Beehive

4.4
6103 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Beehive is an underground Bohemian eatery and bar featuring fabulous cuisine, libations, artwork and world class live music. Nestled below the Boston Center for the Art’s historic Cyclorama in Boston’s South End, The Beehive serves the eclectic fare of Chef Ryan Skeen - rustic comfort food infused with American, Mediterranean influences.

The Beehive accepts reservations for guests who are consuming food with beverages under MA State Law Covid 19 regulations. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are strongly recommended. Patio reservations may need to be canceled or moved to inside dining room if there is inclement weather.

Due to Covid guidelines all tables have 90 minutes to enjoy the Beehive experience. Please call us or use the Opentable app to cancel a reservation to avoid a $25 per person no show fee.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Visiting my daughter, for her birthday, who is a college student and the place has a nice ambiance with jazz music, and the food was tasty and fresh.

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vipCoralie
New England
49 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We wanted to try this restaurant to see how good it was and it did not disappoint, although a few things were a little disappointing. I had reserved through Open Table without being able to ask for an outdoor seating. Upon arrival, I asked if it was possible to be outside but the receptionist told me they were all reserved. Upon departure, there were many empty tables, so not too happy about that.
The design and ambiance were very nice, so was the food. The steak tartare was very good but with a twist. The Summer spaetzle were delicious but too salty to my taste. All the dishes were very nicely presented but I feel they were all overpriced. We enjoyed our evening there, but you have to know that you will end up with a hefty check!

DJ
vipDJAG14
New England
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Live music with three-person band, "Jim Kelly" - in the lower level of the restaurant/bar. Very nice. Reasonably casual environment for Sunday brunch. Brunch menu is limited but unique twists on eggs, eggs Benedict, French toast, and pancakes. They also have Shakshuka as an option. Love the eclectic interior and set up - different rooms and mezzanine open to view band. Upstairs focus is bar atmosphere. I have been for dinner as well. I recommend this place for adults, not so much kids under 18.

BD
vipBobD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Cool busy place. Menu is small, food was just ok, only had 2 dessert options. Several of us ordered glasses of wine, pour was certainly less than the standard 5 oz. and for $17/glass you would expect more.

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GaryG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Outdoor dining had limited beer and no coffee availability.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful evening so we sat outside. The patio is so pretty with large umbrellas to shade from the sun and light rain if needed. Our server was prompt and very knowledgeable about the menu. We started with cocktails and the whipped ricotta. The lamb with couscous is a must have!

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Rsideperson
New England
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Enjoyed outdoor dining with good food.

MP
MP3forever
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food is ok, the brunch coffee cake was dry and hard, not impressed.

The afrikan egg brunch dish and salad was good.

JG
JohnG
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb shakshouka was excellent, and the live music downstairs was enjoyable as well.

JF
JuanF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place
Good food
A little expensive
Nice music

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Stats
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We went before the theater, and ate downstairs. We were the only folks there virtually when we came at 6, but it filled up quite a lot and became a bit noisy by the time we left at 7:15. Very good food and friendly service.

ML
MeganL
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We went to Burlesque night - Had dinner then stuck around for the show at the bar. Phenomenal!!! It was our first burlesque show and was such a positive experience, wonderful all around!! Will definitely be coming back! Fried cauliflower was fantastic, and loved the lamb meatballs and roast.

KD
KatieD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

This was one of my favorite spots in Boston when I first moved here but the food has really let me down the last few times. It seemed like everything was made ahead of time and just scoped in the plate last minute with nothing being cooked to order. My grain bowl was random scoops on a plate with no layering at all and my partners food was watery and oily.

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Yellalynne
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic spot for brunch! Great ambiance and vibe with live jazz. Delicious food. Yummy cocktails.

Solid brunch choice!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We went for Sunday brunch. Service was not friendly at all. Our server was all business and did not smile once. She didn’t bring plates for our shared app until I asked. Maybe she was having an off
Day - Food was good - not great. None of us felt our dishes were anything to rave about.

They did have live music which was really nice.

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EmmaF
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We've been to Beehive a few times before without any issues, but this time our brunch food was really lacking in flavor. The food came out fast, but all of our dishes were very bland. The service was excellent, and the staff very friendly as usual.

We saw another table near us send their food back, so we are thinking there was just an issue in the kitchen that day. Either way, we will be returning - hopefully we will have a better experience next time.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice place parking is difficult so if you go on a Saturday get there early to find a spot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience5

We came here for brunch and I was so disappointed. We had reservations for outside which was fine. A selection of draft beers was on the menu, 5/6 beers were not available. What is the purpose of having this on the menu? Brunch came and portions were small, but had nice flavor. The American breakfast markets the potato as hash brown but what was served was small potatoes, not cut, shredded, or anything. When the waiter was questioned, he stated “ this is our rendition.” You should just call them roasted potatoes then. He did not offer to switch this out or bring out another side which is what was most bothersome about the encounter. Overall much better brunch places in the area, go there instead!

MR
MelissaR
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was romantic and welcoming, lots a character! An enjoyable time and food and service was great!
Highly recommend!
Like jazz music is a plus

VM
VeronicaM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Upon readng reviews, I thought that we would be in for a pleasant brunch. It was absolutely disgusting. The shakshuka was barely edible, with an inch of oil on the top, completely over seasoned with the unmistakable taste of garlic powder (not even fresh ingredients). The waiter could not be less interested and I had to go up to the station 2 times to ask for silverware and the check (despite attempting for several minutes to get his attention by the more traditional route of making eye contact and raising hand). The food made me sick, absolutely will not recommend or ever go back.

EG
vipEmilyG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food was terrible, drinks weren’t very good either. The ambience is ok so probably good to go drink as a group but would never go to eat again

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Loud, no rolls, no frills ehh

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jonathonC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was great but the service was very strange. The host & hostess were very pleasant. We then sat and noticed the table was wobbly and asked the server to get a table shim and instead she told us to move to another table. We were fine with it… but we were surprised! Then we ordered drinks and food…. 20 30 mins later the apps came out before our cocktails arrived. With no side plates we asked for the status of our drinks and plates. She then got them and at the end of the meal we felt very rushed even though there was 2 other tables still sitting and we asked for another drink and the server said she couldn’t and we would need to go inside to the bar itself. About 10 min later the table of 4 next to us got another round of drinks from another server and we asked our server and she said…”that wasn’t supposed to happen” in a kind of condescending way and walked off. Overall I prob would go back one more time but would insist on another server.

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vipannettej
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fun place, but host/hostess station seemed a bit disorganized when we got there, in spite of our having a reservation.

BB
vipBillinBoston
New England
67 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Beehive has excellent ambience, appropriate to a restaurant that is nearly adjacent to the Calderwood Theater. The service is also excellent. I have dined there many times and have always enjoyed the experience. The food this time, however, was wildly divergent in quality. My dining partner had the truffle short ribs and I have never seen her have such an enthusiastic reaction to a dish. I also tasted it and it was just wonderful. I had the swordfish, which was the thinnest slice of fish I have ever seen; they must have had a special sushi knife to cut it that thin. It was piled high with a sauce of corn, gravy and pickled onion, which created an unpleasant medicinal taste. I left the restaurant very happy that my friend had such a good time and also very angry that I was served such a yukky, cheap slice of fish.

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c1247c
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Me and my friend waited for our waiter to take our order for over an hour and a half and he never came. He gave us our drink orders and we never saw him or another server after that. I asked for my check from 3 different servers because I was so sick of waiting around. We left and had lunch at another neighboring restaurant. Worst service ever

RG
vipRicGj
New England
28 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Fantastic food. Only concern was that we went to have dinner and to hear the music. Our waitress rushed us out of a great table to hear the music telling us that there would be tables open just before the band started which was clearly not the case. Don’t give up your table, we shouldn’t have.

GM
vipGregM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic waiter and great food. Loved the ambience as well.

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Ten4
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a great time except the music didn’t start playing until 9:45 pm

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Chelsea
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating review

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food was amazing, though what I wanted was out and no one said that when we sat down. I asked for the scampi without lobster, and they were unwilling to make it. The salmon I got instead was fine, but nothing special. My boyfriends roast chicken was incredible. We were unaware of the early patio closing when I made the reservation, so it was disappointing to find out by being rushed out the door after only 45 minutes. We asked about desert and were told “we have it, but we are sort of closing down shop”- no offer to order to go, and no apology. Keep in mind it was 845- only 30 minutes after we sat down. I looked disappointed and the waitress asked me “if it was my birthday or something”- which she may have meant nicely, but it came across a bit rude. There was never any explanation for us being rushed out, we only gathered it by the rushing, and the table being cleared WHILE WE WERE SITTING STILL. We spent $140 on what would have been a nice date, but the overall experience was quite disappointing. We are easy to please and very understanding of these tricky times and short staffing, but felt like we were unwelcome.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The brunch menu was disappointing to say the least

OT
OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails!

CH
CanuckinHtown
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Loved the food and the cocktails

GK
vipGeorgeK
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Setting and service was good. Drinks and food not so much. Avocado toast was beautifully presented but thick, stale bread was difficult to cut and chew. Diet Coke was flat. Mimosa at $14 was 3 ounces of tastelessness, bacon was incinerated and inedible, and French toast was like thick bread pudding. It was a sunny, busy Sunday, with many other brunchers looking as if their menu selections were pleasing to them. For us it was a one and done. Sorry, but you asked.

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vipkarenm
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Love the atmosphere, but pricey.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was soo much fun and the staff was super helpful and friendly. We had a great time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the cocktails and blues music!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and drinks!

FAQs

Beehive does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Beehive also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 423-0069.

Beehive is rated 4.4 stars by 6103 OpenTable diners.

Beehive does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/the-beehive/giftcards.

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.