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“Bristol is wonderful!”

Bristol Restaurant and Bar
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Ranked #188 of 3,393 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $100
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Transit: Arlington T Stop
Description: Boasting floor-to-ceiling views of the iconic Boston Public Garden, Bristol restaurant and Bar is the city's best restaurant for fine dining, drinks and conversation at all times of day. On weekdays, power breakfasts and lunches are followed by a vibrant dinner scene. On weekends, the restaurant is the place to be for signature cocktails, a date night in Back Bay, or dinner before taking in a show in Boston's vibrant downtown theater district.
Reviewed April 9, 2012

We had friends in town visiting for the first time and of course, my DH does not miss the opportunity to show the place where got married. The Bristol was chosen for lunch one more time and it did not disappoint us. We were all pleased with the quality of our selection and wine. Food arrived promptly, wine was excellent.

The ambiance was great and our server was attentive and and pleasant.

The Bristol is a winner and yes, it is pricey but we will indulge again in the near future.

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Thank CitizenoftheAir
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

So yes I'm on a diet, isn't everyone? Here the healthy choices are so delicious that you don't feel you are denying yourself at all. Yes there are the usual temptations but a lot of them are covered, so easy to walk by. There are salads, fruit, omelletes made to order, fresh squeezed juice and pots of piping hot coffee even served with skim milk. Smoked salmon, oatmeal, you name it, it certainly makes an appearance. Cheese, artisan breads, you get the picture. Perfect after a week of denial, without breaking the calorie bank.

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Thank SaraDL
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

Delightful place for an elegant, relaxing English afternoon tea experience. Request a table overlooking the Public Garden! While a little on the pricey side ($32 for a pot of tea, three little sandwiches, a scone and a few little jewel sweets), it's a wonderful treat. They said the scones were white chocolate cranberry but, thank heaven, there was no taste of chocolate. It would have spoiled the lovely lemon curd! The "clotted cream" was simply whipped cream but...I quibble. Lovely Saturday afternoon with friends.

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1  Thank christineBoston
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

This past Saturday called for an impromptu trip to the Four Seasons for Tea with my Brit friend. Luckily, even without a reservation they were able to accommodate us in the Bristol Lounge.

Comfortably seated on the soft sofa near the fireplace, we settled back and took a quick look at the menu. I was already excited about the selection of cakes and sandwiches on offer for our afternoon. The Afternoon Tea menu offers Scones and Tea Bread, Strawberry Jam, Lemon Curd and Devonshire Cream, a Selection of Tea Sandwiches and Pastries and is served with a Pot of Brewed Tea of Choice.

As with all Four Seasons, service is impeccable. Our pinstriped Tea suited waiter efficiently organized our little coffee table to accommodate our order of Afternoon Tea with English Breakfast and glass of Veuve Cliquot for both of us.

Starting with a little sparkling number, we clinked glasses and giggled with excitement at being a little too decadent with this unplanned trip. Bubbles are always fun, especially at 3pm in the afternoon.

When I do Afternoon Tea I like everyone to eat the same thing at the same time so we can talk about it. A little silly but oh so fun. We started with spongy, sticky lemon and poppy seed bread and then moved on to one of my favorites of cranberry scone with Devonshire cream and strawberry sweet jam. Lots and lots of cream and jam. So delicious, So British!

Moving on to the little tea sandwiches of smoked salmon, chicken salad and cream cheese and cucumber. Perfect two-bite sized sandwiches of tasty fresh ingredients. I was a big fan of the cream cheese and cucumber.

We took our time while we drank our hot and strong fresh brewed tea, reminiscent of my home country of England where we love our strong teas. I was very happy.

Finally, we ended our afternoon with cakes of lemon tart and chocolate éclairs. Saving the Chocolate Éclair to the very last was exactly the right thing to do. Oozing with vanilla cream and topped with just the right amount of chocolate this was the pies de resistance of our Afternoon Tea.

The Bristol Lounge was filled with young teenagers celebrating birthdays, parents on a delicious treat of an afternoon and friends like me and Andy just enjoying ourselves. What an absolutely lovely afternoon. Definitely worth a trip for a celebration or just a weekend treat.

Although we did not have a reservation, I would highly recommend making a one if you want to go for tea as they tend to make everything to the amount of reservations they get.

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5  Thank LifeFoodWine
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

Just popped in for lunch and was made to feel at home. Obviously The Four Seasons is a very classy joint and the service matched the venue. Food was good quality and matched by prices that were not too over the top. Would certainly come again. Not traditionally somewhere to take an infant but they took good care of us.

Thank SJB1209
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