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Banyan Bar + Refuge

4.7
653 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian
Explore a bold beverage and food menu at Banyan Bar and Refuge, where Southeast Asia meets New England. 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 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 open for patio dining ONLY.

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 653 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJessicaD
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We were a little disappointed that with an already limited Brunch menu they were out of several items at the time of our reservation which was in the middle of service, not even late in the day. All members of our party were able to find other things, but it was a bit of a letdown. Service was great despite the disappointment.

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NicoleF
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for food and drinks! Dumplings and bao buns were delicious

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DespinaD
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Definitely I will go back again! Great atmosphere! Excellent food and service!

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vipGrayR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food4service2ambience2

I specifically asked them to put us next to a heater because they only offer Patio Seating. The heater did not work, they didn’t do anything about it and just told us they were working on it. They should of asked if we wanted to seat somewhere else. It was very cold outside and unpleasant. No communication and we left diner an hour later and still no heater or communication/apology.

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Manon
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cocktails and ambience! Love the string lights and heat lamps!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and waitress!!!

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vipZan1
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was visiting Boston and enjoyed our Sunday brunch so much we came back for dinner a few days later. Lovely ambience outside and very good safety protocols in these challenging times. Cocktails are delicious and good food too. Service was very good and the servers friendly and just the right amount of attentiveness.

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RyanM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner on the patio. Everything on the menu is fantastic, we were particularly impressed my the bao, dumplings, tuna tartar, and the miso Mac and cheese. The cocktails were quite good as well.

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vipKiki
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal at Banyan on Saturday night. This was my first time at the restaurant and they offer patio dining (no indoor option, but we didn't want indoor). They have made a pretty and quaint patio where you are not aware it is set up for pandemic dining. We loved the food - pork dumplings w/ chili oil, rendang and dan dan noodles. I LOVED the fact that they serve rendang as it is a very hard dish to find and the short rib was like butter with great seasoning and delicious coconut rice. We also had a great server and the heat lamps were turned on as soon as it started to get chillier. I hope they survive through Covid this winter.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and experience

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vipKaytee
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here many many times and I'm never let down! Even during all the COVID weirdness, the ambience was charming and the food was just as good as ever. The Dan Dan noodles are a must-get, as are the brussels sprouts. Fried Chicken bao and dumplings are also fantastic. Cocktail menu is interesting and has something for everyone!

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Caroline
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drinks, and service! Great ambiance outside and felt safe with the covid safety measures in place.

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MattS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch menu, great drinks, friendly service and a beautiful patio - what’s not to love!

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Vinny
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for an amazing dinner.
The food was exceptional!

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vipVanessaC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! The food is always amazing, the service is kind and patient while you make decisions on what delicious concoctions you want to feast on and even when we were coming up on the end of our time window (COVID restrictions), I never felt rushed or like the waitstaff was getting impatient with us. Highly recommend this spot!

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Zara
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Huge patio with good spacing between tables, temp checks on all customers. The Thai sticky wings were AMAZING - we could have eaten several plates! All other dishes we got were delicious, but these were the best.

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Moni
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food was bland. Drinks were good. Nice outdoor seating.

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vipStefaniaG
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We love Banyan, and we have been there multiple times, but some aspects of service on Saturday somehow ruined the experience. When our host brought us to the Table, the only thing she said to us was "you have 90' to dine with us tonight". We were having dinner with our son, so it's obvious that a dinner with a kid doesn't last more than 90', nonetheless we felt rushed, which wasn't nice.
Our son has allergies, so we asked about the content of a specific dish. In the past we have always found servers very competent about the composition and ingredients of plates. This time the server didn't really know what he was talking about (he told us that the meat in a rice dish was layered on the side, while it was mixed with the other ingredients. Maybe a small detail but if you have a 7-years old you know it can make a difference).
Lastly, we miss the old menu. The whole fried fish was a lovely surprise (delicious!) but the oyster bao were unbeatable and we haven't seen them on the menu in ages.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

What an interesting and fun menu! We got a lot! It was my birthday so we did splurge!

Avocado bao-delicious
Brussels with bonito-delicious
Vietnamese Corn dogs-the boys loved these!

Big night out-YUM
Short rib-cooked perfectly but a little too much coconut
Curry Udon noodle salad-I was told EPIC by my 17 year old

It was busy so waitress was hustling, our food came quickly and we felt safe while dining. They took our temperature as we entered the outdoor courtyard and it was beautifully decorated. Overall a very nice dining experience!

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Faith
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The cocktails were all amazing. We tried quite a few and they were all great. The food was also awesome. The patio outside was adorable with string lights, etc. and they were very mindful about COVID.

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Laulau
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great Covid measures in place - I felt really safe there. The food was amazing and the ambiance outside was really beautiful. Had an amazing GF dish and I would highly highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating was beautiful, food was fantastic, Service was quick and efficient.

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MaureenO
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is spectacular and the froze drink is my favorite in all of the city. This is the 4th time here this summer and won’t be my last. Love everything on the menu!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED Banyan! I had already been drawn to it since I saw their cute outdoor setup with hanging lights, and I am so glad I came to celebrate my anniversary. It is the perfect date spot with a romantic ambiance while still feeing lively. And the food was even better, delicious and well-priced. Loved the cocktails and their creative names. Service was timely and very friendly, and our waitress’ cocktail and food recommendations were SPOT-ON. Will definitely come again!

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vipBostonAAS
New England
124 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great patio, great cocktails! A must!

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vipJessicaB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
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
55 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
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 on September 17, 2020
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
4 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
67 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
33 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Banyan Bar + Refuge using the Order Online button. Banyan Bar + Refuge also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar. 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 653 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.