Aquitaine
Aquitaine

Aquitaine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aquitaineboston.com/
  • Phone: 6174248577x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, French
  • Executive Chef: Bob Krajewki
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: customized menu available
  • Private Party Facilities: Aquitaine is available for LUNCH starting at $20/person and Dinner starting at $30/person (both prices exclude alcoholic beverages, tax and tip). We can accommodate both semi-private dining and private dining for groups of 10-75 people. Our sister restaurant Cinquecento, an Italian trattoria also located in the South End with its own free parking lot has a private room that holds up to 48 for seated dinner and 75 for cocktail receptions 617-338-9500.
  • Private Party Contact: Scott Toney 6174248577x
  • Special Events: Available for LUNCH starting at $20/person and Dinner starting at $30/person (both prices exclude alcoholic beverages, tax and tip). We accommodate both semi-private dining and private dining for groups of 10-75 people. Call 617-424-8577 for more info.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union Park and Tremont Street
  • Public Transit: The MBTA #43 stops at our front door at 569 Tremont Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available during dinner only directly in front of Aquitaine for $16.00 per vehicle.
A word from Aquitaine
Award winning Parisian inspired French bistro located in the heart of Boston's South End, overlooking historic Tremont Street.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Aquitaine reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (78)fit for foodies (77)special occasion (50)great for brunch (47)romantic (47)notable wine list (38)great for lunch (23)hot spot (22)good for groups (17)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (8)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Service is below par
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The food itself is great; I just wish the eggs bennies were still hot when I got them. The hostess kept us waiting a while even though our table was ready, no one came by to get us waters, no one checked up on our food, many plates were left at the pass to get cold, and they just gave us the check without asking if we wanted to get dessert (we did), and it took them a while to get the check. Small service shortcomings that added up to a less stellar experience than it could have been
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If you can stand it...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Starting with the positive: The food was good. We had a reservation for a tale for 2, at 12:30. At 12:50 we were standing in a 3-deep line waiting for a table where we could talk without having to shriek - the noise level was that good. To compound matters, the restaurant had some sort of background noise (you couldn't really call it music) running as well, so that a mature patron would want to leave as soon as possible. Even though the food was good, I will never go back there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good neighborhood brunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We've been here many times and it never disappoints, but it also doesn't thrill us like it used too. Brunch was good: Eggs benedict delicious. French toast tasty but my husband said it was cold (but good). Wait person was good; seemed impatient or annoyed at times (was it us?) Not looking to make friends with our wait person, but I think you know what I mean. The feeling was a little rushed when someone at our table ordered coffee (you want coffee now?) and as we wrapped up our stay... Oh well, we'll probably go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bonbon
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We all enjoyed the Pris Fixe dinner. Our waitress was fast talking, efficient, energetic and very pleasant. Since we were going to the theater, we asked if we had time for all three courses and she assured us we did. Although we were a bit rushed at the end, we were able to enjoy our dinners. There were other theater-goers in the restaurant as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect
    poorstreet
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    we got there early, before 5:30, and had a lovely wine/beer and ice water at the bar while the staff finished up their staff meal and readied the tables; when 5:30 came, one of our party of four was late... no problem for the restaurant... we put in our orders, including ordering for her... all wonderful, even considering that the restaurant immediately filled up with before-theater diners like ourselves. ... reasonable prices... three of us had the prix fixe ($29)... the bill came to $180 with tip and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for brunch
    fkan
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Aquitaine has a great brunch menu with very reasonable prices. Ambiance in the right spot between elegant and casual
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect pre-theater
    caryndVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Reserved early for dinner before walking up to the theatre. Food and service were great as always but I had to compliment the staff on how well they handled our delayed entrees from the kitchen.Waiter and manager sincerely apologetic and invited us to come back after the show so my husband could enjoy his dessert w/out being rushed . We did walk back at around 11 and were seated for coffee and dessert. The dining room was still busy and it was a sort of festive pleasant ending to the evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • brunch
    NorthCountryGirl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    lovely Saturday morning brunch. delicious food. good coffee. nice mimosa. lively atmosphere. just French enough.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • John F & Aquitaine - AWESOME Combo
    bkg42
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Once again, thanks to John F for being the BEST server in the South End. I qualify as "in the South End" because, with so many fabulous restaurants in the 'hood, I don't have to search outside to get incredible dining. Earlier this week, I had a networking dinner... where else would I go but to Aquitaine? Whom else would I request as server but John F? Sorry to all the other great servers at Aquitaine who take such good care of me when John is not working, you too are at the top of the game. Just expressing my gratitude as it makes sense. Brian G. Resident of Union Park since 1990.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place, good food
    frank
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a great time here. Our only complaint was that there were out of several dishes. Two of the dishes that they were out of were dishes that no French place should be out of (especially on a Saturday night). Such as the escargot and Foie gras.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An exceptional meal
    BillCVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We had not been to Aquitaine for a number of years and remembered it as a good but not outstanding restaurant. We would now rank it one of the best in the Boston area. My wife had the special pasta of the day (with lobster) -- they make the pasta fresh daily - and I had the endive salad followed by the short ribs. Everything --including the small puff pastry served first - was exceptionally delicious and attractively served. Also our terrific waiter had me taste two red wines (I was just ordering one glass) to see which I preferred. Also, he would not serve me a decaf coffee immediately after dinner because he wanted to make a fresh pot to be sure it was not stale.
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  • fun place, disappointing service
    saraha
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We had reservations for 4 at 12 and weren't sat until 12:30. I understand that these things happen, but I an apology from an employee would have gone a long way. Instead I kept being told that the party before us just received their bill and that it would only be 2 minutes.
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  • South-end Standard
    2togoVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Neighborhood Gem perfectly describes this place. If you lived nearby you'd probably dine here several times a week. If you're visiting Boston it's a great alternative to a big/loud impersonal steakhouse chain restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    Bf410
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Luckily we had a reservation for Sunday brunch as the wait for a table was an hour due to the Red Sox/Yankees series being in town. We were seated within 5 minutes of our reservation/arrival and the food was fantastic. One complaint would be that we were left with menus and water for a good 15 minutes before a waiter came to take our order, but the restaurant was busy and our service was good other than that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened to our favorite spot?
    Cook4MeVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We have been going to Aquitaine for brunch on and off for the last 8 years or so and this is the first time we've been disappointed. Fake maple syrup being served? This isn't IHOP after all, the least we would expect is to have real maple syrup served with our French toast (which was amazing, as usual). Though real maple syrup was served on the side in a tiny bottle, the one that came with the pancakes was fake. My husband got the Omelette Marocain, and while the sauce was really good, the sausage in the omelet was completely tasteless (and had no harissa spice that we can tell). We'll give Aquitaine another try for old times sake, but this was very disappointing. On the plus side, ambiance was nice as usual, and service was good.
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  • Great food
    JleiboVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our first time here. Food was very good, although the drinks were tiny and we felt a poor value. They were so small that when they came we thought it was a shot not our mixed drinks. Too bad as that really forced us to stop ordering drinks and put a damper on our night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aquitaine always delivers!
    GavinMVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Back for a visit this weekend in Boston and had a fabulous dinner at Aquitaine. Superb food, good value and excellent service. Try the Filet au poivre for one of the best meals in the city. Thanks Eric and team!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    susgkVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We love this place and return again and again. Great food, friendly service, reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as usual
    dapers
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Dined at Aquitaine on a Sunday evening. We had an early (6:30) reservation after a matinee show. We were seated immediately upon arrival. Servce was great - good suggestions for wine to have with our dinner. The "theatre" Prix Fixe menu was excellent and a very good value. Nice low key atmosphere and a great meal.
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  • I like this place a lot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I will say I'm often under impressed with their wine list/prices on wine but the food is phenomenal... I honestly think it's the best steak I've had in Boston
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Philip
    PhilipVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    A South End treasure....always great service and a delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slouis83VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Typically, I love this restaurant but this time the waiter was unattentive. He did not check on us until the very end of the meal when we were clearly finished. he then took awhile to bring over the check and didn't even run our cards as the manager handled it for him.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always delightful
    Laurie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This place does everything right. The cocktails and food are always perfect they make it seem easy in a casuall, relaxed but elegant atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfect for Lunch
    StephVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Always great food and the atmosphere is perfect for business or the occasional lunch out for retirees. The sophisticated lunch place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    While I have no complaints about the food or service, on a hot humid day, it is hotter inside the restaurant than outside. With only weak ceiling fans spinning, this upscale restaurant should really have AC so as not to make the dining experience miserably warm and sticky. Alternatively, go there in another season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • richVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere. My wife and I have be going to Aquitaine for many years and have never been disappointed. We had the tow lobster specials on the menu. Both were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We dine here frequently. Experience is always excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BEST Ever
    mememe
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    WE went to celebrate our anniversary and planned on spending $$ so knew it would be expensive. The steak au poivre was the best I have ever had in my life!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would Recommend
    jmorr
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We went for Boston Restaurant week to this restaurant, which we had heard of but never jumped to mind when we were planning a night out. We were not disappointed. The ambiance of a small, intimate restaurant was great, the server was friendly and attentive, and the food was great. We looked at the regular dinner menu as well, and noticed that a lot of the food looked good and reasonable. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food,iffy wine pairing
    W000
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We booked at Aquitaine because we ha a gift card (and because we really like gaslight). Turns out it was restaurant week so we ended up ordering off of that menu. Food was great (especially the apps), but we felt the wine pairing didn't work. The rose didn't pair well with the onion tart (it deserved a red with all thy delicious cheese) and the red paired with the salmon was jus overpowering. So yeah... Probs just should've ordered a bottle of something, but it only detracted a little from the experience. Like I said, food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seems to be losing steam
    FooooodieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We love Aquitaine and frequent it often. We have noticed in the past months the quality of the food has declined. Food is bland and the presentation seems to have taken a step backwards. I had the olive crusted swordfish which was very dry and the flavors did not blend well. It really was a disappointment. My partner had the lobster bisque and again not close to what a lobster bisque should taste like. We are hoping that this is just a blip and that thing will improve. The service is always wonderful and it has always been one of our go to spots I would hate to give up on the place but the food really needs to improve.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slower than normal
    KrisVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My wife and I frequent Aquitaine for brunch and find it to be one of the best places in Boston considering the ambiance, food, service and price (especially the Prix Fixe menu). This weekend, the service was quite a bit slower. I imagine the restaurant was short staffed, but it took nearly 2 hours to get in and out with 3 people ordering from the Prix Fixe menu, rather than closer to 1 hour. I would still unequivocally recommend Aquitaine for brunch, but this experience wasn't quite the straight 5 star review I'm used to giving.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not bad but overrated
    JoeNomad
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I picked Aquitaine for lunch based on reviews. I was expecting something more interesting and more authentic french. The menu doesn't really have french bistro character that I was expecting, just a regular item you could find in any upscale lunch/bar place. Only the setting is maybe similar to french bistro but the food was disappointing. The service was busy and not too helpful. Overall good place for a quick lunch but not worth a detour...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood gem + great food
    AoifeGrace
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    A special shout out to the manager who set up the requested table for 4 near the front window in the South End Aquitaine. While I always enjoy the food here, on Friday in August, the fish and the special salad of tomato, cucumber, olives with a buttermilk swish on the side, were perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try too hard and fail
    LaurieVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food was generally bland or not good. The worst was a strawberry shortcake for dessert. I could takes the granules of sugar in the whipped cream! The biscuit base was overly sweet and the strawberries were covered in a sugar sauce. The location and atmosphere are great. But it is a poor attempt to be a French bistro.
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  • AQUITAINE
    LebevoVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    A neighborhood gem, the ideal spot for that leisurely business lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A lovely brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I had the pleasure of dining at Aquitaine for brunch last Sunday. The restaurant ambience was cute and quaint -- great for a girls' brunch -- and the food itself was very good. The service was great -- professional and yet personable. We'll be dining here again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Alebard65
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food at aquitaine was divine. I went in for a late dinner as well as an early brunch. Both were fantastic. They always made sure my drink was filled to the brim whether it was the coffee or the sparkling water and the service in general was fantastic. I got the arctic char and that was fantastic!! No complaints at all
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great choice
    caryndVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Perfect evening with great menu choices and everything well prepared. One star was deducted only because it became very hot in the dining room for my heat intolerable husband. We had a memorable dining experience for my daughters birthday
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • richVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food was excellent, as always. Service was wonderful (Marsio is a great server). A great place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.