One of the most anticipated openings this fall, Bar Boulud debuted this past week in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Back Bay. The restaurant offers a spacious lounge area where guests can cozy up in a red velvet chair or along striped banquettes that are adorned with pillows for additional comfort. Large paintings with splashes of reds, blacks, and browns hang on the red walls, adding color and character. Leather placemats rest on each table. The bar itself is lined with leather chairs, and a long wooden table sits to the side. Past the table, a wall of very artfully displayed wine sits at the ready, behind a glass case and arched wooden details.
The walls that join the lounge area with the dining room are lined with alternating and overlapping wooden wine boxes. Upon entering the dining room, diners will find their eyes drawn immediately overhead to the arched wooden canopy that encloses the room. Tables as well as velvet-lined banquettes are available for seating. One wall offers special seating at the charcuterie bar, which is made from marble. Resting above the bar, glass-enclosed charcuterie is on display along with wine bottles and a large rooster figurine. Leather chairs surround the charcuterie bar, offering diners a front row seat of the action.
The back wall is lined with wooden finishes, and an etched glass panel breaks things up a bit. Lastly, a wall of windows allows soft light to stream in, also giving a view of the action on Boylston Street.
The space was designed by Adam D. Tihany (Tihany Design), who has previously worked with Daniel Boulud and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.