Banyan Bar + Refuge

4.7
769 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 and outdoor dining . OpenTable reservations are for the patio only. Indoor dining is first come, first serve and is NOT available during brunch hours except in the case of rain.

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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 769 people are saying
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DonnyL
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor space!!

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vipTeach
New England
78 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Banyan never disappoints. The food is delicious and inventive and the service is attentive.

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LoiW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was prompt, polite, and everything came to us as planned. The flavor combinations were interesting and delicious. The portions were ample but not overwhelming. We ate outside. It was decorated nicely, tables were spaced well, and the whole experience lovely.

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vipFoodiedmp
New England
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening and experience. Jimmy was a delight to meet!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went as a group of 6 to celebrate a special occasion. I had arranged to have sparkling rose at the table which was all set up when we got there. The outdoor ambiance is beautiful with lights and fauna and great energy. The service is wonderful, always present but not overbearing. And the food and cocktails were delicious, we ordered family style and everything we had was great. A perfect spot for a group! Highly recommend!

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vipHaleyF
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the venue, service, and food at Banyan -- the manager is amazing! Makes you feel right at home (and was so understanding about a spilled drink!)

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DCMC
New England
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the reservation to the seating, to the service, the experience of Banyan was amazing. We got a call the day before the reservation to manage expectations of seating due to weather. Then the next morning, received a message confirming the change of seating. We arrived, and service was just on point. Welcoming, but not overbearing.

That's not even mentioning the food. The food came out at a good pace. Everything we had was delicious.

Definitely we'll be back !!!

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vipBeluga
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were great, as was the service. Enjoyed the socially-distanced outdoor seating on a lovely later summer evening.

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BrianO
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and great ambience! Banyan is always a favorite, and very convenient when attending a show at The Calderwood Pavilion.

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vipSpectacular
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved Banyan Bar + Refuge. Phenomenal service, charming outdoor seating area, exceptional food. Out of our five nights in Boston, probably our favorite restaurant on the trip. Highly highly recommend.

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PtheD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and beautiful seating area outside.

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vipNotAFoodie
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service - pleasant, helpful, attentive. Great Asian food, but a somewhat limited menu if you're picky - so check menu online before you go. Solid beer, wine & cocktail list. Lovely to sit on the patio if weather permits - inside dining room is stylish but can get a bit loud when full - love the high-energy but can be hard to have conversations.

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FunAndVariety
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We started off outside but it started raining, so the restaurant moved us indoors without it getting too crowded, so we were comfortable with the situation. The food is creative and tastes great, and the cocktails are interesting and delicious. Definitely recommended and we will return.

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vipMikeS
New England
188 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ate on the patio on a busy Thursday night, solo. The service was great -- not too pushy but there when you wanted to order, time to relax after a first drink, etc. The food was tasty -- pork belly bao, a wonderful heirloom tomato salad. On this very warm night, it was a festive occasion, enjoyable for even a single diner like mysel.

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vipMicheleF
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic casual outdoor under the lights setting
Food and drinks are delish
!

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Hath
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was the perfect night to sit outside and the strings of lights they had running alongside the trees and the seating were great. For drinks, we both got the Supreme Leader and thought it was delicious. For food, we split the pork belly bao, chinese dates, and coconut calamari. The chinese dates were my favorite, but thought all of them were good.

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KarthikM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The appetizers and small plates were amazing. The Dan Dan noodles was the only disappointment and I would stick to only small plates next time. Amazing vibe and ambience. The service was pretty lacking but the food more than made up for it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good vegan and vegetarian food; lovely venue. Kitchen wasn't able to keep up with orders. We never got 2 dishes. But a great experience anyway.

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vipNormanG
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful neighborhood restaurant. We visited to celebrate my daughter going off to college, knowing it was one of her favorite places. I have been a regular here for years, at the bar, inside, and outdoors during the pandemic. The menu has evolved to reflect the changing environment as well as honor the now gone Gallows.

The service was fast and friendly and never pushy. I had a cake that the kitchen kept for me and then served with candles to surprise my daughter. We had bao buns, cucumber salad, curry lobster, salt and pepper shrimp, and summer squash. Everything tasted delicious and the portions were just right.

Banyan is one of those places that makes the South End special, for residents like myself as well as guests from near and far. They treat diners with respect, offer tasty and unique food, a great drinks program, and a welcoming atmosphere. Please visit and continue to support them and other locally owned restaurants!

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PatriciaR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, love the outdoor option.

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KayBee
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food & drinks, beautiful patio setting. Tasty hot & cold options are perfect for sharing.

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vipcomidabuena
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was very average, and overpriced. Service and atmosphere were great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Banyan Bar. We were seated outside under the shade of a large tree on a balmy summer night. The waitstaff were excellent, attentive, and fast. The manager was friendly and welcoming, and took time to chat with us.

Every course was top notch, from the creative cocktails, to the delicious appetizers and main course. It would be difficult to name a favorite dish since each offering stood out. The manager even offered us cute little ice cream cones to cap off our night. Thank you Banyan Bar, we can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service.

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SamanthaG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great time with good food and drinks. Recommend Sad Panda drink but substitute the gin for vodka!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food was very good but pretty spicy! (I have a low spice tolerance so just a heads up for those who are the same :) )

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LilianaG
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

lovely place! i loved the decoration inside of the place

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vipEric
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on the most beautiful summer night! Everyone was happy. The folks at the tables next to us struck up delightful conversations. The wait staff were wonderful. The food was absolutely delicious. What a treat!

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AllisonS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice environment, good food and fun drinks! A great brunch spot

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vipRobertS
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent outdoor space. Small dishes which are good for sharing in a group.

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vipShiroG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Terrible service. Server assumed we would be sharing all dishes even though we each ordered an app and entree. My dining partners two dishes came out first. After she was done my two dishes came out. We were there together but basically had to eat separately. Then to add insult to injury they got our desert order wrong. The food was pretty tasty but overall our entire experience was ruined. I raised it with a manager who was apologetic but only comped the desert. I expected far more given the series of mistakes. Will never go back.

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AlexC
London
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All around great experience, the only reason why I marked the food 4 stars was because I would have like to see a little more variety, but I couldn’t fault the quality, which was delicious. As the weather was nice we sate outside, great ambience.

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AMGBOS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went for pre-dinner apps and drinks at 4:00 on a Saturday. Outdoor hosts were welcoming. While I ordered a traditional whiskey smash, I received the special version, unexpected but just fine (added strawberry). Food was good as always, and the menu is clearly marked for GF/V/DF, which is always appreciated. Service was minimal, until we got close to the time limit, at which time 4-5 different people came over to grab anything they could off the table. We knew we had a limit, but it was quite noticeable. The outdoor seating is a fantastic/ safe option, only complaint was that we were SO close to the other two-tops. We could hear every word of their conversations and knew they could hear us. I’ll always recommend Banyan; just be ready to get real friendly on the patio if you’re at the two-tops.

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Megdoh
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious! Service was great and the food was incredible. Cocktails also come in cute glasses -- always a fan favorite.

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rachnab
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great! Beautiful patio area

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AbbyS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my meal and the overall experience! The menu has so many great options..I have to work my way through it!

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PrabG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We loved our visit as usual. This was our third time and we got the same booth in the corner as before. This is my spouse and mine favorite spot in Boston South End! <3 So happy to be back.

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DaniellleP
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Boston
There is something for everyone.
The food is delicious
You leave feeling full but not stuffed or bloated
I love all the vegetarian options and 🙌 kids menu!!
They are always very accommodating and the service is spot on!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! Food and drinks is superb!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such good food and beautiful outdoor and indoor seating! Love the creativity of the menu

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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 769 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.