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Banyan Bar + Refuge, Boston, MA

Banyan Bar + Refuge

4.7
4.7
894 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian

Explore a bold beverage and food menu at Banyan Bar + Refuge, where Southeast Asia meets New England. Expect to find sweet, salty, sour, and spicy tastes in fascinating combinations. Great music, a casual vibe, and attentive service also await you on our extensive patio in the historic South End. If you prefer to dine at home, the food at Banyan travels well and eats even better when you order one of our craft cocktails to go. The option to order from our carefully curated wine and beer selection is also available. Please note the patio is open for the season but is being seated on a first come first serve basis. All reservations are being taken for indoors.

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Booked 46 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 556-4211

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    For pricing, and availability please inquire through our website.

  • Private party contact

    Elena Todisco : (617) 556-4211

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Cross street

    Clarendon Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available.

  • Public transit

    Back Bay

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Saturday + Sunday 10am-3pm

Bao Buns

  • Pork Belly Bao***$14.00

    pork belly, shaved onion, pineapple, peanuts, cilantro

    • Mushroom Bao$16.00

      braised shiitake mushrooms, charred scallions, hoisin, fried shallots

      • Kfc Bao**$10.00

        tempura cauliflower, sweet + spicy sauce, green onion

        • Avocado Bao**$10.00

          crispy avocado, bbq sauce, shaved onion, pickles

          Cold

          • Garlic Cucumbers$8.00

            cucumber, soy-ginger dressing, lemon, sesame

            • Fresh Roll Cups** ***$10.00

              bibb lettuce, cucumber, shrimp, mint, basil, cilantro, peanut sauce

              • Overnight Oats***$6.00

                cup chilled oats, coconut milk, honey, maple syrup, pineapple, pineapple jelly

                • Heirloom Tomato Salad**$16.00

                  heirloom cherry tomatoes, house-made tofu-ricotta curds, olive oil, black vinegar, shiso leaves, sea salt

                  Hot

                  • Lobster Rangoon***$14.00

                    lobster cream cheese filled wontons

                    • Pork Muffin* ***$10.00

                      griddled corn muffin, bbq pulled pork, smashed avocado, pickled onions, chili threads, cilantro, fried egg

                      • Breakfast Musubi* *** ^$10.00

                        griddled rice cake, chinese sausage, sunny side egg, kombu, cilantro

                        • Brunch Weenies* ** ^^$10.00

                          sweet + spicy glazed chinese sausage, roasted potatoes, green onion, fried egg

                          Mains

                          • Avo-Edamame Toast*$14.00

                            texas toast, edamame spread, tahini, avocado, chili, cilantro, cured egg yolk, fried egg

                            • Banyan Benedict* ^$16.00

                              griddled bao, pork belly, poached egg, sriracha hollandaise, cilantro, homefries

                              • Breakfast Sandwich*$14.00

                                Blackbird Doughnuts® everything bagel doughnut, fried egg, american cheese, homefries

                                • Dan Dan Noodles$16.00

                                  spicy szechuan chicken ragu, ramen noodles, scallion

                                  • French Toast Sticks$10.00

                                    deep-fried custard soaked texas toast, cinnamon + powdered sugar, maple syrup

                                    • Skillet Frittata ^^$10.00

                                      creamy eggs, cream cheese, red bell pepper, onion, scallion, sourdough toast

                                      • Two Egg Plate* ** ^^ ^^^$10.00

                                        two eggs served sunny side up, fried, over easy or scrambled | sourdough toast, choice of bacon, chinese sausage or avocado

                                        • Our Way Burger* ***$17.00

                                          flat patty, american cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, pickles, french fries

                                          Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                          What 894 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                          4.7
                                          4.7 based on recent ratings
                                          • 4.5Food
                                          • 4.7Service
                                          • 4.8Ambience
                                          • 4.4Value

                                          NoiseModerate

                                          Loved For

                                          • Boston / New England

                                            Asian

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                                          1. F

                                            pagFlorida

                                            Naples

                                            19 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            19 reviews

                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                            overall4food3service5ambience4

                                            Disappointed in salt and pepper shrimp- lacked flavor.

                                          2. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            London

                                            9 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            9 reviews

                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                            overall4food3service5ambience5

                                            Great service, and super nice spot! Only Comment is they really should stop calling the kirin slushee, a slushee. Although once upon a time they served a slushee, now it is merely a beer with a 1/2” slush head. Not sure why they made they change, but it’s a bummer.

                                          3. KS

                                            KristaS

                                            New England

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 20, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food - get the bao bao's and pork dumplings!

                                          4. GH

                                            GeorgeH

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 20, 2022

                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                            Great spot for fun drinks and yummy food! Service was good!

                                          5. MS

                                            MikeS

                                            New England

                                            196 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            196 reviews

                                            Dined on May 19, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Iasked for a quiet table where I could work while enjoying dinner, and got a round table in the back of the restaurant -- perfect for me, away from other diners' conversations. Service was perfectly timed. I had an excellent house cocktail based on a Manhattan, and the Dan dan noodles were perfect. A great working night out for me, but other at Banyan were having a great time.

                                          6. MK

                                            MeghanK

                                            Chicago

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The food was great! We had a fun time!

                                          7. KT

                                            KarenT

                                            New England

                                            20 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            20 reviews

                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent food and service … love the outdoor patio!! Wonderful vegan options!

                                          8. KB

                                            KatherineB

                                            New England

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 11, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Love this place! Fun vibe and delicious food, great place to go for a special celebration.

                                          9. P

                                            Ptownbilly

                                            New England

                                            40 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            40 reviews

                                            Dined on May 11, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Jazzy, unique interior. Friendly staff, good service. Delicious food with fun choices. Jim greeted us warmly and made us feel welcome. We’re looking forward to a return visit…

                                          10. J

                                            Jpmom

                                            New England

                                            15 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            15 reviews

                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Terrific window seat on Mother’s Day. Quick to be seated. Frose was a highlight! Attentive server and manager who came to chat and check on us at end of meal. Our party had the dan dan noodles, tuna poke, shishito peppers, fried chicken bao and burgers. Everything was delicious.

                                          11. RM

                                            RichM

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food fantastic service and a nice place to get out and enjoy your evening.

                                          12. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New England

                                            2 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on May 6, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Amazing food and service! So cute inside too. Will definitely go back

                                          13. BD

                                            BriannahD

                                            Fort Lauderdale

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 6, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Banyan bar and refuge was amazing! The food was incredible. I could not stop eating. I left full and content. Our server Leah was fantastic!

                                          14. w

                                            wendyw

                                            San Francisco

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                            Am a repeat customer. Love the food. Great for a group so long as folks are willing to share and like some unusual dishes with a bit of spice. Would not recommend for people who really like their own meals as this is not in keeping with the restaurant's strengths.

                                          15. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New England

                                            2 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            really good food and service

                                          16. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New England

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            She loved it

                                          17. l

                                            lifg

                                            New England

                                            1 review

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 29, 2022

                                            overall2food1service5ambience5

                                            The food was close to inedible-burger overcooked with meat that tasted old…cauliflower with Bonita flakes smelt so bad that we sent it back. Service was attentive though

                                          18. T

                                            Toniholtz

                                            New England

                                            11 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            11 reviews

                                            Dined on April 22, 2022

                                            overall4food3service5ambience4

                                            Drinks were great. Food generally sounded better on the menu than they tasted. A little disappointing.

                                          19. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New England

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 20, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Fabulous food and atmosphere

                                          20. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New England

                                            4 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                            overall4food3service3ambience5

                                            I usually always enjoy coming here. My only complaint was our entrees were lukewarm. Everything else was good though so that won’t prevent me from returning.

                                          21. e

                                            elwoodli

                                            New England

                                            35 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            35 reviews

                                            Dined on April 15, 2022

                                            overall3food2service2ambience2

                                            We felt rushed. Our server forgot to bring us menus, and the menu is very limited and not very tasty.

                                          22. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New York Area

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 15, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We had a lovely evening with friends beginning with cocktails and apps. The evening unfolded at the perfect pace allowing time for conversation and breaks between courses. The cocktails and wine were well paired with the food. The bag buns were delicious, complex flavors and unique ingredients. The sleeper was the avocado one! We had to order a second round because it was so good.

                                          23. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Nate was our server and we had the best time! It was our first time dining in. The food was incredible, the vibes were immaculate, and the service was outstanding. We plan to come back biweekly.

                                          24. AA

                                            AAfranke

                                            New England

                                            18 reviews

                                            vip
                                            3.0

                                            18 reviews

                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                            overall3food2service3ambience3

                                            The food was overly salted and had no taste. The wok steak with noodles was tasteless. The drinks were overpriced and underwhelming.

                                          25. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 8, 2022

                                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                                            Food was tasty, large portions. The wait was longer than anticipated even with a reservation.

                                          26. o

                                            opentablediner

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 7, 2022

                                            overall3food1service5ambience5

                                            As a place, Banyan is wonderful- great ambiance, solid service. The menu however can be hit or miss, and right now it's in a miss cycle. The calamari was ok, a bit under fried leaving it oily. The chicken bao was also just okay- too saucy, but not super flavorful. We sent back our steak noodles because the steak was extra well done tough and dry while the noodles were over cooked and the sauce had scent but no taste. Swapped out for the poke bowl which was basic, but good

                                          27. JK

                                            JuneK

                                            Washington DC

                                            1 review

                                            1.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 7, 2022

                                            overall1food1service4ambience2

                                            Food was greasy and no flavor

                                          28. JJ

                                            JJ12

                                            New England

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on April 2, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Super experience. Service was attentive, not overbearing. Menu was fun, the avacado Bao rolls were great. Enjoyed everything. As to be expected, maximum people in minimal room makes for loud dining, but the excellent dinner was so worth it. Will definitely return, and soon!

                                          29. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New England

                                            9 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            9 reviews

                                            Dined on April 2, 2022

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            Great vibe here. Stylish interiors and good lighting. The food was great. Everything we ordered was executed well and tasty.

                                          30. DH

                                            DanielH

                                            New England

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 2, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Phenomenal. Great stuff. The best Dan Dan Noodles, and I should know my name is Dan! Haha… anyway, our server was very helpful and kind. Ok that’s it bye.

                                          31. SA

                                            SusanA

                                            Tampa

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on April 1, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Great food and service!

                                          32. KO

                                            KatieO

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 27, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Very fun place to eat! Great atmosphere and the service was very good. It was our first time and we would definitely go back again.

                                          33. NB

                                            NatalieB

                                            New England

                                            64 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            64 reviews

                                            Dined on March 26, 2022

                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                            The food was very good, not fabulous. It was quite noisy. Great decor, particularly the flamingos!

                                          34. FP

                                            FernandoP

                                            Mexico City

                                            5 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on March 19, 2022

                                            overall4food4service3ambience4

                                            Very good overall

                                          35. j

                                            jack

                                            New York Area

                                            6 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on March 18, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            really fun, creative ambiance and excellent waitstaff. food is simple but very very good.

                                          36. G

                                            Genevieve

                                            New York Area

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 3, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Har the most amazing meal here from start to finish. I need to go back so I can try more things on the menu! Siena was an incredible server and catered to our every need. Everyone should go here- and request Siena!!!

                                          37. KH

                                            KateH

                                            Los Angeles

                                            1 review

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 1, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            This place was so fun for a nice girls night dinner. Food was amazing! We split a bunch of small plates so we could try everything. Drinks were strong and delicious!

                                          38. E

                                            Emma

                                            Chicago

                                            13 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            13 reviews

                                            Dined on February 26, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Incredible experience overall from the team, food, cocktails, and ambiance.

                                          39. A

                                            Anon

                                            Philadelphia

                                            6 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on February 23, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Second time dining here. The fried chicken entree is a MUST! It was cooked perfectly and the sauce/miso butter was honestly to die for. I left saying "that was the best chicken i've ever had" over and over. My daughter who is vegan had the ramen dish -made vegan- and could not stop talking about the flavor of the broth/how delicious the veggies were. Our servers were so kind and attentive, answered all questions and made dietary modifications with no hassle. Definitely recommend and will continue to come back.

                                          40. KR

                                            KellyR

                                            New York Area

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on February 20, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            very nice treating us to a birthday round of pain killers :)

                                          Safety precautions

                                          • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                            • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                            • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                            • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                            • Contactless payment available
                                          • Physical distancing

                                            • Limited number of seated diners
                                            • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                            • Extra space between tables
                                          • Screening

                                            • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                          FAQs

                                          You can order delivery directly from Banyan Bar + Refuge using the Order Online button. Banyan Bar + Refuge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 556-4211.

                                          Banyan Bar + Refuge is rated 4.7 stars by 894 OpenTable diners.

                                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                          Booked 46 times today
                                          Google Map for Banyan Bar + Refuge

                                          553 Tremont St Boston, MA 02116

                                          Additional information

                                          • Cross street

                                            Clarendon Street

                                          • Neighborhood

                                            South End

                                          • Hours of operation

                                            Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

                                          • Cuisines

                                            Asian, Gastro Pub

                                          • Dining style

                                            Casual Dining

                                          • Dress code

                                            Smart Casual

                                          • Parking details

                                            Street parking is available.

                                          • Public transit

                                            Back Bay

                                          • Payment options

                                            AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                          • Additional

                                            Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                          • Phone number

                                            (617) 556-4211

                                          • Private party facilities

                                            For pricing, and availability please inquire through our website.

                                          • Private party contact

                                            Elena Todisco : (617) 556-4211

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