Bar Boulud

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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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4.3
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4.2
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4.3
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FZ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great wine list, solid menu and excellent service.

N
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Poached eggs on Benedict were over cooked.

LC
New England
46 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

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.

RL
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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

MZ
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The environment is great, nice services and good music. But the risotto was undercooked anda little bit raw.

V
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service and food were just ok for a Christmas Eve dinner. We had to pour our own wine as the dinner went on

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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.

g
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious food and drinks! Pricey but worth the value for a special occasion or a date night!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

The food was terrible and very over priced. The waitress was wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service.

S
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

RJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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.

AM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Usually love the french onion soup. It was not good on Monday evening, December 9. Watered down?

A
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had chance to dine at Chef’s table and watch kitchen. Amazing!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
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.

MA
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous Thanksgiving supper!

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
9 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
61 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
21 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
34 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.

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