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The Red Raven

135 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Gastro Pub, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Dinner: Daily at 5:00pm. "The Loft" upstairs is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 6:30 with a different menu. Brunch served Sunday 11:30am-2:30pm (last seating). Deck open daily at 11:30
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Phone number
(978) 274-2231
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
The Red Raven has private event space for groups of all sizes on two floors. One of our unique options for smaller groups is "The Nest", a second floor private dining room for 8-14 guests. Reservations for The Nest can be made by contacting us directly.
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Private party contact
Jenifer Apazidis: (978) 274-2231
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Cross street
Great Road
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Parking details
Plenty of parking directly outside of our building.
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The Raven Pub will be offering live entertainment starting at 9pm Friday and Saturday evenings. Live music on Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 followed by Trivia. Please check our online calendar for complete listing of entertainment and their upcoming dates!
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7  based on all time ratings
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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yumyum (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 28, 2014

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.

foodyacton (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 7, 2014

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.

vipApaolino (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on December 6, 2014

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on December 5, 2014

Such a shame, the restaurant looks great, the atmosphere is great, the service is good but the food is SO BAD!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 23, 2014

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!

vipJLyman (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 21, 2014

Entrees very late in arriving - no explanation or apology.

vipICouldEat (New England)
2.0  Dined on November 15, 2014

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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2014

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!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2014

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.

vipMarina (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2014

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.

BooKat (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 7, 2014

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.

vipHBRE (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on November 1, 2014

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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 1, 2014

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.

vipjehj (New England)
2.0  Dined on November 1, 2014

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.

vipEric (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 1, 2014

Nice view of a lake, cozy bar and very busy. Food was pub fare plus a number of original creations.

luv2dine (New England)
2.0  Dined on October 31, 2014

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.

vipStone13 (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 30, 2014

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.

TCandSEM (New England)
2.0  Dined on October 25, 2014

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.

vipDiner (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 25, 2014

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.

vipFoodieCoupleFromNYC (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 25, 2014

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.