Get into the holiday spirit this season with the help of The Aquitaine Group, Boston’s award-winning restaurant group with eight restaurants in and around the Boston area. With a diverse selection that offers something for everyone, each restaurant is preparing a festive evening on both Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th, 2016, and on the ultimate celebratory evening, New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31st, 2016. All specials will be featured alongside each restaurant’s full dinner menu. In addition, nurse that New Year’s hangover in style as all locations will be open for both brunch and dinner on January 1st, 2017. All locations will be closed Christmas Day to allow staff to celebrate the holiday with their families. For each location’s menus and hours, please see below.
A Parisian bistro nestled in Boston’s South End neighborhood, Aquitaine is the perfect spot for holiday festivities. Romantic yet bustling with energy, this Boston staple offers French cuisine that stands the test of time. On December 24th, 2016 enjoy à la carte specials prepared by Chef de Cuisine Bob Krajewski from 5:00PM to 9:00PM such as Truffle and Egg Yolk Ravioli ($18.95) and Roti Aqneau Longe ($40.95) with cardoon gratin, nicoise olives and preserved tomato and eggplant caponata.
On New Year’s Eve toast to 2016 with dishes that include Honey Roasted Duck with chestnut speatzle, delicata squash and slow cooked savoy cabbage ($30.95) available from 5:00PM to 11:00PM. No need to rush, as the bar will be staying open to celebrate the New Year! To view the both full menus click here.
Aquitaine will open its doors once again for brunch on New Year’s Day, 2017, from 10:00AM to 3:00PM, as well as for regular dinner service. To keep the holidays going on January 2nd, Aquitaine is hosting brunch from 10:00AM to 3:00 PM as well as regular dinner service. Reservations are highly recommended for both evenings and can be made by calling 617-424-8577. Aquitaine is located at 569 Tremont Street, Boston MA, 02118.
This Mediterranean café is The Aquitaine Group’s premier location. With its romantic and cozy atmosphere, this hidden gem is the quintessential spot to toast to a new year of memories. On December 24th, 2016 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM, savor classic dishes prepared by Chef de Cuisine Dolly Bourommavong, such as Pan Seared Cocoa Crusted Venison with celeriac puree, roasted rainbow carrots, mushrooms and madeira sauce ($33.95).
On December 31st, 2016, enjoy standout dishes such as Seared Filet Mignon with king oyster mushrooms, haricot verts, bone marrow mashed potatoes and sauce perigueux ($35.95). Dinner will be served from 5:00PM to 11:00PM. Move to the bar and continue the celebration as Metropolis will stay open to serve guests through the New Year. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 617-247-2931. To view the full menu for both evenings, click here.
Metropolis Café will be open for their popular brunch service as well as regular dinner service on New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2017, and will be closed for service on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 to allow their staff time with their families. Metropolis is located at 584 Tremont Street, Boston MA, 02118.
Step onto the beautifully lit streets of Rome at Cinquecento, a Roman trattoria with Chef de Cuisine Justin Winters at the helm. On December 24th, 2016 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM, guests will enjoy à la carte selections such as Costolette di Manzo Brasate with huckleberry braised short ribs, macomber turnips and crispy black trumpets ($34.75).
On December 31st, 2016 share the New Year’s toast with Sformato di Foie Gras with salt cured, blood orange marmellata, pistachio butter and egg bread ($18.25), from 5:00PM to 11:00PM. Stay to toast to 2016 as the bar will be open into the New Year! To view both menus in full please click here.
Cinquecento will be open for brunch and dinner on New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2017, and will be closed on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 to allow the staff to spend time with their families. Reservations are highly recommended for both occasions, and can be made by calling 617-338-9500. Cinquecento is located at 500 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA, 02118.
Located steps away from Cinquecento, Gaslight is the classic neighborhood brasserie. With its hand-crafted Parisian zinc bar, reclaimed wood floors, mosaic tiles, beamed wood ceilings, nicotine stained walls and antique mirrors, Gaslight’s decor is what makes this the perfect location to spend the holidays. On December 24th, 2016 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM, guests will be treated to multi-course à la carte specials from Chef de Cuisine Curtis Healy that include Hazelnut Crusted Sea Scallops with beech mushrooms, Brussel sprouts and sauternes honey jus ($32). On New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2016 from 5:00PM to 12:00AM, Chef will serve à la carte options like Petit Filet & Braised Beef Short Rib with king oyster mushrooms and celery root ($39) and Dark Valharona Chocolate Cake with salted caramel and crème anglaise ($9).
In addition, nurse that New Year’s hangover in style as Aquitaine and Gaslight’s Boston locations will be open for both brunch and dinner on January 1st, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. On Monday, January 2nd, 2017 enjoy a special brunch and dinner service to extend the holiday celebrations. To view all menus in full click here. Gaslight is located at 560 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA, 02118. Reservations are highly recommended on both nights, and can be made by calling 617-422-0224.
Suburban sister to Gaslight Brasserie, Gaslight Lynnfield, located in the market street community, has Chef de Cuisine Steven Morlino preparing flavorful dishes for Boston’s suburbs. On December 24th, 2016 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM, guests can enjoy specials that include Plancha Seared Gulf Shrimp with tomato, white wine, and charred Meyer lemon ($18) and Seven Fishes Christmas Eve “Cioppino” with moosebec mussels, Wellfleet clams, cod and gulf shrimp, scallops, calamari and swordfish with white wine broth and garlic rubbed crostini ($36), as well as à la carte options on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2016 from 5:00PM to 11:00PM that include Roasted Rack of Lamb with Dijon-herb crust, potatoes au gratin, roasted shallots, shitakis and red wine reduction ($44).
Gaslight Lynnfield will be open for brunch and dinner on New Year’s Day, 2017, as well as lunch and dinner service on Monday, January 2nd, 2017. Gaslight Lynnfield is located at 1100 Market Street, Lynnfield MA, 01940. To view full menus, please click here.
La Motta’s is the Aquitaine Group’s modern Italian osteria located in the heart of SoWa Boston. On December 24th, 2016 enjoy à la carte specials from 5:00PM to 9:00PM such as Baccala Fritto with lemon and rosemary ($8.50) and Grilled Lamb Leg with mint salsa verde, garlic puree and baby turnips ($27).
Ring in the New Year on December 31st, 2016, with indulgent dishes from Chef de Cuisine Justin Winters such as the Papardelle with red wine braised oxtail, golden raisins and pecorino ($26) and savor the Panetone Bread Pudding with orange cream ($8.25), available from 5:00PM to 11:00PM. Click here to view the full menu for both evenings.
La Motta’s will be open for a holiday brunch and regular dinner service on New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2017, and will be closed the entire day and night on Monday, January 2nd, to allow their staff time with their families. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 617-338-5300. La Motta’s is located at 1357 Washington Street, Boston MA, 02118.
Both sister restaurants to the original Aquitaine Bar á Vin Bistrot, these dining destinations offer specials for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. At the Chestnut Hill location on Christmas Eve, prepared by Chef de Cuisine Robert Morotto, dishes will include plates such as Hubbard Squash Bisque with roasted pears, chestnuts, toasted sage ($10.95), and Roasted Venison with salsify puree, swiss chard, spiced blackberry compote ($38.95). On New Year’s Eve in Chestnut Hill Conlin will be preparing items such as Lobster Bisque, knuckle meat, vanilla bean Chantilly and fried basil ($13.95), and Pan Seared Angus Ribeye with foie gras butter, roasted root vegetables with wilted citrus arugula ($39.95).
At the Dedham location on Christmas Eve, Chef de Cuisine Josh Clark will prepare special dishes that include Beef Short Rib Raviolo with burgundy truffles, horseradish crema and red wine sauce ($18.95), as well as Painted Hills Prime Rib with Yorkshire pudding, creamed spinach, horseradish and jus lie ($34.95). On New Year’s Eve, enjoy Cumin Spiced Leg of Lamb with apricot stuffing, parma ham, potato Gratin, roasted broccolini and natural jus ($32.95), among other à la carte specials.
On December 24th, 2016, both will be open for brunch from 11:30AM to 3:00PM and then for dinner from 5:00PM to 9:00PM. Both will also be open December 26th for lunch from 11:30AM to 3:00PM and dinner from 5:30PM to 10:00PM. On December to 31st, 2016 they will be open 4:00PM to 11:00PM. Stay to celebrate at either bar, as they will stay open through the celebrations.
Each location will be open for brunch and dinner service on New Year’s Day as well as for regular lunch and dinner service Monday, January 2nd, 2017. Reservations are highly recommended at both locations and can be made by calling Dedham at 781-471-5212, and Chestnut Hill at 617-734-8400. Aquitaine Dedham is located at 500 Legacy Place, Dedham MA, 02026. Aquitaine Chestnut Hill is located at 11 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill MA, 02467. To view Dedham’s full menu for both nights, click here, and for Chestnut Hill, click here.
For more information please visit www.aquitainegroup.com.