Ward 8

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676 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always great. Try the duck wings. This place never disappoints.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great.

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New York Area
41 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great place before a game at the Garden. Great price point. Good pork buns, adequate tuna burger. The roll for the burger was better then the tuna, about 1/4 if which was inedible because it was stringy. Fries were delicious and so over salted that they led to sweating while eating. Good drinks. Great service. A pure Boston experience in the sense that the only reason to eat here, and it’s a good one, is that it’s the best bet near the Garden, far more enjoyable than two other places, one very new and one that’s long been popular.

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I’ve been to Ward 8 several times and every time it’s the same story. The food is good. The drinks are good. But the service is terrible - essentially non-existent. If you’re in a hurry, don’t go here.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. We went for dinner before a Bruins game, so restaurant was packed and loud, but that’s to be expected before a game. We will definitely be back!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had AMAZING service. Waitress was great, helped us navigate the menu and was good at keeping our drinks full. The food and drinks were delicious and quickly arrived after ordering. Highly recommend.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is great!

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good place to go before an event at the Garden. Food and drinks were good overall. Portions are on the smaller side for the price though. It is on the louder side.

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m
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We had early reservations pretty good nothing spectacular. What before a Bruins game. It was still quite empty when we got there. Cool ambiance however our waitress seemed like she couldn't be bothered. Also towards the end of our dinner our waitress and her coworkers kept clearing items asking if we needed anything else, we definitely felt like we are being rushed. And we were there for less than an hour. The food was pretty good nothing spectacular. I'm not sure well go back.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We have been customers of Ward 8 since it opened and have always enjoyed going there pre Celtics games. Unfortunately, the last few times we’ve been there, the food has been awful. My chicken on the salad was dry and tasted like fish. My husbands meal was bad too. With all of the competition from new restaurants around TD Garden, I hope that the kitchen will improve to the delicious meals we once enjoyed there.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Thumbs up!

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were disappointed upon arrival, as we were sat in the back near a storage area and restroom, while so many other 4 person tables were open.
Service was very slow, and it seemed to be our table being fatter away, others were getting more speedy service.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was a little spotty. Limited menu was being served. Went on a recommendation and likely would not go back. Bartender did make a wonderful margarita- that was a highlight.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food great
Wine a bit pricey
Service great
Great before a garden event

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was pretty good, but cocktails were spectacular. Bar was very busy and fun! Loved the vibe. Conveniently located near TD. Great cocktail date night!

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good, cocktails were better. The noise level was off the charts and it was impossible to have a conversation or hear the waitress.

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New England
32 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very crowded before a Garden event but food and service were very good. Great selection of gluten free items including fries cooked in a dedicated fryer.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salmon Cevechi was amazing. Oysters were on point as well.

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1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great burger!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always like Ward 8. Esp with so many Italian options in the North End, this is my favorite gastro pub. Great food and meals.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Ward 8, have been there a number of times over the years, and it is one of a few go-tos when I am entertaining someone from out of town. Everything on the menu is great. I just had the Miso Salmon and the duck wing appetizer for the first time. Both were insanely good. The restaurant is loud so if that’s not your thing then don’t go. I’d say it is a “fun” loud and it isn’t so loud that you can’t hear who you’re eating with. My only minor complaint is that it was freezing outside and I was seated next to a drafty window that couldn’t be shut any further, requiring me to eat with my coat on.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Good spot. Busy before games at the Garden. Bar scene hopping. Food is typically good, yet fell short most recently. Fun, Good, Not Inexpensive.

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LK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very happy with our meal at Ward 8. We were seated promptly and got great, friendly service throughout our dinner. My husband had the chicken roulade and I had a burger. Both were very good. There is an extensive beer menu. It's a tad loud but doesn't rise to a disturbing level. We'll definitely be back!

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for Bruins Pregame. Good selection of beers . Burger was very good. I’d definitely go back.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

While the service was great, the food was absolutely terrible. My Mac and cheese was runny and over cooked, while my guest had the burger, which was average and the fries were stale. They ultimately brought us new fries, but even those weren’t all that great. Very disappointing especially for the price.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always amazing!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Bartender, Nick provided excellent service. Chicken was dry and over cooked. Nice atmosphere.

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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot for pre-game. Nice food, good wine by glass.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service to order drinks and food was a bit slow but once ordered, food came out very quickly and was yummy.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went here before a show at the Garden. Great food, and good service. A bit loud, but not overbearing. Service was efficient and timely (we told her we were going to a show, and she accommodated us). Super convenient to the Garden! 5 minute walk!

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Best burger and cocktails I’ve had in a while! Great ambiance as well. Highly recommend.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for the service!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Ward 8 is great for a meal before an event at TD Garden. It is always noisy, but the vibe, service, food, and beer selection are terrific. Last night, I arrived early for our reservation, and Jake cheerfully accommodated my request to change the number in our party and our table location. He was wonderful, and I hope we will see him the next time we dine at Ward 8. He defined what good service should be.

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Although this was recommended by a friend, we found it to just be ok. I made our reservation weeks ahead and we were seated all the way in the back by the bathrooms. Food was nothing special...waitress refused to accommodate my request for truffle fries (which they have on the menu) instead of the regular fries that came with my burger. That shouldn’t be too difficult, especially when someone else at my table got them....they were making them anyway. The Ward 8 Burger was drowning in BBQ sauce. Overall the service was slow and mediocre, food was just OK. Drinks were the best part. Served us fine before seeing a show at the TD Garden, but there are better options in the area. I would look elsewhere first (like their sister restaurant 2 blocks over, Bodega Canal, which we loved!)

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

We did not have a great experience. Biggest issue was the noise issue. It was impossible to carry on a conversation across a table. Why add to the chatter with music with a strong bass line. Food was ok; really not special. Add that to slow service and the result was a disappointing evening.

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PK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a quick dinner before the concert at TD Garden - within walking distance and was available to book on our way. The place was packed yet service did not struggle to keep up. Our waiter was attentive and the food was excellent. Started with the duck wings - a MUST HAVE starter. My wife and I had the Chicken wrapped in prosciutto with Potatoes and glazed brussels sprouts and loved it. My brother - in law got the Ward 8 Burger with no complaints and his wife had the Gnocci which I tried and we both loved. I would definitely recommend this for everyday casual dining.

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PL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Very limited menu, food was ok. The bar was filled. Not a place for dinner. Very noisy!

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New England
63 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ward 8 has a great, lively, energetic vibe! From the hostess to the server to the manager, everyone makes you feel welcome and special. Even though it was crowded with the pre-concert crowd, our food came quickly. The mussels were almost sweet and lobster rolls were buttery and fantastic.
Ward 8 is a step...or two or three.... above the others in the area!!!

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New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great scene location for after work drinks or dinner before a show/event at the Garden.

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LJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and our server was very polite and attentive. Came here for the gluten-free options and was very pleasantly surprised. They even had gluten-free bread for the table that was identical to the regular bread basket that the rest of the table ate. Cocktails were tasty as well.

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