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Aquitaine

4.5
2833 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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Award winning Parisian inspired French bistro located in the heart of Boston's South End, overlooking historic Tremont Street.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, European
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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
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Phone number
(617) 424-8577
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Marcellus Coleman
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Catering
customized menu available
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Union Park and Tremont Street
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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.
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Public transit
The MBTA #43 stops at our front door at 569 Tremont Street
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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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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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.

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What 2833 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined 2 days ago

The omelettes were pretty mediocre. They sounded really good from the description, but were pretty disappointing in execution. The atmosphere is cute, but wouldn’t go back there for lunch again.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

This has been my favorite restaurant in all of Boston for over five years now and it has never ceased to be less than stellar. I make sure to eat here every time I come back to Boston.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Fabulous as always. Our server John was outstanding, offering recommendations and giving us time to enjoy our evening

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

The food and value are wonderful. We really enjoyed everything we ate and had a great seat in front on their bay window in the front dining room for brunch. The server was inattentive. We waited a long time to order and had to ask after a long wait for our coffee to be refilled for the first time. One of our guests ordered the prix fixe and didn’t receive the cinnamon roll guaranteed with the meal because our server rarely came and checked on us and probably forgot himself. Maybe don’t order prix fixe if you’re dining at a busy time.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Never dissapointed!! Delicious and lively as usual!👍👍👍👍👍

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I like Aquitaine but would like it better if they actually had cassoulet on Sundays.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Tuna Wellington was moist, could have used lest pastry and more vegetables

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Went for a quick brunch on a Saturday morning. We were told there was no tables for 4, so one of our friends decided to stay home. The three of us arrived at the restaurant and we seated at... a booth with room for 4! Our waiter was slow, forgetful, and not slightly apologetic about his mistakes. Food was good but portions were smallish and my omelette had hardly any filling in it. Overall an okay meal with very bad service.

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1.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We were ten minutes late -- ten! -- and they gave away our table. We were told that it would be another 30 minutes before a table opened up. Since we had theater tickets, we didn't have that luxury. We sat at the bar and waited well over an hour for our food to come. Bartender was not apologetic about that fact. It was stressful and avoidable.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We are from out of town and come to Boston regularly. We keep coming back here! Our meal this last time was great — new and creative items on the menu with a few of the stand-by items.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Wonderful service. Very good food. Standard loud urban restaurant. Not overwhelming, but noticeable.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I love eating at French brasseries and seek them out when traveling or staying in cities.

Aquitaine did not disappoint.

The food was very good and the atmosphere and service were great.

Lunch for 5 including two apps that the table shared came to $162.00.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Lovely meal, great table, and superb service. Thanks so much, Jay Cushman

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Lunched at this lovely bistro. Our waiter, Dennison, was charming, friendly, very helpful with choices of both food and wine. Both of our main dishes, the Shakshuka and Coq au vin tartine were very tasty and nicely presented and the wine which was our second tasting-an excellent option to be able to taste and then request a taste of another wine-was very good, though rather pricey. However, we were able to get a carafe which gave us each a glass and a half rather than ordering two glasses each which would have been a bit more than needed for lunch. The creme brulee dessert was excellent. All in all, an excellent restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My favorites were not available on a Saturday evening, 4/7 at 8pm. No escargot, gnocchi, Saturday (short rib) special, four gras. The fromage assiette did not include the raisin pecan bread that goes best with the cheeses. The desserts were excellent as usual.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We took our very dear friends whom we hadn’t seen for a long time to Aquitaine. They are both vegetarians and it was so embarrassing that the restaurant was out of gnocchi; their only “vegetarian” main course option on the menu. The substitute option presented to our guests was to pile bunch of vegetable side dishes to make it a main course dish and they called it vegetable frites. Our friends were disappointed as well as us who insisted we go to Aquitaine for our get together.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great ambiance, great food. Would definitely dine here again.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Professional staff and great atmosphere. The bistro is adding some new dishes to their classic menu of well executed standards. Great cocktails and energetic atmosphere make this an enjoyable experience. The owners obviously care greatly about the neighborhood and the bistro itself. Would highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Authentic, Delicious French Fare
The intimate, Parisian bistro atmosphere, attentive service, and delicious, expertly prepared dishes, are all very good. The background music has changed to less appealing, louder and less civilized music and a return to the former playlist would complement (not detract from) the upscale bistro atmosphere.
The chef prepares everything with expert culinary skills. The appetizers, endive salad, soups ( lobster bisque or onion) and mussels are all excellent and truly delicious. The entrees ( filet mignon, duck and, our personal favorite, the sole) were very well prepared. Unfortunately, at this visit, the duck and sole had smoked garnishes which were off putting and so intense that the smoke permeated the food. The food is simply too good to be ruined by unnecessary and unappealing smokey odor and taste, and the smoke should remain off the plates. Additionally, the sole, normally served as a composed entree with shaved snow peas and potato, was sadly missing the greens on this visit. The desserts were yummy (the decadent bread pudding had been sold out when we ordered), but the mousse and profiteroles were tasty.
Despite the mild criticisms, every meal at Aquitaine is delicious, and while this (perhaps) was not quite up to the outstanding excellence we have come to expect at this incredible restaurant, (yes, the smoked flavor and odor were dreadful) Aquitaine remains one of the best dining experiences in Boston.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food was ok.
We choose the restaurant week menu.
My carbonara was horrible, taste absolutely nothing, SO disappointing. My boyfriend duck mousse was fantastic.
Entree: both extremely bad.
I choose the fish and he choose the veal. BOTH came with BARBECUE SAUCE!!!!!!!!! It’s not a joke!!!!!! We’re like... WHAT???? Horrible horrible horrible! The dessert was okay, good compared to the rest of our traumatized food.
The place is beautiful, the service it’s okay.
We’re not coming back or recommend it.
Sorry but was frustrating experience.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

With two friends and my adult daughter, we had lunch at Aquitaine to try their Restaurant Week menu. We love Restaurant Week, and have enjoyed most of the meals we tried.
There were three problems with our meal.
We chose Aquitaine for the Lunch menu posted on the Restaurant Week web-site. When we got there they gave us a completely different menu. My daughter is a fussy eater, and there was very little she would eat on the new one. A staff member actually argued with us about this, saying we should have gone to their web-site for the RW menu. I checked as soon as I got home: the menu we wanted was still on the RW web-site, and I couldn't find any RW menu on the Aquitaine web-site.
Next, some of the food wasn't up to what I would expect. I ordered the vichyssoise. It was bright green, the consistency of tomato soup, and had no taste except salt. I ordered the braised veal for my entrée. It was delicious, but the meat was about 25% fat. Desserts were a little weird too. Avocado Ice Cream on a chocolate dish? Are you kidding?
Finally, the RW web-site menu said the lunch was 3 courses for $20. The cost was still $20, but you could only order two of the three courses. If you wanted all three, it would cost extra.

I had been looking forward to this meal, and was really disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Excellent French cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Wonderful dinner and excellent service. One of the best options for a nice out with friends in boston .

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Food was alright but not worth the price.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Never a bad experience here.

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2.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Lobster bisque was very bad. They were doing renovation. And the service is was just ok. I will never return.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I was disappointed with this after-concert dinner. Just a few things; service was efficient but not very friendly, we had to ask for bread (in a French restaurant?) and got a four inch piece of baguette for two, steak ordered medium was bloody, salad portion was small, wine by the glass was good.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food was very good, but the service spotty and somewhat negligent. Small space with only 6-8 inches between tables, which requires some acrobatic moves to squeeze into banquette seats along the walls. This has long been a problem at the Boston and Chestnut Hill versions of Aquitaine--but presumably it maximizes revenue. Avoid if you are claustrophobic.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Nice South End spot thought noisy as many are, we had a reservation and were seated close to the time, service was good and food was good, no complaints. Went for brunch.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Birthday brunch

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Server Jon is amazing!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Nice dinner at Aquitaine, before theater at Calderwood. Good cocktails. My wife had vichyssoise that wasn't vichyssoise, bolognese that wasn't bolognese, and bread pudding that wasn't bread pudding. All very good, and we joked with the waitress about this. Hostess kept getting involved, clearing plates, asking for desert orders, etc. She seemed to be rushing us, whereas a couple of gentlemen next to us, who ordered less, and had therefore less interventions, were left alone. Price seems a touch high for quality of offerings. But it's Boston, and it is good.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had theater tickets, went for lunch pre-show. Theater listed benefit pre-show with this restaurant. Upon asking about it, manager came to table, very rudely informed us it was only offered for dinner, not lunch. As we tried to question this, she threw out another angry dinner only comment, spun around, stomped off. What? We won't go back. Where did the anger and rudeness come from?

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Love this place, except for the music! Brunch at Aquitaine is a superb experience in so many ways: the menu is great, food is well-prepared and nicely presented, service is friendly and competent, and the decor is beautiful in a classy and classic Parisian style--complete with a zinc bar. So why do they undermine the whole effect by pumping out loud 1980s dance-club music? Don't get me wrong--in the right setting (rooftop bar happy hour, maybe?) these tunes are fun, but here they are so incongruous with the style and ambiance of the place that it's almost laughable. I’m not suggesting they limit themselves to the classic French bistro soundtrack (although I’d actually be okay with that) . . . but at least choose something more compatible with the overall image you're trying to project, and more conducive to conversation.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Was here during restaurant week. Food was very average and bland especially considering what the a la carte price would be (for some reason they put those prices on the restaurant week menu, maybe to remind you that you’re getting a deal and shouldn’t expect full quality). Service was okay but weird. They were constantly rushing us and trying to take our plates when we weren’t finished. We were clearly on a date. There was absolutely no communication between servers so they would all keep coming over one by one and interrupting our date. The dessert was awful, we each took one bite and no one asked why. The large serving of duck liver mousse cane with two tiny crostinis, 1 inch long, and we got a weird reaction when we soon asked for bread to go with the other 90% of the dish. I won’t be returning here.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Tried the restaurant week menu which was good but I wished I’d stuck with my usual steak frites which is always great. Service was attentive and helpful. It’s always a warm lively scene on a Friday night. One of my neighborhood favorites.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This is now our third or fourth visit and the food and Aquitaine just gets better and better

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

First-time visitors. Heard all the raves about this place. Apps and dessert were fine, but both entrees were, in a word, gross. Skate frite was tasteless, mushy, and chock-full of bones. Veal was fatty, close to inedible. Service and vibe were nice, though.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We very much enjoyed our dinner at Aquitaine. WE believe that Aquitaine is one of the best restaurants in Boston!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Once again, Acquitaine delivered. The food is really delicious since the renovation last year, and that small room to the right of the door is just lovely - you feel like a little bit of Paris came to the South End.

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