Fodor's Expert Review Les Zygomates

$$$ Downtown Boston French

The French expression for the facial muscles that make you smile is les zygomates and this combination wine bar–bistro inarguably lives up to its name, making diners happy with quintessential French bistro fare like the tiered, ice-packed house platter (plateau maison) filled with oysters, clams, shrimp, and snow crab claws, and the unctuous beef short-rib bourguignonne, simply made (with many local ingredients) and simply delicious. The dinner menu beautifully matches the ever-changing wine list, with 20 reds and 20 whites by the glass and hundreds of bottles, including some dating back to 1970, like Château Margaux. There are also live jazz and blues performances five nights a week.

French Lively Lunch Dinner $$$

Quick Facts

129 South St.
Boston, Massachusetts  02111, USA


Known For:
  • French bistro offerings
  • Tiered seafood platter
  • Extensive wine-by-the-glass offerings
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No lunch Sat., Reservations essential

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