Banyan Bar + Refuge

4.5
499 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
The patio is open and will be seated on a first come first serve basis. Brunch reservations for the patio will be accepted.

Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday 11a-4pm

Part gastropub and part modern Asian fusion cuisine, Banyan Bar + Refuge is an inventive eatery with a warm and rustic ambience. Dim Sum dishes include the Avocado Bao Buns served with red curry aioli, chilled cucumbers with fortified black vinegar + and korean peanuts. Asian inspiration continues with Banyan's noodle and rice dishes, such as the dragon noodles, kimchi fried rice with a sunny egg, and seasonal thai basil pesto. Popular dishes include the very tasty banyan burger baos, pan seared red snapper, and shaking beef.
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AN
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was creative and tasty, but expensive for the amount you get.

L
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant dinner I've had this year. Each dish was absolutely fantastic. We sat outside on the patio and loved the atmosphere. Service was prompt without being overbearing, and our server was very knowledgeable about each dish on the menu. Would highly recommend!

TC
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We sat outside and overall it was pleasant and it was a nice atmosphere but I would describe the food as reasonably good.

AK
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was my first time here and I really enjoyed it! Beautiful design and great food! Drinks were ok

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

Great patio. Excellent gluten free choices. Yummy drinks. Beautiful interior.

AB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Just had a great brunch here! Everything was delicious but our favorites were the fried oyster bao, fried pork dumplings (I would have taken home a jug of that sauce if they had let me), and the cold noodles. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration!

K
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The value for the food was okay. I think if you are curious about their food and would like to try it then I'd say go for it. I did really like the Banyan burger baos AND the tuna nachos. Super yum!

AA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great outdoor seating option, fun tiki drinks, large portions (opt to go as a big group 4+ and order a couple things family style). Favorite include: salt & pepper octopus, $1 dumpling special, and dragon noodles!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was fair and a bit overpriced

SS
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lived up to expectations! Fantastic ambiance and very good food!

SS
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely outdoor patio. Well-shaded, which we needed on a hot day with a newborn baby. Unhurried service for a Sunday brunch with nine people. Would return in a heartbeat.

RT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place. I have never been disappointed so far. The food and drinks are great, the patio in the summer is just fantastic.

LG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious and unique food choices....from KFC bao with cauliflower to green tea cheesecake. All selections obviously prepared with attention to every detail. Beautiful setting with plants and overhead string lights. Waitress pleasant but slow to bring drinks, never offered to refill water and only cleared some of the plates on our table. I would return.

YZ
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Fish was undercooked, burger patties over cooked. Nice ambiance but food and beer list are underwhelming for a “gastro pub”

g
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

yes for drinks

however food quality needs to improve dramatically

however would love to compliment the fabulous staff, team, ambiance and fabulous cocktails

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Thanks for the champagne for our date, it really made the night special :)

n
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food - good service

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

No real air conditioning during a heat wave in Boston made for an uncomfortable dinner. The staff telling us we shouldn’t complain about the heat because they were the ones working in it made it even more awkward. Food was just ok and portions were small for the price. Disappointing experience.

G
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

How nice to sit on Banyan Bar’s lovely shaded ( and quiet!) patio in the late afternoon. It was too early for my friends and I to want dinner, but definitely not too early to enjoy an assortment of very delicious $1 dumplings. We didn’t order dinner on this visit, but I would be happy to try several of the menu items on future visits.

JS
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Outdoor seating just lovely, food was only mediocre

LK
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

The brunch menu contained almost no food options but listen many of the drink options twice. Brunch is still a meal guys...

EI
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were delicious and service was awesome! This is a great place to go for a celebration!

SG
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Just amazing. Cocktails are to die for, end every plate we tried was absolutely delicious. The staff had unique care and attention towards our son who has severe allergies- and he had a blast. It's great that there are places like this.

OT
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with great ambiance. Mussels and fries were amazing. Drinks were great as well. Will definitely be back.

VP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was very accommodating to our group and very careful to help with a shellfish allergy. The waiter made great recommendations and the food was incredible, per usual. The outdoor patio is great for a summer night! Only downfall: the bread pudding is no longer on the dessert menu. Truly tragic, it was my favorite!

C
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Lovely setting, fun vibe. The food is very interesting and has all kinds of unusual spices. We really liked it! The service was friendly but slow and our waitress was oddly opposed to our ordering the dollar dumplings. I said I had a shrimp allergy when she asked about allergies. We inquired about the special dollar dumplings and she said "Oh you want to stay away from those- they have all kinds of things that people are allergic to." We asked if they had shrimp and she said she didn't think so. So we ordered them and the manager double checked to make sure they were ok, which we really appreciated. They were delicious! We would definitely go back! It's a great place to go before the theatre. Just make sure to tell the waitress as soon as you sit down that you're going to a show! We were pressed for time at the end.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the attention that we received from the restaurant!

SF
New England
63 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent dumplings...and they were on special. I also had the pork Katsu, which was good but could have stood more sauce. Fun drink called “The Painkiller.” Nice vibe, although my waiter was a bit clueless. And I deducted a star for not being able to serve a proper pot of tea. Really...a double teabag in a cup? And no place to put the soggy teabag? C’mon...serve tea in a pot and give me a saucer.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Sunday evening Tyler was wonderful! Very welcoming

NR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

first time for brunch, and LOVED the Dim Sum menu. Complimentary coffee station was great as well

KL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing outdoor seating and delicious food. Get the frosé too!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Love the space and the staff is always great, super consistent and attentive. I’ve had a few entrees that I didn’t love—one that was just way too spicy and another where the portion felt more like an appetizer.

The cocktails and drinks in general are great. I’d still go back, but would try other food items or maybe order multiple small plates rather than one entree.

A very cool vibe and the outdoor seating is awesome in the summer.

MA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

great ambience and service . Good vegetarian food options

r
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor patio for brunch

s
New England
68 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really love Banyan, having eaten there more than a few times. The food is great, you can actually talk, service is very good, and in the summer you can almost pretend you're eating outside in Europe, even though the food hales from a completely different locale. highly recommend this as a place where everyone can find something to eat and the spicy food is totally edible!

JB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the Supreme Leader. The service was good - the waiter was attentive but not bothersome. The place is pretty noisy but we managed to be seated in a back area so that we could hear each other.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great spot!

SC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Brunch and Dinner at Banyan in the same week. Both meals were amazing. What a breath of fresh air for the South End. Highly recommend!

JM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food in a great outdoor environment ! We love Banyan, great Asian fusion

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