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Bar Mezzana, Boston, MA

Bar Mezzana

4.7
4.7
937 Reviews
$50 and over
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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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Dining Bar

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (617) 530-1770

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Colin Lynch

  • Catering

    We do not offer catering.

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Heather Lynch: (617) 530-1770

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Cross street

    Traveler Street

  • Parking details

    Valet service is offered daily, beginning at 5:00 pm ($20 cash or card). Please do not park at Whole Foods. Vehicles will be towed. There are a limited number of parking spaces adjacent to the Sepia condo building where Bar Mezzana is located. Park at your own risk and please adhere to posted parking limits.  Sunday 11am-3pm Bar Mezzana offers discounted two-hour validation for INK UNDERGROUND (Laz Lot #5). See website for details.

  • Public transit

    Red Line Broadway T stop - cross over New Broadway bridge and continue straight on Traveler St.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Changes daily

Main

  • Osetra Caviar$35.00

    crab salad, potato chips, toasted challah

    • Yellowtail*$13.00

      grapefruit oil, fresno chili

      • Salmon*$12.00

        green chili salsa verde

        • Kanpachi*$15.00

          cucumber, chili

          • Striped Bass*$15.00

            flavors of ceviche

            • Shima Aji*$16.00

              horseradish, caviar, chive

              • Kamasu*$16.00

                ginger, radish, mint

                • Lubina*$14.00

                  perilla, avocado

                  • Langoustine*$27.00

                    lime, pink peppercorn, caviar

                    • Spot Prawn*$15.00

                      celery, horseradish

                      • Nantucket Bay Scallop*$15.00

                        tangerine, nori

                        • Crudo Tasting*$30.00

                          chef's choice of six crudo

                          What 937 people are saying

                          Overall ratings and reviews

                          4.7
                          4.7 based on all time ratings
                          • 4.7Food
                          • 4.6Service
                          • 4.6Ambience
                          • 4.3Value

                          NoiseModerate

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                          1. B

                            Brooke

                            New England

                            2 reviews

                            vip
                            4.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on March 14, 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)!

                          2. JC

                            JayC

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on March 8, 2020

                            overall4food3service4ambience4

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

                          3. SS

                            SilvioS

                            San Francisco

                            5 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            5 reviews

                            Dined on March 8, 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.

                          4. MP

                            MikeP

                            New England

                            7 reviews

                            vip
                            4.0

                            7 reviews

                            Dined on March 8, 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

                          5. j

                            johnmc313

                            New England

                            9 reviews

                            5.0

                            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.

                          6. R

                            Rico

                            New England

                            38 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            38 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.

                          7. M

                            Mark

                            New England

                            39 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            39 reviews

                            Dined on March 4, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                          8. n

                            nsdiner

                            New England

                            19 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            19 reviews

                            Dined on March 2, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                          9. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New England

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on March 1, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            honestly incredible

                          10. B

                            Blake

                            New England

                            8 reviews

                            5.0

                            8 reviews

                            Dined on February 29, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Excellent, as always!

                          11. JL

                            JamesL

                            New England

                            4 reviews

                            5.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined on February 25, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            All around wonderful night

                          12. TP

                            TheParsippanyStrange

                            New England

                            27 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            27 reviews

                            Dined on February 24, 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.

                          13. BS

                            BridgetS

                            New England

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on February 23, 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.

                          14. M

                            Milldoggie

                            New York Area

                            11 reviews

                            4.0

                            11 reviews

                            Dined on February 22, 2020

                            overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                          15. SM

                            SarahM

                            New England

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on February 22, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                          16. KM

                            KarenM

                            New England

                            14 reviews

                            vip
                            2.0

                            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.

                          17. M

                            Mark

                            New England

                            39 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            39 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.

                          18. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New England

                            4 reviews

                            vip
                            3.0

                            4 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.

                          19. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New England

                            6 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            6 reviews

                            Dined on February 16, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            Great meal excellent service for a family birthday celebration

                          20. BO

                            imBON

                            New England

                            21 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            21 reviews

                            Dined on February 16, 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.

                          21. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New England

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            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.

                          22. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New England

                            1 review

                            vip
                            5.0

                            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.

                          23. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Toronto

                            15 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            15 reviews

                            Dined on February 15, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                          24. TP

                            TrentP

                            New England

                            15 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            15 reviews

                            Dined on February 14, 2020

                            overall5food4service5ambience4

                            Last minute reservation and really excellent staff. Great job.

                          25. TT

                            TarTar

                            Baltimore

                            46 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            46 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.

                          26. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New England

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on February 12, 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.

                          27. NR

                            NoraR

                            New England

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on February 11, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                          28. JM

                            JosephM

                            Chicago

                            1 review

                            vip
                            1.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on February 10, 2020

                            overall1food2service2ambience3

                            Hugely overrated. Heavy hot fresh meals

                          29. P

                            Peace

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            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.

                          30. TB

                            TedB

                            New England

                            24 reviews

                            4.0

                            24 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

                          31. B

                            Buffwell

                            New England

                            12 reviews

                            5.0

                            12 reviews

                            Dined on February 5, 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.

                          32. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New England

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on February 2, 2020

                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                            Loved the food and alcohol

                          33. AC

                            ArthurC

                            New England

                            33 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            33 reviews

                            Dined on February 2, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                          34. f

                            fbibbiani

                            New York Area

                            30 reviews

                            vip
                            4.0

                            30 reviews

                            Dined on February 1, 2020

                            overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                          35. SG

                            StefaniaG

                            New England

                            27 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            27 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.

                          36. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on January 31, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                          37. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            New England

                            2 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on January 26, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                          38. g

                            gabeb

                            San Francisco

                            8 reviews

                            5.0

                            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.

                          39. MC

                            MatthewC

                            New England

                            5 reviews

                            4.0

                            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.

                          40. AQ

                            AndQ

                            Nashville

                            153 reviews

                            vip
                            3.0

                            153 reviews

                            Dined on January 25, 2020

                            overall3food3service4ambience4

                            Really good neighborhood spot. I have had a few visits here and have not been disappointed at all. Great energy in this modern spot. Lots to choose from the menu from shared bites to full entrees. Great cocktails and wine list with many options and price points. Will go again!

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                          Bar Mezzana is rated 4.7 stars by 937 OpenTable diners.

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                          Additional information

                          • Cross street

                            Traveler Street

                          • Neighborhood

                            South End

                          • 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

                          • Cuisines

                            Italian, Seafood, Dining Bar

                          • Dining style

                            Casual Elegant

                          • Dress code

                            Smart Casual

                          • Parking details

                            Valet service is offered daily, beginning at 5:00 pm ($20 cash or card). Please do not park at Whole Foods. Vehicles will be towed. There are a limited number of parking spaces adjacent to the Sepia condo building where Bar Mezzana is located. Park at your own risk and please adhere to posted parking limits.  Sunday 11am-3pm Bar Mezzana offers discounted two-hour validation for INK UNDERGROUND (Laz Lot #5). See website for details.

                          • Public transit

                            Red Line Broadway T stop - cross over New Broadway bridge and continue straight on Traveler St.

                          • Payment options

                            AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                          • Executive chef

                            Colin Lynch

                          • Additional

                            Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                          • Phone number

                            (617) 530-1770

                          • Catering

                            We do not offer catering.

                          • 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.

                          • Private party contact

                            Heather Lynch: (617) 530-1770

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