Branch Line

4.6
702 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch:

Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm

Saturday: 12pm-3pm

Sunday 11am-3pm

Open for Cafe Menu in between Lunch & Dinner

Dinner:

Sunday-Thursday 4:30pm-10:00pm and Friday-Saturday 4:30pm-11:00pm

Bar an extra hour every night.

Takeout Available Daily, please call 617-420-1900
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Phone number
(617) 420-1900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kingsbury Ave
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 702 People Are Saying
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HA
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Their specialty chicken wasn't special ($38). Sides were extra. The broth for dunking break ($3) tasted like chicken bouillon. The coffee was fair.

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G
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great outdoor heated seating. Solid menu. Great sides. Have the half chicken.

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e
New England
43 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

looked forward to trying this spot
hard chairs and bench seating could use a pillow
chicken very tasty and MUCH TOO SALTY
very crowded, little chilly inside

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TC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The heated patio was such a nice option as the weather is cooling down. After we finished our fantastic meal, we opted for a glass of wine on the outdoor patio, where the hostess even offered us an array of blankets!

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Were out of Spatchcock chicken, but manager was very accommodating.

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l
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great outdoors with good earthy food or tapas style .

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PS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed in service and $38 for a chicken, r u nuts, can get one at my Costco for $6. Come on now, why all the crazy good ratings??

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LA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Came on a Sat. night with 3 generation family... from 6 yrs to 84 yrs old. Waited just over 20 minutes to get our drink order and kid's food orders in. food was delicious, atmosphere wonderful - perfect weather, sitting outside by the bocce court. could have used better lighting to read the menus.

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BB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding food. great service. plenty of easy parking.

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OT
London
160 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucky find. This place rocks. Everything was great!!!! Love it.

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LP
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really friendly and attentive service. We ordered swordfish and risotto, both really tasty. The choice of craft beers is the indeed the highlight, very special.
Atmosphere and ambience also very good. Highly recommended!

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E
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food is robust and reliable and the atmosphere “quirky urban warehouse “- a place that is enjoyable and upbeat. Great service too.

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OT
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is interesting and very good. Service is very good.

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SJ
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Atmosphere for business or social, good food and menu and the service was suburb

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RS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Monday night shared chicken special with a panzanella salad was a bargain at $32 for 2. Staff was friendly and enthusiastic. Reason for staff rating was, despite restaurant being quiet, our entree came while we were still having our app, meaning the staff fired it too early. So pacing was off but otherwise a great new find in Watertown. Heated and seasonal outdoor space looks like a must try soon.

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C
New Mexico
22 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family celebrated my birthday with a dinner at Branch Line. The food and wine choices urged to jump in to enjoy some very well-prepared and tasty meals.

We will be back for more - several times, I am certain.

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T
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I took my SO here for his birthday because he is a rotisserie chicken fanatic, and that is what Branch Line is known for. Loved the ambience, and the heated outdoor space. I think alcohol is strictly beer and wine. They have an elaborate wall of beer taps, but I'm gluten free and haven't had regular beer in over a decade. We had a nice bottle of wine. Come to find out they use Worcestershire in their rotisserie chicken, so all chicken and chicken-adjacent items (like Rotisserie drippings and soup) are off-limits for GF diners. And I don't eat red meat, so on a modest menu I was down to a few choices, which were appealing enough but not numerous once you cut out all chicken dishes. Then my boyfriend ordered steak. When it came I said I was surprised he got steak, as the focus of the menu was rotisserie chicken. He said he never even saw that on the menu. And I understand that, because the chicken options are set off by color on the menu and are not at all conspicuous. Oh well. The staff was great and knowledgeable. Based on the menu, I wouldn't return. But I liked the space.

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KC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Branch Line's food is excellent. What a disappointment to have abysmal service. I don't know what was going on, but the hostess wound up (after we sought help) continuously serving us because our waitress was missing in action. I will try one more time because the food really is outstanding, but the service was so bad I won't do it again if the next time is not vastly improved.

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D
New England
20 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Have always loved Branchline for a nice dinner out. Excellent food and wine list.
Last visit noticed how tight the tables were on the floor. Could hear conversations on either side , but not across our table.

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l
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently good! Had a grilled crab legs appetizer that was outstanding. And the chicken which is always perfect.

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DM
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the restaurant. The ambiance is beautiful with an option to seat outside (heated). The food was superb and we loved everything (the black rice was delicious).

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SB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy drinks or dinner here. The staff are excellent.

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LB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was just awful. We sat at the bar and were ignored from the moment we sat down, except when our waiter was apologizing profusely (too much) for not even putting in our order. It wasn't what I was expecting; I've been here before and it's been great. Really hoping it was just an off night.

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KH
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a busy night and the wait staff were right on point. We had to wait a bit for our table to be ready, but once we were seated it was a great dining experience.

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c
New England
54 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent but straightforward approach to rotisserie and grill preparation. Nice little Bocce Court - wonderful for our grandchildren - and indoor/outdoor seating

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JM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed lunch outdoors at Branch Line.
Service was spectacular.
Bread was fantastic.
Entrees/sandwiches delicious.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Branchline has become a favorite. We really like their lovely patio. The food is consistently excellent as is the service. I’ve really enjoyed a to-die-for snap pea and ricotta salata salad (on several occasions), fresh, perfectly grilled swordfish with a delicious roasted eggplant purée and embers-roasted potatoes. So happy to have this restaurant on our neighborhood.

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AF
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great space and fun ambiance and always excellent wait staff. The food could do with an update, though, because it rarely changes and there isn’t a large selection. I would return more often if the menu changed. That said, everything was tasty on this visit.

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A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I would like them to expand their menu. It is kinda boring and a better dessert menu! Do some more specials and cocktails.

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine list is different and fun. The bartender talked with us about wine for a while and it was very educational. I like the fact that the red wines are served just a tad cool. Very smart. You take your beer and wine seriously. I like that!

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L
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

I love this setting, but the food is (second time) way tooooo salty. Even when I asked them to lower the salt as I ordered. Not sure I’ll go back.
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KN
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

overall the diner was great. We felt our staffer was a little pushy with time. Maybe turning our table. So i just said we are slow can you take our dishes back until we are finished with our apps. It was SAt night but then our bill was over $350. So I thought that would be ok since we started diner at 5:30.

My steak was lovely but my partners fish was way to salty. She should have sent it back. But she doesn't like to make waves.

we do really like the space and menu and will be going back. We go about once a quarter.

Karen

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u
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always hard to make a choice on Branchline’s menu. Everything is always delicious.

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G
New England
113 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food excellent
Despite the heat we ate outside and it was comfortable will return.

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KS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints. Pea salad is a must. Good portions. Half a chicken feeds two. Dessert selection is limited.

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k
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the divers menu, great wine selection and heated outdoor seating. One of the better restaurants in our neighborhood.

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OT
New England
633 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal here. So consistent. Tongiht: corn on the cob, pork on a skewer, rotisserie chicken, snap pea salad, fried potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, chocolate mouse. Great service, wines, beers. Love it here.

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T
New England
25 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Too hot to cook, remembered Branch Line. WOW. The chicken here surpasses any chicken ever that we have eaten in our lives. We also got the pea salad. Delish. Cute spot, 5 min from home, and the hostess also told us we can do take out which is fantastic!

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M
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal @branchline! We dine here often and always enjoy it.
This was a last minute meet up with our nephew who flew in for a meeting and ask to meet us for dinner the evening before. Branchline team was very accommodating, making sure we had 3 seats at the bar.
Food always perfect!

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BP
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a delicious meal with excellent service on a relatively quiet night. The menu seems expanded from other visits and I especially enjoyed the swordfish presentation and flavor. We will happily returned.

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