Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro

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725 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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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Offering a 3-course, prix fixe menu for $80/guest with add-on wine pairing package for $40/guest, as well as 3 bands, champagne and menu specials and more!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 725 People Are Saying
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New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Outstanding meal special of Australian lamb prepared perfectly. The Yoko Miwa Trio performing made this evening memorable.Thanks.

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SP
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely jazz. Excellent food. Very nice space

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Undiscovered gem

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service from Kenneth and other restaurant staff.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We were unable to get a 4:30 reservation online because the kitchen was closed we requested it online. The manager called to explain that only the bar menu was available so early. But we had a ferry to catch so needed to dine early. He obliged to seat us early for bar fare. When we arrived waitress told us we could order simpler dishes off the full menu. Enjoyed $1 oysters and found most every entree we requested was available. Haddock was delicious. Turned out the waitress was also tending bar. But she dual tracked well.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Fillet tasted very gamy w/ too much pepper (potentially attempting to mask gaminess).

Too many menu selections containing dairy, albeit they did manage to accommodate successfully.

Was served our glass of champagne (1/3-glass) to toast the new year at 8:30PM!

Overpriced prix fixe meal.

The original side of restaurant had a talented; although, very mellow band considering NYE (practically singing in the dark).

Primary stage needs a partial barrier to improve balance/blend of instruments.

Avoid the smoky peach cocktail (yes – should have known better).

Last call was considerably earlier that advertised.

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DM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always such lovely food and experience!

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SJ
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five stars for sure! For an evening transported to a Paris café, Les Zygomates can't be beat. Food is authentic and terrific, with interesting French flavors and presentation. Our group of seven loved the Brie Galette appetizer, the rack of lamb special, the lobster bisque, the steak frites, and everything else we had! Wine list runs several pages. Jazz music was interesting and enjoyable. Charming, sophisticated and comfortable. Can't wait to go back!

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C
New England
41 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My dining companion said it best: "This reminds me of a NY restaurant." Wonderful cozy, intimate atmosphere, good food and wine, excellent service, and kick-a$ live music. We sat down to the popular standard songs of Shinichi Otzu on piano, and after a break he was followed by stellar jazz from the Ed Lucie trio. I had a grilled Caesar Salad which wasn't my cup of tea, I confess, but the lobster Mac n Cheese was almost perfect (a tad overcooked but otherwise flavorful, cheesy, with a buttery crumb topping and plenty of lobster). My dining companion has dietary restrictions but was more than satisfied with her onion soup (minus breading) and her Salad Nicoise with the tuna cooked through (both her specific requests). The food took awhile to come but it hardly mattered when the entertainment was so pleasing. My friend and I had a nice leisurely meal and never felt rushed (okay it was vacation week on a Thursday so maybe a little slower than usual, but still). Our server was pleasant and helpful. This is probably my favorite restaurant in Boston for the overall experience--I wish I lived closer to come more often and be a regular at the bar, enjoying the live music that should be more common in Boston's restaurant scene.

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M
New England
36 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Ambiance and food were great. We loved the live music.. really made the night extra special. Can’t wait to go back!

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Large portions for dinner main (lamb dish). Was somewhat dry, but huge lamb chop. Also dollar oysters were not the best, but it is what you get for the price

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New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way!

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TK
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great music snd wait stsff is awesome. Loved the escargot!

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o
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice place with good food and a vibrant ambiance.
Any French restaurant serving "Fourme d'Ambert" on their cheese plate is definitely authentic.
Nice selection of wines, entrees (steak Frites, Norwegian salmon) were perfectly cooked and nicely presented.

Hostess did a terrific job to find us one of her best tables; thank you so much. Her friendly and professional welcome unfortunately contrasted with our waitress, who had a very arrogant attitude. Oh welll...

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G
New England
147 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

On a bitterly cold evening we dined at Les Zygomates. Our waiter greeted us and took our wine order. He poured and I tasted. He filled everyone’s glass but mine. I have small pet peeves. Reaching across one diner to set another’s place. Too many pickled mushrooms in the beef tartar. Had to flag down waiter to tell us what cheese was on our board. Small complaints but overall a good meal.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always end up here on my layovers to Boston. Great food and awesome service.

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BY
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always leave Les Zygomates happy. If you are looking for fantastic food (lunch or dinner), an extensive wine list, live music and friendly, knowledgeable service Les Zygomates is the perfect choice. Friends, family, dates or business you will not be disappointed.

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FB
New England
32 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

wonderful music for dinner, good food and service. The fod was not as hot as it should have been and it seemed that it was sitting for awhile; otherwise, I would have given a higher rating. When you pay this much it should come out hot. The waiter was very good and helpful with food and wine recommendations. Once dinner was finished it took quite awhile to get our check which was my only complaint with the service. Since les Z has been decorated, I enjoy it for dinner much more as it is cozy in the dining room where the music is played. Tis is one of the few places with great dining "live" music where you can have a nice conversation.

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GH
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only place in Boston with great jazz AND great food.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal hosting a colleague from out of town. He has become a friend and it was great to have a delicious dinner with such excellent service. The servers worked hard to make it a really nice evening and I appreciate that very much!

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N
New England
51 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! Great live music almost every night and plenty of options for quieter or more lively dining. Creative bar menu. Nice people. Great neighborhood spot as well as special occasion spot.

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d
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was fine, no complaints there. But once again, we confronted an out of date wine list with no longer available vintages with prices unchanged to reflect the substitution of more recent vintages. Has this become a common ploy just about everywhere in Boston?

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TC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Server was very nice but overworked. Excess “dead time”—- my wife’s steak frites was basically too tough to chew. My “cordon bleu” was not! I travel to Paris very often and know French cuisine. We were entertaining friends from out of town and were extremely disappointed with the food. We live in the Back Bay and eat out often. We hoped to hear the jazz while eating—- instead we were forced to listen to some random radio station. Why not pipe the live jazz into the restaurant???
We had a nightcap in the bar area— very nice music—-enjoyable

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KO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good, as it always is. Service was seriously lacking.

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't believe it's taken me this long to find this gem. From their "happy hour" oysters (mon-fri until 7:00), to their delicious appetizers (we had the tuna tartar and escargot) and entrees (we shared the Steak Frites), everything was fantastic. Staff was friendly and attentive. Atmosphere was great. I can't wait to go back!

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M
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I generally like this restaurant a lot. However, the second time in a row I had waiters of mixed attentiveness. Two out of three dishes were different than ordered and had to be sent back to the kitchen.

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AV
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic live music, excellent drink menu, and a very friendly, exciting atmosphere.

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IL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a couples evening out. Some dishes were more successful than others, the live performance was a plus pending taste in music.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancée and I had our first date night as an engaged couple last night at Les Zygomates. Vanessa was an incredible server. She charged my fiancée’s phone for her while we ate! The wine selection was great. The escargot was perfect. The foie gras was the best we’ve had in Boston. And we shared the lamb special - a stunning dish. I can’t say enough about how great the whole experience was. We agreed as we were walking out that we would be back. It was far and away the best dining experience we’ve had in Boston together.

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j
New England
38 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately we experienced sub par service and a very very noisy party next to us which frankly ruined the evening. The menu is good and varied and the prices reasonable. We had not been there in about 15 years and probably won’t return any time soon. Our party of four all felt he same way.

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DS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Les Zyg never disappoints. Service was a little clunky to begin with as we ordered several courses based on the direction of the menu. It's didn't come out at the proper times as asked, but management was on top of everything and our server was quick to fix our problems. Food and wine were fantastic as always, and Les Zyg will always be one our favorite restaurants in Boston. We never leave disappointed. Thank you for a great experience.

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G
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were early for our reservation in the main dining room so we sat in the bar area. I asked the hostess to let us know when our table was ready and stated the time of our reservation. We waited way past our reservation time even though the dining room was not busy. After we were seated, the service was much improved,the food was good with generous portions. I would recommend Les Zygomates especially having drinks and food in the bar area.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The music is excellent. Kevin So with Fabio on percussion were fabulous.

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W
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Les Z is always wonderful! The live jazz piano and later in the evening trio beautifully complement the great food.

Discovered the valet parking, which makes this a snap for suburbanites.

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k
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Les Zygomates never disappoints. Food is great, service is reliable and unobtrusive, ambiance is inviting, music is very good.

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S
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Always love Les Zygomates for gathering with friends over a great glass of wine while listening to music.
Thanks! Helen

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DH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Crowded table for 5 despite reservation. Service was so slow there was no time for coffee or birthday cake before trains. 1st course salad was too big. Oysters arrived with no knowledge of which was which.

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JD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal before Hamilton at Les Zyg! Our host Joe and greeted us warmly and our server Javier was patient, attentive, and fun! The food was spectacular and my teenage girls devoured their dinners of roasted salmon and cheese ravioli. My wife absolutely loved her scallops. My meal blew me away — duck milanese! Who does that? Absolutely dynamite meal and experience.

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G
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant at a great location with great service at a good price

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BV
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good atmosphere, good band, great food, friendly stuff, great service

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