Blu

4.5
1571 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
blu Restaurant and Bar allows you to take in sky-high views while dining on seasonal menus. Feast on Chef Alex's creations for either lunch or dinner while enjoying the view from blu's bar area or dining room. Located on the 4th Floor at Equinox Sports Club, blu is a perfect venue for a pre-theater dinner, special occasions, or hosting an event.

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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm (Lunch)
Monday - Saturday 5pm - 10:00pm (Dinner)
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Phone number
(617) 375-8550
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Alex Medeiros
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Tremont & Washington
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Parking details
Self Parking available on Boylston Street entrance for $5 up to 3 hours with validation.
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Public transit
T: Green line to Boylston Street; Orange line to Chinatown; Red line to Park Street
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Special events & promotions
blu Restaurant and Bar is the perfect setting for private events.
Host your wedding, rehersal dinner, holiday party, corporate event, business meeting or personal celebration in the warmth of our intimate restaurant. Whether you are dreaming of an intimate wedding or an elaborate evening reception, blu will help you design a personalized and unforgettable experience.
Please contact events@blurestaurant.com

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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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blu Restaurant, Bar and Cafe,located in the Theatre District in Boston, is the perfect venue for a cocktail reception or seated dining, with amazing floor to ceiling windows, spetacular food and outstanding service.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible, the view was fantastic, and the service was superb.

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RH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for an anniversary dinner along with pre-theatre dinner. The ambiance was wonderful. The feel of the evening was relaxing and felt like we were at home. Our waiter was young and a good conversationist. The view was interesting looking over the architecture in the theatre district. The food was exceptional with a great twist of accompaniments with each meal The sea scallops with lobster risotto was outstanding. The cod with spaghetti squash was just as good and delicious. We would recommend Blu to anyone who is looking for a great meal.

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JK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The view was terrific - looking right out to the theatres before the show. Our waiter could have been a little more attentive. Drinks were left empty and dinner order was taken once we were done with appetizer.

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AF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Fish was over cooked. Appetizer lamb lollipops over cooked. It felt like the food was precooked and reheated or finished. Very dry.

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AJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was good and the view was great, but I couldn’t get past the shared space with the fitness club. You have to walk through the lobby of a gym and then a cafe (with smoothies and such- owned by Blu) to have this nice dinner. The workout music is loud and the whole experience is a cross between funny and annoying. There are just too many restaurants out there with similar food and much better ambiance to ever return.

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R
New England
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We took our 7 year old grandson to Blu for dinner before seeing HAMILTON at the Opera House. We didn't know that there was an actual children's menu but figured we would share our meals with him because kids eat so little. He still ate little - but loved being able to select his own meal and the kitchen made him chocolate milk, his favorite! Taking younger kids to dinner in something better than fast food can be problematic, but he loved the grown up atmosphere combined with the ability to have kid friendly food. Thank you to Blu!

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JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good for pre theater dinner
One block from Boston Opera House

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t
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful place for pre theater dinner. The service was great, without the usual "are we going to get in/out in time" feeling. Lobster risotto is to die for, along with the scallops and swordfish entrees, and the watermelon feta salad. Will definitely go back.

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SC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We reserved for 5:30, arrived a bit early and were seated immediately. Our server was very attentive and was able to answer most of our questions. The food was beyond fabulous. I recommend the prosciutto and fig flatbread and the fusilli. The view from the restaurant offered a great look down Washington St. I went with my parents and will absolutely take a special someone here one day.

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c
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Beautiful view out the floor to ceiling windows, but dirty.
Food was quite good
Server VERY sweet but not knowledgeable about the wine list.
Would try again in the future

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MM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and value. A “goto” place if you are in Boston. M

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Reservation was made for 11:30 - there was no one to greet us/ show us to table by 11:37. We had to ask if restaurant was opened. Poor start to dink g experience clouded the pretty good food and service.

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SB
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It is usually quieter, but there was a private function at the bar. Scenic view I mean one can look down Washington Street and see all what is going on.

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YM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have eaten at Blu several times with pleasure. Varied seafood choices and many other fine choices, too.
There was a giant happy bday party in a nearby room so the noise level was higher than usual.
Nevertheless, we ate v tasty starters- beef carpaccio, a mushroom soup and caprese salad. Entrees just great- Bolognese sauce over spaghetti squash and the striped bass with egg
Just too full for dessert.
Wanted to recognize our server but we hadn't caught his name. Our meals served promptly so we could head over to the ballet without having to rush. Hooray Blu!!

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P
New England
56 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The valet parking is $40.00!!

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JD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Underwhelming experience. We started out with a great app (tapas) however the rest of the meal was not good. Both my wife and I had issues with our meals. I got the rack of lamb which was under cooked and my wife had the lobster sandwich. The bread on her sandwich was burnt and tasted like Charcoal. The waiter could not have cared less. I will say it’s a cool spot and has great views. It’s also close to the theatre however it’s not worth th price to have dinner here.

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O
New England
183 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Great pre-theater option, with a view down Washington Street. Our server was earnest, if somewhat awkward. We guess he's fairly new. My wife's striped bass was quite good, as was my duck breast. Prices are decent for the quality offered. My Manhattan was among the best I've ever had.

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MR
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been back twice to BLU. It is very convenient to the theater AND the food is excellent!

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OT
New England
126 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful pre-theater dinner here. Excellent food and service and beautiful views.

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RZ
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Blu. I had a Quinoa bowl which was very good, reasonable priced and enough food for lunch. The bread was good also. The tea was overpriced at $5. The service was very good also. We took out time at lunch and did not feel rushed.

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F
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was tasty and seemed reasonably priced. The service could have been a little better. Many of the patrons were attending shows at the local theater, but the wait to pay the check made us pressed for time.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was very good, I have zero complaints about that. The ambiance was nice as well, looking out onto Downtown Crossing and it was quiet. But the food was nothing spectacular. It wasn't bad, but I certainly would not have liked to have spent full price (we went during restaurant week) for what we got. Even if it was just seasoned a little bit better it could have made a difference.

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SS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The striped bass was overlooked and tough. Quite disappointing!

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H
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I had a great Bolognese, but my husband thought his lunch of cauliflower soup and salmon was just okay.
Our waiter seemed preoccupied and disorganized, though it was not crowded at all. He ignored us for whatever reason.
The decor was nice.

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P
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Interesting restaurant inside the fitness club. Great view. A good meal before going to the theater.

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TP
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blu was a great find. It is on the 4th floor of the Ritz Carton Residences and overlooks Washington street where the Paramount Theater and Boston Opera House are located. It was a wonderful view. The service was outstanding and as was the food. They also had a three course special for $38 that was a great value. We are definitely going back and I would recommend them to anyone.

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CB
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to Blu during Boston Dine Out week and enjoyed a wonderful 3 course meal at a very reasonable price prior to catching a show. First 2 courses were delicious and very filling so barely able to touch the wonderful chocolate soufle. Waiter was very accommodating and never felt rushed as we sat and enjoyed coffee. The fact that it is so close to parking and theater was helpful.

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g
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were dining before the theater and had limited time. The pace was perfect, efficient service but not rushed. The waiter had a good sense of humor, interactive but never too much, and we took his recommendations on drinks and apps and were very pleased. I had the pear martini.. has a pear puree and was really perfect. Not too sweet, not to much alcohol taste. We had the fish tacos .. fish was fresh and pefectly cooked and the salsa was fresh fruit and a bit of heat. I had the scallops with lobster risotto which was very rich and creamy and delish! We had a few macaroons for desert and they were outstanding. Fresh, tasty and the selections were prefect.. I recommend the passion fruit for sure! The view is very fun, overlooking the buzz of the theater district! We will come back!

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Denver
17 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came early for lunch and discovered it was Restaurant Week in Boston! Great offers like ratatouille was over the top! My husband had fish and chips skrod which was absolutely delightful.

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JY
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food good service fun bar tender loved the Bartlett pear cocktail all together a 5 star experience

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service in a cozy space right in downtown Boston.

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MS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Blu experience was fantastic. The wait staff were extremely attentive and personable. All of our dishes were cooked perfectly. We had a great done experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The overall experience was excellent. I ordered the Broiled haddock and it was a little soggy and could have used some more flavor. Other than that the meal was excellent. we ordered a calamari appetizer and that was excellent. My partner's meal was cooked to perfection. There are excellent views which are amazing and the service was supberb. Also, I always could use a little more space between tables just for privacy.

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PG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was cooked perfectly - hot and delicious. Fried calamari not to my taste but my husband (a chef) loved it. His steak entree was fantastic and my scallops were excellent.

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w
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dining experience. Had show tickets so took advantage of their 3 course pre fixe (restaurant week)

Drinks were reasonably priced & served attractively.

Service was first rate.

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KS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! Drinks were made so stiff we could barely bring them.

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JW
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food and the views! The views were wonderful. Look forward to coming back. Staff was very attentive and personable! Have already recommended friends to eat there!

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M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I met two of my cousins at Blu for dinner and a drink before walking to the Parkman Bandstand in the Boston Common to see our son perform in Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's production of Richard III. I found Blu on Open Table and was pleasantly surprised with the view, the food and the service. We loved the bench seating - very comfortable. The food was outstanding and the service was really perfect. I will definitely return!

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JE
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David was my server and he was superlative. The food was some of the best I’ve ever had, and the view was amazing. Worth every penny.

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PQ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I requested a window seat and they had ine for us. The server was awesome and tge food was great.

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