Executive Chef

One of Boston’s most successful chef/restaurateurs, Seth Woods is the Founder/CEO of the Aquitaine Group which includes the critically acclaimed and Award-Winning Aquitaine Bar á Vin Bistrot, Gaslight Brasserie, Metropolis Café, Cinquecento, La Motta’s, Aquitaine Chestnut HillAquitaine Dedham, Gaslight Lynnfield and Greenlight Café. 

What sets Woods apart is his possession of both the business and creative restaurant acumen. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he began working in restaurants when he was a teenager. After a short stint on Wall Street, Woods switched gears to the fast-paced dining scene in New York City. Ever since, he’s brought business sense and culinary expertise to each of his ventures.

Arriving in Boston in 1993, Woods opened Alloro restaurant in the North End. He went on to serve as Executive Chef at Armani Café. He then opened his own restaurant, Metropolis Café in April 1995 followed by Aquitaine Bar á Vin Bistrot in 1998 and Aquitaine Chestnut Hill in 2000. From there, The Aquitaine Group was formed with partners Jeff Gates and Matt Burns. 

Woods is a James Beard nominee and 40 Under 40 recipient, and has received praise from local and national publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Food & Wine magazine.

Biking through Europe annually for inspiration, Woods remains committed to providing his clients with the highest quality dining experience at an affordable price.