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Bar Mezzana, Boston, MA

Bar Mezzana

4.7
4.7
1222 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Bar Mezzana is a coastal Italian restaurant by Chef Colin Lynch at Ink Block in Boston’s South End, specializing in crudo and hand-made pasta. Signature dishes like Chicken Under a Brick, Grilled Octopus and Orecchiette with Sausage have become instant classics. Seasonal menu updates incorporate flavors from local farmers and purveyors. The crudo menu changes daily - think Nantucket bay scallops and razor clams along with Japanese and European delicacies like shima aji and lubina. All are expertly prepared with bright touches of citrus, oils and salts.
Reserve in the dining room for a family dinner or date night. Enjoy the bar and lounge for bar snacks, a great burger, and a Lamplighter beer. A private dining room is available for a business event or intimate party for up to 12. Any night of the week, Bar Mezzana welcomes with a thoughtful wine list, delightful cocktails, delicious food and friendly staff!

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 36 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Dining Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 530-1770
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Veteran, Women
  • Executive chef
    Colin Lynch
  • Catering
    We do not offer catering.
  • Private party facilities
    Bar Mezzana offers a wide variety of event options. Our private dining room hosts up to 12 guests for a seated dinner, or 15 for a standing reception. Our semi-private dining room can accommodate up to 45 for a seated dinner or reception. The restaurant is also available for a full buyout.
  • Private party contact
    Heather Lynch: (617) 530-1770
  • Neighborhood
    South End
  • Cross street
    Traveler Street
  • Parking details
    Discounted parking available for the lot at the corner of Albany Street & Traveler Street, INK UNDERGROUND (Laz Lot #5, 90 Traveler St.). The lot is beneath Interstate 93. Please bring ticket to host stand for validation. $5 per car, paid in the lot. See website for further details. Public Parking: There is metered parking along Harrison Avenue. Please do not park in the Whole Foods lot or the Sepia lot as those lots are monitored and vehicles will be towed. Valet: Not currently offered.
  • Public transit
    Red Line Broadway T stop - cross over New Broadway bridge and continue straight on Traveler St.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Women in Food & Wine

    $75.00 per person

    Mar 28 - Mar 31, 2024
    Join us for the next dinner of the Bar Mezzana Cellar Series! In honor of Women's History Month, this menu has been designed by our Chef de Cuisine Eliza using ingredients she is passionate about, and the optional wine pairing will feature wines from wineries owned and operated by women. This menu will include three savory courses and dessert. It will be available from Thursday, March 28th through Sunday, March 31st. We ask that the entire party participate. This dinner is available for $75 per person, with an optional (but suggested!) wine pairing for $45. Our regular menu is available as well.
    Women in Food & Wine Photo

What 1,222 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

1,222 Reviews
  1. MBBoston

    Greater Boston

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another outstanding evening at Bar Mezzana. This time we chose their “Roman Trattoria” prix fixe experience, which was not only delicious — served with thoughtfulness and friendly enthusiasm — but thoroughly satisfying. (They kindly accommodated a substitution due to a dietary issue.) I think because we had a later reservation on the last night, we were the beneficiaries of open bottles of wine that needed drinking. No complaints! Consistently one of Boston’s best.

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  2. MattCole

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing at Bar Mezzana. We had a great time, and the food and drinks were perfect. Surprise of the night was the fried nduja stuffed olives. Delicious and salty and tender.

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  3. KristinF

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Roman Trattoria dinner was EXCELLENT! I’m no longer scared if tripe - so delicious!!

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  4. PrestonD

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was very sweet but not too attentive. We had a bday note on the res which he confirmed then didn’t bring a candle with dessert when the table directly behind us did. That didn’t feel super fantastic. The person at the host desk was positively delightful. The food was generally good though the pastas were all a bit overcooked. The skate wing and the octopus were the standouts of the evening.

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  5. SuzieW

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you love coastal Italian then this is the place for you. Great vibes, great people and AMAZING food. Highly recommend.

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  6. RallyRog

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food great ambiance and quality service, when going with friends they are always pleased with this recommendation on arrival, thanks to the staff for the quality service. R. Marchan

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Brunch with family

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  8. TravisG

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a great time here. Bruch never disappoints. The food and service are always top notch.

    1 person found this helpful

  9. DeirdreD

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is incredible; pastas and crudo are a MUST!

    1 person found this helpful

  10. wendyw

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Bar Mezzana has wonderful food, great cocktails and a very respectable wine list. We go for the food. There were two of us and we both had different fish dishes, which were excellent. I had a terrific beet salad; beware the squash salad is A LOT of squash, which isn't really a salad. There are, however, so many good choices that it's hard to go wrong. We've had the pasta dishes in the past--all excellent. Wait staff is attentive, if sometimes overwhelmed. It's definitely one of the best restaurants in Boston.

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  11. Anonymous

    Greater Boston

    341 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    341 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bar Mezzana is one of my favorite restaurants, and right now, they’re doing the best branzino I’ve had in years with really good mussels. It is crazy good! And the staff are the most wonderful people anywhere. Always a hit.

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  12. SusanK

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful, knowledgeable and helpful waiter, Alessandro. We noted this was a birthday celebration and were given surprise complimentary Prosecco and a beautiful dessert. Alessandro was the best, we can’t wait to go back. The Brinzano and Cacio et Pepe were absolutely delicious!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the best dinner we’ve had in a long time. The lobster pasta was amazing that went great with the recommended wine pairing. We will be back soon!

    1 person found this helpful

  14. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and great food ! I didn’t love the eggplant but everything else was delicious

    1 person found this helpful

  15. BrownBagger

    Greater Boston

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding meal with surprises! Ceviche offerings were sublime. We ordered two and then added another. After the meal my wife said she could have eaten those all night. Each one was a unique blend of a fish with unique toppings. The wine list was deep, deep, deep! Grapes and regions of Italy that I’d never heard of. Our server suggested some great pairings to go with our courses. The wines by the glass were really high caliber so we had fun tasting and comparing. For those of you unfamiliar with the InkBlock district, it’s an energetic, young dynamic area worth the effort. We’ll be back.

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  16. AmirV

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Small plates, low quality, and high price Overall not a good place

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  17. FoodinLA

    Greater Boston

    83 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our reliable Boston fav. Lobster pasta is best out there. Huge chunks perfectly cooked lobster w amazing stock. Brussels outstanding. Liked salmon and tuna crudos. Couldn’t pick a favorite. Loved Branzino and sauce and potatoes. Thanks Lisa for many kind nights serving us.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service we’re fantastic. Our water was refilled several times during our meal. My only complaint was the very uncomfortable chairs. But the food makes up for it

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  19. Janie2N

    Greater Boston

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a casual but very good restaurant. The menu is limited and doesn't change, the drinks are outstanding, and it is fun to go there. If one goes at 6 PM or earlier the place might be filled with families with children. By 7 PM they are gone. But in any case don't let it bother you: this is a terrific restaurant!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. Especially loved the skate wing!

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  21. ScottP

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My Ragu Bolognese was delicious. Very rich. beat apple, crisp salad was outstanding! The reason I give a four star rating is my comparator is Lucas, which is a five star to me.

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  22. Jjanoose

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came early and the restaurant was fairly quiet. It was a little chilly and had to keep my coat on but when the restaurant started filling up it got warmer. We had the octopus appetizer and it didn’t disappoint. We then ordered our entrees (mine, a filet mignon) and my husband got the lobster & pasta dish. His was amazing with big chunks of lobster and Al Debye pasta. Mine was a little undercooked but the waiter took back a few pieces and they cooked it to perfection. I was disappointed that they sliced the filet in pieces and not served whole and was under seasoned. They also didn’t have a good selection of beers either or wine by the glass. All in all it was a but overpriced for my liking.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing experience! Chef Eliza and the team are amazing

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  24. SMC39reviews

    Greater Boston

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Alpine dinner with wine pairings was excellent! Especially loved the pasta and the pork shank, the Muller-Thurgau and the Jura dessert wine. Fancy salad presentation:)

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  25. JeremyI

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A consistent and reliable spot with fresh seafood good service and a welcoming atmosphere.

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  26. srsassoc

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were five women out for a friend’s birthday and to discuss a book we all read. Not the first time we were here. This dinner featured an unhappy waitress who did a bad job listening and food that was just ok. It’s hard to ruin eggplant rollatini, but this was tasteless and sour. The arugula that topped it was doused in a lemon vinaigrette which is probably part of the sour. We were five people but 20% tip was added to the bill anyway. There are lots of great restaurants in Boston who serve with smiles, and delicious food. Bye bye Bar Mezzana

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  27. Familyof5

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to one of the wine dinners, and it was really great! I initially thought it was going to be a dinner where everyone was dining together but when I realized I could make a reservation for anytime I wanted, I realized it was very personal. The menu was really thoughtful and our server was able to describe the wines in detail. The chef came out with each course and described the food. Overall, it was a really outstanding night.

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  28. RaymondF

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My daughter had her 16th birthday celebration here, while my wife and I had dinner at an appropriately distant table. The staff really made it feel special for her. The food was excellent, and really such warmth from the staff.

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  29. Glenn

    Greater Boston

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    wonderful staff and tasty! A great find in the South End

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  30. ColtonD

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really amazing service. Told them we were getting married the following weekend and they brought out a drink that was on theme for our wedding location.

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  31. joelc

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great all around . food, buzz …. all excellent . def will go back a bunch of times

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Sat at the bar and the service was terrible despite not being overly busy. Bartender ignored us and we had to continuously flag him down for any type of service.

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  33. VictoriaS

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great as always - staff, food and ambience!

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  34. ChloeP

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had exceptional service and food on a lively Saturday evening. Our server gave incredible suggestions on food & drink and we loved every bite.

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  35. Anonymous

    Greater Boston

    341 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    341 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent late afternoon spot for Sundays. Between brunch and dinner, Bar Mezzana has a limited, but good, menu. I enjoy going then when it’s more quiet, and then having an early dinner. This newest menu is as good as prior ones, and I love that the food varies often so that regulars don’t get bored. I had the chicken for the first time, and it was excellent, with crispy skin and really good vegetables. The bartenders, hosts, management, and servers are all so great, and the kitchen is putting out excellent food consistently.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was awesome and service was even better. Looking forward to next visit already!

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  37. JoeG

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful brunch. Tommy, our waiter, was great and the food was fantastic!! They were happy to let us move from our table to the bar after our meal in order to watch the game and were very helpful in dealing with our to go order at the end.

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  38. 8228Manor

    Greater Boston

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated immediately; great service; excellent drinks and appetizers and really delicious entrees. We didn’t feel rushed at all. All four of us commented how wonderful the evening was. We will definitely return!

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  39. Anonymous

    Greater Boston

    341 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    341 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am not a brunch person, but the Magnum PI brunch on New Year’s Day is worth dragging your tired self out of bed. The people at Bar mezzana are so nice, the food and drinks are always awesome, and the Magnum PI theme is so fun. This is a new tradition for my friend group.

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  40. JJeats

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time for me at Bar Mezzana for their NYE experience. This year’s menu had a similar format to the previous year which included an app to start, a pasta round, a protein/meat dish, and then dessert. There was one or two more additional dishes in there, too. The Crudo dish was the only one I’d replace as it was just ok. But, I completely forgot about it once I had the pasta! This needs to be immediately added to the menu.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bar Mezzana using the Order Online button. Bar Mezzana also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 530-1770.

Bar Mezzana is rated 4.7 stars by 1222 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 36 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bar Mezzana

360 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Traveler Street
  • Neighborhood
    South End
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Dining Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Discounted parking available for the lot at the corner of Albany Street & Traveler Street, INK UNDERGROUND (Laz Lot #5, 90 Traveler St.). The lot is beneath Interstate 93. Please bring ticket to host stand for validation. $5 per car, paid in the lot. See website for further details. Public Parking: There is metered parking along Harrison Avenue. Please do not park in the Whole Foods lot or the Sepia lot as those lots are monitored and vehicles will be towed. Valet: Not currently offered.
  • Public transit
    Red Line Broadway T stop - cross over New Broadway bridge and continue straight on Traveler St.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Veteran, Women
  • Executive chef
    Colin Lynch
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (617) 530-1770
  • Catering
    We do not offer catering.
  • Private party facilities
    Bar Mezzana offers a wide variety of event options. Our private dining room hosts up to 12 guests for a seated dinner, or 15 for a standing reception. Our semi-private dining room can accommodate up to 45 for a seated dinner or reception. The restaurant is also available for a full buyout.
  • Private party contact
    Heather Lynch: (617) 530-1770
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