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Bistro 5

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5 Playstead Rd, Medford, MA 02155-1401 (High Street)
+1 781-395-7464
17:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Medford, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Another fabulous meal at Bistro 5 in Medford even better because we started with buck an oyster special at the bar. Service was attentive but not intrusive and the descriptions were spot on. Not a cheap dinner but worth it

Thank j9h59
Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Victorrio and his staff always amaze us. Whether it is burger night or the seasonal tasting menus it is all good.

Thank Mamye K
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

We had a lovely meal here on the last night of resturant week. The food was delicious, the service was friendly and ambiance was perfecct. Definatly on our list of places to go now.

Thank ctarr
Boston, Massachusetts
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164 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We hadn't been for many years for some reason and went back during Dine Out Boston. Can't remember why we stopped going! Excellent dinners, good wine, desserts that rocked, and attentive but not intrusive service. This place should be full every night. It's back on our list of go to restaurants for a great meal.

Thank rickiboston
Ashburn, Virginia
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49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Good ambiance and service. Food was ok. I are calamari, which was rubbery without much taste and gnocchi meal was ok. Menu is limited and very expensive 150 bucks for dinner for two, especially give the location.

Thank David F
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Bistro 5 used to be very enjoyable. The last three times I have eaten here, although the food was still good, the service has been substandard for a place with its aspirations.

Thank Medfordian96
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

We had a wonderful meal and outstanding cocktails and choices of wine - all served by a very gracious server who was very knowledgable about everything on the menu and such a pleasure! The restaurant has been remodeled in the last couple years and it's really a great place, although we liked it before too. We'd highly recommend!

1 Thank happiestdiners4
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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87 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

My family took me to Bistro 5 for dinner and an early Mother's Day treat as we knew the meal would be outstanding . . . which it was! We had the 3-course tasting menu with wine pairings and savored each bite. The tagliatelle with fresh peas was so tasty and fresh -- a breath of spring on a cold... More 

Thank bcfriedman
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

I recently had my sister's 50th birthday party here. The event coordinator was very nice and helpful throughout the process. We were a party of 13 and the night went incredibly smoothly, not one issue. Flawless service as I've always experienced there. The food is amazing. Everyone was impressed with the quality and taste. We had calamari which is one... More 

Thank ScopeGRL
Arlington, Massachusetts
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433 reviews
291 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

We came in just to check it out and sat at the bar for a drink. I highly recommend coming here. I can't give an opinion about the food because we did not eat here this time - but will most likely come again and try it. I liked the atmosphere - small neighborhood feel!

Thank Rhodymom2012

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
European, Italian
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Playstead Rd, Medford, MA 02155-1401
    (High Street)
  • Public Transportation: From North Station you can take the commuter rail on the Lowell Line outbound one (1) stop to West Medford. We are directly across Playstead Road from the train platform to the right of the gas station. It is approximately 11 minutes from North Station.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Medford
  • Phone Number: +1 781-395-7464

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?