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About Aquitaine

Award winning Parisian inspired French bistro located in the heart of Boston's South End, overlooking historic Tremont Street.

569 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02118
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, European

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

Cross Street:
Union Park and Tremont Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 424-8577

Website:
http://www.aquitaineboston.com/

Catering:
customized menu available

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 (527 Tremont Street). Valet parking is $22.

Public Transit:
The MBTA #43 stops at our front door at 569 Tremont Street

Executive Chef:
Marcellus Coleman

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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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.

Aquitaine Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (43)
Special Occasion (30)
Romantic (29)
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Good for a Date (29)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Great for Brunch (23)
Bar Seating (22)
Authentic (21)
Notable Wine List (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Cozy (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Business Meals (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Casual (10)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Seasonal (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Hot Spot (5)
People Watching (5)
Healthy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very disappointed with brunch not as good as it usually is.
Portions were large but there was poor quality and overall basic diner type food.
Not something you would expect from a French bistro.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Aquitaine is a visual delight! You can't help but stare in awe of the curated decor and finished of the lovely cafe. The food is even better, if you can believe it! Sizable portions for French cuisine. Lastly, the cocktails were refreshing - and packed a punch!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

It doesn't have the same type or quality of food that it had for years. The service is outstanding and the ambience is nice.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I really like the professional service and great food, special food, not everyday food!

Tags: Late-night Find, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We loved our meal at Aquitaine! Our waiter was very helpful recommending his favorite items on the menu when we asked and the food was amazing! It's decorated beautifully as well, but is small so I would recommend making reservations.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Lovely setting for brunch. Food was good (especially the Lyonnaise potatoes). Wonderful, attentive service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Love this spot

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food and servers were very good. However, on a freezing evening, we were subjected to cold breezes from the outside due to a table too close to the door. Only after asking several times did the servers remember to close the inside door each time they came through..and not convenient for them either.
Secondly, and not as important, we had noted on open table that it was a special occasion..my birthday..and no one acknowledged it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Went for my boyfriend’s birthday - what a fantastic meal!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were seated promptly, and the server did a nice job. We were all impressed by the general ambience, but the five of us were seated at a strange oblong table that made it difficult to make our plates fit; people also kept mistaking whose cutlery and water glasses were whose because of the table's bizarre shape. That said, the food was good; we each ordered different items, and enjoyed everything, although the duck was especially fatty and the escargot was not served in shells (which is what I expected at a French bistro). We were also a bit disappointed that there was no cheese on the menu...but really, these are small points. We had a great time and have no significant complaints.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The waiter was great informative and friendly and tr food was superb as was the service

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Casual, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Romantic, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were quite pleased by the food and ambience! We were a little disappointed with the service, as it felt like we were left feeling neglected for extended spans of time with the dinner orders not being taken in a timely fashion and then later waiting for the dessert menu long after the dishes had been cleared away. It was not so long to have warranted walking out, but for the supposed caliber of this restaurant, we had hoped for better. It almost felt like the servers at times deliberately avoided your eye.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Thankfully our waitress was excellent because with the host being our first impression we almost left. We had a reservation and had to wait 25 min after our time to be seating. But were then only seated after I reminded him we were waiting AND he sat a couple that said loud enough for us to hear, they did not have a reservation but handed him a cash tip and was seated before us! With the vast number of restaurants in Boston, we will not be back.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Got there for 7pm reservation on time. Waited 45 minutes for table of 6 for 8 of us! Squashed in space! Table seated there before had a 6:15 reservation, so 7pm was never going to work. Don't promise what you know you will never be able to deliver!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great service. New chef. All is well at Aquitaine.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I LOVE this Restaurant. I have been going to it since it opened and it has stayed consistently excellent. The food is magnificent, particularly the sole! The service is great and the new renovations I really terrific. I cannot say enough about this restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I went with friend before theater. Our MO is to share everything, even a glass of wine! The waiter did not look aghast, and we left feeling very satisfied with a great house salad, split, and the duck breast, beautifully presented and yummy, also split.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I went to brunch with a group of friends and everyone was happy with the service and meals. Good drinks too! My group goes to brunch often and this was one of our favs! The only thing that we didn't enjoy, that is not even a complaint, is how crowded and tight the seating is. But we understood after we had the food! Well worth a drive here or stop by if in the neighborhood.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Love everything about this place! It has the perfect mix of neighborhood casual with elevated dining experience. The room is beautiful, the staff is friendly and efficient and the food is really good!! Being here makes me smile!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was good.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The meal was wonderful. We had apps, entrees, desserts, & drinks. The whole experience was terrific.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Nice lunch before a theatre matinee. Very nice service.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was ridiculously delicious, server, Chris was awesome.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We have been to Aquitaine for Sunday brunch several times. It never fails to please. Varied enough menu, great service, tasty food - french style - (and they were able to accommodate one of our party who has milk allergies). They have good size booths and we were seated on time. You can't beat that!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We had an excellent brunch. Great food, great time!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food and service couldn't be any better! Came here a couple months back just for a drink and am so glad I tried it for a dinner date. Love the atmosphere and again, the food was fantastic!

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Waiter messed up bringing dessert out with a candle to celebrate our friend’s birthday. That was the whole reason we were there.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food and great service. My only complaint was the table space was tight. However James who was our server brought me a chair so that I could put my legs under the table.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Fun, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Always a favorite of ours, Aquitane has never disappointed us. We had fois gras, escargot, filet au poivre and a lovely wine. The service was fantastic yet unobtrusive. My girl was delighted with her birthday celebration.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We love Aquitaine for pre theater meals. Most recently we went for a late brunch. The menu is innovative and provides great options. The staff is gracious and attentive. Our orders were delicious, and left us wanting to further explore the menu. We'll definitely return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We LOVE Aquitaine! We are so lucky to live in a neighborhood with amazing restaurants and this is one of the top of those restaurants!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

After eating here for brunch, we decided to return for dinner. Amazing meal.

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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food & service were fantastic as always. The ambiance is also a delight. Love this spot, and already want to go back to try a few other things on the menu! Starting...
with the French onion soup!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Classic French Bistro vibe!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Always good at Aquitaine. Would usually give it all "very good" to "outstanding" but for this particular evening our party of six was in the front room next to the front windows, normally the place to be, but the temperature outside was in the low teens at best and the room was not that much warmer. We all wore our down parkas during dinner as they were having some issue with keeping the temperature inside up to snuff. Hence, not the usual, enjoyable evening at Aquitaine. We will be back, however; perhaps not on a rather cold evening, but a typically very good restaurant otherwise.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I love Aquitaine. I use to dine at Aquitaine when I lived in Boston 10 years ago. This was the first time in 10 years I finally went again. The decor was updated beautifully. The food even better than what I remember. Now my favorite in Boston and that is coming from s person who frequents Manhattan restaurants.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Hadn't been to Aquitaine for several years (just because of a change in favorite theatres) but was happy to find that it's now at least as good as in the past. The service was a real team effort, and uniformly friendly. We discovered a new dish, gnocchi and rabbit, that was astonishingly well seasoned, and a Trimbach wine I'd managed to overlook for much too long. The menu and wine list will give us much to explore when we return, and we most certainly will. Highly recommended.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great food as always. My favorite restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

World-class French bistro in Boston South End. Relaxed, easy---they make you feel at home dining and sipping on the best. Really friendly staff.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

OK Aquitaine, all is forgiven...
Our visit after a long absence was a brilliant success on all counts. A January encounter had left us disappointed - surprisingly bland, under-seasoned food (!), very atypical for this lovely restaurant - where had our long-time favorite Aquitaine gone? Well, happy to say, it's back. Front desk greeting was warm, the room itself remains a stunner, from the Italian-designed oscillating golden ceiling fans to the gentle lighting, bright enough to read the menu, yet soft enough for creating an inviting mood. Seating is a bit tight, but roomy enough on the elegant banquettes that run the length of one side of the space. An eclectic clientele, running the gamut from South End hipsters out for a quick bite to nattily attired couples and foursomes, dressed like people used to dress when going out on the town. The menu is still very interesting, with a wide choice of options and daily specials. One of us opted for a creamy and rich black truffle risotto appetizer followed by a piquant filet of beef au poivre, perfectly sauced and prepared just as specified, accompanied by a delicious potato galette. We also enjoyed an endive salad with walnuts and bleu cheese - fresh and beautifully balanced - and a tender and delicious sautéed herbed veal special served with a silky rich potato puree and perfect haricots verts, with wonderful enoki mushrooms peeking out from under - absolutely delicious. Diego, our knowledgeable server, was first-class, catering to our every request and offering us perfect wine pairings from Aquitaine's comprehensive list.
This was a lovely, unrushed evening of top-drawer bistro-style dining, with attentive service and carefully prepared, delicious food. Bravo, Aquitaine - we'll be back very soon.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic
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