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With Hotel Commonwealth as its grand cornerstone, Kenmore Square is a charming neighborhood of the Back Bay and the true gateway to the many things to do in Boston. In addtion to being the landmark of historic site Red Sox Fenway park, Kenmore Square provides close proximity and easy access to Boston’s many neighborhoods as well as cultural, historic and leisure attractions, the area has an allure all its own.

Fenway Park: Home of the Red Sox

Overlooking historic Fenway Park, Hotel Commonwealth is the perfect choice for baseball fans and is within a short walking distance from the beloved home of the Boston Red Sox. 

Boston University:  Hotel Commonwealth's Avenue Neighbor

Home of the Boston Terriers, Boston University is the largest university in the city, founded in 1839. With over 16,000 full time undergraduates and over 8,500 full time graduate students, as well as a faculty of nearly 4,000, the University spans more than 13 acres right in the heart of Boston. 

With more than 100 colleges and universities located within its metropolitan area, Boston has been appropriately dubbed, "The Athens of America". Boston area schools include some of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. 

World Renowned Hospitals and Medical Centers

The Boston area is world renowned for its state-of-the-art hospitals and medical facilities. From teaching hospitals associated with the area's most prestigious universities, to community health centers, Boston offers the cutting-edge treatment and research that breaks new medical ground and expertly delivers successful patient care. 

Recognized as one of Boston's most upscale neighborhoods and attractions, the Back Bay stretches from the Charles River on the north to Newbury Street on the south and encompasses some of the city's most historic homes, businesses and high-end shopping and dining destinations.

Restaurants
Guide - Restaurants - French

Aquitaine

569 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118 617-424-8577

Description: SOUTH END. If you close your eyes, you'll be almost certain that you can see the Eiffel Tower from Aquitaine. On the brunch menu, expect temptations like brioche French toast with pear and maple syrup, eggs Benedict Provençal, pressed Duck and Gruyère sandwich, and fried eggs with grilled andouille sausage. Whether you are looking for a late breakfast, an early lunch, or perhaps a combination of both, Aquitaine is certain to please. Oh, yes ­ their Bloody Marys are tops on the South End. Prix-fixe weekend brunch menu is a great value.
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Beacon Hill Bistro

25 Charles St, Beacon Hill Hotel, Boston, MA 02114 617-723-1133

Description: BEACON HILL. Thanks to mahogany paneling, mosaic-tiled floors, and soft lighting, this hotel bistro is a lovely spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The food is just as enticing. Notable menu entrees include braised monkfish, baked clams with artichokes, veal shank with roesti potatoes, and roasted duck breast with rillettes. Be sure to check out the chalkboard for daily chef specialties too. Since meals are served until 11pm, the bistro is a great post-theater or symphony stop. A weekend brunch is also served.
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Blu

4 Avery St, Boston, MA 02111 617-375-8550

Description: DOWNTOWN. Blu offers downtown folks a contemporary place for a great meal, and its airy setting in the Sports Club affords great city views through huge windows. The menu boasts creative standards like rack of lamb, grilled salmon, incredibly tender gnocchi, and maple crusted venison. Decadent desserts include crème brûlée with cabernet-glazed strawberries, chocolate-laced pastries, and fruit tarts ­ truly inspired.
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Blue Room

1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-494-9034

Description: CAMBRIDGE. The creative kitchen staff at ever-popular Blue Room rarely fails to impress. This is especially so on Sundays, when the restaurant puts on a buffet brunch that promises delights like Moroccan spiced chicken, fried pork chicharrones, octopus salad and Persian rice pudding. As to the setting, this atmospheric restaurant sports weathered brick walls, rough ceiling timbers and an open kitchen. Displays of original artwork, rotated seasonally, give the space further charm. Nice wine list and outdoor dining during summer months.
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Clio

370-A Commonwealth Ave, The Eliot Hotel, Boston, MA 02215 617-536-7200

Description: BACK BAY. A unique interior of leopard prints and earth tones immediately catches your eye when you step inside Clio. The menu also calls for attention, as you'll see with one bite. Start out with one of Clio's signature items ­ Jerusalem artichoke soup ­ and then try lobster, caramelized swordfish, or venison. The wine list is extensive and includes red, white, and sparkling vintages. The chef also offers a much-recommended tasting menu nightly.
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Craigie On Main

853 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-497-5511

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Chef Tony Maws started this modern bistro in 2002, and the accolades have been showering upon the place ever since. Each night, Maws & crew offer a life-altering à la carte menu that includes dishes like spice-bread-crusted wild boar chops and whole-roasted Vermont squab. The wine list, too, is sure to impress thanks to an emphasis on vineyards that tend to be overlooked by the more mainstream eateries.
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Elephant Walk

900 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215 617-247-1500

Description: FENWAY DISTRICT. This restaurant is a clever juxtaposition of French and Cambodian cuisine, which makes for very dynamic menu combinations. Some of the best dishes produced by the consistent kitchen include lemongrass marinated lamb with rice and mushrooms, pan-seared duck breast and venison flank steak brochettes spiced with fresh ginger. Vegetarian dishes available. The interior of this restaurant is quite lovely with warm, rich tones and soft lighting.
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Hamersley's Bistro

553 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 617-423-2700

Description: SOUTH END. Head to Hamersley's for a charming French bistro experience serving both French and New American cuisine. Here you'll find that chef Gordon Hamersley really knows how to please a crowd with specialty dishes that include such favorites as seared tuna and portobello mushroom, Atlantic salmon cooked in crab broth, and veal cutlet stuffed with proscuitto and fontina. The wine list is quite varied, offering something for every taste. The decor is understated elegance.
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Hungry I

71 ½ Charles St, Boston, MA 02114 617-227-3524

Description: BEACON HILL. Folks in the know love this Beacon Hill restaurant for its thoroughly romantic ambience. Quiet, hidden away, and softly illuminated, the place is a favorite with couples, and its unrivaled, consistent French cuisine is a hallmark. Delicacies such as frog legs, venison, and pheasant dot the menu, and daily specials entice diners to try the kitchen's latest creations. The large wine list tends to be a bit pricey ­ but is well worth it.
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Jasmine Bistro

412 Market St, Brighton, MA 02135 617-789-4676

Description: BRIGHTON. This Brighton area restaurant has a diverse menu with entrees that feature Middle Eastern, Hungarian, and French roots. The dishes consist of both meat and vegetables, but the common denominators to all the offerings are the savory spices that infuse each entree. The chefs aren't heavy handed with their spices, but neither are they afraid of them! A nice wine list features a variety of Hungarian and Australian wines. The interior decor is just about as eclectic as the menu-Middle Eastern fabrics, a tropical fish tank, and contemporary lighting all mix together to provide the distinct feel that is Jasmine.
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L'Espalier

774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116 617-262-3023

Description: BACK BAY. This elegant French-inflected restaurant promises ambience as classy as the food. That's saying a lot, considering that the menu offers poached dayboat halibut, sautéed medallions of organic Vermont veal, and grilled partridge. The dessert menu is full of sweet delicacies, including chocolate soufflé and toasted almond crème brûlée. A great choice for special occasions. They're also open for afternoon tea on weekends.
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Les Zygomates

129 South St, Boston, MA 02111 617-542-5108

Description: LEATHER DISTRICT. An after-work favorite of the jet set, Les Zygomates (pronounced lay zee-go-mott) is a French bistro whose menu boasts country French cuisine. Rustic, wonderful dishes include pan-seared venison, rabbit fricassee, and seared scallops with herb potato salad. The wine list changes on a weekly basis, and live jazz plays in the background as patrons unwind. The red bench-style booths, linen-covered tables, and exposed brick walls make for a comfortable interior.
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Mistral

223 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116 617-867-9300

Description: SOUTH END. Sophisticated Mistral attracts well-heeled patrons looking to combine the perfect social scene and elegant dining. More popular dishes include grilled salmon with fennel, steamed mussels, and delicious pizzas personalized to fit your taste. As to the space, the spirit of Provence pervades, complementing the high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and hand-made pottery with earthy stucco, weathered wood and stone elements.
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Petit Robert Bistro & Pastry Bar

468 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 617-375-0699

Description: KENMORE SQUARE. Housed in a two-level townhome, the interior of this restaurant is outfitted with an open kitchen, exposed brick walls, and accents of bright yellow paint. From onion soup to roast saddle of lamb and chicken coq au vin, authentic French favorites line the menu. A delightful pastry bar offers homemade desserts throughout the day, so stop by in the afternoon for coffee and a macaroon, cheesecake or chocolate Eiffel tower.
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Pigalle

75 Charles St S, Boston, MA 02116 617-423-4944

Description: THEATRE DISTRICT. This fabulous French restaurant is a mainstay for local francophiles. The intimate, hushed setting is perfect for a special occasion or a romantic dinner, and candles and beaded lamps set a quiet, mysterious tone. Recommended dishes include poached cod, braised short ribs, and crispy duck. You also don't want to leave without ordering the obligatory crème brulee.
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Salts

798 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-876-8444

Description: CENTRAL SQUARE. Tasty, creative fare wows diners regularly at this Cambridge kitchen. New American cuisine and an intimate dining area (17 tables) combine for a great meal worthy of a special occasion or celebration. Start with wild mushroom-topped blinis and then consider lavender-glazed duckling, rosemary and black tea-smoked lamb loin with Ukrainian dumplings, or some other aromatic dish. Friendly staff round out the pleasant experience.
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Sandrine's Bistro

8 Holyoke St, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-497-5300

Description: HARVARD SQUARE. Sandrine's takes French bistro cuisine and gives it an Alsatian twist. The authentic menu features signatures like flammekueche (French pizza topped with onion, chicken, and the like) and choucroute (sauerkraut, prepared twice a week). You'll also find roast venison, rack of lamb, grilled veal and pork, fresh fish, and pan-seared duck. The inviting interior mixes warm yellows, cool greens, and blues, and a handsome, copper-topped bar acts as a focal point. The wine list features French vintages, and selections are available by the bottle or the glass.
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Sel de la Terre

774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199 617-266-8800

Description: BACK BAY. What truly sets Sel de la Terre apart is its knack for outstanding Provencal brunch faves like poached eggs with baked cornbread, forest mushroom quiche, skillet-roasted bass, and steak frites with red wine-shallot sauce. Needless to say, the setting, relaxed and unpretentious, is perfectly conducive to a Sunday afternoon sip of Westport Rivers Rosé, the house wine.
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The Butcher Shop

552 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118 617-423-4800

Description: SOUTH END. In addition to the store, the Butcher Shop features a wine bar offering over 100 labels and a limited menu of French and Italian-inspired dishes, highlighted by an authentic charcuterie plate.
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Troquet

140 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116 617-695-9463

Description: THEATRE DISTRICT. A wine bar open to the sidewalk occupies the storefront of this restaurant, where patrons sample grapes by the glass. Upstairs, a formal dining room offers a fantastic view of Boston Common and a lovely menu that pairs appetizers and main courses with complementary wines. Try the braised short rib cannelloni with one of the recommended reds, or poached Maine lobster with a glass of chardonnay. The wine list changes daily and might include labels from South Africa, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Spain or New Zealand.
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