Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro

4.4
680 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Live Music
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
Tucked away on quiet South Street, just steps from South Station and the
Financial District, Les Zygomates boasts a French bistro motif and menu, and extensive wine list for your dining pleasure. A full bar is also available, as is a bar menu for lighter bites in one of our two bar areas. Live jazz is featured Tuesday through Saturday nights.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Seafood, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;

Fall/Winter Dinner Hours: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00 PM, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00 PM

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Phone number
(617) 542-5108
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Guara Pimenta
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Beach Street
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Parking details
Valet Parking is available Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5:00pm. Metered street parking is available daily (please refer to all signage) as are local garages (on Essex between South and Atlantic, on Beach at Lincoln St, and on South at Kneeland)
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Public transit
South Station is a block and a half away; Close to both Downtown Crossing and Chinatown Stations as well.
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Entertainment
Live jazz Tuesday through Saturday nights in our Jazz Bar and Dining Room. No cover. See www.winebar129.com for monthly schedule or our Facebook page for weekly / nightly updates.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

Private Dining

For groups of 20-150, Les Zygomates has three dining rooms and two bars available for private events. For everything from corporate lunches and dinners to weddings, we have a space that will fit your specific needs.

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What 680 People Are Saying
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WB
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

For our party of three, our service was not good. Although the waitress was very nice, she was also the bartender. We had to wait quite a bit to either get our food or her attention. The fries came out cold for two of our meals and the tuna tartare did not offer much fish on the plate. The steak was not very tender. The music was a bit loud for the room with the first performer not that great, yet the trio was good. Nice ambiance/decor in the bar area.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The lobster mac and cheese had one tiny morsel of lobster so I got steak instead. Management brought out the steak and made a bill adjustment without any fuss. Greatly appreciated!

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New England
35 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

A good place for drinks and listening to the piano, but the food was just OK and over priced.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and and service. Highly recommend sitting in the jazz room.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great time listening to live jazz with excellent cocktails ! $1 oyster happy hour was just a bonus!

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London
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went there to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Food was very well presented and great. Also the jazz music was awesome! Would definitely go back.

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New England
50 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Shaff knew it was our anniversary and treated us to glasses of champagne and free coffee and desert. Very thoughtful and much. Appreciated.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The live jazz music was nice but certainly made it loud. They were great about asking ahead about where I wanted to be seated. The mussels, steak, salads, and ravioli were all delicious. The service was great!

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BB
New England
81 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. I had onion soup which was not too salty and had nice layer of cheese. Enjoyed the scallops tremendously, and the desserts were generously proportioned. The place was not busy even though we were there 7 pm on a Friday night. Not sure why because everyone in our party enjoyed their meals. Our waitress was a bit slow.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Tasty food, but abysmal food service.

Kitchen took a long time to get food out.

Our waiter was inattentive and absent for the duration of our meal. He never introduced himself, or took any measures to make my boyfriend and I feel welcomed. He only showed up to put down utensils and leave shortly thereafter. The other time he showed up, my boyfriend had to flag him down to ask where our entrees are. I understand that restaurant week makes things busier, but that does not excuse nor justify the long waits we had to endure nor should our waiter be blaming everything on it and not do anything to alleviate the issue.

Food was very good and delicious. The gazpacho was light and refreshing while the calamari was hot, spicy and full of flavor! The blackened tuna I had was absolutely delicious but my boyfriend thought his steak frittes was average. We agreed that dessert was average fare.

What was not so great, awful and miserable actually was how long it took to get food. Twenty minutes for appetizers, an hour after appetizers (1hr 20min after we placed our order) for entrees, another 40 for dessert (2hr after placing order). We ended having, not choosing, to stay 2.5hrs (most of which was waiting) just to finish our meal.

I wish music would have made the wait more bearable. Instead the offerings that night (August 18th) was subpar. I have heard better street musicians throughout Boston.

Thankfully there was one redeeming factor for tonight. The manager recognized how unacceptable our experience was and offered us complimentary drinks as to apologize. Small gestures mean so much, so thanks to him for that. I wish I got good name to give him a shout out.

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K
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Very unimpressed with the appetizers and entrees. Dessert was okay. Will not be back. Not worth the price tag by any means.

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J
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Decided to try this place during dine out Boston. The ambiance was good-the bar and seating area is separated. At first when I walked in, I thought it was going to be a loud restaurant but our host walked us over to the seating area which was surprisingly quieter. Our waiter was amazing! He joked with us, checked with us in a timely fashion and kept us updated on our dishes. Other than the place being a little hard to find (google maps was glitching around that area probably because of the tall buildings?) and street parking can be frustrating; overall experience was awesome!

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The menu had a few items you won't find at most restaurants and were delicious. The service was excellent; not rushed. Live jazz music was nice too (a bit loud though in case you are looking for a quiet outing).

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Very much enjoyed our dine out Boston experience! Would definitely come back. Appreciated not feeling rushed. Loved the musicians!!

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J
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic scallops and ravioli. Ashley, the bartender, makes the Rolls Royce of espresso martinis. We will be back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was mediocre. Steak tartare wasn’t anything to write home about. The beef wasn’t the worst but certainly wasn’t the best quality. Their presentation was pretty poor with chips scattered everywhere. I had the blacken tuna and it was basically just 4 small sliver of tuna (not super great quality) on top of a salad. My GF had the steak frites which was better than your typical skirt steak frites. The creme brûlée is on par or better than others in the states

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ES
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food but so noisy hard to have a conversation

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BF
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I hadn't been to Zygomates in several years, but it used to be my romantic go-to restaurant with my husband. I went this time with a friend for Restaurant Week, and wow, this place has changed a lot. Portion sizes of food are smaller, cocktail list is shorter, and the decor I loved is gone. The elegant red drapes on the walls that made it intimate and romantic are gone, and the bare brick walls are covered with strange hipster art. Also missing are the wine labels that wallpapers the bathrooms. The crowd there was different too, much more casually dressed. The menus are laminated, and well, it's still a nice place to go eat, but it's lost a lot of romantic ambience I remembered. I miss James, who was always our server, however, Carlos, who served us that evening was very lovely and attentive. I'd probably love this place if I didn't have nostalgic memories of how it used to be, and I'm sure you will like it just fine.

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BS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed dinner and a bottle of wine, while listening to the Jazz trio. The food was excellent. I had the daily special, and it was the best, most tender, juicy duck breast I have had in a long time. Service is friendly and efficient.

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DS
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was very good but service was a disaster. Very rude and unprofessional waiter who largely ignored the table. After a very long wait we finally got our food, but it was the entrees, not the appetizers. Given all the inconvenience I was surprised management did not reach out and offer anything to acknowledge the situation.

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A
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

I think bartender can be more attentive to all customers. She talked too much to one party while other groups waited. Waiter (bald guy) was great! Very polite and considerate. Food was delicious. However, 2 out of 6 oysters were bad. Cooks should be more attentive to that as it can make people sick. Steak frites and chicken plates were outstanding. Music and ambiance added a nice layer to the very charming restaurant.

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BL
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I really enjoy LZ (year after year) because it’s an adult venue in a sea of otherwise mediocre-to-lousy downtown restaurants/bars. This place is always solid: the service, the food, the wine. Plus, it’s nice to see the same faces (bartender). Our waiter (although he started out almost hypnotically loud—and the restaurant wasn’t full?!?) was ultimately very good and fun to hang with as the evening progressed. I’ll keep going back, for sure.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Bartender was not knowledgeable about any of the wines or foods. We came early (shortly after opening) and had planned on having dinner there but left after ordering an appetizer. Maybe an off night but wasn’t a great experience.

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BF
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere! We were originally seated on the dining side as requested as we were there for a full meal. However, it wasn't what I was expecting after having been to the bar side before. There were white table cloths and bright lights and since we were there on a Monday, there was only 1 server for about 10 tables so had to wait a bit to put in an appetizer order. After going to the restroom and seeing the bar side (much more romantic and such a better atmosphere with live acoustic) we asked to switch over. The service on the bar side was outstanding and so attentive, especially compared to the dinner side. The food was amazing and the timing for delivery of items was perfectly spaced. We had a great time there!

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

Very friendly environment with superior food and great service. Saturday night music is second to none with The Yoko Miwa Trio playing jazz. Certainly a favorite and a go to restaurant for a fine evening of dining.

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M
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great trio on Saturday night. Food was delicious and valet parking was convenient and quick.

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PO
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

food and service very good. our seating wad eccellent as was the music. yoko came by to chat and wish happy birthday.

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KD
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For my grandmother 70th birthday, we decided to have her try something new. She is extremely picky of where she eats, and I was afraid she might not like it. Words cannot explain, but service and food was amazing; especially this being our first experience. Grandma has been telling all her friends about Les Zygomates and how much she enjoyed herself. If she was happy, then we are all happy.

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Our daughter had just arrived from NYC so LZ was a great place nearby South Station.
If I’m not mistaken our waiter had just smoked a cigarette when he first arrived at our table. Not a good first impression.

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DJ
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The manager was a gentleman and comped us for an inedible appetizer. Should have tipped the waiter, cut our losses and left at that point, but we stayed. And regretted it. Probably a fine place to grab a drink after work, if you’re in the area, but you’d be better served looking elsewhere for food.

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M
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat near the live jazz. Great food, wonderful service, very French, and nice prices for large portions.

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k
New England
24 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere..we wanted to avoid the live music so sat behind the bar area. Colin, our server, was attentive and very helpful. The food was wonderful.

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

One of the best venues for jazz in Boston. No cover for fine musicians (leave a nice tip! ) One suggestion for restaurant, place the larger/louder parties further away from music side of the room

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Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! Great service! Beautiful music! Our appetizers were fantastic! The mains were delicious. We shared a s’mores dessert. It was a little too sweet for us but other then that perfect night!

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M
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dinner with live jazz! Highly recommend coming for happy hour (bar only) and trying the amazing seafood!!

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Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service. Good food. I would recommend it to friends.

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d
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Live jazz is always a great addition to dinner! Great bread and olive oil prior to dinner, extensive wine list of bottles and glasses, and delicious entrees. Had to talk a big louder to hear across the table (there were 6 of us) during live music, but still worth it!

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MJ
New England
42 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice for lunch

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SL
Denver
105 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here every time as I leave Boston. Les Zyg is a short cab ride away from Logan. My flights tend to be around 7:00 PM so visiting Les Zyg for oysters/wine or for dinner before heading home is perfect. There is a cab rank at South Station, a two minutes walk away, and then it's a 15-20 minute ride to Logan.

So much for convenience. Now for the restaurant itself: It's excellent. Great selection of wines by the glass, $1 oysters at the bar during happy hour. Dinner is always well-prepared and is French-bistro like. Service is friendly and efficient. Rooms (there are two) are nicely decorated. Tables are quite close.

Jazz in the evenings. You can sit in one room with the music or the other room without.

Great restaurant and a great way to end a trip to Boston.

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J
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved it! The food was so interesting and nicely prepared and presented. The wait staff was attentive but but not oppressive. My cocktail was yummy!
The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was much of the “artwork”. There were large commercial drawings of women’s faces and upper chests seductively staring
out at the diners. The pictures looked like something an 18 year old boy would have in his dorm room. This restaurant is much more on the classy cool side to have such cheap, unappealing art. I am very much looking forward to my next dinner there but would ask not to have one of those “ women “ looking at me.

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