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Central Bistro

4.3
918 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
Perfect For:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Business Meals
  • Pre/post Theatre
Central Bistro is a neighborhood bistro where style and comfort co-exist. Located in the heart of Downtown Crossing, Central Bistro Boston features classic French bistro by Chef Eric Bogardus and interior design by HGTV’s Taniya Nayak. Central Bistro is the perfect place for a business lunch, corporate event, date night out or after-work cocktail.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Kitchen Hours:
Monday - Thursday 11am -10pm
Fridays 11am-11pm
Saturday: 5pm - 11pm
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Phone number
(617) 737-1777
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef de cuisine: Wilder Gomez
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Catering
We offer a variety of catering options. For a full listing of catering options and to view our Special Events Guide, please contact Mike Batliner at Mike@CentralBistroBoston.com or call 617.737.1777 (press 2 for the events line)
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
34 Summer Street
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Parking details
We are located in the 101 Arch Street Building in Boston’s Downtown Crossing, accessible via 34 Summer Street. Discounted parking is available at The Hyatt Regency Boston Parking Garage located at One Avenue de Lafayette. With our validation stamp, parking is $10 all night after 4 p.m.
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Public transit
We are located directly above the Downtown Crossing subway stop, which is on both the red and orange lines.
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Entertainment
Going to the theatre or ballet? Stop by before or after and dine with us, we'd love to have you!
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Special events & promotions
We can accommodate your needs for 20-1,000 guests for any occasion by offering a variety of event packaging options & over 10,000 square feet in multiple private dining rooms. Our bar & lounge area features large HDTVs, comfortable seating & a relaxed atmosphere for up to 150 guests. Our dining room overlooks Boston’s Downtown Crossing & showcases high ceilings & a fresh color palette making for an incredibly welcoming environment for up to 255 guests. A conference room has been specially designed with the business lunch in mind featuring complimentary wireless internet, presentation screen & a variety of catering options for up to 30 guests.

For more information & photographs of our space, please visit www.petitrobertcentral.com/functions or contact Mike Batliner at Mike@CentralBistroBoston.com or 617.737.1777
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 918 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on April 29, 2017

We had an early dinner prior to attending the theater so the restaurant was quiet at that time. Lots of hard surfaces here so not sure about noise level when busy. We all had salads of various types, and onion soup which was delicious. The service was OK- seemed a little slow considering how few people were there at the time.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2017

Small mistake in order, quickly corrected

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Went before a show at the Opera house. Wonderful meal, great location, will be our go to for Downtown Crossing.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2017

The food was excellent as was the service. It was a friday evening and the bar was a bit loud during our meal - but really great over all

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2017

Food well prepared. Dinner nicely paced. Our waiter Yarick was excellent.
The restaurant site and layout was quite nice. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2017

My favorite lunchtime place. Food was very tasty as usual!

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2017

I ordered a salad and they originally brought the wrong dish (a flatbread). When they brought the salad, it wasn't anything like the description on the menu. Totally different ingredients and sloppily thrown together. They did remove it from the bill and bring a free dessert, but I hate having to complain just to get what I ordered.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal at Central Bistro. The deviled egg appetizer was delicious, as was the chicken and flank steak dinners. Will definitely be returning!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2017

Great place for a business lunch. Eclectic menu, good food and reasonably priced.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Delicious fresh baked bread. We found the papardelle dish was a little too salty and I had the short ribs and one piece was a little too fatty for my liking.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2017

Food and service were great but the table for two we had seemed small

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Ok service - slow despite a fairly empty restaurant - had to get attention from waitress to place our drink orders - a request for cup versus bowl of chowder was flat out refused - a shared appetizer tray for 6 arrived with 3 crackers & took awhile for 3 more crackers were requested. Our entrees & sandwiches were very good & we enjoyed the atmosphere but we would all hesitate to recommend to others

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2017

This place is a hidden gem. It's right in Downtown Crossing, but I never noticed it before because it's on the second floor. There are giant windows that look at the Macy's building and provides a very cool, urban feel. The menu is quite diverse for both food and price. We went with a large group and that variety is why I picked this place. For those that want something more casual like salad, pizza, or a burger there are good options. For those wanting more of an entrée there are nice options there too. The service was first rate. A large table is not easy to wait on, and our server was excellent. We went on a Saturday night and there were some empty tables so a good option if you don't have a reservation or don't feel like eating dinner really early or really late. We would definitely go back!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2017

Central Bistro is one of our favorite spots downtown. The location is very convenient, the view overlooking downtown crossing is great, very good food, friendly service and really good value. The only downside this visit was the bar was crowded and noisy. Unfortunately the noise filtered over to the dining room which made conversation difficult. We haven't noticed that on previous visits so it may have just been a loud night. Still highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2017

Good food, great service and great atmosphere. Our server's efforts were enhanced with other members of the team, so even when she was busy at another table, we never felt that, if we needed attention, we would have to wait until she finished. There was always another server standing by, ready to assist as needed. On the other hand, we never felt "hovered over". It was a great balance.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2017

Central Bistro is my favorite lunch spot! I always order the baked Alaska for dessert. Yum!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2017

My request to turn down the volume on the music was graciously accommodated. The food was very good, prices are reasonable and it's a great location if you are pre or post theatre, right at Downtown Crossing!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2017

Great restaurant, beautiful décor and the service was fabulous. Food is delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2017

Great location for dinner before show in downtown Boston.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2017

I would give this place an overall yawn and shrug. Nothing special, mediocre service, from the zombie-like hostess who sat us to the waitress who never once asked how everything was...my food was bland, from the endive salad right on to the next course of absolutely no spiced scallopss , risotto was mush with peas. I had to keep salt and peppering it . We were underwhelmed and this will be the last visit to Metro.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

I had a great time! The food was delicious and the service was great. Overall, a wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

Despite being a little difficult to find, Central Bistro was a real pleasant experience. The food was very good and the setting was romantic.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2017

We went here pre-theater because it was close to the theater. The food was very good, a notch above the typical French bistro. Developed flavors in the sauces, etc. It was kind of lacking something - not the food but more the ambiance, service, experience.
They were all perfectly friendly. There was an afterwork party going on in the lounge/bar area so when we walked in there was a lot of activity and it was loud. Luckily they seated us in the restaurant off in a corner room. There were windows all around so you could see the bustling in the street from the 1st level. However, that is what felt strange - it felt like you were being excluded. You didn't feel part of the place. It was quiet and good so we could hear each other, but it kind of left some to be desired then for the ambiance. The wait staff was there just to serve and then they disappeared and you saw no one from the restaurant.
I was happy that the food was very good, a notch above, so that was actually a nice surprise. We didn't stay for dessert because it took 1.5 hours to just get apps and dinner and we had to get to the theater. The server brought the check and helped us get out quickly when we told her we had to leave.
With so many places to try, it may be a while before I come back here but would come back.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2017

This has always been one of my favorite Boston places, but this particular visit fell flat. The bartenders and service were fantastic as always and the drinks were excellent, but the Restaurant Week menu was not at all comparable to last year's interesting options

My first course (a chowder) was served so overly hot that it severely burned the roof of my mouth upon my first bite and I was in great discomfort for the rest of the meal (and am still hampered by it days later) . My second course consisted of a scallop dish made with what seemed like warmed over, rubbery scallops from the prior day that smelled none too fresh. Third course dessert was perfectly fine, but I was already extremely disappointed at that point.

The rest room facilities were unkempt and the toilet seat was broken /loose.

This was such a departure from my prior 4-5 visits here that it won't stop me from visiting again, but if the issues aren't addressed, I won't be making a special trip to go here anymore. If this wasn't a place that has always been a favorite, I don't think I'd be as disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2017

This is a good, casual restaurant to meet friends or business guests for lunch. The menu is varied so that it can accommodate everyone's taste.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2017

Initially our server seemed to forget us after seating us, but a brief trip to the front desk led to attentive and unobtrusive service for the rest of the meal. The space was subdued and handsome, with only a few diners in the post- lunch hour. Food was excellent. A salade Nicoise wanted the right olives but was otherwise fresh, with proper restraint on the dressing. The risotto with mushrooms and chicken was a star: perfect texture and balanced flavors. Wines by the glass tasted a bit old, as though opened too long ago. Nevertheless, a fine lunch.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Central Bistro is a bit of a hidden gem, in large part because it is located on the second floor of a downtown office building, in the heart of Downtown Crossing. My friend and I were looking for something nice to try before going to the theatre. We both ordered the beef bourguignon and it was a fabulous meal. One of the best I've eaten in a long time. Simple, comfort food with a flair. The next time I have an excuse for an upscale lunch or am asked for a dinner recommendation in the area, I'll be looking forward to making another reservation.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Great spot for a Friday night dinner. The hostess could tell it was a date and offered us a table in a quieter room by windows overlooking downtown crossing. The bar and function rooms were busy so there was plenty of ambient noise. Would definitely go again. And having Tank 7 on tap is great.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Outstanding food, with a little something for everyone. Spacious and chic space.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2017

Central Bistro would be a perfect neighborhood restaurant, if only it were in a neighborhood! If it were a block from home, we'd go every week. Unfortunately its downtown location makes it less desirable for dinner, unless you happen to be shopping at Macy's. But still, it's great... nice atmosphere and service, good old-fashioned French bistro dishes, remarkably good prices. I just wish the fabulous macarons were still on the menu! It can be noisy at cocktail hour (weekdays after work) but you can request the back room, which is quieter. Central Bistro may be at its very best at lunch.

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2.0Dined on February 22, 2017

Pedestrian menu, my veggie burger was greasy, no ambiance.

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1.0Dined on February 16, 2017

We ordered the fried mushrooms, which were perfect. The deviled eggs were okay but had a weird aftertaste. We ordered the sausage board, which was absolutely awful. The chorizo was bone dry. The rice sausage fell apart. The duck sausage was also dry. The accompaniments were grossly underseasoned. When we complained to the manager, he simply ignored us and asked where we were from. Absolutely irrelevant. He proceeded to walk away abruptly. Truly a fantastically horrible example of customer service. I would not dine here again.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Great place; however, it took 30 minutes for a waiter to come to our table and that was only after I asked.

Aside from that, everything was great and the food was fantastic!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

I went to Central Bistro on valentines day. It was very easy to find and also is a very upscale restaurant. The food was amazing and the service was even better.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

The food was delicious! I recommend the salmon. The service was impeccable and atmosphere was fun and elegant.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2017

The waitstaff was helpful and friendly, but unfortunately, there was a large piece of tape in my chocolate mousse. They refunded our desserts which was the responsible thing to do, but I wouldn't recommend the restaurant to friends.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Delicious chocolate mousse cake! To die for! I'd come back just for that.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

We went to Central Bistro for a pre-theatre dinner and it was delightful. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable, the food was excellent, and the atmosphere was perfect for a date.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Came here for lunch with a friend. Food is good, tasty and good value. The menu is pretty traditional, nothing too adventurous or risk-taking. I think they could push the envelope more with the menu, but overall it was good. I would come back.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2017

We needed a quiet table, and they accommodated us well. Attentive service, great food, good choice.

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