Bar Boulud

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7135 reviews
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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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OT
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Long standing patrons. Service was mediocre. Cuisine was adequate but not special. Not WOW! Wine paring with dessert was ATROCIOUS. Server needs to study about vintages. A sommelier was needed but absent.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived 30 minutes early and were seated immediately. The service was prompt and professional. The food was delicious. As we were dining, Chef Boulud came into the restaurant.

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S
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently this restaurant always works for us. We came after the Ooera , had a 11:30pm reservation. Glad to get there after heavy rain.
The Martinis mine a dirty one was perfect. I ordered French fries, hot and thin the way I like it and the duck pâté and m6 friend ordered the pâté compagne. Both were flavorful and generous. The desert was very good a chocolate cake with maple ice cream. A very nice place to end an evening!

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J
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bar Boulud never fails to satisfy, the food is delicious and the wine exceptional quality with many varieties to explore. Service is always attentive and charming.

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LG
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional trout. Able to deal with my GF and Dairy sensitivities. Superb wine list

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drink before a Saturday matinee, featuring brunch...my favorite meal to eat out!

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PK
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was disappointing
Rabbit plain uninteresting
Burrata salad uninspired
Lyonnaise sausage tasteless
Coq au vin very good

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CC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Like most restaurants in Lincoln Center, you sit on top of people. If you don't mind that, it is a good meal. Better wine by the glass selection would be a bonus

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CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Love Bar Boulud. Excellent food. Usually great service but encountered a rude waitperson with a poor attitude. Never happened before. Hope it doesn’t happen again.

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

I dine here often because I love the food, the ambiance, and usually the service is excellent. However this time the service by our waiter was atrocious - he ignored us, put in the wrong order, made mistakes on our bill. If this had been my first time at Bar Boulud I would never come again. But of course I will, because I know this visit was unusual. However, someone needs to keep an eye on the waitstaff to make sure that they are professional and treat people properly.

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J
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing French food! Creative and totally authentic French cuisine with an amazing wine list. Our server was polite and very helpful. Everything excellent!

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HV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Bar Boulud but I wish you'd change the menu a bit more often. Just to keep me coming!

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OT
New England
55 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the call confirming our upcoming reservation to our thank you for dining with us was outstanding. Enjoyed by all.

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C
New York Area
165 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

One of the few choices for pre/post Lincoln Center events -- especially if you like authentic French food

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MK
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Daniel Boulud is a fantastic chief. Bar Boulud is a wonderful to have a great feeling for his mastery at a much more reasonable cost than Daniel. It’s location across from Lincoln Center makes it a great choice for a pre theatre pleasure.

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H
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good — only complaint was that it was a bit too noisy for conversation.

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

I’ve been to Bar Boulud many times and always had an excellent experience. This time was terrible. I think may be because of Wed matinee but service was terrible. Food was very good but took forever to be served. Long waits to get our oders of bread, entees and coffee.

Still would recommend but NOT for Wednesday lunch,

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Tulsa
12 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my third visit to Bar Buloud, it never disappoints! Dover sole was pretty pricey but absolutely delicious. Salut to Daniel ❤️

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HV
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Boulud is always first rate, but I wish the menu changed a bit more often
than it seem to

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SK
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great burger, crispy fries with Brooklyn lager.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Convenient, rather expensive but friendly and enjoyable

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TP
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Whatever else you order, if you're not vegetarian, be sure to include the charcuterie board. It's sensational. If you're vegetarian, you'll love the cheese board instead. Either could make a good appetizer for 2 (or, for cheese, a good dessert as well). All the mains are delicious -- just had a rabbit stew, which you can't get in very many places and was superb. Really excellent service, too.

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NG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great French place! We’ve been going to this restaurant for couple of years now and it has been consistent good. Service is always wonderful as well

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation for Sunday afternoon brunch and were seated right away. Service was prompt and friendly. Food was absolutely delicious, I had the croque madame and my mom had the French toast. We shared bacon and hash browns on the side (all great!). Drinks are a little pricey but it's NYC.

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R
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always love to eat at Bar Boulud when we attend performances at Lincoln Center. Be it a brunch or dinner we have never been disappointed. We always get the setting section (booth in the back) we request and from then on we can expect excellent wine, attentive staff, smart entrees and inventive deserts. By instinct, they know our curtain time and have us out in perfect time for an ensembles concert or the opera. We’ll be back next week...

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T
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is exceptional. The pastries are on par with a cafe in Paris.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great we will definitely be back. Food was truly wonderful, we had two specials and a few sides all cooked to perfection

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A
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent and attentive service. We were there for a friend's birthday before a show at the Lincoln Center. The bartender was very friendly and catered to our child's request for Shirley Temple while we waited for our table. Our waiter knew it was our friend's birthday and brought out a candle dessert before the cheque very discreetly even though we hadnt talked about it. The food was good - I always get the croque madame with its side of salad and it didnt disappoint. Someone else ordered the duck and said it was excellent. All in all, a great pre or post Lincoln Center experience.

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CL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have only been here for lunch prior to attending a matinee opera, but the several times we have eaten here the food, wine, and service have been exceptional. Our servers on this visit were especially attentive.

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JC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Light supper after the opera was quite a treat as their large tray charcuterie sampler was just right. This was followed by an exquisite onion soup that took the edge off 24 degrees temperature outside. Dessert crowned the meal, as the ÎLe Flottante Vanilla crème anglaise, praline rouge was excellent.

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Dubai
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, but the service was the real story - exceptional!

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HB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An expertly prepared bistro meal, very high quality.

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PH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely lunch here -- steak frites particularly good. It was surprisingly quiet, but with its location across from Lincoln Center, I'm sure it's often busy. There were many staff people on the floor, but we never seemed to be able to find one when we needed one. Service was slow paced, allowing for a very leisurely meal. With so many amazing restaurants in NYC, this was quite good, but did not live up to the hype.

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C
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had two fabulous meals at Bar Boulud with exceptional service from the entire staff with special attention from Adam one of the waiters.

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P
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A great place to go for dinner after the opera since it is open late. The food is generally very good, though this time I had to send back my onion soup which was served lukewarm. A nice wine selection and friendly attentive service still made it a lovely evening

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MP
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Service was excellenr. The staff was very knowledgeable about the menu including wine pairings.

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

That are always consistent. Food was delicious as always!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The quality of their food has gone down significantly and prices have gone up unreasonably. They are now charging for what used to be complementary bread puffs. The overpriced “medium” burger was a tiny dried up brick with no flavor, fries cold and tasteless. So is pretty much anything else I have had there recently. Average to mediocre desserts at $14 a pop is shocking. Their rotating wine selection is the only bright spot, though $9 for a cheap sugary “hipster” Brooklyn IPA is embarrassing.

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CN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Boulud is a find. The food was excellent and the service was attentive, knowledgable but not intrusive. We truly enjoyed ourselves. We appreciated the varied menu and the price point was great.

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AK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I Had a lobster omelet for $29. There was some lobster, but I summer in Bar Harbor, Maine and when you order a lobster omelet, it’s bursting with lobster, in every bite. The Boulud version had lobster in about a third of the bites. It was also described as including lobster sauce, which was missing. Otherwise an excellent experience.

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