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
197 reviews since May 2, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
great for outdoor dining (119)romantic (106)fit for foodies (102)neighborhood gem (100)special occasion (96)notable wine list (62)great for lunch (54)great for brunch (21)good for groups (16)scenic view (16)hot spot (14)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (11)kid-friendly (10)Show More
- outstandingOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined 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.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined 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 2014OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined 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.
- 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 DinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined 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!!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined 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:
- 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.
- Great for Restaurant WeekLuluBosDined on 8/17/2014The portion size is excellent, the meal is tasty, and the service is attentive but not obtrusive.
- Great relaxed French restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/16/2014Fantastic French food. Attentive but unobtrusive service. Very authentic with most of the servers of French background.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- terrible service with ok foodOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 8/16/2014Our 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?
- Five StarsOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/16/2014Great Spot! Great Food! Great Service! My wife and I love La Voile for any occasion.Special Features:
- Outstanding as usualbackbayfoodieVIPDined on 8/9/2014We 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:
- Very pleasantflyfishDined on 8/9/2014Very pleasant outdoor dining although tables very close together. Prix fixe a good choice. Good people watching spot.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great food, okay serviceFoodandWine89VIPDined on 8/4/2014Walking 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great placeJoanBDined on 7/28/2014We 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 greatSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- La VoileJMonroeDined on 7/26/2014La 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Below par based on previous times322BBFoodieDined on 7/26/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A little piece of FranceToujourslacuisineVIPDined on 7/24/2014La Voile means sail, and this charming brasserie (not bistro as the menu informs us) was a pleasure for lunch. You can sit outside, in a small sidewalk-side set of tables, or inside and try to figure out the French saying emblazoned around the room. Wonderfull musselsSpecial Features:
- OK.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/21/2014The food and wine was ok, but not what I have expected from many fine french venues.Special Features:
- A real French restaurant!StephaneDined on 7/19/2014The quality of the food is comparable to the great tables in Paris.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GGirlVIPDined on 7/19/2014The food never disappoints. EVERYTHING is delicious and fresh, classic french. Service is efficient and friendly. Wonderful patio dining on a beautiful Boston evening.Special Features:
- good food, would definitely go backfrankDined on 7/18/2014I do not consider Boston as a place for great food in general. However, I would definitely say that this place was a nice surprise.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food and ServiceMetooDined on 7/18/2014We ate outside ,and I am glad we did. It was very loud inside. Both outside and inside were filled. The food was great. We had duck and a lobster and scallop risotto -- salad and a three cheese plate to start. My creme brulee was excellent. There was a sommelier who helped us choose an excellent bottle of wine. The teapot was brought before dessert to steep - the correct way that very few places do correctly. You have many servers - all of whom were top notch. And, they all spoke French and English.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointedDelish1VIPDined on 7/18/2014Had a date night with my husband this past Friday night. We heard great things about this restaurant but I'm sad to say they came short on my meal. Beet salad was just okay with much more greens than beets but I did enjoy the dressing. My main meal Duck breast was very tough to the point with some pieces have chewing for so long I could not swallow. I also ordered it medium but it was served very rare. I wanted to send back but we had waited so long and my husband had ordered fish so thought it was not worth it. I love fish but wanted to have a French dish they should do well this is why I was disappointed. My husbands fish was good so perhaps we try one more time. I did like the atmosphere.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Our favoritemamb333Dined on 7/17/2014We've been going to La Voile since it opened, love it every day more. We even went through a phase of trying to find a "second favorite" restaurant, for diversity in our special dinner nights, but slowly concluded that it's ok to have the one and only favorite. Having lived in France several years, what we like about this restaurant is not only the delicious food (my husband's favorite is the terrine de foie followed by entrecôte, my favorite is the cheese platter and the lobster+risotto), but the ambiance and service, which make you feel in a corner French restaurant. Expect the restaurant manager to help you seat, get you water, and prepare your fish at your table, even when he has thirty more tables and ten waiters to care for.Special Features:
- regulars since openingMattDined on 7/16/2014fabulous food that friends from Monaco say is absolutely authentic. the staff are polite, accommodating to every quirk. we made an open table reservation which we changed up until we showed up and they were completely unflappable. wonder if you might have more than one rose since provence is where we first learned their range and subtlety. we recommended place to Dean of the BU school of public health and his Russian bride; La Voile was the only thing they remembered from the eveningSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great LocationOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 7/13/2014A great spot for outside dining. Excellent food usually though we both ordered steak this time and both were over cooked. The waiter was excellent.Special Features:
- Consistently great food.drbogden1VIPDined on 7/11/2014Two 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.