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Bistro du Midi

#56 of 2,674 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Back Bay
French, Seafood, Contemporary, Bistro
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272 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116 (Arlington)
Bistro du Midi sits directly across from Boston's Public Garden half a block from the Arlington T station on the Green Line, on the outskirts of the fabulous Back Bay neighborhood.
617-426-7878
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 164
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Food Next to the Commons

Our first time in Boston and we decided to try a french restaurant close to the 'T' station. We were not disappointed by this open air restaurant next to Boston Commons. The restaurant has an extensive wine list and we enjoyed a very good wine from Tuscany that was recommended by the resident... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
DennisRD
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Waterloo, Iowa
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Waterloo, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Our first time in Boston and we decided to try a french restaurant close to the 'T' station. We were not disappointed by this open air restaurant next to Boston Commons. The restaurant has an extensive wine list and we enjoyed a very good wine from Tuscany that was recommended by the resident Sommelier. We ordered the Lamb carpaccio as... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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222 reviews 222 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The bar menu gives you the option to try small dishes and is a better value of money. The atmosphere is relaxing and really nice. But the food was just almost good. Disappointing artichoke. Extremely salty salad with the disappointing quiche. The burger was really good. And great service.

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Los Angeles
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Six of us were walking from the Boston Duck Tour back to Four Seasons Hotel when we stumbled upon this cozy restaurant with a beautiful view of the Boston Public Garden. We were looking forward to enjoying some late afternoon food and cold drinks on a hot day... Unfortunately, it took the very confused and inapt front of the restaurant... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

There's nothing quite like the casual elegance of a French bistro to put you in the mood for a great meal. I sat, solo, at the zinc bar for lunch and enjoyed good service, a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, and a tasty soup of smoked white asparagas, roasted escargot, and white potatoes. It was a bit too salty--this is not 5... More 

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Hallandale Beach, Florida
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Wonderful restaurant. Warm, friendly staff and superlative food and a very enjoyable dinner. Just avoid the valet, which was alarmingly poor and inept.

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Woburn
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This restaurant offers superb French food in an atmosphere to match. You feel immediately warm a cared for when you enter. There is a bar downstairs with its own menu as well as a restaurant upstairs that overlooks the public garden. If you can talk the chef into the lamb cannoli by all means do so. It is amazing as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Our experience at Bistro du Midi was nothing short of exceptional. Their "prime" tables overlook the Boston Public Garden and because this was a special occasion birthday, they accommodated my request for seating and met us with a "Happy Birthday" to the one celebrating. The service is perfectly attentive without feeling overly formal or intrusive. What a meal! Certainly among... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The Restaurant is well located. It has a bar, lounge and outdoor seating downstairs and a more formal (not stuffy) dining area upstairs. Service is warm and friendly. Waiters advise patiently. Food is great. Must have the white asparagus soup with escargot, the pheasant sausage, the tomahawk ribeye for two to share, the bouillabaisse. There were two vegetarians in our... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We went on impulse late on a weekday night and ordered salad and quiche downstairs. The food and atmosphere were perfect for what we wanted. We sat slightly inside but with the windows open it was as if we were outside as we looked onto the Boston Garden for a wonderful late dinner. The food choices were on target for... More 

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Groton, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We ate at Bistro du Midi last night before theater; plus it was my husband's birthday. We made a reservation for 5:30 and were able to get a seat at the window looking over the Public Gardens, quite lovely. In general, the food was good but not as special as we had hoped for. We'd been to this restaurant a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 272 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
    (Arlington)
  • Public Transportation: Bistro du Midi sits directly across from Boston's Public Garden half a block from the Arlington T station on the Green Line, on the outskirts of the fabulous Back Bay neighborhood.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighborhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: 617-426-7878

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 60
  • Cuisine: French, Seafood, Contemporary, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Doing business, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?