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Lovers of French food, we were very impressed with the food at Bar Boulud. We had superb moules frites (with extra frites) and bone marrow (!) and an excellent glass of Sancerre. The atmosphere early evening on a Saturday was relaxed with a very decent noise level. Service was friendly and quick but not rushed. The only disappointment was that we had a reservation for a hightop at 5:30 and when we arrived, all the hightops were taken, and the hostess just said they are first come, first serve.
Great wine list, solid menu and excellent service.
Food was so so and I could not believe they charged the pelligrino 12 dollars a bottle.Usually even at top restaurants in Boston charges 7 dollars.Our Waitress was nice but rest of the helpers very cold and unfriendly.I expected the restaurant was more up beat when they are charging that much and we were little disappointed and felt like having a dinner in casual bar.
Poached eggs on Benedict were over cooked.
Appetizers were the only thing that was very good. The main courses were disappointing and overpriced. We had the beef and the fish and neither were worth it. The desserts were just OK. For Christmas Dinner, we were very disappointed. We will never go back there. Our waiter was excellent and we didn't tell him we were unhappy. It didn't seem like the right thing to do on Christmas day.
We ate here at brunch on Christmas Day and the food was very good, the original table allocated was no in a very good place being in the middle of the floor area. The reallocation as not that much better there being nothing else available except in the bar area which we took but it was not very comfortable for a meal and was away from the rest of the restaurant and lacking in atmosphere.
However, the food was very good as was our server. Because we did not start until 2.30 pm we were a little late and although the manager was very helpful had to rush the end of the meal as the staff needed to change the seating around for the evening sitting.
Overall all though pretty good
The environment is great, nice services and good music. But the risotto was undercooked anda little bit raw.
The service and food were just ok for a Christmas Eve dinner. We had to pour our own wine as the dinner went on
In other cities (NYC, London) this restaurant is spectacular but the Boston location did not stand up to our expectations delivering cold food on a Monday night with an empty restaurant.
Great atmosphere and delicious food and drinks! Pricey but worth the value for a special occasion or a date night!
The food was terrible and very over priced. The waitress was wonderful.
The service was awful and slow. The restaurant was not busy at all. Very poor communication, he got part of our order wrong and the food was absolutely sub par. For the price and the fact that it was a special occasion, I was expecting much more from this restaurant.
Great food and service.
The only problem was that there was too much food. A plate full of fried clams was initially advised as a starter portion but when it arrived it was far loo large for even a main course, and almost half was uneaten. I hate wasting food but this was an excessive sized meal.
The restaurant was a best a quarter full, and there were plenty of waistaff on hand, but the service, while friendly, was not up to snuff for a restaurant at this level. Waitstaff seemed to use a team approach, but didn't know who was doing what. I ordered a glass of wine, and didn't even need to taste it. One whiff told me it had been open for days and had turned. That shouldn't happen when you charge $18 for a modest glass of wine. Furthermore, it was a good fifteen minutes before anyone from the waitstaff came by again so I could ask for another glass. Even after all that, it was a rather skimpy pour.
Usually love the french onion soup. It was not good on Monday evening, December 9. Watered down?
Had chance to dine at Chef’s table and watch kitchen. Amazing!
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.
Fabulous Thanksgiving supper!
Food and service were excellent
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.
I am a regular guest and the last two times the service has been marginal to poor. The food is still great.
Bistro atmosphere but top class food and wine list. Limited choice onnthe menu but high quality.
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.
Teddy our server was fantastic!!!!!
Failure to keep the buffet foods replenished was disappointing.
Strangely, despite two tries, the kitchen failed to send a medium rare steak. The server was prompt, attentive, and sympathetic throughout the challenging experience.
Pleasant but slapdash service. Food good but not outstanding.
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 !
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.
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.
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!
Waitress was not well trained. The gentleman taking care of our water was far more attentive than our waitress. The sommelier was good also.
Excellent food and service. Server was knowledgeable about menu and wine list. Would highly recommend it when in Boston.
Good food and cold wine.
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.
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.
Eh - staff is not well trained, food is decent but not on par with price.
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.
Amazing, delicious and great service. Best breakfast in town.