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Bastille Kitchen Boston

Bastille Kitchen Boston

By what business model can this restaurant succeed? That’s what I kept asking myself while dining at Bastille Kitchen, impresario Seth Greenberg’s vast new brasserie in Fort Point. Yes, most restaurants in this area that occupy sweeping, industrial spaces seem to be succeeding: Tavern Road, chiefly for its bar and floor-to-ceiling windows that open to Congress Street; Menton, the utterly luxe closed-curtain, above-the-street exception; the terrifically stylish Row 34. But over on Melcher Street, Bastille Kitchen’s main dining room is on the second floor, removed from the street traffic although near Ming Tsai’s very crowded Blue Dragon. With a staggering 300 seats spread across two floors, its projected P & L report must have anticipated a lot of diners churning through, night after night.
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Bastille Kitchen Boston

So Bastille Kitchen offers an uneven ride in a handsome room with highs and lows you can’t predict. The highest high? The citrus meringue with puff pastry ($9), one of several expert desserts that Kube makes himself. It’s another display of technique, and one in which every element is worth the time and care: peeled supremes of fresh lemon steeped in vanilla syrup and layered with tangy lemon curd and a light, not-too-sweet pastry cream, to be assembled into a high napoleon that looked and tasted like a classic reborn. Greenberg clearly has an eye not just for design but for talent. With a bit of a warmer welcome and a bit more quality control, Bastille Kitchen’s dining room will be as crowded as the bar.
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Bastille Kitchen Boston

Bastille Kitchen is committed to providing our guests with unrivaled food quality, au fait beverage service, and genuine hospitality. Our fare is a modern interpretation of a Parisian bistro. Bastille Kitchen offers two spacious and charming private dining options.
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Bastille Kitchen Boston

We went to Bastille Kitchen for Mother's Day Brunch. The decor is somewhat rustic in nature (lots of wood beams) and the interior is spacious with comfortable seating. The restaurant was about 60% full and the music (mostly Reggae – nice!) was not loud, so conversations were able to be had without much effort. We were seated promptly and the service was outstanding. Unfortunately, the quality and pricing of the food did not meet our expectations. Three of our party ordered the steak and eggs. The steak was a bit on the chewy side even though they were ordered medium and the eggs on all three orders were cold. The other order was for the French Toast stuffed with strawberries and, although excellent, the portion was VERY small (three pieces about 2″-3″ in diameter each). The mimosas were excellent as was the coffee with Baileys. The desserts were a mixed bag: the creme brulee was cold, the brownie was excellent, and the carrot cake was a unique interpretation (not overly sweet, carrot was not discernable and very small). The brunch bill came to almost $200 with tip, which is what we have paid on other occasions for a brunch in Boston. Unfortunately, the quality of the food this time was certainly not worth this expense. We likely would not be back for a brunch.
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Bastille Kitchen Boston

I went to Bastille for Dine Out Boston week for dinner with friends. Our reservation was for 5:45 on a Thursday night and though I was a couple minutes late, I met up with my friends at the bar. We were not rushed to sit at our table and could enjoy each other's company. We sat and had plenty of time to chat and review the menu. With Dine Out you have a pre-fixed menu with choices for appetizer, entree and dessert. All the food was prepared perfectly and was everyone in my group really enjoyed their meal. The food was delicious. Again, we were not rushed through the courses like some other restaurants might do for table turnover. The server was helpful and knowledgeable. I would definitely return!
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Bastille Kitchen Boston

Private DiningBastille Kitchen is committed to providing our guests with unrivaled food quality, au fait beverage service, and genuine hospitality. Our fare is a modern interpretation of a Parisian bistro. Bastille Kitchen offers two spacious and charming private dining options.View Private Dining Details
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Bastille Kitchen Boston

Private DiningBastille Kitchen is committed to providing our guests with unrivaled food quality, au fait beverage service, and genuine hospitality. Our fare is a modern interpretation of a Parisian bistro. Bastille Kitchen offers two spacious and charming private dining options.
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Bastille Kitchen Boston

Bastille Kitchen is a neighborhood bistro reminiscent of those found along the streets of Paris. Perfect for intimate gatherings and special events including bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties and much more. Photography Credit to: Joseph Laurin Photography Petra Somers/Pnut Studio Dalke Studios
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One way to attract a crowd: Use the décor to establish a scene, which is what Greenberg does best. He’s confidently employed that approach to create places that lure the well-off, as demonstrated by the Ames Hotel and Mistral—the latter a restaurant where he and his original partner, Jamie Mammano, have for years played pied pipers for well-heeled suburbanites. At Bastille Kitchen, wide-board floors seem to go on for a full block, and newly built beams are exposed to give the place a rustic look. It’s all dimly illuminated by caged chandeliers and coach-style lanterns hung on the exposed-brick walls. (There’s also a smaller, ski-lodge-inspired downstairs dining room and bar called the “Chalet.”) With its colorful tiled floors, the full-length bar adjacent to the upstairs dining room gets more to what I think of as Greenberg’s style. Here, he has attracted a good share of the young, afterwork crowd that enlivened other nearby restaurants and put wind in their sails at launch. In contrast, the rest of the vast upstairs dining area, unless at capacity, feels cavernous.
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One way to fill dining-room seats: Provide flawless service, which would go hand in hand with such a carefully designed, stylish space. Except that when we dined there for the first time, our stern server came by and surveyed our table as if looking for what we’d done wrong while she was away. “We don’t keep things on the floor,” she said, briskly removing a menu I had tucked away for later reference. Later in the meal, our requests for serving spoons went unanswered long enough that I took some from another table—and there she suddenly was, as if waiting for a reason to drag me to the principal’s office. Another night, our server seemed oddly hostile to other very polite guests. Service, then, doesn’t seem to be where Bastille Kitchen intends to plant its flag.
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Treat Your Guests to Something Truly Special Bastille Kitchen is committed to providing our guests with unrivaled food quality, au fait beverage service, and genuine hospitality. Our fare is a modern interpretation of a classic Parisian bistro.
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We'd been to Bastille Kitchen several times because it was so good. Frankly, it was a little off this time around. The new menu seems to be limited. While I know that spring is asparagus season, it appeared with several of the entrees. Enough!I love the ambiance and will return, hoping to find the menu a bit more interesting next time around.
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Def one of my favorite 1 or 2 restaurants in Boston. Service with a smile and every server we've ever had knows the menu inside and out and was able to answer every question we had about it. Also, this past occasion we had a reservation for 8 pm. We arrived at 7:30 to hang out at the bar for a drink but they were able to get us a table right away, which was great.I will say that I was disappointed when I saw they had changed the Braised Short Ribs. On 2 previous visits I got this entree but it used to be with cheddar/grits. Not sure why they felt the need to change something that was already incredible.But all in all, it's a great place for dinner. That was the 4th time we've been in the last 12 months+ and we will definitely go back.
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