Branch Line

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$30 and under
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A neighborhood rotisserie and wood fired grill in the Watertown Arsenal built on a foundation of personalized hospitality.

Featuring a year-round patio and outdoor bocce court, 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 Green Circle 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!

Looking for another reservation? Visit one of our sister restaurants: Island Creek Oyster Bar (Boston & Burlington), Row 34 (Boston & Portsmouth), Eastern Standard, and our cocktail bar, The Hawthorne.
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New England
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never have been disappointed and Saturday evening was on par for anouther wonderful dining experience. Our server knew the menu, wines and offered great personality and engaged us in trying new things. The linguine with clams flavor intensified over time , so go slow and enjoy ! Scallop appetizer very food and with one more scallop could have been an entree. Will be back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Rotisserie chicken was awesome, the restaurant was very noisy though

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JE
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This was a very mixed experience. We loved sitting outside and had some excellent salads to start. People who got cod, chicken and scallop dishes really liked them. However risotto was entirely tasteless and pasta was way way too salty. We left them almost untouched and no one asked why. For a special celebration, wished everything would have been excellent, especially
for the price,

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New England
48 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been here at least a dozen times and it is always awesome. These days the outdoor space is such a haven - you just feel good there and the food and wine list are fabulous.

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p
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The only thing that completely grossed us out was that the large blinds on the windows were filthy!!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A little noisy, but delicious food that satisfied both adventurous and non adventurous eaters. And a vegetarian.

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JF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

He food and service were excellent , it was noisy but i think a major factor was it was Father’s Day so lots of families with small noisy kids so wouldn’t hold it against the restaurant . I was there a prior time and didn’t perceive it being noisy and i high recommend the restaurant

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MG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We went for brunch on Father’s Day, and the service was a bit disorganized and slow. Mistakes were made in entering our order and so it took longer. They nicely allowed us to keep both orders (the mistakes and the correct ones) and they didn’t charge us for our drinks to compensate. That was very nice and appreciated. The food was good, but we missed their usual turkey sandwich - we hope it comes back.

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BZ
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great ambiance and decor, quick service!

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MH
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a summer evening. We had drinks and played bocce and then had dinner- all outside. The scallops and cod dishes were big hits.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate on the outdoor patio. Nice ambiance. Surprisingly loud with the music they were playing. Food and service were great.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a small problem with a function being held in the enclosed patio area. It felt like we were crashing someone’s wedding. The management was extremeely apologetic, very responsive. But I would check before booking to see if the area is being shared by a group function. Otherwise I love the food, service, and the ambience is usually very good.

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NT
New England
24 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been there in awhile but glad we went back. Great atmosphere and decor.
Not too loud. Able to easily have table conversation. Waiter was excellent, attentive and knowledgeable.
Food very good to excellent. Good value.
Menu is not overwhelming but enough variation for all.
Definitely go back sooner this time around.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Our waitress was not great or very attentive

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

Brought a friend with significant food requirements to dinner. Our server took her seriously, conferred with the chef and manager, and marked up a menu of appropriate choices to make and suggestions for "on the side" sauces. It was truly a remarkable experience. Thanks Alex!!

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

I have been to this restaurant several times and have always enjoyed the food. It can be a bit noisy inside on busy nights, but if you can get a table on the patio it’s lovely.

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

We had Sunday Brunch on the patio with kids. The atmosphere was very pleasant and the food was delicious.

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New England
70 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

First error...... ordered a Scotch,rocks,twist.
No Scotch.went with the internet reviews...snap pea salad, half chicken.

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SW
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Love the place, but our chicken salads at lunch were way too salty. Someone must have sprinkled with a very heavy hand.

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C
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have had salads here twice and they are all excellent, fresh vegetables and just the right amount of dressing. Also like the iggy’s bread. Would definitely go back when in the area.

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CR
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My family and I reserved a table at Branch Line for my Harvard graduation celebration. The food was excellent! We did family style roasted chicken along with several appetizers. Definitely some of the best food that I've had in a long time! Great ambiance. Nice menu. Definitely recommended as a way to get out of the hub of Cambridge for a nice, calm, delicious meal! Parking is great as well.

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K
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food!

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SG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I'll give it another try because I want to try that cauliflower sandwich, but my pea salad with chicken was 100% questionable. The salad itself was lovely. But the chicken? Oy. In the first several bites alone, I had to spit three big globs of chicken fat onto my bread plate. As I kept going, I also found cartilage and a bone (once I'd already bit into them). Careless and entirely unpleasant in a dining experience.
The bread was INSANELY good, but it's not their bread, so ...

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Attention to detail is paramount here!

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Denver
9 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a fun lingering, very quiet Sunday brunch with old Watertown neighbors while the local Memorial Day parade was going on. Great easy parking, ADA access for friend with cane. Loved the pea tendril salads with and sans chicken OJ mimosa for gals and eggs/sausage and potatoes with special sauce for guys. I had a taste of husband’s sweet vanilla ice cream with Carmel and Hazelnut topping. Over the top taste; likely dangerous calorically, too. The bocci court staffed up with teams outside in the glorious sunshine as we wrapped up. We were grateful not to be rushed and catch up on family news and local politics and saw lots of other things we’d like to eat on the menu.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We sat outside, and the restaurant has done a wonderful job to give this area great ambiance. We were disappointed by the chicken, which was so highly rated, but which we thought really didn't have much flavor. It felt awfully overpriced. Standouts to me were the salmon entree (delicious!), the snap pea salad, and the Bocce ball court outside!

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BM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

This the second time I have been there and both occasions the service was amazingly slow.

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New England
24 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great space — both indoor and outdoor. The rotisserie chicken with potatoes was delicious! Cod was terrific too. Interesting beer selection. Casual, fun.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I love the set-up of Branch Line. Your outside seating is outstanding. Where Branch Line could improve: 1) Service (we found that Branch Line was understaffed as the primary issue...however, our waitress was not exactly friendly) 2) Menu selection (the menu seemed to be stuck in Winter...roasted vegetables, etc. For Memorial Day Weekend...you would think that it would incorporate fresh Spring ingredients) 3) Flavors ( Branch Line has great quality food...ingredients are fresh and well cooked...if it could just enhance some of the flavor profiles it would truly differentiate itself). Thanks again for being a solid restaurant in Watertown.

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

Delicious food. Great service. Awesome atmosphere

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MP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner - we had steak, roast chicken and the burger. The roasted cauliflower with vinaigrette is amazing. The roasted potatoes with pan drippings was also popular. Awesome Caesar salad. The pan drippings appetizer is so good. Nice wine selection and a very knowledgeable sommelier. Noisy restaurant but fun atmosphere; cool old building.

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MS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A little pricey, but great outdoor seating! Service is fast, even with larger groups.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at a high top on the patio. Great service. Great food. Try the calamari- delicious! Will definitely be back.

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JW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, casual elegance, and exceptional service at the bar, and reservations are accepted for bar service.

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant and ambience with a good beer assortment. Think it’s overpriced

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious food. Love the patio!

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PP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Aside from the noise level , the food was great along with the wait staff. The group I was with are not wine or beer con-osiers but we were so very appreciative of the wait staff of professionals that helped us navigate through the extensive offerings. The decor was incredible and exhibited a rich culture of times gone by of the old Historic Watertown.

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OT
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was okay. We had NY Steak Strip. It was tough and more fat than expected. The 1/2 chicken was not worth $23. It was salty. The cod was good, but nothing special. They only serve beer and wine, no cocktails. The service was good although they did not bring the second round of bread since they offered it. We will not be going back there anytime soon.

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CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, beautiful design and ambiance. Thank you for a great meal and a wonderful experience!

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C
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful year round restaurant. Serves only wine and beer but the choices are deep. Food is excellent although can be uneven. For example last month the pork chop was too dry. This time it was moist and delicious. Server was perfect. Desserts yummy as well.

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