Ward 8

4.4
630 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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 630 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

It was a birthday brunch and it was great!

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Few gluten free options.

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 21, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 18, 2018

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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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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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1.0Dined on June 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The fried chicken sandwich was incredible!

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Dinner before Celtics game. Very loud but to be expected

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Ward 8 is nothing special. I was seated early (had reservations) but had to ask for a different table because the one that they picked was right in the middle of all the traffic. I was told when I called that there would be something special (menu, etc.) for Mother’s Day but there was not. It was loud and the dress code there is sloppy casual. Our waitress was polite but not friendly and the service was very slow. They did not offer the lunch menu in addition to the brunch menu which was disappointing because I had picked out what I wanted ahead of time but couldn’t get it. My food was pretty good. It’s truly just a place to grab some food or drink before or after a game. Very poor choice for special occasions. Also, I was notified by Open Table later that day that I was a no-show! I’m guessing this was the restaurant’s fault. I had to make sure they corrected it so that it did not reflect badly on me. 🙁

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

I had a great time at this restaurant - the food tasted great, the service was on top of things while being friendly and polite, and the energy in the space was fun and vibrant! Definitely recommend checking it out - a more modern and multi-cuisine feel compared to all of the Italian surrounding it!

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Was so disappointed. Ward 8 looks so good! It’s not. The service was sloppy (it took literally almost a half an hour for someone to take our order even after trying to wave our server down), and I ordered $15 fish tacos. I was really surprised when they brought me two tiny tacos, a limp green salad (like a handful of sad lettuce) and some boring and tasteless home fries. I would have been happier at a taco truck. Overall huge thumbs down.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Far too loud.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We had a great time, with great food. The miso salmon dish has always been a favorite & wasn't disappointed! Indicated on Open Table it was for a birthday but no acknowledgement from anyone - even at the door. Surprised but no big deal.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

They didn’t have a table for us til 25 min past our reservation time. Then had to wait over 20 min for our check due to a system malfunction. Disappointing that a manager didn’t come over to accommodate us after being inconvencied twice.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Food was great . Service was great , beers were cold . Thank you
BRUINS WON
D. Palm

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Run down dining room. Greesey food. Sub par entrees

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great food and great service. And reasonably priced!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Love the menu! It’s about the only restaurant near the TD Garden with serves interesting food and drinks that are worthy for foodies. I the only drawback is it’s a bit loud.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Waiting 10 minutes and no one even acknowledged us standing there. Only theee tables being used so they were not busy. Finally left. Bartenders just continued to talk to each other and no one else ever apppeared to seat us

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great place to eat that will take reservations before a game. Food was not your typical bar food and was incredible. I highly recommend the pork buns and the gnocchi. The service was exceptionally well. The staff was very attentive. We will definitely be going back.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great location for a drink and food before any td garden event. Service was slow for foid but the drinks were faster. Enough variety on the menu to suit our group.

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