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Banyan Bar + Refuge

4.6
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627 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
Explore a bold beverage and food menu at Banyan Bar and Refuge, where Southeast Asia meets New England. This summer, expect to find sweet, salty, sour, and spicy tastes in fascinating combinations. Great music, a casual atmosphere, 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 with our Spotify playlist on loud to set the mood. The option to order from our carefully curated wine selection also available.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 627 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJessicaB
New England
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love Banyan. The food, service, and drinks are always impeccable! If you haven't been for dollar dumplings RUN, don't walk. Lastly, try the beef short rib rendang!! It was to die for!

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vipbostonelsie
New England
50 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful spot, great service, great cocktails. Food can be a bit hit and miss, but it's really great when it hits.

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JuVe
New England
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at Banyan Bar. Nice location, helpful wait staff and luscious food. Can’t wait to go again!

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vipMeganM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Banyan's patio is SO enjoyable! They take your temperature at the door which makes you confident they are taking all the precautions necessary to offer a safe/lovely experience. The food was so unique and so delicious and our server could not have been sweeter! Will definitely be back ASAP.

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JenS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Food and service, and atmosphere were fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, great ambiance! Not sure why they charged $5 for safety fee (I’m guessing COVID safety) when we received the check. There was no explanation whatsoever. Had good food so didn’t wanted to ruin the vibe so just paid and left, but they should have done better. Definitely need to explain that there will be a charge of $5 and why that is from the beginning

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vipCr3ativegirl
Austin
65 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got a table on the patio under the twinkling lights. Great food and service.

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nataliem
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! A little pricey but delicious and greatservice

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BerthaG
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You should try chicken+rice, it’s really good!! For drinks, try the seasonal sangria!!

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KarenZ
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening eating out in the courtyard! Fabulous food (the carbonara is outrageous!) and a great atmosphere—one of the best patios in Boston. Our server, Clara, was outstanding!

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AlyssaD
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each dish was better than the last! The red curry carbonara was truly amazing. You won’t regret ordering it. Don’t for get to get one of their tasty cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience!

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BobbyPVB
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weather permitting, there is no better place to dine out. Plenty of spacing and wonderful ambiance.

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moondoggy1962
New England
32 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice venue for outdoor dining. The menu is a bit limiting

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KaterinaK
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend it! Perfect! I will visit it again!!?!

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vipJulia
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Banyan's menu was amazing - great for vegetarians and meat eaters, and everything was SO flavorful! Both the cocktails and the watermelon aloe mocktail were divine. We loved the outdoor seating area and felt very comfortable and safe with their COVID precautions- they even took our temperature before seating us. The service was wonderful- friendly, efficient and safe. We can't wait to come back and try more of the menu. One of our very favorite spots!

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JoanB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster roll SO refreshing with lingering lime. Breakfast skillet one delicious bite after another as my fork wandered through the interesting flavor-fest. Same with fruit bowl, which also boasted a nice crunchy coating. Looked across at a breakfast sandwich that used a doughnut for its encasement...wow! I didn't beg for a bite off their plate, but really wanted one! Maybe next trip. You are on a street corner but feel as if sitting out in your patio garden. So delightful. Everyone soooo nice! Really great brunch options, so will have to go again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal, fresh perspective on Asian fusion. A breath of fresh, healthy air.

We sat outside and had a great time, but the restaurant interior is GORGEOUS. Will be back for indoor dining as soon as it is open.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Banyan managed to accommodate an extra two people to our reservation due to a wonderful, but unexpected, surprise visit from my sister’s best friend and fiancée. Kimberly rearranged the seating chart in order for my sister to have a fantastic birthday evening!! (FYI: this is Covid rules, additional seating is not easily attainable)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredible, and there are plenty of outdoor tables making it easier to get a reservation during covid!

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vipKumarVeerapen
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the restaurant and every bit of it. My mother and I are from Malaysia and many of the flavours used is very familiar to us.

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John
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I thought the food was rather “meh” for the cost, the waithelp forgot our cutlery, and the staff was packing up all the tables and umbrellas around us before it was even 9 pm. Will never go back. Like a more expensive version of PF Changs, if that’s your thing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

They now charge extra for “safety and precaution” with no warning or knowledge to the customer which I find incredibly sneaky. Especially considering I’ve been several times within the last two months and wasn’t charged that.

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JGSSE
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Enjoyed a wonderful night at Banyan. Even as the rain threatened to cause chaos at 8pm on a Sat night, Banyan staff adeptly hustled and every table was dry under large market umbrellas in no time flat. Ambiance can’t be beat. Inspired menu everyone enjoyed. The weak element of the night was our server. Not sure if she was new or having an off night but her service skills and attitude were poor. Regardless, it was a 5-star night. Thanks Banyan.

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DaniellleP
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service

Incredible food

Fantastic flavors and perfect portions

Our favorite in Boston

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vipJuliaB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avocado bao and veggie fried rice were fantastic. The patio was beautiful

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vipBostonfoodlover
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor dining. Excellent food. Great service.

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vipJessicak
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch, get the french toast, a blackbird doughnut obviously, and the tropical fruit salad. The honey limeade was the icing on the cake. YUM!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great time and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect outdoor dining seating by a flower garden.

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vipBelis
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best drinks

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Lnln789
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Outdoor seating during the evening was great & our server was very accomodating. The food was not as good especially considering its price range.

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vipJane
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration ! Safe distance of seating and staff are masked and gloved! Excellent food!

AJ
AJ2764
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was very mediocre at the price point. Sauces overpowered mediocre textures and poor execution of easier dishes. For the price, it was not anywhere near where it should have been. That said - service was fantastic and the drinks were great. Would go back for a drink in a second, but likely wouldn't eat there again.

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EdgarB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious. I went with my family and order items to share.

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Molli
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Had concerns considering the coronavirus! Didn’t have to worry at all. Temp checks, lots of space between tables, zero contact etc. Great food! Got the wrong food a few times, but alas things happen. I would definitely recommend for a date. Great outdoor ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The vibe was very nice

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davidg
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food! The patio looked spectacular and the staff made us feel safe all the time!

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vipShrutiS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The tables were not 6 feet apart- this feels critical during COVID

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Great brunch with my cousins! This was the first time having their brunch menu and it was amazing! It’s unfortunate that the brunch menu isn’t as “cultured” as the dinner options but never the less the food was amazing. If you’re interested in more asian style cuisine though I would come at dinner.

FAQs

Banyan Bar + Refuge does offer delivery in partnership with Toast. Banyan Bar + Refuge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 556-4211.

Banyan Bar + Refuge is rated 4.6 stars by 627 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.