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Boston Restaurants

Franklin Café

  • 278 Shawmut Ave. Map It
  • South End
  • American

Updated 11/13/2013

Fodor's Review

This place has jumped to the head of the class by keeping things simple yet effective. (The litmus test: local chefs gather here to wind down after work.) Try the succulent turkey meatloaf off the regular menu or the tomato roasted eggplant offered on both the vegetarian and gluten-free menus. The vibe is generally more that of a bar than a restaurant (hence the many bartender awards), so be forewarned that it can get loud. The wait for a table (there are only 7 booths

and 2 tables) can be downright impossible on weekend nights, and desserts are not served. On the upside, food is served until 1:30 am and cocktails until 2 am.

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278 Shawmut Ave., Boston, Massachusetts, 02118, United States

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No lunch
  • Reservations not accepted

Updated 11/13/2013


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Nov 25, 2008

One of the South End's best, and least pretentious

One of the best restaurants in Boston's South End, and one of its least pretentious. Terrifically good food, a favorite of local chefs when they get off work. Often crowded, and you may end up eating at the bar, which dominates the space. Respectable pricing and decent service. A must in this area.

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