Bar á vin 1855

4.6
113 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
From our seasonally inspired small plates, to full course meals, we invite you to savor every bite. Deepen your love of French wines by immersing yourself in the flavors and aromas of 1855’s selection of over 250 French wines as our sommeliers procure the perfect pairing for your meal. Our inviting bistro will immerse you in the world of wine, with chairs crafted by a local carpenter out of wine barrels, and tables made from wooden wine case. Give into temptation and indulge in our menu designed by our Chef Ozzy Rizvi.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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PCDBoston
New England
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Two friends and I celebrated Thanksgiving with a delicious dinner at Bar a Vin 1855. One friend was celebrating her first Thanksgiving in the U.S. We each ordered turkey (the alternative was ham), as well as three sides (out of five to choose from) and a piece of pie with whipped cream (out of three to choose from). The portions were substantial without being excessive. The service was excellent. It was our first time at this restaurant, and I am sure we will be returning. I highly recommend it.

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Louise
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine pairing was interesting. Glad we ordered the pairing with the tasting menu.

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vipMiaP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Not much wine on the menu and the service was pretty bad. Wouldn’t come back.

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vipEvie
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, professional waitstaff and nice ambiance!

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vipShaunaB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you can't travel to France anytime soon -- go here for dinner instead. The food is authentic with gorgeous small plates and an elegant Charcuterie to share. The wine list is amazing. It was a lovely and perfect birthday dinner with friends.

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vipLovelysetting
New England
62 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, including the service. Only disappointment was menu description of pork belly as pork roast. Big difference, acknowledged by management after the fact

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vipSarahG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

good food, service (in terms of timing and knowledge) was a bit uneven and not what i would expect for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and interior is gorgeous!

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vipsnkcbc
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem in Back Bay. One of the best wine lists with lots of options!

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vipKelliF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Lovely spot but very poor service. Went for brunch and got there before it became crowded. Our order was taken but never “put in”.
We were fine as we weren’t in a rush. Then the order came and it was only half of what we ordered. Waited again and still wasn’t right. Very frustrating.
We were told my mimosa would be comped and it wasn’t. But paid and left as we were so done by that point.

Bar á vin 1855
Responded on October 28, 2021

Hello Kelli, We appreciate your honesty, and we are so sorry that you had a very frustrating experience. We are doing our best to improve our service and food, and we would love to welcome you again in the future. We will take care of you and make sure these mistakes never happen again. - The Bar à vin 1855 team

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vipK2escott
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch experience. Omelets with toasted bread delicious. Very elegant though not at all pretentious. Definitely go back.

Bar á vin 1855
Responded on October 28, 2021

Bonjour! We are so honored that you enjoyed our new brunch experience with us. We hope to see you again soon! - The Bar á vin 1855 team

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vipBandido
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very atmospheric French bistro. Tasty food but small portions.

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vipGeoMS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very mediocre Food which was supposedly Contemporary French cuisine. Didn’t resemble any French food I’ve had in Paris. Was only fair, in my opinion. Service was good.

Bar á vin 1855
Responded on October 28, 2021

Hello, We are sorry our menu was not to your liking. We are changing our menu biweekly in order to propose fresh and original recipes for our customers. We would like to welcome you back in the future, so you can have a new taste of our latest menu. - The Bar à vin 1855 team

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vipSarasotaLiz
New England
48 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for people watching. Outdoor seating. Service was terrific! Food is wonderful and the wine selection as you might imagine is extensive and well priced.

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vipAnonymous
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner out at Bar á vin 1855 - we ate from the tasting menu, and each item was flavorful and well-prepared. We also appreciated the friendly and knowledgeable service.

Bar á vin 1855
Responded on October 28, 2021

Hello, Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you were happy with the tasting menu, as well as our staff! We would love to have you again in the future. - The Bar à vin 1855 team

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viphard2plz
New England
69 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for an early weekend brunch (10:15 am reservation), at which time Newbury St is not so busy. Food was very good, and staff were excellent. Outside seating is comfortable and portions were responsible. Clearly popular as there was quickly a line and we were being encouraged not to linger over our coffee. Otherwise very nice, and we'd come again.

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Luigi
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at Bar à Vin 1855 is always very thoughtful and the brunch (our first time there other than dinner or aperitifs) was delicious, with a manageably sized menu both of both food and cocktails.

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vipKaFa
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience!! We were treated in the beautiful al fresco area and it felt like Europe. Jarret was an amazing waiter!! He guided us through the menu and we had such great conversations with him. Each dish that came out was so beautifully presented and every morsel was simply heaven. You can tell Chef Rizvi is incredibly passionate about the local produce and you can see his passion in cooking in each dish. The smokiness in the beef tartare was so delicate and divine. You know a chef is talented when your emotions get hightened with each morsel of food tasted. It was an honor to be able to meet chef and speak to him about his lineage and his passion about food and cooking. I can’t wait to come back and try his handmade gnocchi with truffles again and all the other dishes that he will create in the future.

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vipL124
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We have been to this restaurant pre covid and the quality of food and waitstaff was much higher, will probably not be returning

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Luath
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Excellent outdoor seating in a lively area in the heart of Boston's Back Bay.

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vipMommyBigTime
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The quality of the main course on the price fixe menu was not great. The steak was 1/2 fat and gristle.

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vipMichaelG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an opportunity to eat using outside seating on a day when Newbury street was closed to all the traffic.We had a tasting menu, which provided plenty of food. Service was excellent. Wine sommelier was very helpful, providing us with very good wine with an excellent value. Food was great, prepared in the traditional French style. We had an excellent dining experience. Will definitely come back.

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vipDAJones
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great experience all around. Very much a French bistro experience even right out on Newberry Street. Fantastic wine selection (both by the bottle & glass) with very approachable prices. Wonderful service and delicious dining. Very glad we gave it a try and would definitely return.

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Kate
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a FABULOUS evening at Bar a Vin. We were a group of 5 and we all got the tasting menu. Each course was exquisitely prepared and both looked and tasted divine. The sommelier brought wine after wine that went perfectly with each course, and even brought us each some champagne at the end as an extra touch. We also had one member of our party who was gluten free, and they easily accommodated her diet concerns. The outside patio offered a perfect dining spot. SO happy we found this place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place, thoughtful and knowledgable staff, delicious wine and food.

JK
vipJessicaK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice! Great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
157 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful outdoor table that felt like we'd been transported to Paris. The service was awesome as was the food. The Burrata salad and Steak Tartare were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was delicious. Especially the burrata. Server not so great. Had a definite attitude but warmed up slightly when he learned we are from Back Bay.

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vipAmanda
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

What a great little hidden gem. Chef Ozzy Rizvi has worked under Michelin royalty like Chef Thomas Keller and the composition of each dish reflects the artistry of a true talent. In the few dishes missing the slightest mark on execution were quickly recovered by the very attentive and thorough sommelier providing us wine pairings with each dish of the chefs tasting. Overall it was a spectacular night and we will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and very friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable staff. Wine pairings were really well done. We’ll definitely be back!

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vipAttaridee
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manager Matthieu and Chef Ozzy are a great partnership! Food tasted delicious, looked beautiful and paired with the perfect wine. Highly recommend!

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TomC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals that we’ve had in years. Champignons and eggplant appetizers were amazing. We chose the cheapest bottle of Burgundy red, and it was fantastic. Service also outstanding.

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vipPACONO
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Good quality of the food but portion sizes were really very small. Very slow service which will be probably be improved. Not adapted if you are hungry.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is phenomenal. Service is friendly and knowledgeable. We will be back.

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NongyaoT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love this place. It’s a small an cozy restaurant. Good service and great wine list.
The food was good but however the portion was very small. I hope they could adjust the portion or the price in the future but over all we had a great time and we will return soon!

The manager was knowledgeable and a great host. Merci beaucoup.

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vipHendrata
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance. The restaurant is a bit small so make sure you have a reservation, but that makes the setting a bit more private / cozy

Bar á vin 1855
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thank you for visiting, Hendrata. We are so pleased to know you enjoyed your experience with us. We sincerely appreciate your recommendation and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. - The 1855 Bar à Vin Team

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our new favorite for casual dining...

Bar á vin 1855
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you! We are so honored to receive such a distinction. We look forward to the next of many returns. - The 1855 Bar à Vin Team

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vipCapegirl
New England
23 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for Boston Dine Out-had never been. It was AMAZING! Service was so attentive but not intrusive. Could actually have a nice quiet conversation as music and others diners at modest level. Their choices for Dine Out were delicious. Will most surely return.

Bar á vin 1855
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us for for Dine-Out Boston. We are so pleased you chose to spend your evening with us. We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. We hope to welcome you back again soon for another exceptional experience. - The 1855 Bar à Vin Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
33 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This French restaurant is a new take on some French classics and they are pretty tasty. We enjoyed our meals and cocktails here. The dishes are very flavorful and perfectly executed. The service was great and friendly. Price point was fair for Newbury Street venue. The atmosphere was perfect for 7s since it was Sunday night. We would definitely go back there again.

Bar á vin 1855
Responded on March 9, 2020

Hello and Thank You for taking the time to leave us a review about you experience. We are so pleased to know you enjoyed your time with us here at 1855 Bar à Vin. Our team is dedicated to bringing a wonderful and authentic atmosphere to our guest and we are very happy that you experienced our best. We look forward to another exceptional visit. Thank you for sharing. - The 1855 Bar à Vin Team

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Nelsonsdad
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The wine list is extensive, as you would expect, with a great selection of wines by the glass in addition to wines by the bottle. We shared the carpaccio and mussel appetizers which were quite good. The lamb chops were flavorful but a little more done than the requested medium. The butter poached was also flavorful and mostly tender but the tips of the claws were a bit hard and chewy. Service was attentive and friendly. We would return for the wines and the appetizers.

Bar á vin 1855
Responded on March 9, 2020

Thank you for visiting, Nelsonsdad. We are pleased to know that your experience with us was one you would return for and recommend to others. We appreciate your feedback on and will be certain to relay it as such to our chef. We are always hoping to exceed expectations and look forward to using your genuine feedback as a learning tool. Thank you again for sharing and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. -The 1855 Bar à Vin Team

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Bar á vin 1855 is rated 4.6 stars by 113 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.