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Bravo Restaurant Details

  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Tucked inside the Museum of Fine Arts is a truly wonderful restaurant. Beautifully designed, spacious with gracious service, this dining room is well worth the effort it takes to stop by the MFA. Guided by the creative hand of Tim Partridge, the food options are all tempting. At yesterday's lunch on the terrace overlooking an interior courtyard, the lobster salad and crab cakes were top notch. A well chosen wine listing adds to the pleasure. Deserts are not overdone - that is, everything is not chocolate like in most places -- but I always get the cookie plate!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This is a great spot to meet with out of town family and friends you haven't seen for a long time. Great reunion spot. Can talk easily in quiet atmosphere, then go see fabulous exhibits."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great spot after walking through the museum. Very comfortable and quiet. Food excellent although abut expensive. Service was very slow in the beginning but got better."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Everything about BRAVO was wonderful! The food was truly delicious. Service was fantastic too. Highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Beautifully presented, delicious food in a guiet, sophisticated, adult setting where you can actually carry on a conversation. Nice service tops it off."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Bravo at the MFA is one of the best dining experiences to be had anywhere in Boston. The food was excellent and the service was courteous and prompt. Although several other diners were present at dinnertime, it was quiet and pleasant. I felt the servings were generous and the prices very reasonable for Boston. My roast lamb was outstanding, and my friends loved the bass and the trout as well. We had no trouble at all making a last minute reservation, and it was worth the effort to get there early, and explore the MFA beforehand. If you are a member of the MFA, you will receive a 15 percent discount on your meal as well. This makes a great dining experience even better. Bravo is one of the best places to dine in Boston, and is recommended."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "My wife and I were visiting the MFA, and we had lunch at Bravo. What an outstanding restaurant! The service throughout was professional but friendly, the food was fresh, wonderfully done, and very tasty! There was a jazz duo (piano and stand-up bass) playing throughout our meal that was incredible and added just the right ambiance to a relaxing meal. We never felt rushed, and from appetizer thru dessert the food was excellent. Very highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Bravo has interesting brunch options with live jazz. Perfect for our family special occasion gathering."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great food and service in a delightful surrounding. Trio playing soft music was a perfect background for a wonderful brunch."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Bravo is a very convenient restaurant if you are at the MFA for other reasons. We had dinner before a movie and it was so nice to just have to walk downstairs after dinner. The food is good, not exceptional. The ambiance indoors is a little strange - tables very far apart, very bright, people walking by going to and from whatever exhibit they were seeing. We wouldn't go there just for dinner. Nevertheless, if we are at the MFA around dinner time, we would go again."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Our food was very tasty and well prepared. Striped bass was particularly good and lobster/pasta dish quite nicely seasoned although the lobster was a bit overcooked."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "One of Boston's most civilized food places. The art inspired public surprisingly converses on normal voice levels. This helps to enjoy the fine food and amiable service."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We met friends for dinner before the Roxbury International Film Festival. The restaurant was perfect! Great, attentive service. Something for everyone on the menu. Lovely cocktails. The meal was a little pricey but I was able to get a discount using my MFA membership and park for free because I patronized the restaurant! Bravo is physically beautiful and serene. I loved that we didn't have to wait for a table. It was not crowded. It's an undiscovered gem. We really enjoyed ourselves and plan to return again."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Bravo is excellent due to their presentations and excellent service."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Absolutely outstanding experience from quality and presentation of food to attentive service to attractive and QUIET setting conducive to thouhtful conversation. Having learned that parking is free for evening visits, I expect we will drive from Back Bay for evening meats as all the benefits mentioned are so rarely found in restaurants around here."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Interesting menu Attentive service Healthful food, well prepared Fresh and satisfying. Freshest, tastiest plate of cookies to share and just enough dessert to cap a sensible lunch ... And still be able to return to visiting and savoring more of this world class museum. My love affair with our fabulous MFA continues and grows with each encounter!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "A perfect place to bring the family together for a Sunday brunch and tour of the Quilts Exhibit at the MFA. We had the side room for our larger group and it was a wonderful way for us to meet in a semi-private setting amongst all of the art. As usual, the service was terrific and the food a highlight."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Nice to combine with visit to museum. Eggs overcooked, home fries mushy but my husband's skirt steak was perfect. Wonderful tosee the museum after."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "When was the last time you thought about going to a museum for the food? Well, make your way to the MFA Bravo restaurant. My most recent visit was at lunch. The room is beautifully decorated and service is thoughtful, polite and professional. The food is truly exceptional. From interesting appetizers and salads to the "not to be missed" crab cakes. Wine by the glass or bottle with a full bar. Evenings are also special as you walk through the exhibit spaces into this special restaurant. A gem in Boston."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "During your next visit to the MFA, avail yourself of the delights of dining at Bravo. Menu always changing and imaginative. Staff warm and accommodating. Wine list extensive. Comfortable, intimate decor. If you choose the right time, a jazz pianist and bassist will soothe you. For the pragmatists, your membership entitles you to a 15% discount. It's all right there, give it a try."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I am very, no, extremely reluctant to review Bravo. I will only do so if you promise in writing with explicit assurances from Bravo itself or I retract and deny the following. I must be assured that I will not be denied a reservation at any time in the future. It is my favorite restaurant of the innumerable I have dined at/in. An oasis. It is my home. My peace. This is no small statement. I am extremely reluctant to give Bravo the highest rating I can give because I am selfish to the point I do not want others to know about it. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "excellent restaurant - enhancing the excellent art"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This was a perfect venue for our friends visiting from England. They were appalled at how noisy Boston restaurants are and were delighted to be able to hear to talk and stay as long as they wished in this charming setting. The tables are spaced far apart. We were given a table in consideration of one of our party who is deaf. The food has improved since we were last there. Service is excellent. They were delighted with our choice for a place to eat. And so were we."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Bravo was a great setting for a reunion with a couple of friends. We were able to linger and converse. Food was good, but I expected better based on the very good - excellent food in the Café American, the MFA's #2 restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Now here is a restaurant for those who desire both good food and a chance to -- talk. Our brunch with old friends from out of town was so successful that we expect to return often with local friends and neighbors."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I had the artic char, which was done perfectly but the lentils and asparagus were cold. Disappointing. The service staff was very slow, and had multiple tables waiting for checks."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I was searching on short notice for a place where our group of 10 could gather for brunch and celebrate a college graduation. Luckily, I thought to check out options at the MFA and found Bravo.(I could not book a table for 10 through Open Table, but called Bravo directly to make that request.) We were given a large table in a semi-private alcove, the service was friendly and efficient, and all of our guests were pleased with their meals. While the menu is prix fixe, the choice of either 2 or 3 courses allows for a range of options without being overwhelming. As other reviewers have noted, the setting is lovely and spacious and a fine jazz combo performs on weekends. Bravo capped our enjoyment of a very special day."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food options are limited which was understood, we've eaten here before and been pleased with the quality of what was on the menu. On this visit we had the field greens followed by the grilled char. It was good but no way worth the price. The waiter was great. Pleasant background music. But unlike previous visits, there was nothing that would make us choose bravo next time over the other MFA dining options."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "A more quiet setting to enjoy a fine meal after an afternoon at the Museum of Fine Art. The petit salad was simple but very fresh and ample. The lamb chops were excellent and very tender. Wine list was attractive and the South African Shiraz was quite good. The atmosphere was nice, but I felt it was a bit too spacious. We were seated at a booth, but a feeling of intimacy was lacking. A very good meal that pairs well with an MFA visit. We may come back later in the year to sample the outdoor patio dining, and concert opportunities. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Pleasant, quiet, relaxed atmosphere with lovely view of the central courtyard. Good live music, bass and piano....not too intrusive."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Favorite Boston restaurant. Staff couldn't be nicer and more welcoming. Food is excellent."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Particularly satisfying was the lack of noise so that conversation was posssible"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "After an artfully-inspired morning of the fabulous MFA collection, I wanted to have a special lunch and Bravo offered a 3-course meal. The white table was the canvas for each course of the colorful, interesting, and tasty fare. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Interesting 3-course brunch. My choices made it a nouveau cuisine appetizer, Western main and French throwback dessert. Worked well! It was all delicious. Truly a wonderful mid-point in a great art day! Quilt exhibit was fabulous!!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Food pedestrian to poor. Great piano player (with string bass) though this I was told was a substitute. Calm and quiet. Very pleasant, besides the food. Service fair. Dirty plates sat in front of us 'til I moved them aside. $39 three course meal per person not cheap, though can be thought of as a cover charge for the music, with food included. Everything slow paced. Spacious room relaxed ambience."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "After a morning enjoying a world-class museum, the finale was lunch at Bravo. The restaurant is peaceful, the menu is creative, the food is fresh, seasonal and delicious, and the service is attentive and professional. Tables are far enough apart to create a spacious feeling, along with the windows open to the gardens below or to the colorful passing parade of museum-goers in the mid-distance. Gentle music provided by a pianist adds to the pleasure. The assortment of fresh breads comes warm. The salad is outstanding…fresh,fatigued lettuce, fresh thinly sliced vegetables and a light, subtle dressing. Lately, I have enjoyed great corned beef hash and, a tender hanger steak with lovely eggs and home fries. Delicious pineapple sorbet."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We are familiar with Bravo having eaten there several times. The food is always good. On this occasion the service was a bit slow, and the server appeared distracted at times. My main comment is that we wish Bravo would have "lunch" on special days/weekends like Art in Bloom instead of just offering brunch."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I went with a friend during Art in Bloom and they had a special menu, which was lovely. I don't find the food to be top quality, although they aspire to that. But it was a lovely menu and the wine choices were great - pianist playing jazz, crowds for Art in Bloom. All in all, highly recommended to cap of your visit to the museum. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our lunch during the MFAs Art in Bloom exhibition. The museum was packed, and so the restaurant was completely full. The menu offered only a three course meal option, which we had not understood. The crab cake and tuna Nicoise were delicious, and the plates nicely arranged. Our waiter was oversubscribed, and it took too long to serve the courses. We skipped dessert because it was just too much food for lunch. There was a pianist and a base player entertaining us. The music was quite nice, but we were unfortunately seated at the closest table...."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "An oasis for dining in a quiet, contemporary, comfortable setting with good service, wines, and food. It is a neighborhood gem that diners should remember for pre-Symphony, Jordan Hall and Huntington Theatre productions. What can be better than dining in the serene setting of the renown MFA and then taking in some art or roaming the MFA Bookstore before/after dinner? Bravo is unpretentious and offers fine food, wines and service. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014