Beehive

4.6
5161 reviews
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The Beehive is an underground Bohemian eatery & bar featuring fabulous cuisine, libations, artwork and world class live music nightly. Nestled below the Boston Center for the Art’s historic Cyclorama in Boston’s South End, The Beehive serves the eclectic fare of Chef James Lyons - rustic comfort food infused with American, European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern influences.

Open for dinner seven days a week, weekend jazz brunch, and with cocktails and live entertainment available nightly until 2:00 am. The Beehive is the perfect location for after-work cocktails, dinner, live music, special events and more. Come to taste the cuisine, come to view the art, come to hear the music or simply come to share in the merriment.
The Beehive accepts reservations for full dinner. For appetizers and drinks please join us at either of our 2 bars.
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Sun 5:00PM - 5:30PM
Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 5:45PM

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WS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I think their menu needs to. Change. Price per plate is high.

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AF
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I didn't love my meal, but I've loved meals there in the past. (I had pork shoulder with couscous, but it was Israeli couscous which I don't like and wouldn't have ordered had I known). Everyone in my party really enjoyed their food. The ambiance is great, service is wonderful. Cocktails are delicious. This is my 3rd visit since my first in Nov. 2018, which says a lot since I don't even live in the South End.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Eat the shakshuka. You will not regret it.

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AH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for the Jazz brunch. Great food and really cool space, great music too.

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JM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My boyfriend and I had a great time at the Beehive this weekend. We requested a table near the stage and we got a great spot. The food was very tasty and the drinks were great!

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GK
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very cool place. The live jazz was fun and the decor was cool. The crumb cake was delicious. I got the steak and eggs which was also delicious - eggs were over cooked but i should have specified what i wanted more. My boyfriend got the poutine which wasn’t technically poutine but it was very very good. I’d go back!

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DC
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique in Boston. Food, cocktails, music, service, ambiance. all top-notch.

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a
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Front desk gave my friends a difficult time when I sent them to get the table while I waited at the bar with our drinks. (There WAS a reservation made). There was some attitude from the front desk girls. Additionally, we were taken downstairs in front of the jazz band & after sitting, we realized we only wanted apps and drinks and to leave shortly. Then we were told that we’re not allowed to be seated in the area unless we are ordering entrees. At this point I felt really upset - we were treated as if we weren’t ordering alcohol and other items from the apps menu. One waiter looked at us and chuckled it seemed. Will never return. Funny story - my company rents this place out often AND I am the events lead for my team. Very unhappy with the service and will not be back again. Thanks.

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BG
New England
21 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This is a cool spot and has great music. Food is adequate but not exceptional in anyway. Not a fan of drinking wine from a small snifter style glass - but that's just me. Services was really GREAT. Attentive. Perfect attention to detail. Didn't try to rush us off. I will keep going here forever regardless of the very average food.

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DR
Greensboro
20 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Came here for brunch on a Sunday. Glad we made reservations. It’s looks small when you walk in but downstairs is larger w a great vibe. Enjoyed. They should definitely put a sign outside. We couldn’t find at first and my old fashioned was disgusting. I’d still come back to give it another try.

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v
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Met friends at the Beehive for Sunday brunch - 2 hours later we were full - full from great food, great conversation and a great ambience! Our server was attentive and gave us all the time we wanted to linger at our table. A single guitarist filled the space with a wonder Spanish sound. Fantastic.

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t
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, unique cocktails, friendly service and amazing music. Plus valet parking for $25. Had a wonderful night out!

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RR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great ambiance! Food was ok- overall would go back- service good

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S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was so cool and knowledgeable. Very hands on and attentive. Very fun atmosphere and the live music was amazing!

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NA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was great. Food was fantastic but a little pricey. Overall a great experience.

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DK
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My first time at the Beehive and I loved the food! The music was loud but nice and the food was excellent. Super expensive for a brunch but worth it.

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LF
New England
23 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great! The food was delicious. The jazz was amazing!

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BN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Not all seats within this restaurant are created equal. They had a live band downstairs, so wish we could have been downstairs. Disappointing that they wouldn't allow you choice of seating with a reservation given that some tables are FAR better than others.

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was mouthwatering! Big portions! Music was nice

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KA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Good was pretty sub par. Music was good but repetitive. Drinks very not good.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply perfect!

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CO
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cool environment, great music, excellent service, innovative food.

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LS
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

If you're coming to Beehive, it should be for the fun ambiance and experience; the live music is so fun, but very noisy. The food is pretty sauced up, unhealthy, and overall not great. The drinks are typical. However, I was disappointed with the service. Our waiter kept constantly coming over to try to push us to buy drinks and more food even though we weren't drinking and we only wanted a couple appetizers to share. It felt like they wanted us to either buy a lot or push us out and we were only there for an hour and a half. I also made these reservations 2 weeks in advance and asked for a good view of the stage but they put us at the worst possible table where a column was blocking our full view of the stage and people were constantly bumping into us from the bar side.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food is okay. Loved the live music.

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N
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place for brunch. The food was delicious. The decor is really cool!

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LM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great table near the stage. The diner noise was high so we were glad to be close to the singer. The food was very good. Don’t order the bread, $4 for just 2 small slices. Otherwise the curry, pork and French fries were very good. Had a great time.

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RB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect date spot. Fantastic food and drinks, expert service and live music. Love Beehive!

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, waaaaaay better than average. Service very good, ambiance very nice, especially unexpected and very pleasant music.

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere
Subtle sophistication

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B
New England
42 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here but heard we needed reservations. Good advice.
We sat upstairs but could still hear the music (and each other) coming from the two big rooms and stage downstairs.
Beehive has a different and Interesting menu. I had the Shakshuka with lamb - delicious; my wife had the eggs Benedict - also delicious. Big plus - Outstanding and friendly service.
Overall, a generally young crowd and Loved the Vibe.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

It was tasty but the service was veryyyy slow.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved it! So much fun for a birthday celebration

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C
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a true pleasure to go here. Last visit was on a FREEZING night and being in the downstairs dining area was a perfect setting for a relaxed night out. Food was great, server was fun, a price was right.

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A
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for a pre-theatre meal, but the place was lively soon after 6pm. The calamari was the best I have tasted in a long time and the main courses were tasty, too. I look forward to going back at a later hour to hear some live music.

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W
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early, with theater to follow. The waitstaff was attentive and charming. Meals were terrific. Three of us had the lamb dish, which was outstanding, with plenty wonderful leftovers for the next day. Bartender was extreme knowledgeable, and introduced us to a new liqueur. Can’t wait to return

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ST
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I really like Beehive. It's got a fun aesthetic, the service is great, the food is always good, and the Sunday jazz is a nice touch. The lamb shakshuka is amazing, and always get the coffee cake. Always.

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CR
New England
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, a fantastic experience at Beehive. Once our party arrived, we were seated righ away for our reservation. The jazz music provides a lovely ambiance and it was the perfect background for a rainy Sunday brunch. Our waitress was extremely friendly and made us feel right at home in the cozy upstairs dining area. She was incredibly attentive while not being overbearing and truly enhanced our dining experience. The food was fantastic - we had no complaints.

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TB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time at Brunch! Will be back!

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AL
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My only complaint is that the waitress never asked me if I wanted to take my leftovers home and never brought back the food after clearing out the dishes.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and love the live entertainment, as always!

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