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
155 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (82)neighborhood gem (80)great for brunch (58)special occasion (57)romantic (53)notable wine list (40)great for lunch (23)hot spot (19)good for groups (15)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (6)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • What happened to our favorite spot?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    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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    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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  • Philip
    PhilipVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    A South End treasure....always great service and a delicious meal.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    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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  • 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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  • 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
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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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    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.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • 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...
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    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.
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    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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  • 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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    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
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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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going back to Aquitaine
    AquitaineDomain
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I got my table at 8:30PM near a window - just perfectly using OpenTable. The service was efficient with the support staff making sure we were greeted and seated quickly. While the waiter was friendly, she was only initially attentive taking much more time to come in and check on our progress as the night progressed. I found myself rubber-necking several times to try and finder her. It was a busy night and she had at least 2 parties of 6 or more to work with - so that's probably why. The food was hot and delicious when delivered. The wine list, though limited completely impressed my French colleague. Valet parking was courteous and efficient as well. Overall it was a fine experience and priced appropriately. I'm definitely returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - Poor service
    TinaK
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Had a 6:30 pm reservation. We were seated right away, but the service was so slow that we didn't finish our meals until 9:30pm. We waited at least 45 minutes after our soup and salads before our entrees were served. The waiter had to be asked three times to bring the dessert that was ordered at the beginning of the meal and part of a three-course dinner.
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  • Disapointment
    DisapointmentVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The quality of food has gone downhill over the past six months. Service and ambiance is great but the kitchen just can't seem to get it together. This is a French restaurant and the cooks cannot cook a steak correctly. Three times on separate occasions we have ordered steak and it is either overdone or underdone. The presentation and food selections do not come out looking appetizing. This used to be our neighborhood go-to restaurant but enough is enough.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Not what I expected
    Phary
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We made reservations for a 9:30pm dinner. They closed at 10? Not sure if the food was cooked, rushed, but every appetizer I ate was either plain, no flavor, or really salty. We ordered the bone marrow, the foie gras, very disappointed, escargots, very salty, and another I can't recall. For my entree, I ordered the steak frites. The steak was cooked perfectly and the fries were probably the best thing we had at the table. I don't think I would go back. But I heard their brunch was good
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for brunch
    Marty
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Eggs benedict are very good. And try their St. Cloud cocktail…vodka, grapefruit juice and basil!
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch strict rules
    Whateva783VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Service was good with one exception. We were seated at 11 and the brunch prefixe ended at 11 and there were no butts about it, seemed unnecessarily strict and frustrating way to start a nice Sunday. At least have an option of piecing the items together that are on the menu for a higher price or a la carte. Food was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greati fyou like cold eggs
    whomecoachVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    besides waiting 5 minutes for the staff to provide water, another 5 for coffee, another 5 for cream for the coffee, another 10 to take an order, and cold eggs arriving with no one stopping by to see how things were, it was an enjoyable brunch.
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  • Great again
    ncs24
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    It is my second time there, first I went in a romantic dinner which was great, and now I went with my family. Perfect for both occasions, food was delicious and service was great. We had the raclette as appetizer the sausage and the fish of the day for entree and the crepes with chocolate mousse for dessert. The cocktails where also excellent.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal!!
    littlenatty
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food was delicious and staff was very friendly. My only complaint was that it took >45 mins for our entrees to come out. They were in fact worth the wait, but we were very hungry in the meantime!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch meeting
    Murray
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    this is a fine place for meeting a friend or associate - good food, nice location
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  • Fantastic
    ElizabethandJustinVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My husband and I brought family to dine at Aquitaine last Saturday after an unpleasant experience at Legal Harborside. Our server Juliana went out of her way to provide amazing service and the food was fantastic. The atmosphere was romantic and relaxing and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good atmosphere
    Darveedo
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    They have created a good atmosphere for dinner. You will enjoy it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    LIfoodie
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We had another amazing meal at Aquitaine last weeK....this place never disappoints! The food, service, and cocktails are always fantastic. Try the mussels, sole, ...and definitely save room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    flyfishVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We have eaten at Aquitaine Bis in Chestnut Hill many times. Quite good. Aquitaine on Tremont was very disappointing. Service was fine. Food was poor. Shrimp bisque had little shrimp flavor despite the color. The three shrimp were tough and tasted highly of iodine. Sea bass was overcooked and dry. Salad andf chicken were both OK.
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  • Excellent pre-theater meal
    Aquitaine0627
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Although we were time-limited, the dishes arrived at well spaced intervals. The service was excellent, knowledgable but unobtrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.