Aquitaine

4.5
2899 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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Award winning Parisian inspired French bistro located in the heart of Boston's South End, overlooking historic Tremont Street.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, European
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 424-8577
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Dolly Bourommavong
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Catering
customized menu available
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Union Park and Tremont Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is available during dinner only. Valet is conveniently located one block away from Aquitaine Boston, directly in front of the Calderwood Pavilion (541 Tremont Street). Valet parking is $22.
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Public transit
The MBTA #43 stops at our front door at 569 Tremont Street
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Special events & promotions
We accommodate both semi-private dining and private dining for groups of 10-75 people. Call 617-424-8577 for more info.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Let our Executive Chef Michael Zentner and knowledgeable staff create your perfect event. From signature menu items to your personal favorites your event will be crafted by our uncompromising attention to detail.

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What 2899 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined a day ago

Met a friend for lunch. Service and food outstanding.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We had a wonderful experience here! Thank you!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Aquitaine is a little bit of Paris in the Boston suburbs.
Great Bar and competent staff. Cocktails were wonderful.......
I asked for a non alcoholic concoction, and it was wonderful.
Couldnt do enough for us, enjoyed our visit

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Nice looking restaurant and great menu. Service however was lacking- slow and the waiter kept saying he was really tired! Food came to our table cool, not fun when you are eating brunch (eggs)!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Always excellent service & food!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Every detail was perfect from food to service as it always is

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Need more vegetarian options — mushroom pasta is made with pork, no straightforward salad, nothing very kid-friendly (teen, not toddler).

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent food and service. I would return the next time I'm in Boston.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Wait staff professional and relaxed.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Excellent food and portions. We had the fire grilled sausage board which was super tasty and the wine selection was amazing!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Awesome all over.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Aquitaine never disappoints. I am always happy when I leave.

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

one waiter at lunch time! food took forever to arrive. Had to ask for bread because meal was taking so long. Lobster bisque was not what I was used to, granted, but not very good either. way too spicy with some haddock thing floating in it versus a nice piece of fresh lobster. entre was well presented, tasted ok but, in the end, was an open faced ham and melted cheese sandwich with béchamel sauce. the rest of the day I kept regretting the wasted calories and thinking what did I just eat. My colleague had the same thing and he felt the same way as I did. coffee and cappuccino served with a saucer, spoon or sugar. The restaurant itself is lovely. will not go back. I know this restaurant has been in its location for a very long time. I don't know how it has managed to stay in business.

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Very disappointing. I’ve been to this restaurant at the location many times but my last visit was terrible. We a reservation for a party of 5 people and were seated at a VERY small table. When we asked to be seated at larger table we were ignored.

The food and service were just terrible. Escargot was dry and chewy. Gnocchi was gummy and pasty, schnitzel dinner had a pile of arugula placed on the veal with 2 small cherry tomatoes... no flavor at all.

Extremely slow service, a forgetful waiter, website menu is not updated. The wine was okay.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Celebration

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1.0Dined on June 2, 2018

This used to be a really good place and we've enjoyed it a lot in the past. Sadly, the kitchen is in disarray. Besides screwing up our order and botching the remake, we saw that the tables on either side of us also had problems. The wait service was not attentive, and added their own issues to the kitchen problems.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Aquitaine is the best.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Always a great time here. John is one of the best servers anywhere!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great meal at a reasonable price. Really liked the atmosphere. Went for brunch and would certainly go back!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We went for the Sunday brunch. I had the French toast and my wife had the smoked salmon hollandaise. Everything was great. Our reservations were at 10:30a and it started to get busy around 11a, so get there a little early.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Scrumptious, Perfect, Rave Worthy Dinner
With hundreds of Boston restaurants to choose from, we chose to have a small graduation celebration at Aquitaine. It was definitely the right choice! From the moment we entered, the phenomenal experience began. The staff wrote a lovely congratulatory letter to the graduate. The server was extremely warm and personable. The intimate, Parisian bistro atmosphere, attentive, warm and professional service, and delicious, expertly prepared dishes, are all excellent.
The chef prepares everything with expert culinary skills. The appetizers, (escargot, soup (lobster bisque or onion), salad and mussels) are all exceptionally executed and truly delicious. The mussels and escargot rival those from the best restaurants in Paris. The entrees (filet mignon, tuna Wellington and our personal favorite, the sole) were perfectly prepared and incredibly delicious. (Ask the chef to omit the smoked leeks from the fish which only detract from the delicate sole).
The desserts were also yummy. The decadent bread pudding (our favorite), profiteroles and mousse were all very tasty.
Every meal at Aquitaine is underscored by delicious food and impeccable service. ...........excellence we have come to expect at this incredible restaurant. With stupendous service and food in a charming atmosphere, Aquitaine remains the best dining experience in Boston.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

45 minute wait for entree. No one checked if everything was satisfactory after entree delivery. Filet of sole was dry and without sauce but no one to help the situation. Been to Aquitaine several times, first disappointment.

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2.0Dined on May 24, 2018

I haven't dined at this restaurant for years, but decided to try it after other restaurants in the area were filled. It is still lovely and the staff was friendly and efficient, but the food (except for the salad) was mediocre at best. We had a variety of dishes, from steak to fish, and none were worth a return.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

I have been eating at Aquitaine for probably 15 years. Having lived in Belgium for 2.5 years, I believe I'm a good judge of authentic French food. Aquitaine serves classic French dishes in a classic French bistro/restaurant setting. My last meal on 5-22-18 did not disappoint. The asparagus with arugula and fried eggs was a great way to start. The main course of sole meuniere did not disappoint, and I finished everything off with a delicious tarte tartin. They renovated the entire dining space and bar in August of 2016, I believe. The renovation was excellent. The restaurant is a classy French place but not pretentious.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Just looks like being in brasserie in Paris. Great food.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Went there for my daughter's college graduation. Wanted a place that wasn't too loud and offered tasty offerings with a casually elegant ambiance. Big hit on all fronts. The mussels and crusty bread was all that was needed however my son ordered the cheese plate. Delicious. We then settled down for the entrees. Just the right quantity. Great spot and will return.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great atmosphere and service. We all got salads and they were good

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Outstanding brunch venue.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Lovely! I arrived for my reservation and was seated within 5 minutes. The puffed pastry was delicious. The asparagus appetizer was delicious...could have shared. The sole meunière was nice. The chocolate mousse was heavenly. The ambiance delightful...the staff were attentive without being pushy.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Had to wait 35 minutes for our reserved table. Food and wine we're very good. Portion size was rather small for the price. Pomme frites excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The service was terrific as was the ambiance; however the portions tended to be small.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

This was my first time at Aquitaine and I was really impressed! I was meeting some friends there for brunch and the avocado toast was so good! Everyone I was with really enjoyed their food and drinks. The service was actually the best part - our waiter was really friendly, patient and had some good recommendations!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Enjoyed a great dinner with family and friends! Food was all delicious.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I have had dinner there several times and this time it was disappointing. Had reservation, but still had wait. Ordered cheese tray for a starter and it took 25 minutes to be served. Gin gimlet was made using sour mix rather than lime. Sent it back! Food was ok especially the steak and fries. I just like the place and would go back again. It is convenient to my home so easy to get there. It was Mother’s Day so I’ll give them a pass!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I was there for mother’s day. I enjoyed the dining experience.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great meal for mother's day. I like the updated interior ... brighter but still Frenchie cozy.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

As per usual, food and service were impeccable. Made a reservation at Aquitaine for a joint mother's day/graduation brunch and everything was great. Service was nice and fast, and the kitchen accommodated vegan requests without a problem.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Nice Mother’s Day experience.
The crab eggs Benedict was AWESOME! My son’s chili nacho seemed good also. My husband had the German apple pancake...delicious. Two other dishes in our party were marginal ...an omelette - very ordinary. My other son’s Belgian waffle seemed very ordinary too. Would like to see more “pomp and circumstance” embellished on these items. Hit for the day...the eggs Benedict with crab cakes!

Otherwise....excellent experience for Mother’s Day!! Much appreciation!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I have been going to Aquitaine for years and we are never disappointed. Great food and bar, courteous service and a welcoming ambiance of casual elegance that make it a perfect bistro stop for brunch, lunch or dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s day

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