Beehive

4.5
6147 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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 6147 people are saying
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BLayneC
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place across the board with fantastic music. Looking forward to the next visit!!!

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Peek
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, authentic, artistic place. We experienced Sunday brunch and was happy we did.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to eat and get good drinks

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KarlaC
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to celebrate my anniversary with my husband and it was amazing! Great service!

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LoveEatingOut
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a very enjoyable time. There was a really good jazz band playing as well. nothing overwhelming for a brunch. Food was very different and tasty and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the jazz brunch. Is there anything better than live music with mimosas?

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NataliaP
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They went above & beyond to make our birthday dinner fun & memorable. The jazz band was very authentic and talented!

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juliaw
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at the Beehive! Service was excellent, I had even messed up my reservation date but they were able to accommodate. Food was excellent (but pricey), and the jazz was genuinely wonderful.

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JacquelineW
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the music playing in the background and the live music as well. Wonderful server!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! The food was amazing, drinks were great and the atmosphere was pretty cool with live music!

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Rocksand
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service.

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CarrieH
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our always line the ambience here. Good and dinner fantastic. Drinks a little pricey. Our server Jeffrey was fantastic. Restrooms could use updating and cleaning.

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Maggie
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a grain bowl and eggs shakshuka were both delicious. Server was attentive and pleasant. Seating was comfortable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service we’ve had in a while. Hash delicious. Love the low volume jazz - speakeasy vibe

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vipEvgenyF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The ambiance was good but we found the food to be somewhat heavy.

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Elaine
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our family of four to Beehive on a quiet Tuesday night before the kids head back to their own busy lives. Hadn't been downtown since summer. We usually go to the North End but decided to mix it up. Got there at 6pm. It was not crowded at all but it still had a fun vibe. Cocktails were amazing. All four of us loved what we got. Got the wings as an appetizer. The waiter recommended the sesame chili wings. Came out quickly and were very good. The main courses were amazing and got my kids to order things out of their comfort zone. Baked lemon chicken was amazing and moist. The salmon with black rice and bok choy was great. The parsley sauce was delicious. By the time we left, it was lively without being crowded. The music in Thursday - sunday. We will definitely be back to try their Sunday Jazz Brunch. All in all a very fun early dinner out in the city....and our kids thought we were kinda cool for taking them to a hip place.

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Holly
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was good but not much blues. Food was terrific. great-looking venue

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vipMelissaFlores
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live musicians were amazing!
Coffee cake is a must and all the staff is super friendly.

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vipMetroWesterner
New England
151 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Based on this experience, and with the saturation of great restaurants in that neighborhood, I don't see any reason to ever return to Beehive.

The evening started well. We were early for our reservation, so we sat at the bar. The bartender and several staff members engaged us in very pleasant conversation. I suppose a $75 bar tab for three small drinks (including a good tip) is standard for the area.

We had a nice, secluded table for two. The trio playing live music was very good. Still, it would have been better if they were a little less overwhelmingly loud.

We started off with a sausage appetizer served with a few shreds of lettuce atop a bed of lentils. The sausage was delightfully spicy and paired really well with the mild, creamy lentils. That was a great start, even if it seemed they were kinda stingy with the sausage -- three small slices.

The duck breast, which was highly recommended by our server, was awful. The meat and the mystery gray vegetable served with it were totally tasteless. Literally, no flavor. The only difference was texture. And, have you ever tried to cut a duck breast with a butter knife? After sawing away at it for every bite for about half the meal, the server finally asked how the meal was. I requested a steak knife and that made a huge difference.

The salted caramel tart dessert was adequate and petite. (That's a nice way of saying "small".)

My partner is a picky eater, so the only thing on the menu that he would eat was the chicken breast. $30 for one breast -- bone-in -- seems excessive.

We'd had enough alcohol at the bar, so the meal tab was just the food. Including a good tip, the meal was about $75 apiece. It's not worth that kind of money for a hit-or-miss meal. We're not going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New year’s eve. perfect evening great jazz incredible food!

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HannahH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food came out very quickly! And was so delicious. Was worried they didn’t have live jazz the night I attended, but it started up right around 9PM. Was loud, but to be expected. I loved the “sweet nuthin” cocktail

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Engy
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Terrible service from start to finish. When we got to the beehive they wanted to seat us on the upper floor even though there was a lot of available seats downstairs. The bartender didn't know how to properly serve the beverage, we got served wine in Cognac cups and Cognac in water glasses(!). The food was average and had poor value for money. I would property not come here again.

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ClareS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a selection of appetizers, and each was delicious! Recommend the ribs and the brussel sprouts.
My drink order was wrong, but quickly and pleasantly corrected.
Server couldn't have been more helpful and sweet.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, place is interesting and I liked the decoration, our server Omar took care of us really good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations on food, service and overall experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food4service2ambience4

The Bloody Mary was very watery and not good! Eggs Benedict was delicious and beef hash was good too. Sad about the drink since they’re $15 each!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun place to bring friends! The live music was perfect and the service was excellent. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was really loud with an electronic beat. Not the best to eat, drink and talk by. Food was not hot! French fries mushy and Luke warm. Good came out so fast, you wondered if it was partially cooked already. 17$ for a glass of okay red wine, really! Not so fun, 3 red time at the beehive.

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Ange
New England
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the pleasure of seeing willie j laws band and we were not disappointed, between the amazing food , great drinks and awesome live music i can’t wait to go back ! 10/10 definitely recommend

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PeggyS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Staff was excellent - Efficient and very nice. The food was pretty good - Overpriced, but there was no extra cover for the music, which was great. It was packed, though, with completely maskless people. I won't go back there unless they decide to require proof of vaccination.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I’ve been coming to Beehive for years, and it’s often a go-to spot when I have a friend or family member visiting town. The atmosphere is great (especially when a jazz band is performing), the food and cocktails are always delicious, and I’ve never had a less than stellar experience here. A South End staple

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Brunch was “meh” at best. One entree was incorrect (grain bowl with chicken was ordered) grain bowl with poached eggs was brought to table, we told waitstaff, not until end of meal did they come out with a plate with just chicken on it, no apology no forgiveness on bill. Waiter was super slow. 2 meals were good, 1 was ok, and then the incorrect one was a wash. Wouldn’t recommend especially for the price.

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MeagonN
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food wasn’t worth the price. Wasn’t bad but not great.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Second time at Beehive. Food was tasty and very nice to listen to a live trio playing soft jazz in the morning. But..two times is enough. $100+ for breakfast for two just seems much now and we will search for another great brunch venue in the area.

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vipKJHM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service was great and the place has a nice vibe, but the food seemed overpriced for what it was.

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gailm
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great service at the upstairs bar while we waited for our reservation. The short ribs were terrific. My husband had the chicken and I’m sure he could have eaten more. The broccoli rabe was tasty. Oh yes. Thre. Guests sitting next to us. One gentleman was persistent speaking myself and my husband. He may have had a head start at the bar.

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IreneB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

What a fun atmosphere! It feels just like the "speakeasy" it is trying to emulate. A subterranean den filled with tiny tables and a small stage for music performances. And, the food is very good, if somewhat pricey for what it is. We'll return.

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sarahm
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great waiter service, expansive menu. Food was tasty and served in quick time.

This could seem like a small thing but, especially in times of pandemic, server should not touch rim of water glasses, drink glasses etc when bringing them to table.

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Maricelab
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My husband and I went here for the first time on a date night. Loved the atmosphere and decor! The food was delish and the cocktails were unique and fun. The one drawback was how close our table was to the others. We were practically shoulder to shoulder to the other patrons. Otherwise the live music was fantastic and the food was wonderful and the service was good! Had a great night overall!

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TWeiss
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great time, ended up moving to the bar to have dinner instead. Nothing wrong with tables themselves, we just had close neighbors who... spoke so much, yet said so little (very loudly, nonetheless). Obviously that's not the restaurant's fault.

Food was great, everything from tuna tartare to the steak. Service was awesome too. Highly recommend.

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 4.5 stars by 6147 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.