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About Central Bistro

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.

101 Arch Street
Boston, MA 02110
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American

Hours of Operation:
Kitchen Hours:
Monday - Thursday 11am -10pm
Fridays 11am-11pm
Saturday: 5pm - 11pm

Cross Street:
34 Summer Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 737-1777

Website:
http://www.centralbistroboston.com/

Entertainment:
Going to the theatre or ballet? Stop by before or after and dine with us, we'd love to have you!

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)

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.

Public Transit:
We are located directly above the Downtown Crossing subway stop, which is on both the red and orange lines.

Executive Chef:
Chef de cuisine: Wilder Gomez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

Central Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.0

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (12)
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Good for Groups (9)
Business Meals (8)
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Comfort Food (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Casual (5)
Happy Hour (4)
People Watching (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Romantic (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Cozy (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Scenic View (1)
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Fun (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

I’ve been many times and always enjoy it. Service can be slow, so count on an additional amount of time if you’re in a hurry. (The table behind us was there for 10 minutes with no service at all until a diner got up and found someone.) My top layer of mussels were quite cold and the others warm, but I didn’t have time to send them back. I told the waiter when we got the check, but he didn’t really seem bothered by it. My friend’s eggs Benedict were great!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Mediocre food and inattentive waitstaff on evening of November 3rd, 2017.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Our first visit to Central Bistro. Good food, excellent service, attractive surroundings. Only down side (we're older, pre-theater) was the very loud noise coming from the bar. For someone looking for a lively bar scene, this would be a great choice. We would certainly go back, but would try to time it better.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Wonderful food and service!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Server was friendly and attentive. Nice space on the 2nd floor. The food? Meh. Pretty empty on Saturday night. Not sure if that's due to location or the food. Not a destination place.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our server was wonderful, attentive and nice, the kitchen was incredibly slow, and the food was okay but not terrific. The corn chowder was excellent, the risotto was tasty but very greasy, as was the mushroom flatbread (greasy).

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Good option for downtown Boston. Plus I live the ambience, as it feels like I'm not in Boston.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Busy lunchtime but food was great, staff was busy but attentive. Had a great meal.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Quality of food not as good as on several previous visits. Thick French toast was a very thin piece of bread 1/2" thick. Hamburger bun was not fresh. Very disappointing considering how happy I was on previous visits. Don't plan to eat there again.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We were there pre-theater. The ambience was lovely; the service prompt; the food was good and we had a nice view of the street and goings on below.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Dinner before a show. Never knew this place existed until I saw it on OpenTable. Nice atmosphere, cool cocktails. Yummy food. Waitress forgot our orders a few times and didn’t bring our bill until we asked 3 times, but overall a good experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Food was good. Changed fries with my steak to carrots and they charged $3. Based on cost of meal, I thought it was a bit chintzy. Also, with people trying to eat healthier, not a good look for restaraunt. Food was good anf would go back again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Central Bistro needs some resuscitation ! Many years ago it was my favorite neighborhood French Bistro that I would not be embarrassed to take guests to. Not anymore. I've given it many chances over the years and the service (servers seem very disinterested)and food have gone down hill . My daughter and I ordered the Rack of Lamb...."RACK"??? Two tiny chops came but actually they were 4 teeny chops with 2 each stuck together. Each chop was very thin and was basically 'one bite' each. This was our 'dinner entree'! The plate was covered with 8 -10 big slices of potatoes which took up the whole plate and made the serving look large. The sauce was good, as it should be at a french restaurant. My appetizer was Burrata with Fig jam (mind you , figs are in season now) and the small plate came with a clump of burrata and maybe a teaspoon of fig jam-pathetic. We were very hungry when we left. Unless I hear they have changed the kitchen staff, we will not be back. these were not lamb lollipops, it was called a 'rack'!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Went to this restaurant for a pre-theater dinner. Lots of good choices in appetizers and small plates. We shared several. Waitress was attentive but seemed to be trying to rush us a bit. Beautiful setting and great crowd. Would definitely come back.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Our reservations were for 5:00PM and although the restaurant was quiet then, there were soon a lot of groups coming in for dinner. We were in a bit of a hurry to get to the baseball game. They were short staffed - it took quite a while for us to get our meals while other tables were served before us. So, a bit disjointed and the food is good but not memorable, but it's a good and convenient restaurant for this area and I will go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very nice location close to the Boston Opera House. Parking close by. Entrance is around the corner from the 101 Arch St address. Food and apps came without a long wait. Dishes were yummy. Time flew by as it was easy to chat and the booth was very comfy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Food was great and service was outstanding.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

This is one of my regular spots for business lunches with colleagues and networking potentials. The menu isn't overwhelming and changes with season. There's something for most dietary restrictions, if not just ask your server and they'll make something for you.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Went for lunch on a Friday at noon. We were seated promptly. Food was quick to arrive after ordering. The food was spiced well and not too salty. Main issue though was the consistent rather breezy air circulation which seemed a bit more than needed and ended up cooling off the food too quickly (possibly because it's such a large open space.)
If planning to eat quickly and not converse, the moving air would be fine. However, to converse and not rush, the freshly prepared food cooled off way too quickly due to the continuous breeze. I didn't get to fully enjoy the freshly cut fries since, though they arrived hot, they were room temp in less than 5 minutes. Also, the vegetarian burger I got had a red pepper sauce on top, which I would have preferred on the side since it made the base item soggy pretty quickly, which made it mushy.
Also was a bit more noisy than expected, but overall a very nice experience with friendly attentive staff, a varied menu and thankfully vegetarian options, which I greatly appreciated.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Very pretty restaurant, with good food and smashing desserts.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

French bistro at the center of downtown crossing , what a hidden Jem , great food with fresh ingridents priced reasonably , comfortable decor open and airy with French flair …
Great service , food , and ambiance . Excellent place to meet friends and have great lunch and great time …

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Authentic, Fun, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Healthy, Casual, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Very nice restaurant, food was good, waitress was very friendly

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Pathetic as far as a restaurant goes. Staff were friendly and expeditious but the food was not as advertised and the ambience was non-existent. I ordered the Panko-crusted cod and what I got was neither Panko-crusted (floured and fried instead), nor cod (flounder instead).

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Central Bistro is an ordinary place convenient to downtown crossing. The menu is varied and the pricing is reasonable and it's a good place for a business lunch. Nothing special but not bad.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We went to Central Bistro for an early pre-theater dinner. The food was quite good, sort of avant-garde French. I had a hangar steak, with fires, which was cooked perefectly. We also started off with a burrata and avocado deviled eggs, which were also sumptuous. My wife had a salad with salmon on top, which while good, was not great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The seasonal pasta and flatbreads were outstanding -- cooked perfectly and wonderful blend of flavors. The service always is excellent at Central Bistro, and the servers are friendly and patient. Love the place!

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

I've eaten here twice so far for pre-theater dining and will definitely return. Both times our food was delicious, hearty and satisfying. It's a bit confusing to find the entrance - the restaurant is on the 2nd floor of any office building overlooking Downtown Crossing/Macy's. The first set of doors was locked, but security guided us to the 2nd set of doors to access the escalators. The restaurant is a big space that on our first visit was quite busy, less so on our 2nd visit (though both were Saturday nights). I'd recommend allowing for plenty of time for pre-theater just in case they get slammed with many tables at the same time.. And bring your appetite. It doesn't appear to be a large menu, but you may have trouble deciding on just one thing. The french onion soup was hearty and flavorful - my favorite. Order the french fries, you know you want to and they're worth it. Crab cakes are small but filling. May have been a bit charred on the edges but I didn't complain - was still delicious. The deviled eggs have a sneaky bite. Mom loved her chicken cordon bleu. I'm not a drinker anymore so I can't comment on the drinks though it appears to be a huge selection of wines. Will definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Everything we ate was delicious! Great snacks/apps for sharing, delicious entrees...wonderful spot for a nice meal en route to the theaters ... we dined early, so it was extremely quiet when we got there, which made us wary, but people streamed in, and once there was more activity, the vibe was really quite enjoyable - great decor, awesome bar set-up. Overall a great spot, can't wait to return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Good food, really cute bar! I got the grilled cheese and cheddar mashed potatoes, it was very tasty. I want to return to have drinks at the bar next time.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2017

I have never had a bad meal here. Caesar Salad and shrimp - delicious. All 3 of us finished our meal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Most of the food was exquisite, although the Chicken Cordon Bleu lacked sufficient cheese. Good value for the quality, agreeable experience.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2017

For a great business lunch in a casual environment with terrific food, no place is better. Outstanding in every category.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 28, 2017

This is my most recent lunch at Central Bistro. I have never had a bad meal here. I got the cobb salad with shrimp. The salad was good but the grilled shrimp were wonderful. Fresh and cooked perfectly - still warm. Everyone ate everything on their plate so all four of us enjoyed the meal.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Had a great time with generous cocktails, fun cheese/meat board, good quality sandwiches, friendly service. Our children were treated well and we had a great time prior to attending a theatrical performance that evening.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

I had Salmon Benedict. The eggs were completely overcooked. The dish was described on the menu as using smoked salmon, which I do not care for so I requested grilled salmon instead. I got 'poached' eggs on an English muffin with a huge serving of grilled salmon on the side!!

My lunch companion enjoyed her meal immensely.

Perhaps my advice is to just stick to the menu, no substitutions. They can't handle it...

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Central Bistro was amazing! My wife and I had delicious dinner and dessert. The staff provided exceptional service! We will definitely return!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Late afternoon lunch/dinner. Great service. Food was very good. This is a repeat visit and we were not disappointed

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Good for happy hour or before the theater for nearby location.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Scallops were excellent. Must try the baked Alaska! Although they did not set it on fire at the table, it was stll very enjoyable.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2017

One of my favorites for lunch. I always order the same thing (I love omelets for lunch) but other people's orders look good also. I like the omelet because I can pick the mixins and because it is served with roasted potatoes rather than fries. The downtown location is very convenient. The first time I was there I was with a group and we were in an isolated location that I have not seen since.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Groups
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