Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro

4.4
701 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Seafood, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Fall/Winter Dinner Hours
Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Dinner
Mon 5:30 pm–9:00 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, Gender Neutral Restroom, 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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Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will be offering two reservation windows: reservations can be made from 5pm - 6:30pm or 8:15pm - 10:30pm. A prix fixe menu package will be required for all reservations (price TBA).

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 701 People Are Saying
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TC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
34 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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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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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
4 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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GW
New England
54 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Not sure what was wrong that night in the kitchen but the only truly good thing was live music. Place is still good, however, this review is a “going down” alert. We love this place and have been coming here for years: great jazz and great food. The jazz was great. The food was just okay. A $46 special steak had sliced truffles - nice touch, but was lacking flavor and wasn’t the right cut. Steak frites, their signature dish, wasn’t much better, with price for the worst entree of the night going to a great looking, but virtually unbeatable tuna. Appetizers were okay with, as everyone who tried it said, “the worst escargot ever tasted”. I had to go to the bar to order wine myself (the one st the entrance!) because our waiter was in a hurry. The place was not even busy on that Friday night. In any case, we will probably return but mostly for music. They have to do something about their cooking soon....

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DM
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a business lunch there this past week. Service was very good. It quiet enough for business conversation with a group of 6.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had our first anniversary dinner at Les Zyg after having our wedding reception there a year ago. Everything was excellent.

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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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YC
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A luxurious and pleasant restaurant with a complementary Jazz band.
A refined French menu with a pleasant jazz band that complement the overall setting.
Fun and cozy.

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E
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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D
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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D
London
11 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
51 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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W
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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