Gaslight

★★★☆☆
  • 560 Harrison Ave

    Boston, MA 02118

    Cross street: Union Park Street

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  • 617-422-0224

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Love Gaslight! Unpretentious service, fabulous food! Drinks are incredible too

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★★★★★

Love Gaslight! Unpretentious service, fabulous food! Drinks are incredible too

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Had a double date with gf's friend, so I chose Gaslight and glad I did, the food is excellent management is great and waitress made the evening. I recommend this to anyone. \r
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★★★★★

Had a double date with gf's friend, so I chose Gaslight and glad I did, the food is excellent management is great and waitress made the evening. I recommend this to anyone. \r
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Went there on a friday night and was seated with my husband at a table that was so small that you couldn't put anything but a drink, we explained that we were going to be ordering appetizer's and entree's and would need a table to accommodate the food, the horrible no personality host said, to bad this is what you get or wait three hours. This was our first time there and will be or last. Very loud and the staff is miserable.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went there on a friday night and was seated with my husband at a table that was so small that you couldn't put anything but a drink, we explained that we were going to be ordering appetizer's and entree's and would need a table to accommodate the food, the horrible no personality host said, to bad this is what you get or wait three hours. This was our first time there and will be or last. Very loud and the staff is miserable.

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While it may be an attractive place to dine you must be prepared for slow service. And don't expect your water glass to be filled regulary.
The food is fine though a little pricey. The atmosphere probably scored the highest points so I will give it two stars.

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★★☆☆☆

While it may be an attractive place to dine you must be prepared for slow service. And don't expect your water glass to be filled regulary.
The food is fine though a little pricey. The atmosphere probably scored the highest points so I will give it two stars.

Pros: Ambiance, location

Cons: Serrvice, service and service

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I think I love Gaslight mostly for the ambience - the low light, vintage mirrors, the "let's pretend we're in Paris" feel of it, the custom napkins, the little letterpress postcard they give you at the end of the meal. (It's all in the details, you know.) I was here with some friends during a blizzard, and it seemed like the coziest place in the world to watch the snow fall, especially if you're sitting at the bar.

They do have excellent food, though. The pernod and coriander play very well with their moules frites, and their steak frites is top notch and big enough for two. Not a budget beauty - the only thing that stops me from being a regular. Also not vegetarian-friendly -- it is a French brasserie after all, but see if the chef will accomodate some creativity with the menu, and write a review of your own!

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★★★★★

I think I love Gaslight mostly for the ambience - the low light, vintage mirrors, the "let's pretend we're in Paris" feel of it, the custom napkins, the little letterpress postcard they give you at the end of the meal. (It's all in the details, you know.) I was here with some friends during a blizzard, and it seemed like the coziest place in the world to watch the snow fall, especially if you're sitting at the bar.

They do have excellent food, though. The pernod and coriander play very well with their moules frites, and their steak frites is top notch and big enough for two. Not a budget beauty - the only thing that stops me from being a regular. Also not vegetarian-friendly -- it is a French brasserie after all, but see if the chef will accomodate some creativity with the menu, and write a review of your own!

Pros: terrific ambience and food

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Highly recommend Gaslight. Relaxed, warm atmosphere. Great date place. Fried artichokes ala greque done to perfect crispness. Double brined pork chops with corn souffle and veal stock. Succulent. Very patient, attentive waiter named Evan who walked me through the French sauces I knew nothing about. Excellent wine selection. Enjoyed a smooth glass of viognier with dinner. Topped off dinner with a piping hot cappuccino and creme brulee. Free parking adjacent to restaurant. Looking forward to visiting again for brunch. Hear the French Toast with vanilla cream is to die for.

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★★★★★

Highly recommend Gaslight. Relaxed, warm atmosphere. Great date place. Fried artichokes ala greque done to perfect crispness. Double brined pork chops with corn souffle and veal stock. Succulent. Very patient, attentive waiter named Evan who walked me through the French sauces I knew nothing about. Excellent wine selection. Enjoyed a smooth glass of viognier with dinner. Topped off dinner with a piping hot cappuccino and creme brulee. Free parking adjacent to restaurant. Looking forward to visiting again for brunch. Hear the French Toast with vanilla cream is to die for.

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Good food, love the communal dining, very Parisian-inspired atmosphere. The crowd usually picks up a little later in the evening, but if you get there by 6pm you're usually assured a great seat.

3
★★★☆☆

Good food, love the communal dining, very Parisian-inspired atmosphere. The crowd usually picks up a little later in the evening, but if you get there by 6pm you're usually assured a great seat.

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I have to say this is one class place, brings back great memories of my times in Paris. The food is amazing, who ever the chef is my hat is off to him, the wine selection and recommendations were excellent, and I only have to say I wish I could have stayed for desert. The wait staff was knowledgeable and helpful. We will be back!

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★★★★★

I have to say this is one class place, brings back great memories of my times in Paris. The food is amazing, who ever the chef is my hat is off to him, the wine selection and recommendations were excellent, and I only have to say I wish I could have stayed for desert. The wait staff was knowledgeable and helpful. We will be back!

Pros: Food

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The Gaslight has an eclectic, enjoyable ambiance from the moment you walk into the door. The service is normally very good and attentive to the guests' palate. I love the fresh warm bead served on the table. The steak frites are delicious, and creative cocktails make the atmosphere lots of fun.

The Gaslight is the perfect place kick back and relax over a great meal!

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★★★★☆

The Gaslight has an eclectic, enjoyable ambiance from the moment you walk into the door. The service is normally very good and attentive to the guests' palate. I love the fresh warm bead served on the table. The steak frites are delicious, and creative cocktails make the atmosphere lots of fun.

The Gaslight is the perfect place kick back and relax over a great meal!

Pros: Free parking, quick seating

Cons: ala carte meals

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Great food and good prices! DIned here with acrowd and received good service though staff could have been a bit friendlier. Will certainly go back for the delicious food!

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★★★★☆

Great food and good prices! DIned here with acrowd and received good service though staff could have been a bit friendlier. Will certainly go back for the delicious food!

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I went here for a weekend brunch and thought it was fabulous. It's a little out of the way if you want to walk around the south end before or after, but the food and atmosphere were great. I had an excellent croque madame and a bellini that was tasty but a little light on the champagne. The bar area looked pretty big, so I'd be interested in checking this place out sometime at night.

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★★★★☆

I went here for a weekend brunch and thought it was fabulous. It's a little out of the way if you want to walk around the south end before or after, but the food and atmosphere were great. I had an excellent croque madame and a bellini that was tasty but a little light on the champagne. The bar area looked pretty big, so I'd be interested in checking this place out sometime at night.

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As mentioned in a few other reviews, the service wasn't the best but it was ok. We also weren't in any hurry as one shouldn't be at dinner anyway. The food was good but not great. I expected more even tho my meal was the best of the 4 of them. The desserts were awesome. Good wine and beer list too. Free parking is a nice bonus. The prices were not too expensive.
Some reviews mention the noise. It is an open atmosphere and a cool one at that. On a Friday night, it was busy but no more noisy than expected. We had no issues hearing one another.
Would I go back? Absolutely.

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★★★★☆

As mentioned in a few other reviews, the service wasn't the best but it was ok. We also weren't in any hurry as one shouldn't be at dinner anyway. The food was good but not great. I expected more even tho my meal was the best of the 4 of them. The desserts were awesome. Good wine and beer list too. Free parking is a nice bonus. The prices were not too expensive.
Some reviews mention the noise. It is an open atmosphere and a cool one at that. On a Friday night, it was busy but no more noisy than expected. We had no issues hearing one another.
Would I go back? Absolutely.

Pros: Great Atmosphere, decent food and great desserts, good price

Cons: slow service

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This place feels like a real French bistro, not an Epcot version. It's a little boisterous, the food is really good and not terribly overpriced, and the service was right on.

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★★★★☆

This place feels like a real French bistro, not an Epcot version. It's a little boisterous, the food is really good and not terribly overpriced, and the service was right on.

Pros: Pretty authentic bistro, yummy food, good wine list

Cons: None on the night I was there

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If you like food, avoid Gaslight. It is a parody to a great brasserie, respecting the concept only in decor. It's cute inside, but very loud to the point of being annoying. I'm usually willing to put all that aside, even service (which was decent) if the food is good. The traditional French dishes on the menu didn't cost much, sure, but I would prefer to pay a little more to actually taste something good. There was nothing unique or special about the flavors--it could have easily been something I threw together on a plate at home--which is not why people go out to eat in the first place. You'd expect something better than mediocre, at least, considering all the hype about the "cool place over in South End". Disappointing.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you like food, avoid Gaslight. It is a parody to a great brasserie, respecting the concept only in decor. It's cute inside, but very loud to the point of being annoying. I'm usually willing to put all that aside, even service (which was decent) if the food is good. The traditional French dishes on the menu didn't cost much, sure, but I would prefer to pay a little more to actually taste something good. There was nothing unique or special about the flavors--it could have easily been something I threw together on a plate at home--which is not why people go out to eat in the first place. You'd expect something better than mediocre, at least, considering all the hype about the "cool place over in South End". Disappointing.

Pros: Brasserie decor and ambiance

Cons: Barely mediocre food

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Going to Gaslight on a Monday night, one would think there would be no wait involved. That was certainly not the case! It was 30 minutes before our food order was even taken. Granted after the waitress bothered to take our order the food was delivered quickly, receiving and actually eating the food took considerably less time than actually ordering the food. The waitress was uninformed on what was available on tap, and it took several tries before a beer was actually ordered. The food was unimpressive, nothing special. For the vegetarain in the group there were not many appetizing options. By the time the food arrived we were annoyed and couldn't get out of the place fast enought. All in all a horrible dining experience, despite being considered fine dining.

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★☆☆☆☆

Going to Gaslight on a Monday night, one would think there would be no wait involved. That was certainly not the case! It was 30 minutes before our food order was even taken. Granted after the waitress bothered to take our order the food was delivered quickly, receiving and actually eating the food took considerably less time than actually ordering the food. The waitress was uninformed on what was available on tap, and it took several tries before a beer was actually ordered. The food was unimpressive, nothing special. For the vegetarain in the group there were not many appetizing options. By the time the food arrived we were annoyed and couldn't get out of the place fast enought. All in all a horrible dining experience, despite being considered fine dining.

Cons: not very many vegetarian options

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This place is bustling. The interior is very French brasserie, with subway tile and wall sconces - lots of fun. It gets loud and crowded, but that just adds to the ambiance. The bar is a great place to get a drink while waiting on your table. The steak frites is terrific.

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★★★★★

This place is bustling. The interior is very French brasserie, with subway tile and wall sconces - lots of fun. It gets loud and crowded, but that just adds to the ambiance. The bar is a great place to get a drink while waiting on your table. The steak frites is terrific.

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I couldn't disagree with the previous two reviews more. I absolutely love Gaslight! It?s my favorite place to stop for an afterword cocktail, which more often then not turns into dinner. Every time I go in the staff is so welcoming it?s just hard to leave- and really who wants to go home and after watching tempting dishes go by. I really enjoy their cocktails, especially the au poire. I also can't resist the baguette --and the presentation in the paper bag reminds me of dining in Paris. Whenever I eat there I have to have the beet salad and an order of the French fries- they are my favorite in the city. The salad also has a surprising kick- which I love.

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★★★★★

I couldn't disagree with the previous two reviews more. I absolutely love Gaslight! It?s my favorite place to stop for an afterword cocktail, which more often then not turns into dinner. Every time I go in the staff is so welcoming it?s just hard to leave- and really who wants to go home and after watching tempting dishes go by. I really enjoy their cocktails, especially the au poire. I also can't resist the baguette --and the presentation in the paper bag reminds me of dining in Paris. Whenever I eat there I have to have the beet salad and an order of the French fries- they are my favorite in the city. The salad also has a surprising kick- which I love.

Pros: Atmosphere, staff, cocktails and food

Cons: nothing really

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Gaslight has a friendly trendy atmosphere but that's about it. It was very loud and our waiter could not hear us well. The service was slow and they could not provide any recommendations on food. The steak we ordered was very salty and was delivered medium well instead of medium rare. The leg of lamb was chewey and on par with wedding food. The prices are reasonable but thats about the only complement I'd be willing to give this place and oh yes they have free parking.

Pass on this place, if you like a french style brasserie go to Eastern Standard or Bouche

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★★☆☆☆

Gaslight has a friendly trendy atmosphere but that's about it. It was very loud and our waiter could not hear us well. The service was slow and they could not provide any recommendations on food. The steak we ordered was very salty and was delivered medium well instead of medium rare. The leg of lamb was chewey and on par with wedding food. The prices are reasonable but thats about the only complement I'd be willing to give this place and oh yes they have free parking.

Pass on this place, if you like a french style brasserie go to Eastern Standard or Bouche

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This was the third and last time I will ever eat in this pretentious wanna be something else Bistro. The managerial staff still has not figured out how to run a restaurant. It is always a wait and the food is great or really bad. The noise is really over-bearing and while they do have a nice wine list the bar is often difficult to get to. The idea of the cigarette theme is just plain stupid. If you like smoking so much move to France, although they are finally banning it. I read these other glowing reviews and I wonder if we are dining at the same place or if someone else is writing them? Well at least they changed the music, The night I was in there I did not feel like I had to start break dancing on the floor this time. I don't feel the need to travel to an area that really needs another 10 years before it starts to have a nice feel to eat a mediocre meal after waiting 45 minutes. Not a great neighborhood yet. Maybe the staff should watch Hell's Kitchen and take a few tips.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was the third and last time I will ever eat in this pretentious wanna be something else Bistro. The managerial staff still has not figured out how to run a restaurant. It is always a wait and the food is great or really bad. The noise is really over-bearing and while they do have a nice wine list the bar is often difficult to get to. The idea of the cigarette theme is just plain stupid. If you like smoking so much move to France, although they are finally banning it. I read these other glowing reviews and I wonder if we are dining at the same place or if someone else is writing them? Well at least they changed the music, The night I was in there I did not feel like I had to start break dancing on the floor this time. I don't feel the need to travel to an area that really needs another 10 years before it starts to have a nice feel to eat a mediocre meal after waiting 45 minutes. Not a great neighborhood yet. Maybe the staff should watch Hell's Kitchen and take a few tips.

Pros: Great food sometimes

Cons: Noisy, long waits, snooty staff

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Went here last Saturday nigth with my family whowere in town for the weekend. The atmosphere and ambiance of Gaslight is really nice. The bar with it's long zinc strip is a really good first impression when you enter. When we moved to the dining area, the french bistro feeling continued with intimate seating and dark lighting, but it was all good! Becuase our table was delayed by roughly 20 minutes, the head waiter provided complimentry cheese fondue with garlic and onion and toasted breadsticks for dipping, along with 2 fresh baguettes to start off with. The meal was really tasty.....and the waiter was extremely nice and had a great sense of humor and character. After the meal, we moved to the bar which was buzzing by that stage and had a few drinks up until 1am. We stayed at this bar rather than moving to somewhere in town where we would have to stand in line for at least 20 minutes on a Saturday night!

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★★★★★

Went here last Saturday nigth with my family whowere in town for the weekend. The atmosphere and ambiance of Gaslight is really nice. The bar with it's long zinc strip is a really good first impression when you enter. When we moved to the dining area, the french bistro feeling continued with intimate seating and dark lighting, but it was all good! Becuase our table was delayed by roughly 20 minutes, the head waiter provided complimentry cheese fondue with garlic and onion and toasted breadsticks for dipping, along with 2 fresh baguettes to start off with. The meal was really tasty.....and the waiter was extremely nice and had a great sense of humor and character. After the meal, we moved to the bar which was buzzing by that stage and had a few drinks up until 1am. We stayed at this bar rather than moving to somewhere in town where we would have to stand in line for at least 20 minutes on a Saturday night!

Pros: Atmosphere, service, bar

Cons: none

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Gaslight is a great addition to the crowded South End dining scene...It is basically a Balthazar knockoff, but why not as the concept is so successful. The space is welcoming, the bar is great.,.. a long expanse of gleaming zinc ( why they do not let it develop a patina as in France I will never know) . The cocktail list is interesting, the beers on tap varied , and the wines.. well...passable at best . The dining area is lively ..this is no place for intimate conversation. The food is very good ... appetizers and main courses cover the gamut... you cannot go wrong with the steak frites and the daily specials. Basically this is the standard "americanized" bistro concept...but it works. It is a great place to get together with friends . The prices are reasonable... and the parking is free...you cannot go wrong here .

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★★★★☆

Gaslight is a great addition to the crowded South End dining scene...It is basically a Balthazar knockoff, but why not as the concept is so successful. The space is welcoming, the bar is great.,.. a long expanse of gleaming zinc ( why they do not let it develop a patina as in France I will never know) . The cocktail list is interesting, the beers on tap varied , and the wines.. well...passable at best . The dining area is lively ..this is no place for intimate conversation. The food is very good ... appetizers and main courses cover the gamut... you cannot go wrong with the steak frites and the daily specials. Basically this is the standard "americanized" bistro concept...but it works. It is a great place to get together with friends . The prices are reasonable... and the parking is free...you cannot go wrong here .

Pros: Atmosphere, menu, free parking

Cons: can be really noisy when packed

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Thank goodness we did not listen to the negative reviews that we saw posted here. We dined at the Gaslight on a busy Saturday evening on March 15, 2008 and our experience was completely positive. The attendant at the free parking lot was extremely courteous. Our table was ready when we arrived at 7:30. Our waiter, Joe, was helpful, prompt, accurate, professional and friendly. The physical atmosphere was wonderful and unhurried. We had a booth against the wall which allowed plenty of conversation- noise was not a factor. Our appetizers included the Bluecrab Cocktail and the Steak Tartare, both fresh, tasty, and nicely presented. The four of us ordered different entrees and we did tastings, everyone in agreement that the Rotisserie Chicken, Veal Weiner Schnitzel , Paelee Espagnol, and Braised Lamb Shank were excellent. We had a bottle of red and a bottle of white, both very nice and reasonably priced. Desserts of the artisan cheese and 10-year port, and the Caramelized Apple Tart Tatin were perfect. The check was less than we usually pay in Boston (we live in Back Bay), and the parking was indeed free. And even the bread was served on time and was fresh from the oven. Perhaps the negative reviews were from the days of growing pains, but on March 15 the Gaslight had it all together. If we had heeded the negative reviews, we would have missed out on a great evening.

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★★★★★

Thank goodness we did not listen to the negative reviews that we saw posted here. We dined at the Gaslight on a busy Saturday evening on March 15, 2008 and our experience was completely positive. The attendant at the free parking lot was extremely courteous. Our table was ready when we arrived at 7:30. Our waiter, Joe, was helpful, prompt, accurate, professional and friendly. The physical atmosphere was wonderful and unhurried. We had a booth against the wall which allowed plenty of conversation- noise was not a factor. Our appetizers included the Bluecrab Cocktail and the Steak Tartare, both fresh, tasty, and nicely presented. The four of us ordered different entrees and we did tastings, everyone in agreement that the Rotisserie Chicken, Veal Weiner Schnitzel , Paelee Espagnol, and Braised Lamb Shank were excellent. We had a bottle of red and a bottle of white, both very nice and reasonably priced. Desserts of the artisan cheese and 10-year port, and the Caramelized Apple Tart Tatin were perfect. The check was less than we usually pay in Boston (we live in Back Bay), and the parking was indeed free. And even the bread was served on time and was fresh from the oven. Perhaps the negative reviews were from the days of growing pains, but on March 15 the Gaslight had it all together. If we had heeded the negative reviews, we would have missed out on a great evening.

Pros: atmosphere, food, service all great

Cons: none at all

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A foodie friend of mine told me about this place and I'm glad he did. Really nice design, comfy and not too stuck-up. I loved the food- had sirloin. Loved that they had a good selection of half-bottles of wine. Also my steak came out a little rare and even though I already had a few bites they brought me a brand new one, new plate, andf full serving of the side! It was packed when i was there- and it was a weeknight, so the word is getting out.

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★★★★☆

A foodie friend of mine told me about this place and I'm glad he did. Really nice design, comfy and not too stuck-up. I loved the food- had sirloin. Loved that they had a good selection of half-bottles of wine. Also my steak came out a little rare and even though I already had a few bites they brought me a brand new one, new plate, andf full serving of the side! It was packed when i was there- and it was a weeknight, so the word is getting out.

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I didn't read any review of this restaurant before going tonite with a friend. We picked that place because it's near where she works and it has free parking!! And the photo on the website looks good. Unlike some of the customers who had bad experience, we had the one of the best dining experiences tonite. The host was so friendly. I had to call ahead to change my reservation time. When I got there, he recognized my name and greeted me like we were friends. Our waiter was also amazing! He was also very friendly and the service was just right, not too much asking and showing up in just the right time, asking just the right questions, that allows my friend and I a good time of talking which was what we needed. The food although was not extremely good, but it was still very good. I love the decor of the restaurant. The atmosphere was also fanastic. Hmm... funny thing is I didn't feel the place was loud. After reading the bad reviews, I feel sorry for those people. Maybe they have improved their management since then. Hopefully Gaslight would keep up the good work.

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★★★★☆

I didn't read any review of this restaurant before going tonite with a friend. We picked that place because it's near where she works and it has free parking!! And the photo on the website looks good. Unlike some of the customers who had bad experience, we had the one of the best dining experiences tonite. The host was so friendly. I had to call ahead to change my reservation time. When I got there, he recognized my name and greeted me like we were friends. Our waiter was also amazing! He was also very friendly and the service was just right, not too much asking and showing up in just the right time, asking just the right questions, that allows my friend and I a good time of talking which was what we needed. The food although was not extremely good, but it was still very good. I love the decor of the restaurant. The atmosphere was also fanastic. Hmm... funny thing is I didn't feel the place was loud. After reading the bad reviews, I feel sorry for those people. Maybe they have improved their management since then. Hopefully Gaslight would keep up the good work.

Pros: Free parking!!

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I wanted to try Gaslight for a while but was hesitant due to the negative reviews I have seen. My experience was very positive and I had none of the problems that have been mentioned. Our server was excellent, very knowledgable and enthusiastic about the menu. She was prompt, attentive and very personable. We were a party of 5, starting off with french onion gratinee, escargot, and steak tartar. The soup was the only thing that left me slightly disappointed as I thought it needed more flavor, the stock was a bit flat. I had the steak frites for my entree. The beef was tender, juicy, and cooked perfectly. The fries were delicious! I liked that the duck confit did not use breast meat; it was much less fatty and the skin was nice and crispy! Considering the low prices the plate sizes were quite substantial, and I finished my meal feeling perfectly satisfied. I will definitely try a specialty cocktail next time; my sister had the manchester mule and it was awesome! I will definitely go back to Gaslight. It seems as though a lot of people like it, as we went on a Monday evening and it was a full house! It did get a little loud but my almost 70 year old father with bad hearing didn't complain a bit, so it was totally bearable. The whole group was very pleased. Free parking is a big plus as well!

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★★★★☆

I wanted to try Gaslight for a while but was hesitant due to the negative reviews I have seen. My experience was very positive and I had none of the problems that have been mentioned. Our server was excellent, very knowledgable and enthusiastic about the menu. She was prompt, attentive and very personable. We were a party of 5, starting off with french onion gratinee, escargot, and steak tartar. The soup was the only thing that left me slightly disappointed as I thought it needed more flavor, the stock was a bit flat. I had the steak frites for my entree. The beef was tender, juicy, and cooked perfectly. The fries were delicious! I liked that the duck confit did not use breast meat; it was much less fatty and the skin was nice and crispy! Considering the low prices the plate sizes were quite substantial, and I finished my meal feeling perfectly satisfied. I will definitely try a specialty cocktail next time; my sister had the manchester mule and it was awesome! I will definitely go back to Gaslight. It seems as though a lot of people like it, as we went on a Monday evening and it was a full house! It did get a little loud but my almost 70 year old father with bad hearing didn't complain a bit, so it was totally bearable. The whole group was very pleased. Free parking is a big plus as well!

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If you are looking for a very trendy french brasserie, Gaslight is the place for you; the food is very good, and you can tell it has authentic french roots. The place reminds me of Balthazar in NYC.

The brunch on Sunday is great, although they are cheap on the orange juice!!!

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★★★★☆

If you are looking for a very trendy french brasserie, Gaslight is the place for you; the food is very good, and you can tell it has authentic french roots. The place reminds me of Balthazar in NYC.

The brunch on Sunday is great, although they are cheap on the orange juice!!!

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I recently took my father here, and was nervous as he has lived in France and is also quite frugal . We were thrilled by the free parking lot, and the fact that we got seated right away even though it was a Saturday night and we did not have reservations (they sat us in the "lounge" which was perfectly fine). We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals and all the flavors, he had the sat night rabbit special ($18) and i had the duck confit ($17.50). We thought the portions were good considering the low prices. We both had a glass of wine and shared the delicious creme brulee (no app because the bread that they provided was enough) and the bill was about $60, great for dinner in the south end and french food especially (and my dad agrees)!

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★★★★☆

I recently took my father here, and was nervous as he has lived in France and is also quite frugal . We were thrilled by the free parking lot, and the fact that we got seated right away even though it was a Saturday night and we did not have reservations (they sat us in the "lounge" which was perfectly fine). We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals and all the flavors, he had the sat night rabbit special ($18) and i had the duck confit ($17.50). We thought the portions were good considering the low prices. We both had a glass of wine and shared the delicious creme brulee (no app because the bread that they provided was enough) and the bill was about $60, great for dinner in the south end and french food especially (and my dad agrees)!

Pros: free parking, french food for moderate prices

Cons: service wasn't the fastest (it was a sat night though)

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i went to gaslight with some friends a few nights ago. the food, decor, price, etc were all pretty good. nothing stood out as stellar, except the free parking. but the waitress we had was terrible, and ruined the evening. we probably would have returned if she hadn't ruined the experience. there are better french brassieres on newbury st. with more professional service.

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★★☆☆☆

i went to gaslight with some friends a few nights ago. the food, decor, price, etc were all pretty good. nothing stood out as stellar, except the free parking. but the waitress we had was terrible, and ruined the evening. we probably would have returned if she hadn't ruined the experience. there are better french brassieres on newbury st. with more professional service.

Pros: free parking, decent price, nice wine selection

Cons: tables felt a little crowded, inexperienced waitstaff

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For a Brassiere I guess that means not so great in French. I was told by a friend this place was very good and after reading some of the prior reviews I decided to take a date here. Well, after waiting for almost everything and the food was fair I don't think I would go back here. The staff seemed to be preoccupied with other things than providing excellent service. Getting a drink from the bar was no simple task. They do have a nice wine list I must say and fairly priced. The managers were curt and did not seem genuinely concerned about the patrons. The desserts should be skipped they were dry and not very tasteful. The food was not prepared to our liking. Also, I think the fact that they actually have cigarettes for sale is quite odd given the fact that smoking is banned in Boston eateries. Who's brilliant ideas was that? Two thumbs down on this one!!

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★☆☆☆☆

For a Brassiere I guess that means not so great in French. I was told by a friend this place was very good and after reading some of the prior reviews I decided to take a date here. Well, after waiting for almost everything and the food was fair I don't think I would go back here. The staff seemed to be preoccupied with other things than providing excellent service. Getting a drink from the bar was no simple task. They do have a nice wine list I must say and fairly priced. The managers were curt and did not seem genuinely concerned about the patrons. The desserts should be skipped they were dry and not very tasteful. The food was not prepared to our liking. Also, I think the fact that they actually have cigarettes for sale is quite odd given the fact that smoking is banned in Boston eateries. Who's brilliant ideas was that? Two thumbs down on this one!!

Pros: Ample Parking, Wine List, Price

Cons: Ambience, Service, Food, Management

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Just as packed and ambience-infused as its neighboring restaurant Rocca, Gaslight was an experience in itself. True to form of French bistros, the restaurant was bustlingly full, busy, and beautifully-lit. It truly was a quick trip to Paris for a few hours!
We started with a beautiful Gaslight Salade which was so freshly prepared with a delicate mix of frisee, mesclun greens, radichio, onions and chopped, freshly cooked bacon. The table bread was a baguette, uniquely presented right in the baguette bag itself (I've only seen a handful of restaurants present bread that way). We moved onto the Swordfish (dish of the day) and the salade nicoise- both sooo flavorful and elegantly presented. The Swordfish was tender, fresh. juicy- all the while not oily at all! (More than often, swordfish is cooked with too much oil to keep it moist) I haven't tasted Swordfish so well prepared in a long time! The Salade nicoise was a moderate sized salad bowl of greens, beans, and olives- topped by several strips of seared tuna- also tenderly prepared.
Our waitress was extremely attentive and helpful at selecting wines, despite her busy crowd of customers. We definately plan to return to Gaslight, that is if we can get in! On that note, we highly recommend making reservations!

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★★★★☆

Just as packed and ambience-infused as its neighboring restaurant Rocca, Gaslight was an experience in itself. True to form of French bistros, the restaurant was bustlingly full, busy, and beautifully-lit. It truly was a quick trip to Paris for a few hours!
We started with a beautiful Gaslight Salade which was so freshly prepared with a delicate mix of frisee, mesclun greens, radichio, onions and chopped, freshly cooked bacon. The table bread was a baguette, uniquely presented right in the baguette bag itself (I've only seen a handful of restaurants present bread that way). We moved onto the Swordfish (dish of the day) and the salade nicoise- both sooo flavorful and elegantly presented. The Swordfish was tender, fresh. juicy- all the while not oily at all! (More than often, swordfish is cooked with too much oil to keep it moist) I haven't tasted Swordfish so well prepared in a long time! The Salade nicoise was a moderate sized salad bowl of greens, beans, and olives- topped by several strips of seared tuna- also tenderly prepared.
Our waitress was extremely attentive and helpful at selecting wines, despite her busy crowd of customers. We definately plan to return to Gaslight, that is if we can get in! On that note, we highly recommend making reservations!

Pros: True French ambience, cuisine

Cons: Need to make reservations way in advance!

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So this was the 2nd time that I tried to go to Gaslight. I live very close by and have been wanting to try it. The decor is very nice (although a bit loud with the tile floors). The first time I had a reservation for dinner, but came and waited and waited well past my reservation time. The staff seemed disorganized and overwhelmed and didn't seem to care. I eventually left 40 minutes after my reservation time.

So, I decided to try brunch this past weekend. I walked in and was told it would be a 20 minute wait for 2 (despite seeing 6 tables empty). There were 2 hostesses, but they did not seem to know what they were doing. We sat at the bar, ordered a drink and waited. After 30 minutes of waiting, while continuing to look at the empty tables (only 1 party had been seated in the 30 minutes) I asked the hostess if we could sit at one of the 5 empty tables. She didn't know how to handle this question, at first saying that it was a busy time of day, then saying that the waiters were overwhelmed and they didn't want to seat people and have them wait. I commented that I would prefer to wait at a table than at the bar and I wasn't in a rush. She then said she could not seat me. After 15 more minutes of watching a confused, inefficient and overwhelmed staff (and a number of annoyed looking diners), we left. There are too many good options in the south end. They should have their act together more than this. I will not be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

So this was the 2nd time that I tried to go to Gaslight. I live very close by and have been wanting to try it. The decor is very nice (although a bit loud with the tile floors). The first time I had a reservation for dinner, but came and waited and waited well past my reservation time. The staff seemed disorganized and overwhelmed and didn't seem to care. I eventually left 40 minutes after my reservation time.

So, I decided to try brunch this past weekend. I walked in and was told it would be a 20 minute wait for 2 (despite seeing 6 tables empty). There were 2 hostesses, but they did not seem to know what they were doing. We sat at the bar, ordered a drink and waited. After 30 minutes of waiting, while continuing to look at the empty tables (only 1 party had been seated in the 30 minutes) I asked the hostess if we could sit at one of the 5 empty tables. She didn't know how to handle this question, at first saying that it was a busy time of day, then saying that the waiters were overwhelmed and they didn't want to seat people and have them wait. I commented that I would prefer to wait at a table than at the bar and I wasn't in a rush. She then said she could not seat me. After 15 more minutes of watching a confused, inefficient and overwhelmed staff (and a number of annoyed looking diners), we left. There are too many good options in the south end. They should have their act together more than this. I will not be back.

Pros: nice decor

Cons: disorganized, poor hostesses and service

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A great addition to the S End! Good prices, yummy steak frites, and cool atmosphere. I will definitely return. It's a little noisy, so don't go if you are wanting a quiet night out.

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★★★★★

A great addition to the S End! Good prices, yummy steak frites, and cool atmosphere. I will definitely return. It's a little noisy, so don't go if you are wanting a quiet night out.

Pros: Relatively inexpensive, YUMMY frites!

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We recently visited the Gaslight for a weekend brunch and although it had some strengths, overall we were disappointed. The best part of our experience was at the beginning. Free parking in the South End...a definite plus. The restaurant decor...well done. That being said, the rest appeared to fall short. The restaurant itself is exceptionally loud. Almost deafening, which is scary considering it was about half full. The wait staff was oviously the "B-Team". They would disappear for a while. When we ordered the mussels, they did not provide an extra basket (which did not arrive until almost the end). Also, I found it strange that Gaslight did not provide bread with their mussels. When we requested some from our waiter, she unexpectedly brought us white bread toast. It was comical. I have never seen a French bistro do that before. The french toast was very good. The mussels were good, but it was seasoned with a little too much coriander. The french fries were surprisingly lackluster.

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★★★☆☆

We recently visited the Gaslight for a weekend brunch and although it had some strengths, overall we were disappointed. The best part of our experience was at the beginning. Free parking in the South End...a definite plus. The restaurant decor...well done. That being said, the rest appeared to fall short. The restaurant itself is exceptionally loud. Almost deafening, which is scary considering it was about half full. The wait staff was oviously the "B-Team". They would disappear for a while. When we ordered the mussels, they did not provide an extra basket (which did not arrive until almost the end). Also, I found it strange that Gaslight did not provide bread with their mussels. When we requested some from our waiter, she unexpectedly brought us white bread toast. It was comical. I have never seen a French bistro do that before. The french toast was very good. The mussels were good, but it was seasoned with a little too much coriander. The french fries were surprisingly lackluster.

Pros: Free Parking, Decor

Cons: Loud, Staff

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Gaslight is a dining option that should be on your short-list of Boston restaurants. I can see this establishment in the neighborhood for a long time to come. I've dined here twice so far and each time have had an ideal experience. The atmosphere, food, and service each rate highly. The space is quite a bit larger than I imagined and features authentic decor that is reminiscent of a brasserie in France. The front bar area is very fun and is a great place to have a glass of De La Tour Brut Rose while you're waiting for your friends! The reasonably-priced menu includes a phenomenal rotisserie chicken as well as a tasty steak frites! The pomme frites are a must and you want to be sure you start your meal off with either the Gaslight Salad or the Escargot. Oh and the desserts couldn't be anymore amazing (yes, we tried a few!)- try the Warm Almond Cake, the Apple Tart, Far Breton, and don't forget the chocolate - the Molten Chocolate Cake with Creme Chantilly! The service is extremely attentive and includes a friendly staff. We had a bit of a wine spill and they reacted very quickly to help clean up. One last thing- there is a fantastic wine list for you fans of Vins de France!

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★★★★★

Gaslight is a dining option that should be on your short-list of Boston restaurants. I can see this establishment in the neighborhood for a long time to come. I've dined here twice so far and each time have had an ideal experience. The atmosphere, food, and service each rate highly. The space is quite a bit larger than I imagined and features authentic decor that is reminiscent of a brasserie in France. The front bar area is very fun and is a great place to have a glass of De La Tour Brut Rose while you're waiting for your friends! The reasonably-priced menu includes a phenomenal rotisserie chicken as well as a tasty steak frites! The pomme frites are a must and you want to be sure you start your meal off with either the Gaslight Salad or the Escargot. Oh and the desserts couldn't be anymore amazing (yes, we tried a few!)- try the Warm Almond Cake, the Apple Tart, Far Breton, and don't forget the chocolate - the Molten Chocolate Cake with Creme Chantilly! The service is extremely attentive and includes a friendly staff. We had a bit of a wine spill and they reacted very quickly to help clean up. One last thing- there is a fantastic wine list for you fans of Vins de France!

Pros: Quality of Food, Price, Ambience, Parking

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My husband and I made the trek from the 'burbs into the South End and were very pleased by the experience. We grabbed two seats at the bar rather than wait for a table. Our barman was pleasant and quick with the drinks though had some trouble explaining a few dishes on the menu. We started with the Pimms Cup (one of my favorite drinks) and my husband had La Fee Verte (Green Fair-ee). The cocktail menu is classic and grown-up, no crappy Jolly Rancher-esq creations here. Dinner was great and served quickly. Almost everyone around us was having the Steak Frites so we ordered that and some Moules Frites to share. The steak was perfect and accompanied by a luxurious bearnaise sauce, but the mussels (with Pernod and coriander) had too much coriander, I was chomping on more seeds that mussels. For dessert, we shared the Caramelized Apple Tart Tatin with its homemade ice cream. It was delicious with lots of great vanilla bean flavor. Overall, a very enjoyable experience made even better by free parking in the adjacent lot. Wow.

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★★★★★

My husband and I made the trek from the 'burbs into the South End and were very pleased by the experience. We grabbed two seats at the bar rather than wait for a table. Our barman was pleasant and quick with the drinks though had some trouble explaining a few dishes on the menu. We started with the Pimms Cup (one of my favorite drinks) and my husband had La Fee Verte (Green Fair-ee). The cocktail menu is classic and grown-up, no crappy Jolly Rancher-esq creations here. Dinner was great and served quickly. Almost everyone around us was having the Steak Frites so we ordered that and some Moules Frites to share. The steak was perfect and accompanied by a luxurious bearnaise sauce, but the mussels (with Pernod and coriander) had too much coriander, I was chomping on more seeds that mussels. For dessert, we shared the Caramelized Apple Tart Tatin with its homemade ice cream. It was delicious with lots of great vanilla bean flavor. Overall, a very enjoyable experience made even better by free parking in the adjacent lot. Wow.

Pros: Excellent food, great cocktails, easy parking

Cons: None

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I went here with five friends on a Saturday night. We had a 10 pm reservation and weren't seated until 10:30, while we stood in the bar area in which we literally had to shout to hear each other (as was the case in the entire restaurant). The experience at the table was marked by somewhat spotty service - the waiter took quite a while to get to our table in the first place and often required second and third reminders to fulfill requests. He also never came to our table once during the meal to ask if everything was to our satisfaction.

The restaurant does benefit from an inventive, if pricy, cocktail menu. I tried the Edith Piaf which was quite tasty but also on the small side (as many of the drinks seemed to be). The food itself was not remarkable. I had the cubano sandwich which was very spicy but quite small - there was barely any pork on it. It was served with french fries which were entirely too salty - many of the dishes on the menu are served with fries and all of my friends noted that their fries were also salty. My girlfriend had a chicken dish which was very dried out. One of our friends did enjoy his mussels.

At dessert, a friend ordered the molten chocolate cake and although she is an utter choco-holic, she didn't bother finishing it. Another friend had the apple tart which was too sweet.

Between the dicey service and food that just didn't stack up, I wouldn't go back here unless I read reviews indicating drastic improvement. They're still only a month or so into business so here's hoping.

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★★☆☆☆

I went here with five friends on a Saturday night. We had a 10 pm reservation and weren't seated until 10:30, while we stood in the bar area in which we literally had to shout to hear each other (as was the case in the entire restaurant). The experience at the table was marked by somewhat spotty service - the waiter took quite a while to get to our table in the first place and often required second and third reminders to fulfill requests. He also never came to our table once during the meal to ask if everything was to our satisfaction.

The restaurant does benefit from an inventive, if pricy, cocktail menu. I tried the Edith Piaf which was quite tasty but also on the small side (as many of the drinks seemed to be). The food itself was not remarkable. I had the cubano sandwich which was very spicy but quite small - there was barely any pork on it. It was served with french fries which were entirely too salty - many of the dishes on the menu are served with fries and all of my friends noted that their fries were also salty. My girlfriend had a chicken dish which was very dried out. One of our friends did enjoy his mussels.

At dessert, a friend ordered the molten chocolate cake and although she is an utter choco-holic, she didn't bother finishing it. Another friend had the apple tart which was too sweet.

Between the dicey service and food that just didn't stack up, I wouldn't go back here unless I read reviews indicating drastic improvement. They're still only a month or so into business so here's hoping.

Pros: Interesting modern decor, inventive cocktails and drink menu

Cons: Poor service, some dishes overly seasoned, some tiny portions, some lousy dishes

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I went to gaslight the other night for dinner with my family. I read the reviews here first nd couldnt disagree more. Yes the place was a little noisy, but that is an easy fix. I also didnt find it to be as much of a problem as everyone else on here apparently. The service was also great, we got some real good recommendations. This place has great french food and I will return despite it being slightly noisy.

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★★★★★

I went to gaslight the other night for dinner with my family. I read the reviews here first nd couldnt disagree more. Yes the place was a little noisy, but that is an easy fix. I also didnt find it to be as much of a problem as everyone else on here apparently. The service was also great, we got some real good recommendations. This place has great french food and I will return despite it being slightly noisy.

Pros: service, atmosphere, food

Cons: none

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My husband and I went to Gas Light on Thursday night at the last minute, but it didn't matter, we got a cute, romantic seat in the lounge area after just a couple of minutes. The several hosts/hostesses seemed a little frazzeled, but the host was friendly and helpful, albeit the hostess who sat us who gave me a little attitude. Regardless, the waitress came quickly and was attentive. We had apperetifs which were REALLY good (Pim's cup was delicious) and the escargot was seriously better than in Burgundy (we were just there). My husband was very excited about the pastis, and had the pate which he really liked. I loved the jar of cornichons (pickles) they put on our table and the baguette in the bag was a fabulous touch. The waitress helped me decide on the duck instead of the nicoise salad, and although it looked average when it came, it tasted way above average. The fruity sauce gave a unique, delicious flavor. The truffled potatoes ended up being french fries, but I loved them with the mustardy sauce which also was very French, where the idea of catchup makes them shudder. I also was excited that they offerred wine in carafs - again, very French - and it was obvious they are not trying to rip people off. We also recongized some of the wines on the reserve list for the Bourgogne area, but I though St. Romain only had white wines so I was confused about that. My husband had the lamb which he really liked. The only question we had was how the food came as fast as it did. It was as if it was pre-cooked, but it was still hot and tasty so I guess I don't really care. However, it did make for a more rushed meal than I would have preferred. It wasn't that loud when we were there (at 8pm or so). When the bill came it seemed too good to be true to have that good of a meal for that price. It's my new favorite restaurant in Boston. We didn't see where the free parking was, but luckily found street parking right outside.

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★★★★★

My husband and I went to Gas Light on Thursday night at the last minute, but it didn't matter, we got a cute, romantic seat in the lounge area after just a couple of minutes. The several hosts/hostesses seemed a little frazzeled, but the host was friendly and helpful, albeit the hostess who sat us who gave me a little attitude. Regardless, the waitress came quickly and was attentive. We had apperetifs which were REALLY good (Pim's cup was delicious) and the escargot was seriously better than in Burgundy (we were just there). My husband was very excited about the pastis, and had the pate which he really liked. I loved the jar of cornichons (pickles) they put on our table and the baguette in the bag was a fabulous touch. The waitress helped me decide on the duck instead of the nicoise salad, and although it looked average when it came, it tasted way above average. The fruity sauce gave a unique, delicious flavor. The truffled potatoes ended up being french fries, but I loved them with the mustardy sauce which also was very French, where the idea of catchup makes them shudder. I also was excited that they offerred wine in carafs - again, very French - and it was obvious they are not trying to rip people off. We also recongized some of the wines on the reserve list for the Bourgogne area, but I though St. Romain only had white wines so I was confused about that. My husband had the lamb which he really liked. The only question we had was how the food came as fast as it did. It was as if it was pre-cooked, but it was still hot and tasty so I guess I don't really care. However, it did make for a more rushed meal than I would have preferred. It wasn't that loud when we were there (at 8pm or so). When the bill came it seemed too good to be true to have that good of a meal for that price. It's my new favorite restaurant in Boston. We didn't see where the free parking was, but luckily found street parking right outside.

Pros: great food, great prices, clean, well run

Cons: food came a litlte too fast

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Cool decor, great neighborhood, great waiter, great prices...will NEVER go back. I have never been so disrespected by restaurant management as I was at the Gaslight. I had reserved a few tables for a going away party--when friends didn't show up on time (ah, the fashionably late), I kindly told management to feel free to give the tables to other patrons. I suggested that if other surrounding patrons left and more friends had shown up, we'd love the opportunity to "reclaim" the tables. As more and more friends showed up, some of my friends retreated from our very crowded table to the bar...so when a nearby table's patrons left, we asked if we could move into the space. A number of my friends wanted to eat dinner and their wasn't enough elbow at our table to eat (and our group was already split between our one very tiny table and the bar). The management told us that they would not allow us to use the table and that we'd be better off going to another restaurant!!!! We asked the manager on duty if we had done anything wrong (and if so, how we could remedy the situation) or if she felt we were disturbing other patrons. She refused to answer but simply suggested we pay our bill. We were a group of young professionals...not rowdy...not drunk...just looking to enjoy a meal as a group. I was beyond embarrassed for having suggested to my friends that we eat/drink at the Gaslight and will NEVER go there again. There are plenty of other hot spots in the South End...visit one of those restaurants instead!

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★☆☆☆☆

Cool decor, great neighborhood, great waiter, great prices...will NEVER go back. I have never been so disrespected by restaurant management as I was at the Gaslight. I had reserved a few tables for a going away party--when friends didn't show up on time (ah, the fashionably late), I kindly told management to feel free to give the tables to other patrons. I suggested that if other surrounding patrons left and more friends had shown up, we'd love the opportunity to "reclaim" the tables. As more and more friends showed up, some of my friends retreated from our very crowded table to the bar...so when a nearby table's patrons left, we asked if we could move into the space. A number of my friends wanted to eat dinner and their wasn't enough elbow at our table to eat (and our group was already split between our one very tiny table and the bar). The management told us that they would not allow us to use the table and that we'd be better off going to another restaurant!!!! We asked the manager on duty if we had done anything wrong (and if so, how we could remedy the situation) or if she felt we were disturbing other patrons. She refused to answer but simply suggested we pay our bill. We were a group of young professionals...not rowdy...not drunk...just looking to enjoy a meal as a group. I was beyond embarrassed for having suggested to my friends that we eat/drink at the Gaslight and will NEVER go there again. There are plenty of other hot spots in the South End...visit one of those restaurants instead!

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Every new restaurant's meal-ticket in this neighborhood is based on two things, cater to the neighborhood, and cater to the industry. Gaslight it seems unfortunately is destined to become just another restaurant. First we had made reservations using our normal means, Opentable. The hostess greeted us warmly and said that if we would like to have a seat at the bar, our table would be ready shortly. This was not the case, on a seemly not busy night we waited 30 minutes before we sat and enjoyed several of the "tasting" glasses that were used for the wine we ordered. Lets just say I can't wait to see how long their glassware stays, I don't care if they are "classic 5oz french bistro glasses". THEY ARE A JOKE! Moving along, our food was decent, scallops were good, lamb was well seasoned. However the service was awful, our waiter seemed very much new at what he was doing, and matter-of-fact so did the entire front of house service, no neighborhood regulars it seems on the staff. Which is unfortunate because they could use someone to teach them a thing or two...or many! Gaslight also lives up to its reputation of being noisy, too noisy, i get the french bistro idea, but too much tile and get over trying to be that authentic...it's not Paris. All in all, the Gaslight, has potential, but as it stands now, its just another seemingly disappointing restaurant, perhaps Newbury or Boylston Streets would have been more of a befitting location for this place.

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★★☆☆☆

Every new restaurant's meal-ticket in this neighborhood is based on two things, cater to the neighborhood, and cater to the industry. Gaslight it seems unfortunately is destined to become just another restaurant. First we had made reservations using our normal means, Opentable. The hostess greeted us warmly and said that if we would like to have a seat at the bar, our table would be ready shortly. This was not the case, on a seemly not busy night we waited 30 minutes before we sat and enjoyed several of the "tasting" glasses that were used for the wine we ordered. Lets just say I can't wait to see how long their glassware stays, I don't care if they are "classic 5oz french bistro glasses". THEY ARE A JOKE! Moving along, our food was decent, scallops were good, lamb was well seasoned. However the service was awful, our waiter seemed very much new at what he was doing, and matter-of-fact so did the entire front of house service, no neighborhood regulars it seems on the staff. Which is unfortunate because they could use someone to teach them a thing or two...or many! Gaslight also lives up to its reputation of being noisy, too noisy, i get the french bistro idea, but too much tile and get over trying to be that authentic...it's not Paris. All in all, the Gaslight, has potential, but as it stands now, its just another seemingly disappointing restaurant, perhaps Newbury or Boylston Streets would have been more of a befitting location for this place.

Pros: Food, Location

Cons: Service, glassware, NOISE

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The minute you walk into Gaslight you feel transported to a certain place across the pond where you should be talking with a funny accent. Having spent some time in Paris, I was overjoyed to to find that Gaslight stuck true to the traditions of French Brasseries. My friend and I were there last night and the place was hoppin'. We didn't have reservations, but wasn't a problem. We were told by the lady at the door that they keep tables for lots of walk-ins. We decided to try the bar first. The bar is very cool and comfortable. The bartenders behind the zinc bar were very professional and friendly (loved the white coats). We had a couple of their signature cocktails, the Edith Piaf and the Fleur de Lis, they were both delicious and different than any other cocktail I have tried and I have tried a few. I don't know if it was the cocktail, but I thought I heard Edith Piaf playing in the restaurant as well. The place is beautiful, Lots of white tile and antiqued mirrors, hundreds of Ricard bottles on the walls and street lights from France. When we were ready for a table, we were seated one of the large communal tables. Our server greeted us right away and gave a very thorough explanation of the mostly French Menu. We ordered a carafe of red wine and it was only $12!! My friend ordered the onion soup and I got the escargot for starters, both were delicious, especially the onion soup with the cheese melted all over the top. For entrees I tried the Plat the Jour which was Coquilles St. Jacques, AMAZING SCALLOPS, and my friend had the Steak Frites, which was also perfect, she had to ask for extra bernaise sauce to dip the frites. We were pretty stuffed but had ato share dessert so we had an excuse to hang out here a little longer. We shared a Baba au Rhum which was deliteful. We agreed at the end of the meal that Gaslight was going be our favorite new place. Beautiful, energy packed room, great food and service, free parking and affordable. Viva la France!

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★★★★★

The minute you walk into Gaslight you feel transported to a certain place across the pond where you should be talking with a funny accent. Having spent some time in Paris, I was overjoyed to to find that Gaslight stuck true to the traditions of French Brasseries. My friend and I were there last night and the place was hoppin'. We didn't have reservations, but wasn't a problem. We were told by the lady at the door that they keep tables for lots of walk-ins. We decided to try the bar first. The bar is very cool and comfortable. The bartenders behind the zinc bar were very professional and friendly (loved the white coats). We had a couple of their signature cocktails, the Edith Piaf and the Fleur de Lis, they were both delicious and different than any other cocktail I have tried and I have tried a few. I don't know if it was the cocktail, but I thought I heard Edith Piaf playing in the restaurant as well. The place is beautiful, Lots of white tile and antiqued mirrors, hundreds of Ricard bottles on the walls and street lights from France. When we were ready for a table, we were seated one of the large communal tables. Our server greeted us right away and gave a very thorough explanation of the mostly French Menu. We ordered a carafe of red wine and it was only $12!! My friend ordered the onion soup and I got the escargot for starters, both were delicious, especially the onion soup with the cheese melted all over the top. For entrees I tried the Plat the Jour which was Coquilles St. Jacques, AMAZING SCALLOPS, and my friend had the Steak Frites, which was also perfect, she had to ask for extra bernaise sauce to dip the frites. We were pretty stuffed but had ato share dessert so we had an excuse to hang out here a little longer. We shared a Baba au Rhum which was deliteful. We agreed at the end of the meal that Gaslight was going be our favorite new place. Beautiful, energy packed room, great food and service, free parking and affordable. Viva la France!

Pros: Ambience, Value, Parking, Service, Fun

Cons: None

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My husband & I went to the Gas Light with high expectations...all I have to say is, never EXPECT anything. The staff was rude & inexperienced. The place had only been open a week or two & the bartender already seemed to want a vacation.
We waited 45 minutes for a table AND WE HAD RESERVATIONS!
The only good thing I have to say about this place is that the food was good, not great, but good. However, that one highlight was harshly overshadowed by the INCREDIBLY LOUD atmosphere. WHAT exactly were they thinking with the tiles on the walls? and nothing dividing the room to help absorb the sound? I couldn't hear myself think, my husband talk or the waiter explain the meals. They really need to work on their final product!

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband & I went to the Gas Light with high expectations...all I have to say is, never EXPECT anything. The staff was rude & inexperienced. The place had only been open a week or two & the bartender already seemed to want a vacation.
We waited 45 minutes for a table AND WE HAD RESERVATIONS!
The only good thing I have to say about this place is that the food was good, not great, but good. However, that one highlight was harshly overshadowed by the INCREDIBLY LOUD atmosphere. WHAT exactly were they thinking with the tiles on the walls? and nothing dividing the room to help absorb the sound? I couldn't hear myself think, my husband talk or the waiter explain the meals. They really need to work on their final product!

Cons: Noise, ambience, service

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Nevermind the food, the service or the decor, what you'll remember about this place is the noise. (We dined here at 8pm on a Friday night) I find it shocking that restranteurs as experienced as those that opened Gaslight would furnish an interior without a single soft, sound absorbing surface. After dinner my ears were ringing and I noticed that all in our party were a little hoarse from screaming. In the restrooms you realize they are actually playing quite loud music as well though you can't hear it in the dinning area. Thoroughly unpleasant.

The service was adequate though the server had to scream and then go throught the same performace at the other end of the four-top table.

I had an haricots verts with lardon salad that was overdressed though perfectly tasty followed by steak frites that was good (cooked as requested with fries that could have been crisper) but this dish should have been an homerun for a bistro of this sort. We split somesort of forgetable chocolate cake and almond tarte for dessert between the four of us.

On the positive side I found the house wine selection to be good and we enjoyed the flexibilty of being able to purchase a large number of wines by the glass, half-carafe, or carafe.

The free parking is very convienient.

I imagine they will sort out the noise issues in the coming months but until then I won't be going back.

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★★☆☆☆

Nevermind the food, the service or the decor, what you'll remember about this place is the noise. (We dined here at 8pm on a Friday night) I find it shocking that restranteurs as experienced as those that opened Gaslight would furnish an interior without a single soft, sound absorbing surface. After dinner my ears were ringing and I noticed that all in our party were a little hoarse from screaming. In the restrooms you realize they are actually playing quite loud music as well though you can't hear it in the dinning area. Thoroughly unpleasant.

The service was adequate though the server had to scream and then go throught the same performace at the other end of the four-top table.

I had an haricots verts with lardon salad that was overdressed though perfectly tasty followed by steak frites that was good (cooked as requested with fries that could have been crisper) but this dish should have been an homerun for a bistro of this sort. We split somesort of forgetable chocolate cake and almond tarte for dessert between the four of us.

On the positive side I found the house wine selection to be good and we enjoyed the flexibilty of being able to purchase a large number of wines by the glass, half-carafe, or carafe.

The free parking is very convienient.

I imagine they will sort out the noise issues in the coming months but until then I won't be going back.

Pros: adjacent free parking

Cons: noise level

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So, a group of four of use went to Gaslight last week.
We had resevervations (they take them which is a good thing) and only waited a few minutes to be seated. The waiter was pleasant but service was very spotty. It had recently opened so some mistakes are to be expected.
The chicken dish my BF got was dry, but still tasty. Everyone else enjoyed the meal, but no one was overwhelmed by the quality. Prices were reasonable.

The biggest problem with the place was the niose level. We could barely talk. Even the waiter was screaming, yes screaming, at us. The whole place is tiled. Clearly the restaurant designer cared about the look, which is sharp, bistro-modern, more than the dining experience-which is too bad.
We won't go back until we hear that we can hear in there.

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★★★☆☆

So, a group of four of use went to Gaslight last week.
We had resevervations (they take them which is a good thing) and only waited a few minutes to be seated. The waiter was pleasant but service was very spotty. It had recently opened so some mistakes are to be expected.
The chicken dish my BF got was dry, but still tasty. Everyone else enjoyed the meal, but no one was overwhelmed by the quality. Prices were reasonable.

The biggest problem with the place was the niose level. We could barely talk. Even the waiter was screaming, yes screaming, at us. The whole place is tiled. Clearly the restaurant designer cared about the look, which is sharp, bistro-modern, more than the dining experience-which is too bad.
We won't go back until we hear that we can hear in there.

Pros: Tasty Food

Cons: Outrageously noisy

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Unfortunately, the food and drinks are a disappointment, along with the service.

Our salads were fair - I had the Gaslight Salade, comprised of haricort verts and bacon lardon - small, chewy bits of dried ham. Tasty, salty and the right touch of ascerbic to oil dressing. It continued to downhill from there, unfortunately. My dining companion had the Friday night special - Espadon Roti au Poivre again, with haricort verts - the dish was prepared as an overcooked swordfish, topped with a meat-flavored reduction sauce - it looked like it had been re-heated in the microwave as the sauce had dried and congealed. The flavor was dense, and overwhelmed the subtle flavor of the fish.

I had the saumon filet roti (salmon) on a bed of escarolle. Again, it appeared as if it had been sitting under heatlamps waiting for pickup. The fish sat in a thick, semi-congealed pool of garlicy oil, the escarolle was limp and drab, with dried out lemon discs on top (apparently cooked with the dish). We plodded on, seeking redemption in the molten chocolate dessert - this was perhaps the greatest disappointment, especially for our chocolate-loving group. Essentially, what we got was a cold, stale "brownie" (and I love brownies too) that I wouldn't eat at an airport's day-old stand.

Our waitress, a pleasant enough person, who probably had too many tables that night and not enough experience, did not understand some of our requests (like cream for coffee) nor did she at any time ask us how our food was, or if we needed anything. Our dirty plates and glasses piled up, and we found ourselves clustering them at the head of the table for pickup.

This is a wonderful neighborhood location, and with a SIGNIFICANT amount of tweaking and attention to the service and menu, there could be promise here. Space has a great vibe, the ambiance is warm, inviting, and just as we would have hoped in a brasserie.

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★★☆☆☆

Unfortunately, the food and drinks are a disappointment, along with the service.

Our salads were fair - I had the Gaslight Salade, comprised of haricort verts and bacon lardon - small, chewy bits of dried ham. Tasty, salty and the right touch of ascerbic to oil dressing. It continued to downhill from there, unfortunately. My dining companion had the Friday night special - Espadon Roti au Poivre again, with haricort verts - the dish was prepared as an overcooked swordfish, topped with a meat-flavored reduction sauce - it looked like it had been re-heated in the microwave as the sauce had dried and congealed. The flavor was dense, and overwhelmed the subtle flavor of the fish.

I had the saumon filet roti (salmon) on a bed of escarolle. Again, it appeared as if it had been sitting under heatlamps waiting for pickup. The fish sat in a thick, semi-congealed pool of garlicy oil, the escarolle was limp and drab, with dried out lemon discs on top (apparently cooked with the dish). We plodded on, seeking redemption in the molten chocolate dessert - this was perhaps the greatest disappointment, especially for our chocolate-loving group. Essentially, what we got was a cold, stale "brownie" (and I love brownies too) that I wouldn't eat at an airport's day-old stand.

Our waitress, a pleasant enough person, who probably had too many tables that night and not enough experience, did not understand some of our requests (like cream for coffee) nor did she at any time ask us how our food was, or if we needed anything. Our dirty plates and glasses piled up, and we found ourselves clustering them at the head of the table for pickup.

This is a wonderful neighborhood location, and with a SIGNIFICANT amount of tweaking and attention to the service and menu, there could be promise here. Space has a great vibe, the ambiance is warm, inviting, and just as we would have hoped in a brasserie.

Pros: Free parking, cool scene, ambient French brasserie feel

Cons: Awful service, drab food

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Decor is well done.

Where this place goes wrong though is the food. Why would you serve a burger with pesto sauce on a toasted pita? thats not french...and it not good either. The fries were the frozen kind i get at the supermarket. I enjoyed the gaslight salad though. the desert was eh.

Service needs to improve, but they just opened so I'll give them a break. They were friendly (even though they were disorganized).

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★☆☆☆☆

Decor is well done.

Where this place goes wrong though is the food. Why would you serve a burger with pesto sauce on a toasted pita? thats not french...and it not good either. The fries were the frozen kind i get at the supermarket. I enjoyed the gaslight salad though. the desert was eh.

Service needs to improve, but they just opened so I'll give them a break. They were friendly (even though they were disorganized).

Pros: Decor

Cons: Food, Service

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Good points: Decor- they have really captured the look of a French bistro; Food is quite good but servings are small. Very bad points: reception told us we would be seated promptly in 6 minutes when our reservation was scheduled. If they are so precise, why did we wait 20 minutes? Lousy table near work station. Long time to get someone's attention. Cold and soggy frites arrived but were promptly replaced. No bowl served for mussel shells despite asking twice. $9.50 martini that's literally half the size of any other in the city. Perhaps there is potential here if they clean up their act, but it is also possible that the Aquitaine group has overextended.

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★★★☆☆

Good points: Decor- they have really captured the look of a French bistro; Food is quite good but servings are small. Very bad points: reception told us we would be seated promptly in 6 minutes when our reservation was scheduled. If they are so precise, why did we wait 20 minutes? Lousy table near work station. Long time to get someone's attention. Cold and soggy frites arrived but were promptly replaced. No bowl served for mussel shells despite asking twice. $9.50 martini that's literally half the size of any other in the city. Perhaps there is potential here if they clean up their act, but it is also possible that the Aquitaine group has overextended.

Message from Gaslight

Gaslight, Brasserie du Coin is a classic neighborhood Parisian brasserie located at 560 Harrison Avenue in Boston's historic South End. Gaslight offers guests a French brasserie cuisine of impeccable quality and improbable value in an informal, old world, is new again setting. Handcrafted bar, hardwood floors, mosaic tile design, exposed ceilings and old world décor make up Gaslights warm and inviting atmosphere.

Open seven days a week serving lunch, dinner, late night "Supper" and brunch on the weekends with a menu prepared by Chef de Cuisine Christopher Robins. Gaslight also offers a French wine list with over 20 wines by the glass, ½ carafes and full carafes with an additional 60 selections on its reserve wine list. The perfect place for any occasion accepting reservations online or by telephone visit www.gaslight560.com or call 617 422 0224 and Free parking is available during the day and evening hours.

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Gaslight, Brasserie du Coin, offers fine French brasserie cuisine in an old world style atmosphere including a French wine list, free parking, reservation space quality chef prepared dishes.

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Befitting its name (French for "brasserie on the corner"), Gaslight provides the far reaches of the South End with a welcoming neighborhood hangout. The Aquitaine Group (Aquitaine, Metropolis Cafe, Union Bar and Grill)…

 

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