La Voile
La Voile

La Voile

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lavoileboston.net/
  • Phone: 6175874200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday- Sunday: Lunch 12:00-3:00
    Monday- Thursday: Dinner 5:00-10:00
    Friday& Saturday: Dinner 5:00- 10:30
    Sunday: Dinner 5:00- 9:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Raphael Lambert
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact directly.
  • Private Party Contact: Jerome 6175874200x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairfield / Gloucester
  • Public Transit: Copley square or Hynes Convention Center on Green Line
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Near La Voile, Danker and Donohue Parking Garage (Newbury Street, between Hereford Street and Mass Avenue).

    Rate: $30 flat fee with restaurant receipt.
A word from La Voile
La Voile is an authentic French brasserie, opened in Cannes in 1947. After a few years under a new ownership, it relocated to Boston in 2007.
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La Voile reviews from OpenTable diners
190 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (112)romantic (104)special occasion (97)fit for foodies (95)neighborhood gem (94)notable wine list (59)great for lunch (49)great for brunch (22)scenic view (16)good for groups (14)hot spot (14)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (11)kid-friendly (10)Show More
  • Charming neighborhood gem!
    Swp7722VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Absolutely charming bistro -- dependably outstanding service, with peppy and smiling staff. Menu is bistro fare, with the food consistently delicious at a reasonable price. We return to this restaurant several times a year and it NEVER disappoints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • A Nice Evening Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My girlfriend and I went to La Voile for restaurant week and we thoroughly enjoyed the menu. We started with mussels cooked with butter and white wine, and foie gras with crostinis for an appetizer. Both were delicious but we raved about the foie gras. Our main courses were the duck and the steak frites. The duck was marvelous, though the risotto under the duck needed some texture contrast - maybe a crouton on the plate. The steak was juicy and flavorful with a nice sauteed onion sauce on the top, but it was a little overdone and their medium rare was closer to medium. The desserts were profiteroles and a berry tart. Both were tasty. On the whole I think the place has a good ambiance, good service, and good food. I'd eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The waiters were do darn funny!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I had my birthday party here for lunch on Sunday. The food was good, and one of our waiters keep chiming in jokes. We were a group of young, relaxed people, so we found his jokes delightful and not annoying at all. The atmosphere was absolutely perfect, and I had a good 2 and a half hours there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Since I am vegetarian, I looked up numerous restaurant menus during the Boston Restaurant Week before choosing this one - because it had a vegetarian dish for each course. On arriving at the venue, I realised that the menu in front of me did not at all match the one I earlier saw on the Restaurant Week website. It was a massive disappointment - I ended up having to eat a sandwich with chicken removed - at a fancy French restaurant - what a wrong combination! I expected a better coherence in menus - seemed like I over-paid for a simple salad and a sandwich!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    rochesterfoodfanatic
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was excellent for every member of our table. The foie gras was very nice, the entrees were all quite tasty and the veal stew was to die for, the wine selection was very comprehensive (but pricey, however if you are coming here you should already be expecting to pay a few hundred dollars to fully experience the dining), the staff was very friendly (and difficult to understand at points, but that's due to their french accents and if you are looking for good french food that's always the best sign), and the desserts all very well done. The restaurant is a little cramped, however Newbury Street doesn't offer much space anywhere and the tables are spaced apart enough to hold conversations with your table. A fantastic experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Voile for dinner
    sneezeme
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went on a Saturday night for french food, food was excellent, noisy and crowded inside, tables too close. Wine I wanted NOT available. I have dined outside before for lunch and really enjoyed the outside and did not particularly care for the inside tables. Dover sole was very tasty not at all oily or heavy. The French Onion soup was superb.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting menu
    like2eat
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our dinner was good. Not spectacular, just good. The flavors were very mild. Expected more garlic or strong flavoring. Read your bill carefully. They added a couple of non ordered items on to ours. Service was pleasant. It was warm inside, sorry we didn't choose to eat outdoors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, but not worth the price
    Delish
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I went with 2 other people and we all agreed that the food was good, but not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dine out
    Diner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food although it was restaurant. Staff were helpful, friendly and generous. Be in the mood for a slow, well presented meal. If you are in hurry - go somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1 Dining Couple
    1DiningCouple
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    La Voile is a charming restaurant in the heart of Newbury Street. The food is excellent -- whole sea bass, roasted chicken for two, and mussels frites are favorites. The service is attentive and skillful -- and the resident bartender's creative cocktails are unique and add another dimension to the place. A perfect choice for lunch or dinner… When on Newbury, this restaurant is not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute
    Nommer
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Their restaurant week lunch menu did not match the one posted online. The food was all right. I had the pate for an appetizer and that was excellent. The chicken breast was a little on the dry side and the polenta was lumpy and underseasoned. I won't comment on the dessert since I don't tend to like sweets anyway.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La France à Boston!
    Mcdavis02
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    After spending time in Paris, France my friend and I wanted to dine in a French restaurant to reminisce... La Voile exceeded our expectations with the wonderful food and servers. We loved conversing in French with our great server Stanley and appreciated the fact that he took the time to speak with us in his native language. It was great practice for us and made the experience that much better! I will definitely come back and recommend La Voile to my friends. Merci!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chas
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have used this restaurant frequently and have always had outstanding service and excellent food and wine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good experience
    Wisteria
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We originally reserved for 2 people but we had one more person coming and they accommodated us.Overall everything went well until when we were served ourla volaille. The chicken breast was overcooked. It was very dry. We were a bit disappointed. Other than that one oopsy everything else we had we very much enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Restaurant Week
    LuluBos
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The portion size is excellent, the meal is tasty, and the service is attentive but not obtrusive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great relaxed French restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Fantastic French food. Attentive but unobtrusive service. Very authentic with most of the servers of French background.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible service with ok food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our waiter was from France and did not speak English very well. He was not listening to us asking questions and did not tell us the specials. I think that he wanted to rush us out to turn the table that night. We dined outside and La Voile has some wines on a table outside for the staff to service the guests wines by the glass. Our waiter poured himself several small glasses of wine while we dined. Maybe that is why he could not understand us. The food was ok, but the fish was overpriced. With so many choices in the Back Bay, why dine where the staff cannot even tell you the specials?
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  • Five Stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great Spot! Great Food! Great Service! My wife and I love La Voile for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding as usual
    backbayfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We love La Voile. "Taste of France" menu is a great deal at $42 for appetizer, entree and dessert, and the food as always is fabulous. The only issue was that we made a reservation, noting the preference for an outdoor table, but they instead reserved a table for us inside, so we had to wait 20 min. for our patio table. We waited in the nice cozy bar so not a major problem, and the patio was very much worth the wait on a warm summer Saturday night on Newbury St.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleasant
    flyfish
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very pleasant outdoor dining although tables very close together. Prix fixe a good choice. Good people watching spot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, okay service
    FoodandWine89VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Walking down into La Viole makes you feel like you are walking into a French Bistro straight off of the streets of Paris. The ambience of the entire restaurant just makes you want to sit there for hours eat cheese and drink wine. We had a wonderful dinner! The presentation at the table with the rice and the veal stew, superb! My only complaint was that the service was a little misguided. One server greeted us, then another server greeted us and both came back asking about the specials and wanting to take our order I do not think they knew they who actually had the table. When it came time to get the bill we literally waited for 20-25 minutes to get the check. we finally flagged down a commis to get it. Not a great way to end the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    JoanB
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We came here with relatives from England and had a wonderful evening. I especially loved the foie gras I love going here. Service and food always great
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Voile
    JMonroe
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    La Voile whisks you away to Provence with its color palate and nautical theme. The food is authentic and to die for! Many Newbury Street restaurants have outdoor spaces, so go inside to dine at La Voile and for just a few hours, you're in Peter Mayle country!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Below par based on previous times
    322BBFoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I am a big fan of La Voile and have been there many times. This time there were a few big disappointments. A beet salad was ordered by one of our group that contained no beets. One of our party ordered soup that was served without a spoon.I ordered a bottle of Rose from Provence that was warm. I was presented it to taste, my sip was warm and I thought it was from sitting in the ice bucket that the top part hadn't chilled yet but the entire bottle was warm. We ordered a second bottle of the same and it was only slightly chilled. These are finer points of service that I wouldn't expect to be missed at La Voile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little piece of France
    ToujourslacuisineVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    La Voile means sail, and this charming brasserie (not bistro as the menu informs us) was a pleasure for lunch. You can sit outside, in a small sidewalk-side set of tables, or inside and try to figure out the French saying emblazoned around the room. Wonderfull mussels
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OK.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The food and wine was ok, but not what I have expected from many fine french venues.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real French restaurant!
    Stephane
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The quality of the food is comparable to the great tables in Paris.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GGirlVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food never disappoints. EVERYTHING is delicious and fresh, classic french. Service is efficient and friendly. Wonderful patio dining on a beautiful Boston evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, would definitely go back
    frank
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I do not consider Boston as a place for great food in general. However, I would definitely say that this place was a nice surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    Metoo
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We ate outside ,and I am glad we did. It was very loud inside. Both outside and inside were filled. The food was great. We had duck and a lobster and scallop risotto -- salad and a three cheese plate to start. My creme brulee was excellent. There was a sommelier who helped us choose an excellent bottle of wine. The teapot was brought before dessert to steep - the correct way that very few places do correctly. You have many servers - all of whom were top notch. And, they all spoke French and English.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Delish1VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had a date night with my husband this past Friday night. We heard great things about this restaurant but I'm sad to say they came short on my meal. Beet salad was just okay with much more greens than beets but I did enjoy the dressing. My main meal Duck breast was very tough to the point with some pieces have chewing for so long I could not swallow. I also ordered it medium but it was served very rare. I wanted to send back but we had waited so long and my husband had ordered fish so thought it was not worth it. I love fish but wanted to have a French dish they should do well this is why I was disappointed. My husbands fish was good so perhaps we try one more time. I did like the atmosphere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite
    mamb333
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We've been going to La Voile since it opened, love it every day more. We even went through a phase of trying to find a "second favorite" restaurant, for diversity in our special dinner nights, but slowly concluded that it's ok to have the one and only favorite. Having lived in France several years, what we like about this restaurant is not only the delicious food (my husband's favorite is the terrine de foie followed by entrecôte, my favorite is the cheese platter and the lobster+risotto), but the ambiance and service, which make you feel in a corner French restaurant. Expect the restaurant manager to help you seat, get you water, and prepare your fish at your table, even when he has thirty more tables and ten waiters to care for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • regulars since opening
    Matt
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    fabulous food that friends from Monaco say is absolutely authentic. the staff are polite, accommodating to every quirk. we made an open table reservation which we changed up until we showed up and they were completely unflappable. wonder if you might have more than one rose since provence is where we first learned their range and subtlety. we recommended place to Dean of the BU school of public health and his Russian bride; La Voile was the only thing they remembered from the evening
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    A great spot for outside dining. Excellent food usually though we both ordered steak this time and both were over cooked. The waiter was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great food.
    drbogden1VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Two of us dined on a Friday nite of Bastille day weekend. Place was packed (great sign). So we were anticipating an understandable somewhat slower-than-usual service, without detracting from score. We were a few mins early, but seated promptly within 3-5 mins. However, once at table, it was just shy of 15 mins before any water and bread basket -- one of the number one rules in the food industry is to pacify patrons during wait. Drink order was then taken when water and bread hit table (I little late by this point). Final point about what many would consider a common courtesy: Spreadable butter for the bread. Cold butter makes for awkward placement onto the otherwise delicious, warm and fresh bread. Service following was great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful afternoon
    Love2
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This was our first visit. While the food was exceptional, especially the foie gras and a great wine and price range. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. We look forward to a return visit. We also enjoyed the sailing ship ambiance
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vive la France
    Rich
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a spread of escargot, terrain, moules and a panini. All were very good. Some of the servers speak French, adding to ambience. Perhaps because we had high expectations we were pleased with what he had but were not awed. The restaurant itself is fine. Their outside seating is very attractive but it was too hot during lunch time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good duck, bad duck
    Toniott
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    2nd visit. Husband had the magret de canard, which was fantastic - meaty, perfectly cooked, great sauce and sides. I had the duck confit salad. Not good. For some reason known only to the chef, the confit was deep-fried (seemingly). What came out was like duck jerky - hard, practically impossible to get off the bone, and no flavor. Our waiter did not seem to know what to do when I told him the confit was terrible, so he did nothing. The service overall was excellent, but I would have expected a comp on the salad or at least a dessert offering. Dessert - husband got the molten chocolate cake. Great flavor but odd, gummy texture. Apple tart was just ok; best part was the ice cream. We'll try La Voile at least once more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • La Voile: 5 Star Dining
    headersrule
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Delicious food, intimate yet quite comfortable and romantic. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary there and highly recommend it to other for a special occasion The Taste of France prix fixe dinner get lots of choices and was a nice value. Excellent waiter and service and then to top off the night we were served complimentary glasses of champaign. La Voile - 5-star evening!
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    backbayfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My wife and I took our daughter there for her birthday and everything was outstanding. The outside seating on Newbury is very festive, even late on a Sunday evening. The three course menu for $42 was delicious (I had steak and my wife had seared duck breast), and a great value. Servers all seem to be French (some language issues), but totally friendly, efficient and unpretentious. One of our favorites in Back Bay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate