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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 (email@example.com): (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 had reservations for upstairs (I've been several times), but we chose downstairs once we arrived. The noise level was high but expected due to the location on the road beside the Boston Commons. The service was to be desired. It took approximately 2O minutes between ordering drinks before they were delivered. The sever came to the table once after food was delivered and we didn't see him again until we were finished. I would've requested a bottle of wine if he ever came back to our table. I was very disappointed since I've been to Bistro Du Midi several times yet this was my partners first experience.
Overall, it's a very nice restaurant. However, consistency would be an concern as I've been here a few time but the most recent visit is really disappointed. Probably because it's Sunday night, so i guess the main chef is not on duty. We got a over over over salty dish and very under seasoned dish after complaining the salty one. The service is still very great and would definitely come back. Maybe will try to avoid Sunday night for a while.
Delicious Brunch In Beautiful Setting
We recently had brunch for an intimate celebration at Bistro du Midi in the upstairs dining room. The room is lovely with banquet seating at tables with windows that look out to the Public Garden. More people were seated at the lively first floor bar and patio, which I think we will try next time. We did not order appetizers but our entrees of Croque Madame, Quiche and Salmon Benedict and a side of frites were all delicious and good portions. The deserts were tasty with unusual flavor profile combinations (such as lavender ice cream). As far as drinks go, our Negroni was good and champagne tasty though insanely overpriced, but we did not enjoy the "Signature Boullabaisse Bloody Mary with Seared Prawn" at all. Dramatic presentation with a shrimp alongside it's head on a skewer, but watered down, flavorless seafood broth with not even one shot of vodka for $17? No thanks. That was the only low spot, so I can happily recommend this restaurant. The service was very good as well.
While the menu looked fantastic, we ended up both getting specials (ribeye and a pasta). The server gave full explanations and details and provided recommendations on the food and wine which, in our estimation, were spot-on! The ribeye with bordelaise was excellent, as was the beet salad. The chocolate ganache was the perfect ending in both taste and presentation. Go. You will like it!
Bistro du Midi, and specifically the downstairs cafe, is the French restaurant of my dreams. Starting with the hostess and our server, every moment was of extreme quality. And the food is outstanding at every course (definitely put in a request for the elderflower soufflé).
In short, would I return? Absolutely.
This was the perfect place for our last meal in Boston. The weather was pleasant, we sat out on the patio facing the commons (they have a nicer dining room upstairs but we preferred being outside so they sat us there), the food excellent and the service friendly, professional and accommodating. I could hear and watch our server throughout our meal and she was kind to everyone with her main goal making sure everyone was happy. The menu had a good variety of options. I had the Croque Madame which came with a salad (I love salads with eggs). It was light with good texture. My husband had the Nicoise Salad one of his favs and it too was great. We will definitely eat here next time in Boston for sure. They have a bar area downstairs with tables and as stated before a larger and a bit more formal (but not stuffy) dining room upstairs with nice windows that overlook the Commons. We are home now in Los Angeles but are still smiling about our morning at Bistro Du Midi
This is an old standby for us when we want to have a nice meal in an elegant setting. Situated above the Boston public garden it is a spacious room with good light and views. The staff as per usual is knowledgeable and attentive – although it did take far too long for us to secure the wine steward. The Provençal/Mediterranean fair is excellent -- especially the bouillabaisse and the duck breast. The clientele can be a bit mixed: wealthy and lethargic European tourists meet Millennials with too much money and no understanding of manners or food culture generally. But this is the new reality everywhere. Will go back again.
Everything but one dish was delicious, but they took care of that (as they should've) and sent a little apology treat after dinner. The place is great. Waitstaff knowledgeable and eager to please without being over the top. Very pleasant experience. We'll definitely be back. Thank you for a wonderful night. Top notch.
The food was delicious. Very authentic French Provençal cuisine Everyone had a different dish and everyone was very pleased wi th their choice. We sat upstairs which was quieter and has a nice ambience, but you could sit downstairs and have an open view of Boston Common and enjoy the bar scene.
I've always loved the french food at Bistro du Midi but lately it has been disappointing. For one thing the meals are basically one small item, enough for most women to fill up on, but for men - forget it. You have to order so many sides, appetizers, etc that the price of the meal becomes ridiculous. Also the new lobster tartine was awful, weird textures, no flavor.
More than 5 years since we first visited, Bistro du Midi continues to be one of our favorites in Boston. At the heart of Bistro is the refined & modern take on Provencal cooking. When you factor in the polished service, incredibly curated wine list & beverage program, you'll see why they continue to win so many awards. Their sommelier Todd is not only knowledgeable, but he is super helpful and approachable. Standouts from our most recent visit include the rabbit sausage, the seared duck, and the pistachio mousse.
One of the best meals I have had in a long time. Great, perfectly cooked fish - all paired with fantastic fresh sides. Unique starters - also delicious. Amazing cocktails. While those were all great, and the ambiance superb, it was the SERVICE that was the star. True European dining. Time to review the menu, time to eat, perfectly timed delivery of meals, and no clearing plates until everyone is done. UNrushed fabulousness! I would go again and again if I lived in Boston.
Bistro Du Midi stands out as one of the finest dining experiences around. We chose from the list of 50 Best Restaurants in Boston from Boston Magazine. It's easy to see why Du Midi made the list - Sumptuous food, great wine, great service, lively atmosphere. We will keep it high on our list.
This was our first time at Bistro du Midi and we found it to be wonderful: a creative menu, superlative cooking, beautiful presentation, an attentive and responsive, but inobtrusive,
wait and service staff, and a wonderful view from their 2nd floor dining room overlooking
Boston Gardens. A special note: I found the distance between tables on the 2nd floor effectively
facilitated guests being able to hear table-side conversation without straining. Other upscale, popular restaurants in the area wind up packing in their guests and the ensuing ambient noise becomes an obstacle to hearing conversation.
Our experience was simply superlative in every way!
Margot was an impeccable waitress, with quiet attention and surprises on the occasion of my children's graduations. From the first specialty cocktail, to the soufflés and special touches, we could not have asked for anymore memorable evening. Compliments to the superb chef and staff.
We go up to Boston occasionally, & try a different restaurant each time. Bistro Du Midi was a wonderful experience. The restaurant is beautifully designed, with a bustling bar downstairs, & a quieter, more serene space upstairs; both spaces are accented with rustic details such as wood ceiling beams, but nothing kitschy, just warm & welcoming. The service was exceptional, from our well-informed waiter to the very helpful sommelier right down to the other staff, bringing our plates & explaining the various components. And oh, the food. It was glorious. We both enjoyed a fresh oyster selection, accompanied by a delicate saffron mignonette. My husband savored his sauteed prawns while I had a roasted beet salad, with grapefruit & pistachios. So refreshing, yet substantial. Then came a breast of duck for him, & a perfectly cooked roasted cod, with English peas & a mushroom consomme. This dish was a lovely melding of earth & ocean flavors. Both dishes were well served by the recommended pinot noir. My chocolate dessert was an assortment of chocolate textures- pudding, smoked brownie, & a drizzle of sauce. Truly fabulous. My thanks.
This is my second time at this suburb restaurant -- and I can't wait to go back again! Am looking forward to trying the tasting menu when I have more time. The service is impeccable and tastefully professional -- starting from the initial greeting, to seating, to the way the wine is poured. And the food....I fantasize about the gnocchi and cauliflower.
Reserve para la noche de graduación de mi hijo y cumpleaños de mi esposo, fue una mala opción el servicio fue pesimo espereramos 1.30 horas para comer ademas la mesa de 8 personas que nos asignaron era sl lado de la puerta de la cocina en un sitio muy oscuro y sumamente ruidoso del restaurant
Habiendo una mesa disponible y vacía muy cercana a nosotros con luz y mejor ubicación, la cual estuvo vacía durante toda la estadía
Se disculparon por el retraso y nos sirvieron un poco de vino extra, pero mas nada
Nos hicieron sentir casi que nos hacían un favor en atendernos, la verdad que muy mala experiencia no lo recomiendo para ninguna ocasión
Nunca nos ofrecieron el menu dirigido y luego que preguntamos varias cosas nos dijeron que ademas tenían pocos platos del menu especial porque ya la noche se terminaba
La reserva era a las 9.30 pm y comimos a las 11 pm!!!
Muy decepcionada de este sitio, la verdad
Excellent overall. The roast chicken for 2 takes 60 min to prepare but is worth the wait. The beef daube (short ribs) was equally good. Excellent wine choices and reasonable price for the quality and setting. I wouldn't rate this as truly "memorable" or unique- hence the 4 rating- but highly recommend for a night out in a beautiful setting with superb food.
Very expensive: I was very disappointed with the Tasting Menu. I did not care for several of the dishes and some had exactly the same flavor. Out of 6 courses, only 2 were above average. Nice setting, but I would not return or recommend. There are better restaurants in Boston with lower process.
I rarely write reviews, but it would be irresponsible for me not to give an opinion. The last time I visited was about 2 years ago (also Mother's Day). Boy - what a difference a couple of years make.
I'll start with observation one - no valet service. With my car left on the curb and my blind mother-in-law just walked into the restaurant, imagine my horror when the hostess gave me the "we don't valet" response. So keep in mind that there is no daytime valet service. The indifferent "hey-I-just-work-here" demeanor is a total killjoy. I didn't need to come here to put up with attitude. Well, I'm definitely not coming back on Mother's Day in the future.
Observation 2 - no table cloth! Not sure if this is a new trend or simply cost cutting. However you look at it, it's something I miss dearly from a couple of years ago. Bring the table cloth back please...
Observation 3 - slow / non-existent service. It took my family over 15 minutes to get someone's attention. We simply wanted to ask if there was a children's menu. Slow is ok when intentional. In this case, it was non-existent service.
Observation 4 - kitchen doesn't seem to align with their wait staff. I ordered a nice steak which staff highly recommend to go no rawer than medium rare. What do I get - a bloody, cool steak sashimi!
Final observation - on the second attempt, the steak meal was amazing and the desert to die for.
In all, Bistro du Midi needs to reflect perhaps a bit harder on what made them a success and work harder to earn the trust of their customers. I look forward to reporting back in a couple of years.
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