465 Bar and Restaurant is the MFA’s newest dining destination

Food and art will collide when the restaurant opens on July 10.

Dry-aged prime sirloin at 465 Bar and Restaurant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Dry-aged prime sirloin at 465 Bar and Restaurant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. –Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Some of Boston’s most popular tourist destinations are also bastions for good food and drink — think Café G at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, or the newly-opened Map Room Tea Lounge at the Boston Public Library.

The latest spot to join a cultural institution is 465 Bar and Restaurant, which will open at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on Wednesday. The restaurant takes over the former Bravo space, which operated within the museum’s Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art from 2003 to 2018.

Named after the MFA’s address at 465 Huntington Ave., 465 will celebrate seasonal New England fare, with small plates that start at $6 and a beverage program that will include both cocktails and mocktails.

Dishes at 465 Bar and Restaurant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Dishes at 465 Bar and Restaurant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. —Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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“Food, like art, is universal, and our intention is to craft dishes that complement the museum experience on every visit,” executive chef Brian Flagg said in a press release. “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.”

Those dishes include fluke crudo with radishes, lemon oil, and American caviar; heirloom tomato tartine made with Iggy’s sourdough, lavender ricotta, and toasted sesame; and dry-aged prime sirloin. In addition to spirits, wine and local craft beer will be available to sip on in the open bar and lounge area.

465 Bar and Restaurant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Bar and Restaurant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. —Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The space, which was originally designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, has gone through a bit of a revamp since its Bravo days. The architectural design firm Bergmeyer modernized the dining area with a communal table and tall banquettes, and a color palette of creams and pale wood gives the restaurant a bright, airy feel. Diners can enjoy drinks and food at the bar, inside the restaurant, or out on the adjacent terrace.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a museum restaurant without art, and 465 will highlight six still-life pieces throughout the space when it opens: “Grapes and Walnuts on a Table,” by Alfred Sisley; “Roses in a Glass Vase” by Henri Fantin-Latour; “Still Life with Peaches, Pears and Grapes,” by Georges Braque; “Still Life of Bottles and Pitcher,” by Giorgio Morandi; “Still Life,” by Sam Taylor-Johson; and “On Reflection,” by Ori Gersht. During the summer, guests will also be able to take in the Concerts in the Courtyard series from a comfortable spot on the terrace.

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465 will open to the public on Wednesday — a day in which, coincidentally, the museum offers free entry after 4 p.m.

465 Bar and Restaurant; 465 Huntington Ave., Boston; Wednesdays—Fridays from 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; mfa.org/visit/dining