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Bistro 5, Medford, MA

Bistro 5

4.6
4.6
1850 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Bistro 5 is located in Medford, MA just minutes from downtown Boston. "A quintessential neighborhood spot" boasts The Boston Globe.
Chef/Owner Vittorio Ettore and his team serve the finest Italian fare with French and Spanish influences while focusing on farm-fresh local ingredients. The ever changing Chef's Tasting Menu keeps Boston's most distinguished palates returning time and again for seasonally fresh dishes that embody the warmth and richness of Chef Vittorio's own hospitality.
Bistro 5 also offers a full bar and extensive cocktail and wine list featuring unique wines at exceptional values.
The restaurants 2 dining rooms are richly appointed and can accommodate parties of up to 100 guests, making Bistro 5 the perfect venue for your next office party, family gathering, or special event.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, European, French

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (781) 395-7464

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Vittorio Ettore

  • Catering

    Bistro 5 caters to a spectrum of events from casual cocktail parties to formal sit down dinners. We provide innovative cuisine to please any palate using the freshest, local ingredients, and professional service. For more information, complete the form on the private dining page at www.bistro5.com or call to speak to our event coordinator.

  • Private party facilities

    At Bistro 5, our personal service approach ensures we execute every detail of your event beyond your expectation. Bistro 5 has the heart and personality of a local favorite but also boasts the sophisticated Northern Italian fare found in a destination dining experience.

  • Private party contact

    Jodi DiFrummolo: (781) 395-7464

  • Neighborhood

    Medford

  • Cross street

    High Street

  • Parking details

    There are several places to park your vehicle. 1. On High Street in West Medford Square, meters until 7pm 2. Along the commuter rail on Playstead Road, metered until 7pm. 3. Municipal parking lot behind Bargain Spot Liquor Store; in West Medford Square on the opposite side of High Street.

  • Public transit

    From North Station you can take the commuter rail on the Lowell Line outbound one (1) stop to West Medford. We are directly across Playstead Road from the train platform to the right of the bank. It is approximately 11 minutes from North Station.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • $1.50 Oysters every Tuesday

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - Thu - 5:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Enjoy $1.50 local oysters every Tuesday, while supplies last only!

Popular dishes

What 1,850 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston Suburbs

    Notable Wine List

  • Boston Suburbs

    Romantic

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  1. d

    dnew

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great local place to eat at the bar or at a table. Always a good experience.
  2. BF

    BrianaF

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This places feels almost like a hidden gem. The food is delicious and is always changing based on the season. The cocktails are very good. The service is great there as well.
  3. JD

    JohnD

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place for an intimate dinner. The atmosphere was great for a first date. We had the tasting menu. The items were fantastic, including the dessert.
  4. y

    yondan20

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Vittorio is the chef-owner and personally supervises. Highly recommended!
  5. H

    Helene

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    The menu is interesting but limited to mostly pasta. The restaurant is so small in area and the noise level is so high that it is not a relaxing atmosphere despite the colorful decor. The wait staff and hosts need more training for certain individuals; they can be abrupt and unwelcoming. I will not hurry back as I found our waitress somewhat hurried and rude.
  6. J

    John

    Charleston

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We love seeing a high end, “neighborhood” restaurant with relatively easy parking and not having to travel into the city for good food and a sophisticated environment. Our server was excellent. Only suggestion for improvement we can make is probably to cut back a bit on the garlic in the otherwise well prepared gnocchi entree. I am surprised the restaurant is not better known………although notably it was bustling last night on a Tuesday.
  7. MA

    MARKF

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    I had a bad experience on Saturday night. Disappointingly, my meal was mediocre at best, uneatable at worst. I take some blame for ordering a steak (the first I ordered out in almost 3 years) rather than another meal, however the steak that I was given was full of gristle, hard to cut and cooked too long as were the green vegetables. Though the wine (a chianti) and my companion's meal (a veggie burger) were quite good, the sourdough crostini and the focaccia served seemed to have been unfrozen and rather tasteless as well.The waitstaff and manager avoided my complaints. When she appeared at the end of the meal, our server said that she was going to inform the chefs about the lousy steak. My bill stayed the same with no offer of any good will or timely replacement. The only thing that the manager said of note was that it was "a learning experience for his staff." The situation was handled awkwardly. My bill should have been altered or I should have been offered dessert or a gift card. Instead, I received shrugs and nothing else.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very special place and an amazing dinner! Great service
  9. EC

    ElizabethC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go to bistro 5 every year for our anniversary. We did the chef’s tasting menu with the wine pairing. The food was extraordinary and the wine choices a perfect fit. It was Memorial Day weekend and not as busy as usual on a Friday. Lovely evening.
  10. N

    Nick

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great bistro. The food, ambience and service were all very good. I had the steak which was delicious, and my wife got the vegan option ( tofu and lemony greens) which was also very good. I’m glad they’re offering vegan option (limited but good quality and healthy), so that non-vegans can eat here with vegan friends.
  11. LL

    LoisLane55

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything we ordered was excellent—the calamari, the tuna & spaghetti, the gnocchi.—everything wonderful!
  12. K

    Karen

    New England

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Found the menu rather limited and there were "off the menu" daily specials. Check out the menu before you go.
  13. JH

    JoyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bistro 5 is one of our favorite restaurants! The menu is seasonal, creative and every bite is a delicious explosion of tastes and textures. We had the scallops and salmon entrees as well as the 4 starters and all were superb. The restaurant ambience is comfortable, cozy with great upbeat music. We love Bistro 5!
  14. JO

    JOHN02155

    New England

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Vittorio, chef/owner just keeps getting better. Every dish was distinctive and excellent. A bit noisy on a busy night, but the food trumps everything else.
  15. SK

    SylviaK

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time dining there. It was very enjoyable. We were pleased with the dinner, service & ambience.
  16. ML

    MichaelL

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is well prepared and very creative. Lots of enjoyable flavors.
  17. HM

    HarleyM

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My son and I took my wife (his mother) out for Mother's Day Brunch at Bistro 5. We loved it. The menu had several items that are not normally offered in addition to several perennial favorites. Everything was super tasty, starting with the amazing focaccia and chickpea dip for the table. We loved the dip so much that we bought a pint of it to take home. The atmosphere made the dining experience feel special. The wait staff was attentive. As we were finishing up the chef came out to chat with us and ask about our meal. He's very open and friendly, and genuinely cares about the diners. Although the prices mean that this is not an everyday dining option for most people, it's still a very good value. I've paid way more for much lower quality in this area. I highly recommend it, and not just for special occasions.
  18. C

    Carolyn

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant in Medford - probably best fine dining restaurant in all of medford imo. Ambiance is excellent - nicely decorated, perfect intimate size, not too loud. The service was excellent and our waitress was very knowledgeable. The food was great - everything was beautifully presented. My steak was perfectly cooked, but i do wish there was a sauce of some sort.
  19. DA

    DARAP

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    First time. Was not bad, cute little spot. Will be back.
  20. SM

    SethM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu, fantastic service and skilled bar.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Great food. Great Service
  22. PC

    PaulC

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service
  23. TM

    TrishaM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and ambience. Lovely cocktails.
  24. R

    Ross

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Bistro5 was extremely average. I had the calamari as an appetizer, which was good, but not interesting. I ordered the veal Milanese for my entree— it was under cooked and tough, as were the greens. It was supposed to come with roasted butternut squash— there were about 12 half inch cubes of squash. It was supposed to come with something called pistachio dukkah, which I would like to describe but can’t because it didn’t come at all. My spouse ordered the gnocchi— good but not great. Loaded with garlic (which I liked) but not for everyone. The creme brûlée for dessert was decent. Service was super slow. They were understaffed and extremely busy.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We love B5. They’re not always perfect but it’s still worth it even when it’s not one of there best days.
  26. k

    kareng

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner overall! small plates, the chicken and the gnocchi were delicious! Beer float was really fun.
  27. CP

    CambridgePhD

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic and thoughtful Italian/eclectic cuisine with a friendly staff. A mix of standards (e.g. bolognese) and creative takes (beet bucatini with shrimp, lemongrass, and coconut). They make their own pasta in-house, and incorporate a range of high-quality, fresh ingredients. I had the tasting menu (avocado toast with salmon mousse, skate wings with pea shoots and fennel, duck breast with dandelion and black currant/port reduction sauce, and creme brulee gelato), which was insane, the rest of my party ordered a la carte (crostini, salads, bolognese, burger), and were equally floored. The cocktails are also outstanding.
  28. p

    patriciad

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a pleasant surprise dining at Bistro 5 ! Everyone was friendly and efficient. The food was great! It was hard to tell there was this bustling restaurant from the outside .
  29. EM

    EMKBoston

    Bath

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Very good food, great ambience. The service left a lot to be desired.
  30. LS

    LouiseS

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely menu for Easter brunch/dinner. Fabulous service, great food. And whoever was mixing drinks did a great job. Well worth the $.
  31. SK

    SamK

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Customer Service was great - the server was very friendly and checking on us often. The food (appetizers and mains) was okay and the time it took to arrive was very long. Our items had too much of garlic and salt so we couldn’t enjoy much and as it had taken longer to arrive and we were hungry - we decided to just wrap up quickly. The dessert (crème brûlée) was really good and that was one of the best part of our dinner.
  32. KC

    KathleenC

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite spots!!! Never fails to be beyond delicious from cocktails to dessert as well as the servers who bring it to you!
  33. MP

    MichaelP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I have been going to Bistro 5 for many years - it has become our go-to evening out for a great little place with delicious menu items that change to always make it a new experience. Great cocktails too.
  34. M

    Maz2013

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We found it creative with high quality, fresh ingredients and excellent service.
  35. A

    Anders

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Vittorio knocked it out of the park with this weeks tasting menu
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server seemed new to Bistro 5, but was helpful and mostly got out meals to us in a timely and friendly manner. The chef’s special was wonderful as were our drinks and the wine pairings with the special. The staff was very helpful and accommodating when we added a third party to our table at the last minute.
  37. B

    Bert

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening. Everything perfect in every way!
  38. t

    thomasl

    New England

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Good service and food. Tight seating arrangements, so it is pretty loud.
  39. ER

    ElaineR

    New England

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    While the food was delicious, menu was limited and portions are small (especially for the prices). Bar has limited drinks, not carrying some standard alcohol brands (such as Kahlua).Service was friendly and decor very nice. Not sure I would go back though, based on limitations and prices.
  40. LW

    LornaW

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    My anniversary was absolutely ruined. We have been coming to this restaurant since it opened 24 years ago .We have come for our anniversary every year . We walked in on a Saturday at 5:40pm. 3 tables by the front window where we sit every year were empty. We asked to sit at one of these 3 tables. . We were informed those seats were “reserved”( we had booked our anniversary 2 months earlier) We’re were lead to a loud back room with a large family having an event.When we declined we were then seated ( in an empty front restaurant )directly in front of the bathroom. With no one else around. My husband and I decided to leave and only then did the bartender come over and intervene and put us in the seats we requested. The food came out quickly ( guess they wanted us out asap) and the food could not be enjoyed with multiple plates stacked on the table. Lastly, no one wished us a happy anniversary except the waitress as she collected our payment. Was it because we are an interracial couple that we could not sit in one of 3 empty front window tables?( I was the only black person there for the 90 min we were there?) NO ONE sat in any of the window tables when we were there- where were the ghost reservations? No one reads the special occasion documentation in Open Table to know this was 32nd wedding anniversary dinner ? No one could apologize? We asked to speak to the owner as we say hello every year- he was not there. He should be aware of the poor customer service when he is not there. This was a disgraceful treatment of established visitors. What happened to Bistro 5?

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bistro 5 using the Order Online button. Bistro 5 also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 395-7464.

Bistro 5 is rated 4.6 stars by 1850 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 1 time today
Google Map for Bistro 5

5 Playstead Road Medford, MA 02155

Additional information

  • Cross street

    High Street

  • Neighborhood

    Medford

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, European, French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There are several places to park your vehicle. 1. On High Street in West Medford Square, meters until 7pm 2. Along the commuter rail on Playstead Road, metered until 7pm. 3. Municipal parking lot behind Bargain Spot Liquor Store; in West Medford Square on the opposite side of High Street.

  • Public transit

    From North Station you can take the commuter rail on the Lowell Line outbound one (1) stop to West Medford. We are directly across Playstead Road from the train platform to the right of the bank. It is approximately 11 minutes from North Station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Vittorio Ettore

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (781) 395-7464

  • Catering

    Bistro 5 caters to a spectrum of events from casual cocktail parties to formal sit down dinners. We provide innovative cuisine to please any palate using the freshest, local ingredients, and professional service. For more information, complete the form on the private dining page at www.bistro5.com or call to speak to our event coordinator.

  • Private party facilities

    At Bistro 5, our personal service approach ensures we execute every detail of your event beyond your expectation. Bistro 5 has the heart and personality of a local favorite but also boasts the sophisticated Northern Italian fare found in a destination dining experience.

  • Private party contact

    Jodi DiFrummolo: (781) 395-7464

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