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“Comfortable atmosphere, creative well executed food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bistro du Midi

Bistro du Midi
272 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)
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Ranked #55 of 2,675 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $60
Cuisines: French, Seafood, Contemporary, Bistro
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Bar scene, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Cross street: Arlington
Transit: 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.
Boston, Massachusetts
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62 reviews 62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Comfortable atmosphere, creative well executed food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

Recently had 10 person business dinner in private room and then returned a few weeks later for business dinner in main dining room. Good balance of energy and warm atmosphere while quiet enough to easily converse. Service was helpful and welcoming. The food was excellent, with portions not too big, not too small. Accessible excellent wine list. Tuna tartare appetizer was outstanding. Both duck entrees were excellent. Very consistent which for business dinners is a priority for me. The upstairs feel is very different than downstairs bar/dining were it is often very noisy and the service has generally been more brusque, though understandable difference.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

The food was outstanding. However, it was extremely loud and we practically had to shout across the table which really was too wide for conversation between the four couples. It was a Saturday night so I'm assuming that it's not as loud during the week. Only other negative was that the server spilled a little of my beet salad which I thought landed safely on my napkin but alas and alack it got on my silk shirt. Hopefully the dry cleaner can get it out...

Visited January 2013
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“Good food and great view of Public Garden”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

Definitely an occasion restaurant with very good food, service, ambiance and view of the Boston Public Garden. With the second floor location of the dining room you can look over to the Public Garden without being blocked by the street scene if one were on the first floor ( which has the reception plus a bar and cafe). We liked that the dining room was warm with a nice fire place on a cold winter night. The noise level was energetic but still allowed for easy conversation at the table. Food was very good, the ratatouille was the best ever, the wine list was very good and the service was as should be in a fine restaurant , good from entry to departure. We would go back.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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“Great Welcome to the New Year”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

My wife and I spent our New Year's eve in downtown Boston at the First Night celebration. We made a late dinner reservation at Bistro du Midi to eat, celebrate, and ring in the New Year. I found the experience outstanding and the staff accommodating.

We arrive at our designated reservation time and were immediately seated in a small room away from the crowd. We ordered our Champagne Kir Royals. Shortly afterwards, a large private party entered an adjoining private room and began a very loud celebration a with whoops and hollers. While we were in a holiday spirit, this put a damper on our romantic evening. The waiter, observing our discomfort, brought the manager and arranged to move us to another table. It was this level to detail that made our evening so special. They were very much concerned about our comfort.

The fixed price meal was outstanding. We are light eaters and the menu played into our style of dining. Small manageable portions with a variety of options. I chose the beet salad, octopus appetizer, and monk fish. My wife chose the beet salad, shrimp, and Loup de Mer.

There were options for froi gras and a white truffle appetizer, but opted for the lighter options. This was hard for me because I love froi gras.

The courses were cooked to perfection and served directly after preparation. They came at a slow leisurely pace similar to the restaurants and cafes of Paris. While some might complain about this drawn out service, we expected it and were not let down.

The service was friendly, attentive, and helpful.

We ended our meal with a cappuccino and small desserts. At midnight, the restaurant provided champagne, hats, and noise makers.

In the spirit of first night, we rode the T both ways. Our ride home was on a lightly loaded car sans inebriated revelers.

Thanks Bistro du Midi for providing an enjoyable evening.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Great food, great atmosphere, great service! We had the roasted chicken for two. It sounds like a plain dish but it was anything but. It is an entire chicken cooked to order so it takes time but it was juicy and full of flavor. Well worth the wait.

Visited January 2013
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