Dined at Troquet for firstDined at Troquet for first time Saturday evening. Lovely room with warm ambience and nice view. Staff couldnt be nicer or more attentive. Menu is ambitious and interesting. Appetizers were very good. Only downside is that both my wife's entree and mine (they were different) had too much salt in them. Not bad enough to send back but significant enough to diminsh both dishes which with otherwise very nice.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMReliable in the Back BayTroquet will never let you down. The food is consistently well-executed and service friendly and efficient. If you're a wine lover, the list here is one of the deeper, more serious ones in the area, with lots of old, hard-to-find vintages at prices that are --- given the wines we're talking about --- more than fair. My only two complaints: First, it's time for a serious freshening up of the interior. The drab furnishings, the dull hardwood floors, the worn dining chairs -- feels more like the Rattlesnake down the block than a fine dining establishment. Time to put a few $ back in. Second, food prices - especially appetizers ($18-$23) - seem high. But if you close your eyes to the surroundings and the food bill, you will enjoy.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMA great Dining experienceA great Dining experience as usual. The food and service are excellent. Known for their Wine Pairings and Wine list, but wines are quite expensive. Less than 5% of wines by the bottle are less than $100!! Would go more often (as would friends) if wine prices were more reasonable. But you can't beat the food. Octopus and Suckling Pig were out of this world. The Dover sole sole was best we tasted in all of Boston. Deserts were also top notch.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous - as always! TheFabulous - as always! The food here is simply amazing...every time.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband and I ate dinnerMy husband and I ate dinner here and absolutely loved it! The food was phenomenal. We have eaten at a lot of great restaurants and we were so impressed by the quality/taste of our meals. Some of the best food we've ever had. It was so delicious! The service was great too. I had requested a window seat for my husband's birthday and they promptly sat us in one of the best views of the restaurant. Our waiter, Rick, was great...very knowledgeable and personable...great service!6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMBest in Boston for wine and food paWe enjoy the food very much but the wines are which sets Troquet apart from other Boston top restaurants.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous cuisine and wineI'm not sure it's authentically French, but it is inventive and delicious. Everyone at our table got different dishes, and they were each fantastic. They do sauces particularly well. The wine menu is lovely, and I enjoyed the ability to try half glasses of various selections. It was too noisy and hard to talk. They should add some fabric or something to the room to deaden the sounds. The view of the old graveyard is cool if you get the right table.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMBest meal in last five years...Food was amazing. Like I said, best I've had in recent memory. Typically not a fan of French food, but I was amazed at how each course offered the best in taste and presentation. We'll be back soon, hopefully for the tasting menu.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMHands down best foodAbsolutely the best food in Boston! The dishes are perfectly balanced flavors, the ingredients of the highest quality. The wine pairings are brilliant; you will be both satisfied and edified. I loved this chef's food at Veritas and we are so lucky he came to Boston.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent pairingsAbove, Open Table asked: "Would you recommend Troquet to a friend?". Well, that is exactly what I did, and the friend was not disappointed. In fact, he was very pleased with the whole experience. Chris Campbell met us as host and took us to our table that overlooked the Boston Common. Once we made our food choices (New Zealand Langoustines as appetizers, Roast Suckling Pig for me Asssiette of Lamb for friend), Chris was very helpful in helping us pick out the right bottle. Everyone on the staff was friendly and helpful. The food was as I had remembered it to be: Excellent, and nicely presented. All in all we got what we paid for.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMPre-theater perfectionWe made reservations at Troquet at 5:30 so we would have plenty of time to make an 8pm show (and still try the desserts we had been recommended!). We needn't have worried. Both our maitre d' and specific server asked if we were going to a show. We had a lovely three course meal with different wine pairings in a relaxed hour and fifteen minutes. If we had wanted to linger with coffee, they would have welcomed us, but we decided to take a walk in the Commons across the street instead. Of course the food was excellent, and the servers did a lovely job walking us through the wine list. But the fact that the kitchen was so tuned into pre-theater dining was a wonderful surprise! My new go-to choice in the theater district5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely EveningWe booked Sat. morning for a Sat. evening 8:30 pm reservation. We had friends from out of town and we wanted a nice restaurant with good food, that took reservations, but was not too noisy so we could catch up. I requested a table by the window. Troquet was perfect and honored the window request! The food was excellent - apps. - beet salad, cauliflower soup, foie gras, entrees - duck, sole, halibut. Dessert was not as stellar, except for the cheese plate. Our friends were wearing jeans and did not feel out of place. Thanks for a memorable evening!!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderfulThe food at Trouquet is awfully good. I had fois gras 2 ways that was awesome. And where else can you get a glass of Chateau D'Yquem with your fois? I had pan sauteed dover sole with lemon beurre blanc. Very pricy but oh so good. Striped bass was not quite as popular, just a little fishy tasting. But all 4 of us loved our meals.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMBest of the best just got better!Troquet continues to up the ante on delivering the perfect dining experience. New entrees, fantastic service and a knock your socks off wine list won't disappoint!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMA wonderful place!A beautiful experience right in the theater district, overlooking the park! Fresh churned butter, beautiful and inventive seasonal menu keeps rotating so there are always some new surprises. Spring asparagus (French white and green) with yummy Morel mushrooms, New Zealand langoustines on top of papaya salad were crispy and flavorful, and the halibut main dish with forbidden rice and kafir lime foam spiced just right were amazing. All farm fresh, locally sourced and a great selection of small plates/entrees. We were in a rush and the wait staff totally made it work! Truly impressive wine list and the best part is that they also have some of these great wines by the glass/wine flights, so you can enjoy as much wine and variety as you want.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWe really enjoyed ourselvesTroquet is a terrific little out of the way spot that is really right there in plain view.
Once you have found it, you'll never let it go!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulousOur meal was spectacular. The best butter anywhere in this country. My husband said his soup was the best he'd ever had. Very attentive waitstaff. You need a category above for the best place pre-theater or musical performance. And Troquet is it!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love eating out in Boston.We love eating out in Boston. This was one of the most pleasant, delicious meals we've had recently.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMIncredible meal, paired beautifullyIncredible meal, paired beautifully with wine! We cannot wait to go back!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful dinner - we lovedWonderful dinner - we loved both of our meals. Great wine selection and beautiful view of the Common.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMSeriously! Go to Troquet &Seriously! Go to Troquet & get the wild boar. The wild boar entree was outrageous - my husband had it for dinner, and as much as I loved my lobster entree, I wished he hadn't given me a bite of his. It made me jealous the whole time we were eating! No really, though - Troquet is always great, and this was no exception.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful view of the BostonBeautiful view of the Boston Common. One of the best French restaurants in Boston in my opinion.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding dining experienceExcellent food, one of the best anywhere, mixed with perfect service - not too intrusive, but always available when you needed something. Dessert menu is incredible as well. Perfect place, especially if you like fine wine with your meal. We flew into Boston just for this restaurant and to meet some clients, and troquet was perfect. We will be back.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful dining experience!My husband and I took my son, his girlfriend and one of his BC friends for dinner on Sunday, after attending a concert that my son and his friend performed in at Boston Symphony Hall. We arrived at approximately 5 p.m. and were seated promptly. We all enjoyed amazing appetizers including two orders of the braised Spanish octopus, two duck confit salads and a beet salad. All were scrumptious! For dinner we ordered two orders of the chicken Giannone, one Dover Sole, one Branzino and one Rice-crusted halibut. Again, all of the dinners were delectable! For dessert we split a souffle and a pineapple macaroon napoleon. We thoroughly enjoyed our entire experience and look forward to more celebrations at Troquet.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother great experience at TroquetGroup of four, following my previous experiences we all got the 5 course meal with wine pairing. As per my previous experiences here, the food was amazing. I can confidently state that the absolute best meals I've ever eaten in my life were at Troquet. It's also one of the few places (that I've been to) where the wine pairings range from good to perfect. If you've never eaten food that was elegantly enhanced by the paired wine, you need to try out this restaurant!
Other valuable notes: great fresh bread, homemade fresh butter, attentive wait staff, and unbelievable food. It is a smaller restaurant, so you'll want to make reservations in advance. But I got our 5 pm Saturday reservation on Friday morning.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWine lovers paradiseTroquet has one of the best wine lists in Boston with offerings available by the glass. I've never been anywhere else in the world where you could buy a glass of Chateau d'Yquem by the glass (Wine lovers will know what this means!). The food is creative and outstanding. The Cauliflower soup was ridiculously good. The sliced duck breast paired with duck confit was truly amazing, each perfectly cooked.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial Night OutFirst time here and for a special occasion. The staff was very accommodating honoring our request for a window table and helping when we needed to change our reservation time. We look forward to another evening there when we are in Boston.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely restaurant, professionalLovely restaurant, professional staff, civilized dining experience, excellent food.
My only quibble would be the noise and the need to promote the culture of cozy conversation. I was with a party of 4, on a Friday, 7:30 rez, so the place was hopping. Our table felt 2" too wide for a easy conversation - had to work at listening. Smaller tables would have solved that.
Conversation is undervalued in the American restaurant experience in my opinion - and I am an American. Since you've got your "lively bar' experience downstairs, what's to stop you from softening the upstairs abit?
Just thoughts from someone who's eaten there twice..but will return.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great dinner forWe had a great dinner for two; the suckling pig was outstanding and my wife's fish was perfect. The wine list is appropriately and not obscenely priced, with some good values. I would go again.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMPricey but delicious. I lovedPricey but delicious. I loved sitting by the window and looking at the snow-covered Common. I appreciated that they offer 2 oz and 4 oz pours of wine. Even though I am not a big drinker, I was able to have red with my appetizer and white with the entree. The chocolate souffle was fantastic - rich and gooey. My husband wanted another!3/8/2013 12:00:00 AM