Lumiere

4.5
2618 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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Lumiere is a casually elegant, upscale neighborhood bistro featuring New American cuisine, an extensive wine list as well as a full bar. We also offer a semi-private dining room that can comfortably accommodate up to 30 guests. We serve Dinner (7 days a week ).
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Phone number
(617) 244-9199
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jordan Bailey
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Catering
Lumiere Catering offers an array of options for your catered event, from an intimate dinner in your home to a large corporate function. Please contact the restaurant for further information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Waltham St.
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Parking details
There is a divided lot directly behind Lumiere, next to the Post Office. You may park anywhere in either lot, including the post office spaces after 5:30pm. There is also ample street parking with meters ending at 6pm.

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Public transit
Green line - Woodland; Commuter Rail - West Newton
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was great, but we really appreciated the low noise level.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Every course of the tasting menu was amazing. Well worth the visit!

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2017

In a word -- Fantastic! We did the chef's tasting and everything was phenomenal (well, until the dessert - will get to that later. Staff was exceptional as well!
We had pumpkin soup, scallops, white fish, duck -- all absolutely delicious through & through. Re: dessert, we were told it was the chocolate mousse but ended up being served the prosecco sorbet. Not that it wasn't very tasty -- but it's not what I expected and not what I would have ordered. It put a little damper on the meal, but I tried to remember all the *absolutely delicious* items we'd had earlier in the evening. We would absolutely return!

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2.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Food is creative in some ways but lacks finesse in my opinion. Service and ambiance are well under my expectations.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was exceptional, as was the service, we'll definitely return.

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4.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Very solid meal. Good moderate wine list. Quality execution, pleasant environment, certainly will return.

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3.0Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a very good experience. Our server was terrific and the food was excellent. Reservations were easy to make and we were promptly seated at the appointed time.
Only two issues:
1) The bar was backed up for no apparent reason and we had to wait too long for opening drinks and wines by the glass with our entree.
2) While the food we had was excellent, we suggest you have more items on the menu from which to choose .

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Took my husband for his Bday. We did the Chef’s whim tasting menu with wine pairing. Everything was spectacular! We shared our preferences up front and they accommodated my aversion to goat cheese and my husband’s fear of steak tartare.
Chef received an à la minute delivery of sea bass and one of our courses wasn’t even on the menu! I particularly appreciate the lack of attitude and preciousness when our server described each plate and wine. We had soup, scallops, sea bass, duck and a chocolate dessert. Portions are generous. Very interesting and unique wines. We won’t be waiting for another special occasion to return! HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2017

We live close by and we love Lumiere because we can hear each other speak, the food is delicious and the service is excellent. It's small enough to feel intimate without being pretentious.

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2017

After a rough start under new ownership, it has improved. The dining room is no longer as upscale and the wine list is not as good as previously, but the food quality is excellent.

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2.0Dined on October 21, 2017

The waiter was rushed and should actually look for another job, he knew nothing about the wine and “ lying about the flavors” ambience was pale and boring

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

Great as always. This was our first time to sit at the (small) bar, and we loved it. Paul, the bartender, was terrific!

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

Divine. Sublime. I don't have my thesaurus handy or I would include many more accolades.

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3.0Dined on October 18, 2017

I have been here many times before, but for some reason it may be slipping a bit or perhaps just an off night. Service was truly slow. Waited about 15 minutes or more for drinks. Even the bread didn't arrive to the table in a timely fashion. This is particularly annoying when you go with an out of town guest and your've given them a good review in anticipation of going. Plus the fish did not seem as deliciously fresh as I've had it there in the past. Menu also seemed a bit heavy on cauliflower. I will give it another try though since it was one of my go-to French restaurants.

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2017

Lumiere is my preferred "special occasion" restaurant. The food is always terrific. On the rich side (I would prefer a little less butter.)

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food in a high-class but easygoing , quiet atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

This was our first return after a visit about 15 years ago. Our evening was delightful. The table was ready when we arrived, the service was timely, the food delicious; a great evening.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Had a delightful evening at Lumiere. The food was creative and wonderful and the service was friendly. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

So surprised to find such fine cuisine in little West Newton. Each dish exquisite, service impeccable and truly lovely ambiance. Best restaurant in Newton!

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2017

The scallops, duck and panna cotta were superb and the service was perfect. Couldn't ask for a better dining experience.

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2017

Far exceeded our expectations. The complementary flavors and wine pairings were perfect!

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2017

Food was truly exceptional. Good cocktails. Nice wine list. We had beet salad, scallops, duck and swordfish. Service was good, not great. Loved that noise level is low. Truly a lovely pleasant dinner experience. Will return.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

One of our best meals in recent memory. Really outstanding preparation and presentation. We would highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2017

Dinner was great; delicate preparation and innovation active combinations

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2017

The food, service and ambiance were exceptional. Our server, Paul, was well versed on all of the menu & made Good recommendations. He even brought out a desert with a candle when he realized it was a birthday dinner.
Great experience

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2017

The swordfish was the best I have ever had.Beautifully crisp on the outside, tender and moist inside.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2017

Wonderful! Our waiter was efficient and friendly, the food was delicious! We had a great time!

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

Had dinner with longtime friends, one of whom has hearing difficulties and wanted a place where we could talk. I suggested Lumiere and it delivered. Usual great food and service. This is a quality place!

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was really good for digestion.

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Our table for 4 chose the chef's menu with wine parings and found each course and each wine was superb. Our waiter explained the courses and accompanying wines with competence. The dinner was well paced. The staff was very accommodating with a substitution due to allergies of one of our party.

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3.0Dined on September 16, 2017

As usual, the food was fantastic and the waiter helpful and attentive. However, due to a problem with the restaurant computer that communicated with the kitchen, the main meal took over an hour to be delivered to our table. Although near the end of this wait we were brought complimentary drinks, we were very hungry and would have preferred food. I was not happy that I had to disappoint my out-of-town guests with such a long wait.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2017

Amazing food and incredible service-- you guys made my girlfriend's birthday special. Thanks so much for the flowers and help with the "check"!

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2017

Lumiere is a lovely restaurant with good food and a wonderful bistro ambience. It is so nice to have it in Newton..close to home. It is a great place to meet friends and be able to talk and hear each other!

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was very good but overpriced, particularly since side dishes were extra. Biggest disappointment was dessert. Very small portion and not inexpensive.

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4.0Dined on September 5, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the meal we had at Lumière. I'm French and picky, and wasn't expecting much more than standard bistro fare, but the food was very good.
We both had specials, which were traditional cuisine--not the most creative--but well prepared with quality ingredients.
We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

This was our first time to Lumiere and we all loved it. The entire experience was very positive - great service (our server was friendly and knowledgable) and the food was excellent. Throughout the evening, our server surprised us with unexpected treats - watermelon with tapenade and warm chocolate chip cookies.......
We all agreed (4 fairly picky foodies) that we loved Lumiere and will definitely return soon.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Terrific as usual. We hadn't been there for about a year, and the food and service were as terrific as ever. The server (Paul) had great suggestions, from cocktails, to wine to food and desert! We hope to be back more often!

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Per my review of specifics, the ambiance was lovely and the service was excellent. Our food was generally good (all 3 of us had the scallops upgraded to entree sized portion of 4 instead of appetizer sizeof 2) which were delicious. The watermelon salad was tasty, but the shrimp in the appetizer were small, dry and rather tasteless and so I would not order that again. My cocktail was a good choice, but served in a glass with too much ice to create the illusion of a larger drink. Even though we enjoyed it, we all felt the meal was somewhat overpriced for what we ordered.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Always good food, always good service, and no music to drown out conversation. Splendid.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

We had the chef's tasting menu with wine pairing, and each course was excellent. We especially liked the fact that vegetables were integrated into each of the courses, the flavors were delicious, and the portions were a perfect size, neither too large nor too small. The server was friendly and informative, and the wine selections were just right.

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