Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant

By Jacqueline Cain · 03/22/2022    South Boston · American · Bar · Brunch · $$

Just a short walk from the Broadway T stop and open morning ‘til early the next morning, Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant is never not the move in South Boston. Meeting friends after work for dinner and drinks? Absolutely. Brunch? Any day of the week, my friend. Late-night cravings? The only question is pizza or wings.

Open since 2012, the high-volume Lincoln Tavern is Southie’s standby, with a wide-ranging menu of casual American fare enlivened with fire. The spacious place takes reservations, boasts a killer draft beer list and creative house cocktails, and shucks $1 oysters from 10 ‘til 10 every Tuesday. And then there are the Wood Fired Pizzas, ringed in an airy, chewy crust and arguably Lincoln’s biggest draw. From brunch straight on through last call, pizzas are blistered to order in the brick hearth glowing behind one of two big bars.

Lincoln Tavern is undeniably massive, with soaring, painted-tin ceilings and two distinct dining rooms. Yet as any good tavern does, it manages to feel familiar and cozy—all dark woods, brick walls, artfully worn bistro tiles, and friendly service. As South Boston has redefined itself over the last decade, Lincoln has made itself an essential part of the neighborhood.

Lincoln Tavern was the first opening for Broadway Restaurant Group, which is now also behind Southie spots Loco Taqueria, Capo Restaurant & Supper Club, Fat Baby Sushi and Cocktails, and Hunter’s Kitchen.

Brunch is a big deal at Lincoln, where it’s served daily until 3 p.m. It opens at 10 a.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends.

A late-night menu predominantly featuring pizza and wings is on nightly until 1 a.m.

Lincoln runs a lot of specials, from Monday “Happy Meals” paired with Lincoln Lager (a beer brewed specially by Castle Island Brewing Co.) to take-home baking kits. Follow @lincolnsouthbos on Instagram to keep up.

Must Haves

  • Flame-crisped chicken that falls off the bone paired with a cooling bleu cheese dip, this is an elemental version of the requisite bar snack.

  • Caramelized onions play a key role on Lincoln’s menu, from the French Onion Soup appetizer to the Breakfast Pizza (see below). Braised with sherry, red wine, and aromatics, these meltingly rich onions also top the juicy, charred burger, which is enveloped in molten Cabot Sharp Cheddar and slathered in bacon aioli.

  • Most of Lincoln’s Neapolitan-style pizzas are available until last call, but you’ll need to order before 3 p.m. to try the Breakfast pie. Runny poached eggs, bacon, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, and hash browns gild this daytime delight, which also gets fontina and pecorino romano cheeses and a drizzle of Tabasco.

Fun Fact

The cavernous location housing Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant was originally a department store. Before becoming one of our favorite bars, it was most recently a Payless ShoeSource.

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