Aquitaine Bis

4.2
1713 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Aquitaine Bis brings Paris and one of Boston's favorite Bistros to the suburbs. Executive Chef Seth Woods' seasonal menu features all the favorites and traditions of Aquitaine - Bar à Vin Bistrot in the South End along with new items created specifically for the Newton location.
We serve lunch and dinner daily including a popular brunch on both Saturday and Sunday.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Lunch Served 11:30am-3pm Monday-Friday
Aquitaine Bis remains open for cocktails, beer, and wine from 3pm-5pm daily
Dinner Served 5pm-10pm Sunday-Thursday, 5pm-11pm Friday & Saturday
Brunch Served Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm
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Phone number
(617) 734-8400
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Seth Woods
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
at Route 9
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Parking details
Pull in to the lot in front or back, self park and walk right in!
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Special events & promotions
We can accommodate both semi-private dining and private dining for groups of 10-100 people. Call 617-734-8400 for info.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Sun 5:30PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:30PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 9:00PM - 11:00PM

What 1713 People Are Saying
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4.1
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4.3
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3.9
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DL
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful new updated renovation. Love the bar area too. Excellent, friendly service, very comfortable.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ate a nice meal with my mother

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M
New England
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous . They seated us right on time.

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B
New England
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious dinner with friends. My Schnitzel dinner was excellent as was the escargot appetizer. (I did though decline the special rack of lamb at $41.) Very nice French wine. My wife had the duck l'orange which she thoroughly enjoyed along with a tasty German Riesling. Our friends likewise enjoyed their dinners and the service couldn't have been better despite a busy pre-holiday crowd. In all, a very pleasant though not inexpensive evening.

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MN
New England
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice remodel. Good as always. Bring back the schnitzel with BLUE CHEESE

I eat here a few every few months . If you bring back. SCHNITZEL WITH BLUE CHEESE I would come even more often

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L
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The brunch was excellent and a good value. The service was slow, probably because the restaurant was very full. I would go here for brunch again.

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JL
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were very disappointed. The menu was limited, the service was glacially slow and inefficient, and the portions were tiny. The manager came to apologize, saying they had gotten “swamped “ with walk-in customers, but they are a restaurant after all and should be able to handle volume. I have had excellent dinners at this location and terrific lunches at the Dedham location, so I was very let down by the quality of this experience.

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were very good.
Will definitely return

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New England
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Kitchen gets completely overwhelmed by number of people the restaurant accommodates. It took over one hour to get our main course (rack of lamb which they highly touted and a piece of fish). When the meal came out , the lamb looked like they had just removed it from the refrigerator and plopped it on a plate. We had to send it back ruining the meal for the person eating fish as we waited for the lamb to return. Four hours later, we left with a hefty bill and no apology for the unreasonable delay. Really poor for the area’s high standards and clientele.

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MB
New England
57 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the Friday special, skate frites. Be sure and make a reservation.

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New England
36 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The vibe at the renovated Chestnut Hill location is perfect. It feels very special, particularly if you're a regular. In fact, it makes you want to be a regular.

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C
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

The new settings are pleasant, although I missed the large French posters and photographs.
The staff , also, is very pleasant and professional.
But the food is not as good as it was before.

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W
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I was excited to get back to Aquitaine. I like what they have done in the remodeling. But the disappointment came with dinner. The salads were god. No complaints. The scallop dish was fine. The special of the day, the rib eye was well over priced and not a very good cut of meat. Also, ITV was over cooked. Got the price we paid, I would not order that again as i could pay a similar price at Smith and Wollensky.
Doubtful that we would return. Many other better restaurants around for the value. .

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MD
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We use to go to the city’s Aquitaine all the time and when we moved to Newton, we were glad to see it here. It was a great brunch and great service. Looks pretty since the renovation too.

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KS
New England
40 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The decor and cuisine of Aquitaine have the feel of a charming French bistro. My friend and I had an excellent brunch there on a Saturday. The menu included both a la carte offerings and prix fixe options. I had a fines herbes omelette which was accompanied by roasted potatoes, a tiny green salad, and a sticky bun. The food was delicious and the waiter was attentive and helpful throughout the meal. My friend and I had a lot to talk about so we sat for a long time. The waiter never rushed us. It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

The duck was served extremely rare. When it returned it was not much better. I am experienced in French bistro cooking—medium rare should not be raw

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HS
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For my palette, money & convenience, Aquitaine Bis is the best restaurant in Chestnut Hill. Since the renovation, I can't get there enough. From the daily specials, to the drinks, to the wide array of menu items, everything has been amazing.

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New England
36 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Glad that the Chestnut Hill location reopened because it's cozy and always good and parking is easy compared to Boston. Mussels and Boar Bolognese were excellent.

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LF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food as usual rates a 10 plus. freshly delicious! Great service as well. Wonderful ambiance.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Our server was great! And love the atmosphere—both cozy & elegant. We’ll definitely be back again soon.

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DR
New England
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Poor service, under-seasoned food. Missing flatware. Inattentive service.

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PM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A last minute belated birthday dinner. The birthday girl received a lovely birthday note from the staff and a birthday candle with her apple tarte dessert.
Food and service were wonderful. Thank you for a great meal.

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a
New England
40 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We each had the scallops and they were very good accompanied by red cabbage. We split a beet salad that was okay. I had a cocktail that was good. We split a dessert of apple tatin that was good. The bill was @$100 before tip. The restaurant has been remodeled and now has a long bar on one side with a clear glass partition between it and the seating area. There is also another seating area in the back. The noise level is low and makes conversation easier.

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BB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I would not ever go back.

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a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointing dinner which was quite expensive. It took the waiter 40 minutes to take our order and we received our dinner 90 minutes after sitting down. The restaurant was only about 1/2 full.
I ordered my salmon medium and it came to the table barely cooked. I sent it back for more cooking. The chicken was bland and disappointing. The brussels sprout and kale salad was tasty but over dressed. The potato gratin received high marks. Not worth a return visit at these prices.

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M
New England
34 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious, welcoming, professional staffing, nice ambiance

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CD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I've eaten at both Aquitaine Bis many times previously, and they've both been comparably excellent. I was looking forward to the reopening of Chestnut Hill, so I'm sorry to report my deep disappointment.

Just a few quick comments which I hope will help. The bolognese was a watery sauce with small pieces of chop meat--and very little of it. It was tasteless. The hamburger was dry; the bun was hard--stale. The pain perdu, which has been outstanding in the past, was dry and thin. The tart had a soft, soggy shell, as though microwaved. The waitress was not as attentive as she should have been; coffee was room temperature by the time the dessert arrived. The experience was also a little embarrassing since I had guests with me and I had spoken well of the restaurant when we were deciding where to eat

It might be a good idea to have a conversation with your chef

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BF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We went for brunch - a group of 6 people. Not one person was happy with their food. The coffee was not hot, the brioche french toast is deep fried and greasier than a fried dough at an amusement park, the portions are relatively small, and the server was nice, but very amateur. We had to ask for the toast that came with our omelettes and then two small (cold) slices came to the table.

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OT
New England
44 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience at Aquitaine Bis last night (Saturday). Although the restaurant was crowded, our server was efficient, checking back frequently. The food was tasty. Noise level in the glass box was acceptable. The cheese puffs were back. Looks like they were reading the reviews on your site and addressing the issues. We would definitely recommend.

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MR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

It was a busy Saturday night. Waited 45 minutes for the food. We shared a beet salad. The beets were paper thin. The scallops were over cooked and rubbery. The dish was entirely too, too salty. Inedible. The veal schnitzel would have been ok if there was any veal inside the breading. It’s a shame that the kitchen and waitstaff didn’t have it together.

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S
New England
27 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Aquitaine. Food is great, the renovations have decreased the noise level, which is wonderful.

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DM
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent dining experience! The food was great, quiet spot, all great!

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c
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy Aquataine finally reopened! Excellent food and service. Best onion soup gratinee in town - wonderful little house puffs to begin - Outstanding crab salad (this is new on the menu) - and - of course - the divine profiteroles (hard to get in Boston - I think a lot of people don't know what they are )
Only criticism is that the music is too loud for quiet conversation - which is a good reason to go here as the atmosphere is cozy and relaxing - If they would turn down the volume of the music it would be perfect!

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are true foodies and eat out several times a week. Aquitaine Bis reopened recently after being closed for renovations. We ate there last Friday and returned again the next weekend because it was so good. The food, atmosphere and staff are all outstanding! We highly recommend it. The staff truly cares about the food quality and overall experience of their guests.

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C
New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We haven’t been to this restaurant for quite a number of years. We had fond memories of our previous dining experience. But this time we are ver disappointing with their level of service. The wait staff is very inattentive. We asked for more butter which never came. When we asked for a second time, they just took my husband’s bread and plate away. The food is acceptable not exceptional.

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EA
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

I am so happy Acquataine has reopened. It is a wonderful restaurant with great food and very knowledge and attentive waitstaff. My only disappointment was that despite making an early 630pm reservation a week in advance, I was seated in the enclosed bar area where noise and movement by bar patrons put a slight damper on our evening. Next time, I will request the dining room. Who knew that the request needed to be part of my reservation request??

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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H
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Didn’t enjoy my main course, the sole. It’s prepared differently at the Legacy Place location. Also, the mini loaf of bread at LP is better than the two rolls served at CH.

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DC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Replace the two boring rolls with your good French baguette!

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SM
New England
71 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Dependably great cuisine. Unfortunately our server was so rushed that he never remained even a moment for questions. 3 times we had to track him down when something was left out, when water was not refilled, when we had a question preordering. He literally would walk by the table and say or deliver something on the run so there could be no response. Spoiled our usual good experience at the restaurant.

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