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Franklin Cafe

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278 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-2125
(617) 350-0010
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5:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night

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  • 57
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  • 46
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice place to be for a bite and drinks

Went there with a friend .. We had some margaritas to start.. Was delicious.... Than i ordered some pasta... Was good too... The barwomen was friendly and nice..

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
Joe S
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

After reading the reviews on TA we decided to experience I had the tuna tartare and it was super good. The staff were super friendly. The downside to me was that the place is too dark and the air conditioning was too low. So I wish I had brought a sweater .

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44 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We dined here early on a recent Friday evening and had a great experience. No reservations but it is not crowded early. The have a large assortment of beers on tap, wine and interesting cocktails. My son enjoyed his "Moscow Mule." We tried the Thai chicken wing appetizer to start. It was good but I am used to chicken a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Went there with a friend .. We had some margaritas to start.. Was delicious.... Than i ordered some pasta... Was good too... The barwomen was friendly and nice..

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East Meadow, New York
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48 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

Went there on our first night in boston based on reviews I read. Ordered the mussels and the chicken wings-both excellent as well as the bread with a nice butter to go with it! Main dish my husband had a fish and I ordered the steak fritte medium rare. It first came out raw-I sent it back and they made... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

franklin was THE place to go years ago when it first opened and the owners were in the kitchen and behind the bar. it had great food at a very fair price. these days the prices are still fair however the last 2 times we went our meals were not well prepared. was it due to a quiet sunday at... More 

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Arlington, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Have come here several times and always fun. Small place that gets packed quickly. Bar area and booths along wall. Great drinks and place to hang to meet friends at the bar. Nice local place in the middle of the South End highly recommended!

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Pittsboro N.C.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is a small place in the South End where many locals seem to frequent. It has about 10 booths and a nice size bar to relax in this casual eating spot. The menu has plenty of options, the food was really good, nice portions and well priced. The service was friendly and very efficient. This is really a good... More 

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

It is reasonably easy to find great food at high prices. This place has a great kitchen, creative and tasty but is also affordable. Very good wine, beer, cocktails. It gets busy, doesn't take reservations, so you may have to wait for a table or eat at the bar.

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Tybee Island, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We were staying in the neighborhood for a couple of nights and were excited to try a few of the many nearby restaurants. First night we went to The Butcher Shop (nearby) and were disappointed by the food. We decided to try Franklin Cafe on the second night and were delighted by the food, the cozy atmosphere, the reasonable prices,... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

I re-visited the Franklin Cafe after several years and really, really enjoyed it. So many places in Boston, it is tough to keep up with them all... Bartenders are really cool. Drinks are great, and the short rib appetizer was right on. Very cool neighborhood place for drinks or dinner.

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Additional Information about Franklin Cafe

Address: 278 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-2125
Phone Number: (617) 350-0010
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > South End
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
Cuisine: American, Cafe

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 278 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-2125
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > South End
  • Neighborhood: South End
  • Phone Number: (617) 350-0010

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?