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Asana

Asana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/boston/dining/asana/default.aspx
  • Phone: (617) 535-8800
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: 11:30am – 3:00pm Daily; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Rachel Klein
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: For an unparalleled gastronomic experience, our private Chef's Table – which seats up to 10 guests – is located in a glass enclosed room in the kitchen offering a “first row seat” to all the action behind the scenes.
  • Private Party Contact: Anthony Ramonas (617) 535-8800

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairfield Street
  • Public Transit: The nearest stops to the hotel are Copley Station on the B, C, D and E Green Lines, Hynes Convention Center on the B, C, and D Green Lines and Prudential on the E Green Line.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available with special validated rates when dining in Asana.
A word from Asana
With a fresh approach, Asana welcomes diners with authentic and pure Contemporary American cuisine. Inspired by local and seasonal ingredients applying her modern twist, Executive Chef Rachel Klein offers a menu enriched by taste and tradition. The dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking bustling Boylston Street give the space a modern flare that is as vibrant as its Back Bay surroundings. The hand-carved limestone block walls, rich exotic wood floors, and stylish banquette seating create an organic background for the inspired dishes to truly delight. Working hand in hand with Chef Klein is our pastry department creating sweet wonders for all to enjoy. Located in the Mandarin Oriental, Boston, Asana is the perfect place for the power breakfast, business lunch or sophisticated dinner. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The first time we ate here we had a fabulous and memorable meal - wonderful in every way, delicious and beautifully presented. The second time we ordered the same tasting menu and were not at all impressed. Although the service was outstanding each time, the food was mediocre the second time. It was a huge disappointment since we were really looking forward to this meal. We had the impression that the chef had left but this was not confirmed."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I have eaten several times at Asana and have absolutely enjoyed the experience. This last time I was surprised to find a rather downgraded, one page menu that had a Soup-Salad-Appetizer combined list of about 8-9 items, only 5 entrees, and a tasting menu. No specials either. Food was very good although my NY Strip was a little overdone. Was hard to understand our waiter. Very different experience from the last time I was there. Tough with a number of other great places in the immediate area."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Simple...the restaurant is both exceptional and extraordinary in both cuisine and service...I've eaten all over the world and this restaurant is one of my favorites."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Sophisticated & delicious - nice surprise for hotel restaurant. Good menu selection. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The food is very tasty. I would especially recommend the steak tartare. The wine list is very solid and staff is nothing short of exceptional. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We had a good time at Asana -- we always do. The staff is professional and charming. I thought the blue cod lacked flavor, but it was expertly prepared, but that is the only small blemish. All the accompaniments were colorful and delicious."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Brunch in Asana was disappointing. The limited menu was executed mediocrely. The service was poor and ambiance non existent. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our first dinner at Asana's. Food was fantastic; we enjoyed the "Blue cod" and cavatelli dishes, sharing them both. Great fresh ingredients, harmoniously combined. Service was friendly and attentive. Perfect!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Asana was recommended by a friend and situated in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel we expected exceptional service, the service was extremely poor. The restaurant was not busy he was serving two other tables but was absolutely inattentive, had to ask for water twice, did not serve bread basket even after requesting it, did not ask if we wanted another glass of wine and when the food arrived I did mention it to the manager and he did do some damage control. The food definitely made up for the service. For such an exclusive place the service desperately needs improvement."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The food was amazing! The wine was superb! Our service was impeccable and our table extremely Comfortable!! We had a delightful evening and have memories for A lifetime!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great evening with drinks at the bar and dinner in the restaurant. Delicious food, cocktails and ambience. A very leisurely dinner with low noise level making conversation easy. Service from start to finish was superb."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Everything about Asana was wonderful from the amazing food to our friendly, efficient server, Ginger."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Exceptional and extraordinary...exceeded my every culinary expectation!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I love the food. It's worth the money. Excellent service. The assistance manager Franchesca Gonzalez came over to our table make sure everything is ok. Both the waitress and the assistant restaurant manager are very informative and very friendly. Definitely this is the place for my daughter graduation party."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The cod tasted like was prepared days before and microwaved before serving. The tart in the citrus tart was stale. The tastes were well thought out in both cases, but suffered from age and freezing/thawing. Seriously overpriced for what you got."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Excellent food and service in a nice environment. Great for a conversation over a meal, a rarity nowadays in Boston."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We were very disappointed . We went on Saturday night and it was more than half empty. Now I know why. Small portions, and food that was average, not special at all for high price tag. Tiny menu , about 5 choices for entrees and apps. Definitely needs a menu update and upgrade. Very disappointing for a Mandarin Oriental."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "given the prices the portions were extremely small. Service was lacking as it took four of us over 3 hours to have our dinner"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Our server responded to all of our needs. Lovely evening."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Great spot to ring in the New Year! Preset menu and wine pairing were excellent as was the service, attentive but not intrusive. Perfect for a special occasion or group dining, or just a dinner for two!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We went there for a date night and had a very nice evening. I especially enjoyed the grilled artichoke appetizer. We ordered the chicken and salmon, both were good but they did lack a little flavor. Also, they list this restaurant as $$, I'd say it's more $$$. But overall an enjoyable dinner."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "This elegant hotel restaurant (Mandarin Oriental) offers an eclectic weekend brunch menu. Others in our party opted for more conventional fare (omelets, salads, eggs benedict) and were very happy with their meals. I was more adventurous and ordered a middle-eastern-seasoned egg dish with tomatoes and lamb sausage called shakshouka; It was extraordinarily tasty, with a pleasant, spicy heat. The chef was happy to substitute egg whites for whole eggs on request; the service was outstanding and the quiet atmosphere fostered a relaxed, conversational approach to mealtime. The validated valet parking is reasonably priced and a wonderful amenity on a cold winter's day. Asana is a promising venue for special occasion dining."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "This restaurant was a perfect choice for Christmas. The food was delicious, although the menu was a bit different from what was advertised. The beef tenderloin was slightly overcooked (medium) but delicious. I did miss having some traditional turkey and gravy."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Awesome ! Awesome ! We had a five course meal, wow , They love to fill you wine glass to the max!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "I was very disappointed with our recent dinner at Asana. The service was very good but the food is not remotely worth the price, and there are far better restaurants in Boston for comparable prices. Not only was the quality lacking but the portions are miniscule. I've never before ordered a 5 course prix fixe and left feeling very hungry. It's too bad as the location is great and the service really was good."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "For a quieter & more elegant setting for lunch this is highly recommended. the choice of food & the food itself is good. Tables are spacious & well set apart."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Our December 14th dinner experience was wonderful, starting with a warm reception by the hostess and the perfect seating overlooking Boylston Street. The atmosphere was very nice and tables placed far enough apart to allow for private conversations. Our 5-course Fall tasting meal included a glass of Prosecco sparkling wine and half bottle of white and red wines. We enjoyed all the foods: Sashimi, mushroom soup, brie (?) ravioli, perfectly med-rare-flavorful flat iron steak and stuffed apple dessert for my husband and a custom, de-constructed apple pie w/o nuts for me due to allergies. Christian, our main server, was fabulous (as well as the other server)!! We will definitely return to Asana!!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I took a client here for breakfast early on a weekday, so when I say it's quiet, take that under advisement. The space is very nice, and the service and food were good, but not remarkable, especially for the price bracket. It sets a certain tone, which is important for some things, but there are too many great options in Boston for me to be back, at least not for breakfast."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "We had a wonderful dinner there, and it was quiet enough to actually talk--BUT-- the special, which my husband ordered without asking the price, was in the mid one hundreds--about seven times the price of the main course I ordered off the menu. The food was all excellent, however, the service was great, and we could hear ourselves talk, which is itself worth paying a LITTLE more than usual! We still went away happy, if in sticker shock. We would return on a special occasion. It's perfect for that. Lunches are nice, too."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "The reviews in open table have this one wrong . Too pricy for the value . The place was empty on a Saturday night. Food was average at best"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Asasa is great for that special occasion. It's a bit pricey but the food and service are outstanding."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "I came here for a birthday brunch with a friend and had a great experience. A friend had given me a Gilt City voucher for brunch, which the hostess had asked for when I was being seated. The food was great, and our server was very nice and helpful. Somehow they had found out it was my birthday and brought a platter of desserts, which was very thoughtful! There was some confusion with the voucher at the end, as the hostess had temporarily displaced it, but apologies were made and overall this was a fantastic experience! It is pretty pricey but the food was delicious."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Everything was good, but price/value ratio was steep. Also, the loud bar music didn't add to the atmosphere of a modern, elegant dining room."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Delicious food, superb presentation, service was top notch, and they offer a refreshingly limited menu. It is a pricey restaurant, so be prepared for that, but overall, excellent."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "I was at Asana to celebrate my daughter's birthday over brunch. It was a lovely place for it. The ambiance was quiet and relaxing, and the server was attentive and helpful. When he found out it was my daughter's birthday, he brought a tray of dessert with a candle on it. It was a lovely touch. The clam chowder was excellent! Over all, it was a very enjoyable brunch, and we'll be sure to return soon."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "We were treated very well on a special anniversary occasion."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Expected more the Mandarin Oriental. Inerior design very attractive. Banquet seats were a bit low. I entered the bar in error and was endlessly ingnored waiting for some attention. I finally hailed bar server who said she would get the hostess, but no one came my way. I finally asked and was directed but not taken to the restaurant. Server was very nice, helpful and informed. Food was very disappointing. Halibut very overcooked, mostly dry, somewhat rubbery and tasteless. My wifes mushroom soup was OK, but not hot. Her tuna shashimi was tasteless. Enjoyed the quiet, an uncommon plus for most restaurants today."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Our dinner was lovely and the server's wine recommendation was wonderful. It is so nice to be greeted by name upon arrival. VERY nice touch. I will continue to dine at Asana"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We had a quick dinner before a Red Sox game. They were super busy at the bar, but we were able to get two seats there and the hostess was more than happy to transfer our reservation over. The wage sliders were great and lobster sliders were very good. Due bury oysters were on the menu so I couldn't resist and we shared a dozen. I didn't have dessert, but they all sounded great. I will be a return customer."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "Too corporate and stiff, and a jarring lack of hospitality on arrival. We arrived 2 minutes early for our reservation to an empty room and rather than being welcomed we seemed to inconvenience the hostess who said she'd need about five minutes to see if she could take us. Strange start. Our waiter was friendly and knew their very good cellar. The New England clam chowder was flavorful, generous with the clams, but too heavy on cream or butter.The chicken was satisfying — its asparagus accompaniment would have been better without so much Hollandaise. A nice take on profiteroles incorporating cherries. Unfortunately the ice cream was largely melted before the chocolate sauce arrived. The stiff room needs rethinking. The host needs training."
    Dined on 10/19/2013