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Banyan Bar + Refuge, Boston, MA

Banyan Bar + Refuge

4.6
4.6
975 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian
Explore a bold beverage and food menu at Banyan Bar + Refuge, where Southeast Asia meets New England. Expect to find sweet, salty, sour, and spicy tastes in fascinating combinations. Great music, a casual vibe, and attentive service also await you on our extensive patio in the historic South End. If you prefer to dine at home, the food at Banyan travels well and eats even better when you order one of our craft cocktails to go. The option to order from our carefully curated wine and beer selection is also available. Please note the patio is open for the season but is being seated on a first come first serve basis. All reservations are being taken for indoors.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 74 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 556-4211

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    For pricing, and availability please inquire through our website.

  • Private party contact

    Elena Todisco : (617) 556-4211

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Cross street

    Clarendon Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available.

  • Public transit

    Back Bay

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 975 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. M

    Mary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, drinks, and patio atmosphere. Perfect for an evening out.
  2. c

    christinew

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Sat outside on a Saturday night, shared four plates between two people. Drinks, food were great, beautiful patio setting, lots of people but didn't feel like we were on top of other tables or listening to their whole conversation. A great choice for gluten and dairy free peeps, so many options!
  3. NB

    NatalieB

    New England

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Great for outdoor dining. Food is very good, not great, and it is a bit on the expensive side.
  4. EN

    ElizabethN

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service. Patio is gorgeous and festive and fun.
  5. MS

    MartinS

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent!

    Banyan Bar + RefugeResponded 3 days agoHi Martin! I'm so glad to see that you had an excellent time in our restaurant! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks! Sean M General Manager

  6. RE

    ReadytoEat

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Great location, great ambience, bad service and bad and overpriced drinks. The food is good and worth getting, but wouldn't order a drink off the menu they are all premade and not good. Had pretty bad service when we went too. Server forgot things we requested and argued with us. A disappointing experience.
  7. M

    Marshmallow1177

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    I was disappointed by the food. Honestly, it felt like they were afraid of seasoning their food. The drinks were okay. Nothing memorable. The staff was helpful, so that was the only thing that saved my evening. I will try them again another day to give them a second chance, but overall I was disappointed.
  8. GG

    GabyG

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My partner and I always have a great time at Banyan Bar! I usually get the KFC bao and avocado bao, and then branch out and try something new in addition. And no matter what I get (entree, side, drink), it never disappoints.

    Banyan Bar + RefugeResponded 3 days agoHi Gaby! I'm so glad you've been enjoying all of your visits to Banyan! We hope to see you again soon! -Sean M General Manager

  9. AG

    AlexG

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing venue staff couldnt do enough fir us and food was fantastic, highly recommended
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!!! Daughter (12) got the KFC Bao - spicy but if you can handle tahkis, you can handle this, she can be fussy but ate every bite. I had Dan Dan noodles, best noodles I’ve ever had. Husband got tacos and cold Soba noodles, he also raves about his meal. Drinks were also delicious! Can’t wait to go back :)
  11. L

    Leec

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Being outside on the patio was a delight, we were there from 530-7 and had incredibly attentive service the whole time.
  12. KO

    KsjOmniCom

    London

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, pretty good food though a little pricey the setting generally makes up for it. Particularly enjoyed the scallion pancake.
  13. CH

    CHILL

    New York Area

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great waitstaff! Fantastic tuna poke bowl. Fries were delicious too. The oatmeal looked good. The eggs Benedict was simple and tasty. Loved the lemon cake whipped cream dessert too. Thank you for your hospitality as we had never met before in our lives. We will return!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our time at Banyan! After hearing about it for so long and countlessly walking by the beautiful outdoor set up, we had to try it and it was fabulous. Our new fav! Very fun menu and drinks were amazing. The service was top notch, friendly vibe. Karli made our experience memorable and made sure to steer us in the right direction when ordering. We love her!

    Banyan Bar + RefugeResponded on July 30, 2022Hello! I'm so glad to hear that you had a wonderful time at our restaurant! We love Karli too! She is one of the best! -Sean M General Manager

  15. NV

    NancyV

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Have been here three times - the first time was very good, the second was outstanding, third (last night) was underwhelming - meal and cocktails and service were "fine." The menu seems to have changed since June and not as exciting. Nothing terrible, but nothing that made you want to return (other than the lovely ambiance on a summer evening). The fried rice was overly spicy, the drinks were weak, and the coconut calamari had a surprise ingredient - spicy fried peppers, not mentioned on the menu, that looked like calamari but definitely were not (a bummer for my milder-spice-loving companion).
  16. J

    Jazzfriend

    New England

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    All the food was good, but nothing rose to the top of "I can't wait to come back and have this again." The patio seating is really lovely with legit comfortable chairs.
  17. M

    Molly

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Amazing patio! We tried the spinach dip and calamari. They weren’t the best appetizers I’ve ever had, but they were both good.
  18. j

    jack

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing food, service and ambience. highly recommend!

    Banyan Bar + RefugeResponded on July 27, 2022Hi Jack! Thanks for your recommendation! Im so pleased to read that you had an excellent time at our restaurant! We hope to see you again soon! -Sean M General Manager

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    No air conditioning. Had to actively work just to get bartenders attention. Slow service at the table - and it wasn’t busy.
  20. I

    Ivan

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding from start to finish!

    Banyan Bar + RefugeResponded on July 23, 2022Hi Ivan! I'm so glad you had a great time dining with us! We hope to see you again soon! -Sean M General Manager

  21. DC

    DCMC

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Banyan is our FAVORITE restaurant in Boston! The ambiance, the staff, the management ...and THE. FOOD. Always fresh, and so inventive and delicious!
  22. MS

    MichaelS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Good looking menu and seafood was fresh but overall the food what pretty mediocre. Service was friendly and nice large outdoor patio. Music was a little loud.
  23. DK

    DonnaK

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lots of options. Creativity around vegetables. Love this restaurant. Never stagnant

    Banyan Bar + RefugeResponded on July 19, 2022Hi Donna! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and some of our new veggie options! I hope we see you again soon! - Sean M General Manager

  24. DM

    DanielM

    New England

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and outside seating place. Tuna bowl was awesome!

    Banyan Bar + RefugeResponded on July 19, 2022Hi Daniel! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and our delicious tuna poke bowl! I hope we see you again soon! -Sean M General Manager

  25. p

    prathyusha

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun restaurant- great food and big portions. I would say one dish will serve two people so choose wisely, other than that the service was great and we were seated where we had requested. Overall it was a good experience
  26. K

    Kathryn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food, tasty and original flavors, super vegan/vegetarian friendly. We had to send a dish back because we forgot to inform the server of a dietary restriction, and they were super understanding and nice.

    Banyan Bar + RefugeResponded on July 19, 2022Hi Kathryn! I'm so glad you had a great time at our restaurant! We look forward to serving you again soon! -Sean M General Manager

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We rolled into Banyan a little after 9pm, after a long day of college tours and mishaps. We were hungry and tired and Banyan was a light at the end of our tunnel. Our server was polite and prompt, the energy in the space was uplifting and the food was delicious!
  28. MB

    MithrilBoston

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Weeknight dinner with a friend-very busy and crowded. As threat of thunderstorms, we sat inside. Pretty hot (maybe due to everyone inside for the weather). The large outdoor dining area looked very nice though. Decor was super fun: overhead tree canopy sculpture with lights, suspended flock of tiny flamingos over the bar. Service was really slow and kept forgetting/mixing up stuff-we ordered a bottle of sparking Rosé-15 min later a glass came (flat)-took another 20 min to get the bottle (bubbly and lovely). Also out of a lot of entrees: waiter said it was because they were switching the menu soon. So hopefully that would change. Food was good not great. I had the lobster bao, pork belly boa & sweet potato bao. All good but not up to the standard of Meyers & Chang. Dan Dan noodles same. Definitely a fun place, likely better if you can sit outside or came on a night when they were better staffed and not about to switch the menu/out of half of it.
  29. A

    Amsuett

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    As I generally have a great time at Banyan, I found this occasion to be unwelcoming and awkward overall. Our waitress barely spoke, looked incredibly disinterested and we could actively see her standing at the bar on her phone instead of picking up our order multiple times to bring to the table. We were looking forward to sit outside and enjoy a full dinner, but after her rude attitude and service during appetizers, we decided getting the check was best. The worst part was that both me and my dining partner got very ill the next day from what we ate. I don’t think we will be choosing to eat here again based on service and the quality of food.
  30. AC

    AlvaroC

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. Our server was fantastic! The patio is beautiful. Love the place.

    Banyan Bar + RefugeResponded on July 19, 2022Hi Alvaro! I'm happy to hear you had fantastic service on our beautiful patio last week! We look forward to taking care of you again soon! -Sean M General Manager

  31. A

    Anon

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails are a MUST. We got the spa day and Gretchen wieners! The apps were all very tasty. Our server offered us green curry Mayo with the fries and it was a greaaaat recommendation. We love coming here. Hands down best patio in Boston. They have so many vegan or gf options which is dope. Def will keep coming back.

    Banyan Bar + RefugeResponded on July 19, 2022Hello! I'm so glad to hear that you had a great time at our restaurant! The Gretchen Weiners and Spa Day cocktails are some of our favorites too! We look forward to taking care of you again soon. -Sean M General Manager

  32. EZ

    EZ88

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The ambiance was great with the branches and flowers hanging from the ceiling. However, the service was subpar. We seemingly had a different waiter/waitress at different points in the night which meant we were asked the same thing twice. One waiter told us certain drinks were unavailable that night, and then I specifically asked if any foods were unavailable as well. I was told no, all food was good to order. However, when I ordered the whole fried fish, I was told by the waitress it was unavailable. The main dishes are a good portion size, but the baos aren’t worth the price even though they are good. We ordered the pork belly bao and avocado bao. Honestly, if it were not for the ambiance, this place is closer to forgettable than memorable.
  33. DA

    DavidA

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a great experience all around. Sat outside on the patio. Food was delicious and presented well. Staff was friendly and efficient. We had a really nice time.
  34. P

    Peter

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    in such troubled times for all restaurants, the service was great . . . extremely accommodating -

    Banyan Bar + RefugeResponded on July 19, 2022Hi Peter! Im so glad you had a great time with us on Sunday! We're looking forward to taking care of you again soon! -Sean M General Manager

  35. M

    Madeline

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The service was not good. Our server forgot to order all our food and seemed to not care that he forgot. We were rushed to finish our dessert because they had a hard deadline on kicking people out of the patio at 11pm. Why take 9pm patio reservations, forget to put in food orders, and expect people to finish their dinner experience by 11pm? I recommend us going to your place because I had a good pre Covid experience, but I was very disappointed last night. We really liked the hostess staff, they at least made us feel welcomed when we got there, and the patio atmosphere was very pretty as well!!
  36. s

    spicyfemme

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have celiac disease and there were lots of options for me to try - all of which were delicious! My server was aware of cross contamination issues and knew what was safe for me to order.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience. The food was out of this world delicious. It came quickly and we never felt rushed for a moment. The dessert was scrumptious AND the mocktails were super tasty.
  38. FB

    FoodieBos

    New England

    49 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The salt & pepper shrimp was simply outstanding. Wonderful sauce to accomoany it. The Dan Dan noodles were good and the BoaBo could have been warmer. Service was excellent. Mixed drinks were ok and the wine was not very good after trying red and white.
  39. DV

    DavidV

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Banyan Bar is one of my go-to spots in Boston, whether I walk in for a seat at the bar or book in advance for dinner before a show. I like the cocktails, the fun menu, the ambiance, and the team. (The manager Jimmy is worth the trip alone.) Definitely recommend,
  40. LN

    LucasN

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Good date spot -

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Banyan Bar + Refuge using the Order Online button. Banyan Bar + Refuge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 556-4211.

Banyan Bar + Refuge is rated 4.6 stars by 975 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 74 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Banyan Bar + Refuge

553 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Clarendon Street

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available.

  • Public transit

    Back Bay

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 556-4211

  • Private party facilities

    For pricing, and availability please inquire through our website.

  • Private party contact

    Elena Todisco : (617) 556-4211

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