Branch Line

4.5
796 reviews
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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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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

out of town visitors

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K
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambience of this place. We had reservations to sit at the bar. Arrived early and greeted well by host and bartender. It was a little confusing to see how the reservation at the bar works but within 15 min- only 5 min after our reservation, we were able to sit. I was confused how they manage the seating at the bar as there were other people waiting behind those seater- but it worked that the people in front of us left.
That said, everything was great- we ordered the chips and dip which were very tasty despite something you would have at home. They were a great way to start our meal. Then we shared the Caesar salad, risotto made with black rice which was creamy and flavorful but not too starchy as when it’s made with other rice varieties. We also shared the half chicken as it seemed like a speciality of theirs- definitely came through. The chicken with only a few potatoes(too bad) was absolutely phenomenal- crispy skin and so tasty. I would make sure someone at the table orders some chicken if only to share!
Definitely returning but make reservations ahead of time- very busy place!

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TA
New England
681 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great here. Execution is always on point... great flavors, best ingredients, proper service, excellent environment... which is why we frequent often. Tonight, scallop app, snap pea salad, cauliflower, half chicken, carrots, sweet cream ice cream with salted caramel and hazelnuts (the perfect ending). A bottle of white from Fichet was a great match. Love it here.

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JL
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice vibe and great beer choices. The menus was interesting and my grilled salmon was great!

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New England
43 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, attentive service, excellent food, great ambiance. One of our favorite places to eat.

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G
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food with interesting choices. A bit noisy when the restaurant was full, but I would definitely go to Branch Line again.

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S
New England
43 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Heard good things about this place and love trying new restaurants (new to me). I loved the industrial vibe -- old factory building repurposed into restaurants & theater. My salad with steak was great and the dressing was delicious. My friend enjoyed her chicken salad too. We met there at lunch time and didn't realize this was the place to go for all the businesses around there -- pretty noisy but snagging a corner table made it okay. They have a great selection of beer so I'll be back and would also like to try other interesting menu items.

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c
New England
70 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

this is the 2nd time in a row I've been there where the service is very slow and non attentive.
server made an excuse they didn't expect they would be so busy. he did apologize and it was not his fault.
they need to do something to fix this issue
food was great

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

They are well known for the chicken which I had about a year ago- this time it was not crispy and was cold. When I told that to the waitress she did not offer to heat it up for me and just said it was because they were busy. That would not encourage me to come back. The others in my group liked their meals but it was not special. For the price it should be better!
The service was super slow. Luckily we were happy to hang out and talk.

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C
New England
35 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love Branch Line and this was another excellent dining experience.
Adam was a great waiter and the service was flawless.
My husband had the double stack burger which he pronounced outstanding.
We always get the sugar pea snap salad which is one of our favorites.
I had the chicken and my only small complaint is that adding the fried potatoes to the dish makes them soggy.

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MM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food and service. Friendly staff! Lively atmosphere, in spite it being hidden. We will definitely be back.

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k
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it at Branch Line, and keep on returning. The service is outstanding. Great space, and ambience. The food is very good, consistent, and the prices are fair.

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New England
44 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We’ve been here many times and are charmed each time. Very friendly staff, the food is great and even our kids love going there. A particular shoutout to the wine team there!

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K
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food,great service except small particles debris from ceiling falling. Manager was very responsive and offered to move us.

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Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I get to Boston one of the first things I do is make a reservation at Branch Line - this has become one of my favorite restaurants in the area. Housed in one of the huge warehouse-like spaces of the Arsenal, the setting is just magic. The food is fantastic - the rotisserie chicken isn't just a meal... it's an experience. Wine selection is fabulous - the by the glass selections are exceptional. Service is professional but warm and personal. I only wish this restaurant was located near my home base in Philly so I could share the experience with family and friends.

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SW
New England
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have had many delicious meals at Branch Line which is why we were so disappointed with our meal this week: the signature chicken, sadly, was simply not up to par (very dry and lacking flavor) and our side dishes also just okay. We dined on a Monday night so perhaps the A team was not in the kitchen.

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DS
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really well executed “simple” food. Great wine and beer list. Definitely will return

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A
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Rotisserie chicken is awesome. Scallops were delicious. Chicken soup was greasy and is better avoided. The draft beer selections were plentiful and satisfying. Panna cotta rounded off our tasty and pleasant meal.

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AO
New England
36 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great use of space, delicious food, terrific service - what more could you want?
Only beer and wine, FYI

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KB
New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant atmosphere. We were indoors and the space was not noisy so conversation was easy. Menu has enough variety for us and included very sumptuous options. The chicken, pork, and steak were all very well prepared and exceptional. Love the beer options and wines were very good. Great location and perfect if you're going to the theatre at the New Repertory Theatre in the same building. Will certainly visit again!

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JU
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had lunch with my parents and they really enjoyed it. They both ordered a dish with chicken which is what branchline does so well. I ordered the seared rare tuna salad and It was very good but I felt that the tuna had a bit of a fishy smell to it.thats always a turn off for me. It wasn’t bad enough to send the food back but just enough to turn my appetite after eating half the salad. The service was excellent as always.

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B
New England
30 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I hadn't been to BranchLine for a while ... upon my return, I was surprised how outstanding the service was, but how limited the menu is, and how expensive it is, especially where there is nothing very special about the preparation. The food is good, but most items are grilled or rotisserie. The sauces tasted store bought, not chef created. I will try it again, but maybe when some business partner is paying.

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A
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic local spot with amazing unique beer and wine. “Spatchcock” Monday is a great deal for a dinner for two or more!

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

The food is always good: Pea salad, truffle pasta (loved it). Service was friendly, efficient. Only complaint is the noise level. The high ceiling makes it difficult to hear.

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KM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Barely any steak on the salad...very disappointing.

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JT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice time. Good wine recommendations. Food was good, especially for the price.
Black risotto was good, but not great.
Snap pea salad was fantastic.
Wife’s fish was very good.

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TA
New England
681 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! One of the few places where I can always count on an enjoyable meal that delivers in every way.

Chow tonight: Grilled Scallops (an amazing dish, perfect), Grilled NY Strip, Double Stack Burger, Fried Potatoes, Roasted Carrots.

Service: Excellent, as usual.

Be back soon...

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We went for prefix New Years, the food was good! And on a normal night this is one of my favorite restaurants! With the prefix they did run out of some dishes and the it was very obvious the dessert had been pre made and frozen. Through and through a great dinner, except for these little issues.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great time on a New Years Eve date with my wife. We had the holiday prix fixe with wine pairings. This was a 4 course meal with 3 choices for each course. Every dish we had was at least very good, most were excellent. Yellowfin crude and broiled oysters were standouts. The portions were set to leave room for dessert, but plenty satisfying. The wines in the pairings were all excellent. A burgundy Pinot Noir served with the strip steak entree was exceptional. Our reservation was for 8:30, which seemed to be the peak, and we had a wait for our table and then for our server to get us started, as it looked like she got 3 tables at once. Still, once she got there service was excellent the rest of the night, attentive, friendly and timely without being rushed or overbearing. We’ll be back.

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A
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent New Year’s Eve meal with the exception of the dessert course. Not inspiring - especially the very runny creme brûlée.

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J
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Went on New Year's Eve. Service felt very rushed. Food was just ok. Not the normal menu on NYE and the fixed price was over the top for the quality of the meal.

Have been here on other non holiday occasions and really enjoyed it. Just not a spot I would go to again on NYE.

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AM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a wonderful dining out experience. The food, the wait staff, the atmosphere - all top notch. Would happily recommend to even the most finicky eaters.

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L
New England
43 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I shared 3 dishes. The peapod salad was interesting, creative, and delicious. The truffle pasta was excellent- lots of sliced truffles, although the truffle flavor could have been more prominent, The bone in rib-eye, at $39.00 was a great value, with superb flavor cooked just right, and a wonderful topping.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I ordered steak and it was tough as leather

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FV
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Boston!! Great service and consistently great food. Try the cacio y pepe

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SP
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere, and staff. I look forward to my next visit!

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DF
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space. I loved my steak, the fried potatoes and especially the pea salad. Very friendly and attentive staff. Great time!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to branch line before and again just incredible service and hearty food the rotisserie chicken is mouth watering the Mac and cheese is heaven I’d recommend this place to anyone who want that comfort and hearty meal . The waitress was amazing and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. Very modern and yet they kept the original look which is great

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g
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant but would not find it If I didn't have tickets far art Center. Great food.

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