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The Washington Square Tavern

714 Washington St. (Beacon St.) Send to Phone
617-232-8989 | Menu
The Washington Square Tavern in Brookline has that elusive matrix of good qualities that makes for a thriving neighborhood place.
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3.5 rating over 4 reviews

The Washington Square Tavern Restaurant Review

: The Washington Square Tavern's got it---that elusive matrix of qualities that distinguishes a thriving and beloved neighborhood place from your less blessed, average eatery. It’s partly the cozy corner space, filled with dark woods, candles and shelves of both bottles and books. It’s partly the crowd, a grown-up bunch of Brookliners who know how to have fun while maintaining decorum. And, of course, it’s partly the booze and food: high-grade cocktails and interesting wines and beers supplement dishes that skillfully straddle the line between comfort and specialty. While the cheeseburger and sweet potato fries are among our favorites citywide---which is really saying something, given their ubiquity---slightly more ambitious fare succeeds equally: elegant salads and handsome chops are generally done to a turn. But add up said parts, and the sum still doesn’t equal a wholly satisfactory explanation. It may be that the puzzle’s final piece isn’t intrinsic to the Tavern at all, but rather a matter of its proximity to Athan’s, a pastry shop across the street; after all, what better way to top off a beery, hearty meal than with some syrup-soaked baklava?

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