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True Bistro

French, Vegan
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1153 Broadway, Teele Square, Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 627-9000
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6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Vegan and very tasty

The food here is so good you might not suspect that it's vegan. The small plates we ordered were all good, and the wine selection was decent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
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English first
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299 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The food here is so good you might not suspect that it's vegan. The small plates we ordered were all good, and the wine selection was decent.

Thank mrsirin
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Friday night, July: the place wasn't packed but the atmosphere was lovely. Clean and good décor. Attentive helpful and patient service. Good cocktails including virgin. The meals were very tasty. The thing about tipping so much in the US due to the wait staffs wages being so low (no minimum wage in MA) is a problem. You feel that you're... More 

Thank veggietraveller78
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Just fantastic. Mind-bogglingly good food, new and beautiful taste combinations, great service. This restaurant definitely deserves a Michelin star.

Thank J D
Medford, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Im not Vegan, but really enjoyed the tofu scrambler that I got gluten free at Tasty Bistro today. There's a nice atmosphere in the small restaurant. I enjoyed the abstract art on the wall. The food was well priced as well.

Thank Marialo7592
Boston area, MA
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110 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We met some friends who combine within their group vegans and gluten-free folks and True Bistro can serve them. The restaurant has pretences of grandeur in terms of what it look like (the setting is quite pleasant) and menu (IIRC,with suggested wine pairings for each dish). But the dishes were a) mediocre; and b) had very non-nuanced flavor. One of... More 

2 Thank letsmakeadeal
Medford, Massachusetts
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135 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

First of all I am not vegan but was interested in trying the food here. I will say that the wine selection is wonderful, as well as the cocktails--a lot of gluten free options for my friends as well as for people with lactose intolerance. However, the food was bland & tasteless not to mention RIDICULOUSLY expensive. The decor is... More 

3 Thank Jgraves700
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I would say the menu is adventurous and I can't remember what I ordered but it had so many different flavors, I'm not sure what it was. it's not bad tasting food but it is over priced in my opinion. I don't think vegan food should be so high end that it confuses people. Also the policy that the restaurant... More 

3 Thank maillet911
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This restaurant has great promise it's in a nice area, great decor, friendly staff, and prices that suggest amazing food. The trouble with True Bistro is that the food doesn't live up to everything else it has going in its favor. I had the seafood soup and it was so salty I couldn't finish it much less enjoy it. The... More 

3 Thank xavier911
Marlborough, Massachusetts
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80 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

My husband took me to True Bistro for our 10th anniversary dinner. it was perfect! the food was yummy. the restaurant was very small but not cramped. i had the roasted beet salad which had some cashew cheese in it and it was to die for. originally for dinner i was going to get the green Thai curry but the... More 

1 Thank LisaPunk01
long island
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

True Bistro has a calming ambience and delightful, attentive wait staff, but the food outshines all! There are many, many outstanding reviews of True Bistro, many from non-vegetarians who say it is the best meal they have ever had. It is named as a Vegetarian Restaurant Meat-Eaters Will Love and it lives up to that designation. The creative, piquant flavors... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1153 Broadway, Teele Square, Somerville, MA 02144
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: (617) 627-9000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Vegan


Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?