Tiger Mama

4.6
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$30 and under
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Thai

Take a culinary journey through South Asian-inspired fare at Tiger Mama. This restaurant serves lunch and dinner in a vibrant space, enhanced by ferns, plants and soft wood paneling. The menu is a love story to Chef Tiffani Faison's culinary brilliance, with a list that seamlessly borrows from the Vietnamese, Thai and Malaysian cooking playbook. It offers over 30 small-to-medium plate items, broken down into relatable categories like "rich and earthy" or "cold and fresh."



In addition to its dining area, Tiger Mama also hosts a front bar managed by Brian Callahan. It serves wine, beers and exotic cocktails, such as the Taiwan On: a sweet mix of coconut, key lime, Batavia and Thai basil. Tiger Mama is open all through the week.

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DB
New England
26 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and creative menu. Very attentive to my allergies. Overall a fun, delicious restaurant.

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic Thai food, very very good! Would go again.

M
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great way to enjoy family style dinner with our college kids and friends! Good food!

SB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The ambiance was fun. The service was good. The food was really good. One dish was too spicy for the group. Asked if for the next time we could alter the spice level and they said no. The tiki bowl was good fun for the group.

KB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and the service we absolutely outstanding. The only criticism I may have would be there seemed to be a few lights out that made it extremely dark.

SS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We came to Tiger Mama to celebrate my birthday with a big party. The team was so accommodating of my large group, and they were so patient when some of my party didn't arrive right on time. They made great suggestions about food and cocktails. It's my favorite restaurant in Boston - a must try.

AF
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were seated around 15-20 mins after our reservation time and the table was a little tight for our larger party. But those are my only complaints! Wait service was great, food was incredible. The dishes are family style and we ordered 12 dishes for 6 people. We were all STUFFED but we did manage to eat it all! The drinks took some time to arrive, but they were all very complicated so that’s understandable. Overall it was great and I’ll definitely be back!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Extremely poor service. We had an awful waiter who didn’t even pretend to care about serving us properly. My dish of fried rice came out 35 minutes after the dishes my three other friends ordered, so I sat and watched them eat their food while I waited for mine. Our server didn’t check on us once after he took the initial order. I complained to several other waiters. Our server finally brought the food out. When I brought it to his attention that my dish arrived 35 minutes after all of the other dishes he didn’t apologize and acted like it was OUR fault for ordering separate dishes as opposed to doing it tapas style. That doesn’t even make sense, because even if we were doing tapas style we wouldn’t have wanted to get 3 dishes together and then 1 final dish 35 minutes later. The manager came up and apologized profusely and comped my dish. That was the right thing to do and I appreciate the gesture, but that doesn’t begin to make up for the horrendous treatment we received from our waiter. In my opinion Tiger Mama should reevaluate whether there is a spot for him on the staff and/or send him to special training, because he is certainly having a poor impact on customers.

Finally, on top of the poor service, our reservation was for 6:45pm and they didn’t seat us until almost 7:15pm because our table wasn’t ready. It is completely unacceptable to wait almost 30 minutes for a table when you’ve made an advanced reservation. The staff was likewise very unapologetic about the seating delay. When they finally did seat us, they sat us at a high top table instead of a normal table. The food was really good but certainly didn’t make up for the horrendous service we received from the terrible waiter.

VT
New England
128 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As always, the food was excellent and very creative. Service was just “okay” but that is not at all damning. The aspect of “value” is, however, something that management should take a long, hard look at...3 ribs for $15? They were very good but not THAT good.

M
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food great. Drinks great. Busy spot so server is in and out. The food servers come to deliver food as it is ready so it is quick. We each ordered 2 things and it worked out great to share all. Know that food comes as it is ready. Go with it ! My only negative is the bill they automatically add 3% for the kitchen which is very nice but it was odd since in all my experience in restaurants tips are pooled and all taken care of. I guess they know wait staff will not share so they handle it separately. Not a problem at all, I always tip well but felt this was kind of sneaky.

MT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! We tried a variety of items. We really enjoyed our service and food. Outstanding.

SM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food at tiger mama is almost worth the slow service. We have been there twice now and both times have had excruciatingly slow and forgetful service. We often felt like we were sitting at the forgotten table. If you don't mind inattention and long wait times between dishes, the food is some of the best in Boston.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Missed the mark! Won’t be going back

GL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so so so so so good!!! Food was absolutely amazing!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible experience.

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MA
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat! From the cocktails to luxurious warm hand towels at the end of the meal. We will definitely be coming back!

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food and drinks were good overall. Our server had forgotten 2 items from our order that we ended up requesting to take off the rival bill.

MD
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This place is way overpriced and food as ZERO flavor. Seems like a great place for millennials that love overpriced food in a "trendy" setting. For the record...I myself am a millennial. Service is awful, food tasteless, and $90 for two people and 2 drinks each. OUCH

JO
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

grat restaurant! We loved the whole thing, ambiance, food and service.

JI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!! Fun night!! Our server, Brielle was fantastic!!

B
New England
39 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, bold flavors. Fabulous cocktails. Friendly service.

AM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent flavors. Good for sharing dishes. Noisy. Service shared by staff and efficient

JM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great spot for a date night, we had an early dinner here before a movie at Fenway. Service was excellent and the food was delicious, strongly recommend the Mango & Sticky Rice for dessert!

OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! The brunch menu is a real treat.

OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here for brunch twice and still blown away at how good the food is here. A little on the heavier side and portions are large but so delicious! Can’t wait to try more

MP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new fav restaurant! Food is absolutely incredible. You will not be disappointed.

RF
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Made my friends 21st birthday very special. Was our first time there, we'll definitely be back.

s
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was very pleasant and full of recommendations-she knew the menu very well.

As usual the food was very good-the lamb rolls were a little salty, but certainly edible. The potatoes were outstanding as well as the house fried rice-I look forward to ordering them next time!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food wonderful drinks. Great service

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

awesome place but disappointed with the duck for the price. I personally loved the shrimp and the hanoi.

LB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food is Asian street food fusion served to share. Some dishes more successful than others but nothing stood out as very good or very bad. They try to be original and they do present unusual combinations but overall we got the feeling that style won over substance. Smallish plates and very small cocktails.

Tables for 2 arranged too close to each other. You are almost eating together with the next table. High noise volume if you next table neighbors happen to speak loudly...which they did.

We paid around $90 with tips which we considered expensive for what we got.

Was it a bad experience? No.
Was is a memorable one? No.
Would we go back again? Probably not.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Endroit très plaisant. Bonne ambiance. Nourriture et cocktails excellents.

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P
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great, food was great, we live this place anytime.

AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere and the service is good but the food is a bit salty and hard to consume

OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always!

HP
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tiger mama was a great place to dine out.
It was my first experience and t was a great one. the inside is very instagram worthy and the food was super delicious defiantly will go again.

AH
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I were quite pleasantly surprised . I had picked out the place for our anniversary. The food is shareable and in very good taste. In runs a bit spicy which is how I like it. We chose to go meatless and ordered from the appetizer menu, and Veggies and the noodles menu. Loved our choices and our server, Patrick was excellent. I recommend the Japanese Yam and the Pad Thai Salad.

s
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tha food was fantastic. So many unique flavors and creative dishes.

E
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My biggest gripe was the oversell. The waiter said that the restaurant serves "small plates" and that for four of us we should order 6-8. Turns out that each plate was quite large so we had lots uneaten. Sounds great on one hand ... leftovers, yay! On the other hand, ended up being much more expensive than necessary. And, were definitely oversold. Felt like we were targeted and marketed. I don't like that. Also, two of the dishes were super spicy. So much so that they were hard to eat. That's fine, but either the menu or the waiter should have given us advance notice so that we had the option to choose differently if we wanted to do so.

If I did refer to a friend, I'd tell them to ask about spice level and order in stages. The food came out super fast, so it would have been better to order a few at a time rather than a quantity all out once.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

The food was good but the service is some of the worst I’ve had in a long time. On multiple occasions, they they brought someone else’s food to our table. They also put our food down on someone else’s table and then had the other couple give us the plate of food - not sanitary especially for a restaurant of this caliber. The drinks that we got were delicious.