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Shy Bird - South Boston, Boston, MA
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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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Shy Bird - South Boston

4.7
4.7
189 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Shy Bird is an all day rotisserie, bar, cafe & takeaway. We strive to be affordable, approachable and accessible while offering crave-able food, warmth, and hospitality. We offer a serious beverage program that doesn’t take itself too seriously.



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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Rotisserie Chicken
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 8:00 am–9:00 pm Thu, Fri 8:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 766-8309
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

What 189 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Greater Boston

    American

  • Boston

    American

189 Reviews
  1. LoveEatingOut

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service as always. Food was amazing

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was fantastic, love the food and the vibe at Shy Bird!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Honestly amazing experience going here for brunch. Staff was so kind and attentive, the chicken was PHENOMENAL and the brunch vibes were so fun.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Didn’t get a great table location and our server didn’t add much value. The food was awesome though.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Place was empty, it took 20 mins to get our drinks after we had ordered them, then the manager says some of her staff left early today, but the place was empty. It almost felt like they were purposely not making our drinks

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Shy Bird never misses! I've been here for weekday coffee, weekend brunch and late night cocktails, and have left happy every time. Great food, great staff and great vibes (:

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  7. Katharine

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered the rotisserie chicken with the sauce flight and it was incredible! We also loved the cucumber starter and the rotisserie cauliflower.

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  8. nan453

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Food, drinks, service were all impressive.

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  9. Dish

    Greater Boston

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service, great space, and best of all, no need to shout our conversation across the table to each other!

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  10. PHock

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shy Bird is everything you want when you’re going out to eat. Great ambiance, wonderful service, and super tasty food. Cannot recommend this place enough!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a reservation but still waited 30 minutes for a table of two. Disappointing ^^ Editing this review to say that the restaurant followed up with me and more than made up for that experience. I was in touch with Eli the owner and he was incredibly generous and thoughtful in ensuring my next experience was memorable. This is a restaurant that TRULY cares about its customers and their experience and I have to say the food is extremely elevated and delicious. The chicken is crispy and juicy and the sauces are mouth watering. Everything else I had was amazing- the chicken wings, the spring bowl, the fries with a special shout-out for the crushed cucumbers which I loved. The cookies are so soft and tasty as well. This is a great business that has good values and strong leadership as well as delicious food. I will be back no doubt.

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  12. AkTrvlr

    Anchorage

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding lunch for six. Excellent service and food. Nice relaxing ambience. Will gladly go again!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service but very loud and the chicken was pretty good other stuff hit or miss

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  14. Foodie

    Greater Boston

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, attentive and kind service. Love the ambiance. We never felt rushed to leave even though we stayed 3.5 hours for dinner.

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  15. JustinR

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    this was such a fantastic choice for an early anniversary dinner with my girlfriend. we truly had such an amazing time and the food was perfect. the mushroom tart was to die for and the chicken and fries were also notable, but the strawberry shortcake was out of this world

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first experience and definitely not our last. Really good atmosphere, casual but not pubby. Drink menu was creative and full of variety, with the cocktails all exceptional! Starters provided great shared options and perhaps a one of a kind in their Ortiz Sardines in a can with delicious fennel, radish and greens on toast points. Moving to the entrees, the bowls and grains options were plentiful, literally and figuratively, making for a nice bridge to the full rotisserie chicken which was shared and ample for our entire table. From entry to end, service was welcoming, attentive, timely and delightful. Staff and management ensured that expectations were met, and as we expressed, in our experience - exceeded! Shy Bird and the entire block in which it is located is the ideal location for singles, dates and/or families. A must visit when in Boston or for those living in Southie!

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  17. Julie

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shy Bird of South Boston is fabulous! The lovely host was welcoming and sat us right away in very comfortable booth seating. Our waiter was attentive and friendly. We had brunch and enjoyed the food very much, very tasty and served quickly . The coffee and drinks were also excellent. Definitely recommend!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful staff and food. The kale salad with chicken was yummy.

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  19. KarenD

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff is amazing! As is the food! Went on the fly, only place I could get reservations on St. Patricks. So glad we did!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shy Bird is such a terrific addition to our neighborhood in Southie. I have been there many times, and intend to go back often! The menu and coffee are both delicious . The soup, sandwiches and salads are outstanding. And, I cannot say enough about the management and staff. Each member of the team is friendly, helpful, and professional. Thank you Shy Bird! See you soon!!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for a birthday and they were so accommodating for our big group. Service was great and the food was good

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Chicken Sandwich, Mac N Cheese awesome! Service was excellent and it’s in great location(brewery next door) I’ll be back. My family 3 kids loved it.

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  23. GeorgeW

    Greater Boston

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic night, great food, service was special, my drink was perfectly made and everyone made me feel special. I will be back!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I accidentally booked the South Boston location and the staff at Kendall Square were very accommodating and understanding and got us on a waitlist right away

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  25. KaranT

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for brunch, lunch and dinner. Amazing service and the food was delicious. And a very extensive and creative liquor menu. We’ll be back soon!

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  26. JulieL

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    delicious brunch! would recommend to anyone for brunch, lunch, dinner

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  27. Sophia

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went here to catch up with some friends over brunch - it was great! Food was good and the restaurant looked nice. They let us hang out well after our check was paid AND they continued serving us water, even after we had already closed out. As a fellow server, I know what it’s like to want a table to leave after they’ve cashed out, but I didn’t feel this way at all. Great experience and I will definitely be back!

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  28. LoveWine

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were a big group of 8. Shared cinnamon buns (delicious), snacking bites of chicken (with a flight of sauce, we only really liked the ranch) also delicious. Chicken and waffles had a little too much sauce on them for the person liking, the chicken and the waffle are both delicious and don’t need that much sauce. 4 of us ordered the chicken ranch sandwiches.. very good all around. The only complaint was the half roasted chicken. Oddly, it had what seemed like a vein in it and it “bled” which turned off the person eating it and pretty much all of us. We didn’t mention it to the waiter, just covered it up and shared food among the group. Overall, very good and can’t wait to return, our server was awesome and very friendly

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was amazing from wait staff, hosts, and management! The food was great the SB dunks with ranch are a must, and the broccolini was fresh and flavorful! The cloud nine was a interesting and creative mocktail. Also desert is very underrated- the brownie was fantastic.

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  30. SimplePleasures

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lively atmosphere, great service, and lots of yummy choices. The chicken sandwich is awesome.

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  31. Ellie

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Shybird free lunch was really good; the service was attentive and the food, as always, was excellent. My friends and I enjoyed the opportunity to work on projects and have a good meal all at once. I only wish I had known to ask for a regular table as we were seated on high tops but this was quickly resolved. I often come to Shybird and will continue to do so whether the meal is free or not!

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  32. BrigitteM

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great prices. Service was great as well!

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  33. JulioN

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hey there! So, I recently went to this restaurant with a bunch of friends and let me tell you, it was absolutely amazing! The food was delicious, the service was top-notch, and the atmosphere was just perfect for a fun night out with friends. I highly recommend checking it out if you're looking for a great place to hang out and enjoy some tasty food. Trust me, you won't be disappointed! 🍽️🎉😄

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  34. Katie

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Was seated right away for a 6:30 reservation but no waiter or anyone came to the table until we flagged down the host at 6:50 to get water and order drinks. Food was good and came quickly but again when we went to pay it took another 20min for the waiter to come get the check so service definitely left something to be desired

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  35. Kelsinsouthie

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great addition to the Southie neighborhood. Pleasant atmosphere, good comfort food and to die for chicken dunks.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had great food and a very attentive waiter. Can’t wait go visit again!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The place was very loud. Not particularly over crowded, may have been the wrong choice of music. The food was excellent though. And they were very accommodating. I would definitely go back.

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  38. ShannonC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was excellent as always. I live down the street from the Cambridge location and when I got the email about work from the one in South Boston, I assumed (my bad) it was less restaurant and more co-working space. Maybe just me but the promotion came across that way. I'll come back but now I know I'll not really have the room to do more than have my laptop out, and even then when there's food and I'm seated at the bar (the hostess nicely gave me a small table instead) there's not enough room to do my regular work. Also very noisy, but again, now they I understand it's really just a restaurant, I'll be informed for next time.

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  39. VickiA

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Shy Bird in Southie is a great neighborhood lunch and dinner spot. The food is excellent (Umami Bowl is my fav with outstanding ingredients and flavors)! The service is excellent. Everyone from the manager to the wait staff to the bartender are all professional, friendly and warm — and consistently so. You can't go wrong at this place. Oh, and Castle Island Brewery is right next door. Win win.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I signed up for first Friday but was charged for lunch

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FAQs

Shy Bird - South Boston offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 766-8309.

Shy Bird - South Boston is rated 4.7 stars by 189 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 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Shy Bird - South Boston

12 Old Colony Ave, Boston, MA 02127-2405

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    South Boston
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 8:00 am–9:00 pm Thu, Fri 8:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Rotisserie Chicken
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
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