Bistro du Midi

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$31 to $50
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French
Bistro du Midi's cuisine features French Cuisine inspired by Coastal New England influences. Our wine list represents the true soul of a bistro wine list. In a classic French bistro, wine is very much a part of every meal. As such, we offer a variety of experiences and wines at a tremendous value in a range of prices. Our elegant yet relaxed environment overlooks Boston's beautiful Public Garden with a spectacular view. A street level Bistro 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.
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4.6
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KB
New England
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The duck entree was delicious and the raspberry soufflé is incredible! Great service as well

TT
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing and beautiful experience! Our waiter was very attentive and kind!

K
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Waited 25 minutes on valentines day after reserving a table a month in advance. Disappointing unfortunately

JK
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! This was a return visit for us and we could not be happier!

DA
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Valentines day dinner with my love. The black truffle burata tagliatelle was incredible. Every course was a hit!

k
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time and it was my husband's birthday and they remembered. When his dessert came, they had written happy birthday. The food and service was excellent especially for Vday. The chef is wonderful, the flavors were amazing and the beef filet was so tender and the portions were wonderful. Great food, atmosphere and service. We loved it!

SD
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

K
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience1

I don't like to give a bad review but it wasn't that great. The service was wonderful, but our table was awful. We were next to waiter area so people were at our side getting water, bread, etc...and my view was to the kitchen door that when opened I saw a black barrel all night - waiters coming in and out. The company I was with was great, so it wasn't so bad but I didn't feel I was in a special place. The other customers at different tables that could see the entire room and out the windows probably had a different experience. The steak tartar was amazing. The gnocchi was nothing special, in fact I didn't finish it, very bitter and dry, disappointing. Not worth the money.

8
New England
49 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Upscale pre-theatre dining. Attentive service, nice menu. A little pricey for what it is. Moderate wine list. No complaints.

c
New England
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything is expertly prepared.

Wine list is impressive, but only a handful of bottles under $100. That said, our waiter was very knowledgeable and recommended a good replacement when they ran out of our first choice.

Be sure to order the dessert soufflé!

OT
New England
58 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was fabulous except the noise level. Every food item was spectacular, especially the duck breast and black truffle pappardelle. Oh, can't forget the chocolate torte. And the wine list was very impressive. The service was superb. It was, however, much too loud where we sat in the second floor dining room. The restaurant absolutely needs to add acoustic absorption panels on the ceiling.

SM
London
136 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Another of my Boston favourites. I was seated in the downstairs bar on this quiet February Monday evening, so a bit of the buzz was missing compared to the main room upstairs, although this room is quite stylish too. The food the staff couldn't have been more sympathetic & helpful, packaging food to eat later and so on. I hope to re-visit soon at a livelier time of year and in much better shape, but it was good to see the BdM again.

JP
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, fast, friendly and attentive service. Restaurant was uncharacteristically slow at lunch but pleasant as always. Varied and balanced menu is something I really appreciate.

PR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Brunch is lovely - choice of upstairs or down, looking out at the Public Garden. Upstairs was noisy when full, but not so much that my companion and I couldn't hear each other. Very convenient for brunch prior to theater matinee.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was wonderful! Great food as well.

MK
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service; however the noise level was much too high for a comfortable conversation.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food (had a delicious truffle soup, followed by a fresh and balanced Bouillabaise) and a very impressive, well selected international wine list. Very good service. Bread and olive oil were the only small disappointment. Desert (rasperry sorbet) was an exquisite finish !

Bistro du Midi
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thank you very much for the nice five star review! I'm glad to read that you enjoyed your time at Bistro du Midi, but I'm sorry if bread and olive oil weren't up to par. If you would like to share more details, please, reach out to me at 617-426-7878 or at fsalvador@bistrodumidi.c... I would like to hear more about it. In any case I hope to see you again soon. My best - Federico

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A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Poor food, tasteless, very limited menu

Bistro du Midi
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hello Annie, I'm so sorry to read your disappointment. Our guests usually rave about the food, so let me apologize if something went wrong. The Bistro and the Main Dining room menus offer about 50 dishes to chose from between appetizers, main courses and desserts. The Mid Day Menu, available between 3 and 5, is more limited. Please, reach out to me at your convenience at fsalvador@bistrodumidi.c.. or at 617-426-7878. I would like to hear more about it and make it up to you. My best - Federico

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l
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual. Love this restaurant

Bistro du Midi
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thank you for the nice review ladyjrob! Those five stars look very good! :) Please, ask for me next time you're in, so I can stop by to say hi! My best - Federico

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JC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner. The dining room is very nice, pretty views of The Garden, bustling and lively Saturday night atmosphere. Our server Nick was great. Very Nice Pinot from Oregon!

Bistro du Midi
Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank you very much JulieC for the nice review. We hope to see you again soon! - Federico

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G
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

We were so pleased to have secured a table at Bistro du Midi but we ended up being sorely disappointed. The food was nicely presented but everything was so peppery! The sauce which accompanied both the duck and the ribeye was very hot and peppery and the fingerling potatoes had far too much ground pepper on them. Not everybody likes pepper on their food- leave it to the diner to add the seasoning. Also, disappointed with the service; we had ordered a glass of wine to enjoy with our entree but the server forgot about it and brought it just as I was putting the last piece of duck in my mouth and my husband was just about to finish his (very peppery) steak. On a positive note, the chocolate and framboise soufflé were divine. An extravagant meal we didn’t enjoy!

Bistro du Midi
Responded on January 28, 2020

Dear Glyngirl, I am so sorry to read about your disappointing dinner. I can understand how your expectation have not been met and I would love to make it up to you. Please, reach out to me at your convenience at 617-426-7878 or at fsalvador@bistrodumidi.c... I hope to hear from you soon. My best - Federico Salvador

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b
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We arrived on time for our reservation, when the restaurant is pretty much empty. The reception people (both downstairs and upstairs, where the main dining room is) kept us waiting without even acknowledging that we were standing there. There were only two other tables when we sat down but our appetizers didn't arrive until 50 minutes after we sat down. Both my husband and I found the food quality truly poor for the high price and nowhere near the standard of other expensive restaurants. We ordered seafood dishes and we were just totally disappointed by all of them--the veggies were not fresh, the soup tasted like it came from a can (and you don't taste any of the ingredients in the description), the seafood either had no taste or was over cooked, lots of huge pieces of sands in the mussels, and the seafood stock was overly salty. If you are looking to spend money at a luxury restaurant, there are many more better ones in the Boston area--stay away from Bistro du Midi!

Bistro du Midi
Responded on January 28, 2020

Dear bbxb, My most sincere apologies for such a disappointing evening. I am not sure what went wrong at the door but the long wait is definitely not acceptable. The same applies to the food: we want our guests to leave very satisfied and, while that's normally the case, I'm so sorry to read about your poor experience. Please, reach out to me at your convenience at 617-426-7878 or fsalvador@bistrodumidi.c... I would like to hear more about it and make it up to you. My best - Federico Salvador

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F
New England
83 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro du Midi has a wonderful serene view of the Public Garden, and the atmosphere inside is also serene and always quiet enough for dinner conversations. The staff is, without exception, friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. The food is delicious. It is a treat whether one eats in the bar on the first floor or the dining room on the second.

Bistro du Midi
Responded on January 28, 2020

Hello Fantastico and thank you very much for your review! I'm glad to read that you enjoyed every aspect of your time with us and I'm looking forward to hosting you again soon. My best - Federico

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

This was the fourth time I had eaten at Cafe du Midi in the last 10 years. Maybe I made the mistake of ordering seafood on the Monday of a long weekend. But, the octopus appetizer was not fresh. The bouillabaisse was bad with little flavor and the seafood not fresh. The bread sticks brought out were stale. Very disappointed and not sure I will return.

Bistro du Midi
Responded on January 23, 2020

Hello! I'm so sorry to read about such a disappointing meal. We definitely don't want our guests to ever leave dissatisfied. Chef and I would like to hear more about it. Please, reach out to me at your convenience at 617-426-7878 or at fsalvador@bistrodumidi.c...; I would like to apologize personally and make it up to you. My best - Federico Salvador

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F
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food in a relaxed atmosphere.

Bistro du Midi
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you very much for the five star review, Foodguy! :)

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LS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a charming very pretty, well-located restaurant. We were there for a Sunday Brunch. The menu was very comprehensive and interesting. Each dish we had was well-prepared and reflective of the quality of the food. Service was excellent, quite professional but still friendly. Definitely worth enjoying a meal here. A bit expensive but overall a good value.

Bistro du Midi
Responded on January 25, 2020

Hello LorettaS and thank you so much for the nice review! I'm glad to read that you enjoy every aspect of your experience at Bistro du Midi and I'm looking forward to hosting you again soon. My best - Federico

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DR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An European wonder qith the best veiw of The Gardens

Bistro du Midi
Responded on January 25, 2020

Hello DaniellaR and thank you so much for the nice review! - Federico

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MR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Noise level was extremely difficult.

Bistro du Midi
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thank you for your review MarkR. I see that you enjoyed food and service but I'm sorry to read that the noise level has been high. Saturdays are quite busy, therefore with more guests in house, the volume tends to raise. I hope that you would try Bistro du Midi during the week, or for lunch, when you can much easily enjoy a conversation with your guests. My best - Federico

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DV
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding as always, as was the service.

Bistro du Midi
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you so much DwightV! We are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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R
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

i live in the neighborhood so I go there at least once a week. The food and services is good and I liked it that is never too noisy even if the restaurant is full

Bistro du Midi
Responded on January 25, 2020

Hello Roya and thank you very much for the nice review! Please, make sure to ask for me next time you're in as I would like to say hello. My best - Federico

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Split our meals. Amazing ambiance. Best duck I’ve ever had.

Bistro du Midi
Responded on January 25, 2020

Thank you very much OmarH for the nice five star review! I love the duck as well! :) I'm looking forward to your next visit. My best - Federico

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AB
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy parking in front - got lucky! Quiet enough to talk. Great food and attentive server. Great spot!

Bistro du Midi
Responded on January 25, 2020

Thank you AmandaB for the nice words and the five stars! I'm looking forward to hosting you again soon. My best - Federico

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T
New England
125 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very expensive and very very expensive wine list starting at 100 and going way up. Duck very Good, cooked perfectly. My wife enjoyed her gnocchi et al very much. Order the chocolate souffle.

Bistro du Midi
Responded on January 18, 2020

Thank you very much Tommy for the nice review. I'm glad that you enjoyed your meal but I'm sorry to read that you find us to be expensive. Our appetizers range from $15 to $26 and the main courses start at $26. Also, our Bistro menu, has many affordable salads, sandwiches and flatbreads. We have over 100 labels under $100 on our wine list and most of them are in the $40-$50-$60 range. Please, ask for me next time you come in: I would love to assist you with some good choices. My best - Federico

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to bistro du midi many times now from early brunches to late afternoon happy hours - safe to say it’s one of my favorite restaurants in the city with consistently high quality food. Do not miss the staple dessert soufflé. Also, the flat breads are also great choices.

Bistro du Midi
Responded on January 18, 2020

Thank you very much for a stellar review! I agree: soufflé and flatbreads are quite delicious! :) I'm looking forward to seeing you again soon. My best - Federico

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EH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

High praise for the ambiance, food and staff especially Drew. Our night was lovely and except for the 25 person party in the adjoining room, all was perfect...A bit noisy and probably should have asked to move! The tasting menu was wonderful but a lot to eat....Got to the point of tasting instead of finishing each coarse.....

Bistro du Midi
Responded on January 18, 2020

Hello EmilyH and thank you for the nice review! I'm glad that our staff has been good at taking care of you! I'm sorry for the noisy party: next time we will be more careful at seating you. Happy to read that you enjoyed the food and I'm looking forward to seeing you again soon. My best - Federico

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P
New England
47 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5</