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Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro
Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro

Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro Details

  • 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: French, Seafood
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Excelleent French food, service and presentation. Always weel prpeapared and expertly served."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "It was a great night with my family. Overall service was excellent, good food and excellent music."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food was, as always, delicious! Service was fine!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Hosted some prospects, food was excellent, service was prompt. Enjoyed the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Terrific consistent food. We dine here because of jazz music on weekends - which is very good. Great wine list."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "`Food is great. Authentic French Bistro. Wines to die ffor. Convenient to public transportation."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Great place for nice wine after work! I enjoy getting wine and oysters from the raw bar. They also have great fries."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Our large party was chaotic but Andre was fantastic. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Fairly standard French bistro fair, although a bit over priced. A solid 8/10."
    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. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Lunch was fine - server fine. Can't say much more because i just had a salad but it was good all around and will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This was the first time I was somewhat disappointed. The food lost a little, charcuterie was just ok and certainly too small for $18. The escargot was somewhat dry, prior times there was butter left for bread dipping. The fried oysters had a nice light crust, but were tasteless. Steak and fries was good. My waiter was serving too many tables, so service was slow this time. They can do better (because they have)."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I love the idea of having jazz with dinner. It was a really enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Have dinner in the bar side when Yoko Miwa is playing piano. She is fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My experience online asking questions and booking a reservation was good. People were friendly and helpful. Hostess staff was friendly and welcoming. It's very helpful that Les Zygomates has a sizeable coatcheck, which is very orderly and well-managed. This is very helpful for travelers. The wait staff was slow and forgetful. Our waiter was difficult to understand and didn't seem to know the specials or the menu. The music was delightful and really added to the experience."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We have been to Les Zygomates many times and it never fails to be a great evening: great food in a lively but not overly loud atmosphere. We feel like we have stepped off the street in Boston and ended up in a bistro in London or Paris. The service is perfect knowledgeable and friendly without being intrusive. Of course we will be back!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I felt a little rushed while having dinner there. I was there for romantic dinner, but instead of feeling relaxed and enjoying the experience had to tell the guy not to rush me with the appetizer."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "First-time visitors. Location was chosen because of next meeting at Fidelity. Three of us came from South Shore to meet two folks from Cambridge. They took the red line to South Station; we parked in the close-by garage at Essex and South. Service was outstanding; food was very good. I ordered the lobster sandwich, without the bread, which they accommodated, and it was delicious. Others in the party had turkey sandwich, cobb salad, salmon salad and Croque Monsieur. For a party of 5, I prefer a round table. I will return and will recommend to colleagues."
    Dined on 3/3/2014