Lumiere
Lumiere

Lumiere

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lumiererestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6172449199
  • 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: Continental, Contemporary French
  • 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 6172449199
  • Special Events: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Lumiere reviews from OpenTable diners
183 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (132)special occasion (130)neighborhood gem (103)romantic (68)notable wine list (31)good for groups (7)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Lumiere is a gem of a dining experience. The food is always consistently tops. I've dined there for years & love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why don't we eat here more often
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We've eaten here 3-4 times since it opened. It always has wonderfully unique but not silly dishes. Everything is delicious. The service is friendly and not stuffy. I feel like I ought to come once a month. Maybe, they could add a few more dessert options. Perhaps some local artisan ice creams.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lumière IS a bright light
    jsandVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A perfect evening of celebrating a friend's 70th b-day- scallop appetizer in a light squash/coriander sauce with pumpkin seeds- creative and richly flavorful, tuna tartare with a slightly spicy vinaigrette with flavors of avocado and ginger and refreshing cucumber. The swordfish main with shiitake mushrooms was unlike any other swordfish- tender and sweet-fleshed, the lamb duo was a little too salty sausage and perfectly done sliced lamb from the bone. We splurged with an order of fries for the table- perfectly crunchy outside and lovely potato flavor inside AND the spinach- not too creamy or overdone, a rarity. The apple pastry for dessert was a true winner- buttery and not too sweet. The tasting menu for the b-day celebrant-flawless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Inventive gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    One of our favorites. Always new way of thinking and preparing. Done well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    foodcritic23
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Despite good reviews on the web, this place is overrated. The food is good but not great, the service was awful (45 min to get an appetizer...) and the price is very high for what you get. I will not go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal
    Rich
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Very unpretencious from the exterior. Small menue with very inventive offerings, all well prepared, with great service and a very nice wine and cocktail list. A great choice for a very good meal without having to travel to Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • October Delights
    Klink
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Loved the squash soup and scallops with pumpkin seeds. Sitting in a booth with friends was very pleasant, and we appreciated the extra desserts we were offered to make up for a few slow patches in service. Food here is consistently delicious, and we like the menu variations and options (prix fixe, tasting menu) in addition to the fresh, seasonal fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No parking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    There is only one thing that kept me from giving Lumiere five stars... Lack of parking. It's tough to find so get there early and have some quarters. The meal is worth the trouble!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really special meal
    Crowetac
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had the Chefs Tasting menu. Each dish was scrumptious. The chef graciously substituted bluefish for the lamb entree. We have had the tasting menu before, but felt these portions were even smaller than usual. Also we felt slightly rushed. It was a Saturday night, so they may have been expecting a really full house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner for Two
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Scallop special was phenomenal-best scallops I've ever had! Cooked perfectly-Asian infused Autumn dish: puréed squash w/ fresh cilantro, vinaigrette made with homemade curry, roasted pumpkin seeds (were they brushed w/ the vinaigrette before they were roasted?). Beautifully presented, absolutely deliscious. My swordfish was cooked to perfection but was too salty. The homemade lamb sausage was excellent! The apple Tarte with sour creme sorbet was superb. Chocolate cake was excellent, the peanut butter sorbet that came with it was intense. Peanut butter lovers would love it. I would have preferred just a 'hint' of peanut butter. Excellent wines by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Lexingtoncustomer
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    the chicken entree was so delicious and the chicken was fresh and flavorful. Wine was a little pricey but good selections. The seating was a little crowded but the service more than made up for it. They offered a complementary welcome appetizer as well. The swordfish and the pannacotta were delicious. Perhaps one of the best French restaurants in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Excellent
    Pickettdog
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I have been to Lumiere approximately 6 or 7 times over the past few years. The food is always excellent, the staff is always cordial and very professional. I count on Lumiere to be a great dining experience, and it never disappoints. Lumiere is one of my 'go to' choices for business dinners when I need to ensure that everything will be outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too Close for Comfort
    Diner4PrivacyVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    With all the positives going for Lumiere, I would like to see some thought given to providing diners more space at tables for two. They are far too close for any private conversation and for tuning out conversation from tables on either side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great!
    qwerty
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I went on a date to this restaurant and had the tasting menu - it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT SPOT!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Meal was well executed, dc and I both had steak which was cooked to order (med rare and medium). Appetizer portion of pasta was great too!Lovely spot, will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great as Always
    MEHF
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is the only top-level restaurant in the Boston area where you can get a table on fairly short notice, I guess because it's a bit out of the way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The service was extraordinary. The food was very well described to us while we were ordering. We were given a taste of the wine before deciding which one to order. We were just very well taken care of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A perfect spot for haute cuisine
    bob0314
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Three of us spent three hours at Lumiere, eating, drinking, talking.The service was impeccable All the food we ate was delicious -- the owner, Michael Levin, is a locavore who stresses local produce. The wine list has excellent choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • oh.my.god.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Lovely beautiful delicious food. Atmosphere is very elegant but not too stuffy. Every aspect of the plate is amazing. Went here for our anniversary and if everyone celebrated another year of marriage this way the divorce rate would dwindle dramatically.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Planter11
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a lovely dinner at Lumiere on a recent Saturday night. Food was beautifully presented and delicious. Service was attentive but not obtrusive, and my water glass was always kept filled, which i appreciated. Dessert menu seemed a little limited, sorbets and parfaits, and offered way too many after-dinner drinks, so we passed. But it was a very pleasing and satisfying experience. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    PetuniaVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We've gone to Lumiere for years - for family celebrations, with friends, and just the two of us after a movie across the street in the West Newton Cinema. The food is unfaaillingly excellent, the atmosphere consistently pleasant. It's our go-to venue for a superb dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mike
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    They were especially helpful in honoring/changing our reservation when half of our party was delayed by plane flight arrival.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    A friend treated us (4 in total) to a special birthday dinner and it was, indeed, special. The ambiance is lovely and it's quiet (critical for my husband who is hard of hearing). The food was superb and "gifts" of little starters and a special drink from the chef were appreciated - a nice touch. Our waiter was delightful -knowledgable (great on wines), and friendly. It was a most memorable evening. I hope we get back there soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Experience
    Bobo
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Every serving was delicious. The corn soup was unusual and good. The Blue Fish was tasty and the Dessert special. My wife particularly enjoyed the lamb. Service was very attentive and enthusiastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Noel
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Went back to Lumiere for my wife's birthday after several years' absence. Good as ever! My bluefish was delicious; her pasta with lobster exquisite. Service was friendly and prompt. And the cost was very reasonable!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasting Menu was wonderful
    johnrob
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Interesting and flavorful with excellent wine pairings. Quite expensive, not sure that value = price paid. Table was ready promptly at 8:15, the time of the reservation. Larry and Renee were exceptional, attentive and enjoyable to interact with.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent All Around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner and thoroughly enjoyed a birthday celebration at Lumiere. The wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly, not intrusive, and we enjoyed a special soup from the chef at the beginning of the meal. The flavors and fresh ingredients of the dishes are used creatively in the excellently prepared food. We love the light and decor of the restaurant; the only reason for one less star for "ambiance" is the row of tables close together in the upper level. It keeps people away because people dislike being seated so close to others. Perhaps removing even one would make that row more appealing. I hope they will advertise the change, if it's made - I have some friends who would return. Keep up the good work, Lumiere. We'll be back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hhwdsfarnsworthVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Another delicious meal. Lumiere is consistently excellent, one of our favorite restaurants in Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    Delilover
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Lumiere has remained great for all the years it has been open, no dips or bad spells that I have experienced. I love the décor, and as my husband and I noted, everyone was dressed appropriately for a "nice" restaurant, no shorts and flip flops. It enhances the dining experience. The amuse bouche and the little cookies are and added treat to a really good meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    dineoutoften
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Took a friend for her birthday. I eat out frequently and last time at Lumiere was a treat. This time service was awkward -- one nervous, unoccupied waiter kept clearing dishes and drinks before we were finished. For price expected exceptional taste, food was good not great. Dessert menu was so uninspiring we left and went to Cabot's for ice cream for dessert -- which was delicious! Won't rush back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Have been going to lumiere for years always outstanding in food and service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meadowlark27
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We introduced friends to Lumiere who have very discriminating taster. The steak for 2 was wonderful. Cooked perfectly. Scallops were slightly undercooked. Overall, a 1st rate dining experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Michael Leviton is a treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Chef Michael Leviton is a Boston treasure. He stopped by our table to make sure everything was perfect, and it was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    MarekP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Visiting my son at BC - wanted to find a nice place to have family dinner before school starts. Excellent dining experience, good wine, nice atmosphere. Not cheep but enjoyed every minute. Great, personal service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oasis of excellence
    Verdediner
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    By far, the best restaurant in the area. Seasonal ingredients wonderfully prepared. I had two appetizers -- which satisfied me completely. I'll return to Lumiere very soon!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atmosphere, food, wine
    nannarella
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had a great dinner experience at Lumiere. The waitstaff is solicitous without being stuffy, and the room is elegant and calm. And the food! We had the prix-fixe menu choices with wine pairings, and we ate and drank very well. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Lumiere is in its own class. The food creations are amazing and always are unique and ever changing. You will never have a bad meal at Lumiere; in fact, you will only have fantastic meals that leave you wanting to come back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent: a must try
    Dragonfly60VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is a sweet spot and neighborhood gem that serves outstanding food, wine parings, excellent service and ambience. Every dish was fresh and bursting with flavor. Try fixed price menu too. Beautiful food presented and incredible parings of wine that make indulging so easy. If you haven't been here, add it to your list of "musts".
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Classy Eatery
    938raceVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food is fresh, prepared with creativity and panache. Menu somewhat limited. I would not have paired the striped bass with a beet puree, a bit too bold for me I'm afraid. Service is friendly and relaxed.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Successful Lumiere Dinner
    Klink
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    All of our platters were delicious (great chicken!) and beautifully presented. The chocolate dessert with peanut butter mousse was sensational! The lamb option on the menu was not for us, so our choices were a bit limited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.