776 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199Neighborhood:
French AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.barboulud.com/boston/
- Phone: (617) 535-8800
- 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
- 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.Continued
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Bar Boulud reviews from OpenTable diners
211 reviews since July 26, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (135)notable wine list (82)special occasion (76)hot spot (74)vibrant bar scene (72)good for groups (41)great for lunch (41)neighborhood gem (32)romantic (29)great for brunch (16)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
- Wonderful anniversary dinner!GoingOutDined on 11/18/2014We had an excellent meal to celebrate our anniversary at Bar Boulud. The service was excellent and the food was incredible. I never knew shrimp could be so soft! And do not skip dessert, it was just as delectable (highly recommend the pineapple coupe). Top notch restaurant, we already look forward to dining there again!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good foodL02118VIPDined on 11/17/2014The positives of this place are the food, which was actually quite good, very flavorful, decent portions, and the location, right on Boylston. Convenient. We got a sampling of charcuterie and appetizers and some drinks. The charcuterie was great. Don't bother with the onion soup. My husband's Manhattan-esque drink was very good, but the cocktail list was very short. Also the wine by the glass list was very short. It was tough for me to find something I wanted. Service was good. All in all, however, I would rather spend my time and money at Capital Grill down the street.Special Features:
- A Work in ProgressVeritasVIPDined on 11/17/2014The bar is very nice and the wine list impressive. Unfortunately the restaurant does not live up to its promise, with uneven dishes that don't justify the high prices. Thus you may enjoy a great appetizer only to be disappointed with your entree. Some of the French dishes lacked authenticity.Special Features:
- DB Wims Again!RIGMAPDined on 11/16/2014A wonderful dining experience in every respect; tasty food, friendly and efficient service, and pleasant atmosphere. We'll be going back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Work in progressjr2204VIPDined on 11/15/2014Daniel Boulud's Boston outpost comes with great promise but has yet to realize it fully -- the operation does not yet run as smoothly as Boulud's New York restaurants, and the food, while solid, does not yet show flair and personality. Little things go awry: you are asked what you will have to drink before you have had a drinks menu -- and then the wait until you get to order is unacceptably long. Still, the cocktails, once they arrived, were very pleasing, and so were the wine choices. "Table snacks," too, are good: nice gougère, tasty pork belly (although mustard is an unexpected accompaniment). But the main dishes -- at least those we had -- were correct but not much more: a "desconstructed" coq au vin somewhat dry and not suffused with wine flavor; a veal tenderloin also on the dry side. Service is friendly and attentive throughout, if somewhat overstressed on a very busy night. Daniel Boulud has a great track record, and things will no doubt fall into place better as Bar Boulud evolves. It's already a smash success -- but let's hope that it can be more than that.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great for a birthdayOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/15/2014The charcuterie board was great. The wine list fantastic, but a bit too overpriced. The food presentation and preparation were fantastic. Every bit was good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Slow, uneven service and ...REPBostonDined on 11/15/2014What's the point of making a reservation a week in advance only to arrive on time and discover there is only one really bad table available smack in the middle of the restaurant....and the server without batting an eye says if you want a better table you'll have to wait 30 minutes. Then we ended up in the bar. Not the place I wanted to sit or eat. The old M Bar was elegant. This decor looks like an Olive Garden. Food was fine but not memorable. Not sure I'd ever go back,Special Features:
- good food expensive wine listOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/14/2014while the food was good, it is overpriced for what you are eating and drinking. We paid the same amount for a casual dinner for two as we would have paid for a lovely dinner at a much fancier place. the wine list is overinflated - $30 for a glass of rose champagne. The New York locations are more creative and more reasonable prices.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Special occasion with my daugtherGusigonDined on 11/13/2014A comfortable time in the bar and superior foods and service in the dining room. The escargots and the sole were excellent and I hope to be back soon to try other dishes. Excellent wine.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good for first timers and touristsDrTomVIPDined on 11/12/2014Good food, average cocktails, forgettable desserts. Go once to check it out.
- Only 2 flawsOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 11/12/2014Handsome dining room gets noisy as it fills. Wine list, especially wines by glass, absurdly overpriced.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not worth the money.OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/9/2014Extremely (really) small portions, food was just warm when it arrived. A glass of Chardonnay - not even 6 oz. - was $20.
- Bar Boulud Rocks in BostondebatecoachDined on 11/8/2014Bar Boulud in Boston is an active, hopping place, and it was nearly full when we arrived for a 5:45 reservation on a Saturday night. The decor is contemporary, the menu classic French with a New England seafood influence. We ordered the Gougere (gruyere cheese puffs) and the charcuterie board as appetizers. The board offered selections from the terrines of the house as well as some charcuteries maison. For dinner we had the sole and the New York strip, both dishes very well prepared and accompanied by a side of fries (just average). For dessert, we had the gateau orange and the gateau basque. Bar Boulud is an exciting place, and it will take another visit to get a sense of the full range of what they offer.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Oppi328VIPDined on 11/8/2014We ordered onion soup and Caesar salad for our appetizers. My soup had barley in it which I don't like, but my server happily exchanged it, and I also got the Caesar. The cherry tomatoes were peeled which was a refreshing twist. My husband ordered the sole for his main course, and it came beautifully presented on a plate with small pieces of cauliflower and different colored broccoli. I ordered the steak frites. The french fries were the best I've ever eaten in my entire life. There was no aftertaste after having eaten them. It was as if they had just taken a potato and made them right then and there which is what I am sure they did. The steak came in the shape of a sausage. Although it was tasty, it was a little tough and hard to chew.Special Features:
- Bad service. Bad food.CanadougVIPDined on 11/7/2014The service was horrendous and the food was below average. It was expensive, but I expected that.
- Fell short of expectationsOpenTable Diner Since 2014VIPDined on 11/7/2014Attractive space. Hopping with energy on a Friday night. We all noted that food had too much salt. Our waitperson was very professional and pleasant but even he acknowledged that the waiting time for entrees was way too long and gave us complimentary wine. This could be a good place but needs improvement.Special Features:
- Bad experience!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 11/7/2014Poor service delivered by condescending waiter in a rush. Ordinary food commanding outrageous prices. Disappointing wine with waiter pushing certain glasses....and the wine glasses were the "universal" size when you ordered by the glass rather than a bottle, causing the red wine to be squished into a too small glass. Overpriced selections. Overall, a restaurant that is too impressed by the Boulud name to bother to deliver anything special of value keeping in mind that the customer is the reason they are there!Special Features:
- Great addition to bostonCiaobostonVIPDined on 11/7/2014Wonderful menu full of creativity. Happy we have it in boston!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- First time visitAnniealpineDined on 11/6/2014I was so happy to see a Daniel Bouloud restaurant in Boston. It lived up to my expectations. Two minor criticisms - bartender did not fill my water when it was empty and it took him a while to process my check when we placed the credit card on the folder in plain view. I can't chalk that up to them being new as they are basic service skills. The food was excellent, though.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great waiter, but if he gets busy..OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 11/6/2014have been twice, had same waiter. He is great - efficient, welcoming, and expedient. But they had given him way too many tables so we suffered through another person taking our order who must have misunderstood us. Alls well that ends well as the food is great and we enjoyed ourselves, but a waitstaff that all understands English, or their menu, would be wonderful.Special Features:
- Great mealLovesfoodDined on 11/5/2014Good food great space bar too slow with drinks. Service staff needs to be trained better not up to snuffSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great PotentialFrequentGuestVIPDined on 11/3/2014Lively and friendly atmosphere. Food and cocktails were excellent in particular the desserts were some of the finest we have had in any fine dining restaurant. We will be back.Special Features:
- RT40thanniversaryDined on 11/1/2014Our dinning experience was wonderful. the service and wait staff were professional, courteous, and very attentive to making sure that we had the best dinning experience possible. The variety of entrees to appetizers and even the bread help to create a most unique introduce new dinning experience that we usually don't find in other restaurants. It was a splendid way to celebrate our 40th anniversary.Special Features:
- LoveNYCdiningVIPDined on 11/1/2014I love all the Boulud restaurants in NY and Boston did not disappoint. The wine list is exceptional and the food was terrific. The Coco White Bean Soup with pickled Mushrooms was a delight for the palate. The skate was delicious as was the Nicoise Salad with a glass of Chateauneuf Du Pape wine.Special Features:
- OverpricedbostonfoodieVIPDined on 10/31/2014For the neighborhood, there are plenty of comparable places that are on par quality wise, but priced maybe 15/20% less. Food was good but they didn't even give me a full pour of my $17 wine by the glass. Ordered a second glass and received a slightly larger pour, but seriously, very disappointed.Special Features:
- Food great, but nothing elseBrooklinerVIPDined on 10/31/2014Lunch Boulod (prix fixe) was excellent, both taste and presentation. But seating for couples is not great (it's better for larger groups), and best tables seem to be assigned to those who know staff/management. I never rec'd a requested refill on the delicious coffee, and there were large gaps in other service (tho' plates were cleared quickly, as if to keep us moving.) Could not recommend, and probably won't return.Special Features:
- Nice Addition to the Back BayOpenTable Diner Since 2000VIPDined on 10/30/2014There's a lot to like here. Nice to see Daniel Boulud make the effort to come to Boston. The menu is limited but there's enough to please. Expected more from the burger... good but very bland. The Coq au Vin was fantastic... lots of finesse in a dish you'd not normally look for it in. Desserts are excellent. The room is nice but lots of hard surfaces, not so comfortable. Wine pricing is absolutely insane...
- Welcome local high end addition!DavidLVIPDined on 10/30/2014Bar Boulud comes with high expectations given the reputation of his career and other establishments. Bar Bouloud is a welcome addition to the Backbay neighborhood, at the high end without having to be overly stuffy or formal. The food was exceptional, the staff attentive, but perhaps almost to a flaw - one doesn't quite have to explain or recommend everything on the menu in triplicate, but I'm chalking that up to having just opened. Looking forward to going back, possibly for dinner next time!Special Features:
- It's new, they will get therelolamadigan123VIPDined on 10/29/2014The service was fantastic. The food was good, and I can see it getting better as they work out the kinks. I will go back - in a few months.
- MarraraDined on 10/28/2014Was hoping to be a wow......... ...... And it was an ok...Special Features:
- Good eatsejm6723Dined on 10/27/2014I thought the restaurant staff was extremely accommodating in regards to the needs of our group-one person is disabled and another is a 4 year old with food allergies. They were very patient with our requests and the food was delicious! I had the cauliflower (side dish) as an appetizer which was very tasty. For an entree, The muscles were great-and the portion was quite large. I ordered a birthday cake in advance and it was a big hit. Highly recommend.Special Features:
- RoloVIPDined on 10/27/2014Very disappointing. The oysters were good! But the main dishes were just OK and so were the desserts. Wine list too expensive, No half bottles either.
- Exceeded ExpectationsFOODIEVIPDined on 10/27/2014Love the ambiance and decor of the restaurant. The Thon Cru and escargot both lacked seasoning. The peekytoe crab was excellent and full of flavor. The veal, three ways, was cooked perfectly and the highlight of the meal. The ribeye was also cooked and seasoned perfectly, but the bits of bone marrow on top wasn't necessary. Too full for dessert, so we opted for macarons and bonbons, which were a nice way to end the meal. Service was fantastic. I forgot our servers name, but she was very warm and friendly and attentive during the entire evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Birthday lunchLrubinDined on 10/27/2014I took a friend out for lunch to celebrate a special birthday and Bar Boulud did not disappoint. We were aiming for a spa style lunch so we shared a peeky toe crab appetizer which was heavenly, beautiful and had a variety of textures on the plate. Both of us ordered a cabbage salad with chicken. The chicken was so moist and tender as opposed to the typical lunch salad that tosses a piece of dried out chicken on top of whatever salad is ordered. It was a simple lunch that certainly didn't test out the menu to it's fullest extent but for this light, celebratory lunch, it was perfect. They also surprised us both by appearing with a lovely plate of hot, freshly baked, Madeleines dusted in powdered sugar with a candle on plate. Lovely.Special Features:
- WonderfulDevoDined on 10/26/2014A sensorial delight. An amazing space, from dining area, to charcuterie bar, to wine wall area, to bar--with barreled ceiling and glass side. And wonderful food. A great addition to the Boston dining scene.Special Features:
- Great ambiance and foodPamelaDined on 10/25/2014We had a great time at Bar Boulud. The atmosphere and decoration of the restaurant is great, and the tables are spaced out nicely so you are not on top of the next table, which was great. The service was excellent. The food was very good - only caveat is the terrine which we were looking forward to (foie gras and pork) was expensive and underwhelming for the price. Other than that, excellent, and would highly recommend.Special Features:
- Way too loud.OpenTable Diner Since 2003Dined on 10/25/2014The restaurant was way too loud - we literally could not even hear the waiter's presentation. The food was good, but the wine pricing included and exceptionally high mark up. Overall, I thought the experience was very disappointing.Special Features:
- delish!browndogreviewsVIPDined on 10/22/2014Have been to their outpost in Manhattan - I think this one was better. The food was delectable. The service (or the kitchen) was slow despite it being 2PM on a Wednesday but the quality of the food, the friendliness of the server, and the lovely china, glassware, and napkins made up for it!
- dickDined on 10/22/2014The room is lovely. Waiter was over zealous wanting to describe the menu which was easy to understand. We were celebrating a birthday and wanted to chat. The waiter was intrusive too often. Our food was a mixed success. My salad was too salty, and had tomatoes in it that were not good. The soup was good . I had the onion soup and my friend had the cauliflower soup. I will return and see if it smooths out the service.the front of the house staff were lovely and accommodating!Special Features:
- Fabulous experienceHappewifeDined on 10/19/2014Although we were late for our 2:00pm reservation, the staff was very gracious seating my husband,my daughter, five year old grandson, and me. A bouquet of flowers, a gift from my husband to celebrate our 51st wedding anniversary, had been placed on the table. The hostess seemed very excited about the flowers. The menu selection, food prep, and presentation was excellent. The cauliflower soup could not have been better. My daughter and I ordered the chicken which was cooked to perfection. My husband enjoyed the fish. The whole experience was excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.