About Bastille Kitchen
Bastille Kitchen is a neighborhood bistro that is reminiscent of those found along the streets of Paris. Situated at 49 Melcher Street in Boston’s historic Fort Point district, Bastille Kitchen is committed to providing value to our guests while delivering unrivaled food quality, au fait beverage service, and unpretentious hospitality. Our fare is a modern interpretation of a Parisian bistro.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Served every Sunday from 10:30am - 2:00pm
A Street & Summer Street
$31 to $50
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We off valet service through Boston Valet on the corner of Necco Street and Melcher Street just steps from our front door. The cost of the service is $18.
We have also have arranged $5 validated parking as a courtesy to our guests at the Necco Street Garage directly behind the restaurant. Validation is available Monday through Friday after 5 PM. Parking is available for $5 all day on Saturday and Sunday.
Bastille Kitchen is easily accessible by the MBTA"s red line via South Station. From South Station head North toward Summer Street then turn Right onto Summer Street. Turn Right onto Melcher Street and the restaurant will be located on the right. The walk will take you roughly 5 minutes. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any issues.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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.
Bastille Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
I really enjoyed this place. We came wi ...
I really enjoyed this place. We came with a gilt city voucher for a chef's tasting brunch. It included a bloody/mimosa per person, coffee/tea per person, beignets with a chocolate, a vanilla custard and grapefruit curd dipping sauces, a strawberry smoothy each in champagne glasses, a board of quiche lorraine and waffles filled with the vanilla custard each, and a bowl of berries with whipped cream. They had a ton of staff. Our water was never empty and we had various servers bringing us our food. It was pretty bright however on such a nice day it would have been nice to be outside. I'd go back to see their dinner options and what the place looks like at night.
Our waiter was new and he didn't even co ...
Our waiter was new and he didn't even come over to ask if we wanted a drink until almost a half hour had passed. If a waiter is new, he should be working with someone to make sure he gets it right. He also didn't bring one person's appetizer with the others.
The service was spectacular. Very profes ...
The service was spectacular. Very professional and polite.
Waiter could have been a little more att ...
Waiter could have been a little more attentive Seemed distracted. Everything else was fantastic.
Dinner at Bastille
Nothing special. Food was ok for me and enjoyable for my colleagues. Very convenient as we work next door. Staff friendly enough but walking past the prep area staff seemed otherwise engaged - mobile phones etc. Probably wasn't busy enough for them. Overall we had a better meal on our previous visit
This was our first time to Bastille Kitc ...
This was our first time to Bastille Kitchen. It was recommended by a friend. Everything was absolutely excellent: food, drinks, service. We will definitely visit again.
This was a revisit
We had been to Bastille Kitchen several months ago and did not have a good experience. When I said this in my review the manager encouraged us to return. We returned w/o letting them know we were coming an we has a very nice time. The food and service was much better this time. We are glad we returned. People in our party enjoyed everything from the oysters and asparagus apps to the entrees.
Nowhere to be found
Did not see the server after entrees were served. We needed his assistance for drinks and other issues. Everything else was superb. Love this spot, usually.
Service and food were superb! Love the ...
Service and food were superb! Love the decor. Went on a Gilt City brunch. One recommendation; skip the smoothie and offer egg choice off the menu.
My husband and I had a really good exper ...
My husband and I had a really good experience at Bastille K. Ambiance and service were perfect and food was good, especially the appetizers and the dessert were really tasty and well presented. Wines were reasonably priced, considering the kind of restaurant.
Enjoyable, while cooking well frequently ...
Enjoyable, while cooking well frequently it's challenging to go out. I was thrilled to explore Bastille kitchen for dinner. The waiter was attentive and welcoming. We had an early dinner after exploring the fort point area so it was a quiet start. Sharing steak tartare and beignets with a reasonable bottle of wine followed by the burger entree was perfect. Give Bastille a try.
Extremely slow service
When we arrived we one of three tables that were seated in the place. We still had to wait for 20 minutes to give our drink order, then another 20 or more minutes to give a food order. Once things were ordered they did show up. Overall the service was extremely slow I would chalk it up to them being woefully understaffed.
This is usually my favorite restaurant. ...
This is usually my favorite restaurant. Unfortunately, my halibut and my daughter's chicken were both over cooked. I was a bit disappointed.
The interior of Bastille kitchen was beautiful...unfortunately the food was average. We went for a mothers day brunch. The omelette and potatoes had excess oil. We order a cheese platter to start...not only did it take FOREVER to bring to the table, once there it arrived it was a meager portion of cheese, serves with cranberry nut bread which did not compliment the cheese at all. The service was slow and inattentive. To add to this, at the time we were there the ladies room was out of order, so ladies had to use the mens room.
Great place to eat
Service and food were great. Excellent atmosphere. Drinks aren't bad either.
Great location and excellent food. Only suggestion would be to increase number of entree's - one person in our party felt menu was a bit limited.
Fun and lively atmosphere and delicious food
Food was excellent, service was great and the chocolate caramel that arrived with the bill was delicious.
Interesting Dishes, Poor Execution
Making excuses, but it must have been an off night. The Beet Salad was over salted, the Onion Soup lacked broth (all soaked up by the bread), the Burger that was ordered medium-rare was not even rare and cold to the touch on the inside, and the Salmon was okay with bland sides.
The tuna tartare was very good however, ...
The tuna tartare was very good however, the steak was horribly fatty. Would not go back again
Went for my birthday dinner with my husb ...
Went for my birthday dinner with my husband. Server was somewhat unfriendly but service overall was fine. He wasn't interested in small talk, that's for sure. Food was just okay, nothing I left wanting to eat again. Tuna tartare was fine, a bit bland and nothing crunchy to put it on. Husband had fish that he liked. My steak was so thin and rubbery I had to saw it into pieces - it tastes like a $8 cut of meat I used to buy in my college days. They brought out birthday dessert (without showing us a dessert menu first) which would have been a nice touch - if they hadn't charged us for it. If you're going to charge for a birthday dessert, at least let me pick what I want first. The restaurant has great ambiance and we had a great table but it doesn't overcome the underwhelming food.
We loved the food, the atmosphere and the staff. The menu had a great range, both in price and selection. Everything we ordered was fantastic.
I've enjoyed the Bastille Kitchen often for lunch or after-office drinks with coworkers - it's a bit pricey but the food is wonderful. This time was a weekend pre-theater dinner and we enjoyed it thoroughly; plus, we were able to park on Summer St., then move on to a lot nearer the theater. Highly recommend.
Terrific experience. Highly recommend.
Terrific experience. Highly recommend.
Nice addition to the neighborhood! Fair value
The large space is nicely laid out and furnished. The Thurs night dinner crowd was lively but not too loud to preclude conversation. The server was friendly and trying really hard to be professional clearly having been trained recently, but was just not fully polished / experienced yet. For example, we would have preferred that all drink orders be taken and delivered simultaneously, for instance, vs. one-by-one as well as confirming in advance that another glass of wine is desired before providing it. The food was sequenced exactly as we requested in terms of serving it, and seemed neither rushed nor slow, to both the server and kitchen's credit. The Fort Point cocktail was not balanced and in fact watery, as well as not cold enough (probably inferior ice?), but the wine by the glass selection is interesting and reasonably priced (really enjoyed the Medoc offering). There are much finer cocktail destinations within easy walking distance if that's the most important item. The food was very good and the portions were fair to generous for both the crab/lobster flatbread and beef tartare starters, and the lamb loin main was quite large and completely delicious - and included nicely paired and integrated sides which we really appreciated! The Baked Alaska dessert was fun and festive in terms of presentation, but like most versions (except Oleana's!)...it was pretty much flavorless and lackluster - a waste of perfectly good caloric budget. Bastille is head and shoulders above most other options in the Fort Point Channel and Seaport area for dinner! I would come back for the atmosphere, food, and wine, but approach the cocktails and desserts very carefully next time. The service was earnest and friendly so just fine ultimately, but more work is still needed on that front as well.
Nice spot, disappointing food
I've eaten here twice - once last year and once this past weekend. Unfortunately the food has gone downhill since last year. This time around we had the mussels and cauliflower soup as apps (both were fine - nothing special). For entrees I had the halibut with quinoa, tomatoes and olives and it was...BLAH. It tasted like halibut...and quinoa...and tomatoes...with super salty olives mixed in. No real flavor or complementing sauce to bring it all together. My husband got the bacon wrapped rabbit. And, while it's not something I would eat, he said it was really dry. We got the beignets for dessert, which were quite good. Service was very good - the waitstaff was friendly and accomodating. The atmosphere is great. Love the decor and the open space. But, when you go there for the food (and it's not super cheap either), it's disappointing to give 4 stars for service and atmosphere and not for food or flavor.
I had a business associate visiting from out of town and took him to the restaurant. The décor is great and my guest was impressed with the whole experience. We were there on a Tuesday night kept talking for three-and-a-half hours with consistently attentive but not intrusive service. Wish the portions were larger given the prices but overall a great experience from start to finish. Dinner only establishment -- would go a lot more if it was available for lunch as well.
Good food & ambiance, poor value, slow service
The wonderful room decor and ambiance, courteous floor manager did not make up for poor training and slow service of hostesses and wait staff (sole bus person was great!). First food introduction for dinner, when finally presented, were stale (breakfast item) cold croissants. Appetizers and main course were interesting and savory. Wine list was fine but not notable. The overall experience did in no way match the high price point. We dine out frequently but even though not adverse to returning, will not make it part of our regular rotation. There are better meals and service available downtown for better value.
A great night out!
The service was excellent, as was the dining experience. The dining room is attractive, comfortable and we had many choices at various price points.
Great service, Mediocre food, nice presentation, classy ambiance.
Staff was great and accommodating. Food ...
Staff was great and accommodating. Food and ambience was equally nice. Wish there were more vegetarian options.
Noisy too busy big crowd
Appeals to younger crowd. Kind of noisy. Croissants were good. Wine was over priced but nice option for carafe wine.
Decent Service, Decent Food, Expensive Restaurant
Given the price on the menu I was surprised with the level of service. It wasn't bad, but not great either. The food was okay but nothing to write home about. The atmosphere was amazing and I think it would be really nice for a romantic dinner.
From the moment you walked in to the time you left...everyone was so nice. Service excellent, food delicious...I would definitely go back.
Great desserts, blase about the rest
DISCLAIMER: This is about a Restaurant Week experience and I have a feeling that the restaurant was understaffed so definitely not indicative of normal service. We arrived early but were seated immediately which was great. It took a while for our server to have time to make his way over but I noticed there were a few tables that hadn't been bussed since we sat down so I assumed the restaurant was understaffed for the night. The appetizers were okay. Onion soup was mostly cheese and bread and not so much soup. The entrees were nothing special, but filling enough that I didn't mind not getting a bread basket. The desserts were the saving grace of the night but not enough to make me want to go back.
a little pricey , great atmosphere, good service , cavernous, $18 for a burger. I like the use of the old warehouse parking -18$ for valet and lots of space
Lovely experience-very good brunch!! Gre ...
Lovely experience-very good brunch!! Great service and relaxing ambiance. I will definitely go back!!
As always we were seated promptly, servi ...
As always we were seated promptly, service was wonderful and the food delicious!
Fabulous French Cafe food and drink in Fort Point
Bastille Kitchen is truly outstanding. The service was superlative, and the food wonderful - I felt as if I had been transported back to Paris. Years ago I had a frisee salad in Musee d'Orsay that I've never forgotten - and the salad I had at Bastille Kitchen easily matched it. Of course, the omelette with herbs and shaved truffle, that lodestar of great cooking, was perfect as well. Although the space is very large, seating felt private. Our waiter had an authentic French accent and perfectly mastered being attentive while not intrusive. A very enjoyable experience!
The hosts were extremely friendly and sat us promptly even though we were a few minutes early. Great bar scene and good atmosphere. But the service was just okay. We waited a long time before our server took our order. The food was totally mediocre, especially for the price. I got the au poivre salmon which was nothing special and came only with a little bit of frisée on the side. My husband got the sirloin which was fatty, the sauce resembling what one might encounter at a cheaper chain steakhouse. I would go back for drinks but nothing more.
Manager/service was fantastic! Ambiance amazing
I had mistakenly made my reservation for the wrong night but when I showed up with my party of eight the manager did not skip a beat in assuring me that would could accommodate us (despite, I noticed, the restaurant being very full). We enjoyed a cocktail at the bar while they worked out our table and the manager came by and provided us with some complimentary apps - despite the fact the the booking mistake was MY error! We enjoyed our drinks and meal (the manager also stopped by our table to check in on us) and topped off the night with some cocktails in the downstairs bar which was festive and cozy. Overall a great night with outstanding service and wonderful ambiance. Will definitely be back again.
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