Beehive

4.6
5308 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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TG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a Sunday Blues date night. It was wonderful! Great food, great music, great service - I'm sure we'll be back again.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance.. great service.. delicious food and incredible live entertainment

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great music

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

We went for the ‘Jazz Brunch’ which had a nice ambience. I’ve eaten here once before and was looking forward to going back. Food menu is small, which I actually appreciate, but then expect them to nail the few things they do. Brisket eggs benedict could’ve been great, the brisket was delightful - but was served on two burnt sides of English muffin and with massively over-poached eggs. I didn’t sent it back as I was hungry and the restaurant was busy, I didn’t want to wait. In other circumstances I may have politely done so. The dressing on the side salad was also very uneven - some leaves overpowering, others untouched.
If the price was a few $ less per plate, I would be more forgiving, but when you’re charging these prices, I expect to leave satisfied. Would consider going back for a third visit next time I am in Boston as it’s a great spot with nice ambience, but it may not be my immediate first choice.

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JA
New England
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our brunch. Love jazz music too.

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SC
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Beehive for Father's Day Jazz Brunch. Every aspect of our experience was perfect. We were greeted right away upon arrival and taken to a great table very near the musicians. Our breakfast of frittata, juice and coffee was excellent, the ambiance was perfect, and the music was wonderful. We will definitely be back.

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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day

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AF
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks. Great atmosphere! We had a great seat with a view of the live music and the scene.

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WS
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, fantastic service, and excellent food!

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

The only thing that fouled our experience was the waiter's mistake in a crucial order and how she reacted afterwards. My friend ordered a virgin drink, since she stopped drinking alcohol in 5 years. But the waiter brought us something that was definitely not virgin, I understand that mistakes happen, but how she handled the aftermath was utterly insensitive, she went about explaining something else , without addressing the gravity of her error, that was really disappointing to say the least.

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

Always a great choice. We often go before theater at the BCA.

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u
New England
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere and food !

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A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night with live music. Salmon was exceptional- crispy skin and served with delicious black rice and roasted but crisp cauliflower. The queen bee cocktail was refreshing and they have great beers on tap.

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WB
New England
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Wine was served on the warm side, led us to question how it was stored. Skirt steak was very thin. Great flavor, but very thin... couldn’t be cooked medium rare because it was so thin. Great service as always. We’ll be back, just disappointed this time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

Really cool place that has an awesome atmosphere (really good music, bar scene, etc.). However, expect absolutely horrible service if you go to dinner here. They really need to improve on that.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patio seating was perfection. Bar tender and waitress was pleasant and personable.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible and waitress was so nice

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TD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Live band was a great surprise, and the food was delicious

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N
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

More vegan options please! Great other than that!

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M
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

I really enjoyed having brunch at the Beehive. I was worried that it would be hard to find parking because I booked brunch during the Pride Parade, but I found street parking quickly. I was disappointed with the lack of food options on the menu, but the drinks were fantastic! I ordered the Queen Bee and by boyfriend ordered the Birds Eye.

I had the Country Ham Benedict and my boyfriend enjoyed the Egg Shakshuka with Lamb. We had a great time!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation dinner

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and jazz

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WB
New England
20 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sharon "Sugar" Jones was singing, and this made for a particularly enjoyable evening. I was dubious about the vegetarian option, "farrotto," but found that I enjoyed it thoroughly because the accompanying vegetables had been well prepared. Salmon served to my companion was deemed "perfect."

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New England
44 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great tim.
First time there
lots of action

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BS
New England
36 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beehive is always great for a nice pre-theatre meal. The atmosphere is lively, and moderately loud burnconversation is still easy. Portions are generous, cocktails excellent. Free dessert for those going to the Huntington as well.

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CZ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and attentive service. The live music was fun, but it does make it a little hard to have a dinner conversation, so just be aware of this.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four friends had dinner before a show at the Calderwood. We chose several different items - some from the Appetizer list and some from the Mains. The food was excellent. Our cocktails were delicious. Our waiter was attentive and answered our questions about ingredients with a great attitude.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the jazz brunch very much. The service was at tentative and the food was very good. A little disappointed in the variety of.items on the brunch menu, but otherwise a very positive experience.

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RD
New England
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It's a cute spot for drinks or brunch. I went for dinner and had a table 5 feet from the downstairs bar and we had people hovering over us the entire meal. Assuming you can get a good seat, it's a cute spot.

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s
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the Jazz, later at night was kind of loud, some people weren't being respectful. But overall good experience, would definitely recommend! Drinks were good, the chips were really yummy!

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

The staff was unwilling to take any seating preferences even though there were many open tables throughout the restaurant. I indicated that it was my birthday and told the hostess that we’d love to sit somewhere within view of the band and she declined to accommodate in any way. I even called the restaurant a day in advance. When I went downstairs to go to the restroom I saw a ton of open tables around the band so her refusal is tough for me to understand. Also, our food took an hour to come out from the moment when we were seated (we were seated a bit after 1pm and the food did not come out until after 2pm).

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G
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Great food, service and music- we’ll definitely be going back when in town next. Super cool...

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MS
New England
120 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful and always a delight- great food in such a neat room with live jazz - what’s not to like? Menu is thoughtful, a mix of classics like steak frites and plenty of veggie forward choices, along with dick breast, pork shoulder and cod. Clever drinks. Can’t name a place we have enjoyed more or more often.

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1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive (but not overbearing) wait staff, food was delicious! Music was enjoyable without being too loud (always a bit of a problem with so much exposed brick). Beehive continues to be a favorite!

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for a birthday celebration. The food and drinks were amazing ! The only thing is that it’s hard to carry on a conversation close to the stage when there is live music. But they are really accommodating about seating you further back if you ask.

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HG
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and food were fantastic, and with a great live jazz/blues band, a perfect way to end the day. Portions were sizable, and I took home leftovers. The band was not overly loud, and conversation was easy; I never felt like I had to shout. I will definitely go back.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious and loved the live music! The service was incredibly slow however. Our food took a very long time and our server was not very attentive. It even took a long time to get seated when we had reservations. Then when we were seated there were at least 8-10 open tables. I would go back, but maybe not as a first choice.

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J
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place bills itself a a jazz club. Made 10:00 reservation one evening to see a show. When we arrived, the hostess asked if we were eating. I informed her that along with drinks, we would be ordering appetizers and desserts. She told us that because we were not ordering full meals; we could not have a table. We were then told we could stand at the bar. She was quite rude. We left. There is nothing on the company's website explaining this policy.

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a
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The music was in the background loud enough to hear but not so loud you couldn’t have a conversation The food was unbelievable ... The drinks were amazing will definitely come back

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JH
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Very pricey and customers are rushed. Drinks barely put on the table and the food is delivered. Staff trying to remove your plate while you haven't even finished chewing your food. I am not sure I will return. People go out and spend money on dinner to RELAX. All that rushing.....

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