Aquitaine Bis

4.2
1643 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
We are closed through late fall 2017 for renovations.

Aquitaine Bis brings Paris and one of Boston's favorite Bistros to the suburbs. Executive Chef Seth Woods' seasonal menu feature 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
Saturday Brunch: closed for renovations
Sunday Brunch: closed for renovations
Lunch: closed for renovations
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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
Available for LUNCH starting at $20/person and Dinner starting at $30/person (both prices exclude alcoholic beverages,tax and tip). We can accommodate both semi-private dining and private dining for groups of 10-100 people. Call 617-734-8400 for info.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Our award-winning chef and knowledgeable staff will create your perfect event. Signature menu items as well as seasonal favorites will be complimented by uncompromising attention to detail.

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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 1643 People Are Saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New England
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food and comfortable setting. Wine list worked well. Staff were friendly.

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

Service very slow. Steak frites were full of fat and gristle, almost inedible. . Prices very high.

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LF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The remodel is nice, the ambiance is good if a little loud. I wasn't overly impressed with the menu choices and the food was good but not in my opinion worth the exorbitant prices.

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J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Stylishly redone. Interesting menu. Attentive service but dreadful music.

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F
New England
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We missed Aquitaine when it closed for renovations and were frankly worried if--as in so many similar situations--it would never re-open. Well, it was worth the wait. I never thought that the old Aquitaine could be improved on, but it has been!

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KM
New England
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Very glad that Aquitaine Bis is back. New renovation is very nice and the food is still excellent. Steak frites is still high quality. Nice specials (bolognese was great) and new salads. Really enjoyed the tomato, peach, and burrata. Chocolate mouse was out of this world! HOWEVER, the music was entirely too loud and I had to shout to my dining companion all night. That actually make stop us from coming back to one of our most favorite restaurants.

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner with my God daughter and some friends. beautiful dining room, delicious food and friendly service. The only flaw, and it was a large thorn, was the anemic string beans that arrived unseasoned, under-cooked and oh-so-expensive as a "side". Skip the sides and enjoy the dishes. We'll be back.

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LW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good. Allergy free and our wait person was fab, but service was terrible. 45 minute wait for food that was not hot.

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

So glad this neighborhood favorite finally re opened! It was great to be dining in such a beautiful new space. The food is delicious as ever and Fabio, the General Manager is delightful!

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a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was quite good but our waiter was not responsive to two requests to give us more time to look at the menu and choose our food. We felt rushed and annoyed by this.

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m
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

first time visiting after renovation. very pleasant experience. wait staff attentive...but not overly attentive. believe that this new format for the space has made this a quieter restaurant. food was quite good and portions were a very good size. selection of items was considerable. would definitely go again.

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IS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday dinner. Had not been in many years. Everything could not have been better. The atmosphere, food and service were outstanding.

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LL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So glad that Aquitaine Bis re-opened again after a lengthy closure for renovations. Ordered my favorite endive salad and sole meuniere which were both delicieux ! The atmosphere is authentic French brasserie-like and the service was fantastic! Will definitely be back again.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Restaurant is a bit fussier than before renovations. Seems a bit pricier, too.

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D
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Much better than the Aquitaine in Dedham. Really busy for a Wednesday night. Food very good, and service good for how busy it was

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F
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had family gathering at this restaurant. The appetizers and the main dish were great. The dissert had generous portions. The servers were friendly.

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NL
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Delighted the restaurant has reopened. The service and food are yet to reach the heights which we enjoyed in the past, alas. Disappointed now. Brad arrived, for example, burned on top!

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RB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our second trip to Aquitaine Bis since it reopened, and we still enjoy it a lot. The food and wine is very enjoyable, and the service is excellent. It is great to see quite a few members of the staff that were there before the remodeling. We missed them.

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BT
New England
40 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Aquitaine Bis has re-opened with a beautiful new interior. The food is consistently good, the atmosphere and service are very friendly. Welcome back!!

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OT
New England
103 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 4

Aquataine Bis reopened recently - and this is my second visit back. It was a favorite for a very long time! This visit was a disappointment. We were there for brunch. I had bragged about how good it was and took some visiting family. The meals were not cooked correctly and several things were missing - no syrup, no toast, poached eggs that were actually hardboiled. By the time we got anyone's attention or anyone checked on our meals, we got what we asked for - other items were forgotten entirely or just wrong. The servers and the food here were usually fabulous in the past and on my last visit. It was quite unpleasant, and not up to standard. I would love to return, but I'd also like this restaurant to get kitchen, staffing, and quality standards addressed. That said, the new decor is lovely, and I'm hopeful to return for a much better experience in the future. Staff were friendly - they (and or the kitchen) just didn't deliver.

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W
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The waiter was rude. Brought me the wrong meal then tried to tell me it was what I ordered - an egg white omelet with spinach and onion. But it was a regular omelet with bacon and cheese. Which he never apologized for getting wrong. My dining partner never got half her order. We had to ask over and over again for more coffee - during brunch. And finally the fire alarm went off, which was ear splitting. And after 5 mins of that, still without the right food, we got up, spoke to manager and left. We WILL NEVER EVER go back there. Rude waiter, awful service and completely wrong order!

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KK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We waited a year and a half for Aquitaine to finish with renovations and we’re excited to return as loyal customers. However, we were disappointed with the new chef, the service was just OK, the portions were much smaller, and the noise level extremely high and music selection quite annoying. Sorry Aquitaine Chestnut Hill.

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b
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

loved the meal and location for us
much, much too noisy for "old people"
walked thru the glassed in area on the way out-much quieter
will request that area next time

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OT
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very happy that the Chestnut Hill store reopened. The service is always exceptional and the food is consistently very good. I would like to suggest more seasonal changes and advertising fall harvest specials, winter comfort foods,spring vegetable specials and summer specials as well. Love it every time. Never disappointed.

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P
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was quite good ..omelet and hamburger. Service was excellent.

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JP
New England
49 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is a very nice restaurant. I went with 2 friends; we were all happy with out meals. The waiter was really nice. My only complaint is that the seating seemed quite tight.

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B
New England
53 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was my birthday which I noted on the reservation. However, there was no acknowledgment by the restaurant. I was disappointed.

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c
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very slow service, understaffed, good food.

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IB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The seared scallops we ordered were charred, but all the other items we ordered were excellently prepared, and the broth with mussels was especially good. The layout of the remodeled restaurant in Chestnut Hill results in a nice and quiet diner, unlike the vast majority of restaurants in greater Boston.

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RA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Not enough help. Order misplaced. But they did comp the meal. Food was good. Waitress and manager very good.

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B
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve always liked Aquitaine in Chestnut Hill and didn’t think it needed to change but I love what they have done with it. There is more room between tables. The restaurant looks and feels more authentically French and the food is wonderful. So glad it has reopened!

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T
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

I have been a fan of Aquitaine for many years. After being closed for a multi year remodel I was not impressed. The bar moved from one side to the other and the interior looked a bit cleaner but largely the same. I had a reservation, and the table was not available when I came in. As before the remodel they are understaffed, thus very long waits to order, get drinks and food. Costs were cut in the food department. The steak was smaller, the cheese bread puffs served in the beginning were a third the size of the usual and the best dessert pain purdue was gone. Sorry Aquitaine there's just too many best choices.

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A
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was abysmal
Waited 25 minutes for our drink order.
Wait staff seemed overwhelmed
Food was fair, nothing great

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food, excellent service, excellent pricing

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p
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food quite good but entree portions are small. Waiter was unfortunately slow to take order as his adjacent table had quite a few allergy concerns and kept him from doing his job relative to other patrons. Eventually another server had to take our order.

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RB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aquitaine Bis had been closed for remodeling for 14 months and has recently reopened. We were quite pleased at our first dinner there after the reopening. The food is just as good as it had been, and several people that had been in their staff before the remodeling that we had been fond of have returned to our delight.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new remodel of an old chestnut!
Loved seeing Eric, Pei Li are back
New bread pudding replaces pain perdue. Gotta try it!
New chef has it spot on.

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JA
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

New renovations look great. Waitstaff is all familiar folks, so lovely. Food great too, but fries undercooked and food took overly long to come out of the kitchen. You guys will get there. I missed you.

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S
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful to have Aquitaine back in Chestnut Hill. The food was delicious, The wait staff excellent and the ambiance pleasant.

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R
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

older crowd; not as hip/trendy as the south end location

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