Diners Can Socialize and Enjoy Innovative Cuisine Surrounded by Works of Art from the Museum’s Collection
BOSTON (June 27, 2019)—On July 10, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), opens 465 Bar and Restaurant in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. Ideal for both gatherings of friends and intimate dinners, a seasonal menu curated by Executive Chef Brian Flagg emphasizes fresh, local ingredients, with a root-to-stalk approach that is both environmentally friendly and innovative. The restaurant offers a comfortable space for socializing amid world-class art, whether Museumgoers are interested in sipping finely crafted cocktails or mocktails, indulging in a multi-course meal, or having a quick bite and discussion before or after a film, lecture or program. The space’s original design by I.M. Pei has been refreshed by architectural design firm Bergmeyer, creating a modern venue that showcases six still-life works of art from the MFA’s world-class collection. From the innovative compositions of the Impressionists and the subdued colors of Giorgio Morandi, to the works of contemporary artists embracing new media, art on view at 465 enhances every dining experience. The new restaurant, managed by Restaurant Associates, derives its name from the Museum’s location on Huntington Avenue. Whether enjoying summer concerts on the patio or a special-occasion meal with the whole family, the unique offerings and experiences possible at 465 are endless.
“Food, like art, is universal, and our intention is to craft dishes that complement the Museum experience on every visit. The galleries present an incredible creative resource, and we will never lack for inspiration at the MFA,” said Executive Chef Brian Flagg. “Our menu will have a global influence, just like the Museum, and will always be a work in progress—driven by the distinct seasons of New England, as well local farms, fisheries and artisans.”
465 Bar and Restaurant will highlight New England’s rich variety of seasonal offerings through dishes that are made for sharing, with small plates starting at $6. The chef-inspired menu will be ever changing based on what the culinary team sources daily from local vendors. Diners can expect offerings such as Native Fluke Crudo with radishes, lemon oil and American caviar; an Heirloom Tomato Tartine with Iggy’s Sourdough, Lavender Ricotta and Toasted Sesame; and Baby Carrots 3-Ways that have been butter roasted, pickled and shaved. Larger plates will feature robust offerings such as Dry Aged Prime Sirloin and Grilled Chicken Paillard. The beverage program will feature cocktails and mocktails that reflect the restaurant’s focus on seasonal produce. A curated wine list will be complemented by a selection of offerings from local craft breweries.
Whether overlooking the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art or taking in a bird’s eye view of the outdoor Calderwood Courtyard, 465 Bar and Restaurant is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Designed by Bergmeyer, the new restaurant is sophisticated yet casual, drawing inspiration from the Modernist architecture of the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art to create an atmosphere where visitors can have a quiet conversation in the dining room, or gather casually in the lounge. Tall banquettes are arranged to lend a sense of privacy to the main dining area, where a selection of still lifes spans more than a century. A large communal table highlights the welcoming, social nature of the bar and lounge. Weather permitting, seating is also available on the restaurant’s al fresco terrace, which provides an impressive vantage point for summer Concerts in the Courtyard, when the terrace is reserved for MFA members.
The Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art opened in 1981 and included a dining venue known as the Fine Arts Restaurant. From 2003–2018 the restaurant was known as Bravo.
465 Bar and Restaurant is open Wednesday through Friday, 11:30 am–10 pm (last seating at 8:30 pm), Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 am–5 pm (last seating at 3:30 pm), and is closed Monday and Tuesday for rentals (more information on catering at the MFA is available on mfa.org). Diners pay regular Museum admission, or can visit for free on Wednesday evenings and during community celebrations. MFA members never pay admission and can dine in 465 Bar and Restaurant any time. Validated parking is $10 after 5:30 pm.
Art on View
- Grapes and Walnuts on a Table (1876), Alfred Sisley
- Roses in a Glass Vase (1890), Henri Fantin-Latour
- Still Life with Peaches, Pears and Grapes (1921), Georges Braque
- Still Life of Bottles and Pitcher (1946), Giorgio Morandi
- Still Life (2001), Sam Taylor-Johnson
- On Reflection (2014), Ori Gersht
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its collection, representing all cultures and time periods. The Museum has more than 140 galleries displaying its encyclopedic collection, which includes Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia; Art of Africa and Oceania; Art of Ancient Greece and Rome; Art of Ancient Egypt, Nubia and the Near East; Prints and Drawings; Photography; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments. Open seven days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 am–5 pm; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 am–10 pm. Admission (which includes one repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions. Admission is free for University Members and youths age 17 and younger. Wednesday nights after 4 pm admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25), while five Open Houses offer the opportunity to visit the Museum for free. The Museum’s mobile MFA Guide is available at ticket desks and the Sharf Visitor Center for $5, members; $6, non-members; and $4, youths. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. For more information, call 617.267.9300, visit mfa.org or follow the MFA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.