Bar Mezzana

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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!
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New England
53 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Mezzana was excellent. In a nice area of The South End, with excellent food. The flavors were very good and the service was excellent.

SP
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Loved the cocktails and the wine. Bread was a little slow to come out. Service in regards to getting more drinks was a bit slow. Great food recommendations and the portions are a great size for all but the Crostini. My one wish is that crostini were half the size so you could maybe try more and also be hungry for your pasta.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was also ready amazing.

PB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five of us ate here Saturday night. We were all completely satisfied with service, food choices and ambience. Will definitely make it a regular restaurant choice when visiting Boston!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service, delicious food, kind staff

KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our evening at Bar Mezzana! Great service, awesome food and fun group.

s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friends bday

RM
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service! I'd definitely come back here for another celebration.

c
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Bar Mezzana, and I eat there regularly. I prefer eating there in warmer weather, when one can sit outside, as the interior ambiance is very noisy--which sadly seems to be the case with most restaurants these days.

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Make your reservation and enjoy their amazing food, wonderful service and knowledgable staff.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food wine and service as always!

FF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food usually is amazing. However, the spaghetti this time was not edible at all. It was way too spicy and salty with too much pepper and seasoning. They didn't charge us the dish but I really wish there were some consistency to how good the dishes are. The spaghetti I got here a few weeks prior were simply amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ambiance! Amazing food! Wonderful service! Best experience I’ve had all year! Will be back soon!

K
London
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Bar Mezzana - the food and service were top-notch, and it was a festive space and atmosphere.

c
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great drinks, and pasta with octopus was really good. Our server, Christine, was excellent and made it a nice nice out with friends.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It’s always a little too noisy and the temperature is always a bit cold for me, but overall we like it for the great food and lovely staff and will continue to visit.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I go to Bar Mezzana i have the best time! Amazing food and AMAZING service, I always feel at home! The crudo sampler is also very cool.

JP
New England
57 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Mezzana never disappoints. I brought two of my adult children to Bar Mezzana for brunch. My daughter works in the restaurant industry and outside of the restaurant where she works, Bar Mezzana is her favorite place in Boston. The crudo tasting is a must. Also on the bruch menu, the creamy scrambled egg crostini is amazing.

Their pasta creations are always awesome. The staff if very good. Attentive enough without being bothersome and friendly enough, but still professional.

I highly recommend Bar Mezzana to anyone who hasn't tried it.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great date night spot, will absolutely be back!

MR
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable evening out with my wife. Great and imaginative cocktails. Impressive wine list with variety and knowledgeable staff able to provide good recommendations. Food was excellent; fresh / house made ingredients. Excellent and attentive wait staff, without being intrusive. We will definitely be back.

r
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Bar Mezzana continues to serve delicious food. The vibe is lively and the pasta is outstanding.
We are always happy to eat at Bar Mezzana.

S
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best Italian food I've ever had. It became a daily place to dine while I was in town on business. Going to miss it very much.

F
Montreal
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I love this place. Unfortunately one of our party's meal was not prepared properly, twice. The waiter gave him a little pushback, realized he was out of line and backpeddled according. Management did their absolute best to make it right but the damage was done. I'll definitely go back but will probably stick to the small plates. Crudo and octopus are amazing!

n
New England
67 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Mezzana is an excellent restaurant in every respect. The food is excellent across the board, the beverage and wine program is great, and the service is knowledgeable and attentive.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and cocktails. Everything was prepared perfectly including some dishes that are hard to nail like chicken under a brick and halibut - they can often be dry or under seasoned or have flabby skin. These were perfectly juicy with excellent seasoning and shatteringly crisp skin.
Cocktails were ice cold and delicious. Good to have some tasty non alcoholic options on the menu.
Service was great. The space is nothing special but the service and food are spot on.

JN
New England
34 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

A hip location for foodies, this restaurant seems to be a place where work colleagues meet to discuss real estate and other similar issues. The food is delicious, but the place is not intimate and has only hard surfaces. Not a place for a quiet conversation!

BH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Everything was fine. It was perhaps the wrong venue to choose for our 25th anniversary. It was too loud for a quiet dinner

LH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Boston, hands down. Colin, Heather and the rest of the team consistently knock it out of the park.

KE
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster pasta was amazing. Service was great as well. Went for an early and quiet sunday night dinner and it was perfect.

JM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Start to finish great experience. Our server was just the lovliest.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, fantastic food, and a unique menu

R
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love Bar Mezzana!! Just wish you carried tops shelf spirits.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you!!!

JF
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed the food - prosciutto wrapped dates, prosciutto with mozzarella, lobster pasta, scallops, and ravioli. All delicious. Only complaint is it was too loud.

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I have been to Bar Mezzana a number of times in the last few months and always enjoy the casual, high energy ambience and the quality of the food. Sitting at the bar and watching one of Boston's outstanding sports teams is also a treat. However, Bar Mezzana has a challenge and that challenge is to get its wonderful food from the kitchen to the table a lot faster, especially during peak evening dining hours. During my last two visits with friends and family, we waited an uncomfortable 30-40 minutes before our first entrees arrived.

CN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service. It is loud but that's ok when it's because it's due to people having a great time!

MG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, a little loud. Server was very helpful with selections of food and wine

F
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We only had the Pop tart and the Eggs Benedict, and they both were very good! The orange juice we had however was below my expectations, I was expecting freshly squeezed juice but it was not.

B
New England
151 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. One of our favorites. The crudo sampler is always awesome

LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent! The only reason it is not 5 stars all the way is that they messed up our side order, it came too late when we were all but finished with our entrees. But great food, good wine list, vibrant but not obnoxiously noisy.