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About Bistro du Midi
Bistro du Midi's cuisine features the simple yet refined flavors of Provence and the South of France. We feature an extensive award-winning wine list, and offer it all in a relaxed environment overlooking Boston's beautiful Public Garden. A street level cafe features floor-to-ceiling windows, and in the spring and summer our patio provides some of the most optimal al fresco dining in the city.
Boston, MA 02116
Hours of Operation:
Reservations are only accepted for the main dining room.
Lunch and dinner in the Cafe served on a walk-in basis.
5:00pm - 10:00pm Monday to Sunday
11:00pm - 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Our Cafe Menu is served ALL DAY Monday through Friday beginning at 11:30am, and beginning at 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday.
(Served ONLY in the Cafe and at the bar, until 10:00 Sunday - Wednesday, until 11:00 Thusday - Saturday)
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet begins at 5:00. $18 per car, cash only.
Bistro du Midi sits directly across from Boston's Public Garden half a block from the Arlington T station on the Green Line, on the outskirts of the fabulous Back Bay neighborhood.
Private Party Facilities:
Our private Wine Room can accommodate groups from 10 to 30 behind handsome sliding barn doors. The room features a stunning view of Boston's public garden, original sketches by Henri Matisse against deep red walls and a window into our upstairs wine cellar. The Wine Room is a perfect option for intimate family gatherings, business meetings and celebrations of any type.
Our semi-private Matisse Alcove sits just off the main dining room with three walls around the table and the fourth side open to the dining room, providing parties of 6 to 10 guests with a more intimate dining experience while still allowing guests to enjoy the energy of the restaurant.
Private Party Contact:
Sheila Marand (firstname.lastname@example.org): (617) 426-7878
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
As a way of sharing Bistro du Midi's passion for wine with everyone, we frequently host guest sommelier nights and private wine dinners hosted by winemakers, vineyard owners and other wine industry professionals. Please visit the Events & News section of www.bistrodumidi.com for details and updates.
Bistro du Midi Ratings and Reviews
We have been here several times and returned for Valentines Day. The price fixe tasting menu was very good; however, it was also Ash Wednesday and the only fish option was Salmon, which my husband doesn’t care for. The Chef substituted a different fish for him, and it was spectacular. We appreciated the flexibility on such a busy night. That above and beyond gesture made a fantastic meal and great service even more memorable. We will definitely return.
Valentines dinner and a proposal. They had a tasting menu with wine pairings. Dinner was excellent but with most tasting menus one or two misses though it is strictly taste, nothing to do with ingredients or preparation. Overall a very romantic dinner together. After I proposed, they brought a complimentary champagne toast for us. Waitstaff was excellent and friendly and took time to explain items. My fiance has a dairy sensitivity and hazelnut allergy and they adjusted the menu for her or made alternative recommendations for the items she couldn't eat. Definitely recommend this restaurant.
We've been to Bistro du Midi several times and it is always excellent. The wine list is great and the chef's tasting with wine pairing exceptional. the plates were very generous for a tasting so we were stuffed but the food was fantastic so it was easy to indulge and enjoy every bite. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the wines and menu and very attentive. Would recommend for a date night.
Based on previous reviews & reputation I was excited to dine here.
I thought the room was nice with the fireplace and nice evening views of the public garden.
There was a cocktail party / function going on in private room but they left the doors open. So the quiet dining room was not so quiet as the group was not exactly quiet. Would have been easy to close the doors.
At a restaurant of this stature I would expect a manager to stop by table once to check in...did not happen & not sure one was in the dining room.
Drinks were good...
The appetizers were ok...my wife had squash soup & I had yellowtail. They did not meet our expectations.
Entrees ( Duck & Halibut ) were on a very hot plate but the food was not really hot. Duck was once again good but the level I expected and a little tough. Both lacked a little in flavor.
This is not an inexpensive restaurant & just did not really approach 5 star in any area.
oh well "c'est ce que c'est"
We came on the Saturday before Valentine's day and enjoyed an excellent dinner that ended by sharing a chocolate soufflé (highly recommended). We shared starters of tuna tartare (excellent) and fluke crudo (even better) and then my wife ordered sea bass for her main course and I got duck breast - both of which were excellent. We have been coming to Bistro du Midi since it was Bibas (and then Excelsior). It continues to be a superb restaurant and one of our favorite places to celebrate special occasions (and the Saturday before Valentine's Day)
An excellent experience. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was superb. We had sautéed octopus appetizer, bouillabaisse, and halibut; chocolate mousse for dessert.
This is an *extremely* expensive place -- e.g. entrees in the 30s+. It cost us $170 + tip for the two of us: 4 drinks, appetizer, 2 entrees, dessert. But well worth it -- we'll come back.
The ambiance was superb, especially the quiet (different than many other restaurants). Only problem: the room was too warm.
Dining is supposed to be fun. Most of the time when people hear the phrase "French Restaurant" they cringe at the thought of which fork do they use or am I making too much noise sipping my wine. Bistro du Midi breaks that mold by having authentic Fresh cuisine in a truly enjoyable dining environment.
You will find everything that makes dining enjoyable here. The food is not only authentic, but it is outstanding! I had the lobster ravioli with just a hint of saffron that did not over power the dish. The staff are welcoming and incredibly friendly. They are more than kind at explaining (to those of us that do not speak French) what the terms on the menu mean and what the food is, so please don't be afraid to ask. Despite the somewhat imposing menu terminology, the staff made you feel at home and welcome. They are great at helping you pair wines to bring out the best in the food and do have an on staff sommelier for those of you who really know wines. The ambience is simply amazing and the restaurant is decorated to take you worlds away while looking out over the gardens.
There is a downstairs and upstairs to this restaurant, but word to the wise, if you bring a coat, check it before you go upstairs. It can get warm in the dining area upstairs.
I cannot compliment this restaurant enough on the wide variety of tastes in the food presented. All the dishes we enjoyed were well prepared and the presentation and taste were well thought out. If you want to try authentic French cuisine in an atmosphere where you actually enjoy eating it, please try Bistro du Midi. Many other French restaurants worldwide could learn from their friendly and welcoming approach.
Had a lovely brunch with my husband and mother in law. The dining room upstairs is very pretty and has a great view of the Boston Garden. Our server was attentive without being overbearing. We shared the 3 pastries of the day- blueberry muffin, croissant, and cinnamon bun- all were good. I had the veggie quiche which was very good, but the salad that came with it was slightly over salted. My husband had the Croque Madam, which he liked but thought was slightly salty as well. My mother in law loved her lemon ricotta pancakes. We enjoyed the tasty brunch cocktail of the day- prosecco with grapefruit bitters. All in all, we had a very nice brunch and would definitely come back.
This is a very good restaurant. Best duck in town! And I had venison tartar for an appe which was outstanding. Wine list a bit over powering, but their sommelier is very good. Think $$$$. Service excellent, a very quiet Thursday night in February so we chatted if we wanted to and didn’t when we didn’t. Attentive, professional, not over bearing. Love the Bistro.
Ah, a terrific foodie restaurant that doesn't have cavernous ceilings and blaring rock music to cause premature deafness. The food was wonderful. Duck breast cooked to perfection, and the Brussels sprouts with pork belly was beyond delicious. It was so nice being able to converse with ease in such a lovely room (we ate upstairs). If you are seeking quality food and service without the trendy cacophony of most restaurants, this is the place for you. Highly recommended.
Bar downstairs was terrible and bartender more concerned about us not transferring tab upstairs ( assumed it was about tip) than service. Fish was good upstairs but served warm not hot....terrible service. I will not go back (and I dine out in Bos 3x/ month).
We received a gift card and figured we could have a nice date at a reasonable price. We did the 5-course pre-fix with wine pairing and it was great. It would have been WAY out of my price range without the gift card, but it was a great date night with our gift card.
We had Sunday brunch and the 3 of us ordered something different and shared. All of the options we chose were delicious and well prepared. The bloody mary cocktail special was exceptional, and the portions were generous; none of us ordered dessert because we simply didn't have room. We will return to this restaurant--the view into the public garden is a nice complement to the wonderful atmosphere inside.
I had a birthday brunch here and the wait staff, managers, and hostess were extremely attentive and nice. Not to mention the food is just magnificent. Our server was Jennifer and she was very knowledgeable about the menu and welcoming. I had such a great experience for my birthday brunch!
One of the best meals we’ve had in a long time. Fresh ingredients, innovative cuisine and excellent service. Had a table in front of the fireplace, looking out onto Boston Garden. Bistro du Midi satisfied the foodies and the plain steak and potatoes people in our group...a rare find!
We dined here on New Years Eve. The set menu with wine pairings was just perfect. Every dish looked beautiful and tasted delicious. The wines were all interesting and matched each course perfectly. The service was great - the meal was perfectly timed to culminate just before midnight. My only negative was that our table near the window was a little cold although the view was lively and the space felt intimate and looked cosy.
We had New Year's Eve dinner; a five course meal. The bread was cold and doughy, but was replaced with breadsticks upon request. The salmon was underdone but re-cooked immediately upon request. The rest of the food was superb: kudos to Lyndon the waiter who recommended the white truffles; the scallops were thin sliced and delicate, the octopus chargrilled after marinade, and the salmon excellent once done to flaky. There were several groups and it was noisy. Lyndon and the other waitstaff were excellent, very attentive even though they were quite busy; the room is very nice; the tables for two are close together, but that is the expected style. The front of the restaurant downstairs is a bit crowded, but they were happy to accommodate us in the bar while waiting for the table; we were early and they got us in early.
Overall, an excellent experience for a foodie and a wine lover, though too loud for a romantic meal.
Wonderful experience overall. Experienced and professional staff. Special mention to Lyndon, who was spot on with his food and wine recommendations.
The food was exquisite. The special menu for New Years Eve was superb.
Constructive feedback: I observed a few couples having issues with the lighting.
We presented ourselves here for brunch on a Sunday. The service was fabulous, as well as the lemon ricotta pancakes and lamb belly eggs benedict. Their bloody marys' are out of this world too, they are the best I ever had with their creative cocktail combination fresh muddled mixture. Overlooking the Boston Common, I would go back for a regular date night to try their dinner menu and they are not far from the theater district or for a stroll along the Common
Surprisingly quiet for a Friday night. Lovely evening. The food is excellent...thoughtfully prepared. the portions are generous - salads could be happily shared. The service was outstanding and it is an attractive dining room with lovely views over public garden.
Food was good but not fantastic. My wife had the Farro Salmon which she found to be a bit fatty and salty. So salty that she was barely able to get her ring on the next day.
The halibut was excellent. We would recommend the souffle.
Our waitress was pleasant, efficient but a bit obtrusive. I found her constant checking on us to be a series of unwelcome interruptions.
They do have some premium wines by the glass which was a great feature.
Overall, a good restaurant but not great. They need to lose the salt shaker!
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