Bistro du Midi

4.5
2470 reviews
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Provencal
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Hours of operation
Reservations accepted for Lunch and Dinner Daily
Lunch
11:30am - 3:00pm Monday to Friday

Brunch
11:00pm - 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday

Mid-Day Menu
3:00pm - 5:00pm Daily

Dinner
5:00pm - 10:00pm Daily



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Phone number
(617) 426-7878
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Robert Sisca
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Arlington
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Parking details
Valet begins at 5:00. $20 per car, cash only.
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Public transit
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.
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

We offer both private and semi-private dining for lunch, brunch and dinner. Our private Wine Room seats up to 30, and our semi-private Alcove seats 11. Three-course menu options, an extensive wine list and reception items are offered. Full restaurant and floor buyouts are welcomed.

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JD
New England
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Usually this is a decent place, but our most recent visit was “off.” Service was cold, impersonal and scarce. The restaurant was not full, though there was a large party in the private room upstairs that spilled out into the main restaurant.
Service challenges: we arrived 7 mins ahead of our reservation on a cold morning and were told to wait outside. Why couldn’t we have stood inside the door for 7 minutes? We didn’t want or expect anything...but to be told to leave was definitely off-putting.

Once seated, and our meal underway, we had to ask 4 times and 3 different people for a second cup of coffee. Our dining partner had to ask 3 times and 2 different people for milk for tea.

Will wait a long while before returning.

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f
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a special lunch at Bistro du Midi to follow our civil wedding ceremony. The staff was fantastic in making sure we had the most comfortable table and even comped is a dessert at the end of the meal.

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JE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A modern American French Bistro. Good food, well prepared and presented at a reasonable price.

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SB
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded our expectations!!
The halibut was DELICIOUS! Melts in your mouth bursting with flavor.
Plan ahead and order the chocolate souffle. It is Absolutely worth the 30 min. for them to make it especially for you.
Our waiter was very attentive and accommodating.
We sat outside and had a beautiful view of the public garden.
AWESOME!
Plan to go to this restaurant - you will be happy you did!

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TE
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Based on reviews, we were hoping for a romantic dinner. It did not turn out that way. Too bright, children seared next to us, no intimate feel in the restaurant. Food, however, was great.

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IA
New England
29 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It would be hard to improve upon the view of the Public Garden from our table in this tasteful 2nd floor dining room, and the service and food was well above average. Am told the chef's just returned from a 2-year stint at Le Bernadin in NYC, and the execution and plating of each dish shows it. Courses were timed perfectly, and wines are well chosen. Go for the bouillabaise ($41) and share it. The chocolate souffle was also textbook and fabulous.

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AK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to celebrate my birthday before seeing a show at the Boston Opera House. We shared the tuna tartare, octopus, fois gras terrine, monkfish with escargots, and chocolate souffle. Every bite was a treat, and I was so glad to have chosen this place for my celebrations. We'll definitely be back.

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K
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a nice evening. The food was delicious, our server was wonderful and the ambience was perfect. We will definately be back our next trip to Boston.

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EJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere. Elegant but not snobby. Fantastic menues. Excellent food. Friendly people. Would go back anytime.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful birthday this week. And will be back for our birthday next week

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ED
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here many times over the few years. It remains one of our go to places in the city. The menu had significant changes in the past 6 months and the results were a great restaurant only got better. Our server Lyndon was incredible.

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MR
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We made a reservation for 9:30. As soon as we arrived, we were told the kitchen closed at 10. We ordered quickly - and continued to be rushed throughout the meal. Our server was clearly annoyed that we were causing her to work late. It was very disappointing. Don’t take late reservations if they are unwanted.

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JY
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

While the food was delicious, the service was atrocious! After waiting to be seat, the hostess led us to our table where we sat for 20 minutes before the first server even approached us. Rather than welcoming us to the restaurant, he leaned over from the adjacent table to ask for our drink and food order (without sharing any information on specials). We proceeded to order wine which took another 10-15 minutes to arrive. Given the service, we had asked for the bottle to be left on the table to which the waiter rolled his eyes. After another 20 minutes of waiting, we finally had to chase the waiter down to put in our food order and were not provided bread until the appetizers even came out. While I understand the restaurant was busy, the attitude and lack of attention was horrendous especially for the price point. Given the number of high(er) end options in Boston we will never be going back to Bistro du Midi.

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RG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a group of six for my wife's 50th birthday celebration, and we all had the truffle and fois gras tasting menu. All the courses were outstanding, the wine pairings perfect and innovative, the service laid back and friendly. We all had a wonderful time.

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JF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Brunch menu only which was not inspiring. The tuna tartare was literally 3 mouthfuls and was nothing spectacular. My wife’s iceberg salad was tasteless and the chicken breast dry

Thankfully they have a great view of Boston Common.

Maybe the other menus are better however this couple felt ‘ripped off’ this time around

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CH
London
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Felt it was over priced and that ambition had overtaken delivery to a degree.

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ST
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice spot across from the Public Gardens. Grabbed a bite before a show in the theater district. I loved my Ahi Tuna Salad Nicoise. Wife loved the salmon on chopped salad. Nice open feel with Street seating. Lovely place. Decent service.

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IV
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at the Bistro du Midi is almost as good as being in Paris. The food, the attentive service, presentation, and the view access Boston Conmon make an ordinary dinner out extraordinary. Dinner in the bar is graced with fabulous photographs of Paris and France. Tres belle.

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BH
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

One of the only Boston restaurants with a homemade souffle that you can order with your meal as it take 25 min minimum


We visit every time we come to Boston

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p
Costa Rica
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Halibut was disappointing. Few of our table of 6 raved about the food.

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BM
Washington DC
106 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and fabulous service in a location just across from the Commons. Everyone in our large group was very pleased with their food and the wines were delicious with many affordable choices. We were under time pressure and the staff made sure to get us out on time. Great place!

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LA
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The halibut entree was amazing. We also loved the hot dessert soufflés which must be ordered early--with the entree order--in order to allow time for the baking.

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H
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant welcome, friendly staff and a nice meal

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S
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Elegant dining, always consistent in food quality and superb service.

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KV
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic. Highly recommend the Salmon Benedict - perfectly poached eggs on warm, buttery bread with very fresh salmon, hollandaise, and lettuce on the side to cut the richness. My friends and I also shared the lemon ricotta pancakes, which were good, though the pancakes were a bit sweet and I would prefer more of that delicious lemon-lavender sauce (maybe I should've asked for some on the side, haha). The waffles with duck confit were also good. This brunch was wonderful, and the view of the Boston Common from the second floor was lovely.

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F
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner was great! Nice meal preps and presentations & everything was delicious. Very nice wine list & great service. Loved my chocolate soufflé! YUM!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ate was really good. Alex, our waiter, took really good care of us. You can’t go wrong here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The oysters were perfection and the pasta truffle special was one of the most delicious things I have EVER tasted. The Ginger Slide cocktail was delicious. The view is lovely - one of the prettiest views in the city. Midori at the desk was wonderful.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good- nothing exceptional

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H
London
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat at the bar for a casual dinner. The drink menu was extensive and wine list was good. Generous pour!! The food menu was varied- quick one course meal or a 3 course fine dining. My wife ordered Mussels which was perfectly prepared and my Chicken order was not acceptable and they quickly removed it. Had a superb Burger with fries. The staff was apologetic and the evening ended up being very pleasant. Worth visiting again and worth recommending.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely birthday dinner for 2! Excellent food and impeccable service.

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S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. It is perfection. When I visit my son in Boston, it is a go-to place for brunch or lunch. I love the food, location and ambience. I will return again and again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The spaghettis in the lobster pasta is too hard. Otherwise all food is great.

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P
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food, while not exactly innovative or imaginative, is nevertheless quite tasty. Some dishes are based on local ingriedients and are quite delicious. A beet salad that I had was especially enjoyable.

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CM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Bartender was rude and had an attitude. Ruined the evening for us.

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CL
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a late lunch...we all enjoyed our meals, and our servers was outstanding.

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was good, but desserts were quite disappointing this time; we expected a more French experience with real bread for example, amuse-bouche and/or mignardises. A bit too fast to us for an evening special occasion.

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JM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Great!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

The food is not good. The portions are super small and not very elaborate. I wouldnt recomend it.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service.

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