With your white tablecloth and wine glasses inhabited by the evil spirits of spilled sauce and crushed grapes, fine dining at home has become both time-consuming and spooky. Get quality cuisine without interference from crazed housewares with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of modern French cuisine at Lumière, located in Newton. Gourmet magazine included Lumière in its 2002 list of the 100 Best Restaurants in America, and Boston magazine named it Best of Boston in 2006, 2005, 2003, and 2001.
Lumière's menu features cleanly executed, creative French cuisine crafted from local and sustainable ingredients by world-class chef Michael Leviton. First-course favorites include the Verrill Farm corn fritters ($14) and sea scallops wearing a caramelized coat and accessorized by locally grown beets, orange, ginger, and chervil ($16). Tickle tongue bumps while calming your conscience with a bite of humanely raised, succulent veal loin reclining on a luxurious bed of braised greens, kalamata olives, and tzatziki ($30). Or, catch Skippy's mustard-crusted Chatham bluefish, swimming through monotonous mealtimes with a retinue of Verrill Farm zucchini, buoyant spring onions, potatoes, and salsa verde ($26). A $35 prix fixe menu grants guests two choices for three courses, including the dessert decision between a decadent dark chocolate and peanut butter mousse parfait doused in caramel sauce, Chantilly cream, and candied peanuts, and a lightly sweet watermelon sorbet.
Owner and chef Michael Leviton made Lumière’s environment as simplistically sophisticated as the menu. There is white muslin draping, copper mesh light covers, and relaxed lighting. Call for reservations, or book online.
This deal is not valid toward Lumière's Restaurant Week menu.
Gourmet magazine included Lumière in its 2002 list of the 100 Best Restaurants in America. Chef Michael Leviton was named one of America’s Best New Chefs by Food and Wine magazine in 2000. Boston magazine named it Best French restaurant of 2005 and 2006, gave it a General Excellence award in 2003, and named it Most Romantic in 2001. Yelpers give the restaurant an average of 4.5 stars and OpenTable reviewers give it an average of 4.4 stars:
- It may be a bit out-of-the-way, but Lumière is worth the drive. The room is beautifully spare, with white muslin draping the ceiling and copper-mesh lampshades shedding a luminous glow. The food is spare, too. Niman Ranch pork with a hot-and-sour jus, or mackerel with artichokes, haricots verts, and sorrel, offer nothing but pure flavors and clean presentation. – Gourmet