Aquitaine

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$30 and under
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French
Aquitaine is an Award winning Parisian inspired French bistro celebrating 20 years of service in the heart of Boston’s South End. Come sip a glass of wine and enjoy Steak Frites on our expanded patio or in our recently renovated Parisian inspired dinning room overlooking the hustle and bustle of historic Tremont Street.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very unwelcoming greeting from female manager/hostess who seemed annoyed by our presence. Server was trying to do a good job but had too many tables to take care of. Not a great experience after years of enjoying this restaurant.

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vipPaulV
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice outdoor dining. Great food and service. Go again anytime!

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vipASON
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Our server was really bad. He dropped water in the food while pouring and didn't care, then he dropped red wine and didn't care. The food came out cold and pine nuts in the soup was very old.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Ambiance outside was ok. Could have made an effort to add planters of flowers. We were seated on the side street.

Mussels were very good.
Sole was good but very small portion.
Duck was sent back because it arrived cold and tough. It was replaced in a timely fashion but it was still very chewy and tough.
We ordered dessert, the chocolate bread pudding. It was talked up by the server but it was strangely crunchy and ok. The vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce were excellent.
Watermelon martini and Rye Smash were great.
May go back for an appetizer and cocktails but not running back for dinner.

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vipWalidh
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Dined here for a Sunday dinner, half the menu was unavailable, and even the items that where key modifications had to be made. The waiter/ staff were heavily overwhelmed, we had to request multiple basic items, such as bread/ plates. The waiter took a while to take our entree order, eventually only to return and tell us the items we ordered and not available anymore.

The meal which was pretty mediocre, I don't believe they had enough food/ staff in the kitchen.

Our dessert was sent to the wrong table as well.

Highly recommend to not dine here until the restaurant/ management reorganizes itself, limited food options and overwhelmed staff isn't what you'd expect from here.

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vipBettyG
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular dishes - nice variety if you don’t want a heavy French dish.

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vipmaggiethecat
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They have blocked off the entire side street on the left side of the restaurant. I felt safe.
It was so nice, we are returning this week!!

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ChristianB
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Great atmosphere and set up. Unfortunately our server was just not paying any attention and didn’t inform us of the specials that night. Which we only found out later by overhearing another table and were left without drinks for our entire meal. It could have just been an inattentive server but I will say the portions were on the smaller side.

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vipErinR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall it was a lovely evening, but there were a few things that kept it from being a 5-star experience. A few of our menu items weren't great (others were), I got a bad glass of wine (which was replaced with a glass from a fresh bottle), and service was a little lacking. Overall though the ambiance was nice, and we were happy to have a night out without kids!

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vipPtownman
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The far better option for French cuisine in our neighborhood. Their now COVID Compliant outdoor dining space Is comfortable and tables are spaced appropriately. The food is classic and delicious. Cocktails perfect. A bit more costly than Frenchie but as the saying goes “you get what you pay for”. This is one cafe we want to survive the pandemic!! 👍

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved sitting outside! Such a beautiful place to eat on a warm summer night.

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vipCCcc
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent meal outdoors and hand sanitizer on each table, well done!

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RubenF
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Burguer, and appetizers were delicious, the croque madame a little disappointing

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vipBenSahn
New England
33 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great dining outside Sunday brunch. The food and drink were excellent. Service was very efficient. It felt very safe during the pandemic. The tables were well spaced apart, the servers wore masks, and hand sanitizer was available.

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vipKatS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Manger - Samantha? - was accommodating ant engaged in our dining experience - brunch 7/26/2020 👍🏾

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vipKarenD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Outdoor experience was fine. Drinks brought promptly. Unfortunately, gnocchi was very overcooked and mushy. Additionally, we were informed steak au poivre was unavailable after we placed the order. Burger substitution was good. We have been to Aquataine Dedham numerous times and have been very happy with food and service. We also understand these are not normal times so will try again sometime.

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vipDeirdre
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place to recover from the Covid-19 blues in a safe, outdoor, pampered setting with great food and drink!

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vipbostoneats
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Always consistant. Thecstaff is fantastic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waiter

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vipAUSTX
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a beautiful Sunday brunch at this neighborhood restaurant. The service was great taking great care to make you feel safe during covid. We typically enjoy brunch cocktails, but this day we chose simply coffee which was amazingly good. Our meals were cooked perfectly and just as we ordered. This is a lovely restaurant; however, we were not comfortable dining inside so enjoyed the extended street patio (thus less than 5 star on ambiance as inside would have brought). We are anxious to return to enjoy dinner.

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vipMike
New England
47 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very solid across the board. I ordered the french onion soup and it was salty, but delicious; I especially liked the pureed caramelized onions! Additionally, I ordered the burger and it was prepared to perfection and also quite enjoyable.

Overall, really good experience and the restaurant has done a nice job building the outdoor patio space and spreading customers out during the pandemic.

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vipJohnM
New England
33 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A long time favorite, that we'd not been to for a while. They are handling the pandemic well, had all the appropriate precautions.

Food was excellent as always, and the service was great.

Only observation was that it was warm in the restaurant, but that would seem to be the result of the weather (very hot in Boston) coupled with the need to ventilate the building as a COVID precaution.

But a great place to dine.

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vipquit
New England
32 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

after 30 minutes of waiting, there was no service
music was loud and disturbing, we asked to lower the volume, nothing was done

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vipJBRZ
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The gnocchi and chicken were amazing - would highly recommend both!

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DillonS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal. Great service. Highly recommend

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vipMonicaK
New England
65 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Our waiter and the manager were great! The kitchen sucks bad attitude!! We could hear them from our table.
Food was SoSo bad!!!

We love the one in Dedham but will NEVER go back here again!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

So disappointing-celebrating a birthday. We had been to the restaurant many times and each time had a wonderful experience. We had a reservation and the only tables available outside were the very small bistro tables. We took a booth inside. The waiter took our drink order pretty fast but after that we hardly saw him. There were only 2 waiters for the dining room and both outside dining venues. The waiter doubled as the bartender also.
There was no air conditioning and everyone was wiping away the sweat-including the waiter. We order a salad since they were out of mussels. It took a very long time to be delivered. We asked for bread but it only came after we asked several more times. Our entree orders were NEVER taken.
Finally we asked to be moved outside for some air and were told by a very curt/nasty/totally unprofessional manager on duty that she could not accommodate us. At that point we asked for the check and left. Never an apology. This female manager was so inconsistent with our previous experiences.
Sorry to say our days of dining at Aquitaine, and referring customers, are over. I would never go back.

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vipTrannie
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We were looking forward to having our first meal out since the lockdown. When we got there for our reservation, we weren’t informed that we would be sitting inside and not outside To make matters worst, it was scorching hot inside. It was so hot that my sin and I lost our appetite. Quite disappointing.

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AkinaT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience1

Disappointed there was no AC in the restaurant.

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Jamie
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating at Aquitaine and the food and drinks are amazing. Highly recommend the mussels and the steak frites. We booked an outdoor table and opted to eat indoors when it was going to be a 20-30 min wait. Dining indoors was just as great (maybe better with the AC on a hot night). Service was quick, but we didn’t feel rushed at all. Can’t wait to come back and try other menu offerings!

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Ian1
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We've been a number of times and went for our anniversary as we do every year. Main jarring first impression was the Maitre de. I was wearing a mast as I approached her (she was texting) and said to her we had a reservation for 2. Her response was "Huh!" Perhaps a small thing but this does not create a good first impression for the front of house operation. The food was good as always. I tried the lobster which the waitress was clear she hadn't tried and so couldn't recommend. An unimaginative dish cooked with average skill. Lobsters a hard dish not to overcook and loose most of the flavor. The wines were excellent, the salad and desert were also good. We will go again but I do hope they choose to put someone with more social grace on the front desk.

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ConnorM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in for brunch and ordered the croque madame, pomme frittes, french toast and strawberry sangrias. Everything was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Coq au vin was so “liquidy”, everyone turned to mush. Was perfect two weeks ago.

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vipclairewms15
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. I came by for brunch on a Saturday afternoon to dine on the outdoor patio. Everything was great - polite and helpful waiter, delicious food, perfectly curated cocktail, and a relaxing atmosphere. I felt so at peace! I recommend the fries with truffle aioli along with any meal. I devoured the croque madame - SO good. The watermelon smash cocktail was the right mix of sweet and refreshing.

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SamB
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good. I went for brunch with a girlfriend. It was Quick and easy to get a reservation. It’s really cute inside, but they offer patio seating as well. Will go back again

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vipNbSS
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch on the patio, a lovely setting and a wonderful meal

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vipAndreaBoston
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great adherence to safety while also providing enjoyable dining. Thanks all!

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CyndyC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although it was a limited menu the restaurant hit all the high notes. I had the goat cheese salad and my son had the salmon tartar, both were excellent. My son got the duck and I got the coc au vin and we raved about both. Dessert was strawberry creme brule which was creamy and delicious. Our waiter was happy to recommend wine pairings and was extremely attentive. We will return.

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vipDanFromBoston
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had dinner on the new expanded patio. We made a reservation and were seated pretty quickly. Table and chairs were cleaned before we sat down and hand sanitizer was provided on the table which was appreciated. Service was great! Our server was attentive but patient. The endive salad was super refreshing. The rosé hit the spot for a nice summer evening out. It was great to dine outdoors and see people going about their evening - a welcome change to staying at home these days.

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vipCaroline
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service, food, and cocktails!

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