Banyan Bar + Refuge

4.7
834 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: Banyan is now open for indoor dining, our patio is closed for the season.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 834 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for an anniversary and absolutely loved it! Food was amazing, drinks were creative and unique, and the service was incredible. Couldn’t recommend more for a date or special occasion! The seasonal sake sangria was amazing.

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vipTreyD
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The service could have been a little better but overall it was great, the food and ambiance were outstanding.

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MatthewL
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, tasty drinks, and nice staff! Will definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!!

Great food and drinks, excellent atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service!

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AliciaT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Will definitely be going back again.

JS
JazminS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, the decor is ethereal, great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Horrible manager.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always, the staff at Banyan took unbelievable care of us. Been coming here for our anniversary for years now and they always seem to find a way to go the extra mile. Food and cocktails were great as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sunday brunch; nothing hyper critical, all elements of the experience were between good and very good. Generally thought the dishes could have used more seasonings. The bao buns were alittle heavy sauced, flavors muddled, they all sounded great but only choose 2. Other dishes read well on the menu but just thought either more spices or textures (rice cake) could’ve been better crispier with color, IMO, don’t know what they’re going for. Like the service levels with runners and servers. Easy fixes, everything presented very nice, drinks good, take away as well. Would recommend. Thanks

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Food is all way too sweet

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TheIcingModel
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and cocktails. Lively space for a nice pre-theater dinner.

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Nithya
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Apps and drinks were great. Mains were either over or under seasoned. Example, veggie ramen was way too spicy. And we could barely it iy. However the side of ramen barely had any seasoning. Cauliflower was slightly undercooked, and mushroom fried rice was underseasoned
Baos were delicious. Cucumber salad was great. Drinks were great. I think if the chefs made some small changes, could be great. Concept is awesome, execution with just a slight miss. With some changes, I'd be happy to give it another try

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Carlos was so attentive and perfect. We had a great experience and would definitely come again.

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Ashly
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Phenomenal service. It was the server's second day (you couldn't tell) and she brought us a dessert on the house to help us celebrate wedding dress shopping.

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nancyf
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly the best place in town - before even considering the killer patio. Food innovative and delicious. Staff delightful and helpful. My favorite place. OH - and you can get late, lamented Gallows famous burger here.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great date spot. We went early at 5:30pm and were one of the only groups there. The calamari was delicious!

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Elena
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Service was great but the food was really bad. I couldn’t finish my dish. They should really work on the quality of the food.

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Rose
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfectly executed and delicious, and the drinks were amazing. The inside of the restaurant is very nice, and we had a great waitress.

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vipAnthonyM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Went for a double date and it was a fun time, service could have been more attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The staff was rude

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Cinrac222
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very attentive service. Very cool dining experience.

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CoCaColi
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Banyan bar is a beautiful experience. The decor, the setting, the creative menu, the kind and gracious staff all lend to a memorable evening. The food was tasty mostly focusing on small plates with a few (4) main dishes. The bao were the best part for experimenting. It is expensive for small portions but as a treat -- it is just that.

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vipAFB7
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great energy. Great service. Excellent food.

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NYcouple
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner here when we were visiting Boston. The servers were very friendly, professional, and attentive. The food was delicious and we were pleased there were many vegetarian options for us. So good we will return!

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vipTADy
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food although menu seems a bit more limited than pre COVID

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Heatedpatios
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my cocktail....the Supreme something. Also really enjoyed the pork bao and the miso caeser salad.

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vipDanD
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Highly recommend the Bao, rice and cucumbers! Drinks are fantastic. Great place with amazing service. Can't wait to come back!

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Huntingtonpatron2021
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

After the hiatus from restaurants I found the food too salty. My friends were not so much disturbed by it. My husband said restaurant food is often too salty so you drink more. That’s not entirely charitable.
We were nicely seated outside, warmed by three heat lamps and extra blankets.
I would come back but would try to select less salty items.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing, refined and affordable. Staff are friendly. Ambiance is adorable. One of my new favorite spots.

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Barb
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great outdoor space. Wonderful waitstaff. Disappointed that sweet potato croquettes were off the menu. Everything else was quite good!

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vipjaj2000
New England
65 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is terrific as is the location. Great experience!

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Cropp
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Great service, food was pretty mediocre esp for the price point. The pork belly was pretty bland, as was the curry fish. Sauce that came with the salt and pepper shrimp was a highlight. Portions where good for trying multiple things for groups of 2, for groups of 4 - 6 double or triple.

At one point the music was pretty loud. Requested it be turned down and they were nice about it and did adjust slightly. This is probably a good place for outdoor gathering or younger crowd. The older people in my group couldn't hear conversation, not intimate.

I would not plan on returning as the food was not a draw but props to the waitstaff.

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kimot2ltd
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Banyan has been our favorite since it came to the South End. Now in a post CoVid time, it is even more joyous to share great food, with kind people in a brilliant setting.

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AlfredoM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was good but nothing special

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VegeFoody
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food was overly sweet, not enough flavors given Asian theme.

Specially the fried rice and stir fried vege. Avacado bao was good.

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vipgerry
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were happy that we could eat outside, even though OpenTable would not allow us to reserve an outside table! Service was quick and friendly, and the food was good. The mushroom bao was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to try everything on the menu! I’m definitely dining there again before I leave town!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Banyan is always a pleasure! Welcoming vibe, the most perfect Boston patio, and delicious drinks and food!

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Eliza
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Banyan Bar + Refuge. The food was delicious with so many great flavors. We ordered a few small dishes to share and of course dessert, perfect for two! Such a lovely experience and amazing service. The waiters were fantastic and everything came out on time and beautifully. We sat outside on the patio next to a heat lamp surrounded by magical lights and greenery. We can’t wait to dine again with friends and family and hope to try inside next time!

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 834 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.