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Lumiere Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lumiererestaurant.com
  • Phone: (617) 244-9199
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Saturday 5pm - 10pm Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Michael Leviton
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Lumiere Catering offers an array of options for your catered event, from an intimate dinner in your home to a large corporate function. Please contact the restaurant for further information.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a semi-private dining room with capacity for a maximum of 35 guests. Menus begin at $75 per person for a 3 course dinner with 2 pre-selected choices per course. Guests may also select passed hors d'oeuvres and specialty cocktails for a pre-dinner cocktail hour. Our menu changes daily and with the seasons depending on availability of products.
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer DeLeonardis (617) 244-9199
  • Special Events & Promotions: Lumiere features a monthly dinner that highlights local and sustainable food and beverage. Speakers will be on hand to discuss the benefits of sustainable eating and a portion of the proceeds will go to The Chef's Collaborative.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Waltham St.
  • Public Transit: Green line - Woodland; Commuter Rail - West Newton
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a divided lot directly behind Lumiere, next to the Post Office. You may park anywhere in either lot, including the post office spaces after 5:30pm. There is also ample street parking.
A word from Lumiere
Lumiere is a casually elegant, upscale neighborhood bistro featuring modern-French cuisine, an extensive wine list as well as a full bar. We also offer a semi-private dining room that can comfortably accommodate up to 35 guests.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great service, great food made with great ingredients. The staff are professional and nice and friendly, and not over the top, and the food is tasty."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here and the food and ambience is great! Service was pretty good overall. I left a special request for a booth since it was our anniversary and they remembered so that was nice."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "A wonderful special occasion place. Atmosphere is elegant and comfortable. Just fine to be dressed up or casually dressed. So nice to have white tablecloths that aren't covered with butcher paper! We had a bavette steak and the duck breast, both cooked perfectly - tender, juicy, flavorful. Scallops and pork terrine were both excellent too. Big and little bursts of flavor throughout, the accoutrements for each dish kept our palates happily intrigued and entertained."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We have wanted to go to Lumiere for a long time. We had sampled some items at the Boston Wine Expo in February and loved what we had. The dinner was up to our expectations. The waitress was great. We loved the informal atmosphere. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service. Well worth the price. Wait staff very knowledgable and helpful."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I love Lumiere - one of the best french restaurants I have ever been to!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "A real restaurant in Newton w/good food, wine & service. The fish dishes were excellent. Worth a visit or two. Do not bel. the newer places in Newton can really compare to Lumiere."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Expected more from this place. Visited after movie at W. Newton theater and ordered the striped bass. Portion was quite small and the top was so chared that I had to cut it with my knife -- yet it wasn't that hot. Seemed like it had been left under a heat lamp too long. It was served on combo of two sauces -- one a think creamy sauce and the other a strong tomato-based sauce -- which did not complement each other let alone the fish. I won't belabor this -- place just wasn't that good. If you're seeing a movie at W Newton, you may want to try one of the other restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and we're looking for a place that had great food and ambiance. Lumiere exceeded expectations! Our server Luke was excellent, food was fantastic, wine pairings wonderful! I would definitely go back"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We recently had a delicious dinner at Lumiere. We had not been there in years and decided to try it again. Our party of 4 all had a delicious meal. We especially loved the house salad with a wonderful orange vinagerette dressing. The dressing was so good we asked our waiter for the recipe and by the end of the meal we had it. Two of us had the chicken dish that was so flavorful, another had the striped bass and another the scallops, all raved about their meals. We finished it off with a refreshing watermelon sorbet. So glad we rediscovered Lumiere, we will definitley go back again."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We celebrated a big anniversary at Lumiere. Everyone was most attentive and made us feel very special. The dishes were creative and delicious. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We always have great food at Lumiere. We usually go for special occasions. Prices on the higher side but worth every penny. Also like the decor and service very good."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "As is tradition for my husband & I We planned a night out @ lumiere last Sunday to celebrate our 48th anniversary. The food was good as usual but we had some mix ups with what we ordered and what was delivered. The waitress was new and the staff bent over backwards to makeup for the mistakes . Also when we got the bill they had compted a few things that we ordered . All that said I do not think the fish main courses were as good as in the past. The cold asparagus vichyssoise w/ house smoked bluefish salad was superb! The yogurt panna cotta & the warm rhubarb/strawberry crostata w/ sourcream sorbet were as well fabulous!! Bluefish Snd sea bass mains were just ok. But definitely reccomend, they are usually pretty consistent."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Lumiere isn't about the atmosphere, scenery or scene, it's about the food, and our meal was exquisite. In particular we'd recommend anything on the menu that comes out of the sea."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "You really do get what you pay for at lumiere. I reserved through open table and added a note about my special occasion. Wasn't really expecting them to pay attention to it, but they did, and very nicely too. Service was flawless, food was absolutely delicious and unusual."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "It was an ok meal, but not stellar. Poor value for the money."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Lumiere could easily be passed by externally. Inside the decor is upscale French bistro and the food is of downtown quality. We had the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings for 3 people. They were willing to have 2 of our guests have alternates for the scallop course - and their soft shell crab was superb. Wine pairing was particularly well done - although I would have preferred a red or a port with the cheese course rather than the sweet white served. Service is friendly and prompt - surprisingly though the servers' uniform was more downscale than the place deserves. We will be back, particularly for occasions."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Every single dish was absolutely delicious and beautiful. Staff superb. Excellent cocktails, wine, little extras. Five people - all very happy. Greatness!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We knew what to expect because we'd been to Lumiere before. And our expectations were actually exceeded. We had the tasting menu with the accompanying wine tasting and everything was absolutely amazing - every bite was a "Wow!". A very nice way to celebrate my Mother's birthday, and Lumiere accommodated my special wishes to accommodate her needs. The service was relaxed and professional, and although there were one or two minor hiccups (once not clearing plates before bringing new plates), the timing and attention was just perfect. This restaurant is a gem!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant - consistently wonderful! The menu has great variety, the servers know the menu!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "When you walk into the restaurant, you come to realize that it's very unassuming. Even the waiters are unassuming, but they are helpful and knowledgeable. And then there is the food. From the chef's halibut tartare, as a welcome surprise, to the dessert, each was a symphony for the taste palates. We had the, Vermont Veal & Pork Country Terrine, snd the halibut tartare, as appertzers. The main course was the Mustard Crusted Falmouth Bluefish, and the BN Ranch Grassfed Beef Bavette Steak. The french fries that came with the steak,were just out of this world. For dessert we shared the Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta. When I tasted it, I close my eyes just out of pure contentment, and satisfaction. What a dining experience!!!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We wanted to dine at a reasonably quiet restaurant with out of town friends. It seems to have become difficult to find a place where you can have a conversation with table mates without shouting at one another. Lumiere provided a peaceful, relaxed environment with absolutely wonderful food. Two of us had the soft shell crab, one of my seasonal favorites. Delicious. Another had the duck breast which looked beautiful and reportedly tasted great. My husband had the bluefish which he felt was good, but nothing special. We shared a couple of the strawberry-rhubarb tarts that were the evening special. Melt in your mouth yummy. Although quite expensive, Lumiere is a fabulous special occasion restaurant."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Chef/owner Michael Leviton --- who you will actually still see on the line --- continues to put out outstanding interpretations of French bistro fare at this long time neighborhood favorite. Nice to see a chef who has expanded his portfolio (which now includes Area Four in Cambridge) keep his hands on the rudder. You can't go wrong with any of the carefully curated menu selections. Great ingredients, simply prepared. Good wine list."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "At first glance I was not wowed by the menu, but after ordering an appetizer, 2 entrees, a side, and dessert we were beyond impressed. The chef really knows what he is doing. All the dishes were prepared perfectly and left us eager to come back. My only suggestion would be to turn down the lights slightly and add comfortable chairs with the booths."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I had not been to Lumiere in over six months when I dined there recently. Things had changed: the menu was different, there were new members of the wait staff but the overall experience had not changed: the ingredients were of the highest quality, the dishes were well-designed, the execution was as close to perfect as can be achieved and the service was exactly what I wanted, friendly and attentive but not hovering. There are a lot of fine restaurants in the greater Boston area; I would rank Lumiere in the upper echelon."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The inside of the restaurant is nice. The service was welcoming and knowledgeable. The food was truly outstanding. Cant wait to return."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We went mid-week to celebrate college graduation. The food was simple, straightforward and the prep emphasized the freshness and quality of the food. Two of us had the 3-course fixed price menu with the paired wines. That was the way to go. It's a good deal at $60 and I've never done that before. Having the paired wine for each course really enhanced the overall experience. The food is simple and straight forward (had the terrine to start and the roasted chicken.) Others at the table ordered the bluefish and the pork chops. I tasted the pork and it was tender and flavorful."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I have been coming to Lumiere since the year it opened. It never disappointed. It's my favorite place and I will keep coming and recommending it to others."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We were taking our 15 year old grandson to dinner for his birthday. He is an adventurous eater, and I was hoping that the menu would wow him. While the food was delicious, there was nothing on the menu that would expand his horizons. Our food was delicious, but I was disappointed in the lack of choices."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Yet another great meal at Lumiere. In what must be approaching 20 yrs, I can't think of one meal that was not wonderful in most ways. The tasting menu pulls together so many interesting ideas. The sourcing of food ensures seasonal, fresh, sustainable products that just taste fabulous. Wish the wine list was a bit more extensive, but still found a lovely bottle to match our meals."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • " Everything about the food and the service was impeccable. The waitstaff were friendly and knowledgeable. We chose to eat very slowly because every bite was delicious and worth Savoring. In all, it was a wonderful evening. Thank you. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We went here for our anniversary and could not have been happier. We had the tasting menu, which was spectacular. The wine pairings were perfect and the service ideal. This will become our spot for all future special occasions! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We have been to Lumiere a number of times and always have liked it. After this meal we finally agreed that this will be "our place"! This will be where we celebrate because every time we go it is wonderful. They accommodate gluten-free and vegetarian needs and let you relax. Of course, they have one of the best chefs in Boston which is a treat. Thank you !"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The halibut was excellent. Service was impeccable. Appreciated the fact that the tables were not as close together as some of the other small restaurants in Newton. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Wolves Lumiere because I can always rely on it for consistently delicious food, no matter what is ordered. But this time of year, I always go for the soft shell crab! Miss the creme brûlée though!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We have been there for our 5th marriage anniversary and we really loved this place. We had the discovery menu with wines : the food was delicious and the wines were very good. The staff was nice, they even offered us a glass of sparkling wine for our anniversary ! I strongly recommand this restaurant for a special occasion, or for a romantic dinner. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had a family celebration meal at Lumiere and it had a relaxed and friendly atomosphere. The food was good and the conversation was convivial. Good suburban Boston restaurant."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food is always outstanding here, without being overly fussy. Just fresh and delicious with plenty of choice and creativity"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This is a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion. Attentive, well-informed wait staff, wonderful food and beautiful presentations."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Lumiere is one of our favorite special-occasion restaurants. The food is always interesting, delicious and out-of-the-ordinary. Service is discrete and attentive and knowledgeable. Once we were curious about one of the cheeses in the cheese course and got a fascinating introduction to local Olberhasli goat cheeses! And don't miss the sorbets! We also appreciate their commitment to using local ingredients and sustainable practices. The restaurant is upscale without being stuffy. We love it."
    Dined on 5/25/2014