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Bar á vin 1855, Boston, MA

Bar á vin 1855

4.8
4.8
208 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 on Boston's popular Newbury Street 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 new menus for both brunch on the weekends and dinner.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Wine Bar, Breakfast

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 587-4222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ozzy Rizvi

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Cross street

    Fairfield / Gloucester

  • Parking details

    Street parking or Prudential Parking Garage

  • Public transit

    Hynes Convention Center (Green Line), Prudential (Green Line), Copley (Green Line)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef Pop-up with Todd Lipman

    $89.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 14, 2022 only
    Join us for a special pop-up event featuring Chef Todd Lipman. Three-time Best of Boston Award-Winning Sommelier turned Private Chef, Todd Lipman of Blade & Bottles has been a staple in the Boston hospitality and fine-dining community for over two decades. He is best known for his beverage work at Bistro du Midi, The Boston Harbor Hotel and Craigie on Main as well as his tenure as Wine Director for both the Nantucket and Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festivals, but has been a passionate and curious cook since his late teens. Chef Lipman will be offering a unique three course menu and wine pairing upgrades will be available for purchase at the event.

What 208 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Great for fine wines

  • Boston / New England

    French

  • Boston

    Great for fine wines

  • Boston

    French

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  1. SO

    StephenO

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect - the food, the service and the atmosphere.
  2. Z

    Zack

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food, wonderful atmosphere
  3. TR

    TerriR

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible service and amazing food. Wonderful experience, if you’re considering this place, go!!
  4. PC

    PatC

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Overall it was a nice meal in a nice restaurant. But some of us didn't think the quality of the food that that great. The service was very good though.
  5. CF

    CarlosF

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for an amazing Thanksgiving meal. The food was perfect, service was amazing.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mathieu and crew made our evening special! The food and wines were amazing!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Had a first date experience here. Asked to have wine suggested to us and the server asked if we trusted him. Naturally, we said yes, and based on a couple questions he brought back a great tasting bottle for us to share a dessert over. Would definitely come back for future dates or special occasions!
  8. ER

    ElodieR

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food and drinks were really good. Size of entrees were a bit small, I would recommend taking some sides or to have an appetizer. The bread was not great which is very odd considering how great the rest was.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good experience
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The duck was amazing and I loved how helpful the staff was with suggestions on wine pairings. 10/10 I will definitely be back next time I’m in the Boston area.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. The service was exceptional. The setting was charming. This is a great restaurant.
  12. A

    Angy1

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My second time here. Very good food, excellent wine, nice service, low noice level. I definitely recommend!
  13. RK

    RalphK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Classic French with a few, small, appropriate 'twists'. Wine pricing & knowledge is the best reason to go. Charcuterie was a huge portion and offers good value. Pork chop was the weak link to our meal. Lemon meringue tart was 'authentic' and, thankfully, did not have the 'tinny' taste that is all too common is lesser establishments. Looking forward to going back.
  14. AJ

    AJenkins

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy atmosphere, professional service and delicious food! Staff were of attentive yet didn't rush us and we appreciated their suggestions.
  15. O

    Oliver

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! The food was stellar, our waiter was friendly, professional, and gave excellent recommendations on wine pairings. Such a wonderful experience!
  16. VM

    VM123

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice and beautiful food. Very good selection of wine in the wine pairing. Very nice Barkeeper!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent experience! Food is amazing, stuff is very polite and knowledgeable.

    Bar á vin 1855Responded on October 10, 2022Bonjour, We greatly appreciate your review as well as your positive feedback! Our team is glad to hear that you have enjoyed your experiences dining with us. We look forward to your return! -The 1855 Team

  18. JK

    JaqulineK

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was good but the menu described the asparagus dish as having morel mushrooms and the mushrooms that were served were certainly not morel.

    Bar á vin 1855Responded on October 10, 2022Bonjour Jaquline, Thank you for leaving us a review, as well as important feedback. We apologize for the miscommunication with the dish, and have since made sure to update the menu with the correct mushroom type. Our team is glad that everything else during your experience was good and we can't wait to welcome you back soon! -The 1855 Team

  19. CB

    CameronB

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and ambience were delightful. The staff was very attentive and accommodating. I recommend this yummy and cozy restaurant highly.

    Bar á vin 1855Responded on October 10, 2022Bonjour Cameron, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! Our team is happy to hear that you had an enjoyable time with us. We can't wait to welcome you back soon! -The 1855 Team

  20. K

    Kate

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, our dinner at Bar à Vin was exceptional. We did the testing menu with wine pairings and cannot sat enough good things about the food. The sommelier Mathieu was masterful in selecting the perfect wine for each perfect dish. You will not be disappointed.
  21. K

    Kkkkkkkk

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Ordered 3 appetizers, 2 main entrees and 1 dessert. Nothing wow. Oil is old, can tell from all the fried food. Tartare is under season. Fish is fresh tho.
  22. F

    Frequentdiner

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cozy French bistro .
  23. AD

    AvidDiner

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The only reason the food is getting 4-stars is because the bok choy on the duck was so large, it was impossible to cut. I practically had to "squeaky" scrape my knife across the plate to get a manageable piece off. Otherwise, it was exquisite - service, the duck, all of the other entrees and appetizers. And the wine list was beautiful.

    Bar á vin 1855Responded on October 10, 2022Bonjour, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate your feedback, and take it seriously, as it allows us to modify our dishes accordingly. Our team is happy to hear that everything else was exquisite and we look forward to welcoming you back soon! -The 1855 Team

  24. ML

    MLOU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We had a lovely experience here for dinner in the Back Bay with good service & lovely wine.

    Bar á vin 1855Responded on October 10, 2022Bonjour, Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you had a positive experience with us for dinner. Our team looks forward to welcoming you back soon! -The 1855 Team

  25. DW

    DouglasW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A bit pricey, but the food and service are excellent. And outdoor dining there when the weather is nice is great.
  26. P

    Peter

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very good food and excellent service
  27. LW

    LexiW

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great spot! Huge wine selection for all price ranges and fantastic food

    Bar á vin 1855Responded on October 10, 2022Bonjour Lexi, Thank you for dining with us! We appreciate your review and the positive feedback on both the wine list and food. Our team looks forward to welcoming you back soon! -The 1855 Team

  28. RL

    RyanL

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic meal at Bar a Vin 1855. It was a beautiful night, so we opted to for a table outside. The wine list is amazing. We enjoyed some great Coravined glasses and a bottle. The food was very good and the service was excellent. We will definitely return.

    Bar á vin 1855Responded on October 10, 2022Bonjour Ryan, Our team is happy to hear that you had a fantastic meal with us! The Coravin glasses were a newer addition to our wine list so we appreciate the positive feedback! We look forward to welcoming you back in the future to enjoy more dishes and wine! -The 1855 Team

  29. C

    Claudine

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. I’ve only eaten outside but the interior has great ambiance and a lot more space with a bar downstairs too. Our main course was a little small but other than that it was great. The wine selections have been really good too. The sancere was perfect for a summer night outside.
  30. AK

    AngelaK

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration for myself and a friend and our server made it a special experience.

    Bar á vin 1855Responded on October 10, 2022Bonjour Angela, We are so happy to hear that your birthday celebration was a special experience. Thank you for leaving us this review. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future for more dinners and celebrations! -The 1855 Team

  31. CB

    CharlesB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best French restaurant in town. Perfect ambiance, waiters and waitresses are amazing, food is divine. Highly recommend !
  32. XL

    XavierL

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Large and eclectic selection of French wines. Highly recommended!
  33. SH

    SuzanneH

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    I so wanted to love this place. The food was good (portions were small) and the drinks were delicious, but it was unbearably hot inside. Our entire table of 6 was sweating the entire time and we were told there was no way to turn the air conditioning up. It made for a very unpleasant time.
  34. RG

    RogelioG

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside. We loved all the food: foie gras, canard and beuf bourguignone. Great wine selection and we recommend the Calvados with chocolate tart.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Bar a Vin and come here whenever we can! Merci Mathieu and team you are the best!
  36. RF

    RaymondF

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Food was overpriced, main dish had overcooked pork.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic dining experience. The food was beautifully presented and the service impeccable. I cannot wait to go back again and again.
  38. G

    Greggles

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time at Bar a vin, and it
  39. LD

    LuciaD

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy ambience. Simple and delicious plates. Good wine selection. Attentive staff.
  40. RR

    RRGG

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious; we had the tasting menu, the accompanying wines were perfect and the service wonderful. Best meal we have had in years!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Bar á vin 1855 is rated 4.8 stars by 208 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Experiences are available.
Google Map for Bar á vin 1855

259 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116-2402

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fairfield / Gloucester

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Wine Bar, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking or Prudential Parking Garage

  • Public transit

    Hynes Convention Center (Green Line), Prudential (Green Line), Copley (Green Line)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ozzy Rizvi

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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