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Artisan Bistro

607 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Pre/post Theatre (23)
  • Great for Brunch (10)
  • Quiet Conversation (10)
Artisan Bistro is a modern and inviting dining room dressed in rich dark and light woods with elegant European design elements. Accents of black, off-white, cognac, blues and warm grays echo a classic bistro look and feel. Crafted wood wainscoting throughout the room and soft ambient lighting from above highlight the white-washed, wood floors to further enhance the bistro-like setting. New stitched-leather booth seating lines the dramatic floor to ceiling wall of windows overlooking Avery Street and two high-top u-shaped booths frame the space on either end. Additional cluster seating is intimate and close, allowing for easy conversation and lively exchange. Artisan Bistro features fresh, local seasonal dishes that present artisanal cooking in an approachable way.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:30am
Saturday & Sunday (A La Carte): 7:00am - 3:00pm
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Late Night:
Nightly: 10:00pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
(617) 574-7176
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Robert Bruce
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Parking details
Valet parking available on Avery Street in front of the hotel.
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Public transit
Conveniently located near the Boylston stop on the green line or the Chinatown stop on the orange line.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Artisan Bistro's features a semi private dining area that seats up to 32 people with Personalized menus.

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What 607 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFrankieandPaulie (New England)
5.0  Dined 21 hours ago

The staff there are among the best warmest and friendliest at any restaurant anywhere. Always a great experience to eat there. Big thank you to Eugene and Uton for being so welcoming. They are the best.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

A return visit for a pre theater dinner. Delightful experience in every way. Food was excellent and the service is always attentive, warm and welcoming. We will be backache!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Nice place run by the Ritz Carlton. We shared the lobster tacos, mushroom truffle flatbread and gnocchi. All were great, the gnocchi was very special because it was more of a deconstructed style. Didn't have time for dessert. The only negative was minor, the secondary waiter was too aggressive in removing plates. Felt a bit rushed. Otherwise would recommend!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We went for valentines day. The special (made for 2) was AMAZING. To start the fried oyster taco... delicious! The salad was light and refreshing. The main course of a 22 oz ribeye.... i wanted to cry my first bite was so good- and the side of scalloped potatoes was the perfect compliment. Outstanding valentines day meal. I need to know when that special is on the menu again, because i will be back. The ambiance was quiet, small, casual, low lighting, perfect for a date spot.

vipjack (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

This was perfect choice for Sunday brunch before theater at the opera house. Service can be spotty but gets you there on time.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

I ordered a burger with cheddar cheese only. I got the burger with the onion relish and bacon on it. I did not notice this as it looked like some of it was wiped off. After eating a few bites I noticed this. No waiter to be found. Never checked on us. I was hungry to I picked off the remaining onions and bacon. When the waiter finally arrived to check on this I told him of the mistake. He said he asked for it on the side and it was on the side. I told him it is on the side because I picked it off and put it there. I never asked for it on the side....I didn’t want it!! He said he would inform the chef. He came back 5 minutes later with the check...and no apology. Shame on you Ritz Carlton. 25$ for a burger that comes to a customer this way

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We had a wonderful meal with great service in a lovely room. What more could you ask for?

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The website photos belie the fact this is a hotel lobby smallish restaurant. Cool decor, excellent wait staff and extremely tasty food -- but not cheap. It was a convenient short walk to the Opera House and that was the intent, and since there really aren't a lot of other similar options it was a good choice and the quality of the food made it worthwhile.

massdiner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

First, the venue - it's nice. It's relatively casual (wood tables, wood floor, chairs), not crowded, and at 5:30 it was quiet enough, without being silent as a church. Our table, a "two-top," was really, really small. The aisle alongside was wide open; they could have easily used wider tables.

Next, the service... We arrived exactly on time for our 5:30 pre-theater reservation ends there was no one at the reception desk. We stood there for at least 5 minutes while various employees moved around the bar and restaurant before someone finally came over to check on us. The wait staff was good, not exceptional - our waiter was hard to hear/understand. We were able to piece together the social, but at this level I'd expect a written addendum to the menu.

Ok - on to the food, which is really what matters, right? The food quality was excellent. We both had scallops, which were tender, fresh, and properly seared. The onion "jam" (puree) was wonderful, and the two sauteed scallions were a surprise and lovely. Real side dishes are all a la carte, and we had a side of asparagus, which were nicely crisp but cooked.

Now, the negatives. First, whoever decided to serve the scallops in a bowl with a small center and a wide rim should be shot. It may look pretty, but eating was a big challenge - there's no place to put your side dish without immersing it in onion puree. The bowl is really tippy if you try to use the rim, I lost an asparagus to the floor this way. This highlights the other issue - price/value. The asparagus side dish for $10 was 5 spears peeled and trimmed to about 6" long, so you can see why I was unhappy about dumping a $2 spear onto the floor. The scallop main course consisted of 4 nice sized scallops, but for $34 I was expecting more ($8.50 per scallop?!). I've eaten in Michelin star restaurants here and around the world where you expect prices like this, but not at a "bistro." We both enjoyed our food, but we both left hungry.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

It was great, we liked it a lot