Bar Mezzana

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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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vipBrooke
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress, Andrea, was incredible and made the night so enjoyable! She was attentive and patient, and she made sure we had everything we needed. Would go back for the excellent service alone (but the food was great too)!

JC
JayC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was a little disappointing. The amount was not proportional to the value.

SS
SilvioS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy Bar, every time I have dined there. I have to say the chef's menu with wine pairings is one of the best values in town. So much yummy food at such a great price. And it's a great way to try a little of everything on the menu.

MP
vipMikeP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bar Mezzana is fantastic and one of the best restaurants in Boston. However, I was a bit disappointed in a few things during my most recent visit.

The root vegetable salad was a pile of raw vegetables. Instead, I’d prefer larger pieces roasted to bring out the flavor. Also, the squash hummus was watery squash-tasting liquid pooling in the bottom of the plate and not hummus-like consistency.

The truffle fettuccine came loaded with shaved black truffle but somehow lacked truffle flavor or smell. It was disappointing.

Lastly, the ravioli were a bit flat and would pack for flavor with more filling.

All that being said, BM is great and I’ll certainly be back

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johnmc313
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Bar Mezzana for our 35th wedding anniversary and the food was incredible. I’ve eaten here before but this was my wife’s first visit. From the appetizers to the pasta to dessert everything was phenomenal! My absolute favorite restaurant in Boston. Our server Saul was excellent. My wife can’t wait for a return visit.

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vipRico
New England
35 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great dinner with a friend last Thursday's evening. We opted for 2-great seats at the bar and enjoyed a cocktail with Philipe, after which we shared an appie, salad, and a couple of great pasta dishes, with the spaghetti being the best of the bunch thanks go Philipe's recommendation. It is not cheap but I am always willing to pay a fair price for quality food and fare. I would not hesitate to return again.

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vipMark
New England
28 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As great as expected. The Chef’s crudo sampler was absolutely delectable! I highly recommend it.

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vipnsdiner
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as always spot on. Service exceptional. Why go anywhere else?

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

honestly incredible

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always!

JL
JamesL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around wonderful night

TP
vipTheParsippanyStrange
New England
25 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it... can't wait to come back. Family style option was a terrific value and exactly what we were looking for in terms of a great sampling of all the options.

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BridgetS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crudo was so delicious! We had octopus pasta and lamb shank and they were so delicious and perfectly spiced. The wait staff was so friendly and helpful, we asked our waitress a lot of questions and she was extremely helpful and steered us well for drinks and desserts. Close quarters but it was fine.

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vipMilldoggie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is good but the pastas are a must......they were delicious!

SM
SarahM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service was very personable and attentive but not hovering.

KM
vipKarenM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We were disappointed in our meal. The bread was undercooked, the octopus appetizer was so overcooked that the octopus was inedible, and my pasta with promised black truffles had truffles with absolutely no flavor. The other pasta dish had pasta that was undercooked. The gelato however was excellent. We had heard good things about the restaurant but won’t be returning.

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vipMark
New England
28 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A neighborhood gem! Great food, service and atmosphere. One of our "go to" favorites. Looking forward to the next time.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Everything was good until I read the fine print of “administration fee” attached to the total to make it the subtotal. The Resturant should know better and just raise menu prices so the co Sumer knows exactly what your paying for then to be surprised by this charge.
Poor management. It should be BOH.

This reflected in a poor tip.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal excellent service for a family birthday celebration

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imBON
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful dinner on Saturday, 2/15. I had wanted to try Bar Mezzana for some time now and finally decided to book a reservation for Valentine’s Day. We were not disappointed. I first have to say the entire experience was elevated thanks to our amazingly gracious and competent waitress, Fernanda, who I felt was hosting us in her home. She walked us through the entire menu, offered suggestions of what meals she enjoys but also suggested items depending our preferences. Everything she recommended was absolutely wonderful. We started with the Prosciutto Wrapped Dates—excellent. We moved on to the Prosciutto di San Daniele and the Spanish Octopus—delicious.
The pastas are really the highlight. My partner had the Orecchiette with sausage and it was perfect for a cold evening dinner. I chose an off the menu item, Cacio e Pepe—it was so creamy and delicious and just simple—not too complicated. We also sampled the Spinach ravioli and the Fig, Gorgonzola and Salami crostini—every item that came out was perfection.
We highly recommend dining here and are looking forward to our next reservation. I want to finish by saying the waitress was absolutely lovely and really made the entire experience. We hope you have the chance to meet her.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, as was service. Thoughtfully sat us at a specific table where noise would be at a minimum since someone in our party was hard of hearing. All in all a fabulous experience. Will definitely go back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I wish I could remember out wait person. She had glasses and short brown hair. Very nice, attentive and attentive to my wife’s dietary needs.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great vibe. Craft cocktails. I’ll be back!

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vipTrentP
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Last minute reservation and really excellent staff. Great job.

TT
vipTarTar
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Front desk staff was on-the-ball. Bar was full and created a great vibe from the time we walked in. Decor was simple and tasteful. Octopus app unique and tasty. Halibut entree cooked PERFECTLY. My guest had the bolognese which was top notch. Not because the sauce was mind blowing, but rather because the pasta itself was excellent. Perfectly al-dente. Five stars can’t wait to return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Greeted and sat quickly. Server was knowledgeable and polite. Food was decadent and delicious. The Crudo tasting menu was amazing. Pasta dishes to die for. And the lamb..... out of this world.

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NoraR
New England
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Attentive—but not overbearing—service. Lovely, comfortable space. Very nice experience.

JM
vipJosephM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Hugely overrated. Heavy hot fresh meals

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Peace
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went for brunch and got non-alcoholic drinks that were amazing! The eggplant crostini appetizer was very good. The main meal was very average - a little too heavy on the butter. The dishes sounded good on paper but were ordinary.

TB
vipTedB
New England
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Pre Theater


Staff were excellent We were late but they got us in and out to theater

Food was brilliant

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Buffwell
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal! We started with Crudo and sampled the Yellowtail and Striped Bass. Each is four small slices and easy to share. Then an eggplant Crostini while we waited for our pasta. And the main course did not disappoint. Each delicious in their own right, but the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli was out of this world.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the food and alcohol

AC
vipArthurC
New England
28 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Food, servers, front desk all deliver superb customer experience.

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vipfbibbiani
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and friendly service. Eclectic wine list mostly Italian. Overall a very pleasant experience

SG
vipStefaniaG
New England
22 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went in on a Friday night: my husband, I and our 7-year old. This is a place where adults can have a stellar meal, and kids too (without relying on ridiculous kids menus). Everything was excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious crudo and amazing pasta dishes. One of my favorite places to eat.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were very good ! The place is beautiful and casual chic !

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gabeb
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I visit Boston, I go to Bar Mezzana and am always blown away by all aspects of the dining experience. A must for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

MC
MatthewC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a great birthday brunch at Bar Mezzana. The frittata portion was small but appetizers and egg sandwiches with fries made up for it. Waiter very attentive and brought out a scoop of gelato as a birthday gift. Similar kind sentiments offered at one of Barbara Lynch’s other restaurants this past summer. Wait staff truly care about clientele.

AQ
vipAndQ
New York Area
142 reviews