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MIDA - Newton, Newton, MA

MIDA - Newton

4.5
4.5
1397 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
MIDA is an inspired neighborhood Italian restaurant by award winning Chef, Douglass Williams. Our menu focuses on many regions of traditional Italian food and culture, using fresh, seasonal ingredients. We are all about supremely delicious food and warm hospitality.

Dinner is served Monday - Sundays from 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lunch is served Monday - Friday from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 AM -4:00 PM.

Reservations for indoor dining can be made in advance online. Patio reservations are now available for booking online or over the phone. Walk-ins are always welcome. Parties larger than six should call the restaurant directly to book a table.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–10:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 546-8010
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American
  • Executive chef
    Douglass Williams
  • Catering
    Inquire about catering events on our website event inquiry form. https://www.midaboston.com/
  • Private party facilities
    Inquire about private events on our website event inquiry form. https://www.midaboston.com/
  • Neighborhood
    Newton
  • Cross street
    Washington St. and Walnut St
  • Parking details
    Free public parking is located in the lot behind the building. Metered street parking is also available.
  • Public transit
    MIDA is steps away from the Newtonville commuter rail stop.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • DRINK ITALIAN WINE

    $90.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Apr 29, 2024 only
    MIDA Newton & Mucci Wine Imports are joining forces to present a wine tasting like no other. This event will be reception style, mingle and meet 17 Italian wine makers while sampling a variety of wines and a special menu with MIDA bites.
    DRINK ITALIAN WINE Photo

What 1,397 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

1,397 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great, staff was kind and helpful, will surely come back

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  2. MarcyW

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice place, amazing service but the prices are high and the portions are small for the price. We didn’t try the pizza - maybe that would be a better way to go. Also - these new added “kitchen appreciation fees” annoy me. Seems like the $27 lasagna would cover that.

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  3. oyster

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was average. Waiter was interested in moving us on a quickly as possible. Quite meh.

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  4. DaveK

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    MIDA was a great choice for a "nice casual" family brunch. Nice mix of italian and traditional brunch offerings, great coffee. Food was top-notch, as was the service. Pancakes heavenly. Highly recommend!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My boyfriend and I both really enjoyed our meals and the ambience. The service was top notch from the host to the server to the runner! We will definitely be back.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything about it! A favorite spot where the service and food are incredible.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great meal. Staff is welcoming and knowledgeable.

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  8. JulieW

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every entree, app, and dessert we had was unbelievable. Service was fantastic, and ambience is to die for. I will never stop recommending this restaurant to all my friends and family! Every time I am here, I fall deeper in love!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another exceptional experience at Mida! Their pizza is divine, their martinis are delicious and the wait staff is very attentive. We had a lovely time dining there on Saturday evening. Highly recommend for a group dinner or date night!

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  10. Sherriq

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Andrew and Rachel (bartenders) wonderful! Food is good, portions small. And $18 for a Ketel One martini?? Really? Could understand if the glass were a bit bigger. Went there 2x this week, ate the first time (three of us thought food was good but portions small and a bit expensive).

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is delicious and service is excellent! Highly recommend Mida!

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  12. TerrenceD

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful experience at Mida - Great food, great service - great price. My friend and I had a wonderful time. Thank you.

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  13. CeeLa

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and delicious courses. Will definitely be returning!

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  14. RoRo

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did DineAround and chose that menu as we love three-course prix-fixe. Ample parking, really nice ambiance, great, I mean really great, staff and the food was so good. We will definitely be coming back.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was bery slow. We waited 20 min. for our first course. It was almost s 2 hour lunch. My soup was half a bowl and very unappetizing in looks though the flavor was good. Maybe dinner is better but I would not return for lunch.

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  16. Gaildc

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was ok. The beet salad was good but the salmon was dry. The service was terrible. Whether this was the fault of the server or the cook staff I can’t determine. We waited almost an hour between our first course and the entree. People who came after we did were served before us. I had looked forward to dining here but I won’t return.

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  17. Suzanned1

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    This dining experience was an outlier because I’ve been to Mida several times before since they opened and everything was fine. But yesterday service was horrible. We waited one hour to get a salad and sandwich. And the sandwich that was finally delivered was the wrong one. Also, I ordered the kale white bean soup as a starter, and it was ridiculously tiny. I don’t even think it would fill a measuring cup. My salad misto was also pretty small but at least it was tasty. It also took close to 20 minutes from when we said we were done to when our check was brought to us. We were not there at a particularly busy time so I don’t know what was going on. I’ll return though, and give them another chance.

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  18. TBJB

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at MIDA. When we arrived, there was no staff at the front of the restaurant to greet us, and it wasn’t clear where to check in for our reservation because there are two stations at the front. We waited several minutes and eventually a couple of staff people appeared at one of the stations, but no one spoke to us. When host did finally appear, she did not greet us. She just stared at us until I greeted her and said we had a reservation. So, my first impression was that the staff were not very welcoming. After we were seated at a booth, I learned that there was no place to hang my coat. There are no coat racks or hooks, so I had to keep my coat on the booth behind me, which meant sitting on my coat during the entire meal. My husband also wore his winter coat, so we had to squish boat of our winter coats behind us on the booth, which he found uncomfortable, too. While our first impressions were not great, we enjoyed the food very much. We ordered several starters including the arancini and the calamari, both of which were excellent. We shared a pancetta pizza, which was also delicious and reminded me of New Haven-style apizza: thin crust, slightly charred, tasty tomato sauce, and minimal cheese. Our waiter was also excellent. She was very friendly and attentive and made up for the disappointing start to the evening. All in all, we had a very enjoyable meal and will likely return, albeit in the warmer months when we aren’t wearing coats.

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  19. margareteats

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated my daughter's 21st birthday at MIDA and had a wonderful time. The food was absolutely delicious (we had arancini, fritto misto, focaccia, tomato pie, short rib lasagna, roast chicken, and eggplant parmesan; they were all excellent). The waitstaff was friendly and fun without being overbearing, and the pace of service was leisurely, which suited us fine as it gave us more time to celebrate and be together. Absolutely recommend!

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  20. Jessica

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Mangia Monday is a special treat--five delicious pasta dishes, salad, and bread for two!

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  21. WaitingFork

    Greater Boston

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Joined on a Sunday during Dine Out. The service was quick and friendly. Drinks were good, and first course was tasty. Unfortunately, that's where the trouble started. We were alerted the kitchen was backed up, and we waited well over an hour for the entrees to come. The server was spectacular, apologized, brought us any other appetizer from the menu we wished (we picked arancini, and they were fresh, crispy, just great). Unfortunately, even after such a lengthy delay, when our entrees arrived, they appeared to have been sitting under a heat lamp the whole time. Pork and salmon both disastrously overcooked, polenta congealed against the plate. It tasted good, but was just super poorly executed. Dessert came, and the one that was part of the Dine Out menu (the chocolate torte) was awful. The torte itself was fine, perhaps even good, but it was served with some oddly clashing goo that just destroyed the dish. (On the other hand, the tiramisu was incredible!) Long story short--mistakes were made, but the staff were generous and apologetic. We felt cared for, we were well taken care of, and there was enough right in the meal that I would definitely give it another shot. Just perhaps not during Dine Out Boston.

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  22. kathleeng

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great. We never felt rushed. Had a drink at the bar before dinner and the bartender was very engaging.

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  23. CarenD

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I love this restaurant, but I asked for a meal with little to no garlic as I have an allergy. Unfortunately, the dish came with tons of garlic, so was pretty sick the next day. 

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  24. MJoy

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful server? She was kind and attentive and never made us feel rushed

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  25. ECB24

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful lunch! Food is good and the waitstaff is kind and efficient.

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  26. GeorgeW

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal. Our server is real friendly and helpful. Would definitely go back.

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  27. erinj

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    For a Wednesday night at 7:15 it was incredibly loud (could hear neither our server nor one another at our table for 4.) The food was not up to Mida’s usual standards unfortunately. We’ll chalk it up to an off night, but we were disappointed

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun atmosphere and great food for a girls birthday celebration. Loved our waiter!!

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  29. SNZ1

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service overall. Great place for casual dinning!

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  30. KarinaL

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my second time here. First, I want to stress that both times we had outstanding waiters. They are very attentive to the customers requests, knowledgeable about the menu and friendly. Food is delicious. The chef knows his craft. I had the Arctic Char and it was mouth watering. My husband ordered the lasagna and he cleaned the plate! My daughter had gnocchi and they were so good! I tried one! Our most favorite dessert is the Tiramisu. It’s heavenly! Strong on the coffee so I wouldn’t recommend it for kids but it’s definitely the best dessert I’ve had in any place! Price is expected for the quality. The only downside is that both times it was pretty noisy. First time was on a Friday night, so that’s expected as it was packed. This last time we were celebrating a birthday on a Monday night and it was still pretty loud. We will definitely be returning here! Great place overall!

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  31. ChrisA

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Third time I've eaten at Mida in Newton. It's been great every time.

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  32. JCP1

    Greater Boston

    42 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Most popular restaurants want to turn over tables, but MIDA has decided to pursue this strategy rather aggressively. This might explain why the entrees were brought to the table while only halfway through the salads - I had originally attributed this to incompetence. Having said all that, the food is quite good and the insalata mista downright magical, but if you want to linger, better for lunch.

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  33. Dennis

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For the name of my server but she was very pleasant. The staff seemed to be nsync and things seemed to be well coordinated so I appreciated that the most.

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  34. AnthonyK

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, large servings, very bright and pleasant space. A favorite place. We dine in mid-afternoon, when things tend to be quiet. This reveals MIDA's only weakness: serving staff is a little chaotic and inattentive. Person at the entry desk was elsewhere in the restaurant having a conversation with a friend. Took 3-4 minutes for her to recognize there were customers at the door. Two different waitresses appeared to take the order. When we were done, we waited 10 minutes and finally went to the only waiter we saw in the restaurant, who was working at the bar, and asked he if could bring the check.

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  35. Katz

    Greater Boston

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service- attentive and engaging. The ambiance is warm and inviting. The noise level is a bit high but it did not interfere with our evening. The food was excellent with fair pricing. We will return!

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  36. JamesH

    Rhode Island

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always an outstanding dimmer Amazing team,chef and Ethan our server was over the top!! Never disappoints!! Enjoy with your best friends

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  37. JulioD

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The marinated olives were a bit mushy, and the prosciutto plate was very disappointing. In my opinion lacked flavor and the presentation was not very appealing. Nice pizzas. This was lunch so I do not know how everything may be different for dinner.

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  38. MichaelD

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks. Great dinner. We were in town for a track me. Brought our college age daughter out and we all loved it

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  39. Daniel

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very busy Saturday so there was some delay getting seated and served.

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  40. JohnL

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Indifferent service from someone who did not want to be there. Food was inconsistent and not a saving grace. Noise bordered on painful from poor acoustics, but became intolerable when a throbbing bass (music?) was turned on. Not to be totally negative, reservation was honored and greeter and hostess were very pleasant. Food orders were delivered promptly by various servers, all of them pleasant. Pity , our primary server didn’t understand how to relate to customers. All in all, an attractive room with poor acoustics, inconsistent service, and dishes that ranged from inspired to mediocre.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from MIDA - Newton using the Order Online button. MIDA - Newton also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 546-8010.

MIDA - Newton is rated 4.5 stars by 1397 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 54 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for MIDA - Newton

261 Walnut St, Newton, MA 02460-1586

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Washington St. and Walnut St
  • Neighborhood
    Newton
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–10:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Free public parking is located in the lot behind the building. Metered street parking is also available.
  • Public transit
    MIDA is steps away from the Newtonville commuter rail stop.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American
  • Executive chef
    Douglass Williams
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (617) 546-8010
  • Catering
    Inquire about catering events on our website event inquiry form. https://www.midaboston.com/
  • Private party facilities
    Inquire about private events on our website event inquiry form. https://www.midaboston.com/
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