465 Bar and Restaurant
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.
While this is a new restaurant and will probably improve, they would do well to better train their employees. There were several mistakes made when we ordered and when our food came to the table, both times the server did not seem to care. Disappointing, but the food was good enough that we will try again in the future.
Great to have a quiet dining spot with interesting food!
Quite good food but appalling service. Ten minutes to get water; an hour before appetizers came out. And they weren’t full. To be fair, the manager was gracious and comped our meal without being asked.
After the recent makeover, this is still a lovely quiet place for "grown-ups" to relax and enjoy creative cuisine and pleasant conversation with friends. A peaceful oasis in a time when restaurants seem engineered to operate at the highest possible decibel level, with patrons shouting to be heard over the din. 465 Bar meets the high standard for food, service, and ambiance set by its predecessor, Bravo.
Great for before event at the museum
Food was innovative and mostly good. The exception was the flat bread on the meza plate.
Very good food but did not like decor. Very stark looking. Bravo looked better!
A terrific new restaurant at the MFA. What a treat to eat there. The staff could not be nicer or more responsive. The egg plant small plate and tuna nicoise large plate are exquisite.
Unusual and delicious small plates! A perfect compliment to an arty evening.
Food was delicious! Really enjoyed the farm/local fresh plates.
The hostess and all the servers were very welcoming and accommodating. The food choices were varied, and each of us was happy with our selection. All around, very enjoyable experience.
Best museum restaurant we have been to, and we have been to quite a few. The food was highly creative, fresh, and just what you would want for a museum visit.
We had our engagement dinner there after I proposed elsewhere in the museum, and they made me look like a king. They gave us the entire back room with incredible servers and made sure we felt like the restaurant was ours. Service was incredible, food was great, and the ambiance was perfect. Thanks 465 and Michael specifically.
No bread to start. The appetizer and main course came together. The waiter was not that attentive. Parking was fully paid when it was Bravo. Now, they charge you $10 for parking. The food was bland. Bring back Bravo, please.
The Food is uninteresting and expensive. Service is no better than in a cheap food restaurant; in fact, it left something to be desired in manners and attention. The ambience is good, especially because there is abundant space among the tables and noise level is very law.
As an MFA member, I often attend evening events so would love to see the MFA'a fine dining restaurant succeed, so I hope they rapidly improve. There were a few good things, the "roasted" olives for example were a bit unique and nice, and they willingly adapted a cocktail on the menu to suit my taste. However, on balance things were not so good. Having looked at the menu before going, we had settled on the steak for two, but when we ordered, the server said: "well it will take at least 30 minutes to prepare" so we opted instead for fish for my wife and chicken for me. Sadly, my chicken arrived cooked but cold, so not really edible. My wife's fish dish was ok, so I snacked from her plate.
As I said, I want the restaurant to succeed and offer my sadly negative comments in the hope that they will be taken as a plea to do better.
The hostess was warm and welcoming. The restaurant's ambiance was lovely. Beautiful light fixtures and paintings on the walls. Our food was perfectly seasoned. My sister had the chicken pilliard and I had the haddock. Both were delicious. We especially enjoyed the warm bread that came before our meal.
465 Bar and Restaurant was a great place for a relaxing dinner after taking a very long look at the wonderful “Viewpoints” photography exhibition. It is very comfortable, conversation friendly, and brighter and less formal feeling than Bravo was.
We had four delicious and inventive small plates. I will simply identify them as carrots, swordfish, eggplant, and pork. My wife and I both awarded the blue ribbon to the eggplant.
From the moment we walked through the door, the service was extraordinarily pleasant.
Speaking of extraordinary: the pours on both my bourbon and my wife’s red wine were the most generous I can remember in a Boston fine dining restaurant. There was no question of ordering a second drink. It was a photo finish, but I polished off dessert just before happily sipping the last of my bourbon. I hope this is a signature 465 policy, not a fluke. I am sick of watching bullied bartenders minding the inventory by measuring out a virtual thimbleful for nearly half the bottle’s retail price.
No. The spot has a lovely atmosphere but.I could get the same food elsewhere for less money. The Bloody Mary was served in a too tall wine glass and was not at all spicy. The greens/salad that was added to my plate were limp and old. The service was slow despite the fact that there were very few customers there. I went on a Sunday, at lunch time.
Wonderful setting--quiet, open, refreshing, modestly elegant, uplifting. Perfect for conversation! Very good small dishes.
Great hostess! She really helped make our PHD celebration special.
Amazingly, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is open until 10 pm so it was great to be able to have dinner in the art gallery midway through our visit. The decor was lovely and it was good for conversation. My favourite dish was the shrimp and grits.
Menu choices are a bit limited, and it is not clear which appetizers come in small or large portions.
Chef Ray is amazing! Great menu & great prices!
Would recommend wholeheartedly, except that I found the portions small while tasty and interesting and the staff botched a simple 50/50 split between two credit cards and charged one of us twice. Fixing that prolonged our wait to leave. Currently waiting to see if the second charge disappears from my cc bill. On the other hand, the mixed drinks looked beautiful, and the greeters at the door were extremely gracious. Our server was excellent. The ambiance is quite pleasant, and the decor is clean, modern and the seating unusually comfortable. All in all it was very nice, just bothersome at the end....
One small plate was excellent. Other (pork) was tough and seasoned with cilantro, which I don’t like.
Rolls were too salty and poppy seeds unnecessary.
Lovely and delicious!
Could not wait to try 465 bar and restaurant after a long renovation. Decoration and ambiance was nice for diner. Dishes were tasty as usual, even better than previous Bravo restaurant. We ordered four small dishes and one large dish for two person. Will come back to try other dishes.
We got there and the hostess put us at an inside table. We asked if we could be seated outside and the manager (Michael) came over and told us we didn’t want to because it was too windy. We had just come in from outside, so we didn’t think so, but we didn’t want to fight him about that. A minute later, a server came over to us and pointed over to a different table and told us that that table is more comfortable, and we could move there, so we did. Michael then came back and said, “You guys can’t be here. You can’t just move on your own!” It was so awkward because we didn’t move there on our own - we were told to move. He continued to tell us that there were reservations for this new table, and that we weren’t supposed to be there. He made us feel bad the whole time we were seated, and we even offered to move back, but he obviously begrudgingly told us to stay. We overheard him throughout the night chastise his employees over this, and over numerous other things, making the entire dinner extremely uncomfortable.
This reincarnation of Bravo misses the mark--overall it looks sparse and unfinished.--part of it looks like an airport cafeteria or a nursery school lunch room while the only decent part retains Bravo's banquettes. Although the food and service were decent, I see no reason to go here again for more than a drink at the bar and a "small plate."
Great food and service at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston--a hidden masterpiece at the MFA
The 465 Bar and Restaurant at the MFA in Boston is a great place to have an enjoyable conversation without the need to shout! The service was excellent and food was very good, although the experience was a bit pricey.
The atmosphere and the staff along with the fine food deliciously prepared and beautifully presented enabled us to have comfortable conversation while enjoying our meal. Only one wish: a few more choices on the menu.
Our server was funny and engaging - the food was splendid! Missed the restaurant when it closed - but it was worth the wait. And the freshness of the halibut and tuna nicoise was such a treat after a long day at work.
I was a fan of Bravo and relieved to see that 465 has not ruined the things I liked. And the food is, if anything, better. The small dishes were not particularly small, and they were both interesting and delicious. Also, it would be easy for a vegetarian to get a satisfying meal - not a grudging we-have-to-have-a-dish-or-two offering.
There were only two of us, and we were offered the option of having dishes come as they were prepared or in some other order. We opted for the order prepared, and I would say that didn't work terribly well. But we were getting the hang of how the place operates.
Service was more informal than was typical at Bravo - not a bad thing. The night was quiet. Had it been busy the atmosphere might have been different.
Banquettes and tables are spaced well apart, and the sound level was low. Background music, not intrusive, was jazz vocalists. I thought I heard Jeri Southern in the mix. Just right.
Addendum from my companion: "The portions were huge, and the cocktails, not too sweet, were good."
Superb menu (especially the carrots and the haddock) and excellent service (Kevin.)
Very nice lunch. Imaginative menu. Excellent service. Highly recommended.
Our dinner was truly extraordinary! The corn veloute was fantastic and the service was nicely balanced. Attentive, but not distracting. The still-life paintings by Fantin- Latour and Morandi were visible and offered an affirmation that the evening was special.
This restaurant is simply put - lovely. We started with the flank steak and shrimp & grits, which were both fabulous quality and delicious. We enjoyed excellent cocktails and some Prosecco while lounging among beautiful artwork and comfortable, stylish seating. For our mains, we had the chicken with fried capers (amazing!), and the crab eggs benedict, which I was told were fantastic. There were huge lumps of crab and the eggs looked perfectly poached - just not a meal that a gluten intolerant person like me can eat! Speaking of which, both the manager and our server were incredibly invested in our entire experience and checked on us again and again. They also are truly knowledgeable and sensitive toward gluten allergies. I do not feel even a shred of sickness from cross contamination! To finish, the semifreddo with hot fudge and caramel corn was outstanding, and my friends loved the hot cookie stuffed with Nutella. I typically can never finish dessert, but I had no trouble this time! Every detail, even down to the fresh, rich coffee at the end of the meal, was lovingly executed. We came for a museum day, but somehow spent two hours enjoying ourselves at this restaurant. We didn’t regret a moment of it! The tab came to about $200 for three of us for lunch, which makes it a perfect place for a special occasion but not an every day meal. We could not have been happier - it was the perfect place to celebrate my friend’s birthday.
The ambiance is superb. The table we had was on the deck and we could talk without bothering anyone or hearing anyone else. Food and service were both excellent. We will return there when we go to the Museum.