Banyan Bar + Refuge

4.8
704 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 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 with patio tables earmarked for reservations. Indoor dining 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 704 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DeborahS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A few dishes, such as the cucumber salad and eggplant miso dip, were underwhelming. The calamari and Chinese sausage were outstanding. At 13-16/ cocktail, the prices were on the higher end. The soft drink (Diet Coke) was flat and was replaced by another flat, tasteless drink.
What really won me over was the beautiful patio and the waitstaff. For these alone I would return and try something else off the menu.

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Katy
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great drinks! The salt and pepper shrimp and stuffed cabbage were particularly great.

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Michelle
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

One of the best Banyan menu items I've had! Everything was delicious from the cocktails to the hot plates, especially the cauliflower okonomiyaki! Service was fantastic - our waiter was extremely knowledgable. The only downside were the rats & mice running around in the small garden next to the patio which kind of ruined the ambiance.

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vipKatherineG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Banyan's menus. First time having brunch. Eggs Benedict, which was delicious. We were able to sit in the shade with a gentle breeze on a really hot day.

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vipKaleighB
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the food and outdoor dining. Only complaint is that they didn’t allow my dog to be outside on the patio. They only allow service animals, which I personally think is silly because he’s a quiet 10lb tiny dog but oh well. Otherwise the lobster rangoons and avocado bao were my favorite!

Banyan Bar + Refuge
Responded 7 days ago

Hi! Thank you so much for joining us and your kind feedback. We love dogs and would love to have them join us on the Banyan patio, but the health department won't allow them!

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RonniP
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and loved eating outside. When I went inside the music was too loud for us to consider eating inside.

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KerryS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lobster Ragnoon is to DIE FOR!!! As well as the Salt & Pepper Shrimp!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience3

40th Birthday and it was awesome.

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AndreaN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious, fun, shareable menu. Great cocktails. Ambience wins.

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JessicaF
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Amazing food, drinks, and service. Especially grateful for all the delicious vegan options.

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Maruko
New England
18 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The drinks were good and fun. They were also delivered super fast. Food experience was not to my expectation. Too salty.

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KKeats
New England
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

It was pretty good! The food was absolutely delicious. However the service left a lot to be desired. The hostess was a bit rude taking us to the table, and scoffed when we asked for the umbrella to be shifted a tiny bit since it was bright sun and 90F. We just wanted to shift it a little!

The waitress was OK, but she definitely didnt care about our experience, just shuffled our plates on and off the table. Drinks were tiny for the high price.

The best thing about Banyan is the yummy dishes and the really cool exterior. I would still recommend checking it out -- but don't expect anyone to be overly welcoming.

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CindyR
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, server was attentive and friendly, the patio is lovely. Would absolutely eat there again.

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GiaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great server. thanks
and great food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Came here for brunch - service and ambience were great but overall felt the food was pretty average. Would like to try this place for their dinner menu sometime!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Leandrew is phenomenal! Always makes delicious drinks.

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vipRonnie
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service, welcoming staff, inventive cocktails and menu, perfect outdoor (and indoor) atmosphere. We can not say enough great things about this spot. After over a dozen times dining here, not once were we ever disappointed about one thing - in fact, we are always amazed by everything.

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vipdave
London
52 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu back again but I wish dumplings were available for entire. Dinner

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vipMichaelM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Banyan has created a comfortable and fun outdoor space. The menu has interesting options that will satisfy their audience. Its a younger crowd maybe 25-40 years old but there are young families and a few seniors.
The manager Jimmy is ever present and a tremendously gracious host. Our server Amanda was helpful with any details or questions and provided excellent service.
I had wok fried shrimp and dan dan noodles and they are both well prepared, plentiful and tasty.
PS They have early bird special on dumplings that we missed but i have had them before so if you get there before 5:00 they are a treat.
Great spot for dates, or friends looking for a fun night out. They have heaters and umbrellas.

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vipCRogan
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent. I get their IG updates and everything comes out the way they show it on social. Great service. Very cool outside seating area. UNREAL Bloody Mary with their house infused Thai Chili vodka. KFC BAO was excellent. Lobster Rangoon's and lettuce cups with shrimp excellent. Would highly recommend. All plates are god sharing size.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great night on the patio celebrating my birthday. The patio setup is beautiful and food & service was great. Would recommend and return!

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ColinW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, great service, and a great atmosphere! Would definitely recommend and look forward to going back.

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SinaN
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The ambience and outdoor patio setup is very nice but the new menu is disappointing. The baos were average and nothing stood out.

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vipBostonresident
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch and atmosphere to gather with Friends and Family.

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TimJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Mother’s Day dinner out on the Banyan patio on a beautiful spring day!

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Foodie
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had to sit outside and was not told upon making the reservation. A lot of restaurants in the area were seating both in side and out. Weather was not necessarily accommodating.

Before going ensure nice weather as the outdoor heating was sporadic given the outdoor table setup; despite providing blankets equivalent of an airline flight.

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BarbaraL
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! the ambiance, food and service are all exceptional. I highly recommend it for any occasion or no occasion at all...it's fantastic.

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vipHemul
New England
132 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food is very good. I was eating outside on a pretty cold day; firing up the heater next to me would have helped.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining space!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Drinks not up to par. Has a vodka martini that tasted like it had water in it. Back to bartender school?

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SonaP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Brunch was great. They do stop serving food from 3 to 4pm

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Megan
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our sever was so friendly and attentive.

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MeredithP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! A bit on the pricier side for a casual meal, but perfect for a special occasion or date. Service and food were both phenomenal. Outdoor dining was amazing as well. Will definitely recommend to a friend!

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vipLesR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The greatest outdoor dinning in the South End! They have a fabulous patio with heaters & cute lights everywhere. Staff is so kind & knowledgeable about the menu. I LOVE the avocado and KFC Boa and the drinks were delicious (not very strong, but delicious). The menu is so unique and delicious.

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EmmaPanda
New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My bestie and I had a ladies night at Banyan this week and it did not disappoint! Our server was so lovely - attentive, accommodating, knowledgeable about the menu - and she helped us navigate the menu while taking into account a few dietary restrictions. So so helpful! The food was delicious - especially the salt and pepper shrimp. We definitely could have eaten a second order! Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service! Great Food!

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JessicaB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a magnificent experience on the patio!

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vipDaveyWavey
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Way Burger is probably one of the best burgers in town. I believe it's a holdover from the Gallows restaurant. Nothing fancy like all the other foofoo places you hear about, but very tasty.

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vipAlia
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First things first: baos and dumplings. I cannot visit Banyan without getting an order of each -- and I especially love the avocado baos. The menu rotates but I love the flavors and inventive dishes. I've ordered the miso mac & cheese with short rib three times now, and it's a super fun, tasty dish. The tuna tarter with coconut creama and dan dan noodles never disappoint. And you MUST order the "Threat Level Midnight" cocktail if you're a bourbon lover. It's so good...almost too good! The patio is one of my favorites in Boston, and takeout is always a good choice too.

PS: The breakfast skillet is a hearty, tasty option for brunch.

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Sofia
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great! Wonderful food and beautiful outdoor dining space

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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 4.8 stars by 704 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.