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Franklin Cafe

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278 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-2125
(617) 350-0010
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Today
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Lunch
Dinner
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 56
    Excellent
  • 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
Most recent review
Great find in the South End

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
cubiclegirl
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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121 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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68 reviews 68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

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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62 reviews 62 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Boston, Massachusetts
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313 reviews 313 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

So this restaurant was supposedly created with local residents in mind. Nothing on the menu is over $20, which in the South End, is a rarity, making dining out more accessible for the locals in terms of cost. The menu has a bit of southern flair to it, but still shares similarities to the other american restaurants in the neighborhood,... More 

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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, Café

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, 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?