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Banyan Bar + Refuge, Boston, MA

Banyan Bar + Refuge

4.6
4.6
936 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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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 83 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 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

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What 936 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Asian

  • Boston

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. DV

    DavidV

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Banyan Bar is one of my go-to spots in Boston, whether I walk in for a seat at the bar or book in advance for dinner before a show. I like the cocktails, the fun menu, the ambiance, and the team. (The manager Jimmy is worth the trip alone.) Definitely recommend,
  2. LN

    LucasN

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Good date spot -
  3. CH

    CindyH

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor ambiance on a lovely warm night. Delicious food, AMAZING and fun drinks. A hit for me and my friends from out of town. Thank you.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in the south end
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server and everyone else we interacted were incredible. We were celebrating a birthday and they did so much to make it special, including bringing out a very cute and delicious dessert with a candle. The food was wonderful and the overall experience was fantastic!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Service was super slow. Understaffed probably since the restaurant was empty only the patio was full yet service took forever. Order drink took over 20 min, and drinks around 15 min to arrive. Cocktails came underserved (1/3 of the glass or less) and they ran out of it at some point.Service was quick to clear out plates even though we were not done. When my date went to the restroom her half done wine of glass was cleared of the table. And we were reminded that we should be out of the patio by ten (but the same message was not conveyed to the table next to us). Check was promptly dropped off, probably the most efficient part of the night. Busser was friendly, server was overwhelmed, manager just dropped by to make sure we were out by 10. Drinks are a rip off, food was good, patio is nice (but there are 100 options in Boston with better value/services/better drinks). Funny thing we saw a friend at the Patio next door (beehive)and he said “don’t order cocktails at Banyan, go for wine or beer”I guess we should had listened. -Not recommend for dates Maybe if you have a day off and don’t care about quality/service you will be ok at this place and just enjoy the patio with the pretty lights
  7. P

    Peaches

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to eat . We walked by so many times. Always looking in the window and thinking it looks unique. The food was very good. We got the buns . Banyan buns ? And shared . Spring rolls and snow peas with mushrooms 🍄 yum ! Excellent dessert. Great cocktails. We will be back
  8. R

    Ryan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress, Sara, was spectacular. Jimmy owns Banyan Bar + Refuge -- this restaurant means the world to him and you can absolutely tell. Everything about the restaurant from the food to the drinks to the wait staff is impeccable. You'd be hard-pressed to find better food and a better experience in Boston.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Pat, was terrific and really made it a relaxing and fun experience. Food was delicious- with a good diversity of flavors. Excellent local beer on tap.
  10. JS

    JenniferS

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Outdoor space is delightful! The avocado bao was delish and the seared Tuna was perfect for a warm summer night.
  11. MW

    MadisonW

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food in South End. Also huge perk that pretty much everything is gluten free!
  12. G

    Georgia

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Banyan food is inventive and so delicious. Wish we sat outside! The diff in ambiance is huge for the summer.
  13. C

    Cris

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Gorgeous patio. One of the best outdoor eating experiences in the South End.
  14. CC

    ChemicalCuisine

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were able to make a reservation to sit outside, which is beautiful. There’s street traffic so it can be a bit noisy and windy, but it was a large patio shaded by trees. The food was excellent and our waitress was extremely attentive. I’m planning to go back soon!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The food tasted very old, like it had been cooked far earlier in the day and had been sitting out.
  16. JK

    JeffreyK

    Naples

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic find. Reccomend going during happy hour
  17. BB

    BostonBruncher

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor patio! We had a 5pm reservation, and when we arrived there were lovely patio lights, the music wasn’t too loud, and our waiter was super kind. The tuna poke bowl was delicious!
  18. KM

    KathleenM

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the owner and or manager made the dinner special for a table of 6 outside. He was charming and with an excellent sense of humor. At the end he gave us all shots of some nice liquor. Everything was outstanding this place deserves the reference of having the best outdoor dining space in Boston!!
  19. JL

    JulieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The patio at Banyan Bar is an inviting, ambiance filled space filled with just the right amount of buzz shielded just enough from street noise. The food was inventive and delicious. Coconut calamari, shosito peppers and the tuna poke are terriffic. It is, in my mind, the best space to eat outside in the South End.
  20. WV

    WillV

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Dining outdoors at Banyan on a wonderful June evening is as good as it gets!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food was subpar for the price and they were out of chicken, which is in a bunch of their dishes. The waiter who seemed to be the manager couldn’t be bothered to come over and check on us at all throughout our time there. We had about 4 different waiters during our meal and were the last ones out waiting for the check. Overall disappointed and wouldn’t come back.
  22. j

    jjhmolbio

    New England

    46 reviews

    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is a nice spot. The service is usually pretty good. The food tastes really good. But it is microscopic. A frozen drink is poured like a glass of wine (maybe 5 oz) when it is mostly ice. An app is basically a bite. And they charge like it was a full plate. So know what you are getting into before you arrive. The Baos are good, but also, small for the price.
  23. JS

    JenS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    When 4 out of the 5 members of our party received our meals the server told the 5th person they were out of his order. They WAITED until the rest of us were served! He sat there with nothing.
  24. PR

    PenelopeR

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and interesting meal. I’d go back for sure!
  25. j

    jcftc

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rosita took great care of us — great recommendations (shrimp, chicken specials), attentive service, kept the drinks coming! The patio was perfect on a nice summer night — LOTS of outdoor seating for the COVID-conscious!
  26. CD

    CharD

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The lobster boa was phenomenal! All the food was delicious! Can’t wait to come back
  27. MB

    MacB

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect outdoor dining meal under the canopy of trees at the Banyan patio. Service was excellent, the food amazing and the atmosphere relaxing and un-rushed. Look forward to our next meal at Banyan.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love the Banyan. Amazing drinks and such good food!
  29. m

    michaels

    New England

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The flavors and spices are overdone. A little subtlety could go a long way in improving the dining experien.e
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    2 out of 3 orders for my party came out together. Mine the third arrived after my party was done unfortunately. Food however was outstanding
  31. H

    Heidi

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an underrated spot; the food is incredible, it’s spacious, and it has on of the best outdoor seating areas in Boston.
  32. NG

    NGabriel

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Love the brunch set-up. Got a great table. Service was excellent!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    I felt this restaurant had great ambience and that the decor was really cozy. The bao bun I ordered, the KFC, was okay. My main entree, DanDan Noodles, were soaked in their sauce and chicken was barely detectable. My drink, the Painkiller, was good. I found the menu to be quite sparse-basically bao buns, the dandan noodles, and a burger, offering. Service was average and a tad snooty. I cant say this place is exceptional, at all. The food was lackluster. I’d go back for a drink and a bao bun and then move onto a better restaurant to finish off the evening!
  34. PT

    PaulineT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We weee seated outside so noise was not an issue. Food was really good; service was a bit slow as there was only one server for quite a few tables. But other than that, great time and would come again anytime!
  35. H

    Hudson

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    We had wanted to like this place since the space, particularly the outdoor patio, looked so nice. The food was OK: we enjoyed the spicy soba noodles as an appetizer, but thought that mushroom bibimbap and the tuna fried rice were average. But the drinks were very watered down and the service was truly awful. They seem to follow some sort of “zone coverage” for the tables, without adequate communication, so that there were a whole bunch of mistaken deliveries to tables around us, and to us. And this translated into 3 of the 4 tables in our area (including us) getting bills that included items not ordered by that table. Truly awful service.
  36. H

    Hollisjanine

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    We had a nice time. The ambience was lovely. Our waiter was clearly very busy. They need more wait staff. The apps were tasty and different. The burger was bland and the ramen noodles were just not good. I did not even eat them. The waiter did not notice it did not care that the bowl was full. A 5 star restaurant would have noticed and comped the item or at a minimum offered a dessert. In any case, ambience 5 stars, food 3 stars.
  37. R

    Raven

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks and energy! Very friendly staff :)
  38. R

    Ronnie

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best spot for enjoying old favorites or trying new drinks and food! Always fresh, delicious and welcoming.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The drinks were great! The food overall was very good, but there were a couple dishes we didn’t love (partially poor ordering on our part). We would definitely come back and try some other stuff!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food and outdoor patio were great. Drinks were very small. Felt absurd for the price. Spa Day felt like a mocktail - spa

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 4.6 stars by 936 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 83 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Banyan Bar + Refuge

553 Tremont St Boston, MA 02116

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Clarendon Street

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 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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