Upscale French bistro located in the South End neighborhood of Boston.
Mistral has captivated Boston diners for over 20 years. The service is excellent and the ambiance is supportive of dining in recovery. Most of the tables facilitate intimate conversation and the noise volume is moderate. The lounge area is also a fun spot to grab an appetizer (or drink, if you're so inclined). The majority of diners are enjoying a meal, which translates to a more supportive (and less heavy drinking) clientele. Food quality is excellent and the selection changes by the season to offer the freshest ingredients. The dover sole is my go-to.
There are also a variety of "seasonal" cocktails. Unfortunately, very little attention is paid to the non-alcoholic selection...there's certainly no seasonality to the non-alcoholic IPA and a cucumber basil lemonade. I've been to Mistral 3 times in the last 6 months, and the signature mocktail hasn't changed. I had hoped for more intention and imagination from a restaurant of Mistral's caliber. Its location on Columbus Ave is nestled between Back Bay and the residential areas of the South End. While there is one bar on the block, a Mistral patron is unlikely to encounter too many nightlife goers outside the restaurant.
Meal: Dinner, Weekend
Dining Area: Main Dining Room
Overall Score: 4.1/5
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Supportive Service: 4/5
Venue & Crowd*: 4/5
Non-Alcoholic Offerings: 3/5
Food Quality & Value: 5/5
Restaurant Location*: 4/5
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*note: the clientele and elements of a restaurant's location often vary by season and day of the week, which may lead to a change in rating outside of the restaurant's control.