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Franklin Cafe
Today 5:30 PM – 2:00 AM
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278 Shawmut Ave Boston, MA 02118
278 Shawmut AvenueUSMassachusettsBoston02118
$$RestaurantToday 5:30 PM – 2:00 AM
Tuesday 5:30 PM – 2:00 AMWednesday 5:30 PM – 2:00 AMThursday 5:30 PM – 2:00 AMFriday 5:30 PM – 2:00 AMSaturday 5:30 PM – 2:00 AMSunday 5:30 PM – 2:00 AMMonday 5:30 PM – 2:00 AM
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Hip, cozy neighborhood gastropub dispensing craft cocktails & modern comfort food until late.- Google
"Had the grilled calamari and corn and crab beignets."
"Steak frites was cooked to order."
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Michael Moore
in the last week
Good flavors but overall not great execution. Picco is pretty close and a ton better
Melissa Mangino
10 months ago
I absolutely love this place. Such a cool, laid back vibe. Never too crowded. Great drinks and food. Super neighborhood spot.
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Jennifer Villalobos
a year ago
It's really a great place to have a brew and great food. Upscale pub with a good ambiance, fresh young(er) crowd. Steak frites was cooked to order. Had the grilled calamari and corn and crab beignets. Practically fine dining food in a pub.
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Juliana Casale
3 years ago
It might be my impending 30s, but I've noticed that my most recent favorite places to hang out tend to be tucked away and dark; maybe I just like a little mystery with my manhattans? I ducked in here one snowy evening to have dinner with a friend, and I loved the cozy vibe. Franklin Cafe is on the small side, so seating can be an issue, but there's a great cocktail list to keep you company while you wait at the bar. Most entrees hover slightly above $20, and with the high quality and large portions of food I consider them a steal. Not many restaurants make me regret living in JP, but this one makes me wish I was a South End local.
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Matthieu Jonemann
7 months ago
Open late is a huge plus. Good vibe. Very friendly staff. Two complaints. Got the steak frites. Fries were great. Waiter said the steak was hanger steak. It was most definitely not hanger steak. Maybe a sirloin cut in a triangle shape, but not a hanger. Tough and not particularly flavorful. Also, asked for a local IPA, and the waiter suggested green flash, which i looked up and is from San Diego. Waiter was very nice, but not so knowledgeable about the menu. Overall good experience.
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chris baldwin
a year ago
dinner for 2 last week food: delightful - high end comfort food service: excellent atmosphere: - perfect for a rainy cold day - gets lively as evening progresses
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Melissa Pocek
2 years ago
I am really starting to love Southie. There I said it. The restaurants I've been to are all above excellent including this one. My friend and I sat outside, ate hummus topped with freshly chopped scallions and bread while we meandered through the menu. Annette ordered the tuna tartare and I ordered a wonderful toasted orzo and argula salad with oranges, almonds and a honey soy dressing. Waiter was very friendly, but a bit pushy.
Brent Carlson
4 years ago
A solid option across the board. If the pork terrine appetizer special is on the menu, get it; very nicely prepared with houseground mustard makes a great start to the meal. The entrees were good but not great, if Zagat offered a 2.5 rating for food I would be using it here. Understated clean decor and straightforward service - all in all a place worth visiting.