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Boulevard 18

4.1
219 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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About

Boulevard 18 is a classy restaurant and bar that specializes in French cuisine. Its interior resembles an elegant upscale Parisian bistro. When diners enter the restaurant, they will be met by the full-service bar. Beyond the bar is the dining area that features beautiful overhead lighting and a wooden floor. Boulevard 18 also features outdoor seating when the weather is nice.

The menu at Boulevard 18 offers small dishes such as deep-fried roquefort-stuffed olives, truffle and herb shoestring fries, deviled eggs and housemade herb-glazed nuts. Visit with friends and share one of the restaurant’s artisanal cheese platters with a glass of wine or a cold beer. Entrées include meals like roasted organic Scottish salmon, the house special Boulevard burger and citrus brine herb-roasted chicken. Choose a side to go with your meal like mashed potatoes or ratatouille.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(203) 594-9900
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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
David Raymer
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Catering
Rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, weddings, bar mitzvahs, holiday events, showers-let Boulevard 18 make your party a success. Whether you entertain in your home, or business, at our restaurant, we will develop a creative, delicious menu, and manage all the details. Our staff is friendly and professional and will enable you to enjoy your own event!
From casual meals to wine tastings to multi-course formal dinners, Boulevard 18 can accommodate a wide range of tastes and budgets.
Can't leave the office? Let Boulevard 18 bring lunch or dinner to you and your staff.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Locust Street
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Parking details
There is street parking and plentiful parking in public lots directly across Main Street and around the corner of Locust Street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.0
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3.6
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Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on February 6, 2016

Love our waitress who has been there since it opened. Never had such a wonderful experience with the same server each time.

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1.0Dined on February 4, 2016

We've had great experiences here- not sure what happened. The restaurant was empty, the meals were not cooked and had to go back, the water glasses went unfilled, they ran out of menu items.

Not going back - even though I love the great big zinc bar.

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3.0Dined on January 2, 2016

Delicious bistro fare, not outrageously priced. Red snapper with capers and olives was cooked perfectly. Grilled octopus appetizer portion was generous and tasty. The wine list is average but they will let you taste before you decide. Cozy interior could use some upgrades but overall a pleasant night out. Great to go with a small group.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2015

We've been to the Restaurant many times service is always good. The Lobster with avocado appetizer was fabulous followed by the Coq Au Vin special was exceptionally special. The one thing I think should be worked on is the wine list no familiar names makes choices hard. Really good evening 😘

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2.0Dined on November 28, 2015

We ate appetizer, starters, main dish and desert in 35 minutes. No time to relax! The waiter wanted to finish as soon as possible his job.
While we were finishing our deserts, we saw some waiters crossing the room holding two plates and ate at the bar...
We didn't feel welcome in this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2015

Excellent food, good menu, very welcoming.
Suggestion- change the menu font so the menu is easier to read

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4.0Dined on November 13, 2015

Great spot, relaxed atmosphere. Food ranges from good to very good, depending on the dish. Wine list is pretty good.

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2015

We had been there before, and the food used to be better. The salad was woefully lacking in the variety of items it used to feature, and everything was only ok. The server was abrupt with me, but brightened when my young companion arrived.

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2.0Dined on October 31, 2015

We were four for dinner. They were out of escargot. My friend asked for medium rare lamb. She received well done. Several of the wines were out of stock. We were seated at a too tiny table for four people and we stared at a larger empty table across the way all night. One of us knocked over a glass of water because there was not enough space. We had a reservation and should have been seated at a larger table. We won't be back.

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2015

As always a fine dining experience. Very considerate service.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2015

First time to dine there. Exceeded my expectations. Both food and wine were excellent. Warm and comfortable dining room. The bar looks like a good place to eat if I was on my own.

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2015

Boulevard 18 once again did not disappoint. The octopus salad was incredible
as was the mushroom ravioli. The potato wrapped fish was a keeper! I heartily
recommend this restaurant for both a night out or a quick family dinner. It's great.

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2015

Food just ok. Pricey for what you got. House made ice cream very good. Ineresting menu with creative items. Will try again. Sevice pleasant.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2015

Consistently good food. Never disappoints. It's our Mommy and Daddy date night spot!

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3.0Dined on September 3, 2015

This is an authentic French bistro and they do that well! Dinner and dessert were wonderful. Our only complaint was a polite but over extended waiter who also had to cover the bar. When a group came into the bar and ordered drinks - our wait time for service was ridiculous. Come on management, you've got the food right so now why not add another waiter or two?

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2015

Four of us ate at Boulevard 18. I had gone months ago and years ago and decided to go
back with my two adult children. It was sensational!!! We went to the Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-George last week and everyone though that this was better!!! We had octopus, pate and escargot for appetizers. One was better than the next. We literally said," if the appetizers are this good, it usually means the entrees will be bad." The entrees were fantastic! My sons steak frite was cooked to perfection. My husband had a pork chop on a bed of fresh cut corn and cherry tomatoes that was incredible. I had the BEST mussels that I have EVER had and my daughter had the trout in herbs that was honestly the most incredible fish any of us have had. The food felt homey and chic at the same time. We were blown away and have already planned to come back.

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2015

Meal and service were very fine. Would certainly return.

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2015

So lovely sitting outside enjoying neighbors and light fresh French fare. The chicken was superbly prepared. The wait staff totally helpful and fun.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2015

Good food with outstanding service. Had a business dinner for 5 and it was the perfect venue for that type of dinner.

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2.0Dined on July 25, 2015

Been there about 8-10 times, but the food and service has deteriorated to the point where unlikely to try again. Too bad as the menu and ambiance has always been appealing. Steak was bad, service was worse (one waiter went home during the meal and the other had no idea about our order). Nice outside setting on lovely evening ruined by meal and service. Took over two hours start to check.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2015

I love the french bistro cuisine and Boulevard 18 did not disappoint me. Mussels were great and wine list is very good. Service was warm and friendly.

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3.0Dined on May 30, 2015

Very enjoyable, but a little more refinement in the cooking would raise Boulevard 18 to the next level.

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2.0Dined on May 24, 2015

Paper on tables covering cloth tablecloth. Dish towels for napkins. Waiters in jeans, some torn, black T-shirts looked worn. Cheap candle, water served out of ordinary bottle. My dish said flageolet and undercooked white beans served instead. I specifically said I did not want red lamb and it came red. The aperitif of eggplant was sliced paper thin with skin left on and was tough to eat. This was our 57th anniversary and a big disappointment. Never again!!

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2015

Just a comfortable place to get a first rate meal with some interesting menu twists. The Fried chicken is amazing--light and not greasy

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2015

Food is great service is very good. Service is very good. Will definitely come back. Tables are very close, no private conversation. Parking is not easy.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2015

We stumbled upon Bistro 18 when we were in town for a gallery opening down the street. We were there early on a Thursday evening and it was very quiet. The service and food were very good and the portions large. I had a tasty kale salad and sea bass; my friend really enjoyed her tuna tartar and chicken paillard. It wasn't inexpensive but it was good and convenient which was what we wanted. I'd recommend Bistro 18 for a special evening out.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2015

I have been to this restaurant several times. This time I had the roasted herb chicken which was succulent and plentiful. In the past I have had the mussels which were outstanding . The service has always been attentive.

My on,y complaint about the restaurant is that the tables are much too close to each other.

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2.0Dined on April 10, 2015

Servic was good except for the hostess. We asked if we could have a table instead of the banquet, but we're told they were reserved for 3 people. We watched each table getting filled with couples!
The food was fair. House pate was good. Steak very tough and $$. Nice wine selection.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2015

This was our first time at Boulevard 18 and it certainly won't be the last! We came to celebrate my husband's birthday! The staff was wonderful. Emily and Henry took great care of us. The house made sausage is delicious. Three of us had the lamb, cooked to perfection per the orders and I had the potato wrapped sea bass - yummy. Dessert? Well when there are profiteroles on the menu, I just have to....again yummy! We will see you again real soon! Lisa and Bruce!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2015

We had the chicken paillard on arugula and the roast chicken with mashed potatos, and both were great. The tuna tartar appetizer is worth a separate trip alone! We live in New Canaan and will definitely go more often.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2015

Terrific food. we ate at the bar which allows you to watch the 12+ chefs cooking a great set of dishes with precision and finesse.

Everything was fantastic.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2015

We have not been toBoulevard 18 for more than a year. I am so glad we went. We had the price fixe dinner which included the Salmon. The food was delicious and the service was real good, This restaurant is not very vegetarian friendly

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2015

On our return visit I asked the chef to make the escargots without the pastry caps and it was delicious.
We went earlier so it was quieter and not as crowded. I had the hanger steak which was cooked perfectly, but very chewy. The French Fries were good in the beginning, but as they cooled a bit, they became soft. My husband had the chicken which was very good, but rich.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2015

The service was great, as was the food. The escargots did not need the little puff pastry caps, which prevented them juice from crisping up a bit. My husband loved his pork chops..

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2015

Dinner on a slow weekday. Limited bistro menu, expensive, nicely executed. We had salmon and filet mignon dishes -- both very good in copious portions with vegetables included. Service was friendly and flexible. Interesting and unusual wine choices from the Loire region.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2015

Great neighborhood eatery in an upscale town. Despite the very busy Friday night, the service was top notch. Food was fabulous, as the price indicated. The dining room was very warm and inviting, though tables for two were quite close together. We ran into some friends there.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2015

We were looking for a french bistro style restaurant in Fairfield county that wasn't pretentious or over-priced. Boulevard 18 was perfect. Lovely ambiance. Interesting food with the french influence. Escargot was perfect. Curry-rubbed salmon a delicious change of pace. Service was amazing. $25 corking fee meant we could enjoy our own wine - which we really appreciated since we don't care for french wines! We will certainly make Boulevard 18 a standard on our rotation.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2015

This was my second time at Boulevard 18...what a turnaround! My wife and I last visited in the summer of 2013. The food was good, but our server had an attitude, so, given that there are dozens (or more) of excellent restaurants to choose from in New Canaan, we decided that it wasn't worth going back. Our neighbor convinced us to give it a second try, and I'm so glad we did.

From the time entered the restaurant to the time we left, we were made to feel welcome. The hostess was wonderful, the server was fun and informative, and the assistants were attentive and professional.

Oh...and the food. My wife had the mushroom ravioli and I had the kale salad, both of which were amazing. We both had the sea bass, which was perfect!

On our way out, the hostess made a point of saying, "I hope we'll see you more often". You most definitely will!

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2015

Our meal was great. We are new to New Canaan and this is our favorite. Our server was very knowledgeable. Knew her wine and how the dishes were cooked.

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2015

Very nice 22nd birthday celebration for our daughter. Food was great, many choices.

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