Where to Eat in Ayer: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Nicolette Lion

Ayer is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. Originally part of Groton, it was incorporated February 14, 1871 and became a major commercial railroad junction. The town was home to Camp Stevens, a training camp for Massachusetts volunteers during the American Civil War. Later, Fort Devens was established by the federal government to train New England soldiers for World War I. Fort Devens is a major influence on the area, although it is considerably smaller than when it was first closed in the mid-1990s. The town's population was 7,427 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Ayer

1. Lucia's Tavola

31 Main St, Ayer, MA 01432-1342 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +1 978-391-4837
Excellent
59%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 123 reviews

Lucia's Tavola

Reviewed By CaymanCarole - Groton, Massachusetts

This is a hidden gem on Main Street in Ayer. Everything on the menu is delicious. We had visitors from CA who are real foodies and they raved about it.

2. Devens Grill

4 Ryans Way, Devens, MA 01434-4019 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 978-862-0060
Excellent
33%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 218 reviews

Devens Grill

Reviewed By megadeaf - Boston, Massachusetts

Great food, friendly service, and terrific social setting. I particularly love their 5 star nachos and steak tip salad. Yummmm. Wonderful happy hour, early bird, and children's menus. Just be warned that the bar and sports broadcasts can make for a rowdy and raucous room.

3. Union Coffee Roasters

25 Main St, Ayer, MA 01432-1325 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast
Excellent
87%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 22 reviews

Union Coffee Roasters

Reviewed By CaseyfromBoston - Home Usa

First timer here and found it a bit too “packaged” and not so comfortable as a real local coffeehouse, but it is certainly far better than starmuck and the like. Espresso was good but not great. Bakery items all looked delicious and the chocolate croissant I devoured certainly was.

4. Filho's Cucina

235 Main St, Groton, MA 01450-1235 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 16 - SGD 26 +1 978-448-5664
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 222 reviews

Filho's Cucina

Reviewed By Paul S - Groton, MA

Who knew that an outpost Italian restaurant, that started as aTexaco station, could rival the North End? While the prices may seem a bit steep, the ample portions and quality keep the locals coming back.

5. The Bull Run Restaurant

215 Great Rd. [Rte. 2A], Shirley, MA 01464-2213 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 59 +1 978-425-4311
Excellent
47%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 141 reviews

The Bull Run Restaurant

The Bull Run in Shirley, MA is a full service, farm-to-table restaurant and concert venue housed in an historic Tavern & open Wed-Sun for lunch & dinner. Our menus change seasonally and we have a full bar including local brews on tap. We have two concert rooms, one seating 300 & another seating 65 and we feature national & regional acts across every genre of music as well as stand up comedy. Come for appetizers, a full dinner, brunch, lunch, pizza or dessert. We make everything from scratch, buy from the local family farms of Central New England & support the local community. Don't miss the legendary Egopantis who sees all from his perch above our back-to-back fireplaces!

Reviewed By mwilliamson603 - Corpus Christi, Texas

We had a great wedding at the bull run. It was one of the best days of our lives! We only have a couple things we truly wished would have been addressed so we could have given this venue a better rating. The staff at Bull Run was unprofessional on the day of our wedding, and we felt like we had been financially taken advantage of. We had tried to pay our final dues the night before (so we wouldn't have to worry on our day) but the cashier at the front couldn't figure out what we owed, so we left and had to do it on our day. We specifically told Amanda we didn't want liquor at our open bar, in the contract, in person, MULTIPLE times. Of course, after our ceremony we come inside and discover everyone has been drinking liquor at the open bar for the past hour and a half. $600 worth of our tab. We were extremely distressed and Amanda didn't apologize or even act surprised. Furthermore her staff gave us attitude when we informed them of their mistake. We were not reimbursed for this and it ate up our bar tab. We also told amanda in writing AND in person that we were doing a $1000 open bar. We told her to let us know when it reached that amount and we would decide then if we would increase the amount. She never approached us. At the end of the night we had a bar tab of $2000. We were angry and upset but we paid our bill because who wants to argue a tab at the end of their wedding night? Again- we had an extraordinary wedding with our family and friends, largely in part to the beautiful setting and delicious food. It was unfortunate that were taken advantage of by having our bar tab ran up twice as much, and the professionalism of the staff and management of the Bull Run were extremely lacking. Because of this, we would not be comfortable recommending this venue to friends or family.

Mike and Morgan Volta

6. Dunkin' Donuts

10 Andrews Pkwy, Devens, MA 01434-4017 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Breakfast +1 978-772-3296
Excellent
58%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Dunkin' Donuts

Reviewed By jeff s

There are bad ones and good ones. This one is good. It's a DD. There isn't a whole lot to say. We ordered. The order was correct. The food was fresh and we got charged to correct amount.

7. Woo Jung Restaurant

174 W Main St, Ayer, MA 01432-1215 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Korean Lunch, Dinner +1 978-772-5742
Excellent
64%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Woo Jung Restaurant

Reviewed By ilkkats - Concord, Massachusetts

After playing disc golf on the adjacent course we decided to try this place as it always had lots of cars parked during lunchtime. Small, plain dining room with friendly staff. Good size menu with many options. The lunch specials sounded appetizing so we took the waiter's recommendation. Turned out to be very good with a large portion and tasty ingredients. We'll be back!

8. Gibbet Hill Grill

61 Lowell Rd, Groton, MA 01450-1314 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 37 +1 978-448-2900
Excellent
62%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 583 reviews

Gibbet Hill Grill

Reviewed By Sail2Maine - Massachusetts

Overall a very enjoyable experience. Relaxing atmosphere, great steaks and more, and attentive service. We arrived early and had drinks by the fireplace and were seated promptly at our reservation time. The menu has a lot to offer, especially if you like meat, but there are other good choices. The shepherds pie was not what we expected (pieces of very tender meat, not ground) but it was exceptionally good. We will be back.

9. Sorrento's Pizzeria

285 Ayer Rd, Harvard, MA 01451-1110 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 978-772-0025
Excellent
47%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 44 reviews

Sorrento's Pizzeria

Reviewed By VIPCorporatePilot - Harvard, Massachusetts

The pizza is great - excellent ingredients with some interesting combinations besides the old favorites cooked in a real proper stone pizza oven. Nice thin stretchy pizza crust similar to what you would get in Europe. Fresh salads and a frozen yogurt station with plenty of choices.The downside is that the furnishing and dining atmosphere is very basic and uncomfortable. Most people order to go.

10. Great American Grill Devens Common

59 Andrews Pkwy, Devens, MA 01434-4016 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout American, Bar, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 52 +1 978-615-1509
Excellent
55%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 54 reviews

Great American Grill Devens Common

Reviewed By meeta4 - Newark,Delaware

We liked the food here, but we were told they had ala cart food that we could order off a menu. When we got there they said they only had the buffet. We came late, but after paying 12.95 we should have been able to get a pot of coffee. We had 1 cup and then that was it.

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