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La Voile
La Voile

La Voile Details

  • 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 (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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "Two of us dined on a Friday nite of Bastille day weekend. Place was packed (great sign). So we were anticipating an understandable somewhat slower-than-usual service, without detracting from score. We were a few mins early, but seated promptly within 3-5 mins. However, once at table, it was just shy of 15 mins before any water and bread basket -- one of the number one rules in the food industry is to pacify patrons during wait. Drink order was then taken when water and bread hit table (I little late by this point). Final point about what many would consider a common courtesy: Spreadable butter for the bread. Cold butter makes for awkward placement onto the otherwise delicious, warm and fresh bread. Service following was great!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This was our first visit. While the food was exceptional, especially the foie gras and a great wine and price range. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. We look forward to a return visit. We also enjoyed the sailing ship ambiance"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "2nd visit. Husband had the magret de canard, which was fantastic - meaty, perfectly cooked, great sauce and sides. I had the duck confit salad. Not good. For some reason known only to the chef, the confit was deep-fried (seemingly). What came out was like duck jerky - hard, practically impossible to get off the bone, and no flavor. Our waiter did not seem to know what to do when I told him the confit was terrible, so he did nothing. The service overall was excellent, but I would have expected a comp on the salad or at least a dessert offering. Dessert - husband got the molten chocolate cake. Great flavor but odd, gummy texture. Apple tart was just ok; best part was the ice cream. We'll try La Voile at least once more."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had a spread of escargot, terrain, moules and a panini. All were very good. Some of the servers speak French, adding to ambience. Perhaps because we had high expectations we were pleased with what he had but were not awed. The restaurant itself is fine. Their outside seating is very attractive but it was too hot during lunch time."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Delicious food, intimate yet quite comfortable and romantic. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary there and highly recommend it to other for a special occasion The Taste of France prix fixe dinner get lots of choices and was a nice value. Excellent waiter and service and then to top off the night we were served complimentary glasses of champaign. La Voile - 5-star evening!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My wife and I took our daughter there for her birthday and everything was outstanding. The outside seating on Newbury is very festive, even late on a Sunday evening. The three course menu for $42 was delicious (I had steak and my wife had seared duck breast), and a great value. Servers all seem to be French (some language issues), but totally friendly, efficient and unpretentious. One of our favorites in Back Bay."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I am French, Paris-born, and I highly recommend La Voile to anybody who wants to try French cuisine, without it being too fancy or outrageously expensive. La Voile is also great for outdoors dining - the inside décor is neat too, though! I haven't been to the original bistrot in Cannes, but was impressed with this Bostonian version. It's lovely, quite typical and authentic. The food was excellent, with an extensive wine list. Service was great (surprisingly, as many waiters were from France, where service is notoriously bad). Note: in France, it is the étiquette to wait well after everybody is done eating to remove the plates from the table, and it would be rude to rush to "get it out of the way", as they usually do here."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "La Voile is my favorite place to enjoy a quiet meal with friends. The authentic French food was very well prepared and beautifully presented. Service was impeccable."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We have fallen in love with La Voile! My wife and I went for the first time about 2 months ago, and we have been back several times since. Great food and Great People!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "everything was good except for the level of noise when we arrived we couldn't even listen to each other in a normal conversation food was good and so the service"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We arrived late a little after 10 PM and they were kind enough to reopen the kitchen for us. We didn't want to be a problem so we told them to make 4 appetizers and 4 entres w/o us looking at the menu. They did a fantastic job. Thanks Carlos."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My wife and I continue to return to La Voile as the meal never disappoints. The food is exquisite, the service impeccable. The waitstaff truly make you feel special. Jerome was especially nice. My parents stopped by to say hi at the end of the meal and he found a new table for the four of us and gave us a free glass of champaigne. What a wonderful way to end our truly special meal."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Good natured, cheerful but well-trained server. Not a stuffy formal French-restaurant server. Not much anyone can do if a herd of motorcyclists circle the block several times while you're eating outside."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The service the food the ambiance were perfect pricing was very fair"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We chose to have brunch outdoors as it was a beautiful, sunny day. We were pleasantly surprised that the service was as attentive as it usually is in the dinning room... The food was well prepared and the portions were abundant. We definitely will return."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We like to go to special (but not pretentious) places for special occasions & La Voile is becoming one of our favourites. We had a glass of wine each & the $42 "Taste of France" menu, starting with a chèvre amuse-bouche. We became addicted to fish soup in the south of France - La Voile makes a great traditional version. For main courses, my husband had duck & I had entrecôte. Both were very tasty, prepared to specifications, with fine sauces & accompaniments. Dessert for me was chocolate lava cake & for him apple tart frangipane - both elegantly plated & delicious. Then, complimentary anniversary champagne digestifs! Service was excellent, friendly & efficient. Ambience was very nice - light music, good lighting. A la prochaine."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • " La Voile is a delightful French bistro. We ave enjoyed both lunch and dinner here and every time has been a great experience. The last time was our first time to eat outside on the terrace and it brought back memories of Paris. The food is excellent and service efficient and pleasant the staff are well informed as the wine and the menu. I strongly recommend La Voile for a romantic evening or a relaxed lunch."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed our meal sitting outside on a beautiful day. Wait staff was particularly nice. Food was very good. We shared two salads and the scallop/lobster main dish. The salads were perfect, main dish was quite good, but very rich. Would have been too much to eat the whole thing!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was excellent, the service was great. I felt like I was in France, most of the servers speaks French which is awesome."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "As always, the food was excellent at La Voile, whether you go with the menu or a la carte. The dishes are authentic french and taste great. While the restaurant was packed on Friday night, the service was still good."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Awesome food. If you're looking for an authentic French meal this is your place!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This restaurant is usually a gem, but the lunch this week was not good. The waiter totally messed up our orders, was not attentive to the table, never checked back with us, and the quality of the food was not good when it did arrive. Our lunch took three hours to complete and we did not have an after lunch sweet, only coffee. Very unusual for this usually very fine restaurant. I brought three friends for lunch who had never been to LaVoile. Not sure they will return."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This charming French bistro located on upper Newbury St. offers a unassumingly charming yet bustling place for lunch and I suspect dinner as well. It offers many delicately-sized salads and starters for ladies who lunch as well as heartier plats for more serious diners. The sunken outdoor patio is a gem for warm weather dining. My goal is to return for a real meal featuring one of those mid-sized plats."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My French class took our instructor out for lunch to celebrate the end of the term. Lunch was enjoyed by all. I would describe the cuisine as being French bistro. The food is varied and quite good. The wine list has many bottles to please. Service was excellent. I WILL be back."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "It is not our first time at La Voile and we always like to come back here. We went with my husband and my 2 kids. My daughter loves the place for their excellent meat and my son took some delicious mussels & fries. On my side, I love their foie gras and this is not something that you can find in a lot of restaurants in Boston. The weather was very nice on that evening and we were given a table on the outside terrace. Overall, we spent a very good evening and we had a very good French dinner."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had dinner here a few weeks ago, everything was amazing... great friendly service, great food and wine, and great ambiance. Decor is really cool with large model ships and tasteful nautical themes. We had the veal blanquette and beouf bourguignon - delicious and filling. And then the molten cake was amazing. Had lunch on the outdoor patio a couple weeks later.... chicken panini is awesome! Service outside was slower and typically more French - one of our 3 entrees arrived >30 mins after the other 2 entrees, after we had to ask twice about it. Still, I will go back, can't believe it took me so long to learn about La Voile."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "What a surprise ! You just hit the town and eat better french cuisine than , well, in some tourist regions of the homeland.Great compliments to the crew of La Voile. A la prochaine fois."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Due to our busy travelling schedule, we had to change our reservations twice and La Voile graceiously accepted. The food was amazing & the Bordeaux bottle we picked for our dinner was perfect! It was a very pleasant surprise to find out how reasonable it was for a three-course meal at this fine French restaurant in the Back Bay area. Our server was wonderful & we got to chat a bit about her education & future plans. We'll definitely go back whenever we visit Boston again!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the wait staff was very accommodating. Very French atmosphere "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "A limited menu but with wonderful choices of fish or meat. Loved the escargot in garlic/parsley butter! The delicious duck slices and veal stew were both cooked perfectly with excellent sauces. All the dishes were presented with flair. We had our warmed goat cheese with beets salad after the meal followed by a molten chocolate cake. A perfect ending for a birthday dinner. I must mention the wine extensive list with selections from all parts of France will appeal to the most discriminating connoisseur."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "La Voile was recommended to us by a French friend as "the most authentic French restaurant in Boston" and it was. Authentic food, service, style. Really wonderful."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Excellent French Bistro food and ambiance. Great service with friendly wait staff"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I invited a party of four to dine at La Voile. We are warmly greeted and be seated very soon. Our waiter was very helpful. I ordered escargot and red snapper. The portion is generous. If the chef really put thought and care into a dish, it does not have to be a large portion to make someone feel satisfied. However, the dessert was a little disappointing compare to the wonderful authentic french appettizer and the main course. After all, it was a great experience dining in La Voile. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We dined after the show and the service was not too hurried for the 10 PM late hour. Food (duck, beef, escargots, and bread) was outstanding. Floating dessert was lovely, but coffee average. Nice wine list. Ship models in glass cases reflect French origins, but are a little masculine in the decor. Will return for patio dining in warmer weather. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Food was excellent ... esp. the foie gras ... was the best in the city, frieze salad was fesh, crispy, Dover Sole was cooked perfectly, moist, very tasty, albeit expense!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The maître d' and the wait staff are all French (or speak French fluently), the menu is French and the food is what one would find in a bistro or brasserie in France. The service was rapid -- an improvement over what one finds in France! I are moules and pommes frites -- which were alumettes (like matchsticks). The meal was very tasty. And I enjoyed a generous-sized glass of rose with the meal. I will definitely eat here again."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We were taken back to France at this wonderful restaurant. Everyone we came into contact with was from France. The food was authentic, and delicious. We got the $42 menu. I had the foie gras and my husband had the soup appetizer. I had the duck & my husband had the snapper for our entrees. Our waiter suggested a perfect Pinot. Everything was perfectly prepared and served (even when they were a waiter down). This was recommended by a local, which we are so thankful for. If you enjoy French cuisine and want a unique (to the States) and fantastic local experience, do not pass up La Voile. If we ever have the pleasure of visiting Boston again, we will return to La Voile. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Inattentive waiter. Most of the time my drink glass was empty. I nearly started pouring wine for everyone myself, but the bottle was on the other side of the room in a chiller. We asked other waiters. The waiter gave my medium-rare steak to the person who ordered it medium. We had to switch after we'd begun eating. The foie gras that came with the steak tasted like dog food smells. All three of us agreed on that. I guess it was off. It was pushed to the side on both plates. My wife commented that she'd never seen two people both not eat their foie gras. The steak lacked flavor. My wife had lobster and scallops with risotto. She liked it. The cheese plate and the mussels were good. Overall disappointing. Not going back. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "La Voile has consistently hit the mark and has become our favorite place to dine."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We have been to La Voile for lunch, for a late afternoon snack and wine and for dinner. We have been seated outside and inside. It remains the most authentically French restaurant in Boston."
    Dined on 5/11/2014