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About Bar Boulud

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.

776 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French American, Bistro, Contemporary French / American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 6:30am - 11am
Brunch: 12pm - 3pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Lunch: 12pm - 2:30pm
Dinner: 5:30pm - 10pm

Cross Street:
Fairfield Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 535-8800

Website:
http://www.barboulud.com/boston/

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.

Public Transit:
Closest "T" stops are Copley Station on the Green Line or Back Bay Station on the Orange Line.

Executive Chef:
Michael Denk

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Private breakfast, lunch and dinner events are available in our Rhône Room which can accommodate up to 20 seated guests. The Rhône Room can be separated from the restaurant by use of a contemporary sliding barn door. In addition, our Chef’s Table provides an exclusive interactive culinary experience for up to 10 guests.

For semi-private occasions, the High Table is located in front of our impressive wine cellar and can accommodate a seated event for 10 or a reception for up to 40 guests.

Our chef de cuisine would be delighted to design a customized seasonal menu for your personal, private or business event. Upon request, our sommelier would also be pleased to expertly pair an assortment of wines from our award-winning cellar with your chosen menu selections.

Specials

Pop-Up Pie Shop

Special valid Nov 6, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 all week from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

$1 Oyster Hours

Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Specials

Pop-Up Pie Shop

Special valid Nov 6, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 all week from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Details

This Thanksgiving, Chef Differ showcases a selection of classic holiday pies, thoughtfully packaged & ready for pick-up at the Pop-Up Pie Shop. Sample a slice or enjoy a tasting, available during lunch & dinner service! Order: barboulud.com/boston. Excludes Tax and Tip. Flavors Include: Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan, Chocolate Cream, Macadamia Nut Meringue. Special valid Nov 6, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 all week from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Gather with friends and family while enjoying a 3-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving Day feast, featuring seasonal classics with a French twist. Available from 12 to 8pm.

$1 Oyster Hours

Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Details

Enjoy $1 oysters at the bar or in the lounge. #ShuckinItAtBoulud. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Oct 5, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 on Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM.

Private Dining

A dynamic, warm and welcoming space, Bar Boulud offers endless possibilities for private breakfast, lunch and dinner events

Bar Boulud Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (25)
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Creative Cuisine (21)
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Business Meals (15)
Romantic (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
People Watching (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Casual (10)
Authentic (8)
Cozy (8)
Fun (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Healthy (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Hot Spot (4)
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service, waiter extremely attentive. Very good food, we visited for Sunday morning breakfast. A bit expensive for what you get but very fresh, high quality ingredients.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Legit walked out. Complete understaffed and not one thing was done with a smile. Very sad and frustrating to see.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

My friends and no longer live near each other so we make a promise to get together every few months. We were so glad to share a wonderful lunch with fabulous service, excellent foods and a perfect Rose. It wax a great experience. Thank you.
Victoria Lazzell

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Service was friendly, accommodating and excellent. We have been here a few times and always enjoy the food and atmosphere.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Very disappointing!! We picked this restaurant was for the name of Boulud and it is with the Mandarin Orientatal Hotel... it was Wednesday night and four of us went there for dinner. It was not busy, at best 70% full. The waiter must be in his bad mood; there was no greeting , no smiles ... besides taking the orders , he did not stop by asking whether things were all right.... the food was average and it was not worth the money they charged !

I definitely would not recommend this restaurant to anyone and would not go back! Very disappointing!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I don't understand why Bar Boulud is not always very crowded. The food is excellent ... consistently so, at both lunch and dinner. Excellent!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always a treat to dine at Bar Boulud. Outstanding service and scrumptious meals. Thank You.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I was disappointed by this place. I expected it to be really delicious and chic but it was outdated and the food was really not good at all. My soup arrived cold and had to be sent back to be reheated. My salad was really terrible. How hard is it to make a good salad? It was three stacks of romaine hearts with this salad dressing put lightly on top. This meant that if you wanted the dressing to hit most of the lettuce it didn’t. And it had shrimp, on it and again how hard is it to make shrimp taste good? But for some reason they were not well cooked and had too many strange seasonings on them, maybe in an effort to make the dish more exotic. But what should’ve been a nice simple salad with shrimp for lunch turned out to be a very unsatisfactory meal that I could barely eat. My Americano coffee was undrinkable. For those of you who don’t know what an Americano is, it is an espresso with hot water in it. I was charged six dollars for this drink, and it was like mud. Again, how hard is it to make a good Americano? This is supposed to be a very fine European restaurant and I get the sense that they’ve lost their luster. I also note that the restaurant is incongruent with the Mandarin Oriental, the hotel in which it is housed. The Mandarin Oriental is one of the finest hotels in the world, and the establishment in Boston is no exception. The restaurant really needs to be spruced up and the food has to be revamped in order to suitably fit within the Mandarin Oriental five star quality. I also note that the restaurant failed to mark me as having shown up and I had to spend a silly amount of time calling the restaurant back to confirm that they did not list me as a no-show on OpenTable. Sloppy.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Difficult to believe, but this glorious restaurant just gets better and better. There were five of us dining yesterday for lunch; all ordered fish but of three varieties; all were sensational! And by all means, leave room for dessert...the pastry chef is top shelf!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I was surprised that my food was mediocre. I had eaten here 4 months ago and had excellent dinner.
the pheasant was salty and dry, the salad was overdressed. I will think twice about returning given the disappointment with the food.
It is a convenient, fun location.

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was well-prepared and excellent. Wait staff was very knowledgeable and informative. Wonderful wine list. Would recommend!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We always enjoy our times at Bar Boulud and recommend it highly. The food and service are very very good.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Service was friendly and helpful, INCREDIBLY rushed, in terms of the pace of food delivery (never thought I’d complain about too fast but...) and the invasive plate clearing staff that interrupted our meal and conversation multiple times to clear the table - twice when we were still eating!

The food arrived within < 5 minutes of ordering. We had been fully served and finishing our mains withinin 35 minutes of arriving at the restaurant. That’s great for McDonalds but doesn’t really match the purpose of a couple’s night out at a nice (expensive) restaurant. Felt like they really wanted to turn over the table and maximize throughput, rather than the dining experience. Very surprising, industrial and disappointing experience.

Would eat at the bar next time if possible.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food was flavorful, beautifully prepared and presented. In addition, the service was impeccable. We really enjoyed our luncheon experience at Bar Boulud.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Expected outstanding from watching Daniel on cooking shows. Was not disappointed. Some of the best!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 23, 2017

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our meals at Bar Boulud. The food, ambience, and service were outstanding. And the wine list is extraordinary!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

One of my favs in Boston, near Copley Plaza. Daniel Boulud’s, wonderful food, excellent service.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food good. Wine menu - BEWARE. We thought we were ordering a bottle of wine for $50 - it turned out to be $195. When we questioned the price at the end of the meal the waiter was arrogant and argumentative and insisted that he explained the difference between a 3oz glass vs a 6 oz glass (we took the second column to be the bottle price). All I can say is if 5 college educated diners did not understand what he said, how clear was he?
Service poor - we waited a long time between courses.
We were left to pour the expensive wine ourselves.
When I asked for freshly ground pepper I was given a salt and pepper shaker....when I queried the availability of freshly ground paper the waitress said she would ask. She returned 5 minutes later with a pepper grinder.
And to finish off, when my son pointed out to the waiter that the wine list was misleading, the waiter dropped a menu on a glass of water and spilt water all over the table. Rather than apologize, he exclaimed "Oh let me wipe that up".

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a fabulous meal at Bar Boulud - food was amazing, our server was attentive and personable, the manager (who was in Boston while his Boulud was being renovated in Miami) was charming. Well priced for the quality, perfect place to celebrate my daughter's birthday! We will be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I really like this place. Great food and fabulous service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Bar Boulud was a foodie paradise. The french onion soup was truly outstanding and the duck confit was wonderful. The service was efficient and fast and friendly. I highly recommend Boulud.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Wonderful staff! From the minute you walk in, to the servers.. very comfortable..

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, People Watching, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Authentic French menu with very attentive staff. Nice wine selection. Very busy even on a Tuesday evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

This is a fantastic restaurant and I'd recommend the fish!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The service, food, and ambience were excellent. If taking the T, I recommend taking the Green Line to Prudential. Taking the Orange Line to Back Bay left me with a 10 minute walk to the restaurant.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

I had a prix fixe dinner. The main salmon dish was too salty, virtually not edible.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Sunday Brunch with really good service and food. Benedicts, Belgian Waffle, Pain Perdu (make sure to add maple syrup to help the dry brioche, and Omelette were tasty.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great lunch. Waitress was excellent and guided us through great menu options. Pork chop and salad were outstanding. Dining companion loved the soup.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great place to eat and people. Highly recommended.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The staff has always been so professional and helpful. There is no pretension and they are always spot on. We go every month! Having the valet also a plus:)

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food. Great service. Unfortunately too many loud tables and obnoxious customers. What they call in NYC "bridge and tunnel".

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Perfect evening! Great service, amazing food, and when they heard it was out wedding anniversary they took such good care of us - nice table in the window, and even a little surprise dessert! And the scallops and chicken dishes were both wonderful. Thank you Bar Boloud!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We went to Bar Boulud for my daughter's birthday. Had not had dinner here before so had high expectations given the restaurant's location in the Mandarin Oriental . Unfortunately, the food was disappointing and our waiter was rather abrupt and dismissive, spoiling what should have been an entertaining and special evening for our family. To the restaurant's credit, they did bring out a nice birthday treat for my daughter but it did not make up for the deficiencies in our dining experience.

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Having been to the Palm Beach location in FL we had high expectations. While there was nothing that was "Bad" we felt that a chef as highly celebrated as him would have much more to offer than what we experienced.
The Popcorn Old fashioned was less than average.
The Steak entree as well as the other entree were both average at best.
The Shishito pepper appetizer was just peppers pan fried in a skillet with absolutely no other garnishments of any kind- they did taste good but it was very underwhelming.
Again, having been to their Palm Beach location at the Brazilian, I know that this was more the location that was not as well run as it should be- Chef please take note!! We know you are much better than this!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great food. Great service. Would refer friends. Nice that it was attached to a great hotel.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great time at bar Boulud. The food was delicious and well presented. Perfect restaurant to enjoy some French delicacy. Abd took great care of us

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

lovely dinner with great service. I didn't enjoy my dish so much but the other table party did.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

What stands out most is the level of exceptional service at Bar Boulud. Friendly, efficient, perfectly on time and servers step in for each other when something is needed. The wines were great. The steak especially tasty. And the risotto was lovely, although I would recommend it is too rich for an entrée. Outdoor seating made it an equally good place to stop off just for drinks and an appetizer. Highly recommend.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Very disappointing - we have enjoyed Bar Boloud in NYC and London. This was really pedestrian and would not recommend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food was excellent and the ambiance beautiful, but the server made us feel a little bit rushed although we had a reservation and it wasn't busy

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