Blu
Blu

Blu

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.blurestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6173758550
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm (Lunch) Monday - Thursday 5pm - 10:00pm (Dinner) Friday and Saturday 5pm - 10:30pm (Dinner)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kathleen Smith
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: blu to You Catering now available for business or personal events. View our catering menu online or contact, Director of Catering at 617.842.3199 or email events@blurestaurant.com. Delivery available upon location.
  • Special Events: blu Restaurant and Bar is the perfect setting for private events. Host your wedding, rehersal dinner, holiday party, corporate event, business meeting or personal celebration in the warmth of our intimate restaurant. Whether you are dreaming of an intimate wedding or an elaborate evening reception, blu will help you design a personalized and unforgettable experience. Please contact the Special Events Manager at 617.842.3199 or events@blurestaurant.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tremont & Washington
  • Public Transit: T: Green line to Boylston Street; Orange line to Chinatown; Red line to Park Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Self Parking available on Boylston Street entrance for $5 up to 3 hours with validation.
A word from Blu
blu Restaurant and Bar allows you to take in sky-high views while dining on seasonal menus from Executive Chef Kathleen Smith. Feast on Chef Smith's creations for either lunch or dinner while enjoying the view from blu's bar area or dining room. Located on the 4th Floor at The Sports Club/LA, blu is a perfect venue for a pre-theater dinner, special occasions, or hosting an event.
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Blu reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (50)special occasion (40)fit for foodies (36)romantic (36)good for groups (13)neighborhood gem (13)great for lunch (12)notable wine list (12)late-night find (7)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Theater Goer
    EAshley
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Had a nice meal with no worries about gettin to the theater on time. Nice floor to ceiling windows and a relatively quiet table. Appitizers and salads were all top notch and decided to skip the entres.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jksmith4VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food was incredible! We started our meal with the Warm Lobster Dip. I was expecting something plain but the chef packed a lot of flavor into this dish. Floor to ceiling windows give a great view of the street below. Be prepared to see people in gym shorts from the work out facility on the same floor.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My husband and I went before attending a show at the Opera House. The food was delicious, and the service was terrific! We enjoyed the city view from our table by the window, although we probably would have liked it a bit more had we gone later at night when the city buildings are all lit up. There was a party going on in the bar area, which is separated from the dining room by partition only, so it did get a bit loud in the dining room at times while we were eating our dinner. For us - it was OK - but if you are looking for a quiet location to celebrate a special occasion, then this may not be the place to go.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Theatre Stop
    Cheryl
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great stop prior to the theatre loved the food and view.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Great spot for pre theater dining. We ate in the bar side and liked it. More casual than I expected but it is attached to a health club. That's not a bad thing. The beet salad was a stand out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • could be better
    jis010
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Amazing view of Washington st. Food and service just OK. Reasonable prices. Lamb OK scallops undercooked in center. Tough on outside
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We'll Definitely Return
    BosonDCB02128
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Celebrated a birthday dinner at Blu. The views are amazing, the staff is friendly and the food was excellent. Amazing place and we'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient to Opera House
    Xxxxxx
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Comfortable room with nice streetscape view. Calamari very tender and flavorful. Sea Scallops also cooked well. Vegetable elements in entrees were minimal so, in future, would choose first course with that in mind.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly fabulous meal!
    DJCFood
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    As this was our first time at Blu, we were not sure what to expect (even though the reviews were primarily good), I have to say my husband and I were pleasantly surprised with a wonderful meal, great service, nice ambiance and view of the theater district through floor to very high ceiling windows. We split the Thai Shrimp appetizer, I had the Diver Sea Scallops in a lobster risotto and my husband had the Slow-Braised Pork Shank Ossobuco. All were delicious! We were too full for dessert, but those looked good too! We had tickets for a show at the Opera House at 8 PM; we arrived at the restaurant and 6 PM and had a lovely, leisurely meal and made it to the show with plenty of time to spare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful pre-theater experience
    nightonthetown
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed an excellent meal and attentive, yet unobtrusive service in a relaxed environment before taking in a show. A perfect night on the town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rather Surprising!!
    GoodEats77
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Went into town for a night with my wife and we wanted to have an upscale dinner, but in a bit of a relaxed environment and Blu hits that's on the head! When we arrived we found the entrance to be a bit different butting through the cafe area, but once in the dinning room everything was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Blu
    Mary
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Met a friend for a catch-up lunch at Blu and it was very lovely, as always. Great view and great food, and a nice glass of wine. I had the salmon over rice/vegs. Well cooked, and a nice portion for lunchtime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth The Find
    Cheryl
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    It was tough to find the entrance and the directions aren't great. Went with a friend before a show and the food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Date Night Gem
    Wine
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The view of downtown gives me Vegas real-ness. The bright lights from the Paramount illuminate the street and the wide and high windows open Boston streets right before you. The ambiance and view are every-thang and the food and service is outstanding. I plan on coming back very soon. Great for a special night out with the girls, close friends, significant other or a blind/first date. Don't be alarmed when you get to the 4th floor and reach a cafeteria, walk past this and the restaurant is behind it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great hidden spot
    Rachelp85
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    My boyfriend and I went during Dine Out Boston week for the $20 lunch special. Hidden on the 4th floor of a hotel, we were seated right by the floor-to-ceiling window view of Boston, looking down on the scurrying pedestrians below. The view for lunch alone was worth it - what a cool spot! We tried the spicy shrimp & chorizo flatbread and the stuffed artichoke bottoms for an appetizer, chicken linguini and lamb sliders for entree, and raspberry mousse cake and orange creme brulee for dessert - everything was wonderful and the portions were well worth the cost! If I had to nitpick anything, the waiter forgot my drink order and I had to re-order it with another staff. Other than that very small hiccup, I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gd food and vu in theater district
    zoilo
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Nice view from 4th floor over Chinatown and theater district. Excellent restaurant week lunch. I will return for dinner because food was very good and in the heart of the theater district.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS
    Peter
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Had pre-theater dinner at BLU this week and it was FABULOUS. The service was excellent, the waitstaff knowledgable and attentive and the food was wonderful. I had the butternut squash with short rib and my date had the proscuito wrapped scallops over risotto. Everything was cooked to perfection, very well presented and very flavorful. We eat out several times a week in Boston and I have paid significantly more for a dinner at the "must go to" places and it has not been as good as BLU. This is a real find and a pre-theater gem. Tell them you are going to a show and they will pace your meal accordingly. We are so happy with our experience at BLU and highly recommend you go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blu
    Mazy
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Very good food in a great urban setting! Wonderful service from a very patient waiter made for a special evening for a friend's birthday! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the investment
    ThaiKingVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    This is great place for a romantic dinner. See if the can sit you in the first table / couch it's the one with the best view of Paramount.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Views are great. Food is not.
    boathouseVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    What a lost opportunity -- the view is lovely for guests seated toward the expansive glass overlooking the theatre district. Restaurant should be redesigned so that guest seating is oriented outward facing the glass and the view. My wife had a spectacular view -- mine was a view of the bar and wait staff's area. The food was fair at best. Shrimp appetizer had an overwhelming fish odor that we could smell as it approached the table. We returned it immediately. Salads were fine. Salmon dinner was okay -- lacked flavor and imagination. While convenient for before going to theatre, there are other options like Artisan Bistro or SIP that are better choices.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Yves
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I had such a great time with my girlfriend. The food, wine and desserts were amazing. Likewise for the service. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dine Out Boston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    They were able to accommodate a larger party at the last minute, which was much appreciated. The food and the drinks were well done, and the atmosphere was fun. It was one of the only restaurants in boston with any kind of city view, and the low blue lights served to create a fun, slightly surreal feeling as you look at the lights of the city in the theatre district. Everyone in our group really enjoyed what they ordered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great night out
    jody
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Parking is easy and inexpensive. View is great. Food was delicious, especially chocolate lava cake. To die for!! Tables are a little close together. Had a great night out.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So convenient to the ballet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Blu has a fun atmosphere with good food and is a stone's throw away from the Boston Opera House and the rest of the theater district.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Went for Dine Out Boston and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Went for Dine Out Boston and was very pleased with the food, portions, and service, would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before the ballet
    rowangreenleafVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We usually go here before the ballet. The staff are accommodating and attending, the food is pretty good, and the lighting is very romantic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet, pleasant lunch
    cmedin02
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    I went for lunch during restaurant week and enjoyed my experience. The shrimp and chorizo flatbread was deliciou, the lamb sliders were very good (although part of me wishes I was a bit more daring and went for the grilled salmon salad with mango, blood orange, and acai-berry vinaigrette), and the orange-cinnamon creme brulee was a very interesting flavor combination which I came around to in the end. The wait staff was very nice and attentive. The restaurant was surprisingly empty for lunch, but that didn't bother me. The menu was also only $20 for the 3-course lunch which was quite a steal. I'd recommend giving this place a try.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dine-out week at Blu
    Mary
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    We went for Boston Dining Out week (or whatever it's called now) lunch at Blu. The room is so pretty with the excellent view of the area (big floor to ceiing windows all around on the 6th floor.) The food was excellent, and the apps were HUGE. Could have beena meal in themselves (flatbreads.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of choices. Food was very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Wanted a place near the theatre district for light dinner and drinks. I liked the menu because there were several appetizer and salad choices. We had Mushroom soup which was excellent and served hot (like it should be!), a salad with seared tuna (I was missing a wasabi flavor on the plate, but was otherwise good) and very good and decadant smoked mozzarella sticks. My mixed drink was tasty and very strong...only needed one. Our server was very pleasant. The view was surprising, and the atmosphere was upscale fun and funky. We were there on an odd night, as they were preparing to host a function later in the night, so it was very quiet. But I would return and try it again any time.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food and service
    Poppy
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Always great food and service in my experience. Little quibble this time, duck was to be served with wild rice. Delicious duck, but came with lots of white rice with few grains of undercooked wild rice. Disappointing from a chef with a brain and skill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around special venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We love the ambiance, service with a smile, and last but not least the food preparation is pleasant to the eye as well as to the palate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My husband and I went to Blu to celebrate our anniversary prior to a show. Great restaurant, especially before/after attending a show in the Theatre District. We were somewhat skeptical based on reviews regarding the sports club and cafeteria outside of restaurant, but we had a very good dining experience. The food was very good, the service was great. Our waiter made a recommendation from the menu for dishes that we would enjoy and still allow plenty of time to get to the show. They did not disappoint!! The ambience was nice, great scenic view of nightlife. This is a nice spot for a romantic special occasion or for dining with a group. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    HungryL
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Had the lobster club which was wonderful. Finished the meal with the Hazelnut Bon Bon...to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good spot after shopping.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    good spot after shopping. Bar is a little too noisy for the dining room. Separation could be better. Dining room small but great views and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blu in a great area
    Tracy
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The resturant was great and accomodating for our party of 4 on a popular saturday night. The dinner and cocktails were great. The pear martini had just the right amount of pear added.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theater dinner
    Lala
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We had the delicious beet salad, very tasty and eye-appealing. We both had the pan seared salmon with miso: delicious and perfectly cooked!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday lunch
    Mary
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Took my colleague out to lunch here for her birthday. We have a lovely time! I had the salmon over rice/veggies and it was cooked perfectly. The foccacia bread basket was heavenly, and my friend was still talking about her chicken over pappardelle pasta the next day. 1 slight issue: tried to make a res for 12:30 but according to Open Table, none were available. When we got there early at 12:35 for our 12:45 res, there were about 12 emply tables, so not sure why we couldn't have booked earlier in the first place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool hidden place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Will def come back. Good food good service and a really nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Blu was a great find for my husband and I who are always looking for a nice place to go on the way to the ballet. I had always been a little skeptical about its being located in a gym but as the reviews ave indicated, it has its own space, with lots of atmosphere and great views of the theatre district. Everything worked the way its supposed to when you dine out. We had good service, very attentive to our ballet beginning at 7:30. The selection of, and food itself, was great...coming in a timely fashion. We chose small plates for dinner but the entrees themselves looked delicious and we will be back to try them out. The restaurant was lively, and filled up as we sat there. There was a great buzz but it was not noisy or distracting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view
    CAthyR
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Restaurant has bird's eye view of theatre marquees. Good food too! Great for a pre-theatre bite to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.