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La Voile
La Voile

La Voile Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lavoileboston.net
  • Email: lavoilejerome@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (617) 587-4200
  • Hours of Operation: Monday- Sunday: Lunch 12:00-3:00
    Monday- Thursday: Dinner 5:00-10:00
    Friday& Saturday: Dinner 5:00- 10:30
    Sunday: Dinner 5:00- 9:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Raphael Lambert
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact directly.
  • Private Party Contact: Jerome (617) 587-4200

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairfield / Gloucester
  • Public Transit: Copley square or Hynes Convention Center on Green Line
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Near La Voile, Danker and Donohue Parking Garage (Newbury Street, between Hereford Street and Mass Avenue).

    Rate: $30 flat fee with restaurant receipt.
A word from La Voile
La Voile is an authentic French brasserie, opened in Cannes in 1947. After a few years under a new ownership, it relocated to Boston in 2007.
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Diner Reviews
  • "What could be better than sitting on a patio on a sunny day with a delicious meal. La Voile has all the elements for the perfect leisurely afternoon. The food is simple but delicious not boring like so many other options. Carrot soup with a hint of cumin, Panini grilled perfectly, salmon lightly seasoned. Super!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "This is our third time being here and every time the food and service were excellent! We were a group of 6: 5 adults and a toddler, and they accommodated our 2.5 year old daughter well. They get points for this!! Fois gras is our go-to dish. Everything we had were great: moules, lobster and scallop, whole seabass, duck. One of the best restaurants in the Boston area."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I recommended La Voile to my friends & so we made a reservation & went. I was embarrassed. The food was delicious as it has been on several other occasions in the past. However, I don't know what happened with the service. The waitress came over several times asking us; "Oh you haven't received your wine yet". We had to ask for bread several times, as well as coffee. I'm not sure if I will go back."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My wife and I had a wonderful meal and great service. We are excited to go back very soon. Adriene took great are of us!!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Food was delicious. Service was slow (we actually think they brought our food to the wrong table and then had to regroup and remake ours). However, everyone was very courteous. Do note that reservations are for indoors only. They have a GREAT outdoor seating area on Newbury Street, but reservations are always sat indoors (even if you request outdoors in your reservation)."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "And perhaps even better since last time we were there 2 years ago and since change of ownership. Don't go for haute cuisine (although the Dover Sole deboned at table might qualify by quality and price) but for the whole vibe."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We came here after reading positive yelp reviews and we are very thankful we did! Everything was right from the money we walked in- the hostess was very welcoming and checked out jackets. The waiter promptly filled our water glasses but didn't push wine/apps right off the bat or expect us to know what we wanted for our meal right after we sat down. And when we did order, the waiters seemed genuinely excited about our choices. All of our courses were explained and well-timed. The evening turned into one of those great dinners that last hours but the time flew by. Additionally, the waitstaff was all from France, making the experience even more fun and educational to boot. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The only thing wrong with the dining experience was that we had a 9:00 p.m. reservation and the restaurant closed at 10:00 p.m. so we were very rushed and ended up taking the dessert with us because they were closing. It would have been nice to know that they closed at 10:00 p.m. and we would have made other arrangements to dine elsewhere."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "This is certainly a marvelous neighborhood gem on Newbury Street, recommended to us by a number of Bostonians during our visit to the City. Having travelled throughout France on numerous occasions this restaurant certainly has the look and feel of a non pretentious Good French restaurant in the provinces, whether it might be the South of France or our favorite, the Loire Valley. Our waiter was from St Tropez, which greatly helped one ease into a French environment, and the food and wine were all excellent. We can certainly recommend the escargot, foie gras and particularly the Dover Sole. With limited number of covers be sure to book in advance, particularly for weekends."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We went to couples and it was a nice experience. Good service, and great desserts. A little bit too expensive."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This was the celebration of our wedding anniversary. We had not been to La Voile before and chose it because it looked like it would be special. While I class the food and service as excellent (perhaps slightly under), there was nothing about the evening that made it seem exceptional or special. Perhaps I set my expectations too high. I started with the fish soup. While I think it was well made, it was not to my taste and I did not especially enjoy it. I was expecting at least a lump of fish or vegetable in it, and it tasted odd to me, not off, just odd. That set the tone for the rest of my meal. I think my husband enjoyed the meal and evening more than I did -- which is a good thing."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The restaurant has much to offer with food, atmosphere, wines and service. The greeting at the door set the tone for a pleasant experience. However, there were a few clumsy moments with servers dropping things nearby. The back room although quieter was a little plain in decor and needed a warmer ambiance -colour and table settings. Perhaps the idea of Provence or more vibrant Parisienne Bistro- could improve this -otherwise falls in a grey area in terms of design. The food was very good (salads over priced) but overall value reasonable. Moules with saffron interesting although it lost some of its delicate flavours with the addition of too many lemon slices- also found the bread a little bland."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I practically stumbled over this gem. It's downstairs off Newbury Street, so not necessarily apparent. The couple next to me was raving about the foie gras which I haven't tried yet, but sounds delicious. I love the wine list. The fish soup was wonderful. The menu is not extensive but what is there is good - good French bistro classics. The Prix Fixe is a pretty good deal."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Our waiter had a very limited command of the English language. That was fine but it was very hard to order. He didn't know what "on the side" meant, the medium steak was purple, he couldn't explain the desserts, had to bring us a menu to show us. They ran out of the chocolate dessert at 1 in the afternoon. Couple next to us asked to bring the dessert home. The waiter brought the plated dessert, they explained that they needed to hurry and wanted it to go, the waiter again brought the plated dessert. Our bill was wrong but it was impossible to explain to our waiter. Had to get the manager. Stressful lunch for us."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I went during Dine Out Boston 2014 for lunch with friends. We got a great booth seat in the center of the dining room. The food was delicious and often times restaurants will skimp on serving size or taste for Dine Out/Restaurant Week and I felt that this was not the case at all. I ordered the chicken liver mousse, le bouef, and chocolate cake. They were all excellent. The services was great. The wait staff were friendly, helpful, kept water glasses filled, and the delicious fresh baked bread coming!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We are admitted Francophiles and have visited France 12+ times. We felt like we were back in France at La Voile. The room was cozy (although a little bit loud), and the food, wine and service were all excellent. It was a cold, rainy night and we had just flown in from our home Florida. We were seated by a roaring fire-just perfect. At the waiter's suggestion, I ordered a savignon blanc from Loire ("just like a Sancerre") but at half price. The smoked salmon appetizer and the veal stew were outstanding. We will be back on our next trip to Biston"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "great atmosphere- can be noisy; wonderful service and outstanding cuisine. Be sure to make a reservation."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "First time here, surprised we never heard of it. Much nicer inside than expected from below sidewalk entrance. As it was rest. wk; we ordered one $38 dinner and dishes fr the regular menu and shared. Both escargot (12) and seared foie gras (26) w outstanding berry sauce were wonderful. Mussels w tomato chorizo sauce excellent, mussels w wine and lemon cream sauce w onions and carrots very good, tho onions overpowered. Duck breast delicious and beautifully served, as was the light raspberry tart for dessert. Excellent red wine for 49/bottle. Tables close. Darkish--gaslit feel--interior. W 20% tip, 200+ for two. Great service and recs fr waiter. Reasonable cost sans foie gras and bottle. Will return for foie gras and to try their fish soup."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Happened to be in Boston for business, and it was "Dine out Boston" week. Haven't been to Boston in a long time, decided we wanted French cuisine. Wonderful meal! Started with adding French onion soup to the deal, the best I've ever had. Then Foie Gras, sublime, melt in your mouth delicious. Duck a la Orange, heavenly. Dessert was great, a Raspberry cake that was incredibly moist. Service was attentive, not stuffy. Over all a fabulous dining experience!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Great food. Everything is so delicious. I can't help myself to stop eating. Nice place which located in Newbury Street. 100% recommend."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "La Voile was selected for a special occasion and not only was it MAGNIFIQUE in every way but also the staff -- Marina, Rory and Ricky -- did everything possible to guarantee the success of the evening!! THANK YOU to all! I shall return often!!!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant in Boston- and I've eaten almost everywhere! The service is wonderful. Everyone is always so friendly. The food is unbelievable. I don't know how many times I've eaten at La Voile since moving to Boston almost 2 years ago. I've gone with my girl friends, my parents, on a date, casual, fancy. La Voile fits every occasion. Whenever my parents visit, they always want to stop by La Voile for foie gras, bellinis, and the many other delicious options. Overall, La Voile is very charming and has an authentic French vibe. Glad I found this place!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Restaurant week was a good deal, with great flavor on the steak, but was overbooked. The fish was fresh. Good atmosphere, but waitress untrained. Spilled wine on table, and bus boy taking cups away without asking. For the amount we paid, should have been more respected . Not knowledgable about recommendations."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "More French than France these days, La Voile is a total immersion experience in a charming, classic French brasserie. Casual yet chic. Wonderful food, an extensive wine list as well as designer beers and cocktails. The decor is absolutely authentic. The food was classic brasserie fare, done perfectly. We had the beet salad starter (although the mussels were tempting). The duck was precisely medium rare and delicious, while the creme brulee is my nominee for Best of Boston. The wine list was extensive, excellent and offered a variety of both vintages and prices to suit any taste. La Voile serves normal portion sizes of classic brasserie dishes. It's a gem, and Boston is lucky to have this charming classic brasserie."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Can't go wrong with La Voile for when you are looking for some of the quintessential French experience in Boston. Dined with a group of 6; reservations honored precisely on time and graciously despite it being restaurant week (or "dine out Boston"). We all ordered from the prix fixe menu and loved the offerings. Foie Gras terribe, mussels, duck l'orange, and beef burgundy (can't recall the fronch spelling) were wonderful and filling. The wine list had a great selection for under a Benjamin Franklin ;-) Doubtful that they have a pastry chef in house but they don't need to - the meal is the star of this show, not dessert. This is a must visit during spring - fall when diners can enjoy an al fresco meal here right on Newbury Street."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We had lunch here yesterday and the place was buzzing with good energy and even better food and service. I have been trying to get there for some time and it was so worth the wait. All of our food was exceptional and the value was amazing. We didn't realize it was Restaurant Week so that turned out to be an added benefit. It looked like it popped right out of Paris. Besides the amazing lunch and dessert, the impeccable service was top notch. We look forward to going back again."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The restaurant as experience is flawless. I highly recomend it. Ask a cocktail in the bar before going to the table. the barman is an expert who knows more than 100 cocktails, besides just looking how he prepare the drink is a show."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I had such a wonderful experience here at La Voile! The food was amazing and the waiters were friendly and knowledgeable. So glad I went, I'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend out on restaurant week for his birthday. EVERYTHING is GREAT! He's happy and I even ate two desserts! MIne and his :)"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We had a wonderful, celebratory dinner with our son and daughter. Outstanding overall experience -- food, ambience and service. Waitstaff could not have been more attentive and nice."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Charming restaurant. NOt fair to evaluate on restaurant week as packed. Wonderful place for a lovely French dinner. Would have given an excellent rating when was there several months ago."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The foie gras terrigine was quite delicious and the roasted duck was fabulous. The pasta that came with slow cooked beef shoulder was al dente, but the beef stew left me wanting. The cream puff desserts were amazing as well. Overall, a good restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We really enjoyed most of our dishes but one dish on the lunch prix fixe menu (hanger steak) was not good at all: it was chewy and not very tasty (I left half of it on my plate), and the pommes frites were much too salty. All the other dishes we had--escargot, leek quiche, duck à l'orange, and a coffee-chocolate dessert--were delicious."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Food and service is impeccable. I always feel like I'm back in the south of France when I sine there."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "La Voile ("The Sail") is a lively bistro with delicious food and a friendly, professional staff. Tucked in the lower floor of its Newbury St. building, it has a cheery expanse of connected rooms, each filled with happy diners. On this cold night, I had a hot vichychoisse that was creamy & savory, and a perfectly cooked steak. Others enjoyed a delicately seasoned lobster and scallop dish, a lovely red snapper deboned at tableside, and a duck salad that disappeared before I could sample it. My bordeaux was delicious, and we splurged on desserts: a hugely generous portion of cream puffs (4!) with chocolate sauce, a delicate creme brulee, and a scrumptious apple tarte, flambeed with calvados, a la mode. Strong coffee to end. Magnifique!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The restaurant came highly recommended but I am sorry to say the food was disappointing. We had mediocre starters and much better entrees and then back to really average desserts....my chocolate mousse seemed almost store bought as did my husbands apple tarte. The ambience was great, the waitstaff terrific so it is really unfortunate that we have to report how disappointing the meal was. I almost want to give it a second chance but...not for the price."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The service really stood out. Our waiter was attentive without being overbearing, the perfect balance.The wine list is quite extensive. Our appetizers were tasty, the mushroom risotto was especially delicious. My husband ordered the special, which was a large veal chop. It took longer than usual to cook, so our entrees were delayed for a while. The waiter brought us more bread and butter as he'd seen we were enjoying it. When the meals were still not ready, he brought us each a small salad. When the meals arrived we could see why the large chop would've taken time to cook. Both entrees were nicely presented, and prepared well. The tenderloin was moist, flavorful, and cooked perfectly medium. We will likely eat here again."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "If you want to visit a real French restaurant by the atmosphere and menu in the US, this is the one"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Usually have a great experience here but the service that night was completely inattentive and inept. The manager just did laps around the dining room not noticing anything (like that it took almost 15 minutes for two cocktails) and our front and back server didn't communicate anything at all. They constantly missed steps or repeated them. The food is still classic bistro fair and delicious. Hopefully just an off night but either way I will be back- just maybe at the bar."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was gracious and accommodating. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/2/2014