Blu
Blu

Blu

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.blurestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6173758550
  • 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: 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.
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Blu reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (44)special occasion (33)romantic (31)fit for foodies (25)good for groups (13)neighborhood gem (11)great for lunch (10)late-night find (6)notable wine list (6)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (5)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Business Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I requested a quieter corner for a business meeting and was accommodated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!!!
    mrsglover
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I found this place researching the internet. I wanted to take my husband somewhere different for his birthday and I am glad I took him there. The food was great, parking is outstanding, our waitress was so friendly, and the restaurant was beautiful. The lighting, the view of the city, the prices for the menu list is very reasonable, just everything was an A+ for us and we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Bostonian
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were there early, before the crowds. The food was excellent. The portions were generous.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely for Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    In a pricey neighborhood, Blu offers a great value for lunch. Both me and my dining companion received beutiful full plates and we dined together for less than $40 in the downtown/theatre district. The view was lovely and the atmosphere was light but refined. My short rib pannini was absolutely delicious and my friend's quinoa bowl looked spectacular. I'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Pre-Theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Blu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find
    Lovebostonfood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great food. Not crowded despite dining on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pre-Theater Dining
    NellieH
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Burger a disappointment
    DateNite
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    averagejoe
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Winner In The Theater District
    Vinnie
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Urban Dining
    Manatee75
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Boston dining experience
    Mayhem14
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday dinner before a show
    Sightseers
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The view was beautiful. Excellent food and great service. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bogieVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • customer service
    LoveBlu
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, view, and location
    Mayfstro
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vics
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We can count on Blu to be quiet, delicious, good service and aware of our time constraints. It is a staple for us.........
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable dining experience
    touchcurrent
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food was wonderful! Nice view of Paramount and Downtown Crossing area!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect before theatre
    Rozzie
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Lovely ambience, dedicated service, delicious food, beautiful view, validated parking all makes for an excellent before the theatre experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hard to find, but worth it!
    brassdaddy
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Graduation Night Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    TOLmusicVIP
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Start To A Night Out
    margopenelopeVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice pre-theater spot
    Lefty
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theater Goer
    EAshley
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jksmith4VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 840 reviews are from the Blu reviews archive.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Theatre Stop
    Cheryl
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great stop prior to the theatre loved the food and view.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • could be better
    jis010
    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
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We'll Definitely Return
    BosonDCB02128
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient to Opera House
    Xxxxxx
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly fabulous meal!
    DJCFood
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful pre-theater experience
    nightonthetown
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rather Surprising!!
    GoodEats77
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Blu
    Mary
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth The Find
    Cheryl
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Date Night Gem
    Wine
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great hidden spot
    Rachelp85
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet