Ward 8

4.4
643 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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday -Friday 11:30 AM-3:00 PM
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Dinner: Sunday- Thursday 5:00 PM-10:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 5:00- 11:00 PM

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Phone number
(617) 823-4478
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Tyler Potter
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Private party facilities
WARD 8 welcomes parties of various sizes ranging from 12 guests to a full buyout for a seated meal or standing reception.
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Private party contact
Rob Haberek: (617) 823-4478
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Catering
Let us cater your next event or office lunch! Please contact us directly for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Medford St.
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Parking details
Street parking available, as well as public lot located behind restaurant.
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Public transit
We are located around the corner from North Station MBTA Station which is accessible by the Orange and Green lines and the Commuter Rail.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 643 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
service
4.1
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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M
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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b
New England
14 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
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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New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The ginger miso salmon was excellent - and gluten-free. My daughter had the ramen and said it was delicious.

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FC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were attending the Bruno Mars concert and were able to secure a reservation at Ward 8 via Open Table! The food, service and atmosphere were all great! We will go back for sure!

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BN
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super close to the Garden and really yummy. A bit pricey, but nothing out of the ordinary for Boston. Cocktail and food menu was interesting and tasty. Service was impeccable. Recommended.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Disappointing. We’ve been before and it’s been fine. Not great, but solid.
Our experience this evening was terrible. Amateur hour comes to mind.
There are new establishments coming into the neighborhood soon. I would suggest Ward 8 revisit their commitment to their customers.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was very hot in the restaurant. It was a 95 degree day and didn’t seem like they had air conditioning

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had drinks and apps with some friends and had a great time! Service was fantastic and they did separate checks

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went there before an event at TD Garden. It was noisy as others have mentioned, but overall a nice atmosphere and the wait staff were friendly and quick. The food was good; nothing amazing but nothing bad either!

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M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Mac and Cheese was so good! Really like what the menu had to offer.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good spot before going to the Garden. Decent food and drinks and cool place. Drinks were a little slow, but the bar was packed.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot with delicious food/drinks and excellent staff! Highly recommend!

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Busy, crowded, loud scene. Despite the commotion, very good service and food was quite good. Cocktails also very good. Great location for eating prior to any event at TD Garden, which is right around the corner.

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DE
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed the food and cocktails at Ward 8. Service was nice. A heads up for anyone looking to have a conversation with their dining companions, the noise level for a Friday evening dinner was off the charts. You couldn't hear each other. I think it's probably a fun bar hang out, but it was too loud for dinner.

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A
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I will say the food, drinks, and service were really good. Cheesy bacon fries and 5 layer dip were delicious and the salads looked good as well (my friends got the salads and liked them; personally, I hate salads).

I took off 1 star for food because: the pork on the tacos were dry and the ramen was quite bland.

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M
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great craft cocktails and don’t miss the duck wings. Perfect place to go before a game or concert at TD Garden.

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P
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Cool place, limited menu, Cobb Salad with grilled chicken was delish! It's VERY LOUD couldn't talk each other without saying "what? What did you say" we ate and left. found a quiet cool place not far to chill with a drink, before the concert.

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J
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We are here before a concert. We didn’t realize it, but they said we had to vacate the table in 1.5 hours. It wasn’t a problem for us, but I think they should have stated that when we made the ressie. The drinks were very good. I got the French Tickler and my fiancé got the What’s She Having. The tuna tartar was not that good. Too salty. We had the mussels and they were okay. Not a lot of flavor. The duck wings were excellent. Would go back next sporting or concert event.

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Convenient location in the North Station area. Food and service were both good. Music was a bit loud for a business lunch.

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NJ
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

The food was less than mediocre and after 30 minutes we asked where our drinks were - we were told the bartender was newer and slow. The gnocchi was undercooked and swimming in a bowl of butter. Not worth the trip.

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New England
78 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

A friend recommended this restaurant to us saying the food was excellent. We are an older couple and although the food was excellent, it was a very loud and energetic place to us. We would say it's more of a bar with food than a restaurant. We certainly enjoyed the food, but it was too loud to have a conversation. If you're looking for a hot spot with excellent food, this is the place to go!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a birthday brunch and it was great!

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food for lunch is great and cocktails in the evening are pretty good, but food for dinner is lackluster - tuna tartare had very small amount of tuna and was mostly cucumbers. Fried chicken sandwich was also small. Would definitely recommend for the lunch menu though.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before a concert. Great selection, well plated food and great service

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New England
31 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good place to meet before a show at td garden. Menu has fun apps, salads, burgers, fish. Enough to suit a group. Drinks are interesting, draught beers are eclectic. Fun place overall

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LH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Few gluten free options.

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RC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

I liked Ward 8 overall. The food was delicious. The noise level was noticeable and detracted from the dining experience. I would return but only with an energetic group that didn't mind a lively experience. It was hard to have a conversation with people in your party.

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AS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

My daughter and I came here for a pre-show dinner. When we first got there, the bar was hopping. Keep in mind is was 5 pm on a Thursday so it was a happy hour crowd. We were seated immediately, however it it took nearly 10 min for someone to come to our table, not to take our order but to tell us the waitstaff was in a meeting and it should be ending soon. This made me angry because the hostess could have taken our drink order or asked the 3 bartenders standing around to help. Aproximately 5 minutes later our waitress arrived. She was very nice and apologized for the wait. She took our orders without an issue. That is what saved this place from a negative review.

On to food. It was ok. Noting spectacular. Having a vegitarian always is a challenge at restaurants. Ward 8 had a few meals and apps but this is defiantly geared for neat eaters. We settled on two apps , five layer dip and the flat bread. The dip was delicious!!! Rich, creamy and flavorful. I would order that again in a heartbeat. The portion was small but again it is an app. The flatbread was boring. Thank goodness for the balsamic reduction!

Beer menu is limited, but the mixed drinks were pleantiful.

This to me is a happy hour bar. It was lively with the after work crew. The noise level was high, but not unbearable.

Not a bad place overall.

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TB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Overall good experience, however, it was very noisy. They had the doors to the street opened and it was difficult to have a conversation without talking very loudly.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was ~90 degrees and humid yesterday and they had the windows open making it unbearably hot inside. There was a heat pump but with all of the people and the open windows unfortunately it didn’t make a difference. Ward 8 is close to where I live so I continue to go but service is notoriously slow- probably won’t be back for awhile

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JS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was just okay at best. We sat a very nice table with the open windows facing the street. It was just way too noisy.

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MD
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 4

I went to take my girlfriend out for her birthday. The appatizers were great and we liked the vibe of the place but once we got our actual meal.. My steak frites was the worst steak i think i've ever had and it was cooked right (medium rare) so whatever cut they're giving you should not be 8oz for 35$. It was tough and i literally had to spit most of it in to my napkin without my girlfriend seeing. Her little lobster rolls looked like something you'd get at a mundane cook out.. over all super dissapointed and kinda felt robbed by the end of the night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

The fried chicken sandwich was incredible!

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LG
New England
22 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This rustic pub/restaurant offers a fast paced ambiance with great servers just a five minutes walk from TD Garden. Drink menu is sufficient (we had Moscow Mules with crushed ice). Pub food as well as salmon & chicken is offered along with wall to ceiling windows which were wide open to allow for an outdoor seating feel.

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MC
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Dinner before Celtics game. Very loud but to be expected

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