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Back Bay
0.6 miles from Boston Public Garden
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PRICE RANGE
$35 - $85
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
French, European
FEATURES
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed August 15, 2022 via mobile

Mistral is an all-round solid experience. The hostesses are welcoming, the wait staff highly attentive and professional, and the food superb. The portions are enormous and every dish was flavorful and well-executed. The foie gras perched on a brioche and embellished with bits of duck...confit was especially memorable. There's a great wine list as well.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 7, 2022 via mobile

Good options, good service, and knowledgeable staff. Tables are very close and it’s loud in the restaurant. Seafood options were good and very enjoyable!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 26, 2022

We had been been to Paris earlier this year and wanted to see how a top flight Boston restaurant compared. The answer is pretty well. We started off with a shared appetizer of escargot, which was nothing special. For entrees we had duck breast, Cornish...hen, and halibut, with the duck and halibut being rated superb while the Cornish hen was okay. We finished off the meal with creme brûlée, which was okay, and a chocolate torte which was outstanding. The caveat--we arrived at 5:30 PM and it was very pleasant to share the restaurant with a few scattered diners. By the time we left at 7:30 PM, the restaurant was almost full and the decibel count had risen to a level where it was difficult to hold a conversation in normal speaking voices.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 11, 2022 via mobile

We have long enjoyed Mistral for its fabulous food/service and gracious ambience. One of the last remaining dining rooms in Boston for refined service! Or, so we thought… We dined here on a recent Monday evening and were beyond mortified at what it has become!...While the setting remains lovely, and the food quite good, for some reason the management has made the decision to pivot the atmosphere into that of a noisy pub. Ughh. So very disappointing. They have now crammed the tables on top of each other - forcing guests to sit on top of the strangers seated on either side. Why on Earth would they now think that customers want to pay these $$$ prices only to be treated as though they are dining at the 99? This jamming of tables sadly translates to a ridiculously loud volume and very compromised service. So disappointing! Not the special occasion setting Mistral once was. Warning… be prepared to shout in order to engage with your dining companion(s). At the time we were being seated for dinner at 6PM, the dining room was empty. We quickly noticed this new (overstuffed) table situation and asked for a table in a corner. The host informed us they were “all reserved”. Seriously? How does one obtain that special service I wonder. Not okay to charge guests these types of prices and treat them like herded cattle. Does a huge disservice to your talented culinary staff too! Sorry to see Mistral go by the wayside.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 26, 2022

Mistral is one of Boston's top restaurants. In a city where really great restaurants are a bit further between than one might wish. I went here for my birthday and had a wonderful time. The ambience is great, the staff drilled, precise and knowledgeable. This...is the place you take people you love and care about. Food held the highest standard, and it is obvious that their kitchen is well ran. I would especially point out the Dover Sole, the Crab Ravioli, and the Duck main course. This might just be as good as it's going to get in Boston. Always a pleasure to dine at Mistral.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed June 23, 2022

My adult daughter and I treated ourselves to dinner here while visiting Boston. Our service and our meal were both just simply amazing! The ambience is fine-- elegant, but not any more so than many fine restaurants. The service and meal; however, were definitely out...of this world. In fact, a week later, my daughter is still dreaming of her tenderloin. This is saying something as we are from the midwest and know a good steak when we taste one. I had the halibut over asparagus risotto and it was probably one of the best seafood dishes I've had in a very long time! We each had a glass of wine and were pleased to fine options at nice price levels. The desserts were a perfect way to end our evening. Our server and his helper (water person) were both very attentive and made us feel very welcome. In short, Mistral was the highlight of our culinary experiences in Boston and I would highly recommend it.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 3, 2022

We really had wonderful interactions with the staff from start to finish. The host staff were very accommodating and gave us a cozy corner booth. Ask you would expect, our waiter was top-notch. He made great suggestions throughout including introducing us to the perfect wine...to compliment our meal. my wife doesn't eat meat, however, she could not resist indulging in the fore gras. ForMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 4, 2022

I chose to go to Mistral with my girlfriend fir my Birthday this year in March . I have always lived this restaurant and once again it didnt disappoint. It’s a classy restaurant with excellent trained staff who really make you feel that your money...is being well spent. I ordered the Duck for main course which was slow cooked for 4 hours in a red wine reduction risotto. Simply delicious. My waiter was very knowledgeable also on the perfect wine pairing. Ofcourse we had a desert because we know they have an excellent pastry chef, you just have to . It’s so worth getting dressed up and going with a good foodie friend a treat.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed April 28, 2022 via mobile

Nice elegant location, very good setting, BUT: if you offer Romanée Conti on the wine list you should not present cheapest glassware And San Pellegrino is a no go when you can have one of the worlds best mineral waters , Saratoga , nearby. The...portions are gigantic, less is more and having no fish fork and fish knife, well reminds me my youth in a student dormitory The guy who pretends to be a kind of sommelier is very kind and definitely a nice guy, but frankly speaking has no clue what he is talking aboutMore

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 10, 2022 via mobile

We have dined previously at Mistral. We liked the old menu, and pricing, better. Excellent professional staff. It’s getting too expensive in my view.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 27, 2022

I have said "Great Food and Great Value" in comparison with other restaurants in Boston but prices are very high everywhere in Boston compared to the UK Notwithstanding this we received excellent service and the food was quite clearly prepared in a kitchen that knows...what it is about and if I return to Boston I will eat here again. We both had the foie gras parfait to start and it was simply magnificent served with warm brioche. I had a Beef Tenderloin with Asparagus for main course and it must have been cooked sous vide before searing because I have never eaten such a good fillet as this before in my life and I am 75. The potato accompaniment was lovely also with mash having been taken from a jacket potato and made into a delicious mash with the addition of horseradish before being placed back into a hollowed out jacket potato for presentation. On top of the steak was a perfectly fondant golf ball shallot. I was intrigued by the addition of a long thick but narrow slice of wholemeal toast perched on top of the plate which was a bit strange to an Englishman of the Old England variety from Chilmark Wiltshire UK. The Red Wine sauce was wonderful. My wife loves a Dover Sole and this was presented cooked to perfection off the bone just as if it had slipped off it's skeleton for convenience. Wonderful skill was at play here. We started with two lovely Kir's Royale and with wine available by the glass we each had a nice wine to go with our main course. I am really surprised by some of the other reviews on this restaurant but as a cook myself I could see the skill coming out of this kitchen and I really appreciate the work done by the brigade and front of house team who work terrible hours to make our evening special. Well done Mistral.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed January 24, 2022

This is an upscale French restaurant. I disagree with many of the reviews. The service is good, but the food is only good, not excellent.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 10, 2021 via mobile

Visited this restaurant for our daughter’s birthday, food and ambiance were excellent!! Service was fantastic..I had the COD and it was amazing . Overall the experience was great and the food was amazing . Make sure you dress up as the restaurant is upscale.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 3, 2021 via mobile

It was a classic French restaurant. The quality was good, but it was a little bit more expensive that I thought. The food was good but nothing really surprising - for the price I would expected more.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 29, 2021 via mobile

Came here with my friend when visited Boston on our first leg of our Fall Foliage trip. All the reviews were right. Their food were excellent and so is the service. Our server was attentive but not intrusive. Bread was fresh from oven. We shared...the escargot…the sauce was so tasty we were dipping our bread on it. I ordered the osso bucco. Meat was tender it was almost falling off the bone. And the goat cheese polenta…oh so creamy. My friend ordered the tenderloin that was cooked to perfection. Finished our meal with some creme brûlée. They had a wide selection of wine. Make sure to reserve in advance as they are very busy. Also try to arrive early because parking is tight. Or just take Uber/Lyft. We made the mistake of assuming they still had valet parking (they no longer offer that). We got lucky that somebody was leaving the parking lot across the restaurant.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Sorry, I do not know the answer to this question but if they do do a Caesar Salad even in the kitchen it would be as good as the rest of the menu. But why go to a gourmet french restaurant with foie gras everywhere and eat... More
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Didn’t have to when we were there. Collared shirt and jumper were fine. Message the restaurant if in doubt.
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There are tables for 2. Lots of privacy!
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5