About US

The Experience

Aquitaine Bistro in Dedham, located in the new Legacy Place shopping plaza, builds on the success of Aquitaine Boston and Aquitaine Chestnut Hill. From the sidewalk the golden glow is inviting to even the weariest of travelers and the moment you walk in the door you will feel transported to a modern Parisian bistro (where everyone magically speaks english).

The servers move diligently like bees in their embroidered vests and perfectly ironed shirts and ties. The small bar bustles with laughter and anecdotes from friends and nostalgic neighbors. It’s shoulder to shoulder on a busy night but this just seems to make everyone that much more familiar with each other.

When you step into the dining room the worker bees are at full attention taking orders, filling glasses, clearing tables & resetting linens. It’s a beautiful and silent piece of choreography. The spirits are vivacious and perfectly mixed. The wines are all hand picked from the expected French and California houses to smaller boutiques you’ll fall in love with.

The dishes though traditional in nature are constantly being elevated to new levels using local farms contemporary techniques. Our kitchen seems to have it’s hand on the pulse of new and fresh ideas so fear not our vegetarian and gluten-free friends, this is a friendly place.

The Mission

This restaurant was designed in the ‘Bistro Moderne’ movement. The 1990s saw traditional bistros reinvented by chefs who had been formally trained in France’s more formal kitchens.

They brought with them new, more advanced techniques and ideas and succeeded in reversing the decline of these old establishments. With our hearts rooted in historical french cooking techniques and our minds flying free with the contemporary cuisine of the future you are assured a meal that satisfies all your desires.

The Team

Executive Chef

Since 1995 when he opened the 39-seat Metropolis Cafe and 1998 when he opened Aquitaine Bar á Vin Bistrot, Seth Woods has been steadily shaping his Aquitaine Group into a respected local operator of fine-casual restaurants. Growing his brand Woods took on his partners, Matthew Burns and Jeffrey Gates, who together own and operate Aquitaine Chestnut Hill ( 2000) , Aquitaine Dedham ( 2009), Gaslight Brasserie (2008), Union Bar & Grille (2003) and the lunch-only Cafe Green Light (2008).

Chef De Cuisine

Born in Ware, MA, Jarod Desroches’ passion for food was fostered by the farmlands of central Massachusetts and his family history. His great grandfather was a butcher, his uncle owned a bakery in town, his mother won the Betty Crocker award in high school, and his large family maintains a proud history of cooking and sharing recipes. Beginning his career washing dishes and bussing tables, he hungrily worked his way through his education at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI. His passion for cooking has continued to grow alongside his career, having spent years in the kitchens of the Breaker’s Hotel in Palm Beach, FL, Henrietta’s Table in Cambridge, MA, and the Harvard and University Clubs of Boston, among others. Desroches lives for the look on a person’s face when they love a meal he has created, and it is his great pleasure to be a part of the Aquitaine team.

General Manger

Colleen joined the Aquitaine Group in 2012 as a member of Gaslight’s management team and later that year became part of the opening team of Cinquecento Roman Trattoria. She oversaw the wine and beverage program before becoming Cinquecento’s event coordinator. She is now excited to get back into the dining room, and to share her love of wine, cocktails and (most of all) food with the guests as the new General Manager of Aquitaine Dedham

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