Located in the beautiful Back Bay of Boston, Deuxave is located at 371 Commonwealth Ave. The plates served up here are contemporary French with fresh American ingredients. My favorite! And here’s a fun fact about the restaurant for us Rhody’s: the chef studied in Providence, Rhode Island. Howdy neighbor!
The atmosphere of Deuxave is relaxed but sophisticated. The decor is beautiful but you also don’t feel out of place if you come dressed in jeans. Our favorite part of this place is the outdoor seating, which is perfect on a summer night. It’s hard to find a restaurant in Boston with ample outdoor seating, but Deuxave has a cozy patio that fits 30 people so you can enjoy the outdoors in an intimate setting. Enjoy views of the historical district and park (then again every place in Boston is historical) while enjoying a glass of wine and a delicious plate of food.
Regarding the parking, good luck finding a spot. Due to it’s popular location, it’s slim pickings. Skip the endless search and go straight for the valet; it’s $20 worth it just to save you the headache.
The appetizers were the best part of our experience at Deuxave. I know it’s tempting to skip them to save room for dessert, but trust us, you don’t want to miss them! We started our dinning at Deuxave with the Crispy Duck Confit and Summer Fruit. The duck skin was crunchy and the meat was juicy and savory. The sweetness of citrus, sweet peaches, figs were all brought into balance with a zingy balsamic vinegar. All we can say is the flavor combinations and textures of the crunch with the tender meat were all in perfect harmony.
We also had the Prime Beef Tartare and Wagyu Carpaccio. I will admit that I was intimidated by the raw quail egg atop the tartare, but the flavors of the dish made me forget about my apprehension. The acidic pickled vegetables were a perfect pair with the tender beef. The beef slices were packed with herb and fresh ground pepper flavors while the ground beef had a more subtle taste. Served with a rosemary-mustard aioli and crunchy, thin, waffle-style potato chips only added more excellence to the dish.
I think I’ve said enough at how fantastic the apps were. On to the main dishes. I ordered the Local Striped Bass. Perfectly cooked fish with an assortment of summer vegetables, muscles, and sweet Maine rock shrimp on a brush of a mild red pepper sauce made for a light and summery plate.
We also ordered the Spiced Long Island Duck Breast (my husband never turns it down) that had mushrooms, garlic bok choy, cherry ginger sauce and duck jus. The Asian flavors were paired perfectly with tender duck breast. We also ordered the Tagliatelle “Bolognaise” which was a bowl of freshly made pasta, mozzarella, fresh veggies, basil, veal, beef and pancetta. I was a little hesitant to take a bite of this dish as I have a strong hatred for tomato sauce, but I tried it to be a good sport. I was glad I did because it was amazing! Me liking a tomato sauce based dish says a lot about it.
We ended the night with a cheese plate that had delicious and classic combos of honey combs, cherries and an assortment of hard and soft cheeses. For the check, the waiter brought out the cutest, tiniest macaroons I’ve ever seen that were delicious to boot.
All and all, Deuxave drinks and main entrées were delicious but we were really impressed with their appetizers. We loved the casual but sophisticated atmosphere and the beautiful views of historical Commonwealth Avenue. We recommend Deuxave for a more casual date night out in Boston.
Have you been to Deuxave? Do you have any Boston restaurant recommendations for us? As always, we love hearing from you.