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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4.3
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4.3
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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

A
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Menu too small
Food not as good as its predecessor, Bravo!- which was fine dining !
Alcoholic beverages priced too high

KC
New England
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a delicious brunch - the mushroom bisque was creamy and not salty - the apple cinnamon skillet cake was light with a perfect crunchy top. My mussels were done perfectly and the grilled potatoes were fantastic. Our waitperson was attentive and friendly. Our only disappointment was that there was no room for dessert!

RO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely place for a Birthday Brunch and the dessert design was lovely. Thank you/Gracias.

OR
New England
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Finally, a nice restaurant that you can hear conversation! Friendly courteous staff - water glasses filled.
Quibble - As we told waiter we were splitting salad, it would have been nice to bring a extra small plate.
Great restaurant to take your grandmother - peaceful, quiet. Good renovation of dining room. Menu is a bit limited but nice combination of small and large plates for those who do not want a full dinner.
We will return!

k
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ladies night out for 5. We started w caramel bacon popcorn and sriracha chips with our drinks and then shared the steak - huge, sliced for easy sharing, beautifully seasoned and cooked. The carrots and potato sides that came with were a treat, since we had ordered the cauliflower to share as well. A perfect night!

m
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

465 Bar has a lovely neutral color scheme and we sat near the family table near the bar, with a view of the deck covered in snow. It was cozy and warm. Our waitress was very attentive, and the small plates were just the right size, with the eggplant superlative, and scallops that were juicy and spicy. The Artic Char was huge, with wheatberries and a nice green sauce - delicious. My friend's birthday was special and perfect. Go when you want to see the MFA at night or attend a movie or play. Perfect.

BF
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

While the decor is lovely and welcoming, the menu is very unappealing and expensive. I had the $19 quiche which was liquid in the middle and not hot. My friend had the steak tips which were 6 small cubes of beef arranged on flat lettuce leaves around the edge of the plate.

I asked about the "Chicken Paillard" dish and was told it was a bowl of greens with a "grilled chicken plank on top."

We each had one glass of wine and before the tip, the cost was $35 per person. I understand restaurants in museums provide necessary revenue to support the artistic mission. But the new menu in this iconic restaurant is over-priced and doesn't offer either traditional dishes or interesting and innovative dining options. The MFA Boston hosts many large parties and private events throughout the year for corporations and sister non-profit organizations. This revenue will be severely impacted for 2020.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Looking for something out of the ordinary. It was an enjoyable experience. But the menu requires greater variety.

ED
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very disappointed with the menu. All the items were for a brunch. I was looking for an elegant lunch and this was not what I got. To boot, the menu was overpriced!! The previous instantiation of the restaurant I liked much better. Unless, the menu changed this is a restaurant I will not go back to. I also thought that the new decor was a failure. It felt almost retro 50's chic, and if that is what they were aiming for then they failed.

LW
New England
27 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant ambiance, food and wait staff are all wonderful. The one thing that might deter me from returning is that we had to pay for admission for my daughter. My husband and I are members, so we were able to bring in our son and daughter-in-law, but we had to pay for our daughter. This is a ridiculous (and expensive) policy. It would make far more sense to make guest entrance to the museum as part of a reservation at 465 a perk of membership. You would make a lot more money if members could invite guests to 465 and give them entry to the museum as an additional delight of the evening.

KH
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOOVED my mussels, thank you. I felt the table was a bit big for 4 people, it was not cosy, but that seems to be the way all tables were.

JN
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

465 has a lovely, calming decor and very accommodating staff. We went for a late lunch on Saturday, and were surprised at how few options were on the menu for entrées. There were several small bites options, but I don’t think they were available in entrée portions.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very relaxing, spacious and serene place for a drink, bite or meal, and conversation. Outstanding service!

TM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The space is beautiful, very light, fresh and comfortable. The food was delicious! An amazing duck small plate, beets with labne and puffed quinoa, and a char entree that was delicious and huge portion of fish. Very pleasant staff made it a lovely dinner.

p
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, quiet dinner with great food, service and ambiance.

JB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Would definitely go there again. Food was excellent and the staff was awesome! Quiet spot that I never would have considered if it weren’t for a concert at the museum that night. Looking forward to another excuse to go back!

SR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding- imaginative, varied, and tastes wonderful. The wine list needs to come up a step and become more eclectic.

OT
New England
32 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our cocktails were well made and our meals delicious! The Service was great. The dining room had been recently renovated and it is very attractive, with comfortable banquettes, soft colors and lighting, and a bar area. We enjoyed our lunch completely.

P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely from start to finish. A real destination restaurant all by itself. We felt like we had had a delicious treat - far far better than most museum restaurants. Excellent wine list too.

m
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a lovely luncheon experience, good food, attentive waiter, nice ambience.

II
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Most restaurants are very good now days. But I was particularly taken with the excellence and elegance of the service at 465. Both the receptionist and our server reminded me of the old days (I am an old guy) when restaurant service was more a profession. Plus the restaurant is blessedly quiet, a great advantage for those of us whose hearing is becoming harder. I shall return.

CD
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food, great server, and beautiful location and decor. Will visit again!

N
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Poor service

m
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Horrible food

S
New England
35 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Today, my wife and I had lunch at the 465 Bar and Restaurant. It was our second time. Let me begin with the positives. The person who seated us was delightful. The ambiance is terrific, and the restaurant is quiet, and one can hear the other person at your table without shouting. I enjoyed the food, although my wife thought there might be too much salt.

The problem is with the service. There seems to be a shortage of help. It took some time for the food to be served, for the table to be cleaned, and then finally for the check. Although we were not pressed for time, it was very noticeably slow.

AR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I loved BRAVO and very much approve so far of the recent changes... One thing DEAR to me is QUIET. When I arrived for lunch, there was the usual, horrible piped music, never happened in Bravo. PLEASE... NO NEED FOR NOISE EVER in 465. So hard to find a quiet restaurant.
Thanks, I will return..
Anita

LT
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely evening with dear friends and colleagues, enjoying delectable small plates and tasty cocktails, especially the Old Fashioned. We kept to vegetable small plates, from beets to squash to cauliflower; each of our five dishes was wonderful. Susana took good care of us, and it was quiet, enabling easy conversation. Thank you!

GO
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant, and the best dinner we have had at the MFA.
Selections are not overwhelming but adequate, and the small plates in particular were excellent. An adequate wine list with very good selections. We especially enjoyed the cauliflower with aioli and cashews and also the duck.
The service was excellent, friendly, and helpful.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beet salad paired with a toasty seeded roll and fresh butter made for the perfect lunch with a colleague!

CR
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The renovations definitely made the ambiance more contemporary and warm. Haven't been to this restaurant in years, but will go back soon! It was a perfect late Sunday brunch and made our MOFA trip perfect!

D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Food was good but we were not told that you needed to pay admission to the museum in order to dine in the restaurant.

TO
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location after a visit to great artwork in the mFA. Highly recommended!!!

D
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO happy that 465 maintained the integrity of BRAVO! The peaceful atmosphere amongst superb art, the upscale dining menu, flexible options for dietary needs, and good selection of wines, make this one of our favorite restaurants. It is so easy to visit with friends. It is like dining at home in that respect!

LP
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Sorry to say, I was not impressed. Bravo was a lovely, warm, inviting spot, with wonderful food. The new decor is rather cold and stark, and the food was just ok. We ordered four small dishes to share - beef, duck breast, scallops and pasta - the siracha chips and mango sorbet for dessert. There was more than enough food for two, but the dishes were not anything that would make us come back for more. I know the restaurant just opened a few months ago - maybe it is still taking them some time to get up to speed. The service was prompt and pleasant, but I wouldn't run back.

PS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Quiet and open, with no background music; therefore, a superb place for conversation along with the meal!!!

JM
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent and so was the service! We are already planning a return trip. Can't wait to go back!

NY
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Extremely overpriced for food served tepid instead of hot. I ordered the Crab Eggs Benedict -- eggs barely warm sprinkled with a shockingly sparse amount of crab meat for $23.00. My friend had the toast with kale pistou and sunny-side-up egg, which was just okay. We were starving after eating these meager entrees so we ordered dessert which was advertised as a warm chocolate chip cookie with nutella filling and a scoop of ice cream. Many warnings from the staff that the mini-iron skillet was VERY VERY HOT, but unfortunately the "warm" cookie was not -- the ice cream didn't melt. There's potential here, but there's a "prepared in advance" and no attention in the present. The service was friendly, but every other table was served a bread basket -- not us!

MA
New England
33 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Average food, limited selection, overpriced. Nice atmosphere.

J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great way to ensure a lovely, relaxed visit to the museum - eat, drink, take in the amazing works and exhibits.

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