The Beehive is a Bohemian restaurant and bar located in Boston’s South End neighborhood, part of the Boston Center for the Arts building1. They serve rustic comfort food influenced by Middle Eastern, Eastern European, and American cuisine as well as unique cocktails and a diverse selection of wines.
Overall Rating: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Address: 541 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
Neighborhood: South End
Perfect For: Comfort food in an eclectic space with live music
Hours: Mon – Wed 5pm – 11pm, Thu 5pm – 12am, Fri 5pm – 1:30am, Sat 10am – 1:30am, Sun 10am – 11pm
Parking: Street, Garage
Links: Website, Menu
Cost: $35 per person (food only)
The Beehive is a unique space with a large interior and exposed brick walls, equipped with two dining rooms — one on the street level (entrance) and another in the lower level basement. The upper dining room has a great view of the lower dining room if you’re seated on one of the tables near the railing.
The interior’s decor is eclectic and fun with a speakeasy feel, and there is a stage for music on the lower level. There is live music (a mix of jazz, blues, R&B, and more) on most nights and also during brunch hours. Check out The Beehive’s Music and Events Calendar for more information.
I arrived on a Saturday at 11 am for brunch, and luckily I did not need a reservation as most tables were empty at the time. The Beehive does accept reservations, so I recommend getting one if you’re able to plan ahead. After perusing the menu, I decided to order a coffee cake as well as a corned beef hash and eggs benedict.
The coffee cake was one of the best that I’ve had in a while. It’s more moist than your average coffee cake, topped with powdered sugar, delicious berries, and a dollop of honey butter. I highly recommend getting one to share with a friend, as it was a great way to start the meal.
The corned beef hash was quite good, with generous amounts of beef as well as peppers, onions, potatoes, smoked cheddar cheese, and a fried egg. The dish was well-executed and perfect for anyone looking to satisfy their savory tooth. I love corned beef hashes in general, and sometimes make a low carb version following this recipe.
The eggs benedict was OK. It was served with country ham as well as a simple house salad. The hollandaise sauce was very light compared to most I’ve had, and the dish as a whole tasted very plain and not particularly noteworthy.
Overall, I enjoyed my time at The Beehive, as the food was mostly good, the ambiance was fun, and service was friendly and efficient. If I returned again for brunch, I would be interested in trying their eggs shakshuka with harissa spiced lamb as well as the BBQ brisket sandwich with fries and slaw.
- Note that the name of the restaurant is not on the building (just the letter “B”) so it can be easy to miss. ↩︎