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Bistro du Midi

#58 of 2,680 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Downtown
French, Seafood, Contemporary
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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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 199
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  • 87
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 13
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  • 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
excellent wine and venison

Our Concierge steered me correctly here after a miss the evening before in the Italian district. Amazing venison and a most charming waitress. Dined alone and was made to feel most welcome. Wonderful wine list.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Andrea C
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our Concierge steered me correctly here after a miss the evening before in the Italian district. Amazing venison and a most charming waitress. Dined alone and was made to feel most welcome. Wonderful wine list.

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Thank Andrea C
Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with friends before the theater, as this is a handy location for the theater district. As the name suggests, the cuisine is southern french and I've been consistently happy with their food. This time had a lovely sausage appetizer followed by a sea bass main, with the fish cooked nicely to bring out its flavor and texture. The service... More 

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Thank Martin F
Boston, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bistro du Midi has a great location overlooking the Boston commons. Award winning wine list but the person who helped me with the wine selection didn't seem approachable. The wine suggested was brilliant so I am thinking a slight display of hospitality would have added to the experience. We were a 4 top and the appetizers ordered were very good.... More 

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here on a Sunday night. Fireplace was roaring, a completely warm and cozy atmosphere. Beautiful table by the window where we watched the snow fall in the Public Garden. Cocktails were heavenly -- inventive, tasty and sizable. Apps were yummy. I had the foie gras. A dainty serving but oh so delicious. My son has the charcuterie board (yes,... More 

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Thank Cindy K
suttons bay, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My best friend and I dined here recently and it was a pleasure as always. Food is always a nice surprise with a special. This time it was a prix fixe of citron from Provence. It was 3 courses for $45. My starter was a charcuterie plate with some salami and a terrine with pistachios and Meyer lemon garnish. His... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

The meal was outstanding and the scenery was breathtaking. This would have been one of the best meals ever if the service had been on par with everything but it was not. We had to remind the staff that we ordered ginger ale. We had to ask for sharing plates and that we had ordered the Brussel sprouts. And despite... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

The day after Christmas is my oldest son's birthday. Traditionally, my family celebrates this day by going out for a nice dinner, because by then my wife is "cooked" out. When we arrived at the Boylston Street location, we were met by no one. The valet parking guy had disappeared. The hostess took our keys, we had arrived in two... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

I've been there twice and was happy with the food and the service on both occasions. The menu is both interesting and diverse, and the wine list is excellent. Do keep in mind that they serve small portions though (on one occasion, it was explained to me as "European size"), but then I really liked it - you get to... More 

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boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We had two remarkable experiences in this wonderful restaurant. We had requested a window table when we reserved a month earlier. jAlthough we were not given this we said nothing since the restaurant seemed to be full. However the manager came to our table to apologize and graciously gifted us with glasses of a very fine wine. As for the... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Six of us had Brunch at Bistro Du Midi on Sunday, and everyone left happy. The upstairs space is very attractive, with nice views of the Boston Public Garden. Two omelets, three quiches and a burger were all done well, as were a few mixed drinks. Congenial staff, and easy parking at the Boston Common Garage made this an excellent... 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>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 617-426-7878

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings
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?

Staying in Downtown

Neighborhood Profile
Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.