465 Bar and Restaurant

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465 Bar and Restaurant, The Museum of Fine art's newest dining venue, is ideal for gatherings of friends or an intimate dinner. A seasonal menu emphasizes fresh, local ingredients with a root-to-stalk focus that is innovative as well as environmentally friendly.

Located in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Are designed by I.M. Pei, this space features 6 still-lifes from the MFA's collection.

Whether interested in sipping finely crafted cocktails or mocktails, sharing small plates with friends, indulging in a multi-course meal or a quick bite and discussion before or after a film, lecture or program, 465 Bar and Restaurant offers comfortable space for socializing amid world class art. From summer concerts on the patio to special-occasion meals with the whole family, the unique offerings and experiences possible at 465 are endless.

Diners at all MFA restaurant locations pay regular Museum admission, and can visit for free on Wednesday evenings and during Community Celebrations.
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was spectacular. Drinks were great. Only issue was the very limited menu options.

WB
New England
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Because it was Valentine's Day, and we made a late reservation, we were in the less plush part of the dining room - usually dedicated to meetings and large groups - but the nighttime view into the lighted courtyard was pleasant. The video art in that space, which had been on the last time I was there, was turned off, and that was disappointing. One of the best features of 465 is that it is comfortably quiet. It was possible to have a relaxed conversation.
Sweet pepper soup was pleasant, although the caviar garnish didn't come through to me as much of a flavor. The pate was excellent, with perfect accompaniments. I thought the lobster fettuccine was disappointing, primarily because the fettuccine was overcooked.
Despite that criticism, this is one of my favorite venues for dinner and conversation. A bonus on that frigid Friday was a short, indoor walk to an interesting movie - or, in this case, a goofy one, "The Princess Bride."

VS
New England
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Valentines date

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AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose small plates to experience as much as possible. Gorgeous presentation, very tasty combinations. Beets and artichokes were great. The scallops were excellent, though $16 for 4 scallops seemed like a lot. Duck breast was good -- it did not stand out like the others.

The dessert we shared was excellent.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The food was just not memorable.

LM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Although the service was oddly slow and stilted the mushroom bisque and roasted cauliflower were fabulous. The roasted eggplant was bland and unremarkable. Gorgeous dining room.

S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We loved the food. We had two small plates and one large plate between the two of us and enjoyed the presentation and the flavors of everything we ate. The food was interesting, colorful and carefully combined to bring out the very interesting combination of flavors in each dish. The amount of food was just right for the two of us. The accompanying session beer and sparkling rose were lovely. Service was good and the space is quieter than most restaurants, wonderful for those of us who enjoy conversation without competition. We will return for sure.

D
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this place, but liked the old name,"BRAVO" better as 465 is harder to remember!
Usually super quiet and love banquettes and art viewing ahead of time. Was an event when we were there, but sat away from it, so not bothersome. Food very good!

SR
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the fifth time we’ve come. It’s excellent and improving upon itself. The small plates are inventive and delicious. Keep it going! The wine prices are very reasonable. I just wish there was more variety. There’s more to life than Cabernet, although I have seen some movement to diversify.

PT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Quite place for a business diner. Highly recommend for serious discussions.

SP
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I met a good friend for lunch and a leisurely stroll through the MFA over the recent holiday weekend and was delighted with 465 Bar & Restaurant. As a new member, it's nice to know that there are a variety of options for dining at the MFA and we both found the setting to be quite relaxing, the service was great and the food was tasty.
It was my first time trying uncooked butternut squash spirals and I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was (crisp, sweet, refreshingly good). However there were not any pearl onions served with it.
The scallop skewers were also delicious, but they were out of kumquats. The only thing that was substandard was the greeting when we arrived...the woman who seated us wasn't warm and friendly at all.

AB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A 1st class dining experience inside the Museum of Fine Arts. Staff & Chef were very attentive & accommodating. Diverse menu with vegetarian & vegan options. Delicious!

b
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was all wonderful a nice peaceful experience with great service and food

BB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was fantastic and the food was very good. There wasn't as much selection on the menu as there had been when it was Bravo, but what they had was good. I thought it was a little pricey, but considering it's inside a museum, not unexpected.

ED
New England
29 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food out of the kitchen was fabulous. The only issue was the rushed delivery of entrees, well before we were ready for them. The manager said that she would talk to her staff about this.

EC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Lovely, quiet setting. Delicious food.

D
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent fine dining experience in a nicely renovated setting reminiscent of the old Bravo. Service was attentive and superb. Cocktails, however, are overpriced.

JW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Located in the Museum of Fine Arts 465 Bar and Restaurant provides an inviting opportunity for a relaxing meal of excellent quality. After visiting the Nubia Exhibit my adult daughter and I went for cocktails and dinner. The atmosphere is very pleasant and it is quiet enough (not too quiet) for conversation. We enjoyed excellent craft cocktails and sampled a wide selection of small plates. All were very good, we particularly enjoyed the mushroom bisque and the chorizo risotto. A delicious flourless chocolate cake topped off the meal. Our waiter - though confessing to be new - was excellent. He was properly attentive while leaving us time to enjoy our meal. He knew the menu well and was able to answer any questions we had. This is a great place to top off a visit to one of the best museums in the U.S.

K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

465 is quiet and elegant, a truly unique Boston place to dine offering a peaceful setting. The service is always good and food is delicious. The brunch menu could have used some lighter options, but all was well prepared and excellent.

PN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had our adult daughters join us for Friday night dinner after they finished work - one arrived late and our server didn’t skip a beat; he seamlessly caught her up with us. Was a lovely meal.

My one suggestion is having the museum bring in some of the collection into the dining space. Possibly rotating some of the more unique items from time to time.

l
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Both our lunch entrees were excellent—mushroom bisque and grilled salmon with salad. Pleasant uncluttered decor, good and courteous service. We recommended this restaurant for years under the old Bravo label and will revisit and recommend the new 465 with equal enthusiasm.

N
New England
28 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely meal. Good food, unobtrusive but efficient service. 6 of us were able to talk and laugh and enjoy ourselves and the meal. Recommended if you're visiting the MFA and want a relaxing, delicious meal after.

d
New England
45 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Our first visit to what had previously been Bravo - a restaurant we had frequented regularly on evening trips to the MFA. Will just start by saying the food was good. Selection is not huge, as might be expected given the surroundings, the basis for why people might find themselves there, and the likely requirement to pay attention to holding the line on operating costs. A small selection of tapas plates and a small selection of main courses. We went w several tapas plates. For those familiar w Bravo, this is arranged very similarly, but, and I think this is a mark in the negative column, even more sterile and w less color. Everything that I remember seeing is beige. The spacing between tables is generous - really generous in my opinion, as in lotsa open space. Our one concrete issue was w service. All service people seemed very well-intentioned. The problem was not that no one cared. My assessment of the problem was that no one was offering guidance (do more of this less of that), direction, or oversight. Perhaps as operations settle in this will improve.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We loved having dinner at 465 with friends! It was great fun to peruse a few fabulous museum exhibits, take a break for a leisurely, yet well-curated dinner, and then get back out there, revived and refreshed for another exhibit. The food was absolutely delicious and creative, and the wait staff was attentive and helpful. The wines were all spot on, and our server was kind enough to bring over a sample before deciding on one. The newly done decor is quietly sophisticated, modern, and beautiful. The atmosphere is perfect for folks like us who actually enjoy a hip, but subdued scene, instead of the loud clanging vibe found at many hip spots in town. The one suggestion we have is that it would be even more intimate and elegant if the lighting were turned down a notch, and candlelight was added at the tables. All in all, it was a lovely experience!

a
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We liked everything about our experience at 465. Five of us sat comfortably in a lovely booth, more open than most conventional ones. We had appetizers, the most outstanding of which were clams with pesto and sun dried tomatoes. Our entrees were delicious as was the dessert we shared. The service was excellent and given how quiet this restaurant is, we were all able to easily converse. It was one of the most relaxing dinners out I've had in a long time.

K
New England
22 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent. We had lunch. My nephew had the lentil mushroom burger with sriracha chips, which he said was excellent. I had a trio of small plates - portabella mushroom soup, roasted cauliflower, and risotto, all of which were excellent. We were seated at a booth in the bar area, and the service was a little slow. Luckily, we were not in a rush. Ambiance was excellent - fairly quiet, comfortable seating.

BL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit and will go again when we are next in Boston. Comfortable, quiet spot to enjoy a fabulous selection of small plates. Service and management excellent!

MH
New England
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely setting to enjoy time with friends and delicious food. I’ll be back!

c
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch before going to hear the Millennial Gospel Choir. Though the menu is small everything was prepared to perfection. We were also treated like royalty by Apple, the new manager. We’ll be back.

MA
New England
33 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

On paper, this place looks amazing. Great variety of small plates for vegetarians and meat/fish eaters. This is our 2nd time eating here since the restaurant was redone. And, unfortunately, the place is just dull. The decor is so understated that it actually sucks the life out of me. I would never come here unless I was already coming to the museum, and even then, there are two better food options, including the cafeteria.

FD
New England
39 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant in an elegant place, MFA, a short walk from Harvard Medical School and its Hospitals.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb experience

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J
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Our waitress was pleasant by very slow and inattentive. Our wine order got lost until the manager finally brought it to us. She was very apologetic, and after that she checked on us periodically. She actually ran our credit card herself because our waitress didn’t pick it up to process. The hostess and manager were on top of everything, and we’ll visit again when we go to the MFA.

OT
New England
22 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience5

465 Bar and Restaurant are a lovely place for conversation. The restaurant is quiet, and the space is informally elegant -- as one ought to expect in a venerable institution like the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. However, DO NOT EAT HERE IF YOU HAVE ANY FOOD ALLERGIES. The food is quite good (not extraordinary), however the service is entirely unacceptable. I dined at 465 Bar and Restaurant soon after they first opened. At that time, the waitstaff did not understand which foods on the menu contained gluten. Now months after their opening, I ate at the restaurant again. This time things were worse. The service was slow and bumbling. (For instance, I had asked for a taste of wine and got a glass. All of our dishes arrived at once, rather than in sequence.) But more important, the restaurant put bread on a dish that was supposed to be gluten-free for one of my party with celiac disease. This made us all uneasy about whether we could trust the kitchen to take care with my shellfish allergy, for instance. When the head server (?manager) insisted that the pappardelle was gluten-free, we were all dumbfounded. Perhaps it was specially made without flour by the chef, but, by this time we could not trust the information that anyone in the restaurant gave us. The evening ended with me being sick until 3AM -- with symptoms that are very unusual for me.

B
New England
54 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, beautifully prepared in quiet comfortable setting. Perfect after Museum visit dining.

G
New England
48 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We were surprised that one of the entries was not cooked enough. The staff tried to make amends but this took away from the experience. If this is the way scallops should be cooked then the wait person must explain and ask if undercooked is desirable. The mussels were excellent.

C
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I've wanted to experience the 465 Bar & Restaurant for a while and was not dissapointed. A selection of small plates allowed each person in our party of five to sample a wide variety of fare. The atmosphere is modern elegant and the acoustics allow for normal conversation without having to shout across the table to be heard. As a member of the museum you're recognized with a 15% discount. Our only complaint was the food was noticebly late arriving to the table. But, the food, drink, atmosphere and company more than made up for it.

DC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We love to come here because it's quiet!, the service is impeccable, the small plates are fun, and there is easy parking. I would prefer that the lights be lowered - it's kinda bright for an evening atmosphere - but that is a very minor complaint. Very enjoyable evening out.

L
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, delicious food, and attentive friendly staff! Best of all, it’s quiet and peaceful place to have conversation with your friends!

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We took some old friends for Sunday lunch before the theatre. Everything was perfect!

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