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vipMichelleC
New England
10 reviews
Reviewed on June 24, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

While this restaurant was not the authentic French cuisine we were expecting, this was one of the best dinners my husband and I have had in the area. We did the tasting menu and were blown away by the quality, detail, presentation, taste, and portion size of our courses. We were stuffed by the 4th course, but couldn't stop because each course was incredible. The chef was also very accommodating of my food allergy and put together an amazing substitute. The ambiance was very quiet, simple, comfortable and casual. This is our new special occasion restaurant and we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Reviewed on May 14, 2019
Overall2foodserviceambience

Very disappointing. Not at all a French menu - the food was very bland and uninteresting and ridiculously expensive. We were prepared to pay the prices for some good rich authentic French dishes, but having lived in France I was disappointed to find nothing recognizable as 'French' on the menu and the food we ordered was nothing special either - I cook better myself at home. Do yourself a favor and go for one of the high end Italian restaurants in Newton - this is not worth the effort....:-(

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vipMcrm
New England
7 reviews
Reviewed on March 19, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

We never ask for a to go bag. Never. On principle. Never. We did at this restaurant. The most sublime mediterranean chicken we had ever experienced with the most delicious lentils. Just fabulous. Both perfectly roasted and seasoned.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Reviewed on January 30, 2019
Overall1foodserviceambience

Food and service were both terrible. The whole sea bass came with its skin stuck so tightly to the flesh, it was impossible to separate from the flesh and bones. A request for help getting the bones out was denied with a snooty excuse about legal liability, and after an arduous dissection, the fish was cold and tasted old. The waitress kept asking if my friend wanted a dairy sauce after being told of her dairy allergy, then suggested 'real Earl Gray' when asked for herbal tea. When we dared to complain about the inedible fish, manager Yves from France insisted on charging us for it, and then insulted us. I wonder why all tables were empty except for ours. Maybe other people know not to go there when the Tuesday crew is working? Disastrous food, incompetent service, snooty management.

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vipNicoleM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipRobertL
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Les224
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall2food3service2ambience1

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

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vipRogerM
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMROB
New England
89 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipNewtonFoodie
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipBranZ
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience4

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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vipTRosie
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MatthewK
Atlanta
37 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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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ElaineM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
36 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience3

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
34 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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FredA
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipBEJ53
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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EileenL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Mims
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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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MaryK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great; delicate preparation and innovation active combinations

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vipmarting
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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vipDarleneD
New England
106 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
22 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RomanianRed
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was really good for digestion.

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LaurelL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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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vipKimS
New England
46 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall3food5service4ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipBigflak
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience4

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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vipLeilaC
New England
27 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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CarolynC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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