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Bistro 5, Medford, MA

Bistro 5

4.8
4.8
1919 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

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

Experiences

  • Chocolate Tasting Menu

    Feb 2 - Feb 11, 2023
    Join us for our annual Chocolate Tasting Menu. Our tasting menu will consist of duck prosciutto & cocoa rice, cocoa gnocchi & rabbit ragu, venison & mole sauce, and spiced chocolate mousse. Carefully selected wine pairings will also be offered. Visit our website to access our full menu.

Offers

  • $1.50 Oysters every Tuesday

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - Thu - 5:00 PM - 8:45 PM,Fri - Sat - 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM
    Enjoy $1.50 local oysters every Tuesday, while supplies last only!

Popular dishes

What 1,919 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and services was impeccable. Different options with food. Greatly appreciated. Shot out to our new friends Darlene and Rosemary. Happy birthday!!!
  2. N

    Nino

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The spaghetti chitarra was great. Skip the octopus and white bean salad appetizer, skip the vegetables appetizer (unless you really like pickled shallots), and maybe skip the olives. The other two apps are great (my wife ordered all 5). Note that the entrance is on Playstead Road. There is what looks like an abandoned entrance on High St but just turn the corner and you'll be at the right one.
  3. M

    Maryesther

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very well thought out menu, beautifully presented. Festive decor and welcoming atmosphere. Wonderful way to end the year and looking forward to menu delights in the new year. Lobster risotto was fabulous!!!
  4. M

    Margo

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We have been fans of Bistro 5 since they opened. We have celebrated New Years Eve and Valentines Day many times there. We were there this past Saturday evening. First the service was awesome, as well as the drinks and appetizers. We have ordered Veal Milanese many times - it has changed since we ordered it years ago. The veal was great but the frisee salad was dry, and the squash had no flavor. It was just too dry overall. It needed a dressing on the salad and better choice of a vegetable. But I still highly recommend Bistro 5. Alex, our waitress, was awesome!!
  5. c

    ceej

    New England

    66 reviews

    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Any busy night, this was New Year's Eve, is not the best night to rate the restaurant. The food was very good, but I've dined here many times and there was more convenience to these meals. Again, expected on this night. It was a fun night out.
  6. NG

    NancyG

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had another special meal at Bistro 5: chesnut bisque, burrata salad, beautiful salmon, and lovely wine. Excellent service as always. Just an amazing place to have in the neighborhood.
  7. p

    purrformer

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb as always. We are regulars at this neighborhood gem and enjoy introducing friends to it. Our only regret was that the tasting menu was not available on our chosen night.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We've been going to the bistro 5 for years and it's been consistently good. Nonetheless, the food we enjoyed last night was frankly outstanding. Coupled with great service and phenomenal value for money, this was an evening to be remembered.
  9. P

    Peter

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Interesting Bistro 5 versions of mostly familiar dishes. Menu is limited. Close seating and moderate noise level.
  10. B

    Bill

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful special risotto. Fine cocktails. Long time favorite restaurant. Delivered a fine experience once again.
  11. JR

    JRPatsFan

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve enjoyed many seasonal tasting menus, and the Feast of the Seven Fishes several times over the years. This was the best yet!! Merry CHristmas and Happy New Year to all at Bistro 5!!
  12. CT

    ChristianT

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty 7 fish menu, better than lots of places in Cambridge and Boston
  13. H

    Heggy

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal - great menu options for everyone. Festive decor, great service
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been big fans of Bistro 5 for years. I’m so pleased that they continue to never miss a step. From excellently prepared dishes to top notch service, it’s a great place for every night, date night or anything in between. I’m always pleased how respectful and accommodating they are of my kids as well.
  15. Y

    Yocal

    New England

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Ettore is outstanding. West Medford location delivers Boston experience.
  16. EF

    EFJ2021

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. The homemade pasta is wonderful. We loved the dessert special too!
  17. RH

    RyanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the atmosphere was cozy yet lively.
  18. BD

    BDKane

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot! The food was terrific, very creative menu, and our waitress was extremely friendly and attentive. We will be back!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Bistro v, and Vittorio and his team. Goff, service and ambience are always top notch. And now they even have fun cocktails! Duck was superb last night and well paired with the wine.
  20. l

    luv2eat

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent meal as always. Had the chef’s tasting for the first time. Outstanding
  21. B

    finefoodB

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food is excellent. So lucky to have it as a neighborhood restaurant
  22. SP

    ScottP

    New England

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and amazing service. Highly recommended!
  23. k

    kricket

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect as always - never dissapoints. I love dinning at Bistro5
  24. MF

    MartinF

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed another terrific meal with friends on Friday night. It was full, glad we had a reservation. I had the Veal Milanese, delicious, we also had salmon and the special, Scallops with risotto, which my dining mates pronounced excellent. We didn't stay for desert, but that looked equally tempting. we'll certainly be back soon.
  25. M

    Matty

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous as always! We have eaten here for years on special occasions, driving a long way to enjoy it. You would never imagine from the simple exterior the very sophisticated menu and wonderful wine list. The atmosphere is friendly; the service, excellent. Somehow the waitstaff can look across the room and see just what you might need. We sat near (not at) the bar and were highly entertained by the graceful and energetic bartender. We came early--great if you want to talk--but by 6:30 the restaurant was packed and pretty loud. We'll be back!!
  26. s

    suem

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Melissa was our server. She was great. Very pleasant and welcoming. Food was delicious. We had eggplant dip (although we didn’t get anything to dip in!) do we used bread we got when seated. Bolognese snd gnocchi were the entrees we got. Both were hot and delicious. We did get creme brûlée. Sugar was hard to break through but it was yummy to. Highly recommend!
  27. ZM

    ZooMaster

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Its a hidden Gem. The lights could be brighter!!!!!!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Usual wonderful experience
  29. t

    thomasm

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I loved the tasting menu, paired very nicely with selected wines. The pumpkin risotto with seared scallops was truly extraordinary. Expensive, but the food is delicious. They also have excellent cocktails.
  30. p

    perkyfood

    New England

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a solid meal at a nice neighborhood standout!
  31. PG

    PhyllisG

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food here and excellent servers. We have been coming for years.
  32. JM

    JennyM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A memorable evening all around! I can't wait to come back! :)
  33. W

    Winchesterdiner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service
  34. LM

    LML6

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Food was delicious. Service was awesome. Nice ambiance. Would go again.
  35. EG

    ErickaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Overall an excellent experience. There was a very large group being served while we were there and we were asked to order apps and main dishes at the same time. Things were a bit rushed but I appreciated the effort to accommodate us rather than have us waiting forever while the large party was handled. Food, as usually, was excellent with a variety of choices.
  36. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Recommend the mushroom gnocchi. The steak and Caesar salad were also good.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Worst service one could possibly imagine. From waiting 35 minutes past our reservation time to get a table, to having the waiter tell us “stop complaining aren’t you comfortable enough at the bar?”. They then charged us for the drinks we thought were complimentary due to the long delay. Good not too good for price. Diners beware - plenty of better restaurants in the area
  38. w

    wilkinjs

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food in a friendly, corner-restaurant atmosphere.
  39. R

    Rusty

    New England

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was most accommodating as we arrived 15 prior to opening and they greeted us warmly, seated us and provided beverages. It’s a great neighborhood restaurant.
  40. MB

    MarilynB

    Orlando

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday dinner for my daughter. Delicious. Great service.

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 4.8 stars by 1919 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 22 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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