Banyan Bar + Refuge

4.7
667 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 outdoor dining ONLY.

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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 667 people are saying
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4.6
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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
5 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
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great! Wonderful food and beautiful outdoor dining space

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EmilyH
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was great, service was good, and the price was expected for the location. We’d definitely come back!

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KChristo
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. I’m a vegetarian so I had many options. Cocktails really good as well. Only thing is it’s only outdoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding. Everything on the menu is 10/10. Best brussel sprouts in the city of Boston hands down.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Banyan! $1 dumplings are a must!

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vipHannah
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Banyan is my new go-to spot for brunch. They have great patio space that gets lots of sun during the late morning/early afternoon. They also have a number of heaters running if its chilly outside.

The brunch menu is actually served by their partner restaurant, The Gallows, and it is phenomenal! The breakfast skillet, the breakfast sandwich, and the chicken and waffles are all delicious.

I went here two weekends in a row and will surely be back again.

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vipMaddy92
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outdoor dining set up to be COVID-conscious is lovely; feels friendly, welcoming, and safe. I was lucky to go when it was unseasonably warm, but I did notice many heaters that are likely to keep outdoor dining palatable even as it gets colder. Food was fast (just over an hour from when we sat down to when we paid) and satisfying. Delicious cocktails!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

There were 6 of us for brunch and we got a variety of egg sandwiches, tofu burgers and breakfast skillets. All not good. The breakfast sandwich was so small, breakfast potatoes were just fried potatoes with no seasoning, breakfast skillet was just potatoes and cheese, with 1 egg which makes it not filling at all. The tofu burgers were so bland, it was just supermarket tofu, deep fried and slapped on a burger. For an Asian restaurant, they could try to add some seasoning to the tofu. Im from nyc so I know good food really well and this wasn’t it. Also the drinks are just okay, definitely not strong.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch on a beautiful day; and then in between brunch, Biden got declared President Elect, which made it even more memorable !!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The date was eh, but the staff and the pork baos were lovely!!

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Karin
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing outdoor patio seating. lots of heaters and lights. Great ambiance. Delicious food.

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vipJessicaD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
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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vipMuriel911
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was disappointing at best. The miso Mac + cheese tasted like it came from a box. It was clearly not made to order based on how quickly it was served. The Tuna tartare was tasteless. Cocktails were the best part of the dining experience. Very disappointing.

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NicoleF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DespinaD
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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vipGrayR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
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 on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
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
10 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
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipVanessaC
New England
11 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
24 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
New England
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
8 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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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 667 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.