Branch Line

4.7
1825 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!

Experiences

  • Weather Dependent Patio

    Multiple dates available

    This Reservation is a weather dependent table.
  • 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!

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
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
What 1825 people are saying
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4.7
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4.7
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Sheila
New England
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Amaro drink
Snap pea salad was excellent
Chicken salad sandwich was enough
Appetizer of bread with Chicken Drippings was returned as Drippings was too salty
Server was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in for my birthday dinner and it was really lovely. Sat and the bar- food was delicious and service was great. Will be back!!

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SherrynLynne
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, great food, terrific servers… And the visual element is wonderful

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Mbc2002
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and it was a beautiful night to eat outside. Thank you for helping us celebrate the new year!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat at the bar for a New Years dinner. The bartenders were knowledgeable and thoughtful. Our experience was excellent and the Sticky Ribs were unbelievably delicious. Drinks were great, too! We’ll definitely be back for a date night!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Came for New year’s Eve dinner. Over-priced mediocre food. Decent cocktails. Waiter was perhaps the best part of our dining experience.

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vipSueDash
New England
37 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Branchline & since we planned a quiet New Years Eve at home watching Boston fireworks, we enjoyed a lovely late lunch on New Year's Eve! The food & sips were fantastic (bubbles for me, a local brew for my wonderful husband) Our server, Cassandra was wonderful and it was a special treat to see Sean! Many thanks to the entire team for taking care of us so well throughout all of 2021 - cheers to 2022!!

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vipMarkG
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding roast chicken. Salad and other sides all really good. Very nice bottle of wine also a good value.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Branch line is our favorite restaurant in Watertown! The food and service is always excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I we’re new customers of this restaurant and the customer service was great. The food was amazing. We will be back again soon. I highly recommend this place

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Branch Line is one of our favorite restaurants. We recommend it highly. Great service, great food and a warm, cozy atmosphere. They have an open-air but covered/heated patio if you don’t want to dine indoors.

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vipClovesnyc
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent.

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Mariah
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I received a gift card from a colleague and my fiance and I were very excited to go to Branch Line for a special dinner. I have been to the restaurant several times, but he hadn't been so we were both really looking forward to it.

I made the reservation for 7:15 so we would have plenty of time to get there (we live over 40 minutes away). When we arrived at Branch Line, all of the twinkling lights were outside and as we moved closer to the building we noticed that there was nobody in the restaurant. There was no sign that the restaurant was closed due to covid. We were extremely upset and there was no notification that the restaurant was closed on open table so we would have no way of knowing that the restaurant was closed. We were very disappointed in Branch Line and we will try to come back another time. I would expect more from this restaurant and they need to do better.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had Christmas Eve dinner at Branch Line and it was delicious! The outside seating was comfortable and warm and the service was OUTSTANDING! Looking forward to going back.

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Kelly
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Our server was pleasant and attentive. Food runners brought over three incorrect dishes to our table. One of the appetizers (grilled shrimp) was not good. Perhaps bad shrimp? No one at table could eat it and one person actually spit out into their napkin.Main dishes were good but not amazing especially for the price.

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Looking4NewDiningSpots
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of 5 enjoyed XMas Eve dinner here. 1st visit. The hospitality, service and food exceeded our expectations. Our server was gracious and honest with his dish recommendations. Don’t let the construction in the plaza deter you from dining here. TY Branch Line!!!

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ErinF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a mixed Vegetarian and Meat Eaters table so I was concerned there were not enough entrees for our friends. But it worked out perfectly, the sides provide lots of options. The food was excellent, fresh and the services was fantastic. We are so happy Branchline had outdoor seating (with heaters) for Christmas Eve. It made a very important holiday during a tricky time really special. Thank you Branchline staff!

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vipDaveC
New England
63 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service! The burger is really good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came highly recommended by a friend and didn’t disappoint in any level. Everything we ordered was excellent; no notes.

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vipItalophile
New England
24 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We greatly appreciate the outdoors seating option and how warm we were in 30 degree weather because of terrific heaters. The ambiance is fun and the good is good. Portions are generous and the value is good. This was our second visit in a week and we enjoyed both times and will return again.

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RobertS
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Branch Line is our go to restaurant for sit down dinner in Watertown. Terrific choices on the menu. I'd particularly recommend the sticky ribs and the scallops on lemon rissoto. The wine list is also excellent.

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AbeSav
New England
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Don't leave Branchline without trying the chicken! It is absolutely delicious whether in the Cobb salad or the quarter piece or larger. Get some to go, too! Yum.

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vipkarent
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Branch Line many times and it was always solid, but they have recently upped their game with availability of cocktails and well designed in house restrooms.

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AaronF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had the Piri Piri Chicken and it was so well spiced and it’s nice to see the open kitchen prepare everyone’s food.

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vipWauzo
New England
41 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was perfect. Wish it was available more frequently -

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kiml
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, atmosphere and service was excellent and we will be returning soon! Felt safe too.

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viplive2eat
New England
83 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch dining experience, the brunch menu has breadth, creativity, and variety. The service was excellent. Diners are spaced out throughout the dining room, so we felt safe and comfortable. The new Gem Salad was fresh and had just enough ingredients to make it interesting without being overwhelming. My dining companion had the eggplant parm sandwich which was ample, hot, and delicious.
The space is very impressive. The thought, planning and serious investment are evident in the details.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food2service4ambience4

The soups were spilled in the packaging

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JohnW
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to have a great meal. Would recommend To friends.

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vipLinky
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very pleasant dining experience. Good food, reasonable prices and pleasant and accommodating staff. What more would you want? Will definitely go back!

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Nubba3
New England
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great variety of menu items, great food, great service.

CJ
vipCJA3
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal! Great flavors! Wonderful wait staff - highly recommended!

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Emily
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food & drink, great service. Strongly recommend.

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ABCD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was very poor. My glass of wine was not brought until after the appetizer. Worse they brought the main courses while the gfourv off us were still eating the appetizers. Very poor indeed

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vipIsh55
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and beer in a nice open space. Fun for all.

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vipEarl
New England
51 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Nice ambiance, although it was too crowded when I arrived at 1 pm. But got better after 30 minutes.
An excellent service, ample parking yet average food. I was disappointed with the vegeterian options and the tiny mug of ipa beer accompanied with even smaller pretzel
The cost was too high for the medium quality
I will not return

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Nela
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, food and service are always excellent. Thank you so much for making my lunch so enjoyable. Love everything about this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Too cold to eat outside!!

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RachelE
New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I can't wait to go back. The piri piri chicken was awesome! and so was the red sangria.

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vipSnowboundNYC
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing roast chicken. Big thumbs up.

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 4.7 stars by 1825 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.

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