Bastille Kitchen

4.5
757 reviews
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Bastille Kitchen, located in Boston’s historic Fort Point district, is both a neighborhood restaurant and destination dining spot. With a French-inspired menu, we offer familiar Parisian brasserie favorites prepared with local ingredients and a “tip of the hat” to the history of our beloved Boston. Unpretentious hospitality, hand-crafted cocktails, and a welcoming & warm atmosphere make Bastille Kitchen perfect for anything from a simple after work dinner to a complete evening out. …and please join us in Chalet too ...our subterranean cocktail lounge -- early evening, late night or anytime in between!

Whether you are in town for the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), visiting the Seaport, or enjoying the Boston Tea Party or Children's Museums on the weekend, we are just steps away and welcome you to join us at Bastille Kitchen any time.
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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh man, the food and the service were both just amazing. Celebrated a birthday/anniversary here and they took such great care of us. I'll definitely be back.

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Bastille Kitchen was truly fantastic. A wonderful experience.
From cocktails to after-dinner drinks, our experience was FIVE-STAR. We started with steak tartare and cocktails, then Lemon Sole Meunière and finished with creme brûlée and a few more drinks.
The service, provided by Carrie, was perfect. A special evening, our leisurely pace through the meal allowed us to enjoy the fine cuisine and to let the wonderful evening linger. We haven’t had service like this in a long, long time. Thank you.
Special mention to Paul for his additional care and attention!
Bastille Kitchen is highly recommended.
We’ll be back!

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c
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! We had our bachelorette party dinner here and they went out of their way to make it a special event. We were really impressed with the service and the food was amazing as well.

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C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service, pretty expensive. Great bernaise sauce.

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e
New England
134 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Best mussels I have ever had.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

We love Bastille Kitchen but the food is mediocre at best

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DM
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was really nice and the service was good. Nice atmosphere. Good lighting! For once in a Boston restaurant it wasn’t too loud!!

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VJ
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

I was visiting and looking for a French inspired bistro meal. The setting is nice, but having two large TVs over the bar broadcasting games seemed more like sports bar than French inspired. Second, it was extremely loud, not letting me enjoy a quiet, relaxing dinner. Most entrees were between $25-40. However, didn’t care to eat $35 entree in a sports bar atmosphere. I ordered the burger which was ok. My old fashioned cocktail was a bit watery. The server was nice and let me return the drink.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bastille Kitchen has it’s finger on the pulse of cool while remaining one of Boston’s best restaurants in terms of food, service and ambiance. Exceeds all expectations. Strong recommend.

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SM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Will definitely return soon !

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WO
Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was slow and we had to ask our waitress for the same items multiple times. The food selection was very limited because it was Mother’s Day but the food we did get was mediocre.

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NC
New England
22 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

This was my second visit to the restaurant and I had a positive experience the first time so I decided to bring two other friends this time. Too many things went wrong though that evening that I would not feel comfortable or excited about recommending the place. It wasn’t even a problem that could be blamed on to one person. My friend’s Champagne was flat, wrong food arrived, a juicy steak was served on a small wooden board, and other foods were ok at best. I enjoyed my cocktails however and the ambiance. The location is great but the staff and kitchen needs some help.

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, wonderful space and incredible service. Can’t wait to return again!

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AT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing! Food was great! Atmosphere was great. Highly recommend it!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Slower service in the city but the bartender knows how to make a great drink and the food is always good

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C
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, food came out quick, drinks were great, service was kind.

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New England
30 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great drinks before hand, food was great, reasonably priced. The wine list is good, but I was really searching for something under $50. We shared a great seafood platter of shrimp and oysters, then steak frites and shared a desert. Great evening. Service was really good. Bathrooms are a hike 2 flights of stairs, but that's the only issue with the place.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very interesting setting, good food and friendly waiter.

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CF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Another wonderful experience at this restaurant! My wife and I joined 4 other friends for dinner over Easter weekend to catch up, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. I was particularly impressed with my steak. We had had steak dinner about 2 weeks before this experience, at one of the best rated (albeit cliché) steakhouses in Boston and had a very disappointing experience based on quality. I had the 10oz ribeye and frites at Bastille; I also prefer my steaks black and blue rare, and Bastille did not disappoint at all, in fact they got it perfect. My steak with the parmesan truffle fries was far superior than the experience I had 2 weeks prior and significantly less money. My wife had the duck, which was equally wonderful and flavorful.
The only other point I would make is the quality and value of the wine. One of my greatest aggravations with dining out is being fully aware of the astronomical mark up's on rather mediocre wines. Bastille offers a very modest, yet well thought and diverse wine list, at surprisingly reasonable prices.

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M
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We were greeted with a blank stare as we ascended the stairs and approached the hostess. I prompted her with my name and reservation and she looked uncertain. It was very awkward and someone did come over to seat us. As we entered the dining area, the staff was huddled at the bar and gave us a perfunctory hello. It did not feel welcoming since we arrived. The music was awful and I felt like I was in the teen section of Macy's...thankfully our waiter did turn it down a level so we didn't have to shout across the table. It was still loud but not ear-splitting. Our waiter was terrific and his attentiveness was apparent and he was gracious in taking care of us (had to ask for our side of vegetables which came out when our meal was nearly finished). The food was excellent. I am not sure I would recommend, however, given the lackluster service and the annoying background music.

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DF
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dined at Bastille Kitchen on a Friday night. Greeting and service were great. Server gave us the time to enjoy the first drinks and apps and didn't rush us to order our mains. The pork belly flatbread appetizer was fantastic. The cocktails were consistently high quality all night. Recommended for an enjoyable night out where you want to savor your meal and the ambience. Be aware that at 10PM sharp (on a Friday at least) the bar downstairs starts playing music pretty loud. It didn't bother us but sharing in case it's relevant for others.

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SP
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Bastille Kitchen for a business dinner and we both enjoyed the attentive service from our waiter Phil. He also recommended a very nice wine to go with our meal. We had the fromage & charcuterie appetizer and deviled eggs to start. Then moved on to the Bastille Burger which comes with amazing truffle fries and some shrimp cocktail. Everything was delicious. It was midweek so it wasn't too congested or noisy. I would definitely recommend it and return again!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday

It was very noisy - they had some else’s birthday celebration at the bar right near our table which was very loud with lots of people and they were hosting a wedding in the basement. We could hear the wedding music at our table .

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DM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Dale was amazing & the food was delicious!

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MF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The Duck was tough on bottom,over cooked!! Nice setting with good service.Creme Brule was not the best, it was less creamy. Dont know if I would try again.

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NG
New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I'd go back for drinks, but the food just isn't that good here. This was my second time at Bastille and I quickly remembered why I hadn't gone back in so long. We got the steak frites and duck. For a french restaurant, you'd expect the steak frites to be excellent, but it was chewy and not tender whatsoever and came with soggy fries. The duck was decent, but nothing to rave about. The endive salad wasn't flavorful. The best part of the meal was the french onion soup and the drinks. For a close to $200 tab, it just wasn't worth it. I wish we just went back to Gaslight or some of the other solid french restaurants in the city that are consistent. I'd go back for drinks, but I wouldn't eat here again. You'll leave disappointed that you spent $175-$250 on just an ok meal (those prices includes alcohol).

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VD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As a vegan diner, Bastille stands out as one of the very few Boston restaurants that offer a true composed vegan entree that is comparable in culinary sophistication as their other entrees. The latest vegan offering is a Moroccan style roasted cauliflower which is one of the best I have had ever. I hope this dish stays on the menu, but in the meanwhile I cannot highly recommend Bastille enough for their catering to vegans, they are one of a very small handful of restaurants in Boston (I do not include any of the multitude of fast food options ) that do so, and Bastille is a true stand out! Excellent service also!

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks, great quality, great taste.

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BH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had a wonderful evening at Bastille Kitchen last Friday. It was her birthday and we enjoyed the evening with friends and family. The staff at Bastille Kitchen was very attentive to our needs, including addressing allergies and special requests. The wait staff was quick to make recommendations for cocktails, wine and food, and even provided a special after dinner drink to one of us who was unable to eat dessert due to a food allergy. The food was delicious and the drinks menu was ample and appreciated.

The ambiance was wonderful- noise levels were fine, despite the restaurant filling up steadily as the evening continued. At no point did we struggle to carry a conversation, or ever feel the need to 'track down' a server- we were very well cared for. My compliments to the entire staff on a wonderful evening. We will definitely return and would be happy to recommend to friends/family.

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m
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

great experience
ambiance terrific as was the service, though the steak was a little chewy
overall, satisfied

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S
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!! Great food, great service, great wine list. That’s why we come back for more! Love this place!!!

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I thought the ambiance was great, but I wish they played different music. It sounded like they had the top ten radio hits on. Kinda of a bummer. I would expect a place like that to be a little more original. The food was good, nothing crazy. The drinks were nothing insane. I liked the experience though.

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FW
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful from the moment we entered the restaurant. The smell of the food as you entered really did feel like entering someone’s kitchen while cooking. It was Dine Out Boston Week and The food was amazing. I had the the Boston Bib lettuce salad and seared salmon with risotto. My sister had the French Onion soup (she said it was the best she’s ever had) and the steak (also the best). Desert was creme Brûlée and Chocolate layer cake, both were on point. Definitely will be returning for more exploration of their regular menu.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Restaurant was busy with Boston Dine Out and servers seemed distracted. Had a great mocktail which was fun but server never checked in on us and screwed up dessert and never said anything. When the server dropped the wrong thing they said ok I'll leave this one here complementary but then our actual server came by and took it away, kind of strange. Food was good, service was a miss. There was a woman walking around checking in on tables that was definitely a hard worker but our main server was Mia.

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RM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Was disappointed in the initial service. The server brought us the croissants but it took a long time for her to return to take our order (we had to flag her down in the end). I ordered the roasted cauliflower entree, since I'm a vegetarian. Was very disappointed in the taste (bland), texture (tasted barely cooked), and the serving temperature (lukewarm). Not wanting to endure another long wait, and not sure if maybe that's the way the dish is supposed to taste, I did not complain or send it back.

Obviously glad to have a vegetarian entree offered as a choice, but the execution needs to improve dramatically before I would give this restaurant another shot.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

The staff and manager we

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S
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, amazing bartenders and the food is simply divine! A very cozy, comfortable place to celebrate or just have a date! We had oysters, huge shrimp, duck, sole and lamb shank......not to be outdone by the best French onion soup in Boston!

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b
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal service, everyone greeted us in a friendly tone from the second we walked in. Food was incredible - highly recommend the steak frites with the bordelaise and Parmesan fries!

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K
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both great. We dined on the earlier side so it wasn’t super busy or loud but things definitely were picking up as we finished. Highly recommend the Parisian gnocchi and branzino

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JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good. Service was excellent. Noisy place, so not very intimate, but I’d go back.

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