The Red Raven is a community-driven gastropub. The menu is internationally inspired and offers a wide variety of starters, meat and cheese plates, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and entrees. Grab some of the house guacamole, crispy pork belly or a sticky short rib taco to start. For lunch, dig into a shaved steak sandwich or a seasonal roasted veggie wrap. Dinner offers hearty entrees like apple & bacon-stuffed chicken, The Red Raven house sirloin, rib-eye steak and a number of big burgers.
Enjoy your meal at The Red Raven in its elegant bistro-style dining area or at one of the more relaxed pub areas. One of the unique things about the restaurant is that you will have access to the same menu whether you�re at the pub or the dining room.
Went to Red Raven for bunch - originally brought in with the advertised Bloody Mary bar. The bar was lacking essential things (lemons/limes), but had interesting options (bacon, pickled greenbean, pepperocini, spicy tomato mix)- our serve didn't actually ask what kind of rim mix or vodka we wanted, but we let that go. Overall the server was a little 'thrown' and seemed easily confused (perhaps repeating orders back or clarifying would have helped), if it had been busy we would have understood, but it was pretty empty. Our server was very polite and pleasant though! The menu reads SPECTACULARLY - everything sounds wonderful, we wanted to try so many things - however when the items arrived, they were all a bit different than what was listed - the menu definitely needs updating. Example, we ordered a platter of the smoked salmon, and it did not come with mustard or rye bread, instead it had a baguette chunk of sorts - when mustard was requested it was yellow mustard (like you put on a hotdog). The eggs were a bit overdone, but presentation was very creative.
We feel there is a lot of hope for this place, and might give it another try- or just might come back for the drinks (which were priced a bit high for the area, but align with what the establishment is going for). The food might take more convincing, maybe once the menu is updated and aligns with the food delivered.
The "French Omelet" was not light and fluffy and cheesy, it tasted cheesy but it was very flat and dense. The Brioche Bread was in copious amounts and was also dry so we asked for butter for that. The Home Fries were good according to a fellow diner. All in all this was an over priced breakfast that wasn't as good as the local diner here in Acton.
Red Raven has a great vibe, the decor is trendy and fun,energic staff. The food really needs help. It seems like they are trying too hard - it may be better to offer a less choices that incorporate fresh ingredients and less"packaged" sauces. too much salt.
Such a shame, the restaurant looks great, the atmosphere is great, the service is good but the food is SO BAD!
A friend and I went to the Red Raven as a last minute brunch option and couldn't have been happier with the food and beverage selection, as well as the service. The space itself was roomy, well decorated for the season, a good selection of food options for our differing palates, and even better selection of beers and cocktails. We plan to use The Red Raven as our new regular meeting spot, and I've already started to spread the word to other friends about our experience. We are most looking forward to the outdoor patio this summer! Keep up the excellent service!
Entrees very late in arriving - no explanation or apology.
Not my first visit but two of my guests had never been. I get what Red Raven wants to be but it's just okay for me. With so few good options in Acton I can see why this place is popular for locals.
My hand-cut sirloin was fatty/gristly. It did not include fresh horseradish as on the menu, though that wouldn't have helped the cut of meat much. My wife's garden papardelle arrived several minutes after the other two entrees for the table and was undercooked (not al dente, undercooked). Neither dish was worth sending back since the dining room was filling up and the kitchen already seemed overwhelmed.
Food portions were generous.
Cocktails were skimpy on alcohol.
Service was polite and prompt.
Overall terrific experience. We had a reservation through OpenTable for 6:30PM on a Friday and when we got there, there were lots of people and a very fun ambiance. We were seated quickly and it just got better and better. Service was attentive and friendly and we keep talking about the food. Dishes you will recognize but with a New England and seasonal twist (we went in November). Have told many people how fun and great the food was. Will definitely go back. Wonderful to have such a neighborhood gem in the Acton-Littleton-Boxborough area!
The layout of the Raven accommodates the social crowd with raised tables and chairs in the middle of the main room and also the diners out for a peaceful meal with tables along the outer parts of the room.
I went with a friend and we sat at the nice table with a view of the water. The service was great even though the place was busy. We started with salads. The ceasar salad is a treat that I have never experienced anywhere else. I highly recommend it. For dinner, I had the rack of lamb and my friend the chicken (I don't remember the name of the dishes). The food was prepared well and presented nicely. The flavor (that's what it's all about right?) was superb.
The first time we dined here just days after restaurant opened and weren't impressed. Decided to give it a second chance and were pleasantly surprised. The menu has improved greatly and we had a great meal. It got a bit loud as evening progressed. Overall, we had good experience.
We were hesitant due to the mixed reviews on Yelp re: slow service but are happy to report that we experienced none of that. Server was very attentive and food came out at appropriate intervals. Generous portion of seared foie gras for an individual app and the chicharrones (crispy fried pork belly) were for the most part tasty (save one piece which seemed to have escaped the fryer and was blubbery). Mains were pork, burger with fried egg and bleu cheese and chicken two ways. Didn't taste the pork, but the chicken was delicious (although the mushroom sauce was a bit too reduced; overly thick). Burger with egg was really good and quite large, enough to share. Nice space inside; we'll come back here.
The duck is delicious _ a must try! We always have a terrific dining experience at Red Raven. The managerial staff and waitstaff aim to please.
Food and service were great... a little annoyed with the canned music volume. We were sitting in the dining room and a bit too loud. Also, the noise level as the dining room filled with patrons was a bit loud as well. Not the place for a quiet dinner.
We were early. Wait staff hung around our table to read and discuss the menu. Could not find any entries we wanted. There was no filet just a14 oz steak. My wife's vegetable lasagna arrived cold. The place felt drafty. Not sure what it would be like in the winter.
Nice view of a lake, cozy bar and very busy. Food was pub fare plus a number of original creations.
I was very excited to dine at the Red Raven on Halloween, however I left somewhat disappointed in the food and service. Hostess greeted nicely, sat quickly, but slapped the menus on the table while we were still at the stand. Drink menu wasn't dropped upon seating, took a while to order drinks. Came out 1 at a time. We ordered an app, it was fine. We had to ask for bread and water refill. Server wasn't very attentive to our needs. We ordered the brisket, which was ok, but portion was small for price. I ordered the pork shank. Very meaty, portion size good, but lacked flavor. White bean ragout was undercooked. Kale was bitter. Had to give half my shank to partner because he was still hungry. For $30 an entree, I'd expect better.
Three out of four of us enjoyed our meals. The three beef dishes (Steak Frites, Brisket and the burger) were very good but the salmon tasted a bit off. The service has definitely improved since earlier visits and we always enjoy the ambiance of the unique building and the views of Nagog Pond.
We were seated at 6:30 at the time of our reservation. The dinners arrived at 8:15. The server, while not his fault, was not very encouraging. Two of the 5 people dining were very not pleased with their food. When asked, the server just shrugged his shoulders. Very little apology, no manager visit, no offer of a free drink or dessert. Very disappointing and we will not return.
By the way, the Saturday night live music started upstairs at 8:30 pm - we were on the lower floor directly below the music. Through the opening in the floor (its like a rustic tavern) it was impossible for us to hear each other. Too bad - this is a nice spot and the restaurant is well appointed.
The food was very good and because we arrived early (6:30) the noise level was fine. The service was extremely slow and almost non existent, which was a shame.
The server was pleasant but the orders were a little screwed up. My wife did not like her dinner choice. She felt it was very bland. The owner was kind enough to offer us free desert. The sunset view was quite pretty. The apps were very good and I liked my burger. All in, I recomend keeping it simple if I ever return. I would go for drinks and apps for sure.
The meal was delicious. Loved the duck! Excellent service can't wait to try the brunch.
We visited on Saturday, October 4, 2014. We used Open Table to reserve a table but it wasn't necessary. When we walked in around 6 there were only two tables filled so obviously no wait. We ordered a few appetizers to share which were delicious. If we ever were to return we would likely sit in the bar area and just do appetizers, they were very good. The meals (farm fresh brisket and a burger) were both underwhelming. They had unique seasonings that neither of us cared for. Also, the brisket had a TON of fat on it that couldn't be eaten. While I ordered the burger well done, it was much more dry than other burgers I've ordered well done at other restaurants. All in all, we were not overly impressed and probably won't return.
The atmosphere was pleasant and so was our server but the food, although it was very presentable wasn't anything special. It was good but I live in Manhattan and expected a bit more flavor. I ordered the duck which was not bad, but my date ordered a steak which was a bit fatty and not flavorful either. Some of the other diners suggested the Mac and Cheese which we might try if we go back.
This is my 2nd time having dinner at the Red Raven. I met an old friend. We sat for 3 hours - the appetizers (scallops and escargot) and entrees (salmon and flat iron steak) were perfect. The deserts (lemon tart and chocolate cake) were to die for. But throughout it all was a fabulous server who could not have been more attentive or more charming. Well done Red Raven!
My husband and I had a reservation at Red Raven and had to wait twenty minutes to get seated. I heard the hostess tell people without reservations that the wait would be 15 to 20 minutes at the most. What's up with that? When I mentioned it to the hostess, she had an attitude like, oh well, just deal. She told me that I shouldn't have a problem with having to wait, and that it wasn't her fault a table wasn't ready, it was the customers who took longer than expected that were the cause of the problem. Service people should never blame a problem on someone else! Dinner took a very long time, the service was very slow, most likely due to the crowd. The food and drinks were good. I will warn friends that a reservation is meaningless.
I have been to The Red Raven now twice I came back because of the food. It is very good for the Burbs. The menu is imaginative, and they also do farm to table as well. Both presentation and taste are done VERY well. The Front of the house absolutely fails though. My first visit, I sat at the bar on a Wed. night and found the service terrific. This visit however was on a Sat night and from the hostess to the waiter it was miserable. Our table was poorly situated, and there were several miscues by the staff. As examples, the end of the meal we still had the menus + 6 different empty glasses on the table. The hostess politely even tried to pick up a dropped napkin off the floor and hand it back for use. It'll be hard to go back or recommend.
While the food, the location, and the general ambiance is quite good, the service is very slow. It seems the wait staff is untrained in simple things like water refills, silverware on the table before food is served and a good knowledge of the menu items. Having to wait 10 minutes for extra ketchup is ridiculous!
Popular dinner spot. Layout is great. Divided dining keeps each area with a different feel, from a energetic bar scene, formal dining room, romantic tables on the porch over looking the lake, and a casual loft space upstairs. Food--AMAZING. We had the goat cheese fritters as appetizers, duck and salmon as entrees, turtle cheesecake and butterscotch pudding (with candied bacon) for dessert. Each was well prepared and had a modern twist. Service? Well, I will not go into details here but anyone can have an off night. We will give them another try in a month or so and update Open Table.
Food was delicious. We all ate every last bit of it. I had the fish and chips which was excellent. The brussels sprouts were amazing and mouth watering. We sat outside on the deck around sunset with the fall foliage setting it and it was beautiful. We'll be back!
Great experience! We ordered 3-4 things to share and couldn't finish but we wanted to try a bit of everything. Great BLT salad, mac and cheese and fantastic Ribeye. Definitely going back!!!
The back porch overlooking the river is a very nice setting. We started with the fried calamari. It was disappointing because the coating fell off of most of the rings (which were chewier than they should be) and the 'sauce' that it was served over was lacking. We followed with the fish and the beef tacos. There were 3 small tacos per order, which was good value for the price. However, the fish tacos had very little flavor. The beef was better, but both we're lacking a mix of textures and favors.
The quality and presentation of the food was good. However, if you are trying to avoid
starchy meals, this is probably not the place to go. There were very few good choices
on the menu that did not contain carbs.
Food was good although a lot of the options that we looked at were Out (our reservation was at 8:30). They mentioned that this is due to their farm to table service style and therefore they do not do a lot of things in bulk. Service started off well however once our order was taken, service was VERY slow!!! Mixed drinks were terrible all around. That being said, we would return. It's a nice spot to hang out in the area.
- wide range of price offerings - liked that they saved us a quiet table that we requested
This was our second time at Red Raven. The chef is talented, offering interesting combinations of taste and texture without going crazy. Our server seemed quite young and almost too eager to please. Every selection we made was 'perfect' and while it is difficult to criticize his level of enthusiasm, I nearly asked if he was old enough to drink the wine we'd selected, which was of course, perfect. There was a problem with the kitchen and a misunderstanding about the way my husband wanted his steak cooked. The med rare version was taken back and quickly replaced, but it was odd because the server assured us he'd put in the order for very rare. I had mussels which were lovely, but no bread! I had to ask.
We went out with our 2 kids. The kids had the mac and cheese. My husband and I the calamari. I wanted to lick the plate it was so good. I had the lettuce wraps and my husband had the steak. Food was well seasoned. All in all no complaints until dessert. We got the Creme Brulee and it just wasn't... it was yellow custard and lacked any kind of vanilla flavoring. Bland and nothing special. Also got the lemon tart which was very sweet and nothing special as well. A lovely meal, but we should have stopped and skipped the dessert.
We came from Needham as we had heard so many great things about the Raven. Each dish was better than the previous and the drinks and beer flights were fantastic. We ordered meals that sounded interesting and different and they were fantastic. A Great Find!
Pleasant dining room, interesting menu. Nice potions and food was tasty. Service was absolutely Terrible. Menus were stained. Not a good first impression. Might try some appetizers at the bar if I went back.
Seated on the porch with a good view of the sunset on the pond. The special of striped bass on a swiss chard salad was very good. However, one of the other specials, the barbecued brisket was all gone, too popular. Would have then chosen one of the entrees listed on their website, the veal schnitzel, but that is no longer on their menu. Settled for the flat iron steak which was done med-rare as requested, but it was just okay. We also enjoyed the roasted brussels sprouts with lots of maple syrup and bacon pieces in the butter melting over them.
My wife and I decided lets give it a go for a nice date night bite. We were crunched into a two seater table next to the fireplace and abutting us was a large family party with many infants and young children (mood breaker and loud). Our waiter didn't have a pulse and excitement throughout the meal and strangely enough our appetizer of calamari (thumbs up with peppers) came way before our water or drinks (pacing is a problem). My wife ordered the special, brisket which was quite tasty with only small portions of fat. I ordered the steak frites and enjoyed the "tomato jam" and homemade steak sauce. Kids menu was quite limiting so I would not recommend this as a family dining spot (hot dogs, brioche griddled cheese, mac and cheese).