Branch Line

4.6
1629 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!

Support Branch Line during COVID-19

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 1629 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BethanyI
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Beautiful space, kind servers, delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary - the server was excellent. She let us take our time and not rush our courses

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Subu
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious! Waitress was great. A little pricey but, affordable.

RL
vipRLB1
New England
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was terrific! Outside seating was great. (Would have rated 5 stars, but one main came luke warm - all were tasty though.)

TM
TriciaM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was fantastic!

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Louise
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love Branch Line. Great food lovely atmosphere. I wouldn’t order the mussels though - bland but the snap pea salad is great.

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vipMatt
New England
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Branch Line and always think it will be great, and every time we go it exceeds our high expectations. Tremendous service, delicious food, great atmosphere. All around awesome restaurant!

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PeterC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was quite good, especially the trout.
The only downside is that we had made an 8:30 reservation to sit outside on a Friday evening but still had to wait for at least 20 minutes despite being punctual about our reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Snap pea salad is always delicious

SG
SatwinderG
New England
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food2service2ambience5

My friend ordered the rainbow trout but was given the salmon

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Kris
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first dinner experience at Branch Line and was thrilled with the food and service.

GC
GreggC
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Excellent service by the Hostess and wait staff . The Hostess is so nice !
We had a server who was training who did an amazing job !
The food was just ok . The menu is limited in selection .

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FoodandSki
New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Overall, the quality of the entrees including the rotisserie chicken and NY strip were top notch and cooked very well with the chicken breast still being moist and the skin crispy.

However, there is one table outdoors near the electrical boxes and bus bucket carts that the hostess would try to sit diners at including us unsuccessfully when other tables were open outside. This isn't small as it is no ambiance to dine with a date or with friends and I am sure none of the host staff would chose to sit there themselves. I was also told by the staff to not go in and have a drink as the inside was full, however the bar was barely 1/2 full while waiting for a table. Again, not great for their business if that is the case.

Otherwise, the ambiance was fantastic, food delicious, service on point, and a good experience outside of the initial contact with the host stand and their initial attempt at seating.

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CatherineH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal at Branch Line. It is such a lovely, airy, outdoor setting. The food was delicious, and there were family friendly choices available for our children. We would definitely recommend Branch Line!

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vipSueDash
New England
30 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Branchline!! We relied on you throughout the pandemic (wearing heated vests in all kinds of weather) & it was a treat to see some of the staffs’ faces for the first time today!! Thank you so much for being here for us!!!

SG
SatwinderG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Everything was great. The turkey sandwich was no greAt. There were globs of fat

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NilesH
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The waiter was both very pleasant and professional. The appetiser was delicious and the halibut dish was perfect. The shrimp risotto was far below mediocre. Not even sure which rice was used, highly doubtful it was arborio despite what was stated by the kitchen. The brownie sundae was great. Going back to the risotto, any readily prepared risotto like Alessi’s would have been much, much better. So, overall great service at the table, three dishes great and one dish, the risotto was extremely disappointing. Niles Helmboldt

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DIS1
New England
27 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious. I had the piri piri chicken, which comes with garlic fries -- both were perfect.

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RuthW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I went here to celebrate a birthday and kick off a wedding planning weekend. The food and service were amazing, and we were pleasantly surprised when our server came over and offered complimentary drinks for our celebration! We chatted a bit with her about wedding dress shopping and felt very welcome. The outdoor seating is lovely. Masks were optional for vaccinated guests and we felt safe and distanced from other guests. The Mac and cheese side dish is massive - treat it as an entree. We had the gnocchi, haddock, and the shrimp risotto. All were wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor space, wonderful food. Waiter Sean was attentive and knowledgeable about what is being served. Owner Garrett is very hands-on and seems to try to connect with every diner. Fresh, seasonal ingredients. Something for everyone.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Everything was perfect.

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vipYoSoyFiesta
New England
36 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

My wife, son, and I went to Branch Line for Lunch. The food we had was excellent, but the menu is fairly limited and they do not serve spirits (just wine and beer). They are famous for their rotisserie chicken, which is indeed excellent, but is a bit overpriced for what it is. I had the piri piri chicken, which was very good. My wife had their chicken sandwich, which was huge. We split a lemon sorbet and strawberry shortcake as dessert, which were also very good.

The space is beautiful, and they have a very inviting patio, as well. Parking is very easy as well. Unfortunately, our initial impression was marred by slightly off-putting service. Despite the indoor dining area being completely empty besides us, we were initially sat at a 2-person table that did not have any room for food once the dishes and glasses for 3 people were placed on it. We re-sat ourselves at a larger table, which normally we wouldn't do without talking to staff, but our initial hostess who sat us was clearly not very interested in us nor was our initial server (who, to be fair, seemed to have both indoor and outdoor responsibilities). We had a change in server in the middle of our lunch who was much brighter and more engaging, which really improved our experience.

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vipMari
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Beer and wine selection only. Definitely missing out on the popularity among a good cocktail menu. Could be great for their business, as it would fit their aesthetic perfectly. Food is okay. Kinda bland. No seasoning but good idea and potential with dish options. Good for like a couple drinks and an app or two.

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vipMarieM
New England
16 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, stellar service and adorable patio

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vipbranchout
New England
40 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Branch Line - have been going there regularly for over 5 years. what's not to like? Great food (their chicken is especially good); great beer - lots of interesting on tap stuff; friendly and attentive service, and a wonderful location.

when it gets crowded, as it is most nights, it is loud, so don't bring folks who have hearing problems here as they won't be able to communicate. But for everyone else, try the snap pea salad!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious! Maine mussels, spinach artichoke dip with fresh artichokes, short rib Ragu with pasta, burgers, shrimp risotto and fresh salads were our choices. Short cake and brownie sundaes were perfect special occasion desserts. The kind knowledgeable sommelier helped us navigate the interesting and affordable wine list! We now have new favorite. Thanks much Branch Line for a lovely dining experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a graduation dinner. Everything was great!

SG
SatwinderG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

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vipNosey
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was great

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vipadrianm
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! So nice to have so much outside seating

GW
vipGregW
New England
20 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just about perfect. Friendly fun staff. Food always the best. Great patio

CA
CathrynA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was very good, nice outdoor seating. Service timing was off, but I think they have a lot of new staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place... food, service and ambiance!

SD
vipSueDash
New England
30 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Branchline & visit often! When we arrived for this visit, it was a bit cold but we were prepared to sit outside to celebrate the beginning of summer & the hostess was happy to set us up in the gazebo! We had such fun sitting in the adirondack chairs, sipping a lovely red wine while enjoying our branchline brunch! Many, many thanks for both the wonderful meal and the fantastic service! Cheers to you!

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foodlover
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food.

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katieg
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating area with California chic plantings. Food is HUGE and good value. Side salad is arugula with tomatoes, would be lovely with chicken added. Highly recommend!

KH
KatieH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, lovely patio setting. Branch Line is a go-to for my husband and I.

KC
KarenC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Dining at Branch Line is really delightful, especially eating in their attractive outdoor space when the weather is warm. Staff are generally very attentive, without being overbearing. Food is uniformly good, and beer and wine selections are excellent. However, even when we make reservations through OpenTable we often have to wait several minutes until larger parties are seated before us, which is a little frustrating.

SJ
vipSandJ
New England
27 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside, nice evening and great service. Food is always reliable. I was happy to see how busy the restaurant is, line out the door!

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vipVeggielover
New England
23 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Branch Line is a lovely restaurant to eat outside. Very nice patio.

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 1629 OpenTable diners.

Branch Line does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.branchlinearsenal.com/store/gift-cards/.

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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