261 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.lavoileboston.net/
- Phone: 6175874200x
- 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 6175874200x
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.Continued
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La Voile reviews from OpenTable diners
211 reviews since June 3, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
great for outdoor dining (122)fit for foodies (117)neighborhood gem (111)romantic (100)special occasion (100)notable wine list (72)great for lunch (61)good for groups (19)great for brunch (17)hot spot (17)scenic view (13)kid-friendly (10)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)Show More
- OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/28/2014simply the best in Boston, delicious, well balanced food and professional serviceSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- It was OKOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/27/2014It was the type where they try to fit too much into an awkward space complete with awkward DIY writing on the walls. The food was fine but not great. The salad was tiny. The staff wasn't ready to handle a packed night. The people were very nice despite it. But it's hard to feel comfortable when everything around you seems hectic.
- Continuing ExcellenceNELTDined on 9/27/2014This restaurant stands out from a very busy restaurant scene in Boston with it's combination of friendly and efficient service and exceptional food. The portions are sufficient without being overwhelming and the quality is without doubt excellent. Escargot and Terrine de Fois Gras were our hors oeuvres, both met and exceeded expectations especially the peach marmalade that complemented the fois gras perfectly. Roasted duck breast, and a Grilled rib eye (which was voted as one of the best steaks ever eaten).We shared a single dessert "La mousse de chocolat "Valhrona" and two of our group tried a selection of Dessert wines which also delivered satisfaction. A great evening, great food and great service, a pleasure to returnSpecial Features:
- DAM30Dined on 9/27/2014We do this every month for late lunch on Saturdays. A great tradition.Special Features:
- Will definitely go backOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/23/2014We had a wonderful meal and evening at La Voile and if we lived in Boston would be regulars.Special Features:
- Food, Wine and Excellent ServiceNick44Dined on 9/21/2014My wife and I had lunch at La Voile on Saturday knowing full well we had made dinner reservations for the following night. We have dined there numerous times going back to when they first opened, and over the years, we've had some of the best times (including New Year's Eve) and met some of the friendliest servers of any restaurant in Boston. The food is always top notch and, at the risk of "going over the top," as good as any we've had in Montreal and Paris. The owner has told me his goal is to maintain the personal standards he has set and as far as we're concerned, he's done just that.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Cannes in BostonBostonLutherDined on 9/21/2014The origins of la Voile lie in Cannes and their food and menu is a faithful reflection of eating on the French Riviera. Excellent food and nice people. Only regret is that they seem to have stopped serving my favorite riz de veauxSpecial Features:
- DinnerDinerVIPDined on 9/20/2014OUTSTANDING! We loved La Voile. If we lived in Boston we would be regulars. Perfectly cooked lamp chops and sole. Potatoes lyonnaise light and airy and practically melt in your mouth. My husband ordered a frisee salad and I did not order anything for that course and the waiter kindly split the salad onto two plates for us to share -- what a nice thing to do. The salad was fresh, lightly dressed, and a perfect poached egg on top. Delicious profiteroles with cream filling for dessert. Be sure to make a reservation, this is a very busy place.Special Features:
- Nice eatery on NewburylunchbostonDined on 9/20/2014Nice little place on Newbury Street. We ate outside. Not too noisy. Good wait staff...not particularly upbeat but OK. Food fine. My Quiche was a tad greasy but the salad was good as was my soup. My daughter had escargot and they were good as well.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- dévoilez ceci!FrankophileVIPDined on 9/19/2014We dined here for the first time on a cool, late summer evening, and were warmly greeted like regulars. We started with soups - an intense fish consommé and a hot vichyssoise, both delicious, as were our entrées, snapper with sautéed artichokes, and lobster and scallops over risotto. The wine list included interesting offerings by the glass, and the baguette was perfectly baked and tasty. Our excellent service was provided by an apparently authentically French and delightful young woman (indeed, we were pleased to note that much of the staff and many of the patrons were Francophone, further bolstering our own impression of La Voile's authenticity). The restaurant was crowded and energetic on this Friday evening, like a bistro in Paris.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pleasantly surprisedOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/18/2014My wife and I were looking for a romantic restaurant in the Back Bay area, and La Voile was excellent. The food was well priced and very well prepared. Service was very efficient without rushing us and . Wine list was extensive and fairly priced. One of the highlights of our visit. Outdoor dining if the weather is good worth it - much more entertaining to watch people. Reminded us of dining in Paris. Would definitely go back.Special Features:
- La Voile is the real thingSilkeVIPDined on 9/13/2014It's hard to find an authentic bistro, but La Voile is the real thing. Good atmosphere, good food, good service, good value. As others have noted, the tables are a little too close together, and it was noisy on Saturday night, but it's a bustling congenial environment, and the servers are great at juggling everything very professionally. Overall, a friendly place which ideally would be found in every neighborhood, rather than a T ride away!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SaugusDinerDined on 9/13/2014We were stuck in traffic on Storrow Drive. We called the maitre'd and said we were going to be late. He kindly held our reservation until we arrived, 30 minutes late. This was very nice. The meal was excellent.Special Features:
- Great French TasteCurtVIPDined on 9/10/2014Find here a range of traditional French favorites, exquisitely prepared.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- what happened?LeedinesDined on 9/2/2014La Voile has become my favorite restaurant in great part because of the attentive, welcoming staff and the this-is-Paris ambience. But this time, while my 3 friends said they enjoyed their dinners, had I not been a guest I would have returned mine. The steak was gristly and saturated with (butter?); the fries were skinny, soggy, broken - tasted as if they had been under someone's wet luncheon salad. I will return and hope to find the steak dinner improved.Special Features:
- Charming restaurantTryNewPlacesDined on 8/31/2014This was our first time at La Voille. It was wonderful. The service was excellent throughout the evening. Our meals were delicious. We had the duck, which was perfectly prepared. Our friends had the steak and they were delighted with their choice. Desert was also excellent. The restaurant is charming and while lively, we had no problem hearing ourselves. We will definitely go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AUTHENTIC FRENCHthefoodiesVIPDined on 8/30/2014Excellent food and service. Food value for gourmet french foodSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SaimaDined on 8/29/2014We went to this restaurant for restaurant week and enjoyed a three course meal between four. The duck was absolutely divine as well as the steamed mussels. Their wine list was extensive and the bottle of Malbec that we shared was a great pairing to all of the food. However, the only pinot noir wine that was reasonably priced was a bit dull.Special Features:
- French bistroMamasaysDined on 8/29/2014I love the idea of a French bistro on Newbury street. I wish the food was excellent. Lunch was good enough. Having had dinner here quite a few times I found it friendly, love the atmosphere...the food is eehh. I wish it was superb. I would love to return frequently. Food does not feel fresh, like a farm to table feel. Usually feeling wanting, I rarely return. It's the hope that it will become fabulous that drives me to try again every once in a while.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- outstandingrikaDined on 8/28/2014The service was excellent and the food was perfect. The only minor complaint was how close the tables were placed to each other.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Gr8foodVIPDined on 8/28/2014I love dining at La Voile. The food is superb and the service is impeccable. It was a great evening to spend my 40th birthday.Special Features:
- FantasticHappyVIPDined on 8/27/2014We love this place. Only complaint is that the tables are too close together. But we will be back for the terrific food and service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Restaurant Week August 2014CricketDined on 8/27/2014My friend is from France and cooks at home better than most chefs - so I was delighted but nervous that she wanted to try La Voile during restaurant week. We had lunch outside on a gorgeous day and were completely impressed. They very smartly put really wonderful items on their $20 menu. We had a duck "pate", skate as a main course, and I had better and more profiteroles than the skimpy servings given in Paris. Ou la la!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pleasant,enjoyable but food just OKhappywifeDined on 8/26/2014We were 6 persons and only one thought the food was vey good. The rest of us thought it was mediocre. Our hosts were almost embarrassed for recommending La Voile and said it was not as good as the last time they dined there.Special Features:
- Hot day diningmoosedomeVIPDined on 8/26/2014We ate lunch here during Dine Out Boston. We made a bad decision to eat outside on a very hot day - our mistake, but it affected our enjoyment of the meal. The food here is always well done and good value at Dine Out prices. My only quibble was the selection of main courses: skate and two chicken options.Special Features:
- Charming neighborhood gem!Swp7722VIPDined on 8/25/2014Absolutely charming bistro -- dependably outstanding service, with peppy and smiling staff. Menu is bistro fare, with the food consistently delicious at a reasonable price. We return to this restaurant several times a year and it NEVER disappoints.Special Features:
- A Nice Evening DinnersneakyeaterDined on 8/24/2014My girlfriend and I went to La Voile for restaurant week and we thoroughly enjoyed the menu. We started with mussels cooked with butter and white wine, and foie gras with crostinis for an appetizer. Both were delicious but we raved about the foie gras. Our main courses were the duck and the steak frites. The duck was marvelous, though the risotto under the duck needed some texture contrast - maybe a crouton on the plate. The steak was juicy and flavorful with a nice sauteed onion sauce on the top, but it was a little overdone and their medium rare was closer to medium. The desserts were profiteroles and a berry tart. Both were tasty. On the whole I think the place has a good ambiance, good service, and good food. I'd eat there again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The waiters were do darn funny!!KitkatDined on 8/24/2014I had my birthday party here for lunch on Sunday. The food was good, and one of our waiters keep chiming in jokes. We were a group of young, relaxed people, so we found his jokes delightful and not annoying at all. The atmosphere was absolutely perfect, and I had a good 2 and a half hours there.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MenuOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/24/2014Since I am vegetarian, I looked up numerous restaurant menus during the Boston Restaurant Week before choosing this one - because it had a vegetarian dish for each course. On arriving at the venue, I realised that the menu in front of me did not at all match the one I earlier saw on the Restaurant Week website. It was a massive disappointment - I ended up having to eat a sandwich with chicken removed - at a fancy French restaurant - what a wrong combination! I expected a better coherence in menus - seemed like I over-paid for a simple salad and a sandwich!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic FoodrochesterfoodfanaticDined on 8/23/2014The food was excellent for every member of our table. The foie gras was very nice, the entrees were all quite tasty and the veal stew was to die for, the wine selection was very comprehensive (but pricey, however if you are coming here you should already be expecting to pay a few hundred dollars to fully experience the dining), the staff was very friendly (and difficult to understand at points, but that's due to their french accents and if you are looking for good french food that's always the best sign), and the desserts all very well done. The restaurant is a little cramped, however Newbury Street doesn't offer much space anywhere and the tables are spaced apart enough to hold conversations with your table. A fantastic experience.Special Features:
- La Voile for dinnersneezemeDined on 8/23/2014Went on a Saturday night for french food, food was excellent, noisy and crowded inside, tables too close. Wine I wanted NOT available. I have dined outside before for lunch and really enjoyed the outside and did not particularly care for the inside tables. Dover sole was very tasty not at all oily or heavy. The French Onion soup was superb.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Interesting menulike2eatDined on 8/22/2014Our dinner was good. Not spectacular, just good. The flavors were very mild. Expected more garlic or strong flavoring. Read your bill carefully. They added a couple of non ordered items on to ours. Service was pleasant. It was warm inside, sorry we didn't choose to eat outdoors.Special Features:
- Good food, but not worth the priceDelishDined on 8/22/2014I went with 2 other people and we all agreed that the food was good, but not worth the price.Special Features:
- something different!peedoubleyouuDined on 8/21/2014this was my first experience at a brasserie and it was very unique! i went with a friend and the place felt upscale but not too formal -- not too casual but not romantic in a way that my friend and i would be uncomfortable with each other either haha. went for restaurant week and the choices were delicious! mussels in saffron sauce, steak-frites, and the salmon were great!Special Features:
- Dine outDinerDined on 8/21/2014Great food although it was restaurant. Staff were helpful, friendly and generous. Be in the mood for a slow, well presented meal. If you are in hurry - go somewhere else.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 1 Dining Couple1DiningCoupleDined on 8/20/2014La Voile is a charming restaurant in the heart of Newbury Street. The food is excellent -- whole sea bass, roasted chicken for two, and mussels frites are favorites. The service is attentive and skillful -- and the resident bartender's creative cocktails are unique and add another dimension to the place. A perfect choice for lunch or dinner… When on Newbury, this restaurant is not to be missed!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- CuteNommerDined on 8/20/2014Their restaurant week lunch menu did not match the one posted online. The food was all right. I had the pate for an appetizer and that was excellent. The chicken breast was a little on the dry side and the polenta was lumpy and underseasoned. I won't comment on the dessert since I don't tend to like sweets anyway.
- La France à Boston!Mcdavis02Dined on 8/17/2014After spending time in Paris, France my friend and I wanted to dine in a French restaurant to reminisce... La Voile exceeded our expectations with the wonderful food and servers. We loved conversing in French with our great server Stanley and appreciated the fact that he took the time to speak with us in his native language. It was great practice for us and made the experience that much better! I will definitely come back and recommend La Voile to my friends. Merci!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ChasDined on 8/17/2014We have used this restaurant frequently and have always had outstanding service and excellent food and wine.Special Features:
- Good experienceWisteriaDined on 8/17/2014We originally reserved for 2 people but we had one more person coming and they accommodated us.Overall everything went well until when we were served ourla volaille. The chicken breast was overcooked. It was very dry. We were a bit disappointed. Other than that one oopsy everything else we had we very much enjoy it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.