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Washington Square Tavern

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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714 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02446-4564
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Brookline, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We go back to the Tavern again and again. The food is great and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. Gerry, the owner, is a wine expert, so the selection is very good.

Thank dalynan
Brookline, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I hesitate to write a review, let alone a good one, lest our favorite neighborhood joint become more popular! This is our go-to place to unwind on a Friday night. We know that we will be greeted not only by a menu of creative, locally sourced food, but also by Jerry, who has created a hip space that is welcoming... More 

Thank Boarding_Group_4
New England
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592 reviews
326 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 403 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

I really wanted to love this place, but it was just ok…….the interior is great, exuding a warm, cozy, neighborhood pub feel. The calamari was disappointing as it was very greasy. The scallop dish was very good, but the sea bass was overcooked. Prices are downtown Boston - this may look like a neighborhood pub, but don’t be fooled. Our... More 

Thank lexmiller
Albany, New York
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203 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed dinner in this cozy tavern which had a nice variety of entrees at fair prices, especially for a big city. The menu was not your typical 'bar' food, but rather nice dinner fare (seafood, steak, lamb) as well as burgers. Only wish they filled the wine glasses more!

Thank HokieGal30
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2016

I am a regular at the WST. I would call it a gastro-pub but the proprietor would object to what he would consider a pretentious reference. There have been a number of chefs over the years but the current chef is outstanding. The menu has a variety of interesting and creative dishes - ones that you would not expect to... More 

Thank Marjorie S
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2015

This was our neighborhood restaurant for many years. We could always be assured of reasonably priced entrees, good drinks, friendly service. Washington Square Tavern filled a niche of a moderate, casual restaurant in a corner of Brookline with a number of pricier bistros. Apparently the restaurant has changed owners and philosophy in the past several months. Prices are about 30... More 

1 Thank rizadorojo
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97 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2015

This place is a bit of a local secret--really good food and hip atmosphere. Bit of a trip if you are traveling in Boston, but a great Brookline secret.

Thank Bostonfoody
Elmore, Vermont
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76 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2015

There really couldn't be a better neighborhood restaurant/bar. Always a welcome smile, always good food, excellent drink, awesome music. If you haven't been you should. It's the quintessential neighborhood bar!

Thank migrantnative
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129 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

Went on a Saturday night after seeing this on phantom gourmet. Waitress was very nice and attentive to start. Wine was good. Burrata was ok the heirloom tomatoes were wilted. Calamari was much better. Dinner two had duck I had chicken. Chicken was soooooooo salty it was almost inedible. Duck was over cooked. Whiskey/scotch ,end is great. No dessert. Don't... More 

Thank Ssc3201
San Diego, California
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76 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

Went on a sister date here with my little sis. Food was awesome and this place wasn't too far from her apartment. We lucked out when we went because they had beignets with coffee anglaise, which was liquid coffee ice cream. They were amazing! I love a place with rotating specials, especially of the sweet kind:) Highly recommend!

1 Thank Sarah_ANANAS

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 714 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02446-4564
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Brookline
  • Phone Number: 617-232-8989

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