Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro

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739 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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New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I’ve been there before and it was better then. Last night was average and prix fixe was overpriced. Service was spotty too

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New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day date night was perfect at Les Zygomates.

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WG
New England
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the live music, wine selection and the delicious food.

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M
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this spot for a nice night out with delicious dinner, great wines and live jazz. The service is excellent too!

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New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The only thing that was a negative is the banquet seating in a corner in smooshed up against the wall. It really limited mobility. Other than that all was good.

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New England
33 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good place for lunch -- only gave a 3 for ambiance as that one back room is very barrren and no where as nice as the rest of the place. It should be spruced up.

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for lunch with friends I had not seen in a long time (we live hundreds of miles apart) and we found the restaurant to be very quiet so we could catch up. We all ordered different food items and everyone was pleased with their lunch. We did not have any wine or beer but they were very attentive to refilling out water or iced tea drinks. I did not pay but the prices were very reasonable for a first class restaurant.
To get there I took the train from Providence where I was visiting other friends and the walk from South Station was very brief and easy. The Bostonians took the MTA from Cambridge so there were no parking issues.

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BM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent though a bit pricey. The waiter knew his wine and made good recommendations, butdidn't know the food and disappeared for long periods of time.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

The food was HORRIBLE. Service was good but potatoes were cold, steak frites was bad. Baked Brie was cold. Would not recommend.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant and incredibly good jazz every Saturday night with the Yoko Miwa Trio. Got there early and stayed through three sets. Excellent seats, good food and drinks and a fabulous live jazz band. Heaven!

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time here- my sister and I sat at the bar and had a great lunch- came in on the train so we needed someplace convenient to South Station, and it was. Our bartender was great, asked him about ordering some side dishes that were on the dinner menu- he was very happy to check availability for lunch. We will be back

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, decent food, not great. If you are going for the music make sure to ask for a table in that room.

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BR
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Not sure what happened, under staffed, or just bad service.
Why ask is if this is a special occasion, acknowledge when I arrive we have someones Birthday, however completely forget. Waiter came to the table, once to take order, deliver food and drop off check. We were never checked on during the meal.
Then to top it all off, the only desert that they forgot to bring out was the Birthday girls. We all waited thinking, hey maybe they are taking their time and going to do something special..maybe a candle? Nope, they just forgot about her.
Food was good. They did apologize and remove cost of desert. Not impressed.

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New England
34 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I enjoy this place more since it has been remodeled. Good service to get us and out as we were under a time crunch. Salads are nicely prepareded. Nice variety of menue options. The steat tip salad and steak frittes tends to be tough and not the best cut of meat. Good bread with wonderful butter. Nice jazz in the evenings.

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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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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
21 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
37 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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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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New England
148 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
34 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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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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New England
9 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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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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