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“Good service, great ambiance”
Review of Mistral

Mistral
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Ranked #4 of 3,263 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $80
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Cross street: between Berkeley & Clarendon
Reviewed April 6, 2014

A group dinner on a Wednesday night and the place was packed. It was noisy at first and we had a hard time hearing but that seemed to be the fault of one very loud group ... when they left it was much easier to carry out a conversation. I had the assiette of baby beets with goat cheese and cara oranges for an appetizer. It was disappointing. There were a few small pieces of beet, I had anticipated them being featured in the dish due to the explanation provided in the dish explanation. Finishing salt was used with a heavy hard and the salt overpowered the delicate flavors. The whole roasted bronzino with jumbo lump crab was not disappointing. The flavors were perfectly balanced with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes as the base. Don't let the term "whole" frighten you -- this is actually a headless piece of fish (tail in tact) that has all bones removed, the two halves are then placed back together before serving. Our large group received efficient and attentive service.
NOTE: It was difficult to get a cab when we were ready to leave. This is not a high-traffic cab area and we walked to a nearby hotel to catch a cab.

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Reviewed March 25, 2014

Our meals were very well prepared, the staff very flexible in serving as we wished. Great wine list.

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Reviewed March 8, 2014

Went for dinner midweek, with four friends to celebrate a special occasion. The ambiance was appropriate for fine dinning but the noise level very energetic. We had to shout at each other to be heard. The menu was interesting. The appetizers included a salmon tartar dish which was surprisingly quite spicy however very tasty. On the other hand the Foie gras was a disaster. A thick brown sauce on a soggy brioche overwhelmed the expected elegance of Foie Gras. Most of us chose a wonderfully prepared halibut for a main course. The wine list is outstanding. The service was intermittent and inattentive, unfortunate, given the reputation of this establishment. Overall we had a pleasant evening among friends despite the drawbacks. We will probably not return given the poor value for the price.

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Reviewed March 4, 2014

We had an excellent meal at this restaurant. The food was well cooked and presented. The staff were pleasant and attentive. In my view, it deserves it's string position in the TA rankings. Car parking is non-existent, but they do have a good valet parking service. The entrance is a bit cluttered, and the process for greeting and seating guests seems a bit haphazard.

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Reviewed March 4, 2014

We visited Mistral for brunch on a bleak Sunday in February. Loved the fact that there was valet service although we were fortunate to get a spot right outside. The room is lovely with a warm ambience. There was quite a good crowd and a definite buzz in the air as diners of all ages enjoyed their meals. We shared the pineapple carpaccio for appetizer. So refreshingly delicious. My husband had the confit of duck hash and I had the salmon Eggs Benedict. Both were prepared well. The service was pleasant and attentive. Mistral is pricey for brunch but given the location, atmosphere, food and overall experience, we thought it was definitely worth the money.

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