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    September 23, 2014
  • Last Review
    December 17, 2014
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    4.7
 
 
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Sister restaurant to the popular New York and London locations, Bar Boulud, Boston at Mandarin Oriental, Boston is a French-inspired bistro and wine bar located in the heart of Back Bay on Boylston Street. Chef Daniel Boulud and Chef de Cuisine Aaron Chambers offer locally inspired seasonal dishes, traditional French bistro fare and an impressive selection of famed house-made terrines and pâtés by Parisian Charcutier, Gilles Verot. Additionally the menu features a handful of signature sausages and burgers, adding an American touch to this French inflected bistro and wine bar. An impressive wine cellar spotlights wines from Burgundy and the Rhóne Valley , including many fine selections by the glass. The interiors are inspired by a contemporary take on the craft of winemaking to create a comfortable and welcoming surrounding for a unique and intimate experience. Bar Boulud serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, all-day dining is also available at the bar. Walk-ins are encouraged.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Bistro with a twist
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/16/2014
 2007
Dined on 12/16/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Our lunch at a window table at Bar Boulud was terrific. From the hearty welcome to prompt service and inventive bistro fare, the place is worth a visit. There is a prix fixe menu for lunch at $28 dollars for two courses. We chose from the a la carte menu and had a terrific salad followed by an amazing dover sole. Wine choices by the glass are from an extensive list of both reds and whites. Table service was attentive and knowledgeable. A good addition to Boylston Street's restaurant scene."
Dined on 12/16/2014
 2007
Special Features: great for lunch, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Chef Mike Price and partner, Joey Campanaro, opened Market Table in the fall of 2007. Located at the corner of Carmine and Bedford Streets in the West Village, the restaurant boasts an airy dining room with exposed brick walls and large windows offering a view onto village life. The menu at Market Table is seasonal American, influenced by Mike's childhood on the family farm in Maryland coupled with years working beside great chefs. He offers nightly specials that reflect his love of creating simple dishes with big flavors.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Bright Corner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/29/2014
 2007
Dined on 11/29/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Market Table is flooded with light from great windows overlooking Carmine Street. The warm and welcoming room under the direction of Matt Howell creates a comfortable atmosphere. Service is spot on and the menu at lunch the Saturday after Thanksgiving was perfect. Pumpkin soup with nice chunks of the veggie along with a terrific mixed salad with hearts of palm was just right. A cheese burger cooked perfectly with amazing fries suited my companion. The room is lively without being overwhelming. This is a spot that you'd return to often."
Dined on 11/29/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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<br />Our menu comes from New York's farmers markets, Long Island fishing boats, country fields and the wondrous meanderings of spirited travelers with passionate palates. We're crushing seafood, roasted meats, crazy good wine and creamy espresso. We present a wine list broad enough for you to come by and enjoy wine with us every night or you can order something you can't get anywhere else in the world. We're Italian influenced, American executed and entirely New York. <br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Putting the "Din" in Dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/28/2014
 2007
Dined on 11/28/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Although the slow cooked pork shoulder, black bass, brussels sprouts and fries were among the best I've tasted and the service was just right, the ambiance of Charlie Bird needs a lot of work. The designers who thought that wood floors, brick walls, metal window dressings and other hard surfaces in a room approximately 20 by 50 would allow for conversation (polite or not) should rethink their design. With a kitchen working hard, it's sad that your client cannot hear themselves think. There is also the issue of other patrons screaming to be heard while they take incessant selfies of themselves at their tables. Really, what is the purpose of good food if you have a carnival atmosphere - just throw some burgers on the barbecue! Someone in management needs to add some soft surfaces and tone down the noise - visual and aural."
Dined on 11/28/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Guests who dine in the Main Dining Room at Colicchio & Sons can enjoy a menu focused on Seasonal Contemporary American Cuisine. Chef Colicchio will improvise and explore with small-batch ingredients from the micro-producers and family farmers with whom he has forged decades-long relationships. In the Tap Room guests can enjoy a menu of specialties from the wood-burning oven. An extensive selection of artisan beers, as well as a distinctive wine list by the glass and bottle, will round out the experience. Colicchio & Sons is an excellent option to gather after a brisk walk on the High Line or a long day of work!<br /><br />Colicchio & Sons accepts Brunch, Lunch and Dinner Reservations in the Tap Room and Dinner Reservations only in the Main Dining Room. <br /><br />Colicchio & Sons will not be participating in NYC Winter Restaurant Week 2014.<br /><br />The Tap Room now has it's very own OpenTable page for online reservations- http://www.opentable.com/colicchio-and-sons-tap-room
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
New York's Finest
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/27/2014
 2007
Dined on 11/27/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This is dining that excites. One of New York's largest dining rooms always seems intimate due to the exceptional design and amazing acoustics. It is both sophisticated, casual and accessible. The service is exceptional with captains and servers who always seem to be around when needed but not hovering. We began with pasta and wild boar and a lobster/crab salad. The main course was a perfectly cooked sirloin. Don't miss the donuts for desert. The food is always amazing. My favorite spot. Much of this is due to Chase who manages the dining room with grace and a keen eye for detail. Every patron feels his special touch."
Dined on 11/27/2014
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Kin Shop is a contemporary Thai restaurant opened by Chef Harold Dieterle and Alicia Nosenzo. The duo chose the name, Kin Shop, because “kin,” is the Thai word for “to eat” and the restaurant is the “kin” to their acclaimed restaurant Perilla, a mere seven-minute walk away. <br /><br />Kin Shop’s menu features both contemporary reinterpretations of traditional Thai dishes and wholly new items inspired by Thai ingredients. Complementing Kin Shop’s menu (which is meant to be shared), are Thai-influenced specialty cocktails, a 75-label, spice-friendly international wine list with many bottles priced under $50, and a diverse globe-spanning selection of beers, many from small, craft producers. <br /><br />The casual, but polished setting features comfortable banquettes, a long granite bar, and a chef’s counter for walk-in dining with a front-row view.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
A slice of heaven
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/26/2014
 2007
Dined on 11/26/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Fried bok choi, meatball/bok choi soup, black bass and goat curry make an unbeatable combo in this asian inspired storefront on 6th Avenue. The bar is fully stocked and the open kitchen provides tantalizing realizations of one of the most inventive menus around. Service is friendly and the room is filled with lively, happy folks. Great for a cold rainy night this week."
Dined on 11/26/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria is a market, salumeria, bakery and restaurant dedicated to quality products. <br />This "simple convivial spot that tastes just like Italy" feels like a "village inside-a-restaurant". While the Alimentari sells house made salumi, freshly baked bread and an ample assortment of imported and domestic items, the open kitchen looks out onto a rustic dining room with communal tables and long marble wine bar. A seasonal menu by Executive Chef Joel Hough features salumi/cheese boards, small sharing plates, fresh pastas and roasted meats and fish from a rotisserie and wood burning oven. The upstairs private dining loft, adjacent to the roof garden and overlooking the main restaurant and market, is available for parties up to 50 people for cocktails and/or a seated dinner. Whole fish under sea salt and roasted short ribs or porchetta are house staples often served family style as are house made gelato tastings.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Food the way you always dreamed it could be
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/26/2014
 2007
Dined on 11/26/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"On a rainy/snowy Wednesday before Thanksgiving, we wandered into Il Buco A&V. Seated at the bar table, we immediately were warmed by the atmosphere and by the open friendly welcome provided by Harry who also runs the bar. We made our lunch from a variety of appetizers and pasta. Fried artichokes, the amazing fried rabbit, mixed salad herbed with tarragon and buccatini cacio e pepe. A fab red wine by the glass completed the repast. This is our fourth time here and no matter what time of day, the quality, atmoosphere and service are just perfection. Thanks for all the hard work."
Dined on 11/26/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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On Newbury Street it’s a legend. Now it’s time for Stephanie’s to stake its claim in the South End. Stephi’s on Tremont is set to open this winter, in the coveted former home of The Garden of Eden on <br />Tremont at Union Park. This second Steph’s will feature many of the same elements that have made the Back Bay location a landmark: Floor-to-ceiling windows, a substantial patio and, of course, prime corner real estate will make for outstanding people watching in one of the city’s most fabulous neighborhoods. Always a favorite for its comfortable, somewhat residential décor and service, Stephanie’s is a go-to for lunch, brunch and dinner…in the summer and the winter…for an afternoon drink or a blow-out celebration. A sophisticated comfort menu inspired by the original (and even including some of the classics) will be served in the bar & lounge, the dining room and a private dining room for special events. Stephanie’s feels like home, but better. Now come home to the South End!
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
South End Standby
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/19/2014
 2007
Dined on 11/19/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"One of the great things in life is finding someplace that brings you comfort, fun and joy. Steph's is that place in the South End. Located in the heart of the action on Tremont Street, you can always be sure of a welcome smile, creative comfort food and an excellent bar. Last week, we had the salmon special with quinoa which was delicious. One of my favorite appetizers is the tuna tartar with the most refined chips for tasting."
Dined on 11/19/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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The design of Mistral is both elegant and casual, resonating with the ambiance of Provence as arched floor to ceiling windows drench the room with light.<br />Mistral’s dramatic dining room serves dinner nightly and Sunday Brunch. In our bar and comfortable lounge area we also offer craft cocktails and fine wines to compliment Chef Mammano’s menu. <br />Mistral’s private dining room, Le Salon du Mistral, accommodates 60 seated and up to 80 guests for a reception.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Magnificent Mistral
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/10/2014
 2007
Dined on 10/10/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"It is rare to find a restaurant of Mistral's vintage which continues to evolve and maintain such high standards of service, ambience and food. Our party of four was seated quickly on a very busy night. Our server, Andre, provided a high level of assistance with charm and professionalism. Starters were tuna tartare, lambs lettuce, fois gras stuffed ravioli and mains were local pork chop, salmon, lamb and dover sole. All were well prepared and among the best I've tried. Partnered with a Pinot Noir from Oregon and a cheese plate to finish, the evening was complete."
Dined on 10/10/2014
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Nestled among the grand masters of art and design in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the variety of dining venues from Restaurant Associates stir the senses. Seasonally inspired menus, and artfully prepared cuisine are marked with an emphasis on sustainable, and local ingredients. Award-winning wine list and casual-contemporary atmosphere. All MFA Members receive a 15% discount off food. Seasonally Inspired, Artfully Prepared. <br /><br />
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Masterpiece within the MFA
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/09/2014
 2007
Dined on 10/09/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"There are no signs outside the MFA to let you know that one of the finest eating experiences resides inside. The room is beautifully appointed. The menu on Thursday lunch this week featured amazing crab cakes and salmon with the most wonderful puree of yam, roasted Brussels sprouts and nuts. A wine from Spain completed a truly great experience. You can actually hear the conversation at your table without shouting - a rare treat indeed."
Dined on 10/09/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Awarded a Michelin star six years consecutively (2010-2015), Luce features an urban setting that is modern and sophisticated, yet stunningly warm and inviting. The main dining room features floor-to-ceiling-windows adorned with sheer metallic gold curtains. Hand-blown Italian bubble-like lamps provide a flattering glow to the dark tropical wood accents and elegantly appointed tables. The globally inspired New American menu reflects the bounties from the surrounding farms of San Francisco and changes according to freshness and seasonality. Each dish is artistically created and highlights an inventive flair for marrying diverse flavors with natural organic ingredients into a gastronomic delight. The wine program offers a superb collection that inspires daring pairings at prices that encourage exploration, and has garnered the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2010.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Luce is lux
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/21/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/21/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Located in the beautiful Intercontinental Hotel in the SOMA district, this restaurant merits is Michelin star. The room is well designed with well spaced tables, floor to ceiling windows and hushed but convivial environment. Cocktails and well made and the wine list is substantial and has broad listing from around the world in a variety of price ranges. My St Joseph was superb at $70. Starters and mains are all exciting. I had an amberjack presentation which rates up there with the best I've had. My beef was prepared perfectly and pared with wonderful vegetables. A light panna cotta was just the right finish. I'd place this among the best restaurants in SF."
Dined on 9/21/2014
 2007
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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