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“Excellence with ease” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mistral

Mistral
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Ranked #5 of 3,112 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $80
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Cross street: between Berkeley & Clarendon
Trinidad
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80 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Excellence with ease”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Service- warm, inviting, efficient. Food - good selection,nice flavours. Atmosphere - elegant. What I liked most - everything was top notch without being pretentious. It was easy.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Acton, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
379 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,571 helpful votes
“Great food but not entirely genuine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Mistral is a highly acclaimed, upper class "French" restaurant serving Mediterranean food. I went there on a business outing with two colleagues. We knew it wasn’t going to be inexpensive, but we were nonetheless caught off guard by its prices, and it made us a bit uncomfortable when we ordered. Business may be booming, but there are still limits on how much you can splurge.

We exercised the utmost corporate restraint and ordered three lower-priced entrees and the only reasonable bottle of wine we could find in the $50 range. An Australian variety, it was actually excellent -- 2011 Pinot Noir, ‘Little Yering’, Yering Station (Yarra Valley). Highly recommended!

All three of our entrees were attractively presented and delicious. Mine, the “WHOLE ROASTED” DUCK & WILD MUSHROOM RISOTTO, DRIED WISCONSIN CHERRY GASTRIQUE,” was the best duck I’ve ever eaten – crispy yet moist and juicy. A perfect potpourri of flavors with the Risotto and Cherry Gastrique! My two colleagues had “PAN ROASTED NATIVE HALIBUT WITH CHANTERELLE & ZUCCHINI BLOSSOM RISOTTO, SWEET SUMMER CORN” and “PAN ROASTED CORNISH GAME HEN, WARM PANCETTA & SPINACH SALAD, LEMON & ROSEMARY”, respectively, and I wouldn’t have complained if I had been served either one.

The restaurant didn’t strike me as very French, however, and that’s what we were seeking. Outside of the culinary influence which is more on the higher end than most French can experience on a regular basis, there wasn’t anything about the atmosphere reminiscent of the world’s cultural and esthetic powerhouse where I once lived. None of the staff (that we saw) was French. The bread wasn’t French. The decorations weren’t French. While I wasn't looking for an Eifel Tower upon entry, if you’re going to call yourself French, at least try to showcase a token receptionist or waiter with an accent!

Mistral's serves an expertly-cooked meal in a low-lit environment that’s a bit stuffy and pricey for my taste. Most reviews in Tripadvisor have been more than positive, so this is clearly a restaurant of consistent quality for special occasions or high waged earners who aren’t intimidated by the $55 “market price” for the undoubtedly scrumptious ROAST RACK OF COLORADO LAMB WITH SUMMER TOMATO & BEAN SALAD, FETA & KALAMATA OLIVES!

I won’t return, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Of course, I wonder how many potential patrons of Mistral need TripAdvisor to guide them on whether or not to eat there!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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7 Thank Cherry_Wonderdog
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Houston, Texas
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211 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Expensive for unmemorable food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Disclaimer: we aren't the expensive restaurant types, usually. But this place was highly recommended on a number of sites and we decided while on vacation to splurge. Our waiter was very nice, valet parking effective, a nice ambience. Interesting that even at 6:30 (we'd made reservations after reading how busy it could be), it was not busy. Even when we left after 8, it was still very quiet. The food, however, was nothing special which seems a crime for how expensive it was. The appetizer of gnocchi with lobster was good, but my sirloin steak, ordered rare, arrived medium at best, hubby's scallops were seasoned mostly by the use of peppers rather than an artful use of spices/herbs. The desserts were fine, but again, for the price, not all that special. Disappointing overall.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank dramady
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Carlisle, MA
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“great service and lovely food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

This is the place to go with a group of friends OR on a date. The atmosphere is just festive enough but the meal felt very private and well attended. I paricularly liked the appetizers - the mussels and the tuna tartare were excellent. There was a salmon tartare special that I also tried and thought was dynamite. I shared my entree with a friend as it was generously portioned (they were kind enough to allow that.) Our fluke entree was so good that I almost wished I had ordered my own. Desserts were not as memorable, but who cares - by the time you get to dessert, you are so completely satisfied.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank alyeb_carlisle
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Barranquilla, Colombia
Level Contributor
59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“One of the best if not the best restaurant in Boston!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

In the last 10+ years I have been to Mistral a handful of times. It is the type of place you want to go to on a special occasion. If you are not a planner, you can also give the bar a shot - it could turn into a great scene. Brunch on Sundays is also great option. Menu includes generous portions, and your pick on omelettes, pancakes, waffles and French toast... Also you can order staples like the tomato mozzarella pizza (my absolute favorite!). Service is stellar.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank IvaRomero
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