Imagine a whole buffet of chocolate desserts, and you can eat anything you want! It’s a child’s dream, and let’s face it – most adults’ dream as well. The Langham Hotel Boston, located in the financial district of Boston, is popular for its famed chocolate buffet – which is currently in its 30th season.
Disclosure: In 2011, I attended a media event to experience the Chocolate Bar at the Langham Hotel at no cost. In 2017, I took my family to experience it and we paid our own way. I also attended in 2018.
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Chocolate Buffet Boston
For years, I’d heard about the Chocolate Bar at this Boston hotel, and was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to attend as part of a media event. I enjoyed my time so much that I was determined to return with my family.
This Christmas season, we all went to the Langham Chocolate Bar for the holidays. It’s a fabulous way to celebrate the holidays. The Chocolate Buffet is also great for a baby shower, birthday, or other special occasion. Holiday rates are a bit more expensive.
The Chocolate Bar at the Langham Hotel is hosted in the hotels’ Café Fleuri, and features over 100 different desserts, beautifully displayed in a gorgeous buffet. Options include vanilla crepes, chocolate mousse, chocolate cakes, chocolate fondue, chocolate truffles, chocolate cookies, whoopie pies, and so much more! My personal dessert favorite, the chocolate croissant bread pudding, is a returning favorite from past years.
Coffee and tea are included with the buffet price, and specialized chocolate martinis or martini flights are available at an additional fee. Each year has a separate theme – last year’s theme was Forever Young. Several of the desserts are inspired by or include childhood favorites, like Pop Tarts, Twinkies, and Froot Loops. In the 2018/2019 season, the theme is celebrating the 30th anniversary, with the 30 most popular desserts over the past 30 years.
This year, there is also a Donut Wall where you can choose and decorate your own donut. Whether you like white chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate, there are loads of options. You will definitely not be hungry when you leave! It’s hard to believe that you’ll actually ever feel done eating chocolate, but after the Saturday chocolate bar at the Langham Boston, you’ll be done with chocolate for a while.
The Chocolate Buffet Boston With Food Allergies
During the media event that I attended, I had the opportunity to speak with the pastry chef, who explained that throughout the year, unpopular selections are replaced with other creations. Because the theme changes annually, you’ll find some different things each year, as well as some returning favorites. I also asked about food allergies, and was told that the chef can provide walkthroughs of the entire buffet for those with food allergies.
That made me confident to bring my daughter (she has a tree nut allergy) to the Langham chocolate bar during our family visit. For those of us dealing with food allergies, the idea of a chocolate buffet does seem daunting.
We mentioned her allergy when we got there, and the chef took us around to all of the different stations to show us what had nuts in it. In some cases, where there are chances of cross-contamination, there are other options. For instance, at the crepe station, you can ask for your crepe to be made in a separate pan.
Everything in the Langham Chocolate Bar is labeled with “gluten free” or “nut free” and there’s also a vegan station. If you have specific allergy concerns, it’s definitely worth calling in advance to make sure they can accommodate it before you go. My daughter was pleased with the amount of nut-free options for her, and didn’t feel that she missed out on anything.
During our seating, we visited all of the stations, including the three chocolate fountains, the beignets, the donut wall, the cotton candy, the truffles, and the milk and cookies. Savory items are also available from the a la carte menu at an additional cost, but we skipped those in favor of just the chocolate bar. It’s easy to fill up on just the chocolate! I’d definitely recommend eating very light for breakfast.
The chocolate buffet runs annually from September through June and is $45 for adults and $35 for children 5 through 12. Children under the age of 5 are free. Holiday and special event pricing may be higher. We visited during the Holiday Chocolate Bar, and a glass of champagne or mimosa was included (special for the holiday event only). Cafe Fleuri, where the buffet is held, is slightly upscale. Seatings are available for 11am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 1:30pm on Saturdays. Definitely make your reservations as early as possible, because it does fill up, especially near holidays.
If you’d like to stay overnight, they also offer package deals. It would definitely be a perfect weekend getaway, as the Langham Hotel Boston is located within walking distance to several Boston attractions, including Faneuil Hall. Valet parking is available, or you can find self-parking.
The Langham Hotel Boston also offers a number of amenities, including a Chuan Body + Soul spa, an indoor swimming pool, and a fitness center (perfect after your visit to the chocolate bar). There are several room types available, including lofts, executive suites, and deluxe rooms. The hotel is housed in the first location of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, so it’s such a unique spot.
There’s also a Sunday City Brunch hosted at the Langham. It’s available through March 24th, 2019, and includes specialties such as omelets, a raw bar, sushi, waffles, an antipasto bar, and more. Desserts include some of the chocolate bar specialties. Rates are $75 for adults, and $45 for kids aged 5-12. Holiday rates are higher.
See reviews of the Langham Hotel here.
250 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 451 1900