Bar Boulud
Bar Boulud

Bar Boulud

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.barboulud.com/boston/
  • Phone: 617 535 8800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: 6:30am - 10:30am
    Lunch: 12pm - 2:30pm
    Dinner: 5:30pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, French American, Bistro
  • Executive Chef: Aaron Chambers
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: A sliding barn door allows us to fully enclose the west side of the dining room to create a private dining experience for up to 24 guests without leaving the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Jan Sedlak 617 535 8800x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairfield Street
  • Public Transit: Closest "T" stops are Copley Station on the Green Line or Back Bay Station on the Orange Line.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at a special rate when validated by Bar Boulud. Validated parking is $13 at lunch and $20 at dinner.
A word from Bar Boulud
Sister restaurant to the popular New York and London locations, Bar Boulud, Boston at Mandarin Oriental, Boston is a French-inspired bistro and wine bar located in the heart of Back Bay on Boylston Street. Chef Daniel Boulud and Chef de Cuisine Aaron Chambers offer locally inspired seasonal dishes, traditional French bistro fare and an impressive selection of famed house-made terrines and pâtés by Parisian Charcutier, Gilles Verot. Additionally the menu features a handful of signature sausages and burgers, adding an American touch to this French inflected bistro and wine bar. An impressive wine cellar spotlights wines from Burgundy and the Rhóne Valley , including many fine selections by the glass. The interiors are inspired by a contemporary take on the craft of winemaking to create a comfortable and welcoming surrounding for a unique and intimate experience. Bar Boulud serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, all-day dining is also available at the bar. Walk-ins are encouraged.
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Bar Boulud reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.7
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (28)notable wine list (26)special occasion (18)hot spot (16)vibrant bar scene (15)great for lunch (14)romantic (7)good for groups (7)neighborhood gem (3)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • High hopes, but missed the mark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had high hopes for Daniel Boulud's new outpost in Boston, but, alas, the kitchen let things down in every course. Gougères: cold and far too heavy on the pepper. The Charcuterie; under seasoned and dull (the accouterment were actually better than the charcuterie). Sole: over-salted, and over-cooked. L'homard: tasty but over cooked. Frites arrived cold and soggy. The Madeleines were the best thing we tried, and the only thing I would order again. Disappointing for the distinguished stature of the Chef. The ambiance and decor are quite nice; though try and get a booth and not a regular seat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hardly worth the time....
    BackBayEaterVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Had breakfast; food was ordinary and unimaginative. Service was friendly but barely adequate. Plenty of other places with better food and prices not far from this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, mediocre food
    anifoodloverVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had really high expectations with this place and were very disappointed. Service and decor were great, felt like a hip new happening place but the food was bad and incredibly expensive, for what it was. We had the shrimp al ajilllo (decent), the onion soup and the charcuterie place to start (average). Then we had the burger, the entrecote and the veal trio and they were bad. At over $100 pero person, I would call this one of the worst value in Boston.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, Awesome service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wife and I went for lunch on Saturday cuz no rez in evening (at least before our bedtime)! Food was excellent, wine was good. My "dietini" (vodka, vermouth, Sweet & Low (yes) was perfect. Should be on the drink list! Our waiter, Samed, was sensational and spoke french to my wife, who was dutifully charmed. All service was great. Great value. Will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good over all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Menu is what I expected. I liked the dining room, and service was prompt and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not hot enough
    jjlacour
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Charcuterie platter was great -- except for the total of two-thirds (WTF?) of a cornichon as garnish. Serious timing lack between food delivery and wine service. Entrees were "just OK" -- but were barely warm. They had obviously spent too much time in the pass. Waitress was more Durgin Park than Daniel Boulud. Waitress and food runner both mispronounced several items ("tagine" vs. "terrine", etc.)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    You would never know this restaurant only has been open since mid-September. Our party of four experienced none of the usual hiccups at a "new" restaurant, perhaps because while new to Boston, Daniel Boulud isn't new to the restaurant business. The service was outstanding, and happily very New England (as opposed to New York) in attitude and approach, and so too was the food. We sampled four different appetizers and four different entrees and all were equally well-prepared and presented. Our only criticisms are the noise level. Had we not been seated in a booth which was separated from other tables, we probably wouldn't have been able to hear our dining companions. And the wines by the glass are very limited in number and breadth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Let Down
    Peter
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    They forgot to seat us. Food was so so, nothing to write home about. Desert was excellent. Noise level was terrible, it's a real problem. Previous restaraunt at this location was far superior. More like longhorns in a basement. Can't imagine Daniel Boulud would be satisfied.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BarBoulud: temper your expectations
    MEOtheLeoVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Expectations were too high. The food, while very good by any standards, did not WOW me. The Salade Chou Chou was something I make 5 days a week for work. The Aubergine ravioli lacked depth; the sole Meuniere was perfectly cooked and delicious - but not transporting. The ribeye was cooked perfectly. The service was laughable. Our server was not interested in our table once she took our order and was demonstrably disappointed to find we only wanted wine by the glass w/each course. She blew this completely (the Somellier jumped in to save the day). She was curt, unavailable, and dismissive. Too bad - because it colored our meal. The FOH staff was charming and accommodating. I might enjoy going back for drinks at the bar with charcuterie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • after the hype, reality sets in
    homecookingisbetter
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Good news: Nice room, good wine, attentive service. Bad news: food. Started with champagne (a very small pour) with gougeres: fresh, too much paprika and not enough cheese. Following: a good ceasar salad (done well: good cheese, not over dressed) and salade lyonnaise (frisee w poached egg/sherry vinaigrette/chicken livers/lardons. The complaint: it had 4 chicken livers and 2 lardons--lots of liver and balance was off, but it tasted ok). Then, sole muniere: anemic, salty, dry presentation reminiscent of a retirement home special. It was awful. Also Coc au vin: lacked authenticity--traditional hearty fare that was tarted up and reduced down to a manufactured taste. Macarons and chocolate were nice, but felt like an apology for the bill.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Disappointing !!!!!!!!!!!!
    rzerVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Experience started off poor as we arrived a little early for our reservation, restaurant had plenty of open tables but they told us to wait in the bar area. After 15 minutes past our reservation, checked in with the hostess and she said they were waiting for a table by the window for the people to leave. Shortly afterwards they came to seat us and gave us an absolutely awful table next to the wall in a nowhere place in the restaurant. And it got worse from there as the food was downright awful. No taste, no seasoning and seemed like most of the food we received was made right out of a box. Only good thing was the wine was great but I selected that and something they could not screw up. Named chef & great expectations, but terrible !!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Daniel
    GreatPlace
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This Boston outpost of Daniel is a far cry from the NYC flagship. Although the wine list is excellent and the menu is broad and very interesting the execution of the dishes are not quite what I hoped for. In particular the onion soup was, to my taste, not worth eating.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DDDDVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Very cold in the restaurant which makes it unpleasant after a while. Food was nice but surprisingly not that taste. (maybe lack of salt). the stake tartar was missing its spices and herbs and also the cod had a watery taste. But it was very well presented.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud but...
    j12551VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Hot new restaurant in Boston is definitely a winner. The food and service was terrific. Overall we liked it but the acoustics in there makes the place very loud. So... Don't try to go there for a romantic meal or with a group of friends that you'd actually like to hear what they're saying to you. The table behind us had 4 people practically shouting at each other. No ( I'm not 90 years old with a hearing issue)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't live up to the hype...
    LoveFrenchFood
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our expectations were probably too high. Two of us went on Saturday, September 20th for lunch. To start, we ordered two Kir Royales and when they arrived I was surprised at the size - seemed like about 2-3 oz. of champagne. I was even more surprised when the bill came and the two Kir Royales totaled $50. We ordered the prix fixe menu with dessert. The wait between ordering and the arrival of the appetizer was quite long. We both ordered the charcuterie, which was fine, but only came with one piece of toast. For lunch, we had the chicken (dry) and the cod (overly salty). The dessert was a cheese plate and the Gâteau Basque (too cold - room temp would be better). I think they need to work on getting the kinks out of their service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & bad service
    JBtableVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    SLightly disappointed: extremely slow and unnatentive service. Pleasant ambiance, Creative menu, and great food; however service needs improvement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointed
    JOJOVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It may not be fair to review a brand new restaurant but I was disappointed in many ways. I thought the design was just OK- not great for a Boulud restaurant, the service was slow and inattentive and the food was just OK. The tuna in the tuna nicoise was over cooked and very small pieces, the french fries came out warm and not hot as requested, and I never was offered my dessert on the prix fix menu.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, inattentive service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had lunch with friends during the weekend. Although we all love our entrees (seafood, ravioli, etc.) and desserts (the chocolate tart is very rich!), the service was terribly slow. In fact, several times we thought the waiter had forgotten us due to the fact that we were sitting at a corner. Granted it was just open last week and may have some operational issues at this stage. Would like to check it out for dinner later sometime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    For lunch :food delicious , service unhurried , ambiance relaxed and well polished Looking forward to returning on the evening soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NY COMES TO BOSTON
    LivingInFrance
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Bar Boulud is a 'scene.' The space is very attractive, but the noise level can be deafening. There are lots of small plates. We started with the gougères which came out cold and then shared the small board of charcuterie. The 3 pâtés were tasty; the ham was not. The board came traditionally garnished along with teeny helpings of mustard, carrots, and beets. The 2 pieces of bread weren't enough. Then we had the thon cru which again was tasty, but 5 miniscule pieces. Best was the Gâteau Basque which was really delicious. In fairness, we didn't try any of the main courses and they might be very good. That said, it was great to try it, but we probably won't go back. I suspect this will be a place for tourists but not locals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upscale and welcoming
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Service was very friendly and efficient, the food was delicious, and they honored our request for a window table. We started with Shrimp al Ajillo and the Salade Lyonnaise. The Shrimp al Ajillo was very flavorful. The Salade Lyonnaise was excellent with chicken liver, bacon chunks and a coddled egg dressed with a nice sherry vinaigrette sauce. Our entrees were scallops and the trio of veal. The scallops were tender and delicious. The trio of veal was very good with melt-in-your-mouth tender veal loin. For dessert the Chocolate Tart and the Blueberry Pistachio Coupe were very good. They have a large wine list; unfortunately most of the wines were fairly expensive even by the glass. We would go back and it is definitely worth trying!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wishing Daniel Boulud Much Success
    DanBVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I dined the second day of opening and it is already running like a well run machine. Very professional and attentive staff provided excellent service. A bit pricey for French peasant food. The small charcuterie at $30+ provided three small wedges of different pates and some prosciutto along with teeny sides of mustard, diced beets and carrots artfully arranged. A little too precious IMO. My coq au vin entree was also carefully arranged. Seeing the buzz at the bar, this place is a place to see and be seen. While very good, and wishing the restaurant much success, I personally think Brasserie Jo or Petit Robert offer a better product and dining experience. This may be unfair to say since Bar Boulud has not even been open a week.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Boulud at last in Boston!
    hdskifreak
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My wife and I have been looking forward to this opening for a long while. We attended opening night to check out the place and the menu, and we left very happy. The signature charcuterie plates looked great, but we chose to have a duck and fig pate that was brilliant. It didn't come with the brioche toasts I'm used to, but the house bread was good with it. The Escargot had an excellent balance of herbs, garlic and butter. We could taste every flavor in harmony. We shared an Entrecot (ribeye) served with marrow and bearneaise, along with a side of frites. The seasoning was excellent, and it was cooked perfectly. The sauce and the marrow were the "icing on the top". The espresso and gateau basque were the perfect ending. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • first night with class
    prose
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The food was creative, the service impeccable & the evening, delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 15 reviews are from the Bar Boulud reviews archive.