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The Franklin Café

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

Published 07/13/2016

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.) You can't go wrong with the skillet smoked mussels, succulent turkey meat loaf, or homey corned beef with cabbage. The vibe tends to feel more like 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 seven booths and two tables) can be downright impossible on weekend nights, and desserts are not served. On the upside, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the prices and the fact that a full menu is served until 1:30 am and cocktails until 2 am.

Restaurant Information


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

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Restaurant Details:

  • No lunch
  • Reservations not accepted

Published 07/13/2016


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