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Blu Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.blurestaurant.com
  • Phone: (617) 375-8550
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm (Lunch) Monday - Thursday 5pm - 10:00pm (Dinner) Friday and Saturday 5pm - 10:30pm (Dinner)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kathleen Smith
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: blu to You Catering now available for business or personal events. View our catering menu online or contact, Director of Catering at 617.842.3199 or email events@blurestaurant.com. Delivery available upon location.
  • Special Events & Promotions: blu Restaurant and Bar is the perfect setting for private events. Host your wedding, rehersal dinner, holiday party, corporate event, business meeting or personal celebration in the warmth of our intimate restaurant. Whether you are dreaming of an intimate wedding or an elaborate evening reception, blu will help you design a personalized and unforgettable experience. Please contact the Special Events Manager at 617.842.3199 or events@blurestaurant.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tremont & Washington
  • Public Transit: T: Green line to Boylston Street; Orange line to Chinatown; Red line to Park Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Self Parking available on Boylston Street entrance for $5 up to 3 hours with validation.
A word from Blu
blu Restaurant and Bar allows you to take in sky-high views while dining on seasonal menus from Executive Chef Kathleen Smith. Feast on Chef Smith's creations for either lunch or dinner while enjoying the view from blu's bar area or dining room. Located on the 4th Floor at The Sports Club/LA, blu is a perfect venue for a pre-theater dinner, special occasions, or hosting an event. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "With mixed reviews & a busy Saturday pre-theater crowd, we were not sure what to expect. However, Blu far exceeded our expectations. Our waiter was very attentive & helpful. The food was delicious, notably, the kale salad, chicken under a brick, swordfish & hazelnut bombe. It was very busy while we were there, but were seated promtly and not rushed. Great views as well."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience at Blu. We went to a Saturday Matinee at the Opera House and had dinner after the show. A quick walk from the Theatre, they had a great table waiting for us with a view of the street with the theater so we had great people watching. Our waiter was spectacular, just made us feel very special, I wish I remember his name, a nice Brazilian gentleman. I had a sirloin steak with mashed potato and asparagus, all cooked to perfect. (I am a salt-a-holic and I didn't even need to think about asking for any additional seasoning it was just done to perfection.) My dining companions both had the scallops with lobster risotto, we had a delish flatbread as an appetizer. The food was phenomenal. they validate"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great food. Not crowded despite dining on a Saturday night."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Varied menu that runs from light and casual to gourmet. Interesting ambience considering you are just outside a fitness gym. Right in the heart of the theater district. All in all a very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Not sure about the other food as we both ordered burgers, but they appeared to be preformed frozen patties, dry, overlooked (burned outside) and the lettuce leaves had a lot of soil on them, visible all over the still wet leaf. We were hoping to make a movie so we said nothing but it was a shame- a little effort goes a long way with a burger, and not being able to make a decent burger is a bad sign."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The mushroom soup was bland, bland, bland, my salad had a fruit fly hovering around it when it came out of the kitchen. There was a piece of cheese on the salad that was translucent and hard, old. i was embarrassed in front of my diner partner, because i suggested Blu. I had been there years before and it was good, its gone downhill. My diner partner didn't want me to complain to the waiter. I wish I had. For two soups, two salads which we hardly touched because of the fly, a bottle of sparkling water and 1 appetizer it was $69.00. Way too much money for that gross food. The waiter was very nice, friendly and attentive, but the food was bad. They need Kitchen nightmare with Chef Ramsey to come in and straighten them out."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Our pre-show dinner at Blu was all that we hoped for and more. Often in downtown restaurants, the reputation of the food is exaggerated. Not so at Blu. Our appetizers, the short rib resting on a thin cheese and corn ravioli and scallops on a thick tasty strip of pork belly, were fabulous. Our entrees, the duck breast and the rack of lamb were not only delectable, but also filled the plates. The rack of lamb consisted or 8 attached riblets with roasted potatoes and sauteed green beans. It was a star dish!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Blu is a great place to eat overlooking Boston's Theater District (particularly the colorful Paramount Theater marquee.) This sophistocated upscale restraurant serves delicious meals in large portions, which is not always the case for a restraurant of this type. Service was excellent. This is a wonderful place for a special occasion or a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Convenient location on top of the parking garage and right in the heart of the theatre district. Interior is beautiful with amazing views of the city. Service was ok, we expected a little more. No one was at the front desk, we were seated by a waiter and our waiter left after just getting 1 of our appetizer orders...we were a party of 2. The food was absolutely incredible, everything was perfectly cooked, and there were many vegetarian options. Don't leave without the lobster mashed potatoes. Very romantic, am excellent evening, highly recommended. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The view was beautiful. Excellent food and great service. What more could you ask for?"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Special find in downtown Boston. Modern, airy, fourth floor gem. Very good food with professional service to match. Moderate prices which was a welcom relief from usual downtown Boston pricing. Salmon was fantastic, complementary focaccia bread super! Nice views from floor to ceiling windows. Get a table facting State Street building!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Everything will spectacular. Our waitress was very professional as usual. She checked on us every now and then. No words to describe her level of professionalism"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "My fiancee and I went to Blu before a movie. The one complaint would be that the server was fairly inattentive. I think this was an isolated incident because the staff, overall, was very good. For an appetizer, we had the polenta fries. For the main course, my fiancee was really feeling like a burger and I had the swordfish and lobster mashed potatoes. All of the food was terrific. The polenta fries are a must. The burger was awesome, especially with an egg on it. The swordfish and lobster mash were definitely the highlight. The swordfish was perfectly cooked and they were generous with the lobster in the mashed potatoes. Awesome place for location, view, and great food."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We can count on Blu to be quiet, delicious, good service and aware of our time constraints. It is a staple for us........."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The food was wonderful! Nice view of Paramount and Downtown Crossing area! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Lovely ambience, dedicated service, delicious food, beautiful view, validated parking all makes for an excellent before the theatre experience."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "On the corner of Avery and Washington, 4th Floor of the Ritz Carlton. Great vibe, great view, excellent service. We went for lunch, I had the Ahi Tuna salad. Food was decent, not exceptional, but I want to go back and try their dinner menu. Presentation was great. I think that is a good sign, perhaps?"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Came here to dine with my family and boyfriend after graduation. The food was excellent! I got the scallops over lobster risotto and I could not have wanted anything better. My dad's swordfish and mom's lamb were divine as well. There is a great view out over the street and at the Paramount through the large windows, but even with the hustle outside there is a great calm, cool ambiance inside. I would highly recommend this place to anyone. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I have been here many times and the quality is consistently high! It's a great location for dinner before or after a show at the theater and the ballet. Thank you!!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This was such a great find to hit before we went to the Wilbur. Great food (we wanted to try everything!) and great booze. The scallops were amazing. Another reviewer was a big fan of the beet salad - I wasn't crazy about the orange dressing on it. The short ribs I could eat forever! Bread before the meal was outstanding... And the view? Amazing. So happy I found this place and can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We had a table for two by the window looking down Washington St to the colorful lights of the Paramount Theater. Very pretty. Very good food, attentive but not pushy service. We had a 6:30 rez on Saturday night and there were only two couples at the nearby bar, a foursome next to us, and several empty 2 person high tops. Other sections were separated by stylish curtains and occupied by large family groups (wedding related?). I thought there would have been people/energy in the restaurant. But, nevertheless, we enjoyed the peacefulness. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Had a nice meal with no worries about gettin to the theater on time. Nice floor to ceiling windows and a relatively quiet table. Appitizers and salads were all top notch and decided to skip the entres. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food was incredible! We started our meal with the Warm Lobster Dip. I was expecting something plain but the chef packed a lot of flavor into this dish. Floor to ceiling windows give a great view of the street below. Be prepared to see people in gym shorts from the work out facility on the same floor."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "My husband and I went before attending a show at the Opera House. The food was delicious, and the service was terrific! We enjoyed the city view from our table by the window, although we probably would have liked it a bit more had we gone later at night when the city buildings are all lit up. There was a party going on in the bar area, which is separated from the dining room by partition only, so it did get a bit loud in the dining room at times while we were eating our dinner. For us - it was OK - but if you are looking for a quiet location to celebrate a special occasion, then this may not be the place to go. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great stop prior to the theatre loved the food and view. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Great spot for pre theater dining. We ate in the bar side and liked it. More casual than I expected but it is attached to a health club. That's not a bad thing. The beet salad was a stand out."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Amazing view of Washington st. Food and service just OK. Reasonable prices. Lamb OK scallops undercooked in center. Tough on outside"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Celebrated a birthday dinner at Blu. The views are amazing, the staff is friendly and the food was excellent. Amazing place and we'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Comfortable room with nice streetscape view. Calamari very tender and flavorful. Sea Scallops also cooked well. Vegetable elements in entrees were minimal so, in future, would choose first course with that in mind. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "As this was our first time at Blu, we were not sure what to expect (even though the reviews were primarily good), I have to say my husband and I were pleasantly surprised with a wonderful meal, great service, nice ambiance and view of the theater district through floor to very high ceiling windows. We split the Thai Shrimp appetizer, I had the Diver Sea Scallops in a lobster risotto and my husband had the Slow-Braised Pork Shank Ossobuco. All were delicious! We were too full for dessert, but those looked good too! We had tickets for a show at the Opera House at 8 PM; we arrived at the restaurant and 6 PM and had a lovely, leisurely meal and made it to the show with plenty of time to spare."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed an excellent meal and attentive, yet unobtrusive service in a relaxed environment before taking in a show. A perfect night on the town."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Went into town for a night with my wife and we wanted to have an upscale dinner, but in a bit of a relaxed environment and Blu hits that's on the head! When we arrived we found the entrance to be a bit different butting through the cafe area, but once in the dinning room everything was great!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Met a friend for a catch-up lunch at Blu and it was very lovely, as always. Great view and great food, and a nice glass of wine. I had the salmon over rice/vegs. Well cooked, and a nice portion for lunchtime."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "It was tough to find the entrance and the directions aren't great. Went with a friend before a show and the food was wonderful."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The view of downtown gives me Vegas real-ness. The bright lights from the Paramount illuminate the street and the wide and high windows open Boston streets right before you. The ambiance and view are every-thang and the food and service is outstanding. I plan on coming back very soon. Great for a special night out with the girls, close friends, significant other or a blind/first date. Don't be alarmed when you get to the 4th floor and reach a cafeteria, walk past this and the restaurant is behind it."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went during Dine Out Boston week for the $20 lunch special. Hidden on the 4th floor of a hotel, we were seated right by the floor-to-ceiling window view of Boston, looking down on the scurrying pedestrians below. The view for lunch alone was worth it - what a cool spot! We tried the spicy shrimp & chorizo flatbread and the stuffed artichoke bottoms for an appetizer, chicken linguini and lamb sliders for entree, and raspberry mousse cake and orange creme brulee for dessert - everything was wonderful and the portions were well worth the cost! If I had to nitpick anything, the waiter forgot my drink order and I had to re-order it with another staff. Other than that very small hiccup, I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Nice view from 4th floor over Chinatown and theater district. Excellent restaurant week lunch. I will return for dinner because food was very good and in the heart of the theater district."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Had pre-theater dinner at BLU this week and it was FABULOUS. The service was excellent, the waitstaff knowledgable and attentive and the food was wonderful. I had the butternut squash with short rib and my date had the proscuito wrapped scallops over risotto. Everything was cooked to perfection, very well presented and very flavorful. We eat out several times a week in Boston and I have paid significantly more for a dinner at the "must go to" places and it has not been as good as BLU. This is a real find and a pre-theater gem. Tell them you are going to a show and they will pace your meal accordingly. We are so happy with our experience at BLU and highly recommend you go."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Very good food in a great urban setting! Wonderful service from a very patient waiter made for a special evening for a friend's birthday! Thanks!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This is great place for a romantic dinner. See if the can sit you in the first table / couch it's the one with the best view of Paramount."
    Dined on 3/25/2014