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Bar á vin 1855, Boston, MA

Bar á vin 1855

4.8
4.8
236 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
From our seasonally inspired small plates, to full course meals, we invite you to savor every bite. Deepen your love of French wines by immersing yourself in the flavors and aromas of 1855’s selection of over 250 French wines as our sommeliers procure the perfect pairing for your meal. Our inviting bistro on Boston's popular Newbury Street will immerse you in the world of wine, with chairs crafted by a local carpenter out of wine barrels, and tables made from wooden wine case. Give into temptation and indulge in our new menus for both brunch on the weekends and dinner.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Wine Bar, Breakfast

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 587-4222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ozzy Rizvi

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Cross street

    Fairfield / Gloucester

  • Parking details

    Street parking or Prudential Parking Garage

  • Public transit

    Hynes Convention Center (Green Line), Prudential (Green Line), Copley (Green Line)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 236 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Great for fine wines

  • Boston / New England

    French

  • Boston

    Great for fine wines

  • Boston

    French

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  1. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent for restaurant week! Got the goat cheese salad, chicken, and roasted pear for desert.
  2. Daisy

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time from being greeted , seated , dinner was delicious. Overall we loved it and will return!
  3. ShuY

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect! The service was very helpful. We took all his suggestions and everything was delicious!
  4. flora

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Seafood overcooked but I would go back and order something else
  5. Nicole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food was amazing. The drinks were superb. I recommend the French toast!
  6. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambience, excellent wait service and outstanding wine selection as well as wonderful French cuisine!
  7. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful service and food! Only complaint was table was sticky.
  8. pwol

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful Valentine's day dinner at Bar a vin
  9. JinheeO

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience. Will definitely come often. Service was fantastic and exception, so cordial, polite, attentive and friendly!
  10. Theodore

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    We booked on OpenTable for LaVoile but because of confusion between that, and it’s upstairs wine bar, which OpenTable made to look like the same thing (Bar a Vin is less formal and “tighter”) it was the upstairs wine bar or nothing, so that’s the last time I will ever book on OpenTable for anything. Service was very well done, however, and the food was good, but since it was a special occasion for us, we were disappointed that we were unable to eat in the main restaurant, with which we are well accustomed.
  11. StephenG

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful french bistro-wine bar right in the heart of the city. From the moment we arrived, we felt like we were no longer in Boston and had the most lovely evening. Our waitress was superb, the wine list is outstanding, and the quality of the food was second to none. We are so happy we discovered this special place.
  12. Pierrot

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dining as it should be — exquisite attention to detail from start to finish. Very attentive, affable service, without being in the least bit intrusive. Each dish was carefully and skillfully prepared, including a memorable parsnip soup. Un petit bémol — one slightly less successful detail: the music, which at one point was squealing electric guitars. It was never loud (mercifully), but not the best playlist for this environment. (As I was about to say something, the music changed and was thereafter more bearable—but not ideal, nonetheless.) This was my third meal at 1855: a place I will return to again and again. A lovely contrast from my many unsatisfying dining experiences in Boston.
  13. Soh21

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Though owned by the La Vile owner, food was definitely a level up. While Le escargot at La Voile is deliciously cooked in classic garlic butter sauce, at the Bar a vin 1855 they were served in equisite sauce which elevated to another level. Wide range of wine with reasonably wide price ranges. While the server was knowledgeable, she made us comfortable of our modest wine knoeldge. Smaller space but tables were well spaced. It just became our regular place!
  14. RobS

    New England

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience. Our party of four really felt like we were in a good French bistro near Brittany, (an homage to Matthieu, who is an OUTSTANDING waiter/sommelier and overall face of the restaurant). The very recently updated menu is outstanding. With many of a French bistro’s “traditional” plats, but many done in a non traditional manner. The escargot for example was not the traditional “garlic and butter” approach but rather done with mushrooms and a buttery sauce over puff pastry, delicious. There are no less that three different fois gras presentations as first courses. We tried the “brûlée” version and it was outstanding. That alone worth the return visit. Other first courses were an excellent tartare, and a goat cheese salad, all well prepared. Entree’s included bouillabaisse, mushroom risotto and scallops. All were creatively prepared and outstanding with the bouillabaisse broth uniquely flavored, the scallops served over a cauliflower purée. Wine selections extensive and again, the server/sommelier Matthieu excellent. We’ll definitely return to try some of the other choices on the menu.well done!
  15. tallred

    New England

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We have dined there many times and took some French friends there-- they were impressed. Lovely wine list and Matthew is very knowledgeable and honest about choosing. Charming French bistro setting.
  16. Stephanie

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spent new years at this great spot. The food and wine were excellent. Portions were a great size and the service was wonderful. Will plan on returning.
  17. Lucy

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was lovely
  18. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night spot, one of our best experiences in a long time. Far surpassed my expectations. Steak tartare was the highlight for me, perfect. The seared foie gras and duck entree were excellent. Will go back and bring friends.
  19. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, and atmosphere
  20. Taylor

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Ate here for Christmas Dinner. Good was excellent, service was outstanding. Wine selection is great. Plan to make this a regular spot.
  21. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A nice choice for our Christmas Eve dinner, accommodating when a late train delayed our reservation.
  22. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter and I ate Christmas Eve dinner here after church. The food and wine were delicious and the waitstaff was amazing.
  23. Hugh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Awful filet. Terrible service. Drinks were good and the atmosphere was nice but dont come here if you dont want to pay $200 for a $20 meal
  24. ClaudiaS

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was very nice and accommodating. The restaurant had nice atmosphere and with very little noise. Brunch/Breakfast food was very good. Mulled Wine a delicious option for Brunch/Breakfast. Great choice to have a great conversation with family and friends.
  25. mickey

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We arrived a little early prior to our reservation. We wanted to have a cocktail at the bar and wasn’t able to due to 1 chair short in the bar area. We left and found another place to enjoy a cocktail. Returned for our reservation. Food was good however portions were very small. Probably will not be making a second trip to this restaurant
  26. AnnW

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the food and service. Please have Todd Lipman back for another pop up dinner!
  27. alise

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Food was just lacking flavor. Good cocktails and wine.
  28. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service at this small French bistro. Excellent wine list as well. Recommend to anyone who like food and wine.
  29. StephenO

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect - the food, the service and the atmosphere.
  30. Zack

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food, wonderful atmosphere
  31. TerriR

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible service and amazing food. Wonderful experience, if you’re considering this place, go!!
  32. PatC

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Overall it was a nice meal in a nice restaurant. But some of us didn't think the quality of the food that that great. The service was very good though.
  33. CarlosF

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for an amazing Thanksgiving meal. The food was perfect, service was amazing.
  34. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mathieu and crew made our evening special! The food and wines were amazing!
  35. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Had a first date experience here. Asked to have wine suggested to us and the server asked if we trusted him. Naturally, we said yes, and based on a couple questions he brought back a great tasting bottle for us to share a dessert over. Would definitely come back for future dates or special occasions!
  36. ElodieR

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food and drinks were really good. Size of entrees were a bit small, I would recommend taking some sides or to have an appetizer. The bread was not great which is very odd considering how great the rest was.
  37. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good experience
  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The duck was amazing and I loved how helpful the staff was with suggestions on wine pairings. 10/10 I will definitely be back next time I’m in the Boston area.
  39. MelindaG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. The service was exceptional. The setting was charming. This is a great restaurant.
  40. Angy1

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My second time here. Very good food, excellent wine, nice service, low noice level. I definitely recommend!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Bar á vin 1855 is rated 4.8 stars by 236 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for Bar á vin 1855

259 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116-2402

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fairfield / Gloucester

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Wine Bar, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking or Prudential Parking Garage

  • Public transit

    Hynes Convention Center (Green Line), Prudential (Green Line), Copley (Green Line)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ozzy Rizvi

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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