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About Bravo Restaurant
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.
Boston, MA 02115
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary parking is available when you dine after 5 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Bravo.
MFA station on Huntington Avenue
Banquet, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bravo Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I visited here regularly years ago and enjoyed it. There's a great view overlooking an internal courtyard at the MFA. Service used to be charming and knowledgeable, and the food used to be a lot of fun. Now ... it's gone way down.
I should not have made a reservation for only one person. First they tried to put me at a small round table in the lounge; finally I got a rectangular corner table with a sofa. There were a LOT of empty tables in the main restaurant, because of the hour. I believe this seating decision was house policy, not the host's. The host was actually very kind, offered cushions, etc. A courteous man ... but I guess policy is policy.
The food wasn't good. The dinner roll was old and tough. They said there was a butter knife on the table, but there was no butter knife; I asked for one, but they didn't bring it. The butternut appetizer was fine (but I am a sucker for winter squash in all its forms).
The Chilean cabernet was not good.
The entree was a beef steak ... why did I order that? ... I guess I thought it was likely to be a standard item. It was supposed to be a NY strip steak. After a pause, they brought me a beef steak of some kind, but not a NY strip steak. It was cut twice across the grain ... like a better-quality flank steak. I kept on cutting it that way and ate 2/3 of it. I don't think it's ethical to throw away meat, so I did not return it.
I know this all sounds grouchy, but I really used to love this restaurant. It's so convenient, too, when you visit the MFA. I wonder if the previous MFA administration badgered them to show a big profit, and this has not been reviewed yet.
Bravo is a great dining option. The food is good, the service is typically smooth and efficient, the waitstaff are friendly and helpful, the ambiance is comfortable. We particularly appreciate the fact that you can have a conversation and be heard!!!!! We come regularly, often combining a meal with friends with a visit to the museum itself, and recommend it to friends.
This was an annual get together -- for eight of us. The venue was lovely albeit expensive but we knew that going in. What we did not count on was the quality of the food which was awful. Several of us ordered Eggs Benedict -- these dishes were not hot and the eggs were runny -- the hollandaise sauce was not flavorful. The service was mediocre -- one person ordered soup for the first course and had to get up from the table to find someone to give her a spoon so she could eat her soup which was, by then, cold. Multiple times we requested that our water glasses be refilled.
Last year we went to Scampo - which was so much better and less expensive.
The food was so creative - there was a Japanese menu to go with the Japanese exhibit in the museum. It was delicious, fresh and beautiful. This is a quiet place, with beautiful surroundings in the midst of amazing art. Can't recommend it enough.
The MFA now makes it very difficult to get to the restaurant if you just want to go for a meal. You can get a pass to get to the restaurant for free but you still have to stand in the ticket line to get it. 2 people in our party were late as they had to wait in line for the free pass on a busy Saturday. The meal is expensive for a nice but not phenomenal experience. My scallops were $25, which came with four small scallops. No leftovers for any of the plates. They automatically add in 20% service fee for parties over 5. We paid $300 for lunch for 6 people - then add in another $25/ticket for walking around museum and it makes for an expensive afternoon. Skip the restaurant and just enjoy the museum.
I should’ve walked out the minute the maître d’ just pointed me towards my table and didn’t budge from his stand. No he had no cast or boot to indicate broken bones. The food was just as dry as the service was tedious. Note! Go to the MFA to enjoy the heart not to eat food!
Great to combine with a Museum of Fine arts visit. Excellent for conversation and good for privacy. Reservations ok. The food offered through a limited choice menu is above average and the prices as well. Fo young children better to use the Shapiro courtyard restaurant downstairs.
My favorite feature of the Bravo dinner was the spacious layout and comfortable seats. It is nice to have a quiet dinner without feeling crowded; the cushions and carpeting were a most welcome touch after walking through galleries for a few hours. The contemporary, oversized painting hanging on the wall opposite the restaurant provided an exciting visual in the distance.
My entree was the special of the day: nicely cooked braised lamb over tiny lentils. Just delicious.
THE KITCHEN WAS EXTRAORDINARILY SLOW , WHICH DELAYED US SIGNIFICANTLY. OUR SERVER WAS VERY ATTENTIVE, AND KEPT APOLOGIZING FOR THE DELAY. CONSIDERING THAT WE WERE ONE TABLE OUT OF FOUR IN THE RESTAURANT FOR OVER AN HOUR, IT WOULD BE HARD TO IMAGINE WHY THE KITCHEN TOOK 50 MINUTES TO PREPARE 4 LUNCHES!
Service was very bad - the waitress forgot about our table. We had to remind her to bring the wine we ordered. Then our food did not arrive until we called it to the manager's attention. When I dine at the very nice restaurant in a Museum I expect to have excellent service so that I can continue to view the exhibits.
Amazing, creative food and excellent service. Lovely spacious, quiet room - we could actually carry on a conversation without shouting or being overheard! We highly recommend Bravo for a special occasion - or just a delicious dinner.
After eating here several times, the menu has become stale, and aspects not very good at all. The most recent meal featured overly salty and chewy clams.
The real problem with this place is the service-very clumsy and has not improved over the past year. Cocktails brought AFTER main courses arrive, water not refilled, a coffee saucer places on the table, the cup of coffee following my minutes later, spilling as it was carried by the handle. this is basic stuff and needs to be addressed for an expensive meal.
The location and ambiance is the only reason I recommend this spot. Such a shame as the first time we ate here, about a year ago, it was excellent. We spoke with the young chef and it seemed this would be an internist place to drop in again. Three meals later, and I say we only stop in for a drink at the bar.
Food was good, but took nearly an hour to arrive. We arrived slightly before our 6 pm reservation, ordered pretty quickly, but the food didn't arrive until nearly 7 pm.
We were with a 6 year old who started melting down a bit, due to the wait.
It was a pretty early reservation and the restaurant wasn't particularly busy, so why it took so long is a mystery.
The waitperson is lovely and this comment had nothing to do with service. I ordered crab cakes and they were not hot enough. It is easy to say "send it back" but that interferes with the rhythm of the meal. The chef (cook) should be able to judge and not send anything out not prepared to be served. I always enjoy Bravo but this is an issue that needs attention.
Excellent food though a limited menu. Service was excellent though slow. It's always been slow every time we have eaten there. But it's great for a leisurely dinner and conversation. Decor is elegant and comfortable. Dessert choices were not appealing to me. The dessert I ordered was not good. But we will go back.
I have always loved BRAVO... it is one of the few QUIET restaurants and has exceptional food. On Friday we both had the roasted Japanese eggplant dish that was SUPERB. We will go back, just to have it again!
I often have lunch there on Fridays with a friend on the way to Symphony.
Many thanks, ARK
Given the slim selection for good dining at the MFA, Bravo appeals most to my parents, age 86 years. However, I find the menu quirky with too many ingredients in each dish. I am a vegetarian and find it hard to select food. The lovely corn chowder had bacon in it. The arugula and fruit salad was so peppery. I think there should be MANY more types of salads and different kinds of quiches for lunch. the main courses were too large for lunch, though I tend to eat lightly.
I think the menu at the American Cafe is much more appealing especially the Faro salad on which you can put grilled salmon or chicken. How about a baby kale salad?
We went with friends for Saturday Brunch, Kenneth was our server. His service was prompt, courteous, friendly and very attentive. Kenneth answered all our questions about the menu and was engaging and funny.
The food was really - well, the best word i can use to describe it - was spectacular. Eclectic, carefully-prepared, beautifully plated, perfect temperature, delicious: it was as everything you'd expect in the Museum of Fine Arts, really a work of art.
Cocktails, cappuccino/espresso and desert - all YUM. Worth the drive into the City from the suburbs for us!
Can't recommend it highly enough.
Seven colleagues feasted and talked together after watching a movie at the MFA. Food was excellent - and among us we sampled lots of items on the menu. Having a quiet venue where we could hear each other in a beautiful setting was the perfect end to a long week. Service was knowledgeable, warm and friendly. Bravo!, Bravo - thanks for a terrific evening.
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