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Branch Line, Watertown, MA
Branch Line, Watertown, MA
Branch Line, Watertown, MA
Branch Line, Watertown, MA
Branch Line, Watertown, MA

Branch Line

4.6
4.6
2450 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Hi Friends!

Branch Line is a neighborhood rotisserie and wood fired grill in the Watertown Arsenal built on a foundation of personalized hospitality.

Featuring a year-round patio. Branch Line offers something for everyone. Twenty taps continuously change and offer a great craft beer selection, while a curated wine list features bottles that are value-driven and also ready for any special occasion.

The Crystal Valley Rotisserie Chicken spins and roasts in sight of nearly every table in the dining room while the fire roars under vegetables, fish, and meat. The "Little Chicken" menu is great for kids, too!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Mediterranean, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 420-1900
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Branch Line offers several private dining options including full restaurant buyouts, intimate gatherings on our year-round heated and covered patio, a game or two of bocce on our bocce court, or simple dinners for 10. Easily customizable menus. Free and abundant parking.
  • Private party contact
    Deena Marlette: (617) 420-1900
  • Neighborhood
    Watertown
  • Cross street
    Kingsbury Ave
  • Parking details
    Branch Line is located within the Watertown Arsenal. Free parking is ample in the lot just outside of the restaurant or in the garage. You can find the entrance to Branch Line on the back side of 321 Arsenal Street. We are behind the Panera Bread and the Mosesian Center for the Arts.
  • Public transit
    Access via the MBTA Buses: 59, 64, 70, 71, 73
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mid-Afternoon Menu

    Multiple dates available
    For reservations made during the period of 3-4:30 on Saturdays and Sundays we will be featuring a smaller Mid-Afternoon menu. It has snacks, salads, soup and of course CHICKEN! If you would like the dinner menu, please reserve after 4:30 and for Brunch before 3pm. Thank you for choosing Branch Line!

What 2,450 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Great for outdoor dining

2,450 Reviews
  1. MedfordGuy

    New York City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Love branchline. The chicken drippings, drink selection and main courses are fantastic and if you're covid paranoid, it's a good spot with outdoor seating in a heated tent.

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  2. SteveR

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always reliable and fun with excellent and friendly service.

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  3. CaitlinJ

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is always the best! Excellent food, great service, lovely ambience! We had a great time!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Was not informed prior to sitting down there was a Prix-fixe menu. My partner is gluten free and was expecting options other than red meat, which she isn’t supposed to eat. Service was great and friendly but you should definitely inform people beforehand that there will only be three options for dinner.

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  5. sanibelbound

    Greater Boston

    96 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I reserved thru opentable. There was no indication that the menu was prix fix. Also no indication of a prix fix menu on the Branch Line website. Had I known that I wouldnt have gone there. I dont like restaraunts dictating what I want to eat. I could have left and gone someplace else but it was freezing cold and very windy. Most likely wouldn't have got in someplace else at 7PM on Valentines day. Next time I'll call and ask about the menu choices.

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  6. MaxL

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was way too expensive to be worth the value. Two of us got the Valentine’s Day special and ordered 1 15 dollar drink and total came out to 200+ with tip and tax

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Branch Line. It is always a fun, lively restaurant with scrumptious food. Valentine’s Day dinner did not disappoint. Only one criticism: the long line of tables (for two) in the main dining room was way too crowded. Tables were jammed together.

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  8. carolp0921

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Walked out, they should have stated it was a fixed menu $75 per person. The menu was nothing we liked. Maybe they should have posted the menu on social media.

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  9. Outdoorsman

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and experience. Good ambience and staff was attentive.

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  10. RunnerEdu8rMom

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely meal & experience. Price point is a little high, but food delicious. Our server was very friendly & attentive.

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  11. pippa

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Branch line has incredible food, great vibes and amazing service.

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  12. Watertownfoodie

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An experience restaurant, warm post-industrial environment, great crowd on a Tuesday, a locals go-to after work, consistently excellent food and service. I've brought several friends to eat here and have never been disappointed. Portions are generous. Their take out dinners are the best.

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  13. echo

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious. Good wine selection. Great roasted chicken with updated flavor seasoning. Like the addition of new vegetables. Tried the caramelized roasted Brussels sprouts. Yummy

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  14. Vale

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time here for my birthday brunch. They easily accommodated our 12 people table and we he food was awesome!

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  15. MaryP

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service, fun craft cocktails, great setting and ambiance. Food was delicious; chicken soup and original rotisserie chicken the highlights! We can’t wait to try more when we return.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chunk was one of the best servers we have ever had!

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  17. llll

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place, a very special spot. Great drink and food options. Love the chicken, both piri piri and the specials. We’ve been a few times now and will keep coming back, they are always attentive to our special requests on our reservation.

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  18. RichardB

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time but won’t be the last. Great ambience and feel. The food from the apps to dessert were solid across the board for our family of 5. Everyone loved their dinner. The chicken, yes chicken, especially the Peri Peri, was unbelievable.

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  19. Mese

    Greater Boston

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was super busy and diners did not give up their tables so despite our reservation we waited a long while to be seated. The lead host was extremely accommodating, she kept checking on us, found us space at the bar and literally covered our drinks and most of our food costs. We were surprised and very appreciative of the generosity and thoughtfulness. In short, her actions reminded me once again why Branch Line is a very special restaurant on many levels.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall it was a good experience, service and food. Everyone was happy and satisfied with the food

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  21. Veggielover

    Greater Boston

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I love their sugar snaps pea salad and their French fries with rosemary! It was crowded at 5:00 PM.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I had an appetizer, mains and drinks. It was a bit pricey but we enjoyed the ambiance. We also weren’t overly impressed with the food, but we also did not get their popular item, the chicken. I believe had we got the rotisserie chicken, we would have been more satisfied with the whole experience. Overall I still gave it a 7/10. I would be interested to go back.

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  23. Kiki

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Even after ournfriends were 20 min late joining us, or server Morgan never missed a beat. When my friends steak came out under-done( she has a thing about blood in the plate), Morgan whisked it away and moments later it was cooked to my friends liking. We got there at 6 and left at 10pm….I’d say that was a great night!

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  24. Rich

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Squid appetizer and piri piri chicken 💯 excellent service

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  25. DianeT

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal and service. Chef has added some new and creative dishes to the menu, wine list has also been amped up. Can’t wait for my next visit!

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  26. TaverlyS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the most amazing dinner. Can't wait to go back. Everything was excellent

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Our server didn’t quite get our order right twice. It he was still really nice, friendly and gave great descriptions of the dishes on the menu. I thought the chef was a little too heavy on the salt. Otherwise delicious.

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  28. Talia

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Sekali x Branch Line dinner was amazing! We would definitely come back for more collaboration dinners.

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  29. amonymous

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We sat outside in the heated tent for the Sekali popup. It was surprisingly comfortable for winter. The only negative is that they brought our 4 apps and entree at the same time with limited table space. It was a rush to eat items before they get cold and to make space with a toddler at the table we had to put waters and empty plates on a nearby counter.

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  30. Tommy

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for the Sekali pop up collaboration. Solid food and service. This place is my fave restaurant in Watertown.

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  31. GaryG

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Heard lots about the restaurant and looking forward to it. We're not whiners or chronic complainers, but we were underwhelmed. * Our waiter was pleasant, but not sharp, attentive, preemptive, etc. Examples: Empty dishes stayed on smallish-for-four table. Two of us had the spiked hot chocolate sitting at the bar beforehand. Ordered again with dessert - "sorry, they're out." Ask the bartender, we said. Sure enough, not out. * Minor issue: booked as a birthday dinner. Nothing happened; not even a cupcake with a candle. Sort of trivial issue, but reflects lack of attention to detail. * Loved the space - probably great in the summer with its high ceilings, but in the winter it was cold. Feet and legs chilly throughout. Need fans to blow down that warm air I assume was sitting high up there. * Food was good, but not high-priced good. I liked the sticky ribs, partner didn't dislike, but didn't love. Bolognese was quite good, as was Cobb salad; farm potatoes and haricots verts unremarkable. IMHO, if you're going to spent $300+ on dinner for four, you should be at least minimally blown away.

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  32. marv

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Branch Line is a great dining option. The food is delicious and staff are very kind. It was good for our small group of three. Despite the restaurant feeling full, the seating was comfortable for our group.

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  33. Andrew

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Peri Peri chicken was delicious. Our server was excellent and provided great suggestions for dinner and sides. They have a curated wine list with French and Italian options.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Just Amazing! We love Branch Line, I’ve been there many times over the years and never been disappointed, Me and my wife went to celebrate our Anniversary, I wrote a note on the reservation about our celebration and the staff went overboard with the whole experience. We were greeted at the host stand and immediately congratulated us and hand us a Congratulatory Note, we follow her to our table which they have the touch of give us a corner one. Victor along with Abigail and the whole staff make us feel like home, very friendly, knowledgeable and professional, the Kitchen and Bar sent us complementary food and drinks and made us feel like we were the kings of the night. Rarely you find this kind of hospitality now days, definitely one of the best places to go out. The wine selection and cocktails are great food is amazing and the Sundae dessert is to die for. 100% recommend either for a casual dinner, a romantic one or hang out with friends. Thank You Branch Line Tobe & Sarah

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  35. amcc

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    the cuisine is straightforward. Rotisserie chicken a reliable staple, as is snap pea salad. Solid service, nice outdoor space when available. Good parking. Decent value.

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  36. JohnG

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, relatively inexpensive fine dining spot in Watertown. Known for its rotisserie chicken (the honey glazed special was excellent), and I enjoyed the Manhattan selections.

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  37. Lunchtimediner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best place for a good time out with friends.

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  38. ColleenB

    New York City

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outdoor seating area was open, spacious, beautiful (holiday lights!), covered and warm! Service was very attentive, kind and accommodating (we were a group of 9 with 3 small children!). Appetizer Carrots and the snap pea salad very yummy. French fries were out of this world yummy!! Warm pretzel was a bit stale. All the chicken dishes were very delicious! The miso salmon was tasty, but a bit Luke warm in temp. Sadly, The eggplant parm was chewy and tough, and COLD.

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  39. stevep

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Appetizers: Pretzels and cheese dip: we've had a cheesier dip with a larger portion many other places. Feta with accompaniments: tasty, good size. Chicken soup: broth was only warm, but the overall taste and the noodles were good. Veal meatballs were tasty and almost enough to call an entree, our best choice. And the Pea salad was good as usual, tasty, and crunchy. The cider Old Fashioned was excellent.

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  40. setti3532

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, good cocktail menu and great service!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Branch Line using the Order Online button. Branch Line also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 420-1900.

Branch Line is rated 4.6 stars by 2450 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Branch Line

321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Kingsbury Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Watertown
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Mediterranean, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Branch Line is located within the Watertown Arsenal. Free parking is ample in the lot just outside of the restaurant or in the garage. You can find the entrance to Branch Line on the back side of 321 Arsenal Street. We are behind the Panera Bread and the Mosesian Center for the Arts.
  • Public transit
    Access via the MBTA Buses: 59, 64, 70, 71, 73
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (617) 420-1900
  • Private party facilities
    Branch Line offers several private dining options including full restaurant buyouts, intimate gatherings on our year-round heated and covered patio, a game or two of bocce on our bocce court, or simple dinners for 10. Easily customizable menus. Free and abundant parking.
  • Private party contact
    Deena Marlette: (617) 420-1900
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