Bullfinchs

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Bullfinchs has been insuring a fine dining experience in beautiful Sudbury for many years. Bullfinchs prides itself on offering a creative menu with the very best ingredients from the most reliable and highest quality purveyors. Enjoy craft cocktails, relax on our summer patio. We are open for dinner nightly. On Sundays, Bullfinchs features a live JAZZ BRUNCH (Voted Top Five Brunches in New England) and kids always eat FREE on Sunday nights! Bullfinchs offers a gluten-free and a vegetarian menu.
Planning a special Occasion?.... owners Peggy and Scott Richardson will customize a menu just for you!
Every Tuesday night, we offer a demonstration cooking school with multiple opportunities to taste, discuss, observe and cook. Cuisine-based classes are Tuesdays at 6:30. Each course is paired with appropriate wines. Nothing encourages friendship more than shared good food, wine and conversation. The class menus are on our website.
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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening. The restaurant handled the social distancing very well. Please support them by ordering take out during these unusual times. I know we will!!!!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dinner was outstanding as always. We did appreciate the extra space between diners given the current virus situation.

KK
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! Excellent friendly service, delicious meals, family friendly yet nice ambience.. our standby for years.

JK
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely lovely Sunday brunch. The jazz music was soft and wonderful in the background, and the food amazing (as always). Our waitress was really sweet and we had a great conversation too. We are repeat customers and frequent Bullfinchs frequently and always find it a welcoming place!

KF
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

CT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best metro west restaurants. Food and service are consistently stellar.

O
Essex
29 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went there on our anniversary. They sat us at a nice table and did a little decoration for us. It was a nice touch. The soup of the day was a mushroom cauliflower purée. It was delicious. We both had the duck for an entree. The duck was cooked perfectly and the accompaniments were very good. The sauce was listed as a cranberry orange sauce and was very good. Unfortunately it had a little garlic in it that was not listed. Probably our fault as well for not asking. One of us has a garlic sensitivity. Other than that it was a fantastic evening and we will be back.

SK
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Kids eat free Sunday nights with purchase of adult meal. Instead of waitress pointing this out to us, we were billed for the kids' meals. When we brought it up the response was "oh yeah! I don't usually work Sundays". Always bad form in my opinion. Service was a little slow and mediocre on top of that. Otherwise a great experience and we will keep coming back.

H
New England
92 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent Bullfinches often. We are never disappointed. The food options are great including small portions. The service is impeccable. We highly recommend.

MB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and I was surprised with a sweet dessert, with a candle!

WP
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was our first time there for Brunch and we would definitely return. We liked the upscale atmosphere in a small cozy setting and the food was excellent. Our waitress was very accommodating and we especially liked the relaxing atmosphere with the live music. It really set the mood for a relaxing Sunday after a very hectic week.

W
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner for a special occasion.
Food was perfectly prepared and served.
Very courteous staff, service, ambiance.
Lamb was perfectly cooked, with changes to sides that were accommodated.
The trout was perfectly prepared. Hope they keep it on the menu forever!

h
New England
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great local eatery with good service and ambiance.

SA
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent find. Charming restaurant with excellent service and food

W
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Bullfinchs comes with a local reputation that sets the bar high when it comes to the overall breakfast/lunch experience. It has a quaint country appeal and the Sunday morning ambience is excellent! You can expect live jazz entertainment while you enjoy your brunch.

Although the ambience is excellent, the popularity of this place makes for a crowded dining experience. Given that the table settings are quite close to one another, and with the live entertainment; you can expect a rather loud and energetic volume of activity around you.

Service was friendly and decent. Although the waitress forgot the English muffins that I ordered with my breakfast, she made amends by removing a drink I did not particularly enjoy from my bill.

As for the food, I would say that it was simply average. Nothing great, nothing bad. But for the money, one would expect better. In the end, this is a nice place to enjoy a Sunday brunch, but I will say it does not live up to its local reputation.

Overall, this is a 3 Star experience with room for improvement. I would start with softening the volume of the live music just a notch. It’s a fantastic touch to have live entertainment for Sunday brunch; especially jazz entertainment. Just need the volume to come down a little.

M
New England
96 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. Local family runs it and they are so friendly and always interesting drinks and dinner specials.

D
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tuna was coated with sesame seed and spices. I couldn't taste the tuna, which was what I ordered it for. Julia Child used to often comment that chefs try to invent a new taste treat, when the tuna, salmon, steak or other food would be better if they didn't try to alter the taste that it already had. I agree with her.

The pork asso buco was perfect.

P
New England
25 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best neighborhood find ever.

DJ
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Jazz was great, service was friendly and very attentive, food was very good.

P
New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a delightful brunch; the live music, friendly and attentive service and wide variety of interesting dishes made for a special occasion. This restaurant is a local gem!

M
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Bullfinches, especially for special days and events. They always make us feel welcome.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bullfinches always delivers. Great food. Great ambiance. Great service. All in such a warm and classy surrounding.

M
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. We weren’t rushed and they let us come early to set up and helped with the set up because my husband couldn’t figure out the balloons. Everyone was very nice and any questions we had were answered with a smile and lots of patience. This was not our first time and will not be our last time back to Bullfinches. I think the birthday girl and boy both had a good time.

AG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Charming dining area with variety of seating. we were not offered an option though. Decor is simple but elegant.
Brunch menu selections were enticing. A small plate of breads, muffins with jam and butter was served when we sat down. a nice touch. Brunch cocktails were skillfully designed and delicious. I wanted to sample them all. A nice option on the menu was a dessert sampler. Just perfect sized portions to share and taste. Chocolate mousse was heavenly!
Service seemed "off". One check on the table, a smile. next time, a scowl. It was busy, and we did not feel rushed except towards the end of the meal. we had some leftovers but they were taken away before we could ask for a baggie. I was also served something I did not order, and because of the noise level (band playing) I did not clearly understand what was said so did not indicate I had not ordered that item.
Hostess was a delight! She greeted us respectfully, sat us promptly and when we wanted to enjoy the music a bit longer, and sat on the front bench..she welcomed us to do so.
The bar area, separated from the Main dining with a glass partition, looked cozy and inviting. Might stop in sometime just to try another creative cocktail.
a special experience and a must try!

JB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bullfinches is our go-to local restaurant. Always a great experience.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lamb meatballs as appetizer was outstanding. Coiled with feta cheese, sauce and a mint flavor was spot on delicious.
Had the black and blue cooked perfectly!

W
New England
58 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We like Bull-finches for the option of ordering smaller-portion plates. However, the Valentine’s menu did not offer such opportunity. I ordered the beef Wellington. The description was typical for the dish - what was delivered was a deconstructed dish. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either. The temperature was cool and the pastry “shell”, uninspired. The desert sampler was the best part of the meal.

P
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a nice place to come for a special occasion

TK
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food with a unique menu.

AS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in all respects... exceptional food; attentive and prompt service and an upbeat and festive atmosphere without being too loud to hear :)

H
New England
92 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We usually avoid going out for Valentine’s Day because restaurants can be crowded, noisy and overpriced. This year at Bullfinches was a pleasant surprise. They spaced their reservations so there was not a long wait to be seated. The waitress was efficient and personable and did not appear harried. The kitchen was prepared for a busy evening, so the food came out in reasonable time. Yet we did not feel rushed..
Definitely high marks from us.

VG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines day

PZ
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant and the food is delicious. The service is excellent and the employees are polite.

G
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner. Overall very nice. Flowers were on our table for my wife delivered by our sons earlier in the day. But they had it there waiting for us when we were seated. Nice touch.

RW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Of the 2 entres, salmon was great, short ribs for me too gravy rich - needed for pasta/rice to
balance. Salad excellent, as were the deserts. Waitress was top notch

SF
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming here and being remembered !! Food is delicious and always hot . Staff is great

MT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local spot. We have always enjoyed our dinner.

EP
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always scrumptious and the service top notch for a casual place. They pack incredible flavors into reasonably-priced, well-portioned plates!

KL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Food is always good and the service is great! Also very accommodating for my friends with food allergies and pregnancy!

M
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hostess was very accommodating when our party of six grew to seven at the last minute. Very helpful.