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Boston's Best Bistros

Boston offers some of the best bistros, including these five selections. Whether it is a modern American bistro you want to pay a visit to, or a traditional French-focused restaurant, they all have a common love for serving only the best food and drink. Sip wine and feast on steak frites or other favorites at these spots.
roost bistro

Roost Bistro On Newbury
259 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 587-4222

A newcomer to Newbury Street, Roost boasts an excellent location with food and drinks that are sure to satisfy. With a classic American menu and a focus on New England comfort foods, it's a perfect place for weekend brunch, lunch or dinner. Start off with the crispy pork belly or a warm bowl of chowder. Entrees include steak, pork chops or duck breast, among the many choices. Plus there is a casual pub fare menu with sandwiches or fish and chips.

les zygomates

Les Zygomates
129 South St.
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 542-5108

For the best bistro experience in Boston, locals and visitors flock to Les Zygomates for wine, jazz and bistro menu favorites. Escargot, charcuterie, onion soup and steak tartare are standouts. Indulge on the steak frites or keep it light with the warm farro salad. For a more casual dining experience, there is fondue, burgers, calamari and other shareable eats.

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Petit Robert Central
101 Arch St.
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 737-1777

Petit Robert Central is right in downtown Boston, surrounded by shops, restaurants, bars, theaters and all of the other excitement the area has to offer. A French bistro, the restaurant features award-winning Chef Jacky Robert's innovative menu. Petit Robert Central prides itself on offering affordable entrees priced under $30. Nosh on items from the raw bar, savor a plate of cheeses paired with a glass of wine and choose from the entrees list that includes everything from beef bourguignon to roasted chicken dinner.

Related: Boston's Best Fancy French Restaurants

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Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro
25 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 723-7575

A Beacon Hill neighborhood favorite, Beacon HIll Bistro serves up breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, bar snacks and dinner. The menu is a mix of old favorites and new modern uses of ingredients by Executive Chef Lucas Sousa. Cozy up by the fireplace bar or have a sit-down dinner with seasonal selections. Steak frites, trout, mussels and gnocchi are a few options to choose from, or for the ultimate dining experience, you can do the five-course tasting menu.

Bistro Du Midi
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Bistro Du Midi
272 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 426-7878

Seasonal ingredients inspired by French cuisine, served with a view of the Public Garden, is the Bistro Du Midi way. Brunch, dinner, dessert, holiday menus and specialty cocktails are all available here, as are five- or seven-course meals. Though the menu is ever-changing, recent dishes have included Bouillabaisse du Midi, Prime Grilled Rib Eye or Roasted Monkfish.

Related: Hamersley's Bistro Closing After 27 Years In Boston's South End

Michelle Levine is a creative energetic, young professional that is passionate about everything Boston has to offer. She loves to attend local events, dine out, and cook and wants to share her findings with you. Her work can be found on

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