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5 Playstead Rd, Medford, MA 02155-1401
781-395-7464
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Ranked #3 of 127 Restaurants in Medford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $40
Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: French, Italian
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: High Street
Transit: 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.
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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114 reviews 114 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We opened with the salt cod aranchini, nice mellow fish taste and great texture. Went on to the crispy tuna--it was awesome, thin crisp crust, still super rare and delicious, last was the rabbit, perfectly cooked, juicy and tender, profiterols for dessert, the only mediocre point, was good but not great. Found a great value on the wine list, enjoyed... More 

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Winchester, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

When you need a special place for a quiet dinner but want to avoid the typical city hubbub, try Bistro 5 in Medford, MA. It's cozy with service that's attentive, knowledgeable and not obtrusive. The contemporary Italian menu is diverse, comes well plated, fairly priced, not overly complicated and most importantly delicious. The menu changes regularly, this season is for... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Bistro 5 is a very good restaurant and a great place for a special occasion dinner without driving to Boston. The ambience is lovely - intimate, quiet, very friendly and nicely decorated in understated tones and soft lighting. The food is really quite good and the service is superb - attentive, skilled, and helpful, but not stuffy or overbearing. The... More 

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medford,ma
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Been here many times and cannot say enough about it-----excellent service and superb food A+--- highly recommended

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Andover, Massachusetts
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89 reviews 89 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Have always had excellent food and service at Bistro 5. Love the pasta with wild boar ragu. My husband can never pick just one dish and always gets multiple courses. The chefs are creative. Waiting for the special tomato season menu to come out soon since it is always delicious.

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Hillsborough, NJ
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

The food was outstanding and the wine excellent! The menu changes seasonally, but their scallop dishes are apparently always popular and I found this to be well deserved. My husband enjoyed his quail. Our waiter was very friendly and efficient, and answered our questions about the food and the restaurant. We will be delighted to return when next we pass... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

Great authentic Italian cuisine, excellent service and home style cooking. You can't get better than that. Our table was late because other dinners were lingering at their tables, totally understandable! The Chef/ owner immediately greeted us and apologized for the inconvenience and offered us a complimentary appetizer which was not necessary and then the magic began! The appetizers were exquisite... More 

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Chelmsford, MA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We've been to Bistro 5 many times, and it's always worth what is for us a considerable trip. Beautifully executed food, attentive service, reasonably priced. The presence of the chef/owner is a big part of why this works so well.

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Medford, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a very good neighborhood gem. Not the usual fare, the chef uses a mix of creativity and basics to offer original fare with great taste.

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Cambridge, MA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Upscale; excellent chef. Seasonal menu. Somewhat expensive and smallish portions. Definitely the most elegant place in the area.

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Additional Information about Bistro 5

Address: 5 Playstead Rd, Medford, MA 02155-1401
Phone Number: 781-395-7464
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Medford
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 18 - 40
Cuisine: French, Italian

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