Bar Mezzana

4.8
492 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Bar Mezzana is a coastal Italian restaurant by Chef Colin Lynch at Ink Block in Boston’s South End, specializing in crudo and hand-made pasta. Signature dishes like chicken under a brick, Spanish octopus and orecchiette with sausage have become instant classics. Seasonal menu updates incorporate flavors from local farmers and purveyors. The crudo menu changes daily - think Nantucket bay scallops and razor clams along with Japanese and European delicacies like shima aji and lubina. All are expertly prepared with bright touches of citrus, oils and salts.
Reserve in the dining room for a family dinner or date night. Enjoy the bar and lounge for bar snacks, a great burger, and a Nightshift beer. A private dining room is available for a business event or intimate party for up to 12. Any night of the week, Bar Mezzana welcomes with a thoughtful wine list, delightful cocktails, delicious food and friendly staff!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Dining Bar
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Hours of operation
Bar
Mon–Wed 4:30 pm–12:00 am
Thu–Sat 4:30 pm–1:00 am
Sun 10:30 am–1:00 am
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(617) 530-1770
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Colin Lynch
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Private party facilities
Bar Mezzana offers a wide variety of event options. Our private dining room accommodates up to 12 guests for a seated dinner, or 15 for a standing cocktail reception. Our semi-private dining room can accommodate up to 46 for a seated dinner or 60 for a standing reception. The restaurant is also available for a full buyout of 80 guests for a seated dinner or up to 180 for a standing reception.
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Private party contact
Heather Lynch: (617) 530-1770
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Traveler Street
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Parking details
Valet $20 cash pm onlyThere is metered parking on Harrison Avenue and public parking beneath the overpass on Albany Street. Please do not park in the Whole Foods or the Sepia lot as those lots are monitored and vehicles will be towed.BRUNCH PARKING Sunday 11am-3pm2 hour validated parking @ INK UNDERGROUND (Laz Lot #5) under Interstate 93.
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Public transit
Red Line Broadway T stop - cross over New Broadway bridge and continue straight on Traveler St.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 492 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent from beginning to end as was the service and staff. It was very noisy, so not for those who are looking for a quiet cozy romantic spot.

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M
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Always delicious and consistent...service is friendly

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MP
New England
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of towhees just loved the food the location the wait staff. The whole gestalt

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

Excellent as always.

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

I’ve been here many times. The food is always creative and excellent. We ate at the bar. The bartender was fair. Rather than focusing on one customer/order at a time, he’d work on more than one customer/order at a time, slowing everything down for all customers. He needs to learn how to say, “Sir, I’ll get to you when I finish this persons order.”

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!! We will be back

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SB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

unfortunately, this visit did not match our first experience. We first ate at Bar Mezzana 2 months ago and had a great experience, food and service were all stellar. Yet things were off this time, Crudo wasn't great with one of the selections being unedible by each of us at the table. Then 3 of the dishes we ordered never arrived, the wait staff was polite and apologetic and offered to comp a round of drinks and a dessert, which was a nice and appreciated gesture. Perhaps because we visited on Wednesday night that things were off?

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e
New England
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Very engaged and attentive reception staff. Valet is quite off and at end I waited for 10 mins as my text messaging service said car on way when it had been there for 10 minutes but not seeable from restaurant. The food was typically syrong but the waiter service was very slow and a little off. I had to go to reception to ask for our bill. We had a simple dinner which took almost 3mhours.

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience. The food was incredible and the service was great from everyone that worked there.

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h
New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great. Crudo, pastas, interesting wine list. If I could have given six stars for service I would.

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JG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful experience, food was terrific and service is always top notch

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Definitely a go-to spot!

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding ! Went for our anniversary. Staff was wonderful, from valet and hostess staff, to waiters and owners. Great table (except for the loud swearing from the two businessmen at the next table , nothing the restaurant can do about that , they were just fools and boorish, while oblivious to everyone around them). The crudos and Crustini’s were outstanding , they could be the whole meal . Pasta and fish were good and desserts great , but tough to top the starters. Great wine list and waiter brought us complimentary Vin Santo with dessert to honor our anniversary . Lovely place , people , food, wine and management (owner stopped by table as well to wish us well and to check in ) highly, highly recommend and these Bostonians will be back - with guests ! Thanks again .

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MF
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Mezzana was amazing! Awesome food and service. Loved the prosciutto wrapped dates and the arancini snacks. Great bottle of wine too. Will be back soon.

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CL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and staff superb. Hard to choose among items. We had crudo tasting. Excellent and good value. Truffle pasta exquisite and not as expensive as other places!

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WB
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food, especially the fennel salad! We enjoyed the arancini as well.

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M
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good pasta and seafood (especially "crudo." Many small plate options.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and fantastic food. — the pasta was one of the best I’ve had in a long time.
Price might be justified but it’s definitely not cheap.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, start to finish. Great service. Crudo was the best I’ve ever had (we tried almost all of them). Very reasonable prices on both food and drink- cannot recommend highly enough

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KS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner in a relaxing atmosphere. Apps, small plates and full size meals makes sharing a variety of dishes fun. Service was excellent.

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HT
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed brunch on Sunday. Everything was amazing....food, service, ambiance. Thank you
We will be back!

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b
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious as always. The server we had was NOT up to previous servers we had in the past.

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PC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really great experience. Enjoyed the meal and beverages.

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PR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

I got very ill after eating crudo there. The fish smelled a bit off, but I ate it anyway. I ended up in ER all night.

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JN
New England
31 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Both the food and our waiter were absolutely terrific. We plan to go back soon.

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KM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. Nice wine list. An unrushed meal.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Perfect!

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't say enough about this restaurant. We had a wonderful experience. The food was excellent, the restaurant is beautiful and the service was excellent. Valet parking made it extremely convenient.
Can't wait to go back.

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j
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptionally friendly staff from the Hostess to the guy filling water glasses. Recommend the crudo tasting. Pasta perfectly al dente.

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NI
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! One of our Boston favorites. Always inventive and fresh. Don't miss the crudo!

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RA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Wines were not paired adequately and not good enough quality to make justice to the food ( that was wonderful) .

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JB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Soanudg octopus plate was very good as was the skirt steak entree. The crudo was really not very tasty. We ordered several different crudo plates and none were good. Different experience than the first time we came here when first opened

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b
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Service forgot multiple drinks, and food items. Never came over to check on us, instead brought the check and said they bought a round of drinks, some we never received.

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KE
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place with a really nice vibe! Food is delicious, and the staff is very friendly. Highly recommend!

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LS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trendy restaurant with a good vibe and great food. It’s small so the noise level is pretty high but that to me was the only downfall.

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KT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a special birthday at Bar Mezzana. Upon arriving, we were immediately greeted and shown to our table. We were pleased to have a roomy corner table with nice privacy from the adjacent diners. The service here is A+. Our server was always checking in and was very informative about the menu and wine choices, but never rushed us through our meal. We ordered a variety of small plates to share, followed by our entree's and dessert. Everyone was pleased with the meal. Would recommend for any occasion, not just a special one.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I’ve ever had the pleasure of dining in. Really. I was knocked out by it. Fantastic find in a new neighborhood in Boston; we were just there for the weekend so to get there again will require a special trip. But it would be worth it. The chicken, octopus, and pastas were amazing. So delighted to have found this.

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CM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good - white bean crostini, Spanish octopus, and lobster pasta were all amazing. The arancini is small, but delicious. The service was okay. A bit slow, but then rushed us through courses to bring out the next one. When we asked what they recommended/to review the menu, our server told us it was spelled out on the menu pretty well. My biggest complaint was that we all ordered decaf coffee to finish the meal, and what we received (we all did not learn until 1am) was NOT decaf coffee. An annoying inconvenience, but also a health concern. I'm pregnant and am limited to how much caffeine I can consume. On top of the caffeine keeping me up in the middle of the night, the anxiety was there too.

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JD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bat Mezzana never fails to impress. The food is always very tasty and executed well. The crostini and the Negroni variants they always have on the menu are my go-to.

The staff is extremely friendly, well versed in both their food and wine selections. The bar team is very amicable and their drink knowledge exceeds most standard restaurants.

I highly recommend bar mezzana compared to any other restaurant in the area!

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PT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far one of the best Italian inspired restaurants in Boston! If you want incredibly delicious food and amazing wine, you have to come here. Perfect quality food for a fair price with a cool atmosphere. This place is always 5-stars!

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