Boston >Food & Dining > Brown Sugar Cafe
1033 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA | Directions 0221542.352120 -71.121849
M-Th 11-10, F 11-11, Sa 12-11, Su 12-10
Neighborhoods: Allston, Allston-Brighton
Good date place. – Although I've never been on a date here, I've always wanted to. Located on Boston University's campus (West Campus if you're interested), Brown Sugar Cafe offers a huge menu, good food, pretty good prices, and a classy atmosphere. You'll be met with a long wait on the weekends though. And in case you're not from Boston, you should be warned there's not much parking, only on the street, which is taken up by BU students who live nearby. Take the T. Usually crowded.
Great customer service – Went with a friend and we both loved it. The food was great, the waitress kept our glasses full. The ambience was relaxed and still elegant. They have great duck.
Best Thai I have ever had – Brown Sugar is THE place to get Thai cuisine. As a native New Yorker, I have experience several Thai restaurants, and none of them measure up to this BU gem. Brown Sugar was reconstructed after a massive fire in 2003, and the ambience now is delightful! DO NOT MISS THIS TREASURE!
YUM! – I went with a friend on a Saturday night, we arrived around 7:30, and had to wait about 15 minutes for a table which wasn't bad at all considering how crowded it was there. This was my first time trying Thai food, and being a picky eater I was skeptical, but everything I had was wonderful. We started with chicken skewers with a peanut dipping sauce that was wonerful, and for dinner I had a noodle dish with chicken and veggies, and it was delicious! The value here is great, you can get an entree for about $7, you can't beat that for dinner. Overall it was a great experience, but if you plan on going on a weekend night be ready for a little wait because everyone wants to eat there.
I would not go to this restaurant on a weekend night – We visited this restuarant on a Friday night with a party of seven. We had waited for 40 mintues and were then told by the hostess that she had made a "mistake" and we would need to wait another 30 minutes. We left at that point. Since the restaurant does not take reservations (even for large parties), I would expect it to at least have a moderately competent policy of getting customers a table. I find this to be another Boston restuarant serving moderately good food (I have eaten there before) geared to students who the restaurant considers not worthy of reasonable service. This problem seems endemic to far too many restaurants in Boston. Why can't restaurants take reservations guaranteed by your credit card? What is gained by requiring customers to wait an hour for a table?
Excellent food at great prices. – I really like Thai food. Good Thai food. It seems like that is the food of choice for the last couple of years and Thai restaurants are springing up in practically every strip mall all over the US. The Brown Sugar Cafe should NOT, repeat, NOT be lumped in with those restaurants. The service here was excellent (I don't think my water glass fell below about an inch from the top the whole time I was there) we were seated promptly and courteously and the wait staff was excellent. My partner had the Pad Thai (no other way to judge a Thai restaurant in our opinion) and I had the Thai fried rice with beef. Both were excellent, as was the fresh spring roll we had for an appetizer. The only warning I would give you is if you're not able to handle a little spice / heat, then be sure to order your dish mild.
Exquisite Thai, Exquisite Value – If there is a Shangri-La of restaurants, Brown Sugar is it. Clearly they make the most of their location near Boston University with a simple formula: offer some of the best Thai food you'll find anywhere in the US + good-sized portions + attentive service + bargain prices = huge success. The college crowd and foreign tourists keep the tables full and turning-over quickly, and allow Brown Sugar to offer exqisitely prepared, fresh Thai food to the rest of us at prices that are almost astonishingly low. Our last dinner visit, four of us left quite full and happy, with a doggie bag, for $44.00 + a well deserved $9.00 tip (note: none of us ordered wine or liquor). A real find for entertaining family, friends, and kids, or just me and my bride of 34 years.
Best spot for taking anyone for anything – Beautiful decor, great thai food, wonderful atmosphere, great service. I come here for dates, group dinners, bringing friends visiting from out of town... and everyone leaves with a great memory and a full stomach. It's very busy during the weekends but the wait has never been more than 20min for me. The water glasses never stay empty, the dishes are well worth their price - the roast duck curry is amazing! The Thai iced tea is delicious here, not too sweet. And the menu is extensive - great for vegetarians & picky eaters! I cannot reccomend this place enough.
One of the best resturants in Boston – straight-up, if you live in or visit Boston, and claim to like Thai food, you need to hit place up ASAP. It's mindblowing.
Best Thai Food – I've tried numerous thai restaurants both east & west coast but nothing comes close to Brown Sugar. I absolutely LUV this place except for service. But the food is SO good that I still go back despite bad service. If you're in Boston, it's an absolute must that you try this place. You won't regret it.
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