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Bar' Cino Watertown, Watertown, MA

Bar' Cino Watertown

4.6
4.6
281 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Bar ‘Cino (we say “chee-no”) is an informal neighborhood spot with a lively bar and a menu that highlights the green & white of the Italian flag more than the red.

We are excited to be joining the Watertown community and we are looking forward to serving you soon!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 458-8550
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Jacob Bowser
  • Neighborhood
    Watertown
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 281 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

281 Reviews
  1. amyo

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great and all were friendly. We ordered the Taste of Boston 3 course special. Our main course was brought out first and the first course was not brought out until after we were done eating our main course....and it was not the greatest. but other than that, the food was good and our experience was a pleasant one.

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  2. Famished

    Greater Boston

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love everything about this attractive, lively restaurant except the noise level, which requires shouting to be heard by companions, regardless of age. Sound-absorbing panels between the ceiling joists would be a sensible, relatively low-cost way to mitigate the problem.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress Madison was amazing and the food was so good! Will definitely be back soon.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vadim and Aline went above and beyond to accommodate my friends and I for a lovely birthday celebration at Bar’Cino. They found a quick solution to our request to move indoors from outdoor seating, despite the restaurant being busy. Both were super kind and friendly throughout the entire experience, and went out of their way to write our friend a generous birthday card as well. Wonderful service and management, and highly recommend a meal at Bar’Cino in Watertown; we will be coming back!

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  5. Eagereater

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We were sitting outside and got the benefit of staff helping to get the heater going for us. Great effort and result!

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  6. SarahD

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My first time dining at this neighborhood restaurant. Location is great with parking behind the restaurant, it is convenient. The atmosphere is comfortable and bright. My friend and I sat at a booth which is a perfect booth size - not too large for 2 people. Our server was very friendly and attentive. She saw us right away and placed an order for our cocktails. Her input on the cocktails was good as we both ordered a Madame Rue. It was refreshing and not sweet so I appreciate that. My reason for the 3 stars is the food amount and quality. We ordered from the Prixe Fixe 3 course menu. I had my eye on the seafood spoglio pasta for a long time. Disappointing it was mainly because of the small amount of seafood - a few tiny shrimp, a few squid pieces and about 4 mussels. The flavor was lacking and the pasta was extremely al dente. I was searching for more flavor - no garlic no hot pepper. I added ground pepper from the table but not much of a change. Our first course was the asparagus which was probably the best of all dishes. We also had the bruschetta for the first course. The bread was not as crispy as the usual bruschetta. Our desserts were lacking in flavor - like the restaurant was trying to be creative but fell flat here. Maybe I will return again in the future and order something different on the menu in the hopes that I just had a bit of back luck the first time.

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  7. WatertownStrong

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoyed the prix fixe menu at Bar'Cino, everything was good. Flavorful, well made, high quality ingredients, great atmosphere, you can be dressy or casual. The waitress was great and the manager stopped by our table to chat.

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  8. Newtonite

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bar 'Cino was the perfect place to celebrate the birthday of a friend. Cocktails and food were inventive and delicious, service friendly and attentive, ambiance lively but not too noisy for conversation. Love this place!

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  9. LizZ

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I love Bar Cino. The food is consistently good and your wait staff couldn't be nicer. Thanks for a delicious dinner and dessert.

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  10. SuburbanLady

    Greater Boston

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and drink! Staff is very pleasant and accommodating. We’ve been here several times and it does not disappoint!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful spot! My family and I enjoyed every dish we ordered. Elevated flavors and lots of delicious vegan options. Interesting selection of brews on tap, a good selection of non-alcoholic cocktails as well. Lovely atmosphere and great service. This is on my short list of go to places now!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was the best value for our dollar in the area. Only place I have found outside of Boston with a Clarified milk punch, and it was amazing. Cannot recommend this place enough.

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  13. Isido

    Greater Boston

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love you his place!!!

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  14. Disappointed

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Tuscan kale salad was tender with a tasty dressing topped with pine nuts. The mushroom pizza was so delicious and grilled to perfection. We will definitely return to try other items.

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  15. CalvinP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Joseph was our server and he was super helpful with choices and the service. The food was also awesome as well. Thank you for the great experience!

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  16. MariaK

    Greater Boston

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience at Bar Cino—great food & service!

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  17. NanK

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great tasting food- order was brought out very efficiently and was warm and freshly created. Thanks!

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  18. RHJA

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    5 entrees. 1 good 4 mediocre and rather tasteless. Desserts good.

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  19. CynthiaD

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the Cesar salad and grilled asparagus for appetizers. Salmon and polenta for dinner and lemon cake for dessert. Every mouthful was delicious!

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  20. Kristine

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The prosciutto bruschetta was excellent. The seafood pasta was a little dry.

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  21. fromBoston

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice space and vibe. We enjoyed the Boston restaurant week menu which was an excellent deal. Our server was great.

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  22. BrewstaBoy

    Greater Boston

    91 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We dined early at Bar ‘Cino this evening. It’s Restaurant Week, and this place offered three courses for $36; there were lots of choices in all three courses, so we decided to try it. Restaurant Week pre-fixe menus are a mixed bag; many restaurants fail to put their best foot forward in their effort to attract new diners. But tonight’s experience was quite the opposite. Among the three of us, we ordered a romaine and kale Caesar, meatballs in polenta and sweet potato frittela first, followed by chicken Milanese, braised pork shoulder and grilled salmon. We closed a vanilla panna cotta and a couple of lemon cakes topped with strawberry mousse. All of the firsts and mains were very good, and some — the meatballs, chicken and pork — were excellent. Unlike many other restaurants running pre-fixe promos, Bar ‘Cino did not skimp on anything. The plates were all generous and in some cases (the meatballs, Caesar and chicken), they were enormous. The desserts were nothing to write home about; they seemed almost institutional in their ordinariness. But whatever, we’d already eaten, frankly, too much. We had a terrific server, Joseph, who was friendly, helpful, personable and relaxed. We enjoyed his repartee. But other aspects of the service were uneven. As common as slow service tends to be, especially in crowded restaurants, it’s highly unusual that the service is too fast. But tonight’s courses definitely came out too quickly, with virtually no time between them to catch our breath. Plus, the food runner essentially brought the dishes to the table and placed them anywhere there was room — not even placing the wrong choice in front of each diner. It’s not that it was a hardship to place the dishes in front of each diner ourselves, but it’s not what you dine out for. In all, a wonderful meal and experience. Will definitely be back.

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  23. deborahh

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the mushroom grilled pizza , meatballs delicious, and the grilled broccolini with pesto is a new favorite.

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  24. MJBK

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Was excited to try this new restaurant in the old Stellina space in Watertown Square. Upon my party of 4 being seated we were not approached once by a server for over 20 minutes. I finally asked if we had a waiter/waitress so we could get something to drink. We were given 3 small weird packages of bread (there were 4 of us) and there is a can of olive oil on the table to pour on your plate. We ordered a few appetizers and the meatballs were good but not hot at all but the marinara was tasty. Our other 2 appetizers of cauliflower and broccolini toast were just ok but not hot at all. Margarita pizza came as a thin crust and a weird layout of circles of marinara and a pesto sauce but the weirdest thing was the sharp pair of clippers that they served with the pizza to cut it. It was a hazard to say the least and it should have been a mini pizza cutter if to provide anything at all. A caesar salad with chicken milanese was just ok - the dressing really had not flavor and the chicken was dry. All in all not a great experience but a nice interior.

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  25. PatrickM

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This place opened with a BANG and now its just a blah. We went during Dine Out and the service completely changed - never mind the food quality. We had to ask for our server several times and then still the service never picked up. We even had to go to the hostess stand and ask for the server to come by or for water. The mgr did comp our meal and drinks, but still they seemed completely disorganized and unfocused on what they had before. I will not be returning.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for dine out week. Food was very good. They took my allergy seriously (all my dishes came with a little ‘allergen’ flag on it). Would definitely be back.

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  27. Finny

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was so-so. Service was excellent and the bar/beverage options were great.

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  28. Dill

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Server, Lou. Excellent evening. Excellent Food

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  29. barbaraf

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tried it out for restaurant week and will definitely be back. Both of us had the Salmon entree and it was cooked perfectly. I had their Caesar and friend had meatballs.desert was a dressed up pana cotta and salter caramel Felton. All yummy. Serious was fabulous.Lou was just the right amount of attentive. So go try it!!!

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  30. sanibelbound

    Greater Boston

    98 reviews

    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice restaraunt. Well lit compared to the place it was before. Modern decor. Service and food was good. Will go back another time.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great! The bolognese pasta is out of this world!!!! The pesto as well and deserts are finger licking good!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was lacking, first course arrived before drinks Waiters took no responsibility

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every part of our experience at Bar Cino was outstanding! The hostess was exceptional as was our waiter. We were celebrating a birthday and we will definitely be back for more celebrations. The food is excellent! I can’t say enough!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It can be loud early in the evening … so anyone with hearing issues may struggle. We had to wait for our table and the house sent over meatballs and chips PLUS credited our first drinks - which was a huge gesture! Thanks!!! Also on the BIG PLUS SIDE, the waitstaff are amazing and we were offered a taste test for what red wine we would choose. The server was practically giddy and their energy was a fun addition to the night. I love that there’s a Bar’Cino I can now walk to in the neighborhood!!

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  35. DavidH

    Las Vegas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aline the manager is always wonderful and checking in. The food is always top notch. We had the pasta special that was a hit.

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  36. Renee

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the atmosphere at Bar" Cino. Everyone is lovely and very attentive. We have dined twice and felt they deserve high marks on the "starters" but both visits the entrees fell short. We ordered 4 very different dishes and in all cases something wasn't quite right. Stick with the small plates, so many to choose from to easily make a full meal.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed our Sunday brunch with our of town family. Great local spot with a downtown vibe!

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  38. JayB

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visit. Everything we ordered was delicious. Had a great server and really enjoyed the atmosphere. Looking forward to our next visit.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We arrived 10 min prior to our reservation. Waited 50 minutes. Not a single other person waited as we stood there. Hostess and management avoided us instead of simply providing a drink, an apology and idk??? Food was fine. Management on down have no sense of urgency or cleanliness to their work. Dirty tables. Empty water glasses. The kitchen should be EMBARRASSED by the FOH.
    Bar' Cino WatertownResponded on March 5, 2024
    Sorry to hear your visit was anything less than great. Our whole team takes great pride in making our guests happy. I would love the opportunity to hear more about your experience and the details. I hope you can reach out to me at the information below. Your satisfaction is important to us and we’d like to try and restore your faith in our restaurant. Sincerely, Gary Morrison | Regional Manager 508.561.9937

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  40. Alan

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Several times, a server came over with food that wasn't ours. It became a joke after a while. Clearly there was some issue. Also, there is nothing to absorb sound at all in the restaurant. It's loud and hard to hear people at your own table. We would consider going back, but there are other places we prefer.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bar' Cino Watertown using the Order Online button. Bar' Cino Watertown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 458-8550.

Bar' Cino Watertown is rated 4.6 stars by 281 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 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bar' Cino Watertown

47 Main St, Watertown, MA 02472

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Watertown
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jacob Bowser
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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