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Bistro 5

5 Playstead Rd, Medford, MA 02155-1401
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Ranked #3 of 125 Restaurants in Medford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $18 - $40
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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Andover, Massachusetts
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82 reviews 82 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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
39 helpful votes 39 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
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
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Boston, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We live in the neighborhood and can walk to Bistro 5. Our first experience was just after they opened many years ago...we keep going back and they keep getting better. For a raucously funny night, ask if Nigel is working and sit at one of his tables. Definitely get on their mailing list so you know when it's truffle season,... More

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North Andover, Massachusetts
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66 reviews 66 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

Best authentic Italian restaurant in the Boston area, none of this North End pasta and meatballs smothered in red sauce. Never liked the eggplant until I had the tower, so tasty and creamy. Everything on the menu keeps your taste buds salivating. Finish off your meal with some homemade sorbet. Don't skip this beat, if you do your better be... More

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Medford, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Top notch chef who is creative and provides seasonal menus! Selections with wine pairings are well worth the money,

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South Orange, New Jersey, USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

First visit to the East Medford restaurant Bistro 5 and was knocked out by the thoughtful and delicious cuisine. It was very busy and we were early for our reservation, so we sat at the bar, which ended up being fantastic. The bartender was excellent and so informative about the menu options. Will go back again for sure.

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