Ward 8

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WARD 8 is a casual, energetic neighborhood restaurant and bar located in the West End. Featuring a New American cuisine, craft cocktails, local micro-brews, and a global wine selection.
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SB
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The fish tacos and margaritas were awesome! This is a great place for brunch

H
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Ward 8 has phenomenal food. The Ahi Poke starter was a nice way to kick start my sister's birthday dinner. Our wedge salads were so fresh and the added steak was cooked perfectly. Our experience with the delicious food however, was overshadowed with how inadequate the service was. It occured right when we sat down. There was no introduction to the establishment or themselves. It took forever to even establish which server was ours. 3 different people took our order. It was very patchwork service. We ordered 2 wine bottles and there was no real attention to our glasses. I wished it wasn't so awkward with every interaction with the staff. I probably won't be going back and it's a bummer because like I said the food was it's only saving grace.

B
New England
59 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We went here before a concert - must make reservations in advance as they really don’t take walk-ins on busy nights. Less than a 5 minute walk from the garden so you really can’t beat the location! We had some great drinks (what she’s having) and split the Cobb salad as an appetizer which was awesome. I had steak frites for my entree and loved it. Their dessert menu is very unique and a must try - we had their soft serve special which had pineapple and coconut mixed in. Service was great, and pricing is exactly what I would expect for the location/type of food.

DM
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were great, and the servers were attentive. Ward 8 is pricey, but it's expected of the area. A great spot to meet up with friends mid-week.

HC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

5 of us went for brunch. Service was wonderful. Food was good but the brunch menu is limited. Everything we ordered was very good and they even allowed for customization The only downside was the noise level-- loud inside and the windows were open to North Washington Street which increased the noise level 10 fold-- blaring horns, bus exhaust detected from the experience

S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a preconcert meet up!!

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very loud...wrong drinks...mediocre food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent salmon and duck wings - practically fell off the bone. Service was excellent.

AF
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good: seating by the windows is pretty good, went in the summer so the open air atmosphere was cool. Food was decent, drinks were good, service was very good.

Bad: expensive, but that's to be expected for the area. Food was good but not spectacular.

DT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner with two friends. Easy spot to just chat and catch up. Food was perfect.

E
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly host and wait staff. The cocktails were terrific and the food was wonderful.

SJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great as always, but the restaurant was barely half full and our waiter kept disappearing. It took forever just to get water and he wasn't even that busy.

LK
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Had pork rolls, Caprese and a pesto pasta. All good, however, the pasta entree was the size of an appetizer, not an entree. All in all a good meal.

UK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food is a little over priced for what it is as it is only american gourmet. Drinks were a little expensive. The tofu on my salad was not cooked very well and was too floppy - should have been nice grilled and crisped up to be tasty.

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

So I looked this restaurant up online because I saw the short rib. However that was taken off the menu and not updated online so you can imagine the surprise when it wasn't on the menu when we arrived. The food here was hit and miss. The Mac and Cheese with jalapeños and the momo dumplings were lovely. The steak frite, ramen, pizza, and pork buns were meh. The steak frite ordered medium (to well) came out rare and had tough meat. The ramen was extremely salty and the eggs that were shoyu marinated tasted like the 1000 year old fermented eggs. They must have sat in that shoyu for at least a month. The pizza had mediocre flavor and was nothing special. The pork buns were good but the ratio was completely off - 90% bun to 10% meat. I would say in a neighborhood of primarily Italian foods this restaurant needs to find a chef that will propel them to the top of the American food list. Unfortunately, today was a miss for us. Lots of potential, good location, good atmosphere, but in dire need of a new chef and menu updates.

BB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We both had salads that were fantastic. It was a bit loud with the window open to the road but everything else was great!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Waitresss seemed angry the entire time but food was very good

KA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I was disappointed by the service and food. Our hostess gave us a time limit before seating us. Said we needed to be out by 8pm. The service was then poor. Took forever to take our order. Our entree salads were all given to the wrong person. The cheese plate starter looked pre-eaten, as if it was leftovers.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Slow service, and they charged us for food they never brought out.

AO
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Ward 8 each year for our anniversary and have never been disappointed. The cocktails are fantastic and the food is always filling, but never over-indulgent. Waitresses are friendly and we always feel well looked after. I would recommend Ward 8 to anyone looking for a date night, girls night out, or just a place to sit at the bar and enjoy the ambiance.

C
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The drinks were good, but the service was slow and the portions were small. I'd recommend as a spot to pop in for drinks and maybe an appetizer, but not a full meal.

MS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Easy place to grab a bite near the Garden. Went for a work lunch, and it was great!

K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best salads ever and best drinks!!
Highly recommend! Very cozy.

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Place was nice. Not anything great, but not anything to really complain about.

Their signature "Ward 8" cocktail seemed to be nothing but sour mix, but then the Old Fashioned I ordered was great.

Food was good, but nothing to really write home about.

Biggest concern of the evening was that they had their front windows wide open because the weather was kinda nice. But the tall buildings around created a wind tunnel effect that felt we had a big fan on us for our whole meal. And it was VERY loud, not because of the noise in the restaurant, but of the 6 lane heavily trafficked road 5 yards from our table. We would've moved tables but the place was too crowded.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Drinks were very good. Food was overpriced considering most of it came out at or around room temperature.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So amazing! Those duck wings!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious brunch great menu
Large portions

A
New England
38 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch on Mother’s Day. Food and service were both great. Highly recommend.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the drinks were great, must see!

QF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrated a Birthday here. Went specifically for the oyster shooters & they were only on the brunch menu. Please make them available all the time.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The wait staff seemed non-existent and was terribly slow. We ordered drinks and then ordered apps over 10 mins later and the apps came before our drinks. While the food was excellent the service left a lot to be desired!

JA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed having dinner and drinks here before Bruins game. Was crowded and loud as expected. Service was good despite crowd. The meals were just okay - nothing special. Appetizers were great. Overall a good experience.

ME
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great for before Celtics game

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in for a quick lunch. Service was excellent. Salads and sandwiches were on point.

M
New England
66 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came before the Cher concert and none of my friends had been here. They all enjoyed their choices. I knew they would. The duck wings are a MUST!!! We should have ordered more. The service was spot on. The atmosphere was charged, very busy, very chatty, but fun! This is a great spot near TD Garden.

K
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome as always. The food was delicious and the drinks very drinkable. Service was great and price very reasonable.

SH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Limited lunch menu is served until 5 on Sundays which is kind of strange when you make a dinner reservation for 4:30. Appetizers are expensive, but everything we ordered was delicious.

MJ
New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Service mediocre and way too loud

g
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid bar with good bistro style food. They specialize in cocktails

B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drink! Service was outstanding!

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