Bravo Restaurant
Bravo Restaurant

Bravo Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.mfa.org/
  • Phone: (617) 369-3474
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday & Tuesday Lunch: 11:30AM - 3PM
    Wednesday - Friday Lunch: 11:30AM - 3PM, Dinner: 5:30 - 8PM
    Saturday Brunch: 11:30 - 3PM
    Sunday Brunch: 11:30 - 3PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Timothy Partridge
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Museum Road
  • Public Transit: MFA station on Huntington Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking is available when you dine after 5 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Bravo.
A word from Bravo Restaurant
Nestled among the grand masters of art and design in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the variety of dining venues from Restaurant Associates stir the senses. Seasonally inspired menus, and artfully prepared cuisine are marked with an emphasis on sustainable, and local ingredients. Award-winning wine list and casual-contemporary atmosphere. All MFA Members receive a 15% discount off food. Seasonally Inspired, Artfully Prepared.

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Bravo Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (56)fit for foodies (55)great for lunch (47)great for brunch (29)romantic (26)good for groups (20)neighborhood gem (12)notable wine list (10)great for outdoor dining (8)scenic view (7)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • just ok!
    apuigVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    the only reason to go to this restaurant is if you are already at the MFA> the food was ok, the service SLOW, and the place is cold and austere. Again, just OK!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Given it is the high end restaurant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, its location is perfect for the nights the museum is open. Service was excellent but the food quality left much to be desired. The duck main course had grit/sand in it and the veggie mushroom pasta was made with dried chanterelles that had not been softened/soaked in water therefor were hard and had the consistency of stale sundried tomatoes. The steak tartar was excellent, the salad blah. All in all a disappointment especially given its pricing; a real pity because it could so easily be a prime Boston eating establishment.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Evening at the MFA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Had a wonderful experience at Bravo, a great way to finish off a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts. Beautiful ambience, excellent food and very creative menu at reasonable prices given the high end environment. I look forward to going again
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect for after-exhibit dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    A friend and I had a late dinner here after going to the Museum. The atmosphere was quiet yet humming, which suited conversation well (we wanted to talk about the art). Our waitress was warm and attentive. I started with an excellent Hubbard squash soup. My friend had a fresh salad which she rated excellent. The main course I had--a cider prepared pork chop--was overdone but flavorful. She commented that her risotto was perhaps a little overspiced, but interesting. Overall a very pleasant experience with a little room for improvement. We would come back again (and have been here before).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch after Goya Exhibit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    This was my first time at Bravo and it was a very positive experience. We came after viewing the Goya Exhibit. The ambience was delightful, the food delicious and the service superb. Many thanks to our server Marisel for making us feel so pampered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dine among the Art
    Sticks
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I so enjoy lunch at Bravo for the quiet atmosphere, view of beautiful art, good service and good food. Recently I had the hearty and DELICIOUS cod and corn soup. YUMMY! Spent a leisurely 3 hours over lunch and never felt rushed -
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    WHAM
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I am never disappointed when we go to Bravo. The food is great, the portion size is good, and the service is always above par. THe drink pour is very nice as well, overall a lovely time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was attentive without being intrusive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Everything was great - only minor quibble was that we asked to share a dessert and they brought out two dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing meal
    MuseumgoerVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Very few vegetarian options. I had to order just side dishes. The ones I ordered (brussel sprouts and kale with quinoa) were tremendously over-salted. Side dishes were over-priced.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some good Some bad
    jeanpma
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    My $21.00 hamburger was dry, over-cooked, cold and the roll was burnt too. My friends crab cakes were delicious, according to them.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and art
    Skinnyfoodie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The choices were creative, tying Spanish cuisine (because of the current Goya show) to an already excellent menu. Imaginative and well done. The coffee, on the other hand, was a disaster - bitter and undrinkable - as it is always is there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo for Bravo
    simplesimon
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Delicious food in a very civilized atmosphere. A classy dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I would like to suggest that you have more choices for Cappuccino i.e. Mocha. In addition parking charges should be waived or reduced for Volunteers who lovingly give much of their time to have the MFA be the outstanding Museum that it is.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for a calm and nice meal
    Careme
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This is the rare restaurant in Boston with good food and service, comfortable seating and a low noise level. Lovely in the evening after a visit to the MFA
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wrong way
    MFAfan
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Been there numerous times-Seems to progressing the wrong direction:downhill. Not terrible, just not good like it once was.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Lunch
    Henryser
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Very nice selection of wines. The mussel appetizer and the lump crab cakes were absolutely delicious. Our server was friendly and personable. Overall a very special lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, horrible service
    Seafoodlover
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The soft music, cushy seating and relatively quiet room was wonderful, and the food at brunch was extremely good. However, the overall experience was marred by the worst service -- we had to continually flag down our server for water, set ups, orders, etc. For the prices they charge, the service really needs to come up a several notches for me to recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • overall…pretty shaky
    ScarlettVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Almost empty on a Friday night….maybe 6-7 tables of people in a large, open space. Quiet and comfortable, but lacking atmosphere. Service sub-standard. At most restaurants, we both order 2 appetizers for dinner and one is ALWAYS served first, then the other as a main course. We thought we had made this clear, but all 4 appetizer dishes arrived simultaneously, which put us in the position of which to dish to eat cold. Since we both started with soup, we thought this an inexcusable error. My fried ravioli was crisp brown on the bottom, so you could pick it up with your fingers and eat like a canapé. Flavors of everything OK but the menu lacks simple grilled fish or chops..most dishes are sauced. Expensive, too. We won't be back.
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  • Excellent food in a quiet haven
    Onthetown
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    It's not easy to find a quiet restaurant with excellent food, but this is one. Conversation can happen! Not enough people know about Bravo since it's embedded in the Museum of Fine Arts and lacks its own storefront.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will go back for the atmosphere
    Bostalian
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food was pretty good and the portion size was small which I like. I ordered my dinner with no added salt and my husband did not. His dinner was so salty. I tried one asparagus and the salt was very over powering. Sometimes I think cooks just dip into the salt and sprinkle haphazardly. My Bronzino fish was very fresh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great ambiance for business lunch
    Vivianne
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Although the food was inspired and the ambiance very chic, we felt the service was so-so. The waitress seemed bent on pushing a certain wine that wasn't on the menu. She brought a sip over for us to taste, but we found it tasted watered down and decided on another bottle of wine instead. This seemed to tick her off, and we felt her disappointment throughout the rest of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good spot for quiet conversation
    Mainer
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    You have to pay for entry to the museum to get to dine there. The atmosphere is quiet, tables well-spaced, making it a good meeting place with friends. The lunch menu was disappointing and the food was ordinary. The main course came before the first course was finished. But the servers were pleasant and attentive. In short, the setting was better than the meal. We have had dinner there in the past, and the menu was better then.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off their game
    Merlin
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The waitpersons seemed like busboys newly promoted. They were slow and confused, and they did not bring the food I ordered. I asked for well done, but they brought me meat that was pink and medium. The previous time the waitperson was professional, and the gnocchi were the best I have ever had. They need to maintain quality and offer more variety of dishes. I have used this restaurant for quiet lunches many times before, and will again, but tell them to fix their problems. I am an Associate Member of the Museum.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • alyoop
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It was a good end to a museum visit. what made it not firmly good was that one diners dinner order was not properly filled so she had to eat basically after everyone else.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EZ viewing
    noname
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Excellent restaurant. Great for "after art viewing" discussions.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • harryn
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Wife and I went for dinner. Weren't very hungry after a large lunch. Each of us had two appetizers
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • antonio
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Bravo is inside the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Excellent food and a QUIET!!! atmosphere makes for a relaxing meal. Four of us had lunch there and talked for 3 hours. Lunch with tip cost $180. Bravo is not a cheap date.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Lunch
    TKRI
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We make it a point to visit Bravo on each trip to the Museum of Fine Arts. Notables on our most recent trip were an albacore appetizer, a tender and flavorful skirt steak, and a creamy pumpkin cheesecake. Add the inventive cocktail menu, great wine list and typically attentive service and you have a great break from the galleries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • For a museum restaurant - excellent
    Academic
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    For a restaurant that's inside a museum, it's excellent. And after dinner, on your way to the museum exit, you can stroll through gallery 255 with its splendid collection of French Impressionists. Where else can you do that?
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 14juillet
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    A very comfortable, spacious and quiet place with a small menu of quality inside a great and diverse art collection.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    roloru
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Out of town guest visited the Museum of Fine Arts in the daytime and commented on the attractive restaurant. Brought her there for dinner and what a gem it is! Yummy food presented beautifully,had new Fall menu, loved the Bronzini, someone else had the "best steak in a long time," squash soup could do without the slightly sour pancetta (?) bits, try #502 pinot noir, wonderful service, perfect quiet ambience for conversation, a totally first-rate experience. Besides parking is easy for a Boston restaurant location and the Museum if open late enough to accommodate a tour and dinner. Bravo to you, Bravo!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Masterpiece within the MFA
    TopNotch10VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    There are no signs outside the MFA to let you know that one of the finest eating experiences resides inside. The room is beautifully appointed. The menu on Thursday lunch this week featured amazing crab cakes and salmon with the most wonderful puree of yam, roasted Brussels sprouts and nuts. A wine from Spain completed a truly great experience. You can actually hear the conversation at your table without shouting - a rare treat indeed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Engaging venue
    Chivas
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The ambiance and menu truly complement Bravo's location at the MFA. What a delight to segue from those marvellous gallerys to a well served and well prepared dining experience! Just perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Interlude
    Foodie4sureVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Delicious Sunday brunch with just enough spice and interest to the dishes. Lovely live music did not interrupt conversation, even with someone with hearing deficiency. Elegant surrounfings.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday brunch
    dinesoutwith5
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Very nice selection but the 2 required choices came to a great deal of food. Service was friendly but very slow considering the restaurant was not full at all. We had to flag our waiter a number of times and it was quite difficult to get his attention. He apologized but when the second request for wine came almost 20 minutes later, we were quite discomfited. One would hope this is not a common occurrence. We don't visit the MFA often, being from out of state, but I might hesitate going to Bravo again. I would only recommend it to friends with this advise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had a delicious lunch with friends and the atmosphere and quiet was wonderful. Our waitress was very helpful and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine dining experience at MFA
    Onlythebest
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My husband and I invited another couple to Bravo's for lunch and it was such an enjoyable time. The atmosphere is very classy. We were not rushed, our waiter was very professional and the food was excellent. Although it is pricey, the dining experience is worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • longtime favorite
    LeBonq
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Consistently one of the most enjoyable dining experiences in Boston. Bravo has the right balance of elegance and a relaxed atmosphere for Sunday brunch, romantic dinner, or anything in between. The piano/bass duo at brunch adds a pleasant musical background.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bravo - appropriately named!
    Aubie1969
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Visiting Boston and met an old friend here for dinner. I had one of the most tender and perfectly prepared filets I've ever had, and my wife had the pasta dish and loved it. We also had a 2004 Justin Cabernet that was excellent. The Museum of Fine Art is a fantastic place and you can peruse the museum after your meal if you eat early enough. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservations...
    Mkeller
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Why have a phone for reservations if no one answers it? Not everyone has internet access.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.