La Voile
La Voile

La Voile

  • 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

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
201 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (114)fit for foodies (108)neighborhood gem (103)romantic (95)special occasion (94)notable wine list (66)great for lunch (56)good for groups (19)hot spot (17)great for brunch (15)scenic view (13)kid-friendly (11)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (6)Show More
  • dévoilez ceci!
    FrankophileVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Voile is the real thing
    SilkeVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It'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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SaugusDiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great French Taste
    CurtVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Find here a range of traditional French favorites, exquisitely prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what happened?
    Leedines
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    La 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:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming restaurant
    TryNewPlaces
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AUTHENTIC FRENCH
    thefoodiesVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent food and service. Food value for gourmet french food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saima
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French bistro
    Mamasays
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I 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:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    rika
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The service was excellent and the food was perfect. The only minor complaint was how close the tables were placed to each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gr8foodVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We 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:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week August 2014
    Cricket
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant,enjoyable but food just OK
    happywife
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We 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:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hot day dining
    moosedomeVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We 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:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming neighborhood gem!
    Swp7722VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Absolutely 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:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Nice Evening Dinner
    sneakyeater
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The waiters were do darn funny!!
    Kitkat
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Since 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:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    rochesterfoodfanatic
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Voile for dinner
    sneezeme
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went 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:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting menu
    like2eat
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, but not worth the price
    Delish
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I went with 2 other people and we all agreed that the food was good, but not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • something different!
    peedoubleyouu
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    this 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:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dine out
    Diner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great 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:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1 Dining Couple
    1DiningCouple
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    La 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute
    Nommer
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Their 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La France à Boston!
    Mcdavis02
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    After 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:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chas
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have used this restaurant frequently and have always had outstanding service and excellent food and wine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Good experience
    Wisteria
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We 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:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Restaurant Week
    LuluBos
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The portion size is excellent, the meal is tasty, and the service is attentive but not obtrusive.
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  • Great relaxed French restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Fantastic French food. Attentive but unobtrusive service. Very authentic with most of the servers of French background.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible service with ok food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our waiter was from France and did not speak English very well. He was not listening to us asking questions and did not tell us the specials. I think that he wanted to rush us out to turn the table that night. We dined outside and La Voile has some wines on a table outside for the staff to service the guests wines by the glass. Our waiter poured himself several small glasses of wine while we dined. Maybe that is why he could not understand us. The food was ok, but the fish was overpriced. With so many choices in the Back Bay, why dine where the staff cannot even tell you the specials?
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  • Five Stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great Spot! Great Food! Great Service! My wife and I love La Voile for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding as usual
    backbayfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We love La Voile. "Taste of France" menu is a great deal at $42 for appetizer, entree and dessert, and the food as always is fabulous. The only issue was that we made a reservation, noting the preference for an outdoor table, but they instead reserved a table for us inside, so we had to wait 20 min. for our patio table. We waited in the nice cozy bar so not a major problem, and the patio was very much worth the wait on a warm summer Saturday night on Newbury St.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleasant
    flyfishVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very pleasant outdoor dining although tables very close together. Prix fixe a good choice. Good people watching spot.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, okay service
    FoodandWine89VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Walking down into La Viole makes you feel like you are walking into a French Bistro straight off of the streets of Paris. The ambience of the entire restaurant just makes you want to sit there for hours eat cheese and drink wine. We had a wonderful dinner! The presentation at the table with the rice and the veal stew, superb! My only complaint was that the service was a little misguided. One server greeted us, then another server greeted us and both came back asking about the specials and wanting to take our order I do not think they knew they who actually had the table. When it came time to get the bill we literally waited for 20-25 minutes to get the check. we finally flagged down a commis to get it. Not a great way to end the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    JoanB
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We came here with relatives from England and had a wonderful evening. I especially loved the foie gras I love going here. Service and food always great
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Voile
    JMonroe
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    La Voile whisks you away to Provence with its color palate and nautical theme. The food is authentic and to die for! Many Newbury Street restaurants have outdoor spaces, so go inside to dine at La Voile and for just a few hours, you're in Peter Mayle country!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Below par based on previous times
    322BBFoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I am a big fan of La Voile and have been there many times. This time there were a few big disappointments. A beet salad was ordered by one of our group that contained no beets. One of our party ordered soup that was served without a spoon.I ordered a bottle of Rose from Provence that was warm. I was presented it to taste, my sip was warm and I thought it was from sitting in the ice bucket that the top part hadn't chilled yet but the entire bottle was warm. We ordered a second bottle of the same and it was only slightly chilled. These are finer points of service that I wouldn't expect to be missed at La Voile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.