Branch Line

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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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DS
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Pork chops were tough and too salty, but otherwise the meal was good.

LA
New England
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Not on patio during subarctic temps, and windy too

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We have been going for years. We love Branchline! The food and atmosphere never disappoint and the service is usually top notch. It’s the perfect place for a special occasion and casual date night.

M
New England
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the Sugar Snap Pea Salad and my mom got the Cauliflower Melt. We shared the fried potatoes. Everything was delicious!

M
New England
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Branchline! This is our go to restaurant. We are in the midst of moving and decided late in the day that we had no food in the house, so we decided to head out in a cool, rainy night. Such a haven. Our seats at the bar were reserved for us and everyone was attentive! Service is always spot on!
Food was superb, we were still talking about it the next day.

CD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food, great beer, great ambiance! Love the sugar snap pea salad!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice evening

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lively atmosphere, great service. Food was over-salted

YB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was disappointing compared to past experiences. The trout was over cooked and dry as well as the pork chops. The short ribs were too thin and chewy. Service was great as usual though.

d
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We loved the food and ambience on our first visit. But this, our second visit, was disappointing: much of the food was too salty (the pea salad, the chicken - even the brownie!) and my husband's entree (cod) was served lukewarm (if that) (although when we mentioned it, they did take it back and cook a new dish, served hot). We will likely return, as it is so convenient to the New Rep Theater, but hope the food improves, or it was just a bad night.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rotisserie chicken is worth the hype. My friends also enjoyed their chicken and loved the ambiance of the restaurant.

S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The rotisserie chicken was overpriced and swimming in too much grease

SS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Perfect location to get together with a friend to chat. We both ordered the sausage and fried eggs. Sausage was good but there was a maple syrup aïoli that visually was similar to fat! Although I knew it was aïoli I had a hard time not to notice the texture and visual aspect of it.
My coffee was really cold when I got it but my friend’s tea was ok. There was nothing on our table except for our plates. We had to ask for mustard, ketchup and bread.
The ambiance is lovely. The waiters are friendly and overall we had a good time and I will recommend it to others but I had to mention the negatives too to be fair

j
New England
25 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lively environment, attractive setting. Attentive staff marred only by busyness and kitchen issues...one of 8 meals not hot, for example.
Well received by newcomers. Will go back; have been several times before.

TM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Sadly, the food at Branch Line seems to have gone downhill. We were there for a pre-theater meal on a Saturday night, and enjoyed the competent attentive service and the dynamic vibrant space- but the food has gotten lackluster. The sugar snap pea salad is as delightful and refreshing as ever, but the other dishes were bland and uninspired. The tiger shrimp starter was way overpriced and the shrimp mushy. The chicken and rice soup was bland. The short ribs were a teeny tiny portion that was a bit like Korean kalbi but tough. I don't know if there is a new chef or a lack of attention to detail, but I worry for the future of this lively Watertown restaurant when new and possibly better restaurants set up shop at Arsenal Yards.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar for a glass of wine and a quick bite to eat. We had the half rotisserie chicken with roasted potatoes and the burger. So good! We love it here.

TC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was good but bland. Nothing exciting and thus not entirely worth the price. Best part of the menu was the desserts!

OT
New England
39 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very interesting menu in a wonderful space. Noise level is energetic early on during dinner but after awhile it tapered off somewhat. Open kitchen concept is fun to watch and the food choices are pretty varied. There seems to always be more than enough choices for me to feel "I have to return to try the pork chop but I can't pass up the Carbonara" feeling. Wings were tasty and tangy, made a nice app. A diner at the table next to me had the chicken soup that smelled incredible so I'll have that next time. All in all a very good dining experience.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love it there. The chicken is out of this world.

MA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We have dined at Branch Line many times, especially before attending a New Rep performance. Dina and other Branch Line staff are always very helpful, and the food and service are usually of a high level. However, on this particular occasion, the service was uncommonly slow between the appetizers and the entrees, and there was confusion by the wait person about the orders (three duplicate orders of the snap pea salad were delivered!).

While others enjoyed their meal selections, when they finally arrived, I found the oven roasted cod a little under-seasoned for my personal taste.

I hope that these comments will taken for what they are intended, i.e., constructive feedback. Overall, Branch Line is still a favorite for us, especially if we're attending a New Rep play afterwards.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

We arrived at 6:30 in order to have dinner in time for the 8 PM show right next-door at the New Rep Theater and our food did not come until 7:45 PM. We were so rushed that we could not enjoy our food. The manager did comp us the drinks we had ordered but it really was not an enjoyable dining experience.

JK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, warm,welcoming staff, and great food. I will be back

KC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was excellent

M
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

This place was all the rage when it opened. I still can't figure out why. Maybe if you like rotisserie chicken it's good. But for people who eat plant-based meals, this has one of the worst menus around. ONE lunch entree that did not involve chicken, fish or meat? I ordered the cauliflower melt which was - no exaggeration - - about 10 tiny cauliflower florets with a tiny bit of boring melted cheese on an enormous slab of bread. Really? The only reason I've gone back is because the location is good. But this week was the last time. I suggest the chef go have a meal at Alden & Harlow. It's by no means a vegetarian restaurant, but it's one of the best places around for a vegetarian meal. Hey, it's the 21st century! There's no reason for non-meat entrees to be an after-thought.

8
New England
48 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We eat here often and always enjoy our meal. A few members of our party commented on how salty everything is and I do agree - a little heavy-handed on the salt. That said, we love the menu, environment and service. The food is generally delicious. My favorite is the snap pea salad. We will go again but a little less salt would be good!

ZW
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Staff was friendly and the food was prepared and brought to us quickly!

LS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A group of 7 pals from high school got together to celebrate their 70th year on the planet. Dinner on Branch Line's patio was almost perfect for this. It was perfect in every way but one -- due to the ambient noise level, cross-table conversation was pretty much impossible. From past experience, in milder seasons when the patio canopy walls are removed the patio would probably be perfect in this regard too.

RL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Branch Line is a wonderful place to have dinner before a play at New Rep. Easy parking, we had a wonderful server, they are gluten-free friendly, and the meal was great. We enjoyed it a lot.

JR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food and ambience were very good, the waiters very pleasant, but it took a long time to get each plate.

EC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is my third visit and I thought the food was slightly better on two past trips but still very good. I think the dessert menu could be better. But all in all it’s a great restaurant.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience4

Food was just too salty. Awesome venue and great service, but the food really wasn’t that good

EM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an excellent experience. The service was great. We plan to come again soon.

K
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live not far from Branchline, which has proven to be a problem; we find ourselves there too often.

T
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A good spot. Good food, active environment. Would go again but after 6:00. Tables for two rather close to each other.

JB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Never disappoints!

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All good except wedge salad! Not very fresh tasting! Great trout!

EM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience3

It’s a shame that this restaurant doesn’t have a better menu with a larger selection of meals because the venue is great. Even their signature chicken dish was disappointing because it didn’t include any veggies or salad. Chicken was ok but served in a watery sauce with a few potatoes. Prices are high considering the food was average.
Service was excellent.

AC
Italy
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful venue.

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m
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we're never disappointed here! food is always wonderful...

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Branch Line is now one of my favorite restaurants to go to. It is very hip, trendy, and modern. I love the dim lighting. The service is also phenomenal. And don’t even get me started on how amazing the food is...

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