La Voile
La Voile

La Voile

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lavoileboston.net/
  • 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 6175874200x

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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La Voile reviews from OpenTable diners
208 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (114)neighborhood gem (112)great for outdoor dining (88)special occasion (88)romantic (83)notable wine list (75)great for lunch (46)good for groups (20)hot spot (20)vibrant bar scene (9)scenic view (9)great for brunch (8)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • A real brasserie like you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    A real brasserie like you would find in France - not like that other place up the street. For example, if you order the fish the waiter will filet it right at your table. The staff is warm and welcoming, like you would find in France if you spoke French. All the more exceptional since the wait staff is mostly imported from France and they speak excellent English. Some really interesting wines - worth experimenting with if you let your waiter recommend something you would not ordinarily try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is the fourth time we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    This is the fourth time we have been to La Voile. Saturday night's meal was great - we ordered some of our favorites from earlier visits - the Trio of Fois Gras appetizer and Boullebaise Marseillaise were great again - and also the Chicken Liver Mousse appetizer special was very good. Only issue was at the end of the meal, I had to order my double espresso with lemon peel twice, and when it came out, with apologies, it still didn't have the side of lemon peel, which they eventually brought. Not a big deal. They seem to be working out some of their service/seating issues which they had after they first opened (although we did eat very early Sat PM, and we ate during peak hours on other visits). Overall, food was excellent, a nice eveni
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was friendly but was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    Service was friendly but was a little disorganized and not as professional as one would expect in a true French restaurant. We did enjoy it as it brought back fond memories and hope service will improve. We would go back.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was incredible!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    The food was incredible! And a true value for a french restaurant-- we went there for a birthday and our table had lots of wine (lost track of just how much!) and everyone had an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert....all for around $80 per person (including tip!). And the service was outstanding! A very attentive wait staff--plus they were very good looking and full of personality! We had a great time and would highly recommend it. They also have some outside seating that will be wonderful as the weather warms up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The dinner my wife and I had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    The dinner my wife and I had at La Voile was to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. Originally we intended to spend our anniversary in Paris, but when that fell through; we looked for an international experience locally. La Voile was certainly memorable and made us feel like we were in France. The service was outstanding. We were seated promptly and the pace of the meal was enjoyably relaxed. The wine list and the menu were full of great choices to pick from and the cod and sea bass were both excellent. The bass was de-boned table side by our server with style and quickly enough so that the fish was still served hot. I would recommend La Voile for anyone looking for an escape to France without the seven hour flight.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experience was tainted by
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/30/2008
    Experience was tainted by unhelpful staff. The food was not bad, but, any questions we had - from the wine to the dessert were treated like an inconvenience, in fact, we were treated like an inconvenience. We were given incorrect information about the menu and the staff was snooty and unhelpful. We would not recommend this restaurant based on our experience.
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  • I felt that I should have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/30/2008
    I felt that I should have been dining outside instead of inside with all the hustle and bustle and noise going on around us. The food was good, but not great. I don't know if I'll go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food. You feel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/30/2008
    Fantastic food. You feel transported to France and back in two hours. Incredible service. And... it is open for lunch!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The terrine was first rate,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    The terrine was first rate, fresh and well prepared. The duck entre was excellent, cooked to specification while the meat was tender with an outstanding orange sauce. I also tasted two fish main courses, sea bass and tuna, and both were done expertly from high quality ingredients. Portions are a good size but side vegetables were a bit overcooked. The wine list is extensive and well designed and fairly priced, but it encompasses only French wines, an unnecessary restriction.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is very good with some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Food is very good with some dishes you won't find any place else in Boston (IE: Frog Legs, etc) and wine list - all french, is good and fair priced Service needs to be worked up a notch
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved every aspect about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    We loved every aspect about our night at La Voile...the food, service and ambiance were all wonderful. However, it was a bit odd that we were the only couple ignored by the hosts as they walked around the room asking the diners how they were enjoying their evening. We were younger than most people in the room (was a much much older crowd) so perhaps we weren't considered to be as important or well-paying. Or perhaps the less expensive bottle of wine did it for us (looks are deceiving. My husband sold wine for 12 years so it's not like we didn't know what we were ordering...unlike the guy at the table next to us ordering the Hermitage Blanc who thought it was a chardonnay). At any rate, it left a slightly sour note on the night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good and all done
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    Food was good and all done very nicely. Restaurant was clean and neat. Waiter was nice and good but could have been a bit more attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My friends and I met at La
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    My friends and I met at La Voile for an event so we decided to go there to celebrate! During my meal, the food was good. Not sure what happened, but the next morning I didn't feel well. I would like to return to La Voile, but I don't want to get sick again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We ate outside so hard to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    We ate outside so hard to gauge ambience. The noise came from motorbikes on Newbury Street so no really something that can be controlled. Great addition to BAck Bay
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extraordinary restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/22/2008
    Extraordinary restaurant. Absolutely wonderful food and top notch service at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a wonderful dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/22/2008
    We had a wonderful dinner with great service. Very welcoming staff. Good food. Rasonably priced wine list. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • have been 6 times it is a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/22/2008
    have been 6 times it is a favorite restaurant the most authentic french outside of france
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was poor- as they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    The service was poor- as they sat my wife and I in the bar section. The bartender was our waiter and he was not able to maintain a proper level of service. The resturaunt was supposed to be romantic but the lighting felt like Fenway Park. There was NO atmpospher. Poor music selection - a cross between older, ethnic music mixed with some contemporary, - strange. We had scallops for an appetizer - they were raw and sent back. The returned raw. We each ordered a second glass of wine and only one came back. We ordered a steak dish "medium" that was delivered blood red.- Awful. We just paid our bill and left.The manager did not offer to pay for our appetizers or wine. As someone who goes outtwice a month - my first bad meal in years.
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  • This was a nice but not outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    This was a nice but not outstanding restaurant. The food was good but not excellent. We were seated in the small section near the bar, which was empty most of the time we were there. This was both good and bad as it was quite quiet and intimate but also felt strange to be sequestered from the bustling, main room. When we were on dessert we finally had other company. Our waiter was quite friendly and efficient. The food was good but the prices have really increased from those listed on the on line menu and from other reports. I would not be in a hurry to return here and there are definitely other restaurants that I would recommend over this one.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very quaint and very authentically
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    Very quaint and very authentically French, it reminds me of St. Tropez even though they came from Cannes. Highly recommended. BFB
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our second visit.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    This was our second visit. Much better than the first time when food was not served warm and no bread was delivered to the table. Portions seemed larger this time and food was very good. Service is uneven and it is a bit loud.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good French restaurant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    Very good French restaurant, authentic food. The atmosphere is great, with all the waitstaff truly speaking French.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waiter had too many tables
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    Our waiter had too many tables at once & couldn't/wouldn't make recommendations on the menu. The only time we got a smile was when he dropped off the check.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was a very good dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    This was a very good dining experience. The food and wine list were excellent. The service was warm and mostly professional. The prices were definitely reasonable, considering the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent French food, perhaps
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/17/2008
    Excellent French food, perhaps the best in Boston. Very attentive wait staff as well. We frequent La Voile and have not had a disappointing experience yet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The menu selections were great,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/17/2008
    The menu selections were great, but were not made well. Everything was bland.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was delightful. It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    The food was delightful. It took 20 minutes for our waiter to come and take our meal order after being waved to come over by my husband. The overall experience would have been incredible if not for that issue and it was my birthday. The service needs to be improved!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waiter was overworked. Asked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    Waiter was overworked. Asked for steak to be medium and it came out really rare. Sent it back but it wasn't that good to begin with. Appetizers were very good. While waiting for our friends at the bar, they sent over a little appetizer - nice touch. The staff is very pleasant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tried LaVoile for a friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    Tried LaVoile for a friends birthday. The table was perfect for 7. Presentation of all food was excellent-great touch serving mini baguettes in a sack. Waitstaff was excellent. Made for a very special birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific! We live in the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    Terrific! We live in the neighborhood and will definitely go back! We were very surprised at the crowd on a Tuesday night in April!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were warmly welcomed and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    We were warmly welcomed and seated promptly. Before ordering, we enjoyed an escargot in puff pastry and a thin slice of saucission, compliments of the chef. The wine list is nicely grouped into categories. The menu is somewhat limited but featured enough choices for our tastes. We had a difficult time choosing. The fricasee de legumes was sublime. My companion enjoyed the cod, and I, the roast chicken. It was nice to be able to get a favorite dessert, ile flottante. The service was a highlight: friendly, obliging waiter, carefully explaining the preparation of the dishes about which we had questions. Finally,the nautical decor was tasteful and added to the pleasant ambiance. A lovely evening, and reasonable prices. We will return
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very authentic French restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    Very authentic French restaurant. Nice menu, service and wine list.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good. The waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    The food was good. The waiter could have been a bit more attentive. It was quite noisy so it was difficult to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent, but a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Food was excellent, but a little too rich and the portions much too large. They had French music in the backround, but the noise level from the adjacent table prevented us from being able to hear much of anything.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We really enjoyed this nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    We really enjoyed this nice new jem to the Back Bay! Cozy, good food, good wine, fair pricing, and fun atmosphere! I much needed restaurant in our neighborhood. Looking forward to getting back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food, though reasonable,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    The food, though reasonable, was only good not great and the wine list was extensive but quite expensive. The biggest negative was the service. Authentic French without charm, humor, or warmth came off as simply pretensious and uncaring. Questions about food prep and ingredients were answered inadequately (either because of lack of knowledge or disinterest), with impatience and almost disdain. We went expecting a 'special' experience and left having had anything but. Our category: would go again if with someone who really wanted to, but would not recommend.
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  • Once again, an incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    Once again, an incredible meal. This week's stand out dishes: the red tuna, the duck breast a l'orange, and the baked apple filled with camembert, bacon, and walnuts--absurdly delicious. For anyone who enjoys bistro French, this is THE place to go in Boston. The one thing to change: bring back stemmed red wine glasses.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a very nice dinner,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/10/2008
    We had a very nice dinner, but it did not quite measure up to the hype we had heard. Service was a slow (even understanding the laid back nature of a true French bistro), but the waiter was very nice/helpful. Would definitely go back as it's a classic bistro, and it looks like it will be a nice outside dining option in warmer weather.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The tables are too close together
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    The tables are too close together and they forgot to add a candle to the dessert for friend's bday.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was amazingly disappointed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2008
    I was amazingly disappointed. I had been waiting for months for the chance to go, and the food was very poor and the service was terrible. I went with a group, and we tried many items from the menu all with a similar result - disappointment. The rabbit terrine was flavorless, the mussels were dry with a sauce that just did not work, the flavor of the foie gras was poor and the dessert sampler provided tiny portions of creme brûlée and chocolate mousse (that were good) and a lemon tart that seemed to come from Whole Foods 2-3 days before. That having been said, service can make up for a lot, but not here. Unattentive and down right rude. Take a pass on La Voile, my over under is gone by the end of the year!
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