress. This is, however, my first "Burger Night" because, typically, I don't care for burgers but they knocked it out of the park with their burger specials cooked EXACTLY to the temp I asked for (so rare that restaurants do this correctly these days...) and my add-ons were delicious. The waitstaff is great, information, accommodating and always seeking to make sure your experience is great. I would highly recommend this place to foodies and for dates or small group functions!

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

Great food and great ambiance. Driven by a bunch and never noticed it, glad it was finally recommended to me. Don't let the neighborhood fool you this is a great spot!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Bistro 5 is a favorite of ours, but went for "Dine Boston"
Menu and pairings were right one and delicious as usual. Warm beat salad and salmon are always exceptional.
Service was attentive yet not overly friendly.
Great job! We will return

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

I love coming to Bistro 5 for special occasions. The ambiance is nice and the staff are friendly (but not intrusive). My favorite part, though, is the food. The gnocchi with hen of the woods mushrooms are a favorite. Bistro 5 often offers new dishes with surprising and delicious flavor combinations.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2017

Good food, good service, nice atmosphere. Appreciated the bread and dipping oil.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2017

Every bite delicious!!! I recommend this restaurant highly

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Peach tasting menu - innovative! Burnt peach dessert was delicious, and no guilt.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Pleasant service, good food, reasonably priced wine list, nice atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

My girlfriend was visiting and we just found bistro 5 and decided to go. Food was great, service was great, atmosphere was A+

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2017

Other than cheeseburger specials that are large that erred fora man could belarger.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Food was outstanding. The flavors were extraordinary.

Service was attentive without being overbearing!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

My husband and I have been dining at Bistro5 since it opened. It never disappoints. Our favorites are the calamari and the veal Milanese. Great place to dine in Medford.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2017

Lovely, quiet restaurant with a nice, but short, Italian menu. Did was tasty and we'll prepared. Service was excellent! It was a boy to have no TV. Desserts were especially tasty.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2017

very nice ambiance to have a celebration dinner for a recent college graduate

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Food and service were terrific. AC seemed not to be working very well. It was a bit warmer in the room than was comfortable.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Completely delicious -- the calamari with tomato chutney was truly one of the best I've had. I was a bit disappointed that the (lovely) spaghetti a la chitarra now comes with chunks of octopus instead of whole baby octopus, but if that's the biggest complaint then life is good. We had a fantastic goat cheese cheesecake from the tasting menu -- if you see it, grab it! It's that good.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2017

Gnocchi was outstanding probably the best I've had in a while. Great cosmopolitans as well!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2017

Never disappointing. The menu is creative and the food and service always outstanding. It is great to have such a wonderful neighborhood restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2017

Absolute fine dining without the hassle of going into Boston. Menu features homemade specialties and is very creative. The food is so flavorful and features local farms and some organic foods as well. Small sharing plates are great before dinner and the dessert selection is amazing. You can enjoy the full menu at the bar which is very nice. The Veal Milanese was the best I ever had and the Chocolate Bombe for dessert was off the charts delicious!! Treat yourself and your dining companions - go!!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

We arrived early for our reservation with the intent of having a drink at the bar first. Instead we were seated and told to just take our time with our drinks and ordering. Our waitress was very sweet and patient but still attentive. We were probably there for over two hours (we went for the full tasting menu) and we really enjoyed ourselves. The cocktails were creative and yummy, the beer list local and varied, and the food felt very fresh and original. (And I cannot recommend the duck appetizer enough!).

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Bistro 5 was delightful as always. The food is yummy and service is attentive but never hovering. We often go here for special occasions and this was our anniversary. Though I didn't mention this when I made our reservation they know anyway (and no, my husband didn't tell them) and surprised us both with a candle and sparkling wine with our dessert.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2017

The gnocci was excellent. My companions attest
that their seafood dishes were perfectly prepared. The only
problem was cold risotto, but the establishment bettered that
for us with a wonderful chocolate bomb gratis.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Outstanding. All 12+ times I've dined at B-5. Recommended highly.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2017

Enjoy food, device ambiance. Have mentioned adding another Veal dish to no avail.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Great Mother's Day Brunch. My wife was delighted and the food was fantastic. We've been to Bistro 5 a number of times and food has always been excellent, but this was a particularly great meal. My soft shell crab might be the best I have ever had! Many thanks!

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Great local restaurant with good "big city" quality. Very engaged and helpful staff.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Lovely Mother's Day dinner with my husband.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2017

Excellent as usual.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2017

Service is great, Food is delicious. An all around nice restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

The food and service were incredible. The food is cooked to order and there is no issues in making modifications to the meal. The menu choices are inventive and cooked to perfection. The service was great. We were celebrating a birthday and it was a fantastic experience.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2017

We had a wonderful evening. The food was absolutely delicious, perfect size portions, very high-end ingredients and creative menu. The atmosphere was bistro casual. It was on the pricier side but very appropriate for the menu, we will definitely go back many times and it will be the place I bring out of town guests next time for sure. A total gem.

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