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Boston Restaurants

Franklin Café

  • 278 Shawmut Ave. Map It
  • $$
  • 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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Restaurant Information

Address:

278 Shawmut Ave., Boston, Massachusetts, 02118, USA

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Phone:

617-350–0010

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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Feb 14, 2001

Tough to get to...worth the wait!

Outstanding value for excellent food! NY-ey scene in Boston's South End. Good menu, wine list, interesting apps. Bartender is excellent - makes great cosmos!

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