Bravo Restaurant

4.3
1986 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
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 1986 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
service
4.5
ambience
3.8
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Noise · Quiet
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Cambridge
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic brunch, excellent service that didn’t bother us until we needed it and we had a leisurely meal - totally European style.

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

Great food and a great experience, just a bit pricey.

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BF
New England
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Terrific meal after visiting the MFA exhibits... A very nice ambience... excellent service, and delicious meal with good selection of innovative dishes.

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D
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

For the price, the food must be outstanding. The food was average. Not flavorful or memorable.

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

Had dinner before attending an event at the MFA. Ate at the bar. The bartender/server was very personable. I had the Artic Char, it was delicious!

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

Great warm rolls. Roasted beet salad was excellent. Grilled broccoli rabe was way too over-spiced; there's no need to add more intensity to an already intensely flavored veg. Squid-ink pasta was similarly over-flavored. More subtlety, please!

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C
New England
40 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The menu offered a number of unusual choices. The food was attractive and generally good. The Plantain Fritters were oily and overcooked. The Cacio E Pepe Cavatelli was very good, once you got past the odd color of the cavatelli. I guess it was spinach. The real problem with Bravo is the service. The wait staff all seem to be in low gear. You constantly have to try and get their attention. Wine came after the first course was served, even though we could see the bar and it was not busy. They cleared the first course and took the silverware. They then brought the main course, but we had to ask for silverware. They asked if we wanted more rolls, we said yes. When they didn't come we flagged down the server and reminded about the bread. One roll was delivered! I would have rated Bravo higher if they had more attentive wait staff.

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S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Go to Bravo for lunch or dinner, not the overpriced Brunch with small quantities and a forced 2 or 3 course prix fix.

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GK
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was very good and it’s a nice spot for a relaxing break from the museum. Our waiter started out fine and then as the meal went on, he was MIA. Dessert took awhile to arrive and we had to ask for the check three times. Eventually most of our group left because it took so long and left the payor behind.

It’s a nice restaurant for a special meal but given the other choices in the MFA, it won’t always be our first choice.

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r
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was professional and helpful, the ambience perfect, the food delicious. Absolutely nothing with which to find fault....

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wine. The eggplant is to die for and the chicken was excellent too. Great wine list and great service.

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GM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We fave dined here many times and still one of our favorites. The food and service were excellent,.
It is a little more expensive that the other restaurants at the museum, but worth the splurge.

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a
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we out of towners were there once before and enjoyed enough to make it a destination from our cruise. Friendly professional service ad great food.
Added attraction is a tour of the museum, but would go for the restaurant alone.

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PP
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We loved the beautiful and quiet atmosphere and the wait staff, to a person, were all exceptional. We both had fish, the mussels and a shrimp dish, which were disappointing-the fish were tired, did not taste fresh, and for the price it was both a surprise and a letdown. I would like to come again because the room and the atmosphere are wonderful, but not so sure about the quality of the food.

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g
New England
48 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've eaten here at corporate events and find it a nicely upscale place for dining while visiting the MFA. Both the salmon and crab cakes were tastily and beautifully presented, the blackberry cocktail refreshingly seasonal. As to price, with most museum restaurants, food and drink are a dollar or two above local restaurant prices. It is a lovely experience to take a relaxed time out during visiting the galleries in such a large museum. Fresh blossoms on each table, white tablecloths, a glass enclosed quiet location.

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SC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Lovely setting. Great for conversation. Food was tasty but portions are for one...don't try to share or you'll leave hungry. Servers are very sweet, but slow.

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RH
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Small interesting plates beautifully presented.

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DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Have been there twice in the last month to "treat" a friend and relative, and have been very pleased with the menu offerings, the quality and presentation of the food, the care and attention of the service, and the overall ambience.

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OB
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining before or after visit to the art galleries at the MFA

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I used this spot for a business meeting and had a fantastic lunch. I had the salmon that was tasty and cooked well. She had the eggplant that she thoroughly enjoyed as well.

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D
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, beautiful presentation, knowledgeable attentive waiter. (Kenneth)

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PZ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was at Bravo twice last week. The food and atmosphere is perfect for luncheon with friends.

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PZ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I lunch at Bravo often and the food is always first rate

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A
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Expensive and not great food . Disappointing
Mains especially were expensive for price .
Appetizers slightly better value.
Bad coffee !

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C
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I dine at Bravo often because of the ambiance and it is a quiet setting to talk with others. Unfortunately, the food is not interesting. They don't change the menu often enough. The vegetables that accompanied my plate of scallops were over-charred. Please, chef, add some veggie plates!

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TJ
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We spent the day at the art museum and were looking for a more upscale dining experience, after having something quick at the American Cafe, also located in the museum. Although Bravo provides a more quiet dining experience, the food was truly average. The food we had at the American Cafe was much better and much less expensive. Next visit, we would probably not return to Bravo, but rather simply dine again at the American Cafe or go off premises.

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TA
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The mezuna salad that I ordered was comprised of greens, goat cheese, strawberries and almonds was way too salty so I asked for a new one. The replacement was less salty but had no goat cheese. Not sure why. The eggs Benedict had very little sauce so I had to ask for more.

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FF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We got to the restaurant 2 minutes past our reservation, and from the "greeting" by the hostess advising us that she just called us to see if we were coming we were made to feel unwelcome. Then when one of our party tried to order the chicken we were told that the dish would take 20-25 minutes to prepare so we ordered the scallops instead. This all took place at about 8:15, considering the museum was open until 10 that night. We understood the restaurant closed earlier than that, but then in the midst of having our entrees the waitress came over to advise us that the kitchen would be closing soon and did we want to order dessert. By then we had gotten the message and declined. While what we had was good, we really did not feel comfortable.

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JC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very good place to dine. Especially if you want to take a break between touring MFA galleries.

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KK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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KR
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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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TJ
New York Area
224 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My husband and I were viewing some exhibits at the museum and booked a table for lunch at Bravo. We enjoyed the lovely decor and serene atmosphere and were seated in a spacious booth that could have accommodated 4. Service was gracious, if a tad slow, but we weren't in a hurry. In many restaurants we find that the starters are terrific but the mains fall short, however, we found Bravo to be the opposite. The starters were overly generous for first courses and only mediocre. The mains, on the other hand, were excellent and more of the standard that we had expected. There's a limited but acceptable selection of wines by the glass, though I didn't peruse the bottle list. We were surprised and pleased to find that the MFA reciprocity with our Metropolitan Museum of Art membership extended to the restaurant and we were able to profit from the member's discount. We didn't ask, the waiter asked us if we were members. In all it was a very nice lunch. I wouldn't go out of my way to dine there, but when at the museum it's a solid choice.

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D
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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BM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One can have a conversation!!

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C
New England
19 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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EB
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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JW
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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KK
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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F
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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