Banyan Bar + Refuge

4.6
799 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. Reservations are being accepted for both indoor and outdoor dining.

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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 799 people are saying
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VegeFoody
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent!

IM
IMIM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was simply amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

amateurish service
food overcooked and over spiced

BM
vipBellaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything about our experience was

BL
vipBrigidL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and drinks! Food was on the spicy side.

KL
vipKarenL
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Whole fish was amazing. We also had the pork belly bao buns that were delicious. Beautiful outdoor space and service was great.

JP
vipJohnP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Extremely Bland Food with No flavor or Flair. Other than their nice outdoor seating nothing memorable about this restaurant. Would not return

DA
vipDAVIDC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Subpar food and service with a barking dog more than offset the lovely patio dining ambiance.

TO
TessO
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was our first time visiting Banyan Bar. We sat outside under the trees and the white lights were on. Such a pretty setting. The waiter had great timing and the food was good. Such a nice anniversary dinner.Definitely will visit again and bring friends.

TD
TheDawgFather
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time at Banyan Refuge. Great ambiance and excellent food. We chose many different options of food. All were excellent!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I decided to do date night in a different neighborhood and had a wonderful meal at Banyan Sunday night. The outdoor ambiance was excellent as it wasn’t breezy and Covid-safe but had a restaurant feel given the size of the patio. The miso Caesar salad was amazing, as was the spicy cauliflower and the delicious cabbage-wrapped chicken rolls. The Dan-Dan noodles and mushroom were also great and my husband enjoyed his cocktail (I loved their French rose). We highly recommend Banyan Bar for dinner—great, attentive service too.

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IsaacL
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to see my brother and his girlfriend

DY
DanaY
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a great spot for outdoor dining! Food and service were excellent. Can't beat the location.

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vipAngel
New England
33 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, outdoor seating, the food is good, the drinks delicious. Make this a stop, if you do, the BOA buns are delicious

JK
JKT1
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. My only disappointment was that they had run out of the short ribs by 7:30 PM.
Service was also excellent.

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AnaC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating with all lamps and nice weather. The food was amazing and the group had a great time! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice good food

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Service and timing was pretty terrible

KK
vipKatieK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails & delicious food - fun for groups or date night

DE
DEBORAHB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with friends. Servers did a wonderful job and the food was delicious and interesting. Who could ask for more?

BF
BForm
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Very nice spot with a well written veg forward menu…unfortunately not executed very well on this particular evening

MG
MariaG
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Upon getting there and giving my name to the 3 hostesses they made me and my daughter very uncomfortable by whispering and laughing, very unprofessional.

The server was pleasant (Salome) was not informative of the menu. We ordered the lettuce wrap, kfc bos and calamari. The calamari was delicious but the other 2 starters were way too spicy to enjoy. When we informed our server of the heat of the kfc bai she laughed it off and said that was the spiciest thing on the menu. We decided to settle our bill at this point.

I think more training is needed for this group. It was a very disappointing experience and will be hesitant to come back.

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AmandaW
New England
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Food is good, a bit pricey for portions but very pretty dishes!

MH
vipMicheleH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food and drinks were good! There were multiple rats running in the bushes adjacent to the patio tables that sort of ruined the ambiance.

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DonnyL
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor space!!

LW
LoiW
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
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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vipTeach
New England
81 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipFoodiedmp
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
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!

HF
vipHaleyF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
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 on September 9, 2021
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.

BO
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.

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

Very good food and beautiful seating area outside.

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 799 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.