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: 6175425108x
  • 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
83 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (42)notable wine list (34)neighborhood gem (31)special occasion (29)romantic (27)good for groups (20)great for lunch (20)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (10)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Dining while watching the clock!!
    Stadtspeise
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Our large party was chaotic but Andre was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for lunch but go early
    Tucsonlightning
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • okeydokey
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great!
    yvva
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic jazz meal
    Doggie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • go for the music
    swamplads
    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.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pretty good
    ThinkFr33ly
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Fairly standard French bistro fair, although a bit over priced. A solid 8/10.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely surprise
    Katems
    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.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Les Zygomates rocks!
    hard2pleaz
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Theater Night
    OliveOyle
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hold the Salt...Please!!!
    wmkot
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    Morgan
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Les Zygomates for lunch
    sansible
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted it to be great - but
    MelissaVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fine lunch
    bobr
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Losing a little
    AndoverJDVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love the idea of having
    Betty
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    I love the idea of having jazz with dinner. It was a really enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yoko Miwa is Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Have dinner in the bar side when Yoko Miwa is playing piano. She is fantastic!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My experience online asking
    Tonya
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably wonderful
    DAELVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I felt a little rushed while
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient locale for bus lunch
    LoriB
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good service and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great food, good service and atmosphere. Unfortunately, extremely long wait times, and the food is a bit on the expensive side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • underwhelmed
    mmerriman
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    we were the first diners in the dining room. Our meal took close to 2.5 hours. The escargot was dry. The Duck was dry. The "short rib beef bourginone" was pot roast - NOT short rib. a $28 pot roast. Service insanely slow, especially for the first diners of the evening. The 2nd diners of the evening were seated right next to us also which was odd. On the positive side, the gravlax was good, the halibut special was also.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food good, noise and waiter bad.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    The food was wonderful, but here's what was not so good: 1. We chose the "quiet" so my wife and I could converse over our anniversary dinner. Bad choice: way too noisy. The "band" side, on the other hand, had no band that night and was almost empty. If only we had discovered that before we left the restaurant... 2. I ordered a CC perfect Manhattan -- was served a CC martini. Not bad, but not my choice. 3. Desserts were delivered only after the waiter was reminded twice, perhaps 20 minutes after ordering. Were served two complimentary glasses of dessert port wine to compensate. The wine was very goo and appreciated.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food and Good Wine
    Colleen
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I went to Les Zygomates for Valentine's day and I was not disappointed. The restaurant called me a few days ahead of time to confirm my reservation and asked if we would like to be seated close to the live music or in a quieter section of the restaurant and they listened to our request to be near the music. Even though we had a reservation for 8:15, we were seated closer to 8:35 but I wasn't very surprised since it was Valentine's day. While we waited we got cocktails at the bar. The cocktails were delicious. Service was good and the food was great. Everything we ate was delicious. My favorite dish I ordered the fried oyster appetizer with chinese sausage and a bbq sauce. I will definitely be back for the after work dollar oysters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Biz Lunch
    MisterParticular
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Had a nice business lunch here this week, my first time in the restaurant, service and food were excellent, comfortable spacing for private conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great after a long day's meeting
    Patricia
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    The group that I booked this event for raved about the entire experience at Les Zygomates. What's left to say?? Kudos.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good night
    Tasty
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    This was my first time at Les Zyg's in about 2 years, and it's has gone down hill and is no longer a decent place for dinner. The service was so slow that the oysters I ordered arrived to the table in a puddle of melted ice. A table next to me that was seated after I ordered my meal was served their main course before my appetizer was delivered. The steak frites were completely raw, when ordered medium. There was not adequate waitstaff for the amount of tables, my waiter had way to many tables for one server and could not keep up. I will not go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food. We would go
    FridaynightlightsVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Fabulous food. We would go back again and would recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fine jazz-dinner
    Lion
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We had a very nice dinner there, I came from Bavaria, my first time in Boston, and Miranda, who attended us perfectly, very friendly and competent, brought me just the beer I liked, her co-workers were very attentive, too, food was good, the music was good, alltogether a place, where I would go again!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance so so food
    Bistros
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The jazz and ambiance is worth a glass of wine and appetizer. My steak tar tar app and lamb shank were good with lots of flavor. However my wife's beet salad was primarily lettuce with a couple of pickled beets. Her vegetable risotto was inedible. It was so salty that we returned it. They didn't charge us and served us myriad of deserts on the house. I would still recommend this neighborhood gem for the music and cool decor and chalk the so so food up to simply an off night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We sat by the band ,which was great but it was loud. You had the option of sitting somewhere quieter. Overall great I got a farro mushroom dish. The rest ordered salmon an swordfish. I tried them all and all good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very French - Very Good!
    GMAN90125VIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    With live music most nights and great French food Les Zygomates is always a good option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Jsbuxton
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We went for New Year's Eve. Live jazz band was very good but we were seated too close and could not have a conversation. The service was VERY slow. We did not receive our entree until midnight. Also there was a draft coming through a nearby emergency exit door making it cold where we were seated. Food was inconsistent and overpriced. I would go again for drinks but not for the food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Zygomates...
    GordyVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    NYE @ Zy ... was spectacular ... Music was wonderful, dinner was to die for ... veal chop and steak ... purrfectly cooked medium rare (pink in the middle!) ..PRIX FIX was only $64 a piece plus we had an excellent bottle of wine. Was a friendly, attentive, efficient wait staff ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good Friday stop
    adamsj
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    I always enjoy the restaurant. It is very wine-centric and there are few places in Boston that pay attention to wine as Les Z does. The cooking can vary quite a bit, however. It is seldom bad, but the chef sometimes throws too many ingredients in a single dish and fails to bring out the taste in the main ingredient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still Superb After All These Years
    Srdill
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    As Les Zygomates approaches its 20th Anniversary, the quality of the experience that was so memorable when they first opened has only improved. The combination of attentive service at the bar while we waited for our party to arrive and the equally mindful service in the dining room conveyed a feeling that we were special guests throughout the evening. The drinks were delicious, the oysters superb. The scallops and the swordfish dishes were perfectly prepared, with delicate flavors and pleasant combinations of vegetables and sauces. A thoroughly enjoyable meal was capped off by the lightest Creme Brûlée we've ever tasted. The jazz throughout the evening was excellent, as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.