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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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Hours:
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

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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
great vegan restaurant

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
LisaPunk01
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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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English first
Boston area, MA
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105 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

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 

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Medford, Massachusetts
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115 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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 

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13 restaurant reviews
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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 

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12 restaurant reviews
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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 

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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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 

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long island
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

My wife and I arrived on a Wednesday night, prompted to travel to True Bistro due to a $55 promotion for dinner for two. We were joined by another couple. My wife and I wished to use the promotion. The other couple wanted to order off the menu. True Bistro's general manager would not honor the promotion. Don't eat at... More 

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Lyme, New Hampshire
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101 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

My partner and I rarely find an American vegetarian or vegan restaurant that we'd like to return to. True bistro is the notable exception. Although we weren't wowed by every course the overall experience was excellent. We loved the green curry, the ravioli appetizer, and the apple cobbler. The service was excellent, the ambience very nice (and not noisy!). Our... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

True Bistro offers a creative menu, delicious food, excellent service and a casual yet charming setting. The menu is 100 percent vegan, but, in our opinion, that is secondary. We shared a number of small plates, and every dish was well-prepared and beautifully presented. Noise levels are low, lighting is attractive, wait staff are knowledgeable and efficient. The restaurant offers... More 

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We have gone many times and gotten their salads - very good. THis time we went with four of us and tried a number of other things. It was all good. The service was very attentive and knowledgable. We would love to see more interesting main courses - especially with tofu. It is nice not to have to ask if... 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
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?