About Aquitaine Bis

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.

11 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Saturday Brunch: closed for renovations
Sunday Brunch: closed for renovations
Lunch: closed for renovations

Cross Street:
at Route 9

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 734-8400

Website:
http://www.aquitainechestnuthill.com/

Parking Details:
Pull in to the lot in front or back, self park and walk right in!

Executive Chef:
Seth Woods

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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Private Dining

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.

Aquitaine Bis Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.0

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3.9

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3.9

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (2118)
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Great for Brunch (918)
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Romantic (817)
Notable Wine List (594)
Good for Groups (429)
Hot Spot (193)
Kid-friendly (124)
Vibrant Bar Scene (124)
Late-night Find (85)
Good for a Date (41)
Quiet Conversation (37)
Cozy (37)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Business Meals (29)
Bar Seating (26)
Casual (26)
Authentic (24)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Comfort Food (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Local Ingredients (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Outstanding Value (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Disabled Access (7)
Fun (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Healthy (6)
Scenic View (5)
Seasonal (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 3, 2010

It's been 3 years since I went for Sat brunch. The portion has shrunk substantially since. The cinnamon roll is microscopic now as well as the eggs. Still decent value, though.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 2, 2010

Creativity in presentation: Low to medium.

Price/Value: Extremely poor.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2010

Not even close to their downtown location in any category. The staff lack the same sophistication and it seems to come through in the food as well. The menu feels limited and the food is bordering on ridiculously rich. However, it is a consistent experience and a good place to go on short notice.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2010

The dinner menu that is available from 5:30-6:30 pm is an incredible deal. Highly recommended for those seeking good value -- excellent food for an affordable price.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on March 30, 2010

Pricey but good food. This was my first time to the Aquitaine in Chestnut Hill. The menu is not very diverse but the ambiance is similar.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 27, 2010

I went to brunch. The place was understaffed and we waited about 15 min. before anyone came for orders. There was no salt on our table. My gf's chicken salad sandwich had too much oregano and her fries were bland. She asked for a coffee refill from a girl who was not our waitress, and that woman told her the pot she was holding was decaf and didn't bother to get her regular coffee until our regular waitress got around. My meal, the Omelette Basquaise, was plain but good, and the Lyonnaise potatoes were great. I was served toast without butter and the waitresses were so busy that I just ate it plain. The mimosa martini was great. However, for the price and the ambiance the restaurant was going for, I thought it was overrated.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2010

I was very disappointed in the food. I should have known that when a salt shaker is on the table, I should not have sat down. The food was horribly under seasoned. Everything we ate needed salt and pepper added to it. It was restaurant week, but I believe these meals should be used by the restaurant to draw patrons back to the restaurant. After that meal, I would not be returning ever. I had the potato crusted cod, which had only 1/4 of the fish covered with burnt potatoes. The sauce American, i.e. gravy, was under seasoned. The broccolini was only 2 pieces and got limp sitting in the gravy and under the fish. Overall, again horribly disappointed would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 26, 2010

We dine here sometimes and we always have wonderful food. That being said we decided to order off of the "restaurant week" menu and it was not as good. Very average at best in terms of the food but the rest of the experience was very good as ususal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 26, 2010

The Restaurant week menu was poor and the service was rushed. Nothing like a usual experience there. That is something I am finding at many of the restaurants who participate in restaurant week. They certainly do not put their best foot forward to encourage diners to come back. It is a missed opportunity.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 26, 2010

Our dining experience was very good. The butternut squash soup with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar was delicious. My tagliatelle with rock shrimp and asparagus was also very good.
The lamb sandwich was disappointing. The lamb was tough, the bread to crusty and it made it very difficult to eat...and this was a robust young woman eating it! She would not order it again.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2010

For a foodie, this restaurant was flat. There was nothing extraordinary about it and nothing was particularly memorable in a good way. I went during restaurant week for lunch and I am glad I didnt spend too much money. I had the lobster fritters (where was the lobster? there wasn't even any in mine), the lamb sandwich (the lamb was good but that's it), but the accompanying salad was so bland, and the peach dessert which was not tasty at all. The descriptions on the menu really set you up for disappointment and it was clear they were taking shortcuts because it was restaurant week. Other pricier places during this week use RW to lure potential loyal clients while AquitaineBis during RW convinced me to never come back again.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 24, 2010

Service was incredibely slow. Could be they were overwhelmed because of Restaurnat Week business, but even when we complained the waiter still went to other tables to take orders before going to find our orders.
The hostess didapologize appropriately.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2010

It was really terrific. I asked for a quiet table and was given the most perfect corner table. The service was very attentive and personable and the food excellent. I love this restaurant. It reminds me of bistros in France.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2010

The lobster & asparagus fritters appetizers were doughy and tasteless. Coq au vin and cod (Restaurant week specials) were OK but not special. Deserts were also OK. Only a 4 out out 10. We came because we so enjoyed a recent dinner from the regular menu (an 8 out of 10). But the Restaurant Week food was a disappointing turn-off. This opinion shared by all at a table for 4.
PS: The beer glasses are the smallest of any restaurant I have been to!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2010

We went for restaurant week and the appetizer, entree and dessert were delicious. The wine pairing that they offered though was a specific wine per course, regardless of whether you ordered chicken or shrimp which didn't seem to make the most sense. All in all though, its definitely worth the trip for a good meal

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 22, 2010

We thought the food was fine, but there was nothing too special about it. Given the prices, we didn't think the meal was worth it. It's not that the food was terrible, it's just that it didn't warrant the price. The service was very nice - they were very knowledgeable and prompt. The ambiance was great. I don't think that we will be returning.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 22, 2010

Wide appealing ala carte menu even during restaurant week. Several good choices for people watching their food intake, all without sacrificing taste and flair. Good by-the-glass wine selections. Service was really good.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 22, 2010

Service was very good. Had the 3-course restaurant week menu. Good selections were offered. All meals were very good. Good wine choices also.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on March 21, 2010

We went to Aquitaine Bis for restaurant week (March 2010). We chose different items from the set menu choices. The food was delicious. We also chose the wine pairing for an additional $15/person. I chose the fish entree and I wished that they had a nice white wine to pair it with, but instead it was a red wine.

Atmosphere, decor, service were all very nice. Definitely a nice place to go for a special occasion (or to go regularly if your wallet can take it).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 20, 2010

The service was fine except for the fact that we had a 8:00 PM reservation, we arrived at 8:10 and weren't seated until 8:30 (we had a drink at the bar, not a problem)...but we had three courses and a bottle of wine and we were OUT THE DOOR at 9:40 PM. It's not exactly like they needed the table, but we felt rushed. The waiter was gone from taking our order and we had our first course in less than 5 minutes - that's too fast.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on March 19, 2010

We tried this restaurant for the 1st time during restaurant week. As soon as we sat the waitress, overall fine, pointed to the bottled water on the table & asked us still or sparkling?. Very European but in the US a bit confrontational. We opted for tap, & she hastily removed the bottle. The noise level is high - we heard every detail of the conversation about Lisa Bonet at the next table. Romantic lighting came on at 7 pm, sharp, & then we were unable to see our food. First courses -Butternut Squash soup excellent, lobster & asparagus fritters mediocre - flavors overwhelmed by batter. Entrees - potato crusted cod was good; coq au vin hard to debone in the dark, but rich flavor. Desserts-apple volauvent yummy, peach parfait good.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 19, 2010

Shrimp and tagliatelle was excellent. Shrimp is shrimp in most restaurants, but this shrimp was a cut above to say the least.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 19, 2010

Had pleasant meals there before. But this restaurant week special was below par.
The lobster / asparagus fritter was two lumps of fried dough. Tastless.
My turkey reuben had thin slice of turkey,coleslaw and possibly mayo? The only good part was the fries. What happened ??!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 18, 2010

Not very good this time - Restaurant week for lunch! Onion soup always rocks, but the tuna melt was nasty...looked pretty, but red peppers in tuna are too overpowering.
Omelet and frites are the best bet!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on March 17, 2010

I had an excellent overall experience except that I made reservations for lunch the day before and they were 1/2 hour later in seating me and my party. I am not sure though if this is becuase I specifically requested a booth near the bar which were all full when I got there 5 minutes early before the time I had made the reservation. We ended up in an acceptable "other" seating arrangement. I think the service is not overly attentive but acceptable, the food and the ambiance are great though as are the prices at lunch time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 15, 2010

I feel like this location is not what it once was.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 15, 2010

Restaurant week lunch: The food was average at best. Lobster-asparagus fritters lacked both lobster & asparagus: lots of fried batter. Lamb in sandwich was dry and fatty. Peach parfait dessert was awful: it wasn't something likely to be ordered by anyone for a second time ... only selected due to limited choices on menu and lack of knowledge. The bottom line: not worth it. There are many places that soundly beat this place.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 14, 2010

Excellent food, wine, and service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 14, 2010

Sunday night of "Restaurant Week" took two hours to complete our meal. The staff were friendly and helpful, but the food was very slow to appear. Restaurant Week menu was very limited in choice. My main course, Tagliatelle with shrimp, was well prepared, but very bland. Overall the experience was disappointing.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 13, 2010

The four of us were promptly seated.
Our seats were at a booth in the bar area and it was a very tight fit. In addition, there was a cold draft on our legs.

Service was attentive and non-intrusive.
Drinks, wine and main course was delicious.

Dessert(pudding cake) was supposed to be hot. It was almost cold and very dry.
Our waitress responded promptly and returned it.
SHe brought another, explanation what had happened-honesty was most appreciated.
Unfortunately, the second cake was, while hot, as dry as the first-definitely not the gooey pudding cake anticipated.

Service made up for this small failing.
ThIs is not the first time at this restaurant, and we'll return, but make sure we are seated in the main dining area.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 11, 2010

I continue to find the food at Aquataine Bis delightful. The wait staff is warm, friendly, yet remain respectful.
Look forward to my next visit, next week.
Thank you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 10, 2010

fabulous lunch menu and attentive service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 8, 2010

Aquitaine Bis has become our favorite neighborhood restaurant. The food is consistently good, the waiters friendly and knowledgeable, and we have never had a bad meal there. Some of our favorites are the rare tuna, the mussels, the steak/frites and basically anything else on the menu, now that I think about it. Having grown up in Paris, I have found my bistro here in Chestnut Hill. Who knew?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on March 7, 2010

Despite the reservation for 12:15 we were seated at 12:40. Once we finally did have a seat and were able to order our meal, the food that came out was at best mediocre. Some dishes were so bland that my two companions opted not to finish them. Presentation was beautiful, but flavor was a disaster - I had intended to host a nice sending-off lunch for a friend but it ended in complete and utter disappointment.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 6, 2010

Very tasty food, reasonable wine list. The service was crisp and efficient, but for some reason, my meal was served fairly lukewarm, although my fellow guest's was hot.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2010

Sophisticated brasserie with reliably well-prepared Bistro food. Great to have in the neighborhood

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 3, 2010

The food at Aquitaine is very good, slightly Americanized bistro food, and its high quality is very reliable, time after time. The waitstaff is friendly and attentive; service can be a little slow, if they're very busy. It can get noisy, especially if you are seated in the narrow area at the back of the restaurant, but conversation is always possible. The restaurant has tried to accommodate any requests that I have made regarding seating, which I appreciate very much. Excellent wine list. Aquitaine is a wonderful choice for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 28, 2010

One of the nicest suppers I've ever had -- both diners had the prix fixe supper of salmon entree and salad starter, and white wine, finishing with creme brulee. Everything was delicious, seasoned perfectly. The service was superb. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Pinehurst)·Dined on February 27, 2010

Great neighborhood spot! Would love to see more people later in the evening! This place has potential to be a great "Late-Night Find"!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on February 27, 2010

The ambiance was very lively and the music was entertaining. The staff was very friendly and professional. We made our reservation through open table and got seated right on time! The endive salad was delicious and the cheeseburger is not to be missed. It is a special treat for your kids (and adults alike) if they don't want to venture into unknown options. Make sure you order the Pain Perdu for dessert. It is to die for.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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