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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: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Union Park and Tremont Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, 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 directly in front of Aquitaine for $16.00 per vehicle.

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

Executive Chef:
Bob Krajewki

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, 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 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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (40)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Special Occasion (36)
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Romantic (34)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Great for Brunch (27)
Cozy (27)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Authentic (21)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Bar Seating (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Great for Lunch (14)
Business Meals (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Fun (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Casual (8)
Hot Spot (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

We knew we’d like it and we did

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

I have been here 3 times for dinner and always had great service and food. I thought brunch would be a no-brainer. We were 5 minutes early for our Reservation. Remained standing by the host stand even though many tables were open. When finally seated, here were NO menus available. After a few minutes we got menus. 2 of us ordered drinks- which came after our entrees had arrived. The waiter asked the men their orders before the women at the table and was not as professional as the staff in the evening. Overall was extremely disappointed in the food and service. Would NOT come here for brunch ever again and will question dinner now after that experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We go to Aquitaine every time we visit Boston. Our favorite restaurant. Great food and drink. Excellent service and upbeat atmosphere. We have never come away disappointed. Always five stars for us.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was superb. Love the bistro atmosphere. Service was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I made a reservation for a party of 3 and were at the restaurant 10 mins before our 8:30p res. We had to wait 45 mins to be seated w/o so much as a free drink.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Everything was great, except the music too load, especially one song which was jarring. Not suitable to relaxing conversation.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a lovely server from Sweden who was so warm and welcoming. She made our birthday experience great! The French onion soup was so cheesy and gooey. A perfect warm up on the cold day we were eating. The ambiance was great too. Big red leather benches and great lighting. Would definitely eat there again

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I ordered the steak frites cooked medium and it came out rare and cold. Steak wasn’t warm and the fries weren’t either. My date got the sole and it was ok but not a lot of flavor. My main gripe is with the steak. How did the server take that out of the window and think that was presentable as a steak cooked medium? Honestly part of the steak was cold and rare to the point I didn’t want to eat it and I love steak.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service, strong value. Two thumbs up.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great place to celebrate a special occasion. Excellent food and cocktails.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I usually have an excellent meal here. But this time, the veal in the special of the day was overcooked.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2017

This was a fantastic dinner and great service. We happened to be there on a quiet night (right after Thanksgiving) so the place was pretty empty - I imagine that when it's full, it can get quite noisy, which is not something I enjoy and would definitely have dropped a star for me. However, if you don't mind noise - this is definitely a solid choice for tasty food and great wine list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

GREAT night

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Went there for brunch. Started with mussels that were delicious, but followed with duck hash which was tasteless. How is that possible?

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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Hadn't been to Aquitaine in some time, and stopped in for Sunday Brunch. Delectable food, particularly the Mussels, and warm and attentive service. Will frequent.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Beautiful brunch, once again. A Must-Do in Boston.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Oh No! What happened to Aquitaine? Aquitaine has always been a favorite choice for a guaranteed great meal. We went over Thanksgiving weekend with our family and while the food was good, the service was lacking. We had to get up and find a waiter (didn't find ours) to bring a pepper grinder - by the time we did most people had finished their meal. We bought several nice bottles of wine and ended up pouring our own. Isn't that part of the service at a good french restaurant?
Very disappointing.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I love Aquitaine. I have been eating there for 9 years and I have a meal there every time I visit Boston.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The service was exceptional, both friendly and efficient. The food was fantastic and the brunch was an incredible value.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful evening celebrating my birthday. My favorite restaurant in Boston.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The cocktails my wife and I had on our recent visit were great; I had their sidecar variant with cinnamon, and she had a gin drink with rosemary, both of which worked very well. We then had the salad, which was good if a bit under-dressed, and the foie gras, which was excellent. The duck and steak au poivre mains were also excellent. For dessert we shared the tarte tatin, which was delicious.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Waited half an hour although we booked in advance and it was my gf’s birthday. The Sunday dish was too salty for my girlfriend, the concierge was not helpful and didn’t usher us for a drink while waiting, the waiter was good though.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

A good pre-theater experience! A nice relaxing lunch with great French food.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Beautiful renovations! Now Aquitaine is light, stylish with a great look and excellent food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

After all these years, still one of my favorite places in Boston. Great atmosphere, great food. Always a wonderful experience

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I’ve dined at Aquitaine dozens and dozens of times. I was a frequent diner before the Boston renovation and waited patiently for the reopen. I go to Brunch there nearly every Sunday year round. It was, for a long time, my favorite restaurant. Great staff, ambiance, food, value.

Having said that, I hate to report that the only consistent thing about brunch there lately, is the inconsistency. Missing ingredients in various eggs Benedict... Ham? Really? Avocado in the tomato/avocado Benedict? Salad dressing on the salad? Cold potatoes? 30 minute wait for a reserved table? All of these are overlooked for your favorite place - we all have bad hair days and we’re family... until they become such frequent occurrences you wonder why it’s still your favorite.

I’ve filled out numerous complimentary feedback cards in the past praising the place, and have spent literally thousands of dollars there (@ $100/Brunch it adds up fast) so I feel no guilt being this honest.

I’m sad to say, Aquitaine, I think it’s time we start seeing other people.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

we were 4 people, and none of us had a remotely satisfying experience!~

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Using OpenTable, we made a 1:15 pm reservation for Sunday brunch, but were not seated for at least 20 minutes, which begs the question what is the purpose of a reservation? After we were seated, the service was lacking, most likely due to a paucity of wait staff.

My wife ordered the duck hash with poached eggs and hollandaise; unfortunately, the eggs were not only over-cooked but cold and the hash was black not golden brown. We sent the dish back to the kitchen.

We shared my dish, the salmon benedict. The poached eggs were properly cooked, but that should be the norm not the exception for any restaurant offering eggs benedict.

I doubt we will return for brunch. We are inclined to consider dinner under the assumption Aquitaine can deliver on what appears to be an appetizing menu.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I love eating here, but my only critique would be that the portiions are quite small in relation to the price. With that said, it was nice "not to overeat", but I had the scallops, and although they were scarce, I was more taken aback by the underlying veggies. Mushrooms and some sort of cauliflower puree were minimalistic to be sure. I will surely return though, as the service and ambiance are great for my neighborhood go-to establishment.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a reservation for 12:15 but were not seated until 1:05. The hostess lied to us and would say we were next to be seated and then seat another party. The hostess also seated a couple who has a reservation for 12:45 before she seated us. Overall, very dissapointing service and overall experience.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Favorite spot for drinks or brunch

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Paris Meets The South End
For years, Aquitaine has been our favorite Boston restaurant. The intimate, Parisian bistro atmosphere, impeccable service, and delicious, expertly prepared dishes, are all rave worthy. The renovated space is very similar to the old space, yet the side front dining room and airy ventilation are welcome additions.
Whenever we dine at Aquitaine, we are greeted and treated like dear friends. The staff knows your tastes, your cocktail order and your seating preferences. The chef prepares everything with expert culinary skills. The salads ( endive or house with cheese), soups (onion is superb), tarts (again, onion is the delicious star), to the incredible entrees ( filet mignon, duck and, our personal favorite, the sole) are expertly prepared. Every meal at Aquitaine is as perfect as it gets. If that wasn't enough, the sublime desserts are the glorious end to the perfect meal ( creme brûlée, bread pudding, and apple tart are our favorites). Aquitaine is truly the best meal and the best restaurant in Boston.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Another great dinner. We go every few weeks and always are pleased.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Located on restaurant row in the South End and near theaters, this French inspired restaurant provides a generous bar, well selected wines and creative food. The endive salad with walnuts and blue cheese was well dressed and the ravioli and cod dishes were tasty. If you don't mind close quarters, this is a great spot. However, the seating is very tight along the banquets. A better choice is one of the four booths which provide better legroom and room for conversation. The decor is very sophisticated and well done. Busy on theatre nights.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The food has been consistently superb for moe=re than a decade! John Fitzpatrick has been a superb part of the wait staff for as Long as I can remember. He is A+ always!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Authentic, Bar Seating, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Dined here recently with a small group of colleagues from New York, who to my delight loved Aquitaine. I didn't mark the "fit for foodies" button; because the menu here is fairly classic French bistro (not particularly adventurous); but every dish is prepared perfectly and tastes wonderful. Three of us had the escargot to start; and happily there is terrific fresh bread to dip into the extra garlic butter. We had four different entrees and all were delicious. Do yourself a favor and order the tarte tartin. I don't even like apple things that much, but WOW is that a good dish. I wanted to lick the plate to get all the caramel sauce. The ambiance is elegant and upscale - I've been twice now for business but this is also my idea of a perfect romantic dinner place. The servers are knowledgeable and the pacing of the service was perfect. Go.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is my absolutely favorite France style bistro very realistic to the real thing found in Paris. The food is great, staff friendly and ambiance fantastic, cozy and great for people watching. We dine here 4 or 5 times per year, so try it, and see for yourself.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very good brunch! Food was great! Reservation recommanded!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food at Aquitane Boston is some of the best in the city and we have tried quite a few. It is one of my top three choices. They have kept prices reasonable as well. Excellent restaurant!

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