Aquitaine Bis

4.4
2486 Reviews
$30 and under
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 dinner daily including a popular brunch on Sunday.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I should preface this by saying we've been to Aquitaine in the South End (during the pandemic) and absolutely loved it. This experience was a far cry from that, and I don't think entirely explained by staffing shortages or supply issues. We spent a solid 45 minutes waiting for our food after ordering without any explanation of why it was taking longer than the tables around us. When it did come, it was...fine. Warm, not bad, though not good enough to justify the wait or the price. I was also amused to hear the waiter inform me that no espresso drinks were available, only to have him seem surprised that a cappuccino was on the menu. Overall an experience that wasn't terrible, but doesn't leave me eager to return.

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RyrVoch
New England
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It started out well, though the length of time it took to be seated was, in retrospect, a warning of the situation. Good drinks. The citrus salad was not accurately described, being primarily radicchio, but still pleasant. The tuna tartare was outstanding. But then it took something over an hour to get our main courses, which still showed signs of timing problems and were definitely not up to their usual standard. So while I still think one can eat well at Aquitaine - and they did the right thing and adjusted our bill - there is no escaping the fact that operational problems remain.

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SheriF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I had to send my mussels back since they were cold. This never used to happen before and I have been there many times. Service was OK and the waiter was polite but not great.

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Scubamom27
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Unfortunately this was not a great experience in terms of the food. Very small servings. I had the salmon on Brussel sprouts and lentils. The piece of salmon could not have been more than 3-4oz, Mostly skin. The Brussels sprouts were very sour.
Duck breast was very over cooked and presentation was poor.
Mushroom pasta was the best of the dishes we had.
Cheese plate dessert had 4 dry slices of baguette, a handful of nuts, some drizzled honey and a 2 oz. piece of soft cheese. Really not worth the price and poorly executed. It’s too bad, this place used to be really good. Keep an eye on portions and product. Service was great as was the overall atmosphere.

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vipScott
New England
75 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aquitaine is a lovely spot with excellent French food. The space is beautiful, and the sound level is low enough for easy conversation. Our server, Earl, was a delight. The wine list is well chosen and not outrageously expensive. The escargot appetizer was a special treat.

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vipShelleyF
New England
41 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great weekend breakfast! Great ambiance with music playing. Nice way to chill after a long week.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Went for brunch, expected to notch food quality, got basically greasy spoon quality

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vipMixie0212
New England
80 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pate is beyond words delish. Sole is exactly how you would expect it. So simple and flavorful. Cocktails are always done well. Service although attentive is very bland and I don't think our waiter said two words to us. Had no idea what we needed unless we asked. But he got the food out timely and better to be less chatty. Love the food and wouldn't call it bad service just flat. Highly recoomend.

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vipsubguy
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff works very hard and are very personable.

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ArtTeacher
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food yummy, attentive, very nice staff. Liked the lunch menu. Perfect for New Year's Eve Day.

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vipZITA
New England
248 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch at Aqutaine was enjoyable and delicious! The lunch menu offers a variety that would appeal to any palate. The portions are substantial and the cocktails are excellent. Our server was was so attentive. She did an excellent job.
Highly recommend Aqutaine!!

LS
LeahS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my daughter and friends to celebrate her 21st birthday and the service was fabulous. The waiter and manager were the only two on that day and deserve a gold star how they handled the patrons.

The food was delicious and he also served her a special birthday desert.

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Emily
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The onion soup tasted a little off. The sole was really dry! I usually get excellent food here - not this time! But the ambience is still so quaint and charming I just love it!

JC
JenniferC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cozy bistro with excellent food and cocktails and friendly waiter. Their French 75s and truffle frites were both excellent!

DL
DavidL
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was excellent the food was very good - a loud baby and a small child and after placing the order it took 45 minutes for our appetizers to arrive.

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vipjayjay
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I will die happy after eating their moule frites! Very friendly and attentive service despite covid staffing challenges.

CC
vipChristyC
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch on Christmas Eve day- pretty quiet but our waitress was lovely and the food was good!

KL
KarenL
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointing when dinning at Aquitaine in Chestnut Hill

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vipWoogie
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch is back -- and better than ever. The duck confit sandwich was sublime. Outstanding meal.

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vipNimraee
New England
33 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak frites Aquitaine are a big hit, even with our kids. And can you think of a friendlier place, where the servers

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Just OK. Restaurant has nice ambiance. Food was mediocre but overpriced.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mark was a super friendly and attentive waiter. He really looked after us well. The place was beautiful and the food was incredible. Best steak I’ve had in America since moving here a year ago.

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AnneG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience3

Many of the waitstaff had their masks around their chins. Surprising given sign on the door that emphasized the mask requirement.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a reservation. We waited over 10 minutes at the host stand and no one came to attend to us or the long line of people behind us. We left.

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vipRichardB
New England
28 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful dinner special: gnocchis with truffles, short ribs, and brined raisins. It was one of the best specials I have had there. I hope they do it again some time.

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vipBully
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This review would have been a 5 star on food if the chef hadn't slipped on the steak frites' sauce. Too much pepper and a garlic aftertaste. I've had it done perfectly in prior visit. Overall, I'm very happy to have this restaurant back in operaation. I'll be back soon.

JM
vipJaniceM
New England
29 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good. We started with the escargot (which was excellent) and the mussels. My entree was the sole and my husband had the duck. Both very good. Nice atmosphere and ambiance.
The service was superb and very helpful.

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merylbeans
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was attentive and the food was excellent. We appreciated being able to sit off to ourselves at a table for two near the front door.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just bought a bridesmaid dress! So fun to cheers with my MOH a and have some fun

AM
vipAllisonM
New England
110 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Two friends and I went for a Monday evening birthday celebration. The service was friendly. The sole meunière, filet mignon and mashed potatoes all very good.

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vipBarbara
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a quiet night at Aquitaine Bis, which makes me worry about their longevity, but the food was excellent and the service was as well. My only complaint is that the tables are on the small side. A few more inches in each direction would mean there's enough room for the glasses, bottles, plates and flatware, but someone, somewhere
decided that smaller tables allow more people to be served at the same time. Not a good decision as it takes away from the lovely ambiance of this very good American version of a French bistro.

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vipZITA
New England
249 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an enjoyable excellent dining experience. Our server Jaime always pays attention details. He’s professional, pleasant and very efficient. Our meals were delicious, one of the many reasons we love dining at Aqutaine is the consistency in the dishes we order.
Aqutaine Chestnut Hill is a must!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the drink was delicious

ZI
vipZITA
New England
249 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Aqutaine has one of the best group of servers! The menu has something for everyone and they have substantial proportions. The food is DELICIOUS!

The cocktails are excellent!

We eat at Aqutaine regularly, at least twice a month and like their excellent level of consistency.

CC
vipCharlesC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had brunch on Sunday outdide on their patio. The service was great, we were the only people out there and while it was cool the heaters worked well to keep the chill off. If you are planning on eating outside wear warm shoes.

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vipRoyS
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very noisy. Waitstaff working incredibly hard and doing an excellent job . Reservations behind schedule.

JB
vipJBtable
New England
123 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

No COVID spacing, very packed and felt uncomfortable.
There was a wait for table, not ready on time.
Salad appetizers were good both the roasted acorn w arugula and the boucheron; tuna tartare was tasty;
The main course sole meunière was disappointing: tiny piece oversauced on top of mashed potatoes.
Server was friendly but took a long time to bring water and long wait for food.

DF
DaveF
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and ambiance. Very attentive wait staff

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DavidI
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The wine list is 'corporate'. There aren't any interesting French wines on the list. We had a glass of Sancerre, white Burgundy, red Burgundy, and red Bordeaux. All of them lacked terroir, and could easily have been replaced by better wines at the same cost. The food is so-so. Nothing stands out. We had the French onion soup, sole, and the veal schnitzel. The sole in particular was poor - more breading than actual fish, and we would dispute that it is actually sole. Compared to the sole at La Voile, this was very poor.

FAQs

Aquitaine Bis does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Aquitaine Bis also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 734-8400.

Aquitaine Bis is rated 4.4 stars by 2486 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.