Bar Boulud

4.3
961 reviews
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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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Thank you for choosing Bar Boulud to celebrate your Mother's Day Brunch! We will have a full buffet available for a price of $98 per adult and $48 per child. Prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity. We will not offer an a la cart menu for Brunch.

Please visit us at: barbouludboston.com

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and amazing food- highly recommend!

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New England
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome spring night in Boston.
Greg was out waiter, nicest guy. Very knowledge on all our questions with the meals, etc.
Had a great dinner and night!

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Bar Boulud Boston is very different from BB New York. There are fewer selections in general, fewer choices on the prix fixe lunch, and no 3 course p.f. lunch. Some of the prices are also slightly higher ! Why? We chose the prix fixe lunch. My friend got the paté and I got the English pea soup, and we both chose the moules frites as a main course. Everything was good. One thing I found irritating was how the bread was presented in a shallow box about 5" square. We were given 3 stingy slices, 1 of a delicious olive bread, and 2 really small pieces of baguette, as in the smallest pieces from the end. We were offered more bread later, but I really don't want to feel that my bread is being rationed in a French restaurant.

While the food was good, it was in no way exceptional. This is why I wouldn't recommend Bar Boulud.

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ET
New England
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for a birthday dinner after the Marathon and the place was buzzing. Great service: our server was careful about my food allergy and everyone was charming and attentive even though the place was hopping. The food was delicious: be sure try the gougeres, and you can't go wrong with steak-frites. We were too full to have a birthday dessert, so they sent us home with a bag of their warm and wonderful madeleines.

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JA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite place to celebrate post Boston Marathon. Excellent service and amazing food.

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s
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We were there for our anniversary and they put us next to the big room with pocket doors and there was an event going on at the time, servers were going back and forth setting up food next to our table, it was terrible.

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j
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

we celebrating my 80th b-day with friends, the noise from the bar was awful, large party screaming and shouting, this went on for one hour and half before they moved to a private dining room. Food was good, service good but expensive, but don't get to be 80 everyday, pity it was spoiled by uncouth crowd!

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LP
New England
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Duck was extremely rich, which is to be expected, but well prepared. Service punctilious to a fault, wine considerably overpriced, nothing affordable by the glass.

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MB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

worst ever! noise level impossible to think let alone have a conversation.

Could not even hear the waiter.

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M
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Pricey not especially well-executed food in a noisy room with insistent, not gracious, service. I won't be returning. Too bad, I love the location and the promise of something wonderful.

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DH
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place so much! Plus, we were staying at the Mandarin which is doubly convenient. Can’t say enough good things about this wonderful restaurant. The service is fantastic and the food is superb! Try the bar area too! Best oysters on the planet!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Incredible service from Razel. In vehicle food in a great atmosphere!

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LM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very good experience. The food and our server were excellent. We were celebrating two birthdays and they served us a birthday pastry which was very nice. We did not feel hurried and really enjoyed our time .

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service at Bar Boulud is outstanding, the staff is courteous, engaging, and efficient. The food was good, and delivered quickly. The ambience is wonderful - great for a big party!

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DM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was spectacular. The food was really good but not incredible or transporting or amazing; just really well done but for the price should have been outstanding. The ambiance was excellent. A quiet lovely dinner.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After several visits for drinks this was my first dinner. Always loved the atmosphere in bar and dining area did not disappoint. Wonderful lamb loin special and the madeleines were a traditional French treat. Friendly service with a helpful nudge to the Brussels Sprouts salad. Delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I didn’t like the dessert. The scallop dish was good but very small.

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J
New England
30 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved eating at Bar Boulud. Food and service were fantastic. Noise was a little loud!

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R
New England
185 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is perfect in every way. Seating was uncomfortable because we were early and sat in bar area. And the kitchen/service was super sloooowww. Nice but slow. However, it did not hamper the beautiful rose and pate, gougeres and incredible Moules Frites - better than what I had in Reims! HUGE, creamy mussels in a luscious coconut sauce and perfect fries. Delectable in every way. Can't wait to come back!

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JR
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service & atmosphere very nice , food & beverages were grand , prices head more toward NYC

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LM
New England
34 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a joy to dine at Bar Boulud!
Looking forward to your outdoor season opening soon.

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The place is beautiful and wine list is nice, but the food is not worth the cost. I'd go back for wine and an appetizer maybe, but nothing more. Better food at better prices can be found in other areas of Boston.

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b
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW, we met Chef Brian Arruda when he worked at Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach. We're thrilled he's now at Boston's Bar Boulud. From oysters to hamburgers, Bar Boulud's menu has something for everyone. We're also looking forward to the restaurant's monthly wine dinners.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Online menu is different from restaurant menu. Salty scallops , over cooked burger

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Brunch was not worth it. The food was not good. Salad was only arugula with a poor dressing. The quiche was re-heated and dry as anything. Everyone else was pretty disappointed in their food as well. The place was empty on a Sunday morning. For good reason. Overpriced. Not a good meal.

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LD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were lucky to have made reservations during restaurant week at Bar Boulud in Boston. The restaurant interior is beautiful. The menu had something for everyone in our group of five. The wait staff were friendly and very helpful. The food was excellent. We will dine at Bar Boulud again, next time we are in Boston!

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LC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

delish...but they weren't prepared for our reservation

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BW
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing experience for a big name like Boulud. Food was mostly mediocre. One entree was pretty good, but one app (the escargot) was unequivocally bad. Would not recommend.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was laid out very nicely. The steak sauce was a little bitter. The food was overall OK. The service was very good as well.

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B
New England
77 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Prices are high, portions small BUT food was excellent. Great spot for a special occasion

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful - except the steak was tough to cut through, even after ordering rare.

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JA
New England
23 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was painfully slow, especially for a business lunch. Restaurant Week menu was interesting but food was disappointing. Overdressed chicory salad and dry and burnt gnocchi were inedible.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Our server was terrible!! We had to ask the manager for someone else to take care of our table. I have liked this restaurant in the past but this time it was just not right. Food was ok but we had to send the shrimp cocktail back bc it was freezer burned or old. Manager sent a dessert for my birthday which was nice and she followed up and apologized. The Mandarine needs to make sure their servers are up to their high standards!

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London
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Horrible attitude from waiter but amazing hostess

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We did the restaurant week menu. The appetizer was chewy, not fresh tasting. The salmon was dry and the dessert was ok. Very noisy for a week night.

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TR
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Our serving made great recommendations. It's a cool restaurant inside and had a fun, vibrant atmosphere. We sat near the bar - which we liked!

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BF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very nice location - the food is good. The butternut squash soup was terrific. The fish was slightly dry and a little over grilled. The bread was not freshly cut so a little dry. The service was prompt but could be a little more attentive

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Restaurant week lunch. Fantastic. Grilled salmon-perfect in every way. Steak-frites. Not quite up to the Relais at the Plaza Athenee. But as good as it gets on this side if the pond. Speaking of which reminds me to hype the escargot. They were FRESH!! Worth the trip alone. The service c’est magnifique.
Alons enfants de la Patrie. Le jour de gloir est arrive en Boston. Ici. Maintenant. Vite.

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KS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

$26 for an arugula salad and chicken? Not worth it. Nothing special about the interior. Our waiter was attentive. No need to go back.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Date night out with my wife. Very good overall experience, place reminded us of food we had in Paris.

Everything was unique and flavorful, the selections were interesting. We had Monkfish and Truffle Sausage dishes.

Desserts were good, but expensive and we expected more for the price.

All in about $100 pp, about what we expected.

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