Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro
Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro

Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.winebar129.com/
  • Phone: 6175425108x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, French
  • Executive Chef: Robert Fathman
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live jazz Tuesday through Saturday nights in our Jazz Bar and Dining Room. No cover. See winebar.com for monthly schedule.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Beach
  • Public Transit: South Station is a block and a half away.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is available Tuesday through Friday starting at 5:30pm. Metered street parking is available daily (please refer to all signage) as are local garages (on Essex between South and Atlantic, on Beach at Lincoln St, and on South at Kneeland)
A word from Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro
Tucked away on quiet South Street, just steps from South Station and the financial district, Les Zygomates boasts a French bistro motif and menu, and extensive wine list for your dining pleasure. A full bar is also available, as is a bar menu for lighter bites in one of our two bar areas. Live jazz is featured Tuesday through Saturday nights for both bar and dinner guests.
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Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)notable wine list (27)special occasion (25)neighborhood gem (21)romantic (21)great for lunch (18)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (11)good for groups (11)hot spot (5)great for brunch (4)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere. There is a small jazz style band that plays on most weekdays - just a piano sometimes, but often accompanied by a bass player and singer. Rather than being overpowering noise, as I feared, the music was a great accompaniment to a dinner with friends. The service was a little slow, but I can't say that it happens with any regularity. For how great the food was, I'm surprised that there wasn't a line around the block waiting to get in. It might be the prices - a bit expensive, but not unusual for a french bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    How can you pass up $1 oysters! . They were fresh and delicious. The server was was attentive and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Outgoing
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Mussles amazing and so is monkfish ! Made reservations online no hassle , the music was great
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & great music
    Jenjen
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Les Zygomates is a special place. I've been going there for over 10 years, and the quality never fails to impress me. The menu is innovative and delicious, and the music is fantastic. I always have fantastic wine when I am there - it really does feel like a French bistro experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good ambiance
    SydneyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The ambiance and music was good. Unfortunately my swordfish entree was disappointing. The fish was dry and the tomato sauce was unappetizing.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunchtime
    KPMGVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Very convenient for lunch. Looking forward for stopping by for a drink while listening to some jazz soon....
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & Service are still important
    AndoverJDVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The music and atmosphere are great - the food is just OK. The steaks, which need to be a signature dish, are flavorless - I believe not the best cut or meat. Apps were good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant for any occasion
    GWGrad
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I came here with family for my birthday lunch and ordered the pan-seared sole (special menu of the day) - the sauce was delicious and the sole dissolved smoothly in my mouth. The lunch prices are also much more affordable. The atmosphere, service, and decor were all great - perfect for any occasion with any kind of company!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun & delicious
    gern
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Just had a fantastic evening at Les Zygomates. Accommodated a change to our reservation, they read and finessed our special seating request. Service was attentive, but not fussy. Food was smart, pretty, and delicious. The Bastille Day menu was a great introduction to four interesting and tasty wines -- we are not oenophiles and appreciated the guidance. The scallops were perfect, the swordfish was a hair overdone (though the ratatouille with it was great -- piquant and complicated), and the pork tenderloin was spot on. Would definitely go back for a special meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful French cuisine
    Jack
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Excelleent French food, service and presentation. Always weel prpeapared and expertly served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    Lorena
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    It was a great night with my family. Overall service was excellent, good food and excellent music.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat business.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I was introducing a friend to Les Zygomates for the first time on a quiet evening. He's a meat eater, minimally into carbohydrate dishes. I'm vegan. We were excellently treated by the waitstaff: welcomed, greeted, informed of menu changes, etc. I did have to send one dish back to the kitchen to remove dairy. As always, however, front and back of the house were exceptionally accommodating and gracious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very disappointed.
    Eyenofood
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food was very salty, even the rather well cooked spinach was salty. The over-priced lobster bisque had a couple of chunks of obviously previously frozen lobster. Even les frites were limp. Too bad. Apparently used to be a great French wine bar.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JFF13
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was, as always, delicious! Service was fine!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friends lunch
    EAKAZANVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Enjoyed a leisurely lunch with old friends...able to enjoy the excellent food while equally enjoying the ability to talk with eachother without competing with other diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • World Cup room with a view.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I was in with the afternoon crowd for the USA / Belgium World Cup match on 1 July. Les Zygomates is always excellent for those stopping in for something at the bar (a glass of wine, a pint, or a basket of fries), cause of its excellent bar staff. It's also particularly a good spot if something big like a game is on. Appropriate noise levels. Very recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business lunch
    UIABiz
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Hosted some prospects, food was excellent, service was prompt. Enjoyed the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a solid lunch choice in Boston
    chuckmac07VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    very good food, attentive service by servers who 'get' that it's lunch time and many people have schedules and a varied menu make this a good lunch alternative in the Financial District/Seaport area
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food, good music
    Rockridge
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Terrific consistent food. We dine here because of jazz music on weekends - which is very good. Great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite
    Blinky
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    `Food is great. Authentic French Bistro. Wines to die ffor. Convenient to public transportation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently exceptional lunch
    MsBrillatSavarin
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    This place is close to my office so I have been several times, though I hadn't been in a while. It an get crowded & noisy at lunch, but in the sea of standard sandwich/burger/salad fare that dominates downtown lunch offerings, Les Zyg offers creative and well-prepared alternatives. Only minus on my recent visit was the lack of a crepe special, which was always my go-to in the past. Had a salmon special on a bed of white beans and spinach which was just right. Salads are excellent and the Croque Monsieur emerges appropriately decadent. Ample but not ridiculous portions, service is very good. This is a consistently solid bet if you have time or occasion for a sit-down lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat Early
    JimmyVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Food was very good and service was excellent. Ambience is spartan. Needs some sound-proofing materials because as the restaurant filled up the noise level increased as sound reverberating around the bare walls and ceiling making conversation difficult. Therefore recommend eating early to be ahead of the crowds and conduct any important conversation early in the meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good wine bar
    merrymurda
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Great place for nice wine after work! I enjoy getting wine and oysters from the raw bar. They also have great fries.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hum......
    BackinBostonAgain
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This past weekend was my first time back in over a decade. I had been in the South End and then in Hong Kong. Now I am back in the city and live close by. I wanted to see how the restaurant had fared over all this time. The decor is the same (good, I liked it) and the food was excellent. My husband and I had asked another couple so we were very glad about that. What was curious was when we were seated, we asked to be in the room with the live music and were told we couldn't since it was booked and we had not requested it. While we were having dessert, we were able to move to the other room after we asked the manager and amazingly, there were only 4 tables that were occupied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining while watching the clock!!
    Stadtspeise
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    While the food was good and the waiter was excellent, the hostess that sat us at our table asked us if we wouldn't mind leaving at a specific time because, "they were having a busy night"...so while everything was acceptable we had to keep watching the clock, which took most of the enjoyment out of our evening. Oh, and BTW, when we left, there were still a lot of empty tables. I don't appreciate being told when to leave. And this was a celebratory dinner. I will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Our large party was chaotic but Andre was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for lunch but go early
    Tucsonlightning
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Weight staff and greeters were great considering we spilled the water shortly after arriving. Food good. Get there early because it tends to fill up fast.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • okeydokey
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We had a great meal here....menu showed ambition and skill. Each dish was delicious. Our server was solicitous but never intruding. The lamb shank fell off the bone, the beef bougonniere was delicious with yummy mashed potatoes -- excellent meal for three weary travelers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great!
    yvva
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Took a party of 10 here for my birthday. The staff was very accommodating and polite. The food was unbelievable. I definitely would recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic jazz meal
    Doggie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Wow, we had a fantastic time! Not only were we entertained by some nice jazz, but the food was phenomenal! Lobster bisque was to die for, and my scallops may have been the best scallops I have ever tasted. Cooked to perfection with truffle mushrooms to boot. There are two sides to the restaurant, so if you don't want to hear the music they are able to accommodate you.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • go for the music
    swamplads
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    i've been here several times and on this occasion did not sit on the music side of the restaurant as we were with some people who were not into jazz. unfortunately, the non-music side of the house has no energy, no vibe. very boring. so, only go if you want to sit on the music side and enjoy the scene.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pretty good
    ThinkFr33ly
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Fairly standard French bistro fair, although a bit over priced. A solid 8/10.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely surprise
    Katems
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Especially for that neighborhood. The menu is small, but well done. The gouda flan with pea tendrils, asparagus and peas was astonishingly tasty. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 189 reviews are from the Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro reviews archive.
  • Les Zygomates rocks!
    hard2pleaz
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We stumbled on Les Zygomates when our favorite jazz spot was closed for the Easter holiday. What a find! Why did it take us so long to discover this place? Service was excellent;the hostess pleasantly honored the request for a table away from a speaker, because one of us wears hearing aids, and checked twice to ensure that everything was OK; the food was quite good; and the jazz was excellent. Thank you for a great evening!
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Theater Night
    OliveOyle
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Nice menu, good wine list, fairly empty restaurant when we arrived at 5:45 for an 8:00 performance at the nearby Opera House. Appetizers took nearly 45 minutes, though one came out immediately. Overall the service was so bad that we had to leave without dessert and the manager took drinks off the check. They have live jazz, a nice place to go if you have the entire evening.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hold the Salt...Please!!!
    wmkot
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    First visit here. Waitstaff was awesome and sat us at a great corner table until...the obnoxious table of 7 women across from us was so loud the table next to us moved; as did we a few moments later. Got a bistro table at the door. Bread came - stale with over salted butter. I ordered the steak w/fries (healthy portion) and her, the monkfish (insultingly small portion). Hers was mediocre at best, mine though tender was over salted. The fries were soggy and WAY over salted and the spinach was so salty it was inedible. At least the wine was good, as was the staff. Sorry, but won't be back anytime soon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    Morgan
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food was amazing, I was there with a party of 6 and tried everyone's meal, each one was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I had a client lunch meeting there last week and the food was amazing. I had the special "fried chicken with fried egg on top" and it was outstanding. It was my first time visiting and I can't wait to come back again!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Les Zygomates for lunch
    sansible
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I've enjoyed dinner at Les Zyg (a favorite before I moved out of the area years ago). This was my first lunch visit. We arrived late (traffic & parking issues). They kindly held a table for us. It wasn't crowded. We had a pleasant, leisurely lunch. I had duck confit w/ lentils, fingerling slices, and a tangy mustard sauce. It was overall tasty - the sauce added a bright flavor without being overpowering. The duck was a little confusing. In places, the skin was a bit dry/tough yet the fat underneath hadn't fully rendered. It was still tasty (duck!), not as perfect as on past visits, also (to me) not worth complaining about. As this was my first meal here that was less than absolutely rave worthy, I'll go again (everyone has an off day).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted it to be great - but
    MelissaVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Wanted it to be great - but everything was mediocre at best, from service, to food, to ambiance. We felt bad for our server since he appeared to be the only waiter in the restaurant area. Fried oysters were good as were the moules (appetizers) but the duck was dry and lacking flavor. Limited wine list for a 'wine bar' which was disappointing considering that was what originally caught our attention when looking for a good place to try on Fri night. Won't be returning.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic