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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.

272 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Provencal

Hours of Operation:
Reservations are only accepted for the main dining room.
Lunch and dinner in the Cafe served on a walk-in basis.

Dinner
5:00pm - 10:00pm Monday to Sunday

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

Cafe Lunch/Dinner
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)

Cross Street:
Arlington

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 426-7878

Website:
http://www.bistrodumidi.com/

Parking Details:
Valet begins at 5:00. $18 per car, cash only.

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.

Executive Chef:
Josue Louis

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 (smarand@bistrodumidi.com): (617) 426-7878

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

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94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (36)
Romantic (32)
Special Occasion (32)
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Good for Anniversaries (29)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Tasting Menu (21)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Notable Wine List (20)
Scenic View (20)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Bar Seating (14)
Business Meals (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Authentic (11)
Cozy (11)
Worth the Drive (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Seasonal (6)
People Watching (5)
Healthy (4)
Casual (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

The service was exceptional and the food was of high quality. The charcuterie selection was the best and the plating of the food was very appetizing. Enjoyed the ambiance and food and service. Nothing to complain about!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I celebrated her birthday. We started with cocktails and the bartenders were great. They made my wife a special martini cocktail (less acidic) and tasted great. Nice ambiance and setting near Boston Commons. Will go back again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

As usual, a phenomenal experience
Food and service exqusite!
Still my favorite Boston location for special occasion dining

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Great foie gras and we get ours in France so we’re expecting the best. We both got it and find that the serving is very small compared to what we receive in France for the cost.
We love the chocolate soufflé and will share it next time as it’s too rich for one!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (Calgary)·Dined 3 days ago

Amaizng food l, service and atmosphere. Phenomenal experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The food and cocktails were delicious and the upstairs was the perfect setting to enjoy it all.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Romantic, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

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"

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Champagne cocktail was outstanding. Coffee and Pancakes were very yummy.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on February 5, 2018

The waiter was extremely attentive he even asked the chef to bake souffles ( which were delicious) for lunch and they arre only offered for dinner.
Thank you food was great!

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very fine and tasty food. The Champagne cocktail was really original yet delicate. The desserts are definitely among the best ones we ever had in the area, and we recommend the soufflés.
This table is on our favorite list.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Delicious food, cozy on a chilly night with the fireplace going. Staff super friendly and helpful. Our window seat with a view of the Boston Public Gardens was lovely.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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).

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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food! Everything we choose from the menu was perfect! We will definitely return!

Tags: Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

A Fabulous meal with fabulous service. Highly recommend for a romantic evening or. Large group.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2018

It was ridiculously empty, but I have a feeling that made the food better because it allowed an all star team to do their thing. We loved it!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Scenic View, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Lovely dining experience, pleasant & friendly waitress. Pricey fois gras, tiny amount served, but absolutely delicious. Great food menu...love nice bistros like du Midi! Will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Wonderful European style restaurant with very well prepared food. Great location.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great atmosphere and great food. Loved the fireplace.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Everything was amazing, even valet the car- restrooms downstairs could use some attention to detail, other then that - wonderful!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Amazing dinner as always. I had the chefs special : lobster ravioli.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food very good but my martini tasted like it had tonic in it
It was so busy I did not want to trouble my very nice waitress so I just drank it.
Otherwise a wonderful Christmas Eve for a couple from Georgia!

Tags: Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a wonderful night on Christmas eve, but it would be better to have a good channel on TV.

Tags: Good for a Date
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