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Bistro du Midi

#89 of 2,365 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Downtown
Seafood, French, Contemporary
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272 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116 (Arlington)
16174267878
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have eaten the the Bistro half a dozen times. The service, food and view are good to very good. Nothing will blow your socks off, but they don't usually disappoint either. Wine list very expensive (AKA overpriced).

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Thank GoIndians
Somerville, Massachusetts
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140 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent meal, excellent service. We each had 3 courses, supplemented by sommelier-suggested wine pairings. All six courses were both delicious and beautiful, and the wines genuinely added to each. We would especially recommend the fois gras (with sauternes!), and the duck. Both were unusually large portions, and had a lovely crisp texture outside a rich, savory interior.

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Thank Andrew W
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our bay window-side table, and the overall ambiance of the restaurant was elegant, relaxed and warm. Our food was delicious. Roast brussel sprouts with mushrooms and balsamic over a chickpea spread was savory and rich. Celery root soup was creamy and comforting. Oysters were presented nicely and the large market salad was lightly dressed and complex with a... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location across the Public Garden was part of the initial draw for booking dinner for two at Bistro du Midi. However, there was really no 'wow' view that materialized (unlike at the Four Seasons Bristol restaurant next door). Started off by sharing a seared foie-gras as an appetizer. Our main courses : duck breast . . . the pairing... More 

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Thank C J
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

My fiance and I frequently come to Bistro du Midi for lunch and dinner. It's a wonderful spot! Outstanding service, excellent food, upscale atmosphere that is still fun and relaxed. The bar menu served downstairs is great. If you want a real treat, get the tasting menu - you won't regret it!

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Thank Whosit2012
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

The food and service were very good. Especially appreciated the Manager Carlo going over all the details of the menu. Delicious Bass special and the cheese/meat board appetizer was A+.

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Thank Frank T
Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

Service and food were very nice. I read some reviews that were not kind, however, our group will take exception to them. Some in our party had past experiences there which were good and today was no exception for them or us. Prompt, friendly, properly served, and most timely. Our exceptions were satisfied and yes, we will return.

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Thank Richard V
Rockport, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

We had a window table, looking toward the Public Garden. The service was a little slow, but the dishes take time to prepare. The Crispy Cod Sandwich was tasty, though hard to eat as a sandwich because the cod tended to slip out. The dessert of caramel apple panna cotta with gingersnaps and almond brittle ice cream was beautifully presented.

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Thank RockportBirder
Lincoln, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

I want to preface this review by saying that our waiter Jonathan and the maitre d were very nice and tried hard, but they were not in the kitchen and that is where the problems lay. I also want to say that I rarely write such poor reviews but this was a terrible meal. It was my daughter's birthday and... More 

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

Setting is OK. Seating is comfortable and not packed. The wine list is impressive Good products but non imaginative cuisine. The claimed french touch is discrete. Fish was correctly cooked. The catastrophy came with the dessert. My soufflé was served flat!. This is inacceptable in such a place. The manager excuses were as flat as the soufflé. Not professional!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $60
Cuisine
Seafood, French, Contemporary
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Television, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 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 - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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: 16174267878
Description
With two floors overlooking the Boston Public Gardens, Bistro du Midi is one of the most beloved destinations in the Back Bay of Boston. Chef Josue Louis's award winning authentic Provencal cuisine is inspired by the Midi region of France and features only the freshest seafood, meats and vegetables that are both refined and approachable.

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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.
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