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About Blu

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.

4 Avery Street
Boston, MA 02111
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm (Lunch)
Monday - Saturday 5pm - 10:00pm (Dinner)

Cross Street:
Tremont & Washington

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 375-8550

Website:
http://www.blurestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Self Parking available on Boylston Street entrance for $5 up to 3 hours with validation.

Public Transit:
T: Green line to Boylston Street; Orange line to Chinatown; Red line to Park Street

Executive Chef:
Alex Medeiros

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

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

Private Dining

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.

Blu Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

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Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Creative Cuisine (6)
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Happy Hour (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2012

What can I say? The atmosphere was great. Awesome views. Very Blue! The food was spectacular and the bread and oil before the meal was to die for. I will be coming back for sure!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2012

I never would have found this restaurant if I had not searched open table for a place to dine before going to the theater. Boy- was i glad I found it! We all enjoyed delicious meals start to finish. Am looking forward to going again.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2012

very good! not too busy for a friday night

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2012

What can I say?! The views from this restaurant are fantastic. The wine we ordered was excellent. My husband, brother-in-law, his date and I all loved the food we ordered.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2012

Great views near the theater district. Food is good. A good place to eat before going out in Boston.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2012

Solid choice but nothing special

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2012

The food was delicious and we enjoyed the ambience. We appreciated that they remembered it was my fiance's birthday and gave us a free dessert, with "Happy Birthday" written in chocolate on the dessert plate. It was very much worth the trip into Boston!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2012

Good food. Polenta Fries were a great appetizer. Very nice ambiance with the 10 foot tall windows and hanging out over the street. Perfectly located for dinner before going to the Opera House.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2012

Excellent menu selections

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2012

came with my bf..with a restaurant voucher...nothing special on the menu...ok food! prob wont come at all if without the discount voucher!

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2012

We had a 530 dinner here before attending the 730 show at the opera house around the corner. Yummy food selection and strong pour from the bar. Attentive service was accommodating with our quick departure to make the show.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 16, 2012

The food looked beautiful, but not tasty. Used to much oil and butter it was not healthy. Atmosphere is wonderful and quiet. It was a Monday night not enough help and food was fair ..Not many customers. Not a fine dining experience....

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2011

Great view and delicious meal. The staff were friendly and efficient so we made our show on time. I would return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2011

The food was very good, no complaints but it was not spectacular. Our waitress was dull, not the caliber of employee for that kind of restauran. Perhaps if we had had a more animated and interactive waitress we would have enjoyed the place more. Thankfully the company was good. My husband did not like going through the fitness club to get there but that didn't bother me.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2011

Very good with gluten free, very great/quick place to stop in and eat before going to a show in the theatre district. Had a few different seafood plates and all were great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2011

Very pricey for mediocre food and being forced to rub elbows with folks going to and fro an attached health club. Nice view at night.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2011

Great food, great atmosphere, great for date night.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2011

Great food! Great service! Great scene!! Absolute perfect night!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2011

Great restaurant. Don't like coming in through the LA sports club...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2011

Nothing of note here with exception of the view and proximity to theatre district. Food was mediocre.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2011

I dine at Blu fairly regularly. I especially like it for pre-theater dinnner, as I did this last visit. I like the atmosphere and design - sleek yet comfortable. The staff is friendly and efficient. The menu is exactly the kind I like: simple dishes, well prepared, with a bit of flair but not overly fussy or striving too hard to be "artistic." I also find that the pricing at Blue is reasonable, considering the quality of the food and preparation.

This last visit I requested a table away from the bar (which can be noisy at times), and we got exactly the right type of table I had requested. The waiter was efficient and attentive, and got us our bill promptly so that we could make our curtain for the theater.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2011

In its modern by warm setting that offers a view of the larger buildings in Boston unobstructed by the very short ones -- not the view from the top of a skyscraper, but more like one of the roof of an apartment building -- Blu offered us a relaxed (and unrushed) experience. The server was pleasant, and our meals each had interesting combinations that went well together. Not so much the place for a quick bite before the theater as the one for a romantic one afterwards.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2011

Overall would give Blu 3.5 stars. The food was prepared nicely and was tasty. It's presentation was excellent. The service was cheerful and friendly. The location is close to the Theater District and its adjacent parking makes it a great pick for an evening on the town.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2011

Our meals were quite delicious but I must say the service was rather cold. Our waiter took our order, delivered our plates and brought the bill. Not very attentive to say the least.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2011

Seat near the window for a spectacular view!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2011

The view and locale are definitely unique, but that's about it. This is great if you're staying at the Ritz and want an easy meal. But as a place to go beyond that, skip it. It's waaaay overpriced for what it is. Nothing bad, but just completely average and run of the mill. I don't want to get a dish and feel like I could have easily done better myself at home, and that's what this felt like.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2011

This place has so much potential. Great views, excellent trendy, urban vibe. Excellent service that makes you feel like you are having a 5-star experience. But Blu misses the mark on the food. Just terrible. I did something I have never done before and sent a meal back. I can eat just about anything, but the trout was nearly inedible. The replacement meal (gnocchi) was not much better. Change the chef and I'd go back in a second!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2011

I went for lunch, the food and service were fantastic. They accommodated my meal request without a problem. It's a scenic view, which would be amazing at night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2011

Great view and interior design. Service was mediocre, most of the time we felt forgotten even though the restaurant was half empty and clearly the staff were not very busy. Food was bland and unimaginative, the bread had more taste than the entres. Pricing is moderate but still seems too high for the quality of food and service. Go for the view but don't expect much else.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2011

Trendy place but empty on a Friday night. Upscale atmosphere, great server, terrible food.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2011

We really enjoyed the view, and the food, but we were sitting by the bar, and there were some very loud people. When they left, it was perfect. the food was outstanding, but it took a long time.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2011

We had a very nice time. The food was great and the service was excellent. The view and ambiance was also very nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2011

Ok we were there on a Monday and were the only patrons. That made it FANTASTIC. Service was there when needed and everything was brought out at a good pace. Food was very good and the space looks down Washington Street dominated by the Parmount's marque. Very romantic with about 30-feet of floor to soaring ceilings windows. Very nice romantic spot and just the right size for personal attention. This is something of a hidden gem.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2011

Went with good friends for anniversary dinner for both couples. Thought would be a fun night in the city. Though food and service were both good, Blu was empty on a Saturday night. Only one other table occupied and few folks at bar. If want "intimate" setting is the place. View was not as good as expected.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 7, 2011

I suppose Boston chefs are unaware that vegetarians/vegans exist and like to dine out. Or perhaps those in service have yet to be informed that patrons find a long sigh and rolling eyes is not friendly or an enticing invite to return.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2011

Small, Not a lot of selection on the dessert menu, the group of women next to our table were noticeably having a great time(loud), Not a great view(Over looking the parking lot), Love the colorful lighting(Maybe a little to dark), filet mignon was EXCELLENT(Melt in your mouth), chicken breast with spinach was also good.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2011

We decided to try Blu given location - close to Wang Center. Our service was super - we were seated & finished with more than ample time to attend our event. So no complaints in terms of getting a meal in before the show. Food was ok - not great. Nothing really stood out - but nothing was "bad" either. Collectively we found the appetizers/salads better than the entrees. Ambience is kind of fun, although horizontal view a lot better than vertical (down) - big parking lot!

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2011

The food and service were excellent and the ambiance was unique but very enjoyable.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2011

I have been here a number of times for lunch, but this was my first trip for dinner. I brought a date here, the food was good, ambiance was great, and the service was excellent. There are definitely restaurants in Boston that have a better menu, but Blu definitely trumps most for presentation and location.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2011

I was there with three other people for a dinner before going to the opera house for a play. All of us felt the service was great; food was also good however my companions felt their meals were great mine was good but not great.

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