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“Blow Your Mind Brunch” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mistral

Mistral
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Ranked #4 of 3,179 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$35 - US$80
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Back Bay
Cross street: between Berkeley & Clarendon
Boston, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Blow Your Mind Brunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013

Mistral is pure decadence. The restaurant itself is stunning – literally oozing provincial French minimalism from every surface. Glorious, huge windows bath you in otherworldly light. Beautiful people show you to your table and serve offer you drinks. As for the food? In the immortal words of George Takei, "Oh My!"

The first time I went here was for dinner. I had a seasonal heirloom tomato salad and lamb shank. I've never since found any better version of these dishes elsewhere. It was epic.

Then I went for brunch.

Dude, the french toast is brioche bread covered – literally covered – in graham cracker crumbs. Then it's topped with creme fresh. Drizzle some pure maple goodness all around and you've got yourself a bonafied religious experience on a plate. I cannot describe adequately describe the first time I put it in my mouth. The clouds did indeed part. It was glorious.

More importantly, brunch at the Mistral is an affair. You should dress nice and be on your best behavior. Yes, you will probably have a foodgasm... but just don't let anyone see it. Thankfully, your manners are rewarded with pomp and circumstance.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Huntsville, Alabama
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Nice treat and experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

I initially came to this restaurant thinking it was Mediterranean cuisine (thanks Yelp...) but upon arriving I decided to stay. Atmosphere was pleasant, upscale and buzzing with conversation. Server was helpful and friendly, which lead me to try the game hen! Enjoyable and satisfying. Great flavors with the spinach as well. Wanted dessert but was too full. Perhaps next time I'm in Boston. I think its worth a visit at least once...

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ecoita
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Austin, Texas
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“solid french restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

i always sit at the bar for dinner when i'm traveling and it was a great experience at mistral. the bartenders were very attentive and knew the menu very well. had a great white wine recommendation paired with my sole, which was prepared perfectly.

Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Jo3699
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London, England
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129 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

First impressions are of a swish establishment, with plenty of servers providing a slick, professional (albeit somewhat impersonal) service.
It was very popular with larger groups and this, together with the high ceiling, stone floor and large room, made for very high noise levels - making communication difficult except at high volume. Definitely not for a special, romantic, last day of holiday meal!!
The food was very tasty and well cooked with generously sized portions.
This wouldn't be on our "return to on next visit" list.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Geoff & Barbara
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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405 reviews
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“Fantastic brunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

Went here for a special birthday brunch. It didn't disappoint.
I quite enjoyed all the little touches-- my tea came in a french press, they gave everyone a individual coffee cake which was fantastic and came with butter and apple butter, etc.
I got a berry, lime, and OJ drink that was fantastic. My mushroom and gruyere fritatta was good, but I wanted a bit stronger gruyere taste. They were over-zealous while clearing the table, and took our butter away when the entrees, with unbuttered toast, came. They did mix up the eggs on 2 orders, and we had to wait for them to fix them and bring them back. That was a little awkward because do you wait and let your food get cold, or eat in front of people with no food yet. All in all, everyone quite enjoyed their food once it arrived.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank waterangel21
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