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1037 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492-2511
+1 781-449-8300
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 21:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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newton, ma
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very sad to say this. We have loved the rice barn for years. The last few times we were there, the quality of food and service have declined to the point I am no longer eating here. I have waited over an hour to get my meal, and had raw meat served to me. Since I loved this place so... More 

Thank goolerloeb
Wayland, Massachusetts
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164 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Perhaps a different (new?) chef was cooking tonight but the food was awful. The pad thai was like glue--all thick sauce with hardly any noodles or bean sprouts--barely edible. We should have sent it back but my husband had already sent back his wine which had turned so he didn't want me to complain about anything else. The steamed dumplings... More 

Thank lynnbrown68
Needham MA
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I confess, my favorite time to visit Rice Barn is at lunch time. A few friends spontaneously get together for meal, and it is ALWAYS satisfying and delicious. The decor is sophisticated and features subtle little touches. The menu is enormous!! One favorite main dish is a selection of "lunch boxes" featuring various Thai and Chinese offerings. Avoiding always ordering... More 

Thank rshdiva
Needham, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

I like this restaurant and my family and I go here every month or so but we were deeply disappointed with the service on our last visit. The place was 3/4 full and looked understaffed. We waited for a while after being seated for them to take our order. After another very long wait (30min?) our server came back and... More 

1 Thank haasisboss
Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 January 2017

My family and I come here every couple of months. It is not convient for us, but worth the drive for really good asian food, much of it gluten free. The pad thai and noodle dishes are top notch, spring rolls are fresh and tasty and currys are great.

Thank kateate22
Near Boston
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64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

We are a vegan family, so trying a new restaurant can be tricky. This place not only had a wide selection of vegan-friendly dishes, but they were happy to leave off certain ingredients at our request. I had a Pad Thai with tofu and no egg and it was fabulous. All other diners enjoyed their meals as well. The bar... More 

Thank Momof4kidsNearBoston
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56 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

We just had another fabulous meal at the Rice Barn. We ordered two variations of Pad Thai, spring rolls and steamed veggies (with chicken and peanut sauce). Everything was cooked to perfection and the portion sizes were perfect. We will be back!

Thank pickyeater15
Needham, Massachusetts
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

We had dinner with another couple in October, 2016. We made a reservation for Saturday night so we were seated right away. The menu as a very wide range of offerings so everyone could find a suitable choice. The service was good. We will definitely go to Rice Barn again.

Thank Rick02492
Level Contributor
30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Tried this local Asian cuisine for the third time and we struck out - yet again. Why? The prices for main entrees are high - around $18-20 - and the portions that come with those prices are outrageously minuscule. Consider- jumbo shrimp scampi with asparagus for $18 - this dish included only six less than midsize shrimp with four pieces... More 

Thank BostonFoodieTruth
Needham, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

The Rice Barn never disappoints -- we've eaten lunch and dinner there many times. The staff is amenable to customizing orders, for example, making a dish spicier or leaving out an ingredient. It's one of the few Asian restaurants that offers brown rice.

Thank NYW W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 12
Asian, Thai, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1037 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492-2511
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Needham
  • Phone Number: +1 781-449-8300

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?