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Franklin Cafe

American Restaurant$$$$
South End, Boston
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  • Jeffrey C.
    Jeffrey CurrierNovember 11
    I have been enjoying the Franklin for nearly 20 years, and it never disappoints. Food, cocktails, wine, perfection
  • Brea S.
    Brea SimpsonOctober 30
    Crack fries
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MurphyOctober 19
    Awesome spot for delicious craft cocktails
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa ChaiAugust 8
    Great old school cocktails with vibes to match
  • Amy G.
    Amy GriffinSeptember 24, 2016
    The chowder was excellent and the steak frites and fish and chips were very good. Quaint spot and for the price, very good.
  • Tricia
    TriciaMay 17, 2016
    Vibrant & hip, service here is incredibly friendly, food is surprisely delicate & tasty for a late night menu. Old school cocktails like Sloegin Fizz & Collins makes for an exciting dining experience.
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff ByrnesApril 8, 2016
    Go early in the week & hang out with Jay Cool!
  • Neal J.
    Neal JainApril 7, 2016
    Top steak frites in the city with the butter and demiglace
  • Brian P.
    Brian ParkNovember 11, 2015
    Some of the best grilled calamari I have had. Great Manhattans and the cheddar cheese grits are also great!!
  • Vaughn A.
    Vaughn AllenAugust 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Order #allthethings
  • Katie A.
    Katie AllenAugust 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Dumplings!!!!! (Order them now)
  • Matt S.
    Matt SchmelzerAugust 16, 2015
    All the things
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzFebruary 23, 2015
    Their kitchen is open late and their food rocks!
  • Ken S.
    Ken StaffeyDecember 6, 2014
    Drink the dirty knees!!
  • Jessica
    JessicaNovember 30, 2014
    Mushroom ravioli! Order food until 1:30 am!
  • Heather A.
    Heather AdeleSeptember 21, 2014
    Their duck is out of this world!!! Also the steak is a great choice! Cocktails are plenty strong and service is superior! 10/10 for this place
  • Riley J.
    Riley JohnsonSeptember 20, 2014
    Great atmosphere and creative twists on comfort foods. Korean BBQ pork with kimchi is spot on.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 28, 2014
    Check out Franklin Cafe as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Frank McClelland, chef of L'Espalier, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Smokey skillet roasted mussels. Read more
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BartoliniAugust 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The smoked mussels were a delight. Overall, the food is excellent, but those were the highlight.
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BurnsAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Crab fritters and the ideal Manhattan... Yum!
  • Alex M.
    Alex MOctober 19, 2013
    Order the Cucumber Collins, and give the menu a chance. It changes often but most items are amazing.
  • Marius C.
    Marius CraciunoiuOctober 10, 2013
    Good food, but the portions are tiny. Turkey meatloaf is pretty sizeable if you're a man.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MAugust 11, 2013
    Get the fried green tomatoes they are amazingly good. Also try the Old Cuban or the Cucumber Collins off the drink menu, both are excellent.
  • Molly B.
    Molly BakerJune 22, 2013
    Cucumber Collins is delicious!
  • Dean M.
    Dean MellenMay 9, 2013
    Fried clams !
  • Steve S.
    Steve SchnelwarApril 25, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Eat the Sugo, drink the Fernet, pray that Joy or Sabrina is your bartender
  • Liz T.
    Liz TangJanuary 13, 2013
    Awesome quaint little place. Grilled calamari is AMAZING, just wish the portion was slightly bigger. Drinks are tasty as well.
  • Lily B.
    Lily BNovember 3, 2012
    Dark beers on tap, sushi on the late-night menu: two keys to this girl's heart. Worth the trek to the South End!
  • Meg B.
    Meg B.July 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing and strong cocktails: get the Easter Essence!
  • Alex S.
    Alex SongMay 26, 2012
    Grilled octopus is stellar
  • Alessia M.
    Alessia MMay 21, 2012
    A small space with no reservations, but get there on the early side to put your name in and enjoy a delicious drink at the bar. It's well worth the wait.
  • Esther S.
    Esther SandvikMarch 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything here is delicious, especially the pork!
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 12, 2012
    Even after The Franklin Cafe became known as an industry hangout, it remained an industry hangout. It's that good, which is why it has also expanded to new locations and concepts. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Guy B.
    Guy Ben-AharonOctober 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best mussels in the south end!
  • Justin O.
    Justin OverdorffOctober 13, 2011
    In the Fall, get the MEATLOAF, it's incredible
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CMOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Grilled artichoke on the menu right now is absolutely amazing!
  • Diane H.
    Diane HarriganOctober 12, 2011
    another awesome place. Never a bad meal here. They serve late night.
  • Media Armor
    Media ArmorOctober 2, 2011
    They stay open late...if you're so inclined.
  • Daryl D.
    Daryl DrakeAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Steak frites....mmmm!
  • Eric H.
    Eric HonAugust 8, 2011
    Great atmo as usual; this place has an amazing eternal quality to it. Not too big not too small and fantastic food always. Last night had the grilled calamari and as usual was delighted with everythin
  • Eric B.
    Eric BrownAugust 6, 2011
    Very delicious food. The corned beef is a must-try!
  • David D.
    David DoughtyAugust 1, 2011
    The Sashimi Tuna special is unrivialed Read more
  • Steve S.
    Steve SJuly 16, 2011
    Peter is an excellent bartender.
  • Vanessa W.
    Vanessa WhiteJuly 11, 2011
    Grilled calamari - reminds me of Portugal. You can't get this stuff anywhere.
  • Eric B.
    Eric BrownJuly 8, 2011
    Truly amazing food.
  • William T.
    William TollJune 11, 2011
    Painfully loud in here. Hard to enjoy a dinner conversation.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Offers quality comfort fare like shrimp toasts and seared steak tips; wash it all down with one (or more) stellar cocktails. Read more
  • Lindsey
    LindseyMay 28, 2011
    Sweet corn ravioli is amazing!
  • Tommy W.
    Tommy WilesMarch 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ever changing menu. Try the nightly special but when in doubt go with the steak frites. It's the only item that remains on the menu
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 13, 2010
    Try the Turkey Meatloaf
  • colleen b.
    colleen bradley-macarthurNovember 27, 2010
    Fab drinks w/ a great price point for Boston @ $9!
  • BostonTweet
    BostonTweetNovember 22, 2010
    The Franklin Cafe has O'Hara's Irish Stout on draft for $5 and they serve really good food until 1:30am. It honestly doesn't get any better than that.
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 12, 2010
    Thumping techno beats aside, the great comfort food draws chefs and restaurant crews post shift to grab real food late night. -Tania Peterson, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Tom D.
    Tom DruanNovember 4, 2010
    Truffle fries, dumplings, and atmosphere
  • Nathan P.
    Nathan P.September 10, 2010
    Saison Dupont on tap right now. Very tasty.
  • AskMen
    AskMenSeptember 8, 2010
    Creative cocktails and an American style menu. What more could you ask for? Read more
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 24, 2010
    A salad of seared soy-marinated chicken livers and crumbled bacon on sliced fennel, with mesclun & grated horseradish is the standout dish at this American pub grub/saloon hotspot.
  • Boston Phoenix
    Boston PhoenixJuly 29, 2010
    A hidden location, a modest sign, and a considerable reputation for simple dishes with a twist of brilliance — and it all works. Everyone must try the garlic mashed potatos. Read more
  • Marc C.
    Marc CunhaJune 1, 2010
    They have the best Calamari!
  • cullenfamily
    cullenfamilyMay 12, 2010
    I love this place. Great food, drinks, and atmosphere.
  • Tommy W.
    Tommy WilesApril 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    late night food - served until 1:00am. Steak Frites stays on the menu all the time (and there's a reason), but the rotating specials are the way to go! Try one and you won't be disappointed.
  • melanie w.
    melanie walitsFebruary 24, 2010
    the pomme puree is insatiable! the garlic grilled calamari is perfect with a glass of vermentino. (sigh) i love it here.
  • Peter James N.
    Peter James NelsomJanuary 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Shrimp toast. Awesome!
  • Peter James N.
    Peter James NelsomJanuary 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat at the bar Thursday nights with Nancy are the best and Monday nights with Bethany are the bomb.
  • Peter James N.
    Peter James NelsomJanuary 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the lomo with pear and manchego
  • rewod p.
    rewod phlipDecember 13, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Confit, Confit, Confit
  • Rob K.
    Rob KramerNovember 9, 2009
    Order La Chouffe on tap. a true Belgian brew
  • Kixhead H.
    Kixhead HJuly 27, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    get the steak frites and a good cocktail. beware, they don't do dessert. (i know. really.)
  • sheri k.
    sheri kJuly 26, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the black pepper seared sashimi tuna loin w/citron blanc. They also don't eff around when they make a martini. Mine: dirty tanqueray martini, up.
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