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Banyan Bar + Refuge

4.6
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601 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
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 601 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.7
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4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBostonfoodlover
New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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!

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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
25 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was PERFECT! We were so pleased to have found this gem online! We had the sticky wings, fried fish, & crab fried rice...wish we had left overs so that I could have some more now haha! Service was also great! As soon as we arrived the hostess said happy anniversary to us. (We were celebrating our 1 yr marriage anniversary!) When we were sat, the server brought over two complimentary glasses of champagne. Super sweet! (Though I'm pregnant and could not enjoy lol, my husband got to enjoy two glasses!) Everything came out on time and nice and hot..we finished win the creme brulee pineapple & mango/vanilla swirl soft serve. Best dinner we have had in a long time! Thank you so much for making our anniversary special for us ❤️

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vipBostonAAS
New England
123 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio is a must! Being able to sit outside and enjoy the delicious food is perfection!

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kimot2ltd
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In spite of the fact that it is only the second week since they reopened, Banyan has it all figured out. From their paper order form, to their waitstaff who are attentive but not cloying, it is a perfect way to re-enter the restaurant dining scene. As a home cook who loves a variety of cuisines, the banal comfort food of the last two months has been missing inventive flavor, texture and tastes. Banyan's food is fresh, inventive, and refreshingly light yet satisfying-

One minor flaw (and it is not really their fault) there were people waiting for their table that were not wearing masks, which is a huge factor in whether or not I will return soon.

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vipKarenT
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love all the vegan options !!! Juicy greens passion fruit dressing is a must !!’

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vipMike
New England
48 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great patio, good drinks, excellent service, and interesting food options.

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vipStefaniaG
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new menu, amazing drinks, and the patio is beautiful as always. Great attention to allergies and respect of covid measures. We couldn't ask for more. Thank you for a wonderful evening!!!

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vipBostonDiner
New England
23 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved eating outside on the patio

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vipbostonelsie
New England
48 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Felt very safe on our first outdoor dining experience. New menu very good, especially the Asian spin on Mexican street corn and the *tremendous* chicken wings. Great 'Rhythm of the Night' cocktail and summer sangria. Outstanding service! Really, really nice space. The paper menus need to be more substantial for outdoors though...and I really wish they'd bring the oyster bao back.

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Diane
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

To start off, the food here was very decent; however, we had a number of problems with the restaurant itself. First off, upon booking the reservation the restaurant advertised a happy hour menu on their website which sounded like a great deal, hence the reason we made a reservation in the first place. Upon arrival we were told the restaurant was no longer offering the happy hour menu and we were given a new menu that resembled nothing similar to the menus on the website we viewed. In addition, the restaurant had a 48-hour cancellation policy and would charge $35 per person for cancellations in the form of a gift card and added a $5 courtesy to each check (both of which we had to read about online and were not told about upon placing a reservation).

We ordered the prawn mee, brisket and drinks. The prawn mee was very oily for a ramen-like soup and the prawns were not peeled and only some were deveined which made it very difficult to eat. It's impossible to eat the shrimp inside the prawn mee because in order to eat them you need to remove them from the greasy soup and allow them to cool before peeling and getting oil all over your hands. In addition, the silverware we received when seated was dirty and when we requested an additional set of silverware/spoon the waiter forgot about us and we never received it. The brisket was good at first, but was too sweet to eat as a meal due to the amount of sweetened coconut on top.

This was our first experience at Banyan and we're very disappointed, but I'd like to think this is just a fluke due to reopening after quarantine closures and the new standards that are being applied. We're open to trying it again once the happy hour is reinstated and things go back to normal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great !

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vipAreej
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had a blast at Banyan! Their food was amazing specially the beef brisket and broccoli dish. Oh and this coffee flan was so good too. The outdoor atmosphere was amazing. The service was on point. Food and drinks came out quick. I would definitely visit again soon.

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MeganG
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor patio, very careful precautions around the virus (much appreciated)?

CA
vipCreatingAFoodie
New England
36 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Enjoyed the cold sesame noodles and bao buns very much. The Mai Tai was very unusual; don't expect a classic Mai Tai flavor if that is what you are looking for.

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vipAshJ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was excellent friendly and was very helpful with food and drink selection

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WilliamB
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My partner and I made a reservation at Banyan for dinner after having drinks there the weekend before. It was a Monday night so the restaurant was not busy. Nonetheless, the service was inviting, attentive, and professional throughout our time. The manager even treated us to a complimentary cocktail! Would recommend!

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JuliaB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for happy hour and got to enjoy the delicious dumplings. Loved the decor and our server was super nice. I had the Mac n cheese ramen, which was unique and tasty. My partner had the burger and he said it was fantastic. Avocado bao was amazing!

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vipFalaCoach
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Before going, we had read only a few reviews that said the ambiance was a lot better than the food. I would have to agree 100%. The place looks great, but the food was just ok.

The best part of the meal was the Swiss chard appetizer, and from a carnivore, that says a lot. We had the kung Pao dumplings but didn't finish them as the meat in them did not taste fresh. We also got the fried rice and although it tasted fine, it was overly soggy and wet (there was a puddle of sauce at the bottom of the bowl) which is an awkward texture for fried rice. Lastly, we got coffee at the end of the meal, but the coffee was cold.

I'd go back for drinks and would definitely get the Swiss chard again, but would not go back for food.

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Larsy
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got seated for our reservation without the full party right away. Food was delicious, especially the brussel sprouts and mac and cheese. Smaller plates are a bit pricey for the amount of food you get. Ambiance is great, beautiful decor, lively, but not too loud, we could still hear each other talk.

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mello
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

A tasteless experience at an Asian fusion restaurant is really disappointing.

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vipNeuroscientist
New England
26 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here a lot. The menu is not large, but everything is delicious and the staff is great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! I was really taken a back. I wish I could give this place more stars. AMAZING! The environment is a refuge just as the name says. A first it looked pretentious but after being warmly greeted by the host and the friendly nature of the staff I immediately felt at home. The FOOD is incredible... from the baos to the Cinnamon Toast Mochi. All the food was perfectly timed, precise temperature and pretty enough time take a picture! Mary was our server and she is AMAZING! Incredibly friendly and had insight on the food and history of the restaurant.

I would absolutely recommend this place and will be back myself!

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RaviK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in late for a reservation and they still had no problem making sure I could finish my meal and pay in time to get to the theater nearby. Waiter was phenomenal and could see my date and I had a bad day (and we were very wet as it was raining) and she took great care of us. Could not have been more pleased with the service, food, or drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A crab sushi roll with white nori .... yummy

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
30 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

GO FOR HAPPY HOUR! Loved their deals, food and cute esthetic

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, and the hostess/front of the house manager was the most welcoming and lovely I’ve come across in a long time, offering to carry our stroller up the stairs and just overall so helpful and pleasant.

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vipcopperbum
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Expensive and very average. Spent $170 on a burger, fried chicken and 3 drinks...felt bloated and horrible

FAQs

Banyan Bar + Refuge does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Toast.

Banyan Bar + Refuge is rated 4.6 stars by 601 OpenTable diners.

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