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“Romantic and Delicious!”

Miel Brasserie Provencale
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Ranked #179 of 3,585 Restaurants in Boston
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Cross street: between Congress St and Seaport Bvd
Transit: Two blocks from South Station (red and silver lines) and Aquarium (blue line).
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

We were lucky to visit on a slow Saturday night. The room is beautiful with large windows facing the seaport and a view of the Boston Tea Party Museum. There is technically no bar inside the restaurant, but RumBar is next door and there’s another space right near it for pre-dinner drinks. Miel has a full bar and great wine list, but it’s table service only. If you’re someone who likes to hang out or eat at the bar, this isn’t the place for you. The have a separate private dining room as well.

The atmosphere is lovely, however, could use some dinner music. The techno music from the bar next door was too loud and didn’t go with the Provence vibe of the dining room.

Our server, Michael, was attentive and on his game making excellent recommendations and being very personable. Nice crusty bread was served with quality olive oil. Herbs would have been a nice accompaniment and being French, butter should also be offered. I’m sure you could ask for it.

We each had a lovely glass of wine from the list of quality offerings. We started with the Escargot Vol at Vent ($17) which was hearty and larger than expected, deliciously highlighted with wild mushrooms and freshly sautéed spinach in cream on a puff pastry. I’d go back for that alone. And not share. Not one bite.

I had the Jumbo Scallops ($33). FIVE large scallops, seared perfectly and perched delicately atop jumbo lump crab chunks in a creamy black truffle and leek risotto. Fantastic!

My fellow diner had the Braised Lamb Shank, which was hearty and fall-off-the-bone tender, served with sweet potato gnocchi, fava beans, sage jus and what sounded weird to me: “pickled cranberries” which were actually awesome and added a lot to the dish.

The menu has something for everyone, with vegan options and sides that sound amazing. One table next to us got the Truffle Frites and could stop raving about them.

I was disappointed a bit in the dessert selections. Nothing French in the menu here. It was sad. “Seasonal Cheesecake” was pumpkin. Pumpkin in February in Boston? Maybe it was left over in the freezer from last season. Another offering was Chocolate Lava Cake. Hrrrmmmpppfff. Restauranteurs, take note: STOP. Just stop. Chocolate Lava Cake is so overused. Domino’s Pizza has one for Pete’s sake. At least try another flavor other than chocolate. Another offering was Apple Crisp, which we declined and opted for the Triple Gelato. It was a decent sized scoop of Vanilla (mostly tasteless), Amaretto and Espresso, which were good, but not memorable.

You are a French restaurant. Where are the epic desserts? Macarons, soufflé, crepes or even creme brûlée? Nothing? Shame! It could have and should have been attempted to have something resembling a real French dessert. If you had renamed your Lava cake a “petit gateau”, at least it would have shown you cared and tried.

Dinner came to a total of $134 without tip. It was lovely, with those few exceptions. See photos.

Thank FoodLustNH
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

We recently enjoyed breakfast at Miel while staying at the Intercontinental Hotel. The staff were very attentive and the view was beautiful. The Belgian Waffles moist and flavorful and the Salmon Benedict was perfectly cooked, with flavors the melded together just right. And the fruit plate was fresh and delicious.

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Thank Paul G
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

One of the absolutely prettiest dining rooms in Boston. Bright and beautifully designed. Excellent waitstaff. A small menu, but something for everyone. We had a wonderful breakfast there, seated by the window, overlooking the lawn and water. Pricey, but such a nice way to end our stay in Boston.

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Thank clevertravelers
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Not only did we have excellent service, but the wonderful chef Victor personally welcomed us and chatted with us. The food was excellent and the service really made our last night in Boston a special one. I can’t recommend this restaurant enough.

Thank Francie B
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

It was our first dinner in Boston and we got fascinated by the location so we decided to stop here for dinner. We had the beef tartare and octopus which were very good appetizers. As main courses we had the jumbo scallops with truffle risotto and leeks. Also the duck. All really very good, combined with good service and a very impressive location made our first evening in Boston very enjoyable.

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Thank Travelcooking
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