About Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro

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.

129 South Street
Boston, MA 02111
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Seafood, Bistro

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

Cross Street:
Beach

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 542-5108

Website:
http://www.winebar129.com/

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.

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)

Public Transit:
South Station is a block and a half away; Close to both Downtown Crossing and Chinatown Stations as well.

Executive Chef:
Chef Guara Pimenta

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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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.

Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (26)
Good for a Date (23)
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Cozy (16)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Business Meals (11)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Casual (8)
Fun (8)
Authentic (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food. Service can be little better. Liked the live jazz music.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Five gals were there to celebrate a birthday, and we had a lovely and fun night. Our waiter was very accommodating and did not rush us at all. The food was exceptional, and the jazz combo was top notch. The crowd was very friendly and joined in the birthday song. A first rate evening all around.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was very good overall. Interesting menu and plenty of choices. Oysters were perfectly shucked and very cold. Main meals were very good as well. Service was adequate but definitely nothing special. A good experience overall.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was subpar; the food was fine.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

We went there to celebrate a family event. We wanted live music and therefore we choose the location. The music was very good (jazz), not too loud, just perfect for dinner. The band was on an elevated platform which was great as everybody could see them. The waiter was attentive and responsive. The selection on the menu was mouthwatering and our choices were all very good (smallish portions, but not too small, and acceptably priced). Presentation of food was very nice. Wine selection was quite extensive with a large choice of quite unusual not too pricey wines from around the world (there is also a special and expensive wine list that we did not consult). Overall, a good experience in terms of food, and the live music makes it a special venue.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Special Occasion, Live Music, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Service ok, a bit slow. The Food in general was a bit too sweet for my taste.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

excellent menu and excellent service. we like French cooking and we were not disappointed.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

My wife and I went here for NYE 1yr ago and loved it. I tried to make a reservation a week before V-Day. I was excited to see slots available but there was an technical error on completing it through OT. I called the restaurant immediately to assure I would get a table and make the reservation over the phone. The hostess tells me that only a manager can take the reservation and she will have the manager call me back to do so. I left my contact info and I never received a call back. I only remembered this due to a friend asking me 2 days before Valentine’s Day what me and my wife were doing. I went back to open table to see the preferred time was still available and completed the reservation with credit card info as requested. This was going to be the first night out with my wife as we are newly weds and new parents to a 4 week newborn. I put this information in the notes along with the request of starting with champagne and to sit closer to the entertainment. When we arrived the ambiance of the entertainment was as expected. The hostess takes us to the back of the restaurant to our table far from the entertainment. We could only hear the live music with no view of the entertainment. I asked the hostess before we sat if there was any other option and she said no. The place was busy as it should be for V-Day and we were flanked by couples. We noticed that there was no food on either table next to us for about 15 minutes. Food arrived at the neighboring tables staggered about 20 minutes of us being seated. They each were on first courses of the Prix Fixe menu we noticed. At this time 30 minutes of being seated and only water has been poured once at our table and my wife has finished her glass of water. We haven’t seen the waiter or have an idea of who the waiter could be. Almost 40 minutes of no one acknowledging we were there we left. Not even a manager available to mention this to was available. They didn’t accommodate or request. Nice place but not going back.

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Very disappointed with the quality of service. Sat for 30 minutes before being greeted by the server, and two hours before getting our main course. The server never checked in with us, and we wanted to buy more drinks in addition to the wine pairing package but couldn’t get his attention. The food was fine, but not good enough to make up for the bad service, and definitely not worth spending $300 for two people. Unlikely to return.

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Went for Valentine's Day and theyhad a Prix Fixe menu. Service was very poor considering the menu was set. Multiple other tables nearby had the same issue. Service was slow, they seemed to ignore our courses and had run out of an appetizer for other diners. They were inattentive and it took over 3 hours to eat a simple meal. I honestly would not go there again.

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

The violets in my salad made the most extraordinary presentation. It was a Valentines dinner to remember. We’re already planning to go back next year. And a discounted prices on excellent Champaign made the night and even more special

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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We loved the experience at the restaurant; it was fantastic in every way - 5 out of 5 in every category. It is definitely a bistro atmosphere, yet still intimate. Food was really terrific and they modified a dish for my preference. Great entertainment with Steve Heck, really enjoyed his singing and piano playing. I'm sure we'll be back, and anyone reading this review should definitely go! Not far from the theater district and South Station.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The truffle lobster Mac and cheese is a must get!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was dynamite. We both had steak. Vegetables and sides were great, too! We were both pleased with our choices. From what I could gather, the restaurant is split into two sides. I think we got the "B" team side. Service was extremely slow and the server was not attentive.There was no live music and the ambiance was meh. I think the live music might have been on the "A" team side of the restaurant. We had a corner table surrounded by two large parties that were loud...which is fine...it was their parties! It was just awkward for us being a party of two being surrounded by these groups.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My fiancé and I celebrated our anniversary and early Valentine’s Day here Saturday night. The food was incredible! French food and something for every taste. The wine was delicious, and we were able to listen to the phenomenal Yoko Miwa jazz trio who are there every Saturday night. We stayed hours later than we anticipated (and skipped seeing a movie as we'd planned!) bc they and the ambiance were so amazing. The vibe was perfectly romantic and fun! Exactly what we were hoping for, and we will definitely be back!

Tags: Cozy, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, People Watching, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We sat on the live music side of the restaurant and enjoyed jazz piano while we dined. The food was delicious and atmosphere lively but mellow. A+

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

It is one of my go to lunch places. Everything good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We came for the wine bar ambience but ended up thinking it was an above average restaurant. The food was presented beautifully but some dishes were less than ideal in preparation, notably the creme brulee, & the use of frozen broccoli. Wait staff was pleasant, music was nice & not too loud.

Tags: Business Meals, Live Music
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Anniversary

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Solid business lunch spot - the French onion soup is incredible (especially on a cold winter day in Boston). It was quiet and a great environment for a business lunch during the middle of the day. Close to South Station as well.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The restaurant was great. The service was amazing and the food was delicious. The jazz band was delightful. The only complaint I have is about the seating. The tables are too close together. I felt like I was apart of the neighboring table's entire conversation and date.

Tags: Casual, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

My husband and I both had an excellent meal from start to finish. There was nothing that didn’t exceed expectations, including and especially the service! We had a lovely date and would recommend highly!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This establishment has been a favorite for many many years. Rediscovered it a few months back...meet my daughter here for dinner, she works down town. Great Food, Music

Im just happy to see the restaurant still thriving thru the tough economy of years past. Ill be back again soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Dined at the bar in rear near the entertainment. Great atmosphere with jazz band playing. Great service and food !

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We went to the restaurant for the food and also for the music. We had previously visited for a work function and wanted to try it without extra company. Needless to say, we were not disappointed. We have the opportunity to meet the piano player of the house Jazz Trio who was quite engaging. In addition to excellent food, our server Carlos was excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The food was kind of mediocre. Ordered some brussel sprouts (which were good!) with our main course, but they came out 5 minutes ahead of Entrees. The Steak Frites were drenched in a sauce that was pretty bad, made the Spinach inedible and make me cut the steak on my butter plate to try and shake off some of the sauce. The fries were ok. The Lamb Shank looked better and the bartender was great.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The Yoko Miwa Trio is always a treat. Great food, great music, great atmosphere. I really enjoy Les Zygomates.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Delicious food and excellent, attentive service

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We were celebrating our 32nd anniversary with our adult sons and this was the perfect choice. They started the celebration with 4 glasses of sparkling and seating in the jazz section so we were able to request songs including the one we danced to 32 years ago Stars Fell on Alabama. The waitstaff is exceptional and Carlos was perfect. Our appetizers were delish including the charcuterie board the baked brie and the escargot...we were permitted to have a very leisurely time enjoying the music over our cocktails. Dinner was also very good the steak frites was perfect and so was the butternut squash ravioli , scallops and duck breast. we were too full to order any dessert but I would anticipate it to be as delightful as the rest of the meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food, service, and music simply superb. The ambiance was great for a upscale first date.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I like this place: good food, the best french fries in Boston, and a nice setting. Food was predictably good for lunch, but our waiter was a spaceshot: i asked for 3 things, and he got 2 of them wrong. I’ll chalk it up to a bad day on his part. Other than that, it’s always a good meal, and server aside, this was no exception.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great food. Good wine, pleasant atmosphere and friendly service. Highly recommended.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Colleagues and I have become regulars for monthly lunch and catch-up conversations. Acoustics vary depending on where we sit, and the service and food are always excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Authentic, Healthy, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food presentation was great. I had mushroom chicken risotto which was good but not as flavorful as I had hoped. A bit bland. Other 2 diners were pleased with their meal.
Wait staff very good with timing.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Business Meals, Organic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Exellelent they maitre D asked if we wanted a table close to the music and we were seated at nice table with a view and Nick the waiter was informative and corteous

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Almost every aspect of the dining experience was disappointing to say the least but the coup de gras was the more than an hour wait between the appetizer course and the main course which came out severely undercooked and the fact that the manager on that evening didn't even have the courtesy to come over and apologize.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I surprised my boyfriend with dinner here. It was great because my friend was booked as the entertainment that night. We were pleasantly surprised by the cozy atmosphere and super friendly staff. However, the dining room chairs are quite small and hard which was really uncomfortable for my 6’3” boyfriend. But the Maitre D was awesome. He brought out the chair from his office! It was great because little did they know that my boyfriend has rheumatoid arthritis and he also just had orthoscopic surgery last week. Those chairs could have been a deal breaker for us. We were really impressed that they would go to such lengths for our comfort.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Good beef but side of pear risotto didn’t work quite as well as i would have liked; service was also a tad slow

Tags: Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This was a birthday dinner (mine) and we went for the oysters ($1 oysters are available in sit down not just at bar and are delicious). Overall a good meal. Great cocktails. A couple of small boo-boos: our server was initially a bit rattled/seemed unsure of himself--he wrote down the drink order but came back to ask what we had ordered but did not apologize. I suspected an unfamiliarity with the menu/language, but he was very attentive despite serving 5 tables. Management made an appearance a few times to see how we were doing. The Bouillabaisse was billed as coming with lobster but mine did not; also out of two Apple and Beet Melange salads ordered one was missing the apple--salad was delicious though. My husband got the pork loin, which was huge and perfectly cooked, and the sweet potato puree with thyme was amazing. My Bouillabaisse full of seafood despite the missing lobster, good flavor but the broth was a tad salty. The cheese plate was abundant although I think I could have picked better cheeses from Whole Foods. It turned out to be a pleasant 2+ hour meal (our intent); I would definitely return, but stay in the bar and get the $1 oysters and some good ale.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Never have I been disappointed with the food or service. Always fabulous! Wonderful atmosphere with the best jazz musicians.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Cozy
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