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Lumiere

4.5
2618 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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About

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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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.2
ambience
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2017

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

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vip2frequentdiners (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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Les224 (New England)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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vipMROB (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined 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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NewtonFoodie (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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vipTRosie (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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porker (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined 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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RonaldG (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined 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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Alicia (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2017

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

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BEJ53 (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on October 9, 2017

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

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Mims (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

Dinner was great; delicate preparation and innovation active combinations

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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vipFroggy (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

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

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RomanianRed (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was really good for digestion.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 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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