True Bistro

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    ( 42 reviews )
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1153 Broadway (at Teele Square), Somerville, Massachusetts, USA, 02144

Contemporary vegan cuisine and drinks in a upscale atmosphere, near Redline Davis Square. Offers gluten-free and nut-free menus as well, and brunch is served on weekends. Day prices are moderate, dinner more expensive. Reservations are recommended several days in advance. Open Wed-Thu 5:00pm-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-3:00pm, Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, International, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Fusion

42 Reviews

First Review by andrea

nom! - Edit

The food and drinks are excellent!

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Great experience! - Edit

Overall I loved everything. From the food, to the service, to the atmosphere. Truly recommend.

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AMAZING BRUNCH!! - Edit

We went there for breakfast on our way to Legoland.
The food was AMAZING. Great presentation, great flavors and plenty of choices.
We had the Tofu Benedict, Strawberry Waffle and Banana/Choco Crèpe.
All were delicious.
The Spinach on the benedict was sooo good. Lots of crispy garlic! The sauce was very flavorful.
The waffle was very crispy and i loved the whipped cream on it.
The crèpe was very chocolatey, but extremely good.
The staff was very efficient and friendly.
The restaurant was small, but very clean and well decorated. It had a very simple and relaxing atmosphere, which was a perfect way to start a Sunday!
We will be back for sure!!
*It does get busy quickly so come early (restaurant opens at 10am for Sunday Brunch)*



Updated from previous review on 2017-07-17

Pros: Great Food, Efficient and Friendly Staff, Good prices

Cons: None!

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Amazing - Edit

Fist, This restaurant is so cozy. I felt so comfortable sitting and enjoying my food. Second. My food was AMAZING. I had the sweet potato panini with fries and a side of Mac n cheese and it was everything I could've asked for. SO GOOD.

Pros: all vegan

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I wish I didn't live 3 hours away - Edit

I had a special trip to the Boston area for my birthday this year and I had the pleasure of coming here with a few of my friends. I am the only vegan amongst those friends, the rest of them are meat eaters and were definitely patient with the idea of celebrating here. They were not disappointed and neither was I! The food was beyond amazing. It was definitely a treat to go to a fancy restaurant to celebrate my birthday. I had so many options for food. Everything was heavenly. My friend said he was a squash hater and ordered something that he didn't know had squash in it and had no idea and said it was amazing hahaha!

I hope one day in the near future I will be able to go back to such an incredible place!

Pros: Amazing food, Nice dining space

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Heavenly vegan food! - Edit

I have eaten here numerous times and am never disappointed. The menu has a great selection of worldly main courses, starters and desserts. Their brunches are superb and their cocktail menu is always exotic and different. Definitely make reservations though if you are going on a Friday or Saturday as this place is always packed. One of my favorites in the Boston area for certain.

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delicious!!! - Edit

Great place for a nice dinner or date. Good ambiance, staff was very friendly and helpful. They were able to squeeze us in even though there were no reservations available. Food was fantastic! Had the ravioli, spaghetti and special (fettuccine).

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always on point - Edit

amazing food always, often new menu items too. white chocolate raspberry dessert is FANTASTIC. great staff, especially the older guy near the door, i dont know if hes the owner but we had to wait for a table and he cracked me up the whole time we waited! a favorite date night spot for sure.

Pros: amazing food, great atmosphere, good service

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delicious! - Edit

Crepes, tofu scramble and Biscuits with gravy are amazing!!!!

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World Class Vegan Restaurant - Edit

We love True Bistro, it is a world class vegan restaurant. The food is spectacular. Menu changes seasonally. Tonight I'm going in and enjoying stuffed zucchini blossoms stuffed with delish cashew cream, the strawberry cheezcake is a big hit, the cauliflower croquette is marvelous, the soba noodle and tempura is great having that tonight, as are the seitan skewers which I had last week, french fries, roasted beet & fennel salad, and the Green curry dish. Everything is great-you cannot go wrong here. Nice atmosphere and romantic. Easy street parking. Wonderful staff too.

Pros: World Class Vegan Food with lovely setting, Some dishes organic, non smoking, artful presentat, Delish seasonal changing menu, sweet staff

Cons: None, They have not opened another restaurant in my town, No reservations for brunch

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Best non ethnic vegan restaurant in greater Boston - Edit

True Bistro is a true gem. While some may find the menu pricey, the food is worth every penny. This is a vegan version of a gourmet restaurant and the food easily holds its own. If you are looking for a place to take a skeptical non-vegan, True Bistro is the answer. You will spend the meal listening to exclamations of 'I can't believe this is vegan!', while savoring one of the best meals you've ever had. The menu changes regularly, so I won't list favorite dishes, but my family and I have been many times and have yet to have even a bite that was less than excellent. In addition, the weekend brunch is also fantastic.

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Worth the cost - Edit

Friends who appreciate that my wife and I are vegan introduced us to True Bistro where we enjoyed a wonderful selection of distinctive and delicious dishes. The service was impeccable, friendly, but not cloying. The ambiance of the room was cozy, open, and not noisy. The location to Davis Square and the Somerville Theater is a short, convenient walk.
We will return again when we are in town.

Pros: Variety of dishes, Size of portions, Service

Cons: The price makes dining here a special occasion, ra

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Upscale vegan dining - the only one around! - Edit

True Bistro is worth the drive for the only upscale vegan option in the Boston area. The menu is varied and the food delicious! My favorite is a phyllo wrapped dish, and a few weeks ago my husband and I shared a warm pecan pie dessert that was divine. The staff is attentive. Although the menu, and pricing, is "upscale", the restaurant is small and noisy, with the tables packed together.

Pros: Excellent menu, Gourmet dishes, Luscious warm desserts

Cons: Small and noisy, Tables packed together

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Always Terrific - Edit

I've been going to True for years and never disappointed! Great dishes, good selection, always fresh and imaginative. Brunch on weekends is also great!

Pros: everything

Cons: none

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Great place - Edit

Cozy, chic and absolutely delicious! Loved it and so did our 3 teenage sons!

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Yummy Sunday Brunch - Edit

This is a great eatery. We stopped in on as we travelled through the area. The Tofu Benedict was fantastic and included a lemony sauce on top of a stylish savory biscuit. The dish included a side salad and an order of home fries. The wait staff was very friendly. We will be back!!
Updated from previous review on Sunday November 08, 2015

Pros: Great food choices

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amazing - Edit

Obviously expensive, this is such a great date night / treat yourself restaurant.

Not from Boston, this was one of the few places I knew I needed to visit when I went.

Two drinks, two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts for about 100$.

The owner is amazing and very kind.

The food is worth the money. It's inspired, creative, and very very tasty. You should go here if you can afford it and support and incredible vegan restaurant.

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Wonderful! - Edit

I love this place and wish I could go there more. The food is lovingly prepared and beautifully presented. As a vegan business owner, I appreciate that True Bistro is completly vegan. Thanks Stuart and gang for not compromising, preparing vegan food that all people like, not just vegans, and raising the bar on what vegan food can be.

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outstanding! - Edit

This place is a truly wonderful gem in Somerville. The cashew chèvre is to die for! My husband and I visited for valentines day and can't wait to go back. Excellent service, excellent food, excellent atmosphere. You must eat here!

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OK - Edit

I visited for my birthday with a few friends. I was excited as this is the only upscale vegan restaurant in the Boston area. The place was nice enough, and the waiter was even nice enough to bring over a free dessert with a candle for me.

What I was bummed about was the food. It just wasn't that great, no one really enjoyed their meal.

Pros: Upscale

Cons: Food

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Bait and switch. Management lacks integrity. - Edit

Do not trust True Bistro. Management does not honor promotions. See details below and on tripadvisor and yelp.

Pros: None. Don't eat here.

Cons: My wife and I arrived at True Bistro because we re

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really great, fine food - Edit

Excellent, upscale food and drink. Nice atmosphere, attentive service, owner present as host. Food was all sensitively seasoned, the wilted spinach salad really stood out. Good basic menu options, customized for individual needs. Craft beers, vegan wine options, hard liquor--all seemed good. The desserts were vegan and super yummy. A bit pricey, but all top quality. May be the best vegan place in Boston.

Pros: creative menu, excellent quality food, great service

Cons: slightly pricey

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Wish I'd come sooner! - Edit

I received a couple of gift cards to True Bistro over a year ago and finally made the drive to Somerville to give it a try. LOVED IT! The atmosphere is upscale, the wait staff was friendly and attentive, most importantly the food was fabulous. My husband and I shared the Baked Apple Salad and Wilted Spinach salad, both fabulous. I had the house-made fettuccini w/arugula pesto and he had the Vietnamese crepe. To be honest, neither of us particularly liked the crepe (I'm not a big mushroom fan) but everything else was just great. Don't miss the Death by Chocolate cake for dessert, which I enjoyed with a nice red wine. We went in shortly before 6 on a Saturday and were immediately seated. Had we been 45 minutes later we would have had to wait a bit. They do take reservations, but all were taken when we called, so we took our chances and it worked out. Also, be warned that True Bistro is on the expensive side. Between us we had 2 salads, 2 "large plate" entrees, 2 desserts, 1 coffee, and 3 glasses of wine and the bill was about $130 including tip. This will be our "special occasion" place (at least when it's my pick, I'm vegan, my husband it not ). Enjoy!

Pros: Upscale, Excellent Food, Great service

Cons: Expensive, Not near home (45 minutes for us)

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Wonderful! - Edit

Great ambiance with amazing food and good music!
The food was very artistic and extremely tasty! Every bite gave as a sense of enjoyment.
Thank you!!

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My Favorite - Edit

LOVE True Bistro. It is upscale yet casual. The service is amazing. You literally feel like royalty when dinning there, yet feel comfortable and relaxed. You never feel rushed. The food is amazing! I highly recommend the Wilted Spinach Salad and Death By Chocolate for desert! I have tried almost all the entries and have loved everyone of them. My favorite, however, is the Vietnamese Crepe. 100% vegan. We go for celebrations and special occasions.

Pros: Wonderful atmosphere, great service, Best food in the Boston area

Cons: pricey

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The best restaurant in Boston - Edit

I'm so glad Boston has such a wonderful vegan restaurant. The food is delicious. The owner and staff are very kind. It's only a shame there weren't enough customers at lunch so they can't be open for lunch anymore.

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The Best Vegan Dinner Options Around - Edit

I was a very happy vegan after my visit to True Bistro. The only complaint was that the portions are rather small for their price, but then again I kind of eat a lot so it might just be me. Their cheesecakes are amazing.

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