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Bistro 5

1617 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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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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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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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 or call to speak to our event coordinator.
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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

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

Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1617 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.4  based on all time ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vip1serialdiner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2017


pantsroles (New England)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2017

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

Courto (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

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

vipLongtimeBostonDiner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 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.

TaraR (New England)
4.0  Dined 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!

Elll (New England)
5.0  Dined 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!

bostonBestEats (New England)
5.0  Dined 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

SusannaK (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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.

donf (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 9, 2017

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

vipmaggiethecat (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 8, 2017

Every bite delicious!!! I recommend this restaurant highly