Bar Boulud

4.4
864 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
Sister restaurant to the popular New York and London locations, Bar Boulud, Boston at Mandarin Oriental, Boston is a French-inspired bistro and wine bar located in the heart of Back Bay on Boylston Street. Chef Daniel Boulud offers locally inspired seasonal dishes, traditional French bistro fare and an impressive selection of famed house-made terrines and pâtés by Parisian Charcutier, Gilles Verot. Additionally the menu features a handful of signature sausages and burgers, adding an American touch to this French inflected bistro and wine bar. An impressive wine cellar spotlights wines from Burgundy and the Rhóne Valley , including many fine selections by the glass. The interiors are inspired by a contemporary take on the craft of winemaking to create a comfortable and welcoming surrounding for a unique and intimate experience. Bar Boulud serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, all-day dining is also available at the bar. Walk-ins are encouraged.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French American, Bistro, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: 6:30am - 11am
Brunch: 12pm - 3pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Lunch: 12pm - 2:30pm
Dinner: 5:30pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(617) 535-8800
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Denk
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fairfield Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is available at a special rate when validated by Bar Boulud. Validated parking is $13 at lunch and $20 at dinner.
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Public transit
Closest "T" stops are Copley Station on the Green Line or Back Bay Station on the Orange Line.
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Entertainment
Live DJ - Fridays 7-11pm
Live Jazz - Saturday 10pm-1am
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Bar Boulud Boston will serve a scrumptious Buffet Brunch on Christmas Day from 11:30 to 3:30 PM! Our a la carte menu will not be available at this time.
To guarantee your reservation, please provide your credit card information when making your reservation. We look forward to welcoming you!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will serve a festive 5 Course Tasting Menu on New Year's Eve. Pre-Gala seating from 5:30 -7PM, $168 pp, and Gala seating from 8 PM with canape reception and champagne toast at midnight, $268 pp. Join us and ring in the New Year in style!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 864 People Are Saying
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KA
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paige was of great assistance in planning for our group holiday get-togeter. Amiri was an A++
++++ waiter, gracious, knowledgeable and indefatiguable. I can't wait to have a group there again at the high top table with bar stools!
Karen A

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RB
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Birthday. Dessert was gluten free for my wife!

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E
New England
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Second visit to Bar Boulud. Would definitely recommend especially for the ambiance. Cocktails are clever and the bread and starters are fantastic.

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C
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I hate to say it, but this was a huge disappointment. I have been to Bar Boulud many times before, with my family and with clients, and enjoyed it each time. This latest visit was different; either it was an off night, or things have changed for the worse.

We started by ordering cocktails from the bar menu. The server in the bar was very distracted. I asked if the bourbon used in my cocktail could be switched out for a different one, and was told that the drinks are premixed, which is surprising for an upscale hotel bar, and I said I did not want it. My wife ordered a different cocktail, and was told (after the server disappeared for 10 minutes) that that one was not available. We finally ordered a couple of glasses of whisky instead. When the bill came, we were charged for all four drinks, even though we only had two. The manager had to straighten out the bill, which took some time.

We then sat down to dinner with a friend who joined us after our drinks arrived. The server was very nice but the food was mixed at best. My wife and I shared the escargot, the bone marrow, the steak tartare, and the chicken liver mousse. The escargot was overcooked to the point of being charred to black and dry. The bone marrow consisted of half of one bone about six inches in length with almost no marrow; what little there was seemed to have melted all over the plate, apparently from being left under the heat lamp for too long. The steak tartare was too sweet from the addition of ketchup in the mix, which was a first for us. The chicken liver mousse was fine except there was much too much white pepper, which made it somewhat inedible.

All in all, I am reluctant to return.

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OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely a fantastic night, our server STEPHEN was so fun and knowledgeable about the food and his recommendations were spot on!

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Huîtres fraîches.
Viande bien présentée.
Accompagnements décevants avec le ketchup éternel qui vous rappelle où vous êtes...
Frites « américanisées ».

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BP
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm accommodating service in bar area at cozy corner booth. Great wine and appetizer choices.

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KW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is probably one of the best restaurants I’ve been too in Boston. Highly pleased with the service.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Visited this place for a Sunday brunch. Found poorly prepared food way overpriced. Had the lobster scramble. Eggs were dry and poorly prepared. Cold bread was served with frozen rock hard butter. Onion soup was run of the mill, nothing special. Better quality available at much more reasonably priced places. Ambiance was very good. Excellent jazz group playing and well designed, high end interior. Go in and have a look (for free) but feed yourself somewhere else.

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Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Server was hospitable and timely. Food was excellent. Bread was a little on the colder side. The sparkling water was almost flat. Otherwise it was a great experience at Boulud!

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e
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I had a wonderful meal with my husband on our first visit to Bar Boulud… the food was great and so was the service and the people watching. On my second and most recent visity with my girlfriend, the food was just OK-- My friend's steak frittes was a hard and mine was undercooked (red inside) for a medium request and had to send it back to cook it longer.

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CT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very pleased with my experience here. The staff was attentive patient answered all questions, and stayed on top of the dining experience all night. They made sure to do things exactly as I asked such as waiting to put in entrées until after we had our salads. The person who went with me said that it was the best one they have ever had and the best salad they had ever eaten. The ambience was wonderful end it was just an excellent experience . The staff was so attentive that when I left a package there they called me 15 minutes after I have left to tell me that they had found it and Wood hold it for me until I could pick it up. I would give this place five stars A++

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OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Ginger is a superb server. Great night and corner table, 24.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Thanksgiving day

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Boston during the Thanksgiving holiday. The prix fixed menu was terrific, the service superb. Great experience.

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

As loyal patrons of the Mandarin Oriental establishment we had high expectations. Hugely disappoonted. Restaurant was 1/2 full but it took 1 hour from completion of order for entrees to arrive. A soup arrived shoetly after ordering but was luke warm. 3 entrees were brough to us not at once, but separately, and 2 of the 3 entrees arrived COLD. A side order of spinach was SO salty we had to leave it uneaten. Experience was so bad we didn't bother to order dessert.

The manager apologized for a kitchen gone amok, and took all food orders off the bill. I suppose for a 5-star establishment such as this, it was the proper thing to do, and the gesture was appreciated. Would have much preferred to have paid full freight for an incident-free dining experience.

Sadly disappointed.

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LA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I go to Boston 4 times a year and Bar Boulud is one of the favorites because of its consistent quality of food and convenient location. It is so easy to get to on foot or by car. They have valet parking. The atmosphere is comfortable for family gatherings and friends’ get-together and still suitable for business lunches. But on the most recent visit, I was disappointed by the level of their service. I had made a lunch reservation for 5 people and when we were shown to our table, 70 percent of the restaurant was empty. We weren’t fully happy with our table so I asked if any of the booth seats were available and was told “No, we are pretty full for lunch today and we always choose this table for our guests whose party is for 5.” We enjoyed our meal but when we got up to leave, the booth seatings and other tables were still empty.

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P
New England
50 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I went for lunch on A Sunday. The service was fine, but kind of slow and servers seemed confused at times when asked to get something. The food was good but the French fries the worst in Boston. For a French chef-owner it is really disappointing. Athmosphere is really nice specially with a live band playing until 2PM and Bloody Mary was delicious.

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PW
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food - high quality with good service too.
Very enjoyable evening.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My bronzini was a bit vapid. Tasteless with dull vegetables.

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AD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Seamless service with spot-on French bistro cuisine. Everything was incredibly delicious, will go again.

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B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Are solo. Great waiter. Had the salmon tartare and gnocchi and both were delicious. It wasn’t as quaint as I thought it would be and the wine by the glass menu was very limited so that was a bummer but overall a nice meal. I would go back.

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JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening with friends and were delighted that the restaurant is quiet, we could actually have conversation. The food was excellent too.

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WW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Abigail was our delightful server. She was attentive, well informed, and enhanced our enjoyment of our delicious dinner and incredible dessert.
Sorry that it is quite a commute from Vermont!

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food and service - my go to for lunch and dinner with small group of friends

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CD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining for a business meal or date. Service professional, attentive, but not intrusive. Quiet, spacious dining area. Superb dishes, tastefully presented. Varied wine menu.

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l
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A FAVORITE! I loved the pate and fish luncheon. And the Purple Haze cocktail.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 3

The service was good, our waiter quite pleasant and helpful. The food was just incredibly over-salted, to a point which we (four diners) had never experienced. Other than the clam chowder (which was lukewarm and oddly bitter as well as over-salted), without the salt, the dishes would have been fine. The quality of the proteins and vegetables themselves was clearly high, but individually, we all lost interest in the meal due to the salt content, had to send back multiple dishes, and left a fair amount of food on the table.

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J
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great breakfast, the food was absolutely amazing and the service was top notch. I will say it would be nice if they had a french press coffee, the coffee is really good but on the table gets cold quickly in the stainless pots they use. My food, the Avocado Tartine was out of this world, and while they were out of the item i originally wanted, they combined into the item I had and really did a great job with it. The bread is amazing as well, baked in house, so for breakfast/brunch, it's a recommended place for a higher end place that does deliver on service!

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CH
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have been to all of Boulud's restaurants in NYC, which all were excellent. I was very disappointed by the food at this location, can get much better chowder and seafood at many, many other places in Boston.

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AH
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

found bar boulud by accident looking for anything with a reservation available on short notice for dinner before a show. could not have been more pleased with the experience. the service was impeccable and the food was delicious.

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Y
New England
25 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent but portions are very tiny. I was hungry after I finished my one main dish and I am a small eater. I had the scallops which were perfectly cooked with Brussels sprouts. The dish came with only 3 halves of the sprouts. For a dish over $30 there should have been more of these.

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came back for brunch and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We had oysters to share delivered by the GM himself! My Bloody Mary was flavorful. The crab cake Benedict was sauced to perfection. The prix fixe menu offered a desert buffet which had everything from lemon raspberry tart to café pana cotta. We can’t wait till next Sunday!

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WW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The escargot was excellent. Lobster roll was very good, with a hint of tarragon. The roll was toasted but he surface was soft. The accompanying fries were excellent, hot, light with crunchy surface. For my greens, I ordered a side dish of "green spinach". Unfortunately, it was not lightly sautéed to keep it green as I had thought, but a soft pile of dark green salty mushy fiber. Just like cafeteria style. Ambience was casual and relaxed. The sound level was high, in part due to the glass wall on the street side.

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f
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional meal and presentation!!! Daniel's places never fail. If you are a true foodie, and appreciate a well cooked and curated meal, very few places compare to Chef Boulud's restaurants! I had the foie gras (superb), the bone marrow (unbelievable taste -the best part of the meal!), Duck breast (superb), and the chocolate bread pudding (the reason why I love dark chocolate!!! So deep and rich!). Wonderful place for great friends/colleagues who haven't seen each other in years, or to spend a beautiful evening with your spouse (next time, dear)!!!

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L
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Met a group of friends here for brunch. The server wAs professional and excellent. The dishes were well portioned and fresh. Wine was poured at the table, which I love. All good. I’m gluten free and they even brought gluten free bread which I didn’t even request

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was par at best
Microwaved soup flavorful- branzino cooked well with cold accompanied veggies

Happily they remembered my daughters birthday

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S
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Great service (Julien our waiter). Desserts unbelievable.

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W
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another near perfect execution for the great chef, Daniel Boulud.

Fun and breathtakingly delicious at the same time. Great service as well.

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F
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our lunch. There were four of us and the service was wonderful. We had a variety of dishes. The brussel sprout salad was a wonderful dish to share, such great flavors. The cookie in a bag was cleaver, designed to go back to the office with you. It was quick and efficient service for the lunch hour crowd.

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