Bar Mezzana

4.8
558 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 558 People Are Saying
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New England
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, the crudo was so well done. Creative flavors and excellent fish. The pasta was perfectly al dente. The lobster sauce was fantastic. Our waiter was very helpful with wine selection. Overall a great meal. I will definitely be back and will bring everyone I know.

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EL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner here! Our food was outstanding, the space was stunning and the waitress was experienced and polite. We would absolutely go again!

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AV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We share a starter (black Truffle crostini) and then a pasta plate each. Outstanding pasta, the pasta itself, the sauces, the flavours...but the crostini was really bad, it was completely covered by black truffle but it was absolutely tasteless, with no flavaour or smell at all. I said to the server and they offered us other plate and they did not charge for it. This is good service¡¡ and they made a memorable night from something that was not right. Congratulations¡¡¡

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PC
New England
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic will go again...soon!

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

We had an excellent meal at Bar Mezzana. Great service and they even did something special for my partner's birthday. Highly recommend coming for a meal.

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

Fantastic food and service. Very pricey, but worth it.

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MB
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I loved only Crudo and wine. They were very good. Next time, I go there just for Crudo tasting and a glass of nice white.
Pasta is over greasy. It took for a long time for food to arrive. Very disappointed with high review place.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

These guys continue to be one of the best takes in Boston. The arrancini snacks are amazing, and this time I tried the crudo which was also great.

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c
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Mezzana is always perfect. The food, the staff, the atmosphere - it's always wonderful.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience! The crudo is one of the best in town! Pasta preparation is always very special and always innovative! A delight for palate! Wine selection is great, too. And there is a master of cocktails at the bar.
Highly recommended!

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

Excellent service; great tasting food; very comfortable environment

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SQ
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. We did order a bottle of $60 prosecco that was completely flat. When the manager (who had recommended it) asked how it was, we told her that there was not a bubble in it. She said "hmmmm" and just walked away. Other that that, the service and food were very good. I will not run back there but it was overall OK.

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G
London
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and genuine Italian food, great ambience and hospitality.

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CC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and attentive service

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NG
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, a very solid experience at Bar Mezzana. Have been regularly since it opened and the kitchen is always A+, the front desk friendly, and the beverage program creative. It was a themed New Year’s Day brunch, so service was a bit slow and noise over the top, but I kind of expected that. All in all, I always highly recommend.

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AN
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff and a great setting and theme for NYD Brunch.

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BB
New England
125 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Mezzana is simply one of the best restaurants in Boston and it continues to get better. They have expanded the menu to include many new, creative dishes (both small plate and entrees) and always have a good array of cocktails and interesting wines (by the glass or bottle).

I am not a raw fish person but my wife loves / raves about the crudo at Bar Mezzana. I will take her word for it because she is a foodie through and through and knows her sushi/crudo. I tried their arancini and meatballs small plates and both were stellar. The meatballs are those super tender type that seem to have been simmered in the homemade sauce for hours and hours. All of the pastas are hand-made and excellent. I opted for the pancetta and parmigiano tagliolini. It's a great dish with a decent portion of pasta and a spicy pancetta with just enough cheese to flavor it but not overwhelm it. My wife opted for the grilled bronzino, which was cooked perfectly and was very flavorful. The accompanying potatoes and green vegetables were also excellent.

Desserts are excellent too - we love the simple homemade pistachio gelato.

All in all, Bar Mezzana is great. You really cannot go wrong with anything on the menu.

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BH
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We got the tasting menu (family style) with wine pairing. Food and wine were delicious and a great value. Great service! Highly recommend!!

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GT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was very good, arrived on time and service was excellent. The menu is creative with good selection of sea food.

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OT
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were so impressed! I was skeptical because of its location, but my preconceptions were revealed to be completely unfounded. The food and service was exceptional. Highly recommend the tasting menu. We will visit again.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond stellar!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. The drinks were great (try the “Gimme the Tea”) and the food was amazing (try the mozzarella and prosciutto).

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was so-so. Service was so-so. Overpriced and loud

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New England
101 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our”go to” restaurants. Never a disappointment. If you like cucumbers ask for Bill Smith’s vodka cucumber martini.

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EL
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was amazing, and service was great too! Highly recommend!

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C
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Mezzana is such a fabulous place. We have never had a bad meal here. In fact, every meal has been perfect. This could very well be the best restaurant in Massachusetts. Heather is the sweetest and most gracious person in the industry. Colin is a chef beyond compare. Plus the worlds best human being- Shawna does all the back office. It is a must try!

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D
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite dinner, Exquisite evening. Thank you Heather Lynch and LIsa. 🙏🙏🙏🎄

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Terrific experience. Would definitely go back.

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FB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this restaurant. The food is as good as it gets in Boston.

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SC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FANTASTIC food, unique & delicious drinks, friendly staff, and beautiful atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and interesting food.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Boston !

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FP
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Bland food (I mean really bland!), high prices, lackluster service

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New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The octopus appetizer was terrific but not as good as the fig/gorgonzola crostini. The duck egg ravioli and the pasta with bay scallops were nuanced and great eating. Cocktails - we ordered classic gin drinks and were not disappointed.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clearly currently one of the best restaurants in Boston. The crudo tasting is a wonderful experience. Highly recommended. Very creative and unconventional creations, yet elegant twists. The Duck Raviolo is amazing. The egg within in prefect consistency. A delight.
The octopus, the chicken, the lamb: All prepared and presented in perfection. The wine excellent, with special bottles from Italy and France.
Great experience. Service also impeccable and friendly. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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AT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, amazing food and service, always. Soooo good :)

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently amazing experience. My favorite restaurant in the city! The chef’s tasting menus is the best way to have a great meal. It’s easy to order, and phenomenal every time! The staff are friendly, professional, and remember you when you come back which adds to the great neighborhood feel.

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m
New England
138 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was surprised to get a reservation here at the last minute. Definitely one of my favorite places in the South End. This time we went for brunch. Lively atmosphere but not too loud for conversation. Not a huge menu but enough good choices. I would go here just for the crudo but everything is good. Actually the coffee wasn’t great.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptionally good food - the butternut squash ravioli, short rib ravioli and wild mushroom fettuccine were all lauded over by our 4 person group. Chicken under a brick was also incredibly good, as were the seasonal desserts. Definitely try the ricotta, honey and hazelnut crositini - not to be missed! Easily one of the best meals I've had in 2018, and I am eager to return. One note of warning - the restaurant is very loud at full capacity, which makes it a great spot for a lively evening but not so much for quiet conversations. Still, I would definitely eat here for any reason and save the quiet conversations for afterward.

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RK
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We had a terrific meal but the service was not what we expected. While the waitress was friendly it took an extremely long time for her to come to the table and subsequently we waited a very long time to order, to get the bill and to pay the bill. For a restaurant of this quality the service was certainly not up to par which made the experience a bit disappointing

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