Ward 8

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744 reviews
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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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AO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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C
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

So amazing! Those duck wings!

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

Delicious brunch great menu
Large portions

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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.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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QF
Washington DC
10 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.

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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!

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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.

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

Great for before Celtics game

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 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.

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

Service mediocre and way too loud

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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

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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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MC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overpriced and very limited menu

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PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good ambiance, lively and energetic. Good selection of beer on draught.

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KC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Six of us went there for Sunday Brunch. Everyone loved what they ordered. Out waiter was very attentive. The prices were very reasonable. One person ordered the steak and eggs and it looked outstanding! Try it sometime!

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NS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

If you're going for an upbeat bar scene, then this is the place to go. Otherwise, it's really very loud for dinner. Still, the drinks and the food are fantastic!

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FF
Washington DC
147 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were in town for the weekend for the Bruins game and needed a nosh before the game. I had the French toast bread pudding and my wife had the lobster roll. The French toast was great, but I would have liked one more slice for the money. My wife liked the roll, but would have like more chunks of lobster and the roll toasted. Overall good food and the waiter was pretty good. The place is compact; long and narrow and the sound reverberates, so it was quite load. Fortunately we sat by the window, so we may have avoided the bulk of the noise. Certainly worth a try if you are looking for a quick meal at a reasonable price; the French toast was quite good.

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OF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Loved the small plates (especially the pork buns). Drinks were interesting as well. A little expensive for not a ton of food, but if you want variety this is the place!

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AM
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great, great service...food was very good, though not as great as normal...skip the shishito peppers...awful...

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KG
New England
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Very disappointed in my recent experience at Ward 8. We went to have dinner before an 8pm concert nearby, with reservations at 6pm. It should have been plenty of time, but it took 40 minutes for appetizers to arrive, and the main entrees never arrived. We had to leave at 7:45pm in order to get to the show, and the food still had not been served. Two hours should be plenty of time to have dinner. The server was excellent and apologetic but clearly something was wrong in the kitchen. I've been to Ward 8 many times, both before events and on non-event days but never experienced anything like this before.

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E
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Don’t go here before a Garden event. They can’t handle the volume at bar and kitchen.
Had a table for 4, 15 minutes to get a drink and well over an hour for our meal. Unacceptable to the patrons. We go to many games and shows at Garden and thought We would give this place a try. Never will go back here.

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TS
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Super loud, to the point of being unable to have a conversation among those at our table.
Food was average. Ramen was very good, fried chicken sandwich was tough and stringy. Burger was good. Overall would not return.

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a
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for brunch on a Saturday before a 1pm Bruins game. It was our first time here and will defintely not be our last. We got a bottle of champagne, which came with a small carafe of your juice of choice. I had the avocado toast, whic was topped with 2 poached eggs and cotija cheese. SO GOOD!

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LH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good. Easy access and great for brunch. Def worth the value.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Ordered the steak frites and they came out raw. Waitress was very responsive and took them back right away. However, she came back with them not even 5 minutes later and clearly weren’t cooked still. No follow up from management or the waitress from there. Didn’t even eat the dish and still paid for it.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Good was awful

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GH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As a parent with two very hangry kids, it was so nice of Brian to hold our OpenTable reservation while we were stuck in traffic. By the time we parked, every place had a 30+ minute wait. He rocks!

Our waitress was attentive and got our order in right away and food came out FAST. I mean super fast. Not sure how they pulled that off with it that crowded. Very loud bustling city spot on a Friday evening and it made for a perfect pre-game experience. Food was solid. My son’s burger was juicy and tasty. The Mac and cheese was good.

Between the service and food we will definitely be back to Ward 8!

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H
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location if taking in a show at the Garden. Great food and prices are on par for Boston. Good cocktails and solid beer selections. Only issue for me was the noise. Between the sound system and surrounding conversations it was difficult to hear the person sitting two feet across from me. Otherwise a solid place to go and I would visit again.

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KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Our food was good. The shishito peppers were yummy. The salmon and chicken roulade a bit over cooked. Our waiter was helpful.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

A great brunch place in Boston! I came here with a group of four people. We split a bottle of champagne and a couple of carafes of juice. Our food needed hot sauce but they were able to provide that quickly and that helped a bunch. Service was ok. Our server seemed like she didn't want to be there but we didn't let that dampen the mood.

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