Bar Boulud

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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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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Much worse than previous experiences here...they seemed to be having an off night (night after Thanksgiving). The food was uniformly worse than on other visits and the service slower.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent

VL
New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We’ve been to Bar Boulud and loved it. Disappointed this time. Service was slow. It took a long time to be served our meal. When it arrived the food was cold.

c
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I am a regular guest and the last two times the service has been marginal to poor. The food is still great.

P
New England
60 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Bistro atmosphere but top class food and wine list. Limited choice onnthe menu but high quality.

PK
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four of us came after a Sunday afternoon concert, shortly after the dining room opened. All of us have been at BB many times before. As always, the service was professional and friendly from beginning to end. We all had seafood, all of different sorts, and divided some of BB's excellent side vegetable dishes. Everything was prepared exactly as one would wish. This is my go-to restaurant in the Back Bay. It is uniformly wonderful.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Teddy our server was fantastic!!!!!

JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Failure to keep the buffet foods replenished was disappointing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Strangely, despite two tries, the kitchen failed to send a medium rare steak. The server was prompt, attentive, and sympathetic throughout the challenging experience.

PM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Pleasant but slapdash service. Food good but not outstanding.

JR
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Onion Soup & Niçoise salad & poached pear were so good , I went back Monday & ordered what the diner beside me had on Sunday & it was fabulous !

t
New England
30 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very disappointing Saturday lunch with friends
Food was "brunch" only and not what we were looking for. The quality was fair- quick was heavy- large portion lacking flavor. One of the party asked for no salad but it came with salad anyhow.
No soup option or other creative lunch items.
Overall very disappointed.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I have eaten at the Boston Bar Boulud several times and have had good experiences. Last night’s dinner there was very poor and the service was very strange. There were four of us together for my birthday. We all ordered entrees. Two ordered a salad. When the salads were brought to the table, two of our entrees were also delivered. When we had finished the salads the final two dinners arrived. They
were only warm and my sole was very dry. My guess is they had been waiting under the lamp. The waitress took my plate to remake. After a considerable wait, my remade dinner came. By then, my companions had finished and two of their empty plates were whisked away. I was the only one eating.
It was all very uncomfortable and disconcerting. And the food was fair at best. There was no concerned manager checking with us or offering an apology. However, they did not charge for my dinner.

B
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing experience at Bar Boulud! We ordered the tuna crudo and french fries to start - both were incredible, particularly the tuna. Everyone at the table loved their entree, I particularly enjoyed my duck! Cooked perfectly with crispy skin, and amazing vegetables. Highly recommend!

MA
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Waitress was not well trained. The gentleman taking care of our water was far more attentive than our waitress. The sommelier was good also.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Server was knowledgeable about menu and wine list. Would highly recommend it when in Boston.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and cold wine.

DO
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

This review is against the context of the price. I can eat in a Michelin starred place in England for the same money.
Bar boulud food is just OK. Competent but no better. Mostly assembly line food. OK for a modest price but not at these prices. I happily pay these prices for something a bit special. This is not.
Easily the best thing is the quality of the wine list.
The ambiance is antiseptic. No one really cares that you have a good time. It's a place going through the motions.

V
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We had a nice meal, but I expected more. They are pretty small plates of food. My entire plate of the sea bass meal was overly salty. My son had the brick chicken, which was good, but not great. His girlfriend really enjoyed her Coq au Vin- which probably had the most food with the meal. My husband enjoyed the salmon, but, again, not that special. It took a while to get our main dishes, but our server was attentive and nice. I would not go back with so many Boston options.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Eh - staff is not well trained, food is decent but not on par with price.

PA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Looked forward to this because the NYC outpost was quite good years ago. Appetizers and drinks were fine. But my entree arrived rare (not medium) and the frites were room temperature. Sent it back; when it returned, the meat was black on the outside and still cold in the center. Staff was apologetic and we were easy-going...until one accidentally spilled an entire glass of wine on my friend. Manager naturally comped the entire meal, but the damage was done.

NY
New England
32 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, delicious and great service. Best breakfast in town.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My daughter and I were able to get a great vegetarian dinner thanks to the accommodating waiter and kitchen. And I had a nice glass of wine. The waiter was terrific.

CT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

A bit disappointing given DB reputation. While food quality was excellent, the mussels were overpowered by garlic, the medium rare burger was overcooked, and overall it was a good, not great meal. And our server was clearly untrained, with others having to step in to keep things moving.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going here for drinks or dinner. It’s absolutely one of my go to’s in back bay. You can never go wrong here, food/drinks and service is fantastic.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Wait was exorbitantly long - we waved down 3-4 servers every time we needed anything (water refill, change of plates, getting our check) and still didn’t get a response until much later. The fact that a meal consisting of two appetizers and a single entree when the restaurant wasn’t too busy took almost 3 hours is ridiculous. Also, we sat there for 40 minutes while waiting for appetizers without any bread - until it came AFTER we were already done with the appetizers. Not sure what’s going on, but this is the first time I’ve been disappointed with Bar Boulud’s service.

f
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for brunch mid week catching up with a friend. Would recommend it.

F
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!! Wonderful service.

CC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience5

I did not like my meal and my server did not even ask "how is the food so far" so I could potentially choose something else. The experience was drawn out too long - to the point where it did not seem purposefully.

MH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Disappointing visit due to very poor service. Starters arrived fairly quickly but we waited more than an hour for our entrees with no explanation. Doubtful we'll return.

AD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious and they had a great wine selection. Our waiter was excellent.

NY
New England
56 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Sadly another example of a celebrity chef slapping their name on a truly third-rate restaurant concept. The so called Frenchie burger was awful. The meat was poor and there was a bitter taste to the condiments. The fries were so over-fried and over-salted that they were inedible. The Coq au Vin was impressive in size, but the chicken was dry and the accompanying spaetzle was rubbery and tasteless. I had stayed away for years because of my doubts concerning celebrity spin-offs, but finally caved and went. I will never make that mistake again.

ML
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

The price of a kale salad that had no taste was $16.00
The price of a fair onion soup was $15.00. The sea bass was good but not worth $32.00
The fried oysters could have been anything fried and over breaded
I had been here before and feel that the prices have gone up and the quality of food has gone down
The waitress was professionsl

LD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal and service. Freshest ingredients and wonderful atmosphere 👍

EA
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful place. The food was excellent and our server was phenomenal - friendly and knowledgeable.

TB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food.
Seated immediately. Lovely atmosphere

RK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing way to celebrate our anniversary!

K
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

For the price, lunch was nothing special at all. It was good but not a place I'd go back to. Would rather try other places with my limited fine dining budget.

RR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Bar Boulud is a lovely location with impressive ambiance.
They are attentive and see to the customer's needs.
The food is good but not for the price, and although the bubbly and wine were fine, again the prices are wildly expensive.
A yes or no to the question "would you recommend..." is difficult because I feel badly to say no; except "yes"
to the excessively wealthy that would not care about the costs.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They brought a lovely dessert tray for my husbands birthday

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