Bistro 5

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1708 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Bistro 5 is located in Medford, MA just minutes from downtown Boston. "A quintessential neighborhood spot" boasts The Boston Globe.
Chef/Owner Vittorio Ettore and his team serve the finest Italian fare with French and Spanish influences while focusing on farm-fresh local ingredients. The ever changing Chef's Tasting Menu keeps Boston's most distinguished palates returning time and again for seasonally fresh dishes that embody the warmth and richness of Chef Vittorio's own hospitality.
Bistro 5 also offers a full bar and extensive cocktail and wine list featuring unique wines at exceptional values.
The restaurants 2 dining rooms are richly appointed and can accommodate parties of up to 100 guests, making Bistro 5 the perfect venue for your next office party, family gathering, or special event.

Offers

B5's Burger Night-Thursdays ONLY!

Starting Jul 3, 2019·Thu 17:00-21:45

Enjoy Burgers every Thursday night, check out our Instagram or Facebook page for our weekly burger special!

Dollar Oysters every Tuesday Night!

Starting Jul 3, 2019·Tue 17:00-22:00

Enjoy Local $1 oyster every Tuesday Night until they are gone!

What 1708 People Are Saying
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Nancyh
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro 5 is for me the best place in Massachusetts. For the best service and best quality food. Menu is always so full of organic chooses.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, food, wine, service, ambience. I can’t believe we are just finding this place!

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Theresa
New England
20 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic experience, everything from the greeting when we walked in till the time we left could not have been better. Our server that was professional and attentive. The food was tremendous from the tasty to the presentation. I plan on going back many more times

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mariam
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a 6:45 reservation on March 8. We were seated promptly and took advantage of the bread and hummus placed on the table. The initial service was a little slow but once we put our orders in, things ran very smoothly. My calamari was wonderful-not chewy, not greasy, very tasty. Gnocchi was a nice treat and the creme brulee was deelish. Good value meal with a comfortable ambience!

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kricket
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a enjoyable. the food and service excellent - it is my favorite ever dining out choice... never disappointed

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Amai
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! We enjoyed every dish we ordered, especially the grilled salmon and gnocchi.

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DianeH
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Went there for girls night out and shared our selections allowing us to taste more items.
The portions where perfect for sharing and everything was Delish!

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MarieM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent. Ambiance inside the restaurant is really nice. It’s distracting but fun to count all the trains going by.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and impressive service.

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vipRobertK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice little neighborhood place with cosy seating, a nice central bar, and a brightly-lit kitchen open to the main restaurant. Friendly staff, a variety of signature cocktails, and flavorful dishes. We'll definitely go here again!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday celebration

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Eduart11
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very patient and professional and of course the food is always delicious.

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MatthewJ
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Duck Duo appetizer is unbelievable! The "1999" Milanese is awesome as well!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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LyndaB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely Valentine’s treat for our family of 6 adults. The food is delicious. We had the wine pairing to go with the Valentines special menu. The pairings were spot on. Our waitress was great but had a lot of tables to look after, which is why I put the service at a 4. Not cheap but worth it. Loved it.

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wiz22
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, the menu had unique twist on dishes and the service was fantastic. would definitely recommend if you are in the area!

JC
vipJudithC
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We were really looking forward to having our Valentine's dinner here but were terribly disappointed. I ordered he shrimp appetizer for my entree and although the sauce was delicious, the shrimp were overcooked. The beet & pear salad was a good idea & basically ok but we felt there was too much salt and not enough food on the plate for $13. My husband ordered the gnocchi with mushrooms but for him there was too much truffle oil & the gnocchi were too dense rather than light & fluffy. The waitress was great & took off that off our bill... I thoroughly enjoyed my martini & the bread!

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vipGreatDateSpot
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my first time at Bistro5 and will definitely be back! Our meals were amazing and the ambience was really comfortable

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AlexaB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service and ambiance. We hadn't been in around 15 years and tried it again a month ago. It was very good. We recently went again and it was terrific.

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vipNorburyM
Denver
66 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. Party of two started with duck duo (hard to pass this up - it's so creamy & delicious), shared a dish of olives and chicken paté. One of us had the roast chicken entree with crispy skin chicken & Brussels sprouts, delicata squash, in a light pomegranate vinaigrette. The chicken is so moist with perfect crispy skin. The other person had the veal Milanese with mashed potato, porcini sauce and baby arugula and shaved mushroom. The veal was a generous portion and had a lovely pistachio crust - tender on the inside and the crust was a perfect accompaniment.
Service was impeccable - everyone is attentive without being cloying and water glasses get filled without interrupting conversation.
Great place for a special occasion or a date or for just a lovely meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for the time, will definitely be back. Would recommend.

Ambiance: very cute modern bistro. The dinning room is tight, but not cramped. Even in a packed dinning room near the bar, I could easily have a conversation.

Service: server was friendly and knowledgeable. We had food allergies and were very accommodating.

Food: solid, reasonable sized portions at lower price point than you might find elsewhere.

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ErinL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience1

We chose this restaurant to celebrate my husbands birthday specifically as all our previous experiences have been great - yet not tonight. We arrive early and were asked to wait a few minutes for our table. We were happy to do so, yet while we were at the bar waiting 2 other parties of 2 arrived within 5 minutes of us and were immediately sat at tables. We would have been fine with this had we not been sat at the worst table in the house. We sat at a 2 top right next to the bar and staff were hanging at that corner of the bar all night. We have been seated at this table in the past and it has been fine, yet tonight was different. Maybe partly due to the fact that the other parties that arrived after us had much better seating. Maybe it was the fact that staff were lingering at this section of the bar more so tonight. I’m not sure, yet as a waitress/bartender, I understand the need to fill all space and have it work for the establishment and the customer. Yet tonight it didn’t work for either.

The food was wonderful, yet the drinks were sub-par, requiring us to say something (which we never do). The waitress rebuffed our comments and somewhat guilted my husband to keep his drink - I got a different drink as it really wasn’t what we ordered. And the table was far from adequate. We made this reservation over a week in advance and yet we were relegated to the worst table in the restaurant. Honestly we would have been better off if we were able to stay at the bar where we were asked to wait for “our table”. I’m disappointed as we have always felt that Bistro 5 was a “guaranteed” good dining experience - definitely not the case tonight.

And I never post reviews (good or bad) yet I was really upset by tonight’s experience.

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vipfoodie6
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and fabulous service... the makings of a lovely evening.

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KathleenC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious craft cocktails and scrumptious food from the ricotta to the mascarpone!!!

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vipEdLe
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, great atmosphere and food was superb. Definitely a favorite place for dinner.

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vipPeterM
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner/ Chef Vittorio Ettore and his team do a great job. Bistro 5 venison burger was outstanding . We are also fans of his Winchester restaurant, A Tavola .

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very excellent food and custom cordials. It was a cold night and so it was a bit chilly overall. Appetizers were small, a bit uninspired, and overpriced. The entrees however, were truly excellent and inspired.

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AnnC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit - didn’t disappoint - worth the trip from Boston

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TeresaC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will always be treated like you are most important when you go. you will always get a great meal.

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JustMe
New England
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

I have heard of this restaurant for yrs. and went expecting a nice experience. It was overpriced, portions were tiny, and some of the ingredients mentioned in the menu were missing in the dishes. We could hear our neighbors as if they were at our table, the curtain didn't dampen the noise. The server was very good, but unfortunately didn't match the rest of our experience. I will not return or recommend this restaurant.

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Tomas
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was of good quality, and visually impressive, but all three entrees (veal, chicken and scallop) were rather bland and needed more seasoning. The service was very good, when service was provided, but there were large periods of time when we waited for someone to check in with us. (We dined early, but there seemed to be a lack of help on what turned out to be a busy Friday night so I suspect that the table service got worse as the evening progressed.) What had the potential to be a fine dining experience turned out to be mediocre at best.

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NancyW
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place for NYEve... casual yet elegant, with delicious food and a lovely atmosphere.

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Jule
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We come here for special occasions. The service is always so good and we feel very taken care of. The food is still excellent after all these years, still inventive, and the wine recommendations from the wait staff always on target.

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vipPhoodie
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 5, celebrating a birthday. We all had cocktails that were delicious, original and complex. They have a large selection of cocktails. We had calamari, anchovies and a mushroom bread for appetizers. The portions were good size and everything was delicious. The calamari was some of the lightest and best we’ve ever had. For dinner we ordered the scallops on pumpkin risotto, gnocchis and a veal dish. The food was perfectly cooked and every bite was delicious. The risotto had layers of wonderful flavors. Our waiter was outstanding - wish I knew his name to give him a special mention. Between our waiter and the bartender who was also waiting on tables we were well cared for. We’ve eaten here before and will certainly be back. Bistro 5 is a real gem.

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PaulaP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

My husband and I have been dining at Bistro 5 since opened. It is our first choice for our wedding anniversary and when guests visit. Saturday night's meal fell far below the standard we associate with this fine restaurant.
The presentation of the scallops in the pumpkin risotto was utterly unappetizing and frankly, messy; my salmon was
overdone and the pane cotta special dessert was underwhelming, both in taste and presentation. The duck duo appetizer was, however, exquisite. Our waiter was wonderful. Perhaps the kitchen staff wasn't the A team that night? Paula Plum

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JackieS
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service attentive. We each had the scallops which were delicious. The noise level was fine although the restaurant was only half full when we were there.

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KarinR
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful but the food was very salty. I like salt, but still!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vegan in the group got a chef’s choice which he loved. The rest of us had a hard time deciding what to have: so many delicious choices!

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AnthonyG
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Going to B 5 is an “event”. I usually don’t like going to Italian restaurants because I can make anything I order at home, and usually we can do a better job at home. B5 is an amazing experience. I could cook NONE of it at home, it is amazing, and the service is always exceptionally professional.

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vipgingergma
New England
34 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars, and love everything about Bistro 5 - inventive food, beautifully executed and presented. Stellar service.

FAQs

Bistro 5 offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 395-7464.

Bistro 5 is rated 4.6 stars by 1708 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.