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Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro

4.5
624 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
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Parking details
Valet Parking is available Monday through Saturday starting at 5:30pm. 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.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, 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 624 People Are Saying
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4.1
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4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on September 20, 2016

Food excellent. Service a little slow. Wife had a good sirloin, I had the Fruits de Mer, really good.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Great but very loud jazz music. Luckily the restaurant is big enough to sit far away from it.

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2016

Live music was great. It has a wide variaty of wines for decent prices. Already recommended it to a friend.

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4.0Dined on September 14, 2016

Food and service excellent but noise level was too high.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2016

Great food, ambiance and music!

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4.0Dined on September 10, 2016

Amazing. Very romantic, cool atmosphere. Fantastic music that's why it was loud. Loved it

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4.0Dined on September 7, 2016

We had the Happy Hour oysters but didn't think they were anything special. Lobster bisque looked impressive but didn't have much lobster. The chicken was tender and tasty.

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3.0Dined on September 6, 2016

I hate to say it, but my most recent business lunch at Les Zygomates was a huge disappointment, particularly since my guest had never been there before and I chose it, despite my concern, based on recent visits, that it is not what it used to be.

I should have trusted my instincts. My Cobb salad consisted of romaine lettuce that was not fresh, a flavorless grilled chicken breast (or more accurately, what looked like half of one after it had been butterflied), half of a roma tomato cut in two, a hard-boiled egg, lardons that were entirely too hard to eat, and bleu cheese dressing that tasted like it came out of a food-service container. It was not exactly worth the $15 charge. My guest ordered a club sandwich that looked like it came from a cafeteria, complete with a large piece of aluminum foil stuck to the underside.

The latest changes to the menu are not additions. The standard fish entrees are gone, having been replaced by specials (which I would not order on a Monday, since they are likely to be leftover from the previous weekend) and in once instance, a rigatoni dish that was on the Sorriso / Bel Ari menu before it closed. That dish looked out of place on the menu of a restaurant that portrays itself as a French bistro.

I have dined at Les Zygomates at least once a month on average for the past 10 years, but since it came under new ownership and employed a new chef, the quality of the food has declined substantially. This latest meal may well have been my last one there.

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4.0Dined on September 2, 2016

Welcoming wine bar/ bistro. Food was excellent; well balanced, good sized portions. Wine selection was varied. Jazz musicians maintained an energetic but not hyper atmosphere. The waitstaff were the most varied experience. Host was friendly and quick. Water service/expediter was unsmiling, lacking all enthusiasm when speaking, and awkward when placing/removing dishes. Waiter was helpful when choosing dishes, but after taking order returned to table only twice in 90 minutes; had to flag him down to finally get check.
Would go again for atmosphere and food, and just hope for an improved service personnel.

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4.0Dined on September 1, 2016

Great food, good atmosphere and service. I would recommend this to anyone.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2016

While there were many seats available at 8 pm on a Sat. , the Host sat us in the bar area where a jazz quartet was playing. Music was good, the Lobster crepe was rich and delicious, and the wine list was extensive.

Good service and I would definitely recommend a visit when you are in town.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2016

One of best meals I have had. Chicken moist and skin delicious. Started with excellent Lobster Bisque. Terrific desserts.
Top service. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2016

I've been to Les Zygomates before and been very impressed with the freshness and quality of the food and the variety of the wine list. Last time I went for the Restaurant Week menu and the salmon was bland and bit overcooked, which for a 40 dollar meal was a bit disappointing. The music is always great and this is a cool date spot, but maybe skip the salmon? The small plates, salads and appetizers are all great, as is the wine.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2016

Celebrated our friend's birthday on the restaurant week.
Staff was great and very friendly!
Food was outstanding!
Live music, artwork and spacing! Very comfortable and romantic!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2016

What a hidden gem! It was a perfect bistro! Cannot believe I have not been there before!

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2016

Always a great spot for a quick sit-down lunch. The steak frites, in particular the frites, is fantastic.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2016

Les Zygomates never fails to impress. Great vibe!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2016

I have been going to Les Zygomates for over 15 years and i never regret it. I take friends there quite often and they usually have a lovely time. It is indeed a wonderful place.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2016

As always this restaurant is very good. The service was perfect. The food is delicious. It's pricey. $30+ for 3 sea scallops - really delicious, but a little high.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2016

5 years ago we had our wedding reception at Les Zyg, and decided to return to celebrate our anniversary. We had heard that the management had changed, so we had some reservations, but beyond some different decor it seemed more or less unchanged. The service was excellent - it was relatively quiet due to bad weather, so we were looked after by the shift manager as well as our waiter. We also received a champagne toast and appetizers on the house in honor of the occasion - a lovely surprise! My husband ordered the rack of lamb, which was cooked perfection (i.e. not overdone). I ordered the lobster roe fettuccine which was as decadent as it sounds. By the end we were completely stuffed, but we did take home a slice of lemon raspberry cake. Yum! Beyond the food, the other highlight of the evening was the live music. Yoko Miwa's trio laid down charts of varying styles effortlessly - it was a thrill to take them in. In short, if you're looking for a wonderful dining experience a little off the well-worn restaurant paths of Boston, then Les Zyg is for you.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2016

Les Z. was recommended for a downtown business lunch, near South Station, by a friend. It's a nice place, good to very good service and a nice ambience. Can't speak to dinner or any other meal. The food was very good, but portions of tuna on the salad Nicoise could have been more generous. Also, first Nicoise I've had that did not feature potatoes. These are quibbles, under the circumstances. I would definitely recommend this place for a business lunch or lunch with a friend. It's not cheap, but you're downtown and it's a nice place with good service.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2016

Staff was more than accommodating. The music was excellent not too loud just right. The food was great, better than I expected.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2016

We went here before we had to catch the train to New York. The service was great and the food was fantastic. Great assortment of food and our waiter was attentive and came by often to check on us. We sat in the quiet dining room, which was nice but we are looking forward to going back soon to sit in the jazz dining room and listen to the music.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2016

Tough to find parking. Wonderful jazz from Yoko Miwa Trio. Attentive service.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2016

Three of us recently for lunch with a friends - good food (we had trout, salmon, and a seafood dish w/ quinqua (I love it but can't spell it) - , nice table in a small well laid out room - nice small bar (quiet and comfortable at lunch; active at night)

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2016

We had a perfect evening last Saturday when we came to Les Zygomates to celebrate our son's graduation from MIT's Master's Program. The service was superb. Each meal a delight. Everything was perfect. I highly recommend it. We came to the neighborhood a little early and walked around the Greenway which was fun. Then down to the Leather District to the restaurant. Great evening!

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2016

Great restaurant with live music (jazz trio). We loved the seabass special and the salmon entree. Great charcuterie plate as appetizer.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2016

Food was delicious, waitstaff were very attentive, but the scheduled featured jazz music for that evening was cancelled, and they didn't mention that until we were seated, which was the whole reason I booked it in the first place. Luckily they did have a jazz pianist to play for the evening, but I was disappointed.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2016

We used to go here 20 years ago so it was a trip down memory lane...though now much bigger. Loved the jazz and the ambiance. The appetizers were great but the steak frites was so-so. The wine list was decent. In terms of service, it was fine--nothing bad, nothing outstanding, but we were more there for the jazz, wine, and ambiance.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2016

Lively bistro with nightly jazz. Good french cuisine.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

We were there in May 2016. Good choices in the menu. everybody at our table was very happy with their appetizer and main course. Dishes were well prepared and nicely presented. A great selection of wine. Our server was very friendly and did a great job. The jazz music was nice and too noisy. Great place for dinning if you are willing to pay about $100 PP.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2016

Nice spot! Get a corner table for romance!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2016

From the moment we arrived we were treated with very good service. We were welcomed with my request of 2 glasses of champagne. There were no West Coast oysters available but the East Coast ones were very good. Music was a pleasure. They took requests from my wife but I wished they would have done a bit less of the "old school wedding" tunes. Bottom line, I'll be back.

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2.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Our server had to look after the whole entire room and it was clear that he was overwhelmed by all the tables. He forgot a lot of the things that we asked for, and even got my order wrong. It was Mother's Day and there were tables open with a view of the live band, however, we were seated in a corner of the next room, with absolutely no view of the band. I would not come back to the restaurant as the food was very mediocre. I expected more for a place that offered a special menu for brunch.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Food was pretty good, nice a la carte selection on Mother's Day. Very nice to have that instead of a brunch or prix fixe menu. Live jazz music was also nice, and wasn't too loud. The only issue was pretty slow service when it wasn't really that packed. I'd be back for the food but only if I'm not starving.

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1.0Dined on May 8, 2016

My husband reserved for Mother's brunch and this pretty much ruined our day. They were not prepared for the service. At one point had to flag down a hostess to ask if we were ever going to be served! Had eaten here in the past but will never come back and we loved it. After sitting at our table for for almost 25 minutes with no server our instinct was to get up and leave which we should have done. Not sure what happened to this place but it wasn't a change for the best.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

I celebrated Mother's Day here for brunch. I loved the French bistro decor and menu and enjoyed the music in both the bar and dining room. One of the few restaurants with live music.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2016

We checked out this restaurant while visiting Boston. The menu was somewhat limited but everything we got was great. After a brief mixup on who our sever would be, the service was good. The food was slow to arrive but we were enjoying the music so we didn't mind. The atmosphere was excellent.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2016

Initially our table was in a very noisy location and server kept wandering off.
My husband had to find maitre de and we were relocated to a more congenial and quiet table and the new server was very focussed. Small food issues were addressed immediately. We were a party of 6. Food was delicious!

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2016

The front of the restaurant was loud. The music was lovely but the people talking were so loud. The bartenders were not welcoming. I stood at bar for a good 10 minutes before being helped. We were seated in the back room which was even louder than the front. The other guests were extremely loud and boisterous. There was a private party in the front back room which had a DJ playing very loud music. Our waiter was nice but had a very thick accent and I'm not sure he could converse very well. The food was great although our feta watermelon arugula salad came to the table without the feta and we had to ask for the feta. Otherwise food great to make up for the horrible loud ambiance.

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