gourmetmagazine2“Where do Boston chefs head when their own work is done? To Franklin Café, where the drinks are potent, the kitchen is open until 1:30 a.m., and the food [includes] down to earth dishes like soy marinated chicken livers with horseradish fennel salad.”

No restaurant on the Boston scene may have caught the gestalt of the moment quite as perfectly as the Franklin Café…push your way through the velvet curtain and voila – there’s a community inside. Chatting friends meet other friends, a handsome older couple lean intimately toward each other in the window, young guys drink martinis at the bar, and girlfriends chat in a deep booth. Low lights, chic [rose-red] walls with handsome art, funky music at a respectable volume – the feeling is cool but not forbidding. It’s a neighborhood all its own.”

A Foodie’s Guide to Boston: This South End restaurant calls itself a neighborhood joint, albeit one that offers a creative but never fussy take on late night food and cocktails. You’ll will find dishes like soy-marinated chicken livers, sweet pea ravioli, and olive-crusted Atlantic cod. To whet your thirst, check out the extensive and creative cocktail menu, which features drinks that play on classic ideas, like the John Doe (rye, Cynar, ginger, grapefruit bitters). The restaurant stays open late, and you’ll find neighbors—and perhaps some off-duty chefs—enjoying the scene.




Best Neighborhood Bar, Fenway/Kenmore – Citizen (2016)
Best Brown Liquor Bar – Citizen (2014)
Best Neighborhood Brunch, Fenway/Kenmore – Citizen (2014)
Best Italian Restaurant, Romantic – Franklin Café (2012)
Best Cocktail, Classic Manhattan – Citizen (2011)
Best Late-Night Restaurant – Franklin Café (2010, 2006, 2003, 2000)
Best South End Restaurant – Franklin Café (2009, 2005)
Best Fries – Franklin Café (2008)
Best Late-Night Restaurant, North – Franklin Cape Ann (2008)
Best Neighborhood Restaurant, North – Franklin Cape Ann (2005)
Best New Restaurant North – Franklin Cape Ann (2001)
Best Scene, South End – Franklin Café (1998)


Past Accolades