776 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199Neighborhood:
French AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- 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
- 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
139 reviews since July 3, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (84)notable wine list (59)hot spot (53)special occasion (52)vibrant bar scene (48)great for lunch (32)good for groups (24)neighborhood gem (21)romantic (19)late-night find (9)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
- MarraraDined on 10/28/2014Was hoping to be a wow......... ...... And it was an ok...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:
- WonderfulOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined 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.
- A Step Back This TripPfd1234VIPDined on 10/19/2014We are trying very hard to love this place-we are fans of Boulud restaurants and have been to many around the world. This was our fourth trip here, and up until now it had been improving-even if incrementally-with each visit. This visit-for breakfast-was awful. It took us an hour to get our eggs, which were as hard as rubber. The desk checkin process was bad as well-there was a huge line that took far longer than it should have just to get us seated. Service is hapless, management seems overwhelmed. I saw many dinner getting up and finding managers just to take their (the patrons") order. I will keep coming-in the hopes that things improve. At least for a couple more times.
- Top NotchadecDined on 10/18/2014We have eaten at a couple of Daniel Boulud's NYC restaurants (DBGB and DB Bistro Moderne) so were eager to try his newly opened Boston location. We were not disappointed. Cocktails at the bar before our reservation were great and dinner was very good. The only item that fell somewhat flat for me was the appetizer shrimp al ajillo which was somewhat flavorless. We had a couple of items off the charcuterie menu which were superb and my husband had the boudin blanc which he adored. Service was excellent and apps, dinner, dessert and 2 glasses of wine each set us back about $200 before tip which was expected. Worth the money!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bar BouludJscottyVIPDined on 10/17/2014Very nice light open space , comfortable seating , great bar area Delicious breakfast , lunch and dinner , would like to see a more elaborate bar food and appetizer menu , burger a highlight , be prepared for high pricing , but excellent service and quality .Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointingEllieDined on 10/15/2014Did not live up to our expectations. Service was slow, inattentive and the waitstaff was not familiar with the menu items. The pate grand-pere was not what I expected based upon the description, but was a tasty country pate. The croque-madame looked wonderful and the sole was very tasty, but overpriced for what was on the plate. The three of us sat in a booth that was, dare I say, much too big. We had to lean over the table to hear ourselves talk. Which brings me to my last point - the noise level is very high. They could really use some fabric in there to absorb some of the sound.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice Casual RestaurantwhinoDined on 10/13/2014Not sure what all the hype is about, this is nice restaurant but at these prices it should be outstanding. The wine list is very pricey and escalates to the stratosphere too quickly.
- Boulud is just a nameFoodieTravellerDined on 10/13/2014In this restaurant boulud is just a name that is being used. There is nothing special or good in this restaurant. The chef tries to play on French classics but doesn't mention they are modified... French onion soup with barley and no cheese? Apple tart.. Cold apples served in a stale crust bowl with a sugar cake at the bottom... Even the espresso was cold. No quality control nor imagination here. Unfortunately people are fooled by names and keep going to this place.Special Features:
- Great intro to DB in BOSAiredaleVIPDined on 10/10/2014Wonderful atmosphere, beautiful design, really great offerings ranging from well designed salads to classic French entrees. Went late on a Friday night and shared salad, charcuterie, a burger and a dessert. Thought the food was very good, the service and presentation was great and I'd be up for trying anything on their menu. Definitely worth checking out!Special Features:
- Great new place in BostonProud2BAFoodieDined on 10/9/2014Pleasantly surprised by Bar Boulud, especially after reading some mediocre reviews. None of the negative comments, about portion size or wine pours came true. The ham sampler was delicious and so generous that you could have made that alone lunch for two. Splendid Cotes du Rhone wine with a beautiful bouquet and silky finish generously poured by the glass. Spinach side dish was especially delightful being tender and smooth without being soggy. Flavors and prep of the coq au vin and ribeye were spot on. We had a great dinner with great wine and food. Highly recommend people try Bar Boulud and discover the restaurant's charms for themselves.Special Features:
- Daniel Boulud in Boston!backhandsliceDined on 10/8/2014We dined within two weeks of the opening and the fact that every aspect of our meal was flawless just speaks to the high quality of the restaurants created by Daniel Boulud. It's so nice to finally have one in Boston! The menu has a great list of options and the food is elegantly prepared. The wine list, especially the wines by the glass, is excellent and the service could not have been better. We are returning again tonight.Special Features:
- Excellent LunchBostonDinerDined on 10/8/2014Bar Boulud provided food and service way above what earlier reviews criticized. Service was attentive and timely, but not intrusive. Noise level was lively but comfortable for conversation. The items we ordered were delicious -- onion soup broth was especially flavorful. Only weak spot was the Caesar Salad -- the dressing was not pleasant and was a long way from Caesar Dressing, and the small 'heads' of romaine had too much core and too little leaf.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- CroweDined on 10/7/2014my chicken was overcooked and tasteless. I have eaten in many Boloud restaurants and always had great food so was disapointed but would try again.
- overpriced and under valuedIlene1VIPDined on 10/7/2014Do not waste you $ and time. The food was very mediocre for the price.The price is 30% over what it should be given the quality of the food. These celebrity chefs open multiple restaurants their popularity draws people in. Also it is so noisy it is near impossible to have a conversation.Special Features:
- Lovely night.JaneJDined on 10/7/2014Food was excellent. Not outstandingly creative, but very good nonetheless. Service, perfect. Ambience, perfect. Everything was cooked to perfection. My lobster was poached and English Tea smoked. Very tender and just a touch of flavor from the smoke. Lovely dish. We had a great dinner and will return again. We thought the price, although a tad expensive was very reasonable given the total experience. Ile flottant dessert with grapes was the best. Madeleines were delicious, warm fresh from the oven.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Everything's good except the pricesmoosedomeVIPDined on 10/7/2014This new outpost of the Boulud empire opened recently and seems to be having a slow start - it was quite empty the day we went for lunch. The food is tasty but not as interesting as DB Bistro Moderne in NYC. I had two appetizer portions, a caesar salad and spaghetti with a few clams, and my friend had soup and a very small main course of lemon sole. No drinks. One tea and one cappuccino. The bill, before tip, came to $93. I thought that was ridiculous.Special Features:
- a new BouludexperienceddinerVIPDined on 10/6/2014the food was good, albeit' decorated' with the long list of ingredients on the menu. Our party of 4 sat at one of the overly large tables (booths) in the middle making it hard to hear the diners on the other side of the table and hard for the server who had to travel around booths and posts to reach both ends of table. a good experience, we will return, but ask for a different tableSpecial Features:
- What's old is New! French-renewedOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 10/6/2014We ate in the space over the years before it was Boulud and loved it then but addition of the trellises & warm touches truly transformed it. We live in NY and felt that the menu is truly bistro-inspired with renditions of many traditional dishes. Presentation of dishes like the steak tartare to the outrageous charcuterie plate with accompaniments of fresh beets, curried carrots and coarse grain mustard was plenty and we were happy we did not order the large one! Enjoyed the veal entree and felt the prices were fair for the quality- quantity. The wine should be served in small carafes as the pour appears short in the large glasses and waitstaff needs some polish but hopefully that comes with time. Maitre d' and other staff up to snuff!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Now OpenMMacBVIPDined on 10/5/2014Bar Boulud was wonderful. Stopped in earlier in the week and couldn't get a table. Make a reservation! It's the hot spot in Boston and deservedly. The ambiance, food and service were outstanding, plus it's nice to see some familiar faces from the former M Bar.Special Features:
- Good food, great service, expensivecfh1VIPDined on 10/4/2014The service was excellent. Waiter knew the menu and made good recommendations. The sommelier made some excellent recommendations from their very interesting and extensive wine list. The food was very tasty, especially the charcuterie board, which came with a good selection of condiments. The portions were good sized, but the prices were high for what is very good quality bistro food. Expect to pay $75 per person before drinks, tip, or tax. One of the best wine lists in Boston, concentrating on the Rhone region. We had the 2011 Domaine Faury Saint-Joseph which was delicious but at $95 was more than 3x the retail price. And the dessert was the best part - a blueberry concoction with blueberry ice cream. At $10 that was a bargain!Special Features:
- DiappointingDBudowDined on 10/4/2014I was disappointed. Noise: Unbearably noisy. Decor: too "cute". Service: it took a very long time to be served our entrees. Prices: overpriced. $17.00 for a cocktail is ludicrous. Food: fair. The Sole Meuniere was salty. Terrines and pate had little flavor. Ham was no better than what I could purchase at any supermarket deli counter. The veal entree was very good. Waiter said entrees came with side dishes. Fish had small pieces of cauliflower that were more of a garnish than a side dish I discussed my impressions with the waiter, and he said it really is a typical bar as opposed to fine dining. Maybe a wine bar, but with 3 beers on tap and a minimal specialty cocktail list, hardly a typical bar. I would not go back.
- DeliciousJudeVIPDined on 10/4/2014A totally excellent experience. Food is terrific, diverse menu, atmosphere lovely, good serviceSpecial Features:
- Boyleston St.adds a French accentAnOldHandDined on 10/3/2014Only a few weeks old, this Boston addition to the Boulud family was functioning without a hitch when our group sampled the menu. With the Frette napkins in our laps we sampled pates, fish, fig ravioli, and wines by the glass. Excellent, unobtrusive service in a handsome room decorated with wooden wine box labels and a barrel stave ceiling added to the pleasureSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- NY quality in Boston- FinallyConcernedEaterDined on 10/2/2014Finally we have a world class chef in Boston. Staff was great, food delicious and reasonably priced.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Energeticliv2eatVIPDined on 10/1/2014Plenty of choices and just right portions. Noisy and energetic ambiance. Will return.Special Features:
- Unpleasantly LoudBostondinerVIPDined on 10/1/2014The Saucisson et Jambon ham dégustation was a generous assortment of delicious cured hams. I was surprised the waiter said we would each need another appetizer and entree per person when the charcuterie would have easily filled us up if we tried to finish it. Cesar salad was crispy and rich. The trio of veal was a beautiful presentation of loin, cheek and sweetbread. The sommelier helped choose an excellent wine to complement dinner. The lovely chef behind the charcuterie bar gave us some samples. Head cheese - which I never would have ordered - was phenomenal. Though the design is interesting, the noise level greatly detracts from the experience.Special Features:
- Just TerribleOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 10/1/2014We eat out all the time, from casual holes in the wall to 5-star restaurants. This restaurant was simply bad. The food was terrible. When we sent back the Tuna appetizer, we were told why it was good and that we didn't understand that fact. After that, the server had no use for us whatsoever. The rest of the food was mediocre. Overall, pricy, pretentious, but with nothing to back it up.
- Paying for name and locationheidisVIPDined on 10/1/2014I will say that the room is lovely. The service also was stellar. The food is good, solid french bistro food. The charcuterie board was delicious. The Bourdin Blanc is a definite must. The problem is the price point. The plates are all very small. We shared a couple entrees, a board, other apps and a salad. All small. I thought i was living in a minature world. I have never seen a smaller tartar and my cappuccino was the size of an espresso. The wine list is very good but very overpriced. You are paying for the location and Boulud name. It's a definite new hot spot and should do very well here but if you are a foodie, go somewhere else. If you are here just for the ambiance and to be seen and see, then saddle up to the bar!Special Features:
- Getting Better Every TimePfd1234VIPDined on 10/1/2014We are fans of Boulud restaurants and have been fortunate to visit many of them around the world. This review is based on 2 visits to the Boston outpost, once for dinner, and once for lunch. The place is still in its "toddler" development stage. Our first visit suffered from a completely messed up dessert service (some of our party got two, and others got none). But dinner a week later had flawless service. The food is wonderful-though you have to buy into the bistro concept. If that is what you want-you will find none finer. The charcuterie is remarkable. BUT sound level is LOUD at dinner-which is surprising given the redesign. The wine list is wonderful-with excellent choices at every price point, and great options by the glass.Special Features:
- Getting there...SouthenderDined on 10/1/2014Having read several reviews, many of which we negative, my daughter and I decided to give Bar Boulud a try for a pre-theatre light supper on a Wednesday night. The mixed drinks we had were delicious. However, the $15 glass of white burgundy I had was definitely shy of 6 oz., pretty chintzy for such and expensive establishment. We shared some oysters which were OK, but not described by our waiter which is usually done at some of the well known oyster restaurants in Boston. We had their goucheres (cheesy cream puffs) which were tasty but served cold rather than warm. I had the salad Lyonnaise which was mediocre. The pommes frites were excellent. Desserts were also good. Hope Bar Boulud pays attention to reviews and takes them to heart.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food is Great, Service Not So MuchLove2eatDined on 9/30/2014Chic decor, friendly front of the house, delicious food but the service was TERRIBLE! Constantly had to ask for water, dirty and empty, app. serving plates left on a small table for far too long, meal came out before one of the apps was done (had to course the apps bc there wasn't enough room on the table). All avoidable missteps and expected more service wise from this legendary chef. I have been to all of his restaurants and the service was spot on- this place has work to do. The wine list needs a mid level price range . A very nice bottle of wine is $300. There is plenty of great wine out in the $90-$150 price range- just not here.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- High hopes, but missed the markTiffabitsVIPDined on 9/28/2014We 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: