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About Foundry On Elm

Fine Food and Proper Ale

255 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02144
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation Monday - Thursday: 11:30 - 1:00am, Bar open on Friday and Saturday until 2am. Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am-3:30pm
Offering Brunch specials in addition to our lunch menu on Saturday until 3, Brunch Buffet and A la carte specials Sunday until 3:30

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 628-9999

Website:
http://www.foundryonelm.com/

Public Transit:
Redline Davis Square T-stop

Executive Chef:
Shayne Nunes

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We can accommodate all kinds of events large and small. Call us for details.

Foundry On Elm Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2011

Sorry to say it was not a very positive experience. The waitress while very talkative and friendly (when we could find her) didn't have a clue. While other parties around us had bread and water served immediately (different waitress) we had to ask for bread. Drinks arrived very slow. Shrimp cocktail was good but served with no cocktail sauce? Had to ask for it as well as ketsup with the fries. Ham and Cheese was a very very greasy mess. All I could taste was the oil on the outside of the bread. The corn chowder was good tasting but had very little corn in it. The fries were the best part of the meal. The burger was ok. We dine out 3-4 times a week and I will not be rushing back to this spot.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2011

The food was excellent, as were the drinks. Superb beer list. Service was extremely friendly but very slow. It was noisy, but that was expected based on the feedback of other reviewers. An overall enjoyable experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2011

I always enjoy the food here, but the restaurant was so loud that we were all hoarse from screaming to try and talk by the time we left. The service was okay.

I was a bit annoyed that despite making a reservation, I got a phone call asking me to call and confirm my reservation. The reason I made the reservation online was so that I didn't have to deal with calling.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2011

Decent if unremarkable. Very loud, difficult to have a conversation.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2011

I'm glad we came in late-ish on a weeknight, as it was much easier to get a good table in a quiet corner. There's a great energy in Foundry, but it can be a bit crazy in the after-work hours, and I'm sensitive to noise. I've been here once before, and again the food was delicious, and accompanied by a great beer selection. I had a glass of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale (sweet, with lots of vanilla) and piece of roasted salmon on the best cooked spinach I've ever had (crisp and salty, not bitter at all), delivered to our table so quickly it was unbelievable. I'd definitely come back, especially for a late meal.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2011

Ordered some great appetizers that were absolutely delcious and made me so excited for my entree. However, when the food finally came out, I find it not to my liking. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't inedible, just blah. And I wasn't the only one! Two out of our party of four did not like their main dish. However, the other two LOVED their food. And actually ate some of our pushed aside dishes.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 2, 2011

The food here is excellent, however the service is a bit below parr and the decor is a bit odd, but the beer list and food more than compensate. I'm especially a fan of their fried calamari - yum!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2011

The noise in this restaurant was so loud that I could not hear the person sitting next to me. It was not good for a group because you could not have a conversation. We left early because it was so uncomfortable. The food was fine but it was way too loud.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2011

Eaten there a few times, very good for pub food, sometimes inventive, fun for a group. Have had one awful dish, no longer on the menu, everything else quite tasty

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2011

too, too noisy at dinnertime to really talk w. people at table, and booths in rear no better. need to work on acoustics and muffle sounds better at dinnertime (e.g. more material on walls, curtains, and possibly ceiling/floor alterations, or I and many other friends will not return unless want a bar-pick-up encounter only.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2011

I love this place. My favorite neighborhood eatery. Great food. Great beer selection. The menu is creative and interesting and very moderately priced for the quality you receive. Go here now.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2011

We've been here before but this night was horrible. Food was good once we sent the bland risotto back and my dining friend chose another entree.

Service was TERRIBLE! Our waiter was never around - and when you brought the bill there were 4 items on the bill which we hadn't ordered. I asked him to remove the 4 items. He removed 3. In addition, he forgot to order re-fills on wine and then it took probably 15 minutes for it to show up. It is really disappointing to have such a bad experience here when we are local and want to support neighborhood joints. I'm going to need a 6+ month hiatus from recommending or eating at Foundry on Elm.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 13, 2011

The service was terrific! Our server was courteous and attentive and totally ok with us trying and sharing lots of smaller plates. The flatbreads, corn chowder and meze plate were all terrific!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on July 10, 2011

Nice atmosphere, good draught selection, tasty meals.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2011

I ordered the soft shell crab and it was a bit greasy, although the potatoes and asparagus it came with were delicious. My boyfriend had the scallops which were very good. The service was mediocre at best. The waitress kept forgetting about us and neglected to ask us if we'd like drinks at all. I've been here several times before including New Years Eve and was a bit dissappointed this time around. I wouldn't discount Foundery on Elm, but may just go back for a drink and appetizer next time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2011

The staff was extremely welcoming, and they gave us a free dessert because it was my friend's birthday. We were not rushed in anyway, it was a thoroughly delightful dinner experience and since it was our first time there, we were so happy to have made a great choice.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2011

Yummy grilled peach, goat cheese, arugula and caramelized onion flatbread pizza... the extensive beer menu was also cool. I just wasn't blown away so much by the food that I'd make a special trip back, especially since the service was rather inattentive. It was perfectly fine for a party of 6, but not super-memorable

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 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2011

They had Brachetto, which was great wine to see on a menu. The food was very good; I got the pork loin and my friend had the scallops. They were both flavorful dishes with fresh veggies and meat/fish. The only drawback to the dining experience was the noise level. It really was loud and hard to talk to your friend.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2011

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Foundry is always bustling but sometimes the noise is overwhelming. The decor is polished and sophisticated and the menu has some variety but at times feels limited. The service is always friendly and the beer list is long.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2011

It was my first time there. It's definitely noisy. We sat in the bar area. I had requested a seat outside if possible so they did a nice job in giving us the closest one they had. I would definitely get reservations - we were there at 6:15 and they were already packed!! Our waiter was outstanding and attentive.
Food was good too. Would definitely go back for dinner and just to hang out at the bar. Not a kids place.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on June 29, 2011

Sub par food and service. Many of the dishes we ordered did not match the description on the menu (e.g. left out the fingerlink potatoes with the chicken entree, dumped soggy fries on the mussels although that was not specified on menu). Entrees arrived when we were barely half way done with appetizers. Server never cleared off many of the empty plates.
Avoid.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on June 29, 2011

The food is good not great but its ok for a quick sandwich if you are looking for a loud bar scene type of atmosphere. I do have to give kudos to the staff including the managers, hosts and waitstaff, they are always on top of things and very attentive!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 24, 2011

This place is close to home and the first pick when I'm taking family or friends out for dinner or lunch. The food is always good. They have a great beer selection. The staff is always pleasant. When I dine at the bar, the bartenders are always great, even if it's busy. My only complaint is sometimes is jam packed with people...but I guess that's what happens when your a good restaurant/bar!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on June 22, 2011

The Foundry is consistent with their good service and attention to their customers. Always willing to rectify for any error or delays with their tables setting and not only me. Food and drinks are pretty good, but their customer service attitude is without doubt their winning point.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2011

Loved this place. The food was not only amazingly delicious, but also reasonable prices and reasonable portions (I hate when restaurants give these gigantic portions and the food goes to waste). We ate at the bar and still got white linen service! The bartender was friendly without being on top of us the whole time. A really great restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 19, 2011

Was asked to call-back to confirm our reservation, which we did. Upon arrival the next day for brunch, our reservation was lost. We were sat immediately because there were plenty of open tables, but were sat up front at a high-top with all the walk-ins. If you are going to ask for a call-back to confirm a reservation for a time when you have 75% of your tables open, then don't (1) lose the reservation and (2) seat the couple as a walk-in. After needing a second trip from the kitchen to retrieve the forgotten-fruit compote to the french toast, brunch was good. Bar atmosphere looks great. Would try again, but just for drinks .

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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2011

nice addition to the bar/restaurant scene in Porter Square. We had delicious croque monsieurs for dinner and a nice glass of wine. Server was attentive. Only problem was the noise and music track which was loud and bass-y. Manager turned it down for us, but be aware that conversation in this space is hard. The 20 something crowd will enjoy this place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 15, 2011

My most recent visit to Foundry on Elm was my third or fourth, and I'll definitely keep going back. This time I had a burger, which was probably one of the best burgers I've had in the Boston area. Previous menu selections have always been tasty. I like that nothing on the menu is over-the-top or trying too hard--just good solid selections that taste good. And the service here has always been very good.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 13, 2011

good food, good service, great cocktails, lots of different beers, nice wine selection, but OH MY GOD was it LOUD!!!!! Don't expect to have an intimate conversation. The music was deafening and the crowd noise was trying to keep up with it. It didn't quiet down until the hockey game got going and they turned the music off.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 12, 2011

Foundry has great food. There was a bit of a glitch in our service, but they made up for it and we did not even have to make a fuss. However, we would be happier if it were less noisy. You'd like to be able to have a conversation without shouting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 12, 2011

The Venison was absolutely incredible!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on June 12, 2011

Brilliant brunch; excellent presentation; very supportive staff; more than wait-people, since they work well together.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2011

The restaurant has a solid menu - lots of options to appease a variety of palates. The food was excellent. Service needs to be improved, however. It took 30 minutes to get a bottle of red wine. Another 15 to get the bottle of white. Another 10 for the bread to arrive at the table... Waitress even forgot one of our entrees, but did bring it later and took it off the bill. If not for the quality of the food, I wouldn't go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2011

Went for lunch. A few interesting dishes. Garlic flatbread sounded great, but was chewy. Salad and meze plates had very interesting combinations.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2011

One of the top 5 beer lists in the Boston/Cambridge area- well selected to compliment the food menu.
Staff, from hostess through food server, are exceptional; wait staff can describe all food and drink items in deep detail - flavor profiles, ingredients, recommended pairing options.
My meals have all been plated well (not ostentatious, just clean and thoughtful- appropriate for the items ordered). I've dined in groups as large as 10- at each seating all food and drink were served discreetly to the correct person, with no interruption to the meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2011

The server was....not very friendly and forgot that we ordered a drink and had to ask if we wanted to order drinks. The place was a bit noisy and although the person having a birthday with us was given a complimentary chocolate ganache cake, it took nearly 30 minutes for our entrees to arrive.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2011

I recently had my graduation party at Foundry on Elm and enjoyed it immensely. I called the restaurant to ask if I could come in a half an hour before my reservation and they were very accommodating. Our server George was very considerate and attentive. I tried poutine for the first time and despite my expectations enjoyed it. The fig flatbread was great. My boyfriend who is a stickler for eggs benedict "loved it". As for drinks the beer selection was amazing. They have a lot of exotic things. As for wine the rose was ok but I really enjoyed the lilliet blanc cocktail in the evolution section.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2011

I always enjoy bringing people to the Foundry; the food and drinks are consistently delicious and the ambiance is super lively. I wouldn't go for dinner without a reservation, however, as the bar gets crowded and the front room is always pretty loud.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2011

Every table was filled in this huge popular place, but the waitress made it seem like we were her only table. The appetizers were excellent and varied, including mussels, charcuterie with head cheese, calamari, and tabouili. All four of us loved our dinners.

The beer selection is impressive, and they maintain their taps quite well. I had a Kentucky draft that had been brewed in bourbon casks, one of the best beers I've ever tasted.

Lovely experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on May 30, 2011

Wonderful food and great service! All of the wait staff are very familiar with the menu and can answer questions about anything on the menu. They also have a fantastic beer selection!

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