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Au Bon Pain

#434 of 2,371 Restaurants in Boston
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800 Boylston St, Ste 15, Boston, MA 02199
+1 617-421-9593
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

A nice, unpretentious place for an inexpensive breakfast. The oatmeal was good; the chocolate croissants were worthy of Paris or New Orleans. Great coffee too! The extensive menu offers healthy alternatives also. Do yourself a favor and breakfast here before a busy day sightseeing or shopping!

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Thank Charles J
Washington, DC
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107 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Helpful staff, clean, wide selection of food, but not well prepared. I went there for breakfast one day and lunch another day. Had a salad, coffee, oatmeal. Not a fan of pre-prepared food lacking freshness; coffee not very hot; oatmeal overdone. Really crowded during peak hours. Would only and did only use this establishment in a pinch.

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Thank Crecia
Buckingham, United Kingdom
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287 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

I love this place, always fresh..usually clean... Good coffee yummy pastries and hot breakfast if you want it. Cheap, cheerful and good to go alone or in a group. Yes I'll be back.

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Thank Sarahws888
New Haven, Connecticut
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82 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

Two of us stopped in for a quick lunch. I wanted the grilled cheese sandwich that comes with tomato and bacon, but without the bacon. The person at the register asked if I wanted a different type of grilled cheese sandwich (not on the menu board) that was the same except it didn't have bacon. But when I got it,... More 

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Thank CherylR62
Buckingham, United Kingdom
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287 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

So busy. But great fresh pastries, bagels. Eggs etc. Coffee super hot! Fast polite service. Clean restaurant. Lots of locals a good sign.. A favourite when I'm here for breakfast or lunch...

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Thank Sarahws888
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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350 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Hope I'm commenting on the right Au Bon Pain, the one attached to the convention center. We were at a very busy conference with 6,000 teachers all rushing to get to morning sessions. This restaurant was so efficient! The staff was very pleasant and fast! Three days in a row I ordered their egg cheddar and avocado on skinny bagel.... More 

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Thank creativecrew
Denver, Colorado
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105 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Yes, this is a chain, but they were founded in Boston. They are nationwide now. I enjoy their food, coffee and especially the pastries! Just go to the glass case and drool~

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Thank DenverTennisPlayer
Montreal, Canada
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340 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

Nothing special here but the fact that you can customize your salads and sandwiches and that it tastes better than subway. Rather efficient ordering system, fair pricing for a fast food level place with a nice little patio...nice snacks and desserts selections for the kids :)

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Thank PourJF
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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609 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

Excellent choices for sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries and coffee. Fresh Squeezed Juice! Best Jalapeno bagel and croissants! This sore is smaller and does not have a lot of places to seat but it is nice for a quick bite. Super convenient location right in Copley square.

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Thank Danuza
Boston, Massachusetts
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98 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

BONUS-this chain has wonderful deserts..quite fresh and after 5pm- if you ask they sell for 50% less at the end of day..Impressed with quality.. Drinks are good but pricey for fresh juices...Much better sandwiches and salads than PANERA for almost the same price...Secret is to have your sandwich made to order...Good bagels..Gracious staff..THIS LOCATION IS TOPS...GRAB YOUR .GRUB and head... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Fast food, Soups, French, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 800 Boylston St, Ste 15, Boston, MA 02199
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighbourhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 617-421-9593

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Back Bay

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Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.
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