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Comfort Kitchen, Boston, MA

Comfort Kitchen

4.8
4.8
364 Reviews
$31 to $50
Global, International
Nested in Uphams Corner, Dorchester, we are a cozy cafe by day offering casual counter service transforming into an intimate and lively 30-seat restaurant by night with a full bar. Our food is a celebration of the ingredients and flavors of the African diaspora — global comfort food — connected from Asia to the Americas. We are a Black-owned, immigrant-owned, and woman-owned business. We believe that food is a vital aspect of community building and we envision a place that is actively engaged in highlighting the culture, art, and history of our community.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, International, African
  • Hours of operation
    Cafe Dining Thu–Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 329-6910
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, South Asian/Indian, Women
  • Catering
    For catering, please send a request via the form on our website at comfortkitchenbos.com/catering
  • Private party facilities
    For full buy-out, please email us at info@comfortkitchenbos.com. We will follow up within 48-72 hours.
  • Neighborhood
    Dorchester
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Free street parking on Columbia Road + side streets, <br /><br />Free parking lot close by behind CVS &amp; Brother's Market, <br /><br />Red line to Andrew, JFK/UMASS, or Savin Hill, <br /><br />Bus access #15, #16, #17, #41, <br /><br />Accessible ramp through left gate entrance.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 364 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Innovative

364 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best and most unique restaurants in Boston. Food (duck/monkfish/ trout at our table) were seasoned and prepared superbly. We loved our server who was knowledgeable and attentive------ we'll return!

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  2. Eladore

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A unique combination of spices and sauces exciting the taste buds with every bite.

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  3. JennaP

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Totally worth the hype - food, cocktails and service was phenomenal.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time back. Excellent meal. Great drinks. This place is going to be a regular spot for us.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I wish I could lose my memory just so I could experience this place for the first time again. The food was nothing short of orgasmic. It’s hard to describe but I actually tasted every bite on every inch of my tongue and I tasted a different flavor each time. Our waitress was so kind and so funny. The atmosphere and vibe was a 10/10. I would recommend this place to anyone and I can’t wait to go back.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, attentive service and greta cocktails! We will be back for sure!

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  7. KathrynW

    Greater Boston

    45 reviews

    1.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Despite having a reservation, we arrived and they could not seat us. And I could not make another reservation because I already had this reservation . It was an important client dinner and a major inconvenience. They didn't even comp the beer my husband ordered while we were trying to figure out what was going on.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I missed my reservation by accident but the lady at the front desk managed to get me seating at the bar area. The food was amazing, I love the jerk duck especially, didn't know the rice on the side could be as good as the entree itself. Would highly recommend this spot for any occasion!

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  9. patriciah

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant. Staff was attentive and friendly. Food was phenomenal. Only complaint was it's quite loud.

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  10. AndreaP

    Greater Boston

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the space, loved the vibe. Just perfect! The food was very good and the menu interesting though could have a few more items, and a few not spicy things (I love spice but my guest not at all). Our waitress was delightful though she seemed to be overcommitted so we waited for things a bit more than normal. We enjoyed catching up so it didn't really matter but can be a issue for others.

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  11. KeithM

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, excellent service. Intimate environment. My only complaint would be the size of the cocktails (aperitif size) for the price paid.

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  12. Beya

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service! Waitstaff is knowledgeable, kind and efficient. Thank you Comfort Kitchen!

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  13. Lene

    Greater Boston

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    CK certainly earned its status on the James Beard finalist list! It was amazing! Every single item that the 4 of us ordered was delicious! All the food was cooked to perfection. All the seasonings were exquisite. Drinks were unique. The waitress Nicki was wonderful! We loved the ambience and overall vibe with the music etc. Prices were reasonable but we weren't informed there would be a 5% kitchen charge, no biggie tho. Can't wait to return!

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  14. AliJ

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited Comfort Kitchen with our 17 year old daughter, her dear friend and a couple that we know love good food as much as we do and we ha d great time. We booked the special 6 person booth in the back. It was a little more quiet than the rest of the place - which had pros and cons because the energy and people watching at CK is really g great - and it was comfy and roomy for 4 tall and two short-ish people. We ordered all of the hors d'ouerves to share and a couple of the drinks - the sour sop one is my favorite for interesting flavors and beauty. Everyone scarfed down the appetizers - vegetarians and omnivores alike. There were two great specials, one of which - the short ribs - we tried and was a hit. My daughter and I split the eggplant and the rice cake (?) and both were spicy and good. The desserts were simple and yummy. Everyone preferred the cheesecake to the ice-cream because of the texture but both had great flavor. The service was warm and welcoming and well worth making a reservation well in advance.

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  15. HKDiner

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and the drinks had very good and interesting flavors. I had hoped for it to go beyond interesting and I wanted to be wowed with great and exciting food. I thought the okra was the best of the apps. Very good, fresh nicely fried. Good sauce. Plaintain chips and jerk sliders were good. Friends had yassa chicken and short ribs which they enjoyed and I tasted both and agree. Maybe I was just disappointed with the monkfish curry special. The fish was overcooked ant too salty for me the finish. The sauce had cilantro after I was told it didn’t. I should have said I was allergic instead of an aversion. I could have had something else and better enjoyed my meal.
    Comfort KitchenResponded on April 30, 2024
    Thank you for dining with us and sharing your feedback. We're glad to hear that you and your guest enjoyed the majority of your dishes and drinks. Regarding the monkfish special, we regret that this one didn't hit the mark for you and we're sorry for any miscommunication regarding the sauce. This is a new menu item that we are testing and we welcome guests' notes on it as we make adjustments — or perhaps it was an off night, in which case, we're sorry this affected your experience, and we'll take note of it as well. We hope you'll consider returning and we look forward to serving you an amazing meal!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Starting with the good - all the drinks we tried were incredible. Appreciate the non-alcoholic options too! Absolutely yummy! The vegetarian dishes were meh. Okra was a tad soggy and the sauce could be less tangy. It didn’t complement the okra at all. The potato cakes came short of wowing since the versions I’ve had in South Asia (which seem to be the inspiration behind this dish) were so much better. Apparently the duck was amazing and my spouse really enjoyed it! Nice and delicate cheesecake, not cloyingly sweet, but flavorful! Now for the service - the service was truly strange. I asked if I could hold on to a menu to read more about what I wanted to order next and the story of the place and was told no. The guy told me he would get me an older version (why? it wouldn’t have the updated menu and information right? What is the point of suggesting that and not even following up on the offer? I have so many questions!).This is the strangest response I’ve ever come across to a common request to hold on to a menu, considering why even provide such a menu if you are not going to let the customers read what is on it? What a strange hill to die on lol. I have dined across restaurants all over the world and this is one of the stranger responses I have received to a simple request. An ok experience overall. Boston has loads of better places! If you are not frequenting this place for the drinks, I suggest skipping. If you are vegetarian I suggest skipping.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Charged extra for not showing up- while we showed up and had dinner. Have receipt as proof.
    Comfort KitchenResponded on May 1, 2024
    Hello, thank you for dining with us. We apologize for any miscommunication or if there was an error with a charge. As your review was submitted anonymously, we cannot look into this charge or contact you to correct it. We'd appreciate the opportunity to discuss this and make it right if there was an error on our part. We look forward to hearing back from you. Thank you again.

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  18. MelissaR

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We felt welcome the moment we walked in. Warm and friendly staff, delicious food and drinks (the sumac sour—OMG), great vibe. We’ll be back!

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  19. Daniel

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Comfort Kitchen was overall a good experience. The flavors were very good, but food was a little bit salty. We really loved the baobab non-alcoholic mocktail. We tried the kafta which was amazing, the shortrib which tasted good but was a little dry, and the duck which was also tasty but a little saltier. We finished with the pistachio ice cream which was a really generous portion but we did thought was okay when mixed with cardamom. The kitchen was definitely busy but the front of the house was lacking. There was only one person that was taking orders for all tables. When we first got seated at our table, it took around 15 minutes to get greeted by the waiter or water served to our table . We waited quite a while to get our check too after finishing dinner. The host was very nice but definitely busy. Overall we would try Comfort Kitchen again, but likely for lunch or brunch.

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  20. MaryP

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So we had heard really great things about this cute little place in Uphams corner and were psyched to be able to get a reservation. it did not disappoint. The wines were fantastic by the glass and Sumac Sour Libation was so different and delicious. I really enjoyed it. The food had so many great spices- a unique flavor profile. The jackfruit sliders were really good. Their homemade ice cream pistachio cardamom so delicious. I really enjoyed the Yassa chicken other people had the trout and it was done so well, just can't say enough good things.

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  21. Lisi

    Atlanta Metro

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I don’t have enough good things to say!! The ambience was laid back but aesthetically pleasing. My cocktail - black Caesar - was a 10/10 combination of complex umami flavors. We ordered the jerk duck, lamb kafta, and yassa chicken. All tender and such interesting flavors. The staff were all so nice. Love this place and will be going back!

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  22. Angela

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience all around! We are lucky to have it in the neighborhood.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, drinks, service and vibe ✅ The hype was definitely right!

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  24. JessicaK

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly, helpful staff. Even cslled me immediately when I left my scarf there so we were able to turn around quickly and return to retrieve it.

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  25. sharonG

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    My experience at comfort kitchen was disappointing. The food did not meet the hype. I’ve eaten African food in Africa, and I eat at many wonderful restaurants in the Boston Cambridge area. The fish was too salty and overcooked. Considering it was an African menu the food was bland. There were some interesting combinations and the attempt Was admirable. Th When I pointed this out to the staff, including the manager, they seem to discount my feedback, but did say “we will inform the chef. “It is unlikely that I will return.  The cocktails were superb. 
    Comfort KitchenResponded on April 22, 2024
    Hi Sharon, thank you for dining with us and taking the time to share your feedback. We strive for excellence in our food but regret that this wasn't the case for you. We appreciate you sharing the feedback with our staff. We welcome our guests' comments and take it seriously while recognizing that tastes are a personal preference — or perhaps we had an off night and if so, we are continuously looking for ways to improve our service. To clarify, our menu is not presented as classic African food. We take inspiration from the flavors and ingredients of the African Diaspora connected through Asia and the Americas. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the superb cocktails! If you decide to give us another chance, we would love the opportunity to provide you with a more satisfying dining experience.

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  26. KateK

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food in a vibrant, welcoming space that already feels like a community institution.

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  27. Heather

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Charming, thoughtful, refined, and above all flavorful African diaspora cuisine made and served by passionate people. The brown butter trout and jack fruit sliders are true standouts, and the dining room hums with warmth.

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  28. annesjk

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Charming place, warm and knowledgeable staff, delicious and creative cuisine.

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  29. KevinL

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Got the plantain chips, yasa chicken, brown butter trout, cheesecake and pistachio ice cream all were very delicious! We are certainly going back for more.

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  30. HNKE

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVED IT! The service, the food, the drinks, the ambience. Highly recommend

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  31. YDUASK

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    You can expect a great meal ! Imaginative and tasty beyond expectations

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Best in Boston! A dining experience for foodies and a must go for everyone!

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  33. Tlane

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No matter how busy the food and drinks (the drinks!!!) remain top notch. Always a 10.

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  34. JEG27

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was delicious and well seasoned with interesting flavors. The menu reads like a magazine and each dish has a story and a reason for why it was chosen. We really enjoyed our night here and love the concept!

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  35. LoriS

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing!! Everything was delicious and flavorful. From start to finish, all the dishes we had were standouts; plantain chips and nido dip, roasted duck, monk fish in a curry broth and the basque cheesecake. The drinks and wines were perfect. The staff were helpful and friendly. Will be back.

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  36. BH20

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, unique, flavorful, authentic. Highly recommend the duck, the sorrel drink, and the plantain chips!

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  37. SpencerJ

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The hype is well earned and well deserved. This restaurant is actually exceptional. The drinks were impressive. The dinner was indescribably good...it was like...that scene in Ratatouille when Anton Ego eats Remy's cooking. It didn't just taste good (which it did). It was also deeply emotionally good. The desert wasn't too sweet. It was just right. The portions of everything were not too much or not enough. They were just right. The price point was fair. The decor and ambiance were nice. The staff were friendly. The service was fantastic....I don't know what else to tell you. This is just a damn good restaurant. I can't recommend it enough.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good service and food was very good. Will go back.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We will return- as it was a great dining experience.

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  40. JasonG

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is phenomenal. So flavorful. We wanted to try everything. Ended up booking our next reservation while still at the table

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FAQs

Comfort Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 364 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Comfort Kitchen

611 Columbia Rd, Boston, MA 02125

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Dorchester
  • Hours of operation
    Cafe Dining Thu–Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, International, African
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Free street parking on Columbia Road + side streets, Free parking lot close by behind CVS & Brother's Market, Red line to Andrew, JFK/UMASS, or Savin Hill, Bus access #15, #16, #17, #41, Accessible ramp through left gate entrance.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, South Asian/Indian, Women
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (617) 329-6910
  • Catering
    For catering, please send a request via the form on our website at comfortkitchenbos.com/catering
  • Private party facilities
    For full buy-out, please email us at info@comfortkitchenbos.com. We will follow up within 48-72 hours.
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