Our Fathers

4.5
60 reviews
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$30 and under
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Israeli
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Our Fathers is a neighborhood restaurant and bar serving serving modern Jewish cooking alongside a gin-centric cocktail program. Located in Allston right outside Harvard Square, the mid-century modern space is an exciting destination to experience Boston's only modern Jewish restaurant, which pulls dishes, ingredients, flavors and spices from Jewish cultures all around the world. With a focus on gin, the bar program at Our Fathers shines a light on the often under-appreciated spirit with a gin-only list of 25+ classic gin cocktails, several house creations, and a list of more than 85 gins.
*Named "Best Deli" by Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston" Awards (2018)
*Named "Best Middle Eastern" by The Improper Bostonian's "Boston's Best" Awards (2018)
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Israeli, Middle Eastern, European
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(617) 303-0101
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jameson Poll
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Private party facilities
We are a great destination for breakfast and lunch meetings during the week, with full-service catering and A/V capabilities.
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Catering
Located next door to our restaurant & bar is Our Fathers takeout shop, providing catering services for events, business, holidays and all your entertaining needs. We specialize in hand-cut pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, as well as modern Jewish-infused roast dinners, salads, breakfast platters of bagels & lox, and more.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Western Avenue
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Parking details
There is ample street parking available on North Harvard Street, Ivy Lane, and Western Avenue. Please follow all posted signs.
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Public transit
Our Fathers is accessible by the 66, 86 and 70A buses.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
60 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
66%
Very Good
21%
Good
9%
Fair
3%
Poor
1%
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Went to Our Fathers for lunch. Each ordered the Israeli salad. The waitress advised us that we might want to order something additional, as the salads would be quite small. We ordered the grilled asparagus to share. The salad was very small, similar to a tapas portion, though tasty. The asparagus was also tasty. All needed some freshly baked pita to accompany, so we asked for bread. The waitress abliged and brought what was similar to a very thin tortilla with olive oil and za’tar...was also tasty. All-in-all, the food was delicious, but a little pricey for the portion size of our choices.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Absolutely terrific food and great service. Our server was able to guide us through the extensive gin list and offered suggestions that were spot on to our tastes. We ate outside, on a beautiful night, but the tables are near an exhaust fan, so keep that in mind.

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1.0Dined 7 days ago

I was served raw liver on hummus. (Not slightly pink, completely bloody and not cooked at all.) When we asked the kitchen, they said it was meant to be that way. If that’s the case, given that this isn’t the usual preparation for liver, it should be clearly noted on the menu.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

The food was interesting and delicious. The Israeli essence made it different from other Middle Eastern Restaurants and really fun. We loved the small plates. Also, the gin and tonic and Nina Simone drinks were spectacular.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

the pastrami sandwich was amazing, one of the best ever.
Also the burek was great.
The rest was so so: The hamachi crudo was strange (great concept and fresh fish, but the chunks of fisch were thick and few, and the granita was actually four cubes of flavored ice that never melted untile the plate was taken away 20 minutes later...) the steak was super bland and a bit dry, the hummus was far from the real thing, the pita bread was paper thin and dried out.

we will probably go back and order only the sandwich.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We LOVED this restaurant. Friendly welcome and servers, spotless atmosphere. The octopus was probably the best we ever had! The corned beef was delicious and the pastrami was even better! We will definitely be back and try some other things!

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Delicious matzoh ball soup. Nice green tahini hummus. Small plate Israeli salad qualifies as “tiny” plate. Mushroom boureka: meh. Several dishes were salty, but the eggplant was so salty, almost to the point of inedible. We should have sent it back. Needless to say, we won’t be returning.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Having returned from a visit to Israel, we wish the food there was half as good as what we tasted Friday night. Good choice of spices, ingredients, home made bread, decent wine list

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2.0Dined on June 21, 2018

I consider it more a bar than a restaurant. We went for the hand cut pastrami. Yes, it was hand cut -- into shreds! The taste was acceptable. The shreds were not. The menu is too limited. Strange that the take-out menu is much more extensive. We could not order coleslaw or French fries with our sandwich, not that we wanted them, but they should have been on the menu. We started with matzah ball soup, understanding it was supposed to be Israeli style, but gray matzah balls? I don't think so. I think this place is only good for people sitting at the bar drinking, and enjoying a few small dishes. It's just a shame as the space is very attractive, but much too noisy for a meal.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

We were a small group out on the patio for an early dinner and everything we ordered was fantastic. The ricotta dip was so good, in fact, we ordered it a second time during our meal. Very accommodating to our group, which included someone with a lot of allergies (sesame seeds, nuts) that at first glance seemed to be in a lot of menu items. They were able to modify almost all of the dishes we wanted to try and everyone was impressed with the food. Great warm pita bread with all the dips!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We really enjoyed our dinner. Everything was really delicious, and interesting. The spices were wonderful!!! We will definitely be back! Also, I never knew there were so many varieties of Gin!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Really loved the meal. The food was refined and outstanding. IT was as if we were eating in Tel Aviv at one of the better restaurants. But the small plates were VERY small. We had an Israeli salad that was literally two spoons worth.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Met with our book group and enjoyed the food and service a lot. Would happily come again.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

My wife and I enjoyed our meal from beginning to end. To start, the ricotta and hummus both had vibrant flavor and exceeded any expectations we may have had. Their Gin menu is the most exhaustive I've ever seen in my modest experience so we also began our dining experience with a flight of 4 gins. The bartender and server did a great job of providing a variety of gins and explaining the progression we should drink them and the variables of all 4. From there we each ordered our own cocktails; my wife, a French 75, "the best" she's ever had. Myself, a classic gin and tonic with the Sipsmith V.J.O.P. The main courses were very good; my wife ordered the Matzo Ball Soup and I had the Falafel. The atmosphere was excellent and modern while still relaxed and invoked a local feel. Beyond the gin menu, they had a solid cocktail, beer, and wine list.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Decorated in mid century decor. A bit noisy inside ..pleasant outside . Amazing selection of gin drinks . Appetizers tasty...roast chicken quite good. Pita unusual...very thin. . Place is creative.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Had their corned beef sandwich, served on surprisingly soft and warm black bread. The ricotta and honey dip was out of this world, served with a paper like bread. Many new flavours and preparations - including a creamy humus far better than the usual fare elsewhere. The entire meal of three appetisers and two entrees were served in... get this...5 minutes! Matzo ball soup was a winner too. We’ll be back, oh yeah!

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

This was my second visit. The first time the food was superb. The menu is different now and we did not enjoy the food as much on this visit. The chicken was perfectly cooked, moist and tender. But the sides of cheese and hummus that accompanied it did not make for a good combo. The octopus was so salty that it was almost inedible. The eggplant small plate was ordinary. The cocktails also seemed weaker than before. This seems like one of those places that hasn't caught on and may be headed downhill.

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3.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Really quite uninteresting food, slow service, noisy. Would NOT go back.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Decided to try this spot when my partner’s vegetarian mother came into town. Really loved the food and would definitely go back. We shared the shakshuka, ricotta with honey, potato brik, and boureka. The gin drinks we had were also excellent. I ordered the house special beastie boys cocktail (gin, watermelon, lime) which was perfectly summery.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

A very nice meal, tasty food, great service, beautiful cocktails - all prepared with care, attention and excellent ingredients

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was really yummy and a good twist on traditional Jewish food. However, the service was slow and at one point they forgot the bread that was supposed to go with our meal. We asked about it twice and it finally came out "fresh from the oven." I would like to know where they got a magical oven that cooks things cold because the bread definitely wasn't hot. Also I got a message from Open Table afterwards that I missed my reservation, so they clearly aren't very good at checking people in either.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Poor service. We had reservation for 7 people - I called 2 days before and asked if we could also fit a high chair (i.e. 8 people) - they said no problem. The 8 of us were seated at a table for 6. The server was borderline rude taking the orders. After a long wait for food, the appetizers for the table were brought at the same time as the main courses. I ordered shakshuka. It did not come out with all the other meals. 10 minutes later was brought to table in a sizzling hot pan (no warning about this from the server beforehand). Obviously, there was no place on the table to put something like this, so I asked for it to be placed on the empty bar so I could serve myself into a plate. Instead, they took it back to the kitchen. The server came by another 5 minutes later and asked me very angrily what was wrong with it. I explained the crowding/safety issues- she said the dish would have to be remade for some reason, which would take another 10 minutes. As everyone else at the table was near done, I said not to bring it at this point.

There was no apology for any of this either from the server or from the manager when I brought it up on my way out. Thanks for ruining my mother's day brunch!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

I would like a greener salad offering

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great new restaurant for Allston! Have previously enjoyed brunch there and the dinner menu is excellent. Great plates for sharing and innovative flavors across the board. Save room for huge desserts! Great cocktail list.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

WOW – rush to dinner at Our Fathers before it gets on more people's radar. It was quiet when we walked in and I am so glad we stayed. Easily one of my favorite dinners I've had in Boston. Each dish complimented each other so perfectly and there wasn't one "miss." The gin cocktails were impeccable – not too sweet – and paired well with the meal. We ordered: Israeli salad, lamb tartare, octopus, spicy eggplant dip, and the Shabbat chicken. (Oh, and cheesecake for dessert). We will be coming back soon!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Amazing selection of gins & they know how to mix ‘em! Great food as well, the octopus really stood out.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Excellent waitress and comfortable, interesting setting. Portions were small and pricey. The salad was very small, $9. Other appetizers were small also. Corned beef sandwich tasty..matzo ball soup was not usually anticipated flavor

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

We had a great meal. Unusual but great choices.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great pastrami sandwiches. Also very good rye bread. Compares favorably to Katz's in NYC. No other place in Boston does. Been there now multiple times. Service is always excellent and servers very pleasant.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Wonderful find in a new, upcoming area. Wait person was very helpful, especially in helping us select a wine. Small plates of eggplant (a different take on baba) and beet humus were delicious, as was the scallop. We also enjoyed the chicken entrees. Our party of four could hear each other talk, which to me is a big plus. We'll go back--still many other things on the menu we'd like to try!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

While not an authentic NY style deli the foods were authentic tasting including the whitefish salad, pastrami and corned beef. I nice twist to old standards! Would def go back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great first experience -- everything we ordered was delicious, from first cocktail to last dessert!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Fantastic food in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
but really - its the food I am excited about. wine was great too.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We ordered 4 small plates between the 2 of us.
The server and the kitchen had a hard time adhering to our request that we wanted each plate brought one at a time. We requested this 3 separate times and the server told us the kitchen could not slow down the process. We informed our server at the time of placing our orders, so it was clearly a lack of communication between the server and the kitchen.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I'm convinced that there is no good Jewish delis in the Boston area. There are many attempts but many places are no longer in existence and we find Mamaleh just okay for the price and inconvenience. My family tried Our Fathers because we wanted to check out the new area that Harvard is expanding into in Allston and we were not disappointed. The ambiance has a mid-century flair with wood and leather banquettes.

What I want to write about is the food! We had some small plates, the meat platter to share and some really delicious desserts. Things we would recommend--the ricotta, eggplant and octopus. The corned beef however stays with me and I am heartened to know that there is a take out option because I would go again and again for the melt-in-your-mouth corned beef. So delicious! We will be back! Thanks for a great meal.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I thought the "gin specialty" was a gimmick: I was wrong. The drinks were exquisite, as was the food!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was very good. Pastrami sandwich was excellent. I am not sure what they did with the cauliflower steak, but it was superior. The server was very attentive as well.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I expected an old fashion Jewish deli. It turned out robes broaderMiddle Eastern Cuisine. The Turkish bread was fantastic. The various dips delicious. The pastrami was fantastic. Corn beef was ok. The fried Brussels sprouts were unbelievable.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Unusual, very good food. Desserts need some attention.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Great food and friendly service

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