Bravo Restaurant

4.4
1956 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Nestled among the grand masters of art and design in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the variety of dining venues from Restaurant Associates stir the senses. Seasonally inspired menus and artfully prepared cuisine are marked with an emphasis on sustainable and local ingredients. Award-wining wine list and casual-contemporary atmosphere. All MFA Members receive a 15% discount off food. Seasonally Inspired, Artfully Prepared.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Monday & Tuesday Lunch: 11:30AM - 3PM
Wednesday - Friday Lunch: 11:30AM - 3PM, Dinner: 5:30 - 8PM
Saturday Brunch: 11:30 - 3PM
Sunday Brunch: 11:30 - 3PM
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Phone number
(617) 369-3474
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Brian Flagg
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Museum Road
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Parking details
Complimentary parking is available when you dine after 5 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Bravo.
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Public transit
MFA station on Huntington Avenue
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1956 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Quiet
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Lovely spot to get away when visiting the Boston MFA. We went for a late lunch on a week day. Started with the pasta of the day - parsley gnocchi and a frisée salad - unbelievable. Gnocchi was melt in your mouth good with a lick your plate clean sauce! Entrees were the scallops and mussels with chorizo. Phenomenal! Topped it off with a deconstructed pineapple upside down cake. We just got back from France and didn’t have a meal to match this one. Loved it! Service was impeccable... it was empty and we felt lo we owned the place! Very pampered!

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2.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Decided to take out of town guests there because I remember the room as being so lovely. The room is lovely but the service was so so amateurish. The server was unfamiliar with the preparations, including the specials, and also supplied incorrect information. Also the wonderful Bravo painting is gone. Sigh. Very disappointed.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Our party has never had a bad meal here. I am the only vegan in the group and the chef never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

One can have a conversation!!

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2018

I lunch at Bravo often, usually for business purposes because it is a quiet, elegant restaurant and I can often see a new exhibit while there. However, the menu choices haven't changed for what seems like years. They need new choices for the whole menu. Think mediterranean, perhaps.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

I remember eating here about 10 years ago and the food was amazing, one of the best food experiences I've ever had! This time was pretty mediocre. The food was not exceptional and the choices did not wow me at all. I am betting the chef has changed since my last visit. Being in a fine arts museum and with the hefty price tag of the meal, I would expect the food and experience to be much better than it was. The salmon I had was cooked right on, and the cesear salad I had was okay.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Bravo is way out of my price range but, whenever I need to spend a couple of hours in conversation with a good friend, I always want to dine at Bravo. I love good food but I love good conversation just as much. There are very, very few places where you can talk without shouting.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Exceptional service. Our wait person was professional/ knowledgeable and kind . We could not have had a better experience

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

We had great service and a quiet lunch amid our tour of the MFA. It was great! We will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Highest quality cuisine and has the plus of taking in the museum before or after.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The restaurant was uncrowded and quiet. All the dishes we had were great, as was the special dessert.

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Lovely space Terrific staff and ambience Food good but a bit overprice.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Good food, excellent service, superb ambiance--unfortunately interrupted by evacuation for kitchen smoke. Wonderful place to dine in connection with MFA visit.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Bravo is consistently excellent. The ambiance, quality of the food, menu options, and professional service makes Bravo an exceptional dining experience. I highly recommend Kenneth as a server. His attention to detail, positive attitude, and professionalism will be greatly appreciated by all who dine at his table.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We had a lovely brunch in a quiet, elegant atmosphere. The service was superb. The food was excellent. After brunch we joined the Museum Highlights tour and had a lovely Sunday at the MFA.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Service was great, and dinner was tasty and brought out in a timely fashion. It was not busy on a Wed nite but people started arriving after 7:00. I would recommend for a nice date or special occasion for sure.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Excellent food, drinks, and service in an elegant and quiet setting.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Enjoyed our meal outside. Lovely evening. Waitress very friendly and efficient. The first time we ate at Bravo.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

we count on Bravo for special occasions with friends and it never disappoints. The service is wonderful, the food excellent. We are treated as though we were special guests

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Our server, Natalia was very helpful. I like eating at the MFA. I rediscovered Bravo recently and like the quiet at lunchtime.
It was a very warm day but most of the food on offer was pretty hearty and served hot. I am gluten free also. I did not feel there was much choice.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

The Atlantic Char was cooked to perfection and seasoned, just right. I've had beet salad in many places, but this one was memorable because of the various beets and deft use of vinegar- Delicious! Great atmosphere and attentive wait staff. Oh and the special dessert was light and flavorful

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

This lovely, spacious and quiet restaurant served me an excellent starter of mussels and then an equally good pavé of steak. The service was impeccable. Highly recommended for a super lunch!

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We dined at Bravo on a Friday evening prior to enjoying the Museum of Fine Arts. Since the restaurant is in the museum, it is so convenient. The food was very good and the ambiance is quiet and cozy. We enjoyed the local scallops and oysters while also enjoying the arctic char. The service was great. I would recommend going for dinner at Bravo and then enjoy the museum on a Friday evening. It was as though we had the museum exclusively for ourselves!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

My sister and I visited for lunch. This is an upscale restaurant within the MFA. The service is excellent, and the prices are very reasonable considering the amazing food! It was pretty uncrowded when we went, and very quiet. But the spacious seating with padded booths suggests that even when crowded, it would not be noisy. I had the seared scallops which were beautifully prepared and plated. My sister had the chicken. Very good!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We love to make a special day of visiting the Museum of Fine Art in Boston and having lunch or dinner at Bravo. The atmosphere is elegant and sophisticated. The food is prepared with fresh ingredients, care and is artfully presented. I enjoyed the roasted beet salad and the scallops with carrot ginger purée. My husband had the mushroom risotto. It was woodsy and satisfying.

The portion sizes are small compared to most restaurants. I only wish there had been five or six rather than just four scallops for $31. And that a side order of vegetables had been included for that price...

The warm whole grain rolls are served with both butter and olive oil. The fresh flowers on the table and the lighting are

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

After many y ears of dining at Bravo this was not the Bravo of yesteryear.
Only one server in the dining room at 2 p.m. She did an excellent job but was slow because she was handling about 7 tables.
The ambience is very dated. This is the MFA I should not have to make the last statement.
The bread was given to us a minute before the dinner was served. Waited 20 minutes for the bread.
The food was very good, as in the past, however, smaller portions than we remembered.
Of the two desserts served, one was ample the other was not.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It’s refreshing that Bravo offers an elegant Mother’s Day brunch at a reasonable price in comparison to the markup elsewhere. Live music, friendly service, delicious food makes for a special day. Perfect way to celebrate mothers. Will make this an annual visit on this day.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had a high tea

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Lovely for a pre-Mothers Day brunch/luncheon! Great ambiance...

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

GreAt food and service.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Both of our birthdays. Very enjoyable to combine an excellent lunch with a visit to the museum.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

We have written this review so many times . . . . We are out-of-towners, but Bravo and the museum of which it is a part are perhaps our most frequent reasons for driving the 50 or so miles in. If we've come for one of the special exhibits at the museum, why would we go elsewhere? Quiet, refined, good food, good service . . . it's a no-brainer. There are cheaper place to eat in the museum, but we don't do this more than a few times a year. We love it!

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3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

I used to think of Bravo as being very special. The previous time was a disappointment but I ate there again because I was going to the movie and figured the validated parking would cover the cost difference compared to New American Cafe. But the latter is better. The ambiance in both are different and equally superb.But in Bravo both the steak and asparagus were a disappointment. The steak was stringy and the asparagus was close to inedible. The saying is "don't pay extra for a restaurant that's by the water or that rotates." I'm afraid I would add "or a restaurant in a museum."

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

My friend and I enjoyed our lunches very much. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

A group of ladies enjoyed an excellent lunch at Bravo at the MFA's annual Art in Bloom Monday. The food is interesting, creative and beautifully prepared. One diner had the mussels appetizer as her lunch entree - delicious, generously portioned, with chorizo sausage, in a piquant sauce. Two women had Japanese stuffed eggplant which was tantalizingly spicy and delicious. The crab cake entree was deemed satisfactory. The final dish - scallops was delicious, but poorly resented, with a ring of food circling an empty space on the plate. The portion wa a bit small - four scallops where five would have been more appropriate. Also the presentation needs improvement. The bread dish was excellent. A shared dessert of sugared pound cake with whipped cream and pineapple in a caramel sauce was enjoyed by all five women.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

We all enjoyed our meal choices. The atmosphere is lovely and quiet. The service was done ver well.

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2.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Before ordering our food I asked for separate checks. The server went and checked and said that it wasn't possible which is unusually as I have eaten there before and was able to do this. Art in Bloom is an extremely popular event and would have expected them to have been more prepared for a busy lunchtime service. One of the guest has to avoid gluten and the only thing that the server said she could order was a single salad. No other options available as all the food had been prepared earlier in the sauces. More options for desserts though! The food was good but small portions and expensive for a luncheon. Another guest asked for hot water for tea and poured coffee over her teabag! We had a noon booking and left the restaurant at two, which on a normal day would have been okay but our bus was leaving at three to return home!

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

A convenient restaurant when there are special events at the MFA. Cuisine is not special, service is spotty.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

I forgot that Sundays are prix fixe only. I choose to do it anyway but I give it 2 stars for value. For $36, 2 courses, I had soup then steak and eggs. I think that would be $27 maximum if a la cart. How is $36 justified?

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Very disappointing, I must say.

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