Café Boulud

4.6
5668 reviews
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French
LIVE JAZZ: We liked our Mardi Gras band, the L&P Trio, so much, we invited them back for Tuesday, April 16th. Enjoy live New Orleans-inspired music in our main dining room.

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CAFÉ BOULUD features a French-American menu inspired by Chef Daniel Boulud's four culinary muses: la tradition, classic French cuisine; la saison, seasonal delicacies; le potager, the vegetable garden; and le voyage, the flavors of world cuisines.

In addition to dinner seven nights, we feature a $39 two-course prix-fixe lunch six days a week, and a $42 two-course prix-fixe brunch on Sundays. The restaurant is both a neighborhood gem and a destination for food lovers in search of casually elegant dining. Two private dining rooms seating 20 guests each are available for your private entertaining needs, and may be combined to accommodate 40.

The restaurant's adjacent BAR PLEIADES serves inventive cocktails and a luxurious bar menu from 3 pm onward.
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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us at Café Boulud to celebrate Mom on Mother's Day!
Brunch will be served from 11:30am - 3:30pm and dinner from 5pm -9:30pm
We will be offering a 3 course prix fixe menu for $125 per person / children 12yrs and under $55

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Mon - Wed 11:00AM - 11:45AM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasant, but one main slightly cold.

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OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was top-notch, food was okay but very pricey.

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TH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's an excellent neighborhood spot for Upper East Siders.

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D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The meal was outstanding. The waiter was a bit slow in taking my second drink order.

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Receptionist was rude and ignorant this past Saturday at 10 pm. This is 3 times in less than 6 months. The waiter staff is excellent but the young girl sitting the patrons has the people skills of a pineapple

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b
New England
36 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. We had striper and soft shell crabs and simple some of the best food we’ve had in months. Don’t miss this place

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j
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best food in town you can’t miss it, french food Boulud is the place and try the white asparagus and de sea bass

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C
London
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

An excellent restaurant with accomplished food, an outstanding wine list and great service. In particular the fixed price menu at $39.00 must represent some of the best value in New York. Highly recommended.

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BR
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

So very disappointing!
My husbands chicken was rubbery and he sent it back
I had my fish and they did not offer to take it back so we could eat together
It was taking so long that finally my husband told them to forget it
The desert was awful too
This was our 3rd time here and each time it got worse and worse!
3 times and your out!!!

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c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Close to perfect! Superb service; superb food; lovely decor....... comfortable noise level... very very pleasant~! HIGHLY recommended.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and friendly service. We went with our 4 year old daughter and our 9 month baby, they had previously selected a table suitable for our needs. Food was super. We will go back!

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c
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere and excellent food. Service was perfect . The ambiance was lovely. Feels like old New York. Don't think you could find a better restaurant. It is a special restaurant....perhaps my favorite.

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B
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The service was abominable! Don’t think they had enough wait staff as it took an excruciatingly long time to get our food and when we’d ask a question or asked for more coffee or even our check, the waiter was so harried that he forgot to do or bring what we had asked for. The foid was good though.

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NT
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

We had breakfast here. Terrible service had to wait 40 min to get anything, food well below average. Stay clear of this place!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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

Food was very good and setting was beautiful. Would recommend

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

Unbelievable dining experience. Attentive service. Fantastic wine. World class food. 10/10 would bang again

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J
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful prix fixe lunch menu on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The wait staff is excellent and the food is superb.

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious. Elegant. Long lunch. A pleasure. Gracious staff.

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Beyond overpriced for the quality of food. You can do much better, even on the upper east side. While the risotto was excellent, the rest of the food was bland, dry, and the sauce viscous.

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AC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relatively small and quiet, it is a good place for conversation over good food.

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PN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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RZ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Very accommodating!! I was a half hour late (accident in Holland Tunnel) and they held my reservation on a Saturday night - prime time!! When I called, they said, don't stress out or get into an accident trying to get here. When you show up, we will seat you and your party.
Strongly recommend this restaurant. I know I will be back.....................

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AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding, and we felt like we were truly being taken care of. The menu is pricey but totally recommended, if you can afford it.

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OT
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here a number of times & the food & service never disappoint.
Cozy setting. Brunch was terrific!!!!

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Once again we had a fantastic evening at Cafe Boulud. Great menu options, wonderful food experiences, portion sizes were spot on and service was terrific. Looking forward to our next trip to NYC and Cafe Boulud!

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AF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The very best!

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L
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit to Cafe Boulud, one of Daniel Boulud's many NYC establishments. The dinner menu suggests four different cuisines, but the four of us were free to choose any item from any of the four lists. The food did not disappoint. Among the appetizers, the frog's legs and oysters Rockefeller were delicious. Our entrees included sea bass and ravioli, both excellent. The coq au vin was good, but perhaps nothing special. The servers were very attentive, especially to our teenager, her first time in a fine dining restaurant.

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V
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant remains excellent. The vegetable preparations are inventive and have the freshest produce. Highlights were the mushroom veloute soup and the Cajun rub pork loin.

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San Francisco
242 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We have been to this restaurant many times. I love the décor ambiance and staff, they are very professional.
I ordered trout which they did not tell me that it was on a smoked plancha board. It was terrible. They need to clarify how they cook their food.
I was totally turned off of the smokiness of it and the waiter did everything he could to ameliorate the situation, but I was bummed.

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l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing experience. Better than I expected.
Definitely I will go back soon.

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WC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Lovely ambience, lovely service. Gumbo too strong, too much bacon taste in the coq sure vin. Fish was good but nothing special.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place - from the moment you enter to the very last crumbles of your desert. Presentation of every dish is outstanding , taste is phenomenal

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A
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there for brunch with my family for my birthday. I really only have one word to describe our meal - perfection.

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GF
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at Cafe Boulud. This was our 4th or 5th time eating there over the last 10 years and every meal has been superb. I started off with the escargot which was exquisite and perfectly matched with a glass of Montrachet. I had the lamb as my main course and it was perfect with a glass of Faively Gevrey-Cambertin. My wife raved about the mushroom risotto she had for her dinner. This restaurant is perfect for when you want to have a fine dining experience but in a slightly more relaxed environment than dinner at Daniel, Per se, or Le Bernardin.

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BW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was very lackluster. Servers appeared to be attentive to certain diners vs others.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could go above 5 stars I would! The food overflowed with different flavors with each dish. The service was great without being overbearing. I’m looking forward to Daniel next!

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MD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great prix-fixe lunch priced well
for three courses.

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CP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place, food and service! Strongly recommended!

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SA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A rare excellent restaurant that makes possible quiet conversation.

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