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Franklin Cafe

278 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-2125 (South End)
(617) 350-0010
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Ranked #553 of 2,815 restaurants in Boston
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: American, Café
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: South End
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  • English first
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
98 helpful votes 98 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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Houston, Texas, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

If you didn't know better you may pass Franklin Cafe. We were lucky enough to have a friend take us there on a Monday night, weekend nights the line is suppposedly long. Franklin is small with two window tables and a small but well stocked bar. Right wall tables, left wall bar with a few tables in the rear, cozy... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013 via mobile

Steak tartare, short rib, shrimps, smoked mussels all of which were divine. It's dark and cosy and the staff were lovely and very enthusiastic about the menu. If you're visiting Boston do try to visit he south end - it's great fun.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Found this place by just walking around our new neighborhood and the cocktails and food were some of the best we have had in Boston. The pork chop was phenomenal with bourbon glaze and the smoke beets were a uniquely excellent dish. I highly recommend.

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Tustin, CA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

I visited the Franklin Cafe last evening for dinner based on a slew of reviews I saw online. I must admit this is one of the very best dinners I have had in the Boston area. I had the beet salad, the short rib and the braised lamb. I can say without hesitation I loved every bite! The service was... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

There were 6 of us and we only wanted to get drinks....on a Thursday night. The place was quasi-empty...only 1 table was occupied The waitress didn't like the fact that we were not gonna have dinner and didn't let us sit down for drinks. That's disappointing for a place that used to be one of my favorites in Boston...I don't... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

we were invited to meet acouple (from desireswingers) to join them for drinks and dinner we loved the place from the moment we walked in we found our new friends sitting at the bar we were greeted by a very nice bartender we enjoyed a bottle ofwine while we waited for our table we were then taken to a nice... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I lived in the south end from 2010-2012 and Franklin Cafe was always a favorite amongst my friends for a great atmosphere with amazing cocktails, and late night dining. I since moved away, but returned to Boston last week, and Franklin Cafe was one of the spots I wanted to go to in my short stay. I arrived on a... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

The Franklin Cafe came along in the mid '90s as the South End was coming into its own as a dining destination. It's our destination as we walk over from the Prudential Center. Later, we talk about what is going on and the decision is: hype. The waiter hypes the menu, our selections and for some reason, acts like he... More

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