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: (617) 542-5108
  • 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
103 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (55)notable wine list (43)neighborhood gem (42)romantic (36)special occasion (35)great for lunch (29)good for groups (28)vibrant bar scene (21)hot spot (14)late-night find (9)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Best dining experience I have had a in a long time. Ask for Robyn!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    Escargot
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. The food was amazing, especially the dessert, and the price was not bad, given the high quality food and service we received.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Willbback
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Great atmosphere with good food and good service. The steak tartare was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was a bust!
    Boston123
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Took two friends here for dinner before a show. Explained to server that we had a show tickets. Service was horrible and unfriendly. Menu alternatives were not well received. Have been a regular for lunch - would not recommend dinner. Way too pricey for the service received. I was so unhappy that I will changing my lunch venue.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was lousy
    sunshine
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The hostess was rude and snippy before we were seated. We were this first seated in the dining room and the last party to (of a full dining room) to be served our food. I have been going here about once a week for years. It has been going downhill for the last 6 months or so. This exeperice will make me think twice before going back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old Favoite
    Jacbost
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I had not been in a while and had forgotten how good this restaurant is. I went with a friend on Friday night and I was not disappointed. We had oysters, salad, steak frittes and lamb sausage. Dinner was consistently delicious, start to finish. The jazz is a nice touch if you don't sit too close (noise level is a little on the high side). A thoroughly delightful meal. It is not inexpensive but the quality is worth it. You can also eat in the bar from a less expensive menu. I will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing live music
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    If you are looking for a dining experience that has amazing wine list, great food, quality live jazz music and great ambiance this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Good food / Nice atmosphere and enhanced by the jazz group which was great without being too loud !!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Live jazz and great food
    FineDiner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had a wonderful meal while enjoying live jazz. Only issue was our waiter he seemed to be new, didn't know the menu and would disappear. We didn't care much since the food and ambience made up for it. Gnocchi escargot with lamb bacon is worth a visit, incredible.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful French food
    DeanJC
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A guaranteed good meal from a variety of French themed items. All diners had excellent dinners and wouldn't hesitate to return. Only surprise was the wine list which featured mostly California wines. Would have liked to see more French Bordeauxs at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Jazz Poor Food
    cagerVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I was not impressed! The Tuna ordered Rare came out medium and tasted dry and was flavorless. One can do better in restaurant choices in the Boston area. The Jazz however was great and woul be a good place to stop for music and drinks.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot!
    KMP1234
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I love going to places that offer live music but music that you can have a conversation over. The band was fanatastic but my husband and I were able to celebrate our anniversary with conversation as well. I had the warm farro salad and it greatly exceeded my expectations. Very happy with our choice :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I took a group to Les Zygomates for a business dinner. They seated us away from the live music as I had requested so that we could have an easy conversation. We started with some Oysters and they were delicious. We had 8 people, so there was a good selection of the entrees at the table. Everyone was happy with their meal. I would definitely reccomend this to friends and try to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Mattack
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Delivery of our salads to our table took about 40 mins.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Nick, our Server, was fabulous! The food was delicious and the Yoko Miwa Trio superb. We brought a dear friend from Kansas to experience this wonderful jewel. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, unimpressive service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was very good but the waitstaff weren't very accommodating; while not rude, they were unwilling to take any special requests and seemed disinterested when speaking to us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute group meal
    KPMGVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    THANK YOU so much for accommodating our last minute group meal. We appreciated your kindness very much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazz
    collchar
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Loved being able to hear jazz while we ate! The jazz was wonderful! Enjoyed the food. Wait staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week menu
    aamr
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I had escargot en croute, stuffed pork tenderloin and creme brulee. My date had onion soup, steak frites and pineapple upside down cake. we also got a glass of wine and a champagne cocktail. The escargot was delicious, but really, anything doused in garlic herb butter and covered with puff pastry would be. Actually everything was delicious, but I think dessert was my favorite. The creme brulee was soooo creamy and crunch and vanilla-y. The pineapple upside down cake was impossibly moist. Sooo good! The waitstaff was great. Food was nicely timed and service was not overbearing, but definitely there when you needed them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food; One or Two Issues
    EasternReader
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Les Zygomates' food is high end bistro fare, thoughtfully prepared and presented. One or two issues: despite that we were on time for our reservation, the Maitre D was less than friendly, and spoke with an edge or tone that was not welcoming; the tables for two are so small that two oversized dinner plates and a bottle of wine called for careful handling, lest we risk a spill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    a4bT
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Loved the food. Everything was cooked perfectly and was served quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • relaxing dinner
    foodEnthusiast
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I came here for a birthday dinner. The place was great for a group of 8 people. Everyone enjoyed the food and the live jazz band. The staff was very helpful. They even brought a vase for my flowers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch
    Jrogers
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great lunch and wine selection. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about wines. just great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    DenaPho
    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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 72 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 214 reviews are from the Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro reviews archive.
  • 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.
    • Food
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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.