Bar Boulud

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Bar Boulud is Chef Daniel Boulud’s bistro and wine bar located across from New York City's Lincoln Center. An exquisite array of housemade charcuterie complements sumptuous French cooking for both lunch and dinner. Bar Boulud offers a 3 course price fixe for lunch for $29 and dinner for $48. Outdoor dining is available on the terrace seasonally. Three private wine-themed dining rooms adjacent to the wine cellar are also available for private events.

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Daniel Boulud's "casual bistro" Bar Boulud is one of the best places to eat near Lincoln Square.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Had Valentines Day Prix Fix. Decent courses but poor value. The star was the baked Alaska dessert - that was worthy of a place with Bar Boloud's ostensible pedigree

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MP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and drinks, great location, but feels too small with tables very close to each other.
It wasn’t exceptional, but was very good!

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e
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had another wonderful meal at Bar Boulud on Valentine's Day. I really appreciate the patience and care taken around my food allergies. I was able to have a safe, gourmet meal without worry. We will be back soon! Thank you.

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CR
Naples
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service.

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OK
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I brought my immediate family to the restaurant with the intention of impressing them, since this was their first time visiting that area of NYC. I had read about it in the Wine Spectator.

The food itself was delicious except for the beef bourguignon, which was quite dry. However, I would not recommend this restaurant because of ambience was so "off." The waiters were relatively cold, and I was legitimately shocked when I was walking up the aisle and a young waitress did not move to the side and instead walked into me. I have never experienced this anywhere, and I found it to be immensely disrespectful! Ultimately, something about the "vibe" of the restaurant was just not inviting or warm, and I definitely will not be going back to this place. Quite disappointing for the price.

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B
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

For a post-concert meal, the charcuterie assortment really hit the spot! All the varieties they offer, and easy to share. We also got a selection of three vegetable hors d'oeuvre, not knowing that small portions would come with the charcuterie--it's not mentioned on the menu, and our server didn't say anything. But they were all so good, and we love vegetables, so it was fine.
Nice too that you can get 8-ounce pours of wines by the glass, some very good wines, and this way we could try more.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service. Frenchie burger and pomme frites were delicious. Definitely an establishment that is worth revisiting.

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PC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The gourges, beets with burrata, honey glazed duck breast and hazelnut gateau were all very good as was our wine selection (a Trentino @ 65, at lower end of price range). Food prices reasonable for quality. Good overall vibe, waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. As a non-New Yorker/city person found the tables in the front very close and was only issue. For us booths would have been a better choice. Overall enjoyable and would return.

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing Galentine's Day lunch with my Soul Sister on Soul Sister Saturday! I ordered the Chicken Paillard & she ordered the Charcuterie Tasting large tasting board that had various kinds of Pate on it. There was also sourdough bread, butter, mustard, carrots, etc. They also had wonderful leather placemats! The service was very wonderful. The waitress often helped us refill our water. The ambience was very wonderful. Quiet enough to have a wonderful conversation. The music that played served as wonderful background music & not concert music where typical bars have their music on too loud & you need to shout to be heard. The restaurant has a very romantic feel to it. The restroom is also very clean. I would definitely come back & recommend this restaurant!

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XX
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

Not worth the money or the hype for somewhere with a Michelin star.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing. Waiters were very attentive. I had a three course meal and I was not disappointed. Food and dessert were delicious. I will definitely go back. Highly recommended.

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G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy the food and service there.

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NE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't say enough about our dining experience. There were four of us and we sure love Restaurant Week and the opportunity to enjoy restaurants that we might not normally choose. Three of us had the fish, which was perfectly prepared and one had the mussels which we all agreed was the best choice as she gracefully shared with us. The mushroom soup was perfect!

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LA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. Service a tad too "friendly" and noise way too loud

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XL
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food and services! Would definitely go back in the future.

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DA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good and service are great. Proximity to Lincoln Center is also great. But - verrry noisy and crowded.

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PW
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 3

Restaurant week risotto with cauliflower salty. Grapefruit dessert good. Overall, seating is tight and should be a better experience.

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RC
Seattle
57 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the food and did not feel pressured to leave while we continued our conversation

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very delicious.Service was very good.

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HV
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Boulud is unfailing. I am making converts right and left. Everyone is delighted by the food, the service, the native courtesy AND the low noise level'

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CB
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our lunch was very pleasant. The very nice surprise was how pleasant and with it the staff was, which was quite a change from a previous experience last year. It made a world of difference.

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OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is consistently tasty at Bar Boulud. It is one of our neighborhood favorites, as it is always has a sophisticated yet friendly ambiance. I definitely recommend it.

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LH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

2nd visit, my 1st bust was a rave, everything (except noise level) superb. This time, I’d 3 diners 1 (daily special squab with pate) was excellent, duck was fine, but cassoulet was a disaster, was a soupy mess with uncooked beans-not cassoulet. They took it off the bill but very very disappointed.

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C
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was really “meh”. Seems more like capitalizing on the name than anything. We had reservations to go again for dinner but we will try someplace else.

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KA
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Brunch! The brunch menu is excellent. My daughter had steak and eggs and I had the eggs benedict which were delicious. Great service, lovely restaurant! Will be back.

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c
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Expected more from their steak frites.Complimentary birthday desert made up for a barely warm steak.

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L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome in every way!!! Delicious, extraordinary food, outstanding service, Mary at front desk ....
Cannot wait to go back!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Was fine- could have went elsewhere for better food for less money but the service was great. I would go back if we had another event at LC

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V
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service; very warm waitstaff. Outstanding wine list. Always a pleasure to dine at Bar Boulud!

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LS
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Four of us came during restaurant week, for a 2 PM lunch. The food is so superb; there are not enough stars to describe it. Three of us ordered the Loup de Mer..this fish was succulant, and on a subtle sauce that had bits of crisp vegetables and small celementines..all on a bed of arugala. My husband had the mussels with a curry/coconut sauce. He said the mussels were the plumpest and most delicious he had ever had. We had the ice cream/sorbet/cookie combination for desert. My Sauvignon Blanc was crisp and vey well chilled, the others had Cote Du Rhone, which they said was very good. Unfortunately, the noise level was beyond belief, between the loud music and the din of voices. The design of the restaurant is very inviting, but it enhances the noise. They did honor our request for a quiet area, but we had to shout to converse.

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MT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service . Will go back soon and recommend to friends

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C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place! Trout excellent! Looking fwd to next visit!

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JM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Restaurant week menu was generous: delicious mushroom soup, good bread, fantastic gateau marjolaine. Fish entree with arugula was not to my taste. Wines the waiter selected were wonderful.

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K
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always truely special without the fancy formality of many NY restaurants. Love the pate, and they have an excellent brasserie menu. They prepare fish extremely well.

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JO
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Steak was tough,beurnaise lacking tarragon flavor.Much better food at Nougatine cafe which we frequent.Not a special lunch!Maybe dinner is better?

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TW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

We were very disappointed in the quality and taste of the food.

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner after a Lincoln center concert!!

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LE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Error on bill had to be challenged. Was server error. Fixed.

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h
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, and will definitely be back! Excellent food and outstanding service. The noise level was very high though, but all else was superb-

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SB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bar Boulud has a solid menu. It is not too fancy or showy, but everything seems to be made with quality ingredients. The few times I have been here the staff has been excellent.

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