Bar Mezzana

4.7
775 reviews
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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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J
Charleston
66 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good but hardly great. Nice atmosphere but extremely loud. Disappointed that our red wines were not temperature controlled.......even the Frapatto which should be served chilled. Boston now has so many very good restaurants. This place has a teal buzz hit probably not at the standard of a real,foodie establishment.

MB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Crudo was exceptional! Tomato salad yummy! Focaccia delicious! All with a glass of Rose! I’ll be back soon!!

DD
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Bar Mezzana was very good. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was cozy. It was a little loud so we had to talk a little louder than we would have wanted but rather unavoidable with a packed bar. I got the chicken under a brick? It was an amazing roast chicken thigh with great fresh veggy dressing it. My company got the Lobster Racchio? Something with an R I'm sure I'm spelling it wrong. Her only knock was the pasta was under cooked. I like mine al dente and it was a little under that so it was a bit firm. On a whole a great experience!

EJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table of 4 chose to do the progressive family dinner and it was an amazing choice. We went in on a bottle of rose because not everyone drinks wine and were able to find a very complimentary bottle for a fair price. We had multiple servers in addition to one main server and were hardly interrupted while we just continued to try multiple dishes. Our entire dinner was 13 courses! Amazing amazing experience to remember.

OT
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal at Bar Mezzana. The kanpachi crudo was very fresh and featured bright flavors. Ricotta gnudi were light and had an enjoyable, simple and delicious sauce. Excellent cocktails and fun atmosphere. Knowledgeable, pro server. Will definitely return when in town.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, excellent meal.

L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was not great. Our waitress spent all of her time at other tables that had more people. I get it but not a good feeling for me. They advertise pickles on the menu. It turns out they are pickled hot peppers. Inedible and a disappointment. Steak tartare was bland. Lamb was ok. Fish was good. Overall, the service is what ruined the night for us. She barely came to our table and didn’t even follow up on our meals after they came.

LG
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was awesome and bent over backwards to get us food and wine that we all were happy with . Very knowledgeable about the menu and wine .coukd not have been more accomadating and food was awesome. We all left happy 😊

I
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is amazing!!! We ordered almost all the crudo dishes! Yellowtail is to die for!
We like that there’s a dish for every taste. Pasta for mi daughter, French toast for my son and seafood for my husband and I.
Waitress took her time taking orders but overall she was ok!
Definitely coming back!

D
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place has a super cool vibe and the service was great. The food was absolutely amazing so much so that my family and I decided we had to come back just so that we could try everything. I highly recommend this place for brunch.

MP
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a hit outta the park.. my favorite in boston. My Cheers..

AC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing quality ingredients and super cool and fun bartenders

MS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Way too noisy. We could not hear each other!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, spot-on service. One of my restaurants in Boston.

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, excellent service and truly great food. Sharing is encouraged so try a lot of items.

JC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flavors were amazing, everything cooked to perfection. Especially loved the crostini & various vegetables. Cocktails were complex & not to be missed!

J
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our wine somm who helped us find good wines by the glass. My pasta was delicious as were my crostini. Only drawbacks are the noise: a complete DIN by 7pm on Friday.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Todo fue muy bien

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter recommended a wine that was very unique and we asked what happened if we didn’t like it. He said we could choose something else. Sadly we didn’t like it at all but he stuck to it and let us order something else. Made a very positive impression. I wish we would have liked it but how can you know if you don’t try.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Waitress was not that engaging. We felt like we were troubling her

M
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine list service and food are all outstanding without the snooty vibe you get in some places. You can also have a decent conversation without it being too loud.

AG
New England
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always - thank you

R
New England
19 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cool spot! the bar back/busser was awesome, she was so helpful and attentive. Great drinks too

LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is nowhere else I want to spend my time (and money) everything is always fantastic.

MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent but the service was a little off. Slow to bring drinks over, clearing the table and the pacing in between courses was too long of a wait.

OT
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Visiting Boston, we had to try BM. Great small plates. Pretty decor. Excellent service. Creative pastas. Interesting neighborhood a short walk from the DoubleTree.

BC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been to Bar Mezzana many times; the food is consistently good and service exceptional. Check the menu before you go - as it is quite limited. Some of our favorites are pasta w/ sausage, chicken under a brick, crudo, prosciutto w accompaniments, and the burger. The restaurant is very nicely appointed and (as mentioned) service exceptional. Check it out - you won’t be sorry!

A
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was slow, food was unimpressive for the price. Overall just a “meh” experience.

B
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I don't know how they maintain their high level of service and food quality, but I'm happy they do. Been dining there since it opened and it's my favorite restaurant and watering hole in Boston.

L
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The octopus (grilled) was amazing, the lamb was the best I've ever had. The tuna tartar special was good, and the overall service was attentive and friendly.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I brought friends from abroad there by chance and we were NOT disappointed- the food was better than expected and the servers were friendly (they were expecting Bostonians to be less friendly) I’ll go back again and again. Great job

MQ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

The food was poor overall. We had a vegetarian dining with us and the waitress said they would make one of the pasta dishes for her without cheese... she ended up getting plain pasta with generic red sauce. The salads were small and lacked ingredients to warrant an $18 price tag. The gnudi has potential, but with the same red sauce as the pasta, it lacked any real flavor. Very disappointed with the food for such a hot spot.

MH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Excellent staff and beautiful setting. The crudo was outstanding, but the main course was over cooked.

OT
New England
29 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Mezzana is one of my favorite Boston restaurants now! The service is always attentive and the food is amazing!! I booked my very favorite table for dinner with my best friend and God daughter after a fun day out shopping. We all had a fabulous time and thank you as always for yet another memorable evening!!

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Mezzana is consistently excellent - who can ask for more? Wine list is well-priced and great value for good picks. Unlike many newer restaurants they have not abandoned a solid wine list in favor of cocktails.

L
New England
43 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a good time, and the food was very good. Our waitress was polite, although a little unfriendly. otherwise a great experience.

c
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service! Amazingly fresh seafood!

ML
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love Bar Mezzana. I am never disappointed when I go there. From crudo to salads, and this time a to die for Soft Shell Crab, it was delicious!

JO
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific space. Very attentive wait staff. Great food. The octopus was particularly good.

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