L'Espalier
L'Espalier

L'Espalier

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lespalier.com/
  • Phone: 617-262-3023x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 1:30pm; Tea: Saturday & Sunday 1:30pm-3:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:30pm-9:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm;

    The Salon is available during our regular hours of operation for lunch and dinner service.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Frank McClelland
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Au Soleil Catering brings the same dedication to excellence in cuisine and service that our guests at Sel de la Terre and L’Espalier have grown to know and love. From the rustic simplicity of Sel de la Terre’s cuisine to the lavish opulence of L’Espalier’s modern New England-French cuisine, Au Soleil presents a variety of options to suit every style of event. Call Au Soleil at 617-535-6040 or visit www.ausoleilcatering.com for more information.
  • Special Events: ~Wine Mondays: 4 courses with wine pairings, centered around a changing theme. $85 per person, every Monday at 7pm!
    Check our website for more information on upcoming special events and themed dinners.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairfield St.
  • Public Transit: Copley Square T
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available during both lunch and dinner for a fee. There are also several area garages and limited street parking.
A word from L'Espalier
L'Espalier can be found at its new home on Boylston Street, adjacent to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. L'Espalier is a culinary exploration, featuring sophisticated and modern New England-French cuisine, with an emphasis on artisanal and New England ingredients.

**Please note we are not able to accept reservations for the Chef's Table, Wine Monday, or Cheese Tuesday on OpenTable.com.
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L'Espalier reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (110)romantic (89)fit for foodies (88)notable wine list (66)great for lunch (21)neighborhood gem (10)good for groups (10)scenic view (9)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • A truly wonderful place
    Acolyte
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Utterly dependable, never boring, exquisite in so many ways.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not up to expectations
    InStepOrOut
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was good (not great), the service and ambience were excellent, but the overall experience did not seem at par with the expense. I have had some wonderful meals at L'Espalier in the past, but not this time.
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  • WiltonFanVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have visited L'Espalier each time we have been in town over the last five years and I am very sad to say this was the first time when it was a little off. Very sad to say but it just seemed a little off its highest of standards in the kitchen. Service and wines are absolutely to visit for, with hidden gems deep in the list. Hopefully it was just an off-night, we'll find our when we are again in Boston!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb Dining Experience
    Vinnie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Our anniversary dinner was made extra special by the staff at L'Espalier. We were greeted by several members of the staff who all wished us a happy anniversary. The summer degustation menu was absolutely perfect, ranging from a lobster appetizer to a perfectly cooked lamb chop. The cheese course before dessert was described in detail and was as diverse and delicious as any I've had. A special chocolate cake was added to our dessert course as a special treat for our celebration. All and all, L'Espalier provides a dining experience that should not be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delights for special occasions
    Pevo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Certainly L'Espalier is a restaurant for special occasions, showing off, and gastronomical excesses. The presentation of each meal is exquisite and the dishes are complex and artful (think foams a la Modernist Cuisine). The wine pairings with the Seasonal Degustation selection are wonderfully matched. Our dinner for two was a marathon two-and-a-half hours long ending with a "Grand Fromage" cheese slate, a dessert amuse-bouche, dessert, and a bonus slice of chocolate cake with a candle (compliments of the house to celebrate our anniversary). Numerous amuse-bouche accompany each dish, before and after. Wait staff are extremely attentive, however cold and servile.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef's Table
    Robin25VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We splurged, not just on the full chef's tasting menu, but also on the chef's table in the kitchen. Outrageously expensive, but a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Every bite of food was amazing, as it would have been had we been in the dining room. But by being in the kitchen, we also got to be behind the scenes to see how it all comes together. It was a very casual environment that we thoroughly enjoyed. Really nice people there!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In a word...fabulous.
    Bizzy57
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    L'espalier was perfect. Every dish delicious and exciting. Service was perfect. So knowledgeable and totally unpretentious. A great experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretentious-Pricy-Underwhelming
    RPark7
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Not at all like the old "classic" L'Espalier on Charles St. ! OVERALL: Modern and cavernous, but still quiet. The service team pretentious and more self-interested than customer-focused. I would far prefer the foodie-oriented, caring approach typical of fine restaurants in San Francisco or Napa. The food itself was good to excellent, but some misses (a rather raw and uninspired lamb dish, for example). The pricing was very high. To save this restaurant, I would consider 1) Serious staff reviews with focused retraining/replacement (perhaps with a field trip to finer restaurants on the West Coast???) 2) Some way to achieve higher volume -- consider pricing, incentives, advertising, etc.
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  • TOP NOTCH!
    BackBayDiner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Wonderful staff, delicious food, amazing wine, the works! Even had a wonderful little "show" as we ordered the whole duck and was given a presentation on plating the duck right in front of us.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    HappyFoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was fine, the service was phenomenal, but overall, it was a big let down
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Perfect, as always
    FSAMC
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have a previous review of this place from last year's visit. Just click on my nickname. Ditto! Our favorite place for special occasions.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ending to the summer!
    Malin
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had an amazing time celebrating the end of 7 extraordinary weeks at summer school in Cambridge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Paul
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went here for an anniversary and it was amazing! Very romantic atmosphere and the service is fantastic. I didn't feel out of place at all and the food was out of this world. Honestly one of (if not the best) dining experiences of my life.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From Back Bay Townhouse to Modern
    Fromjdt
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    It took a few visits for me to get over the shock of the change in the ambience from Victorian townhouse to ultra-modern, but the food seems to be even better now than it used to be. The L'Espalier farm may account for that. The meals feature highly imaginative dishes prepared with wonderful, fresh ingredients and prepared with such artistry that it almost hurts to destroy them by eating them. When I had lunch there on Friday, a little boy was celebrating a birthday at a table nearby and seemed to be enjoying himself as much as my friend (who really loved his ribeye steak) and I (with an amazing lobster risotto). Highly recommended! -jdt
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • All & More!!!
    Joseph
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    An almost thwarted evening due to the flight delay of my visiting guest turned into a brilliant evening of solo dining with the fine service and expert menu and wine suggestions of Kevin & Christopher and the shared reminiscences with Charles of the Cote d'Azur. Some of the finest dining rooms in the world fail to embrace the trepidation of a single diner but L'Espalier orbited high above them all!!! The brightest French planet in all of Boston!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb, Superb, Superb!!!!!!!!
    mustdinehere
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Could not have asked for a more perfect way to celebrate my friend's birthday. Everything was absolutely superb. The food, the service the ambiance. My friend was in awe. We shall definitely return for another lunch even without a special occasion to celebrate. Congratulations on the level of excellence you have attained.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Excellent restaurant.
    Kalix64
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Went there for celebrating birthday. We had their smaller digestion menue with wine pairing. Impeccable service. Excellent food. Worth one star in guide Michelin. But of course it comes with a price....
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Night!
    EatWellFeelGood
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I was in Boston for the first time and looking for a great place to meet a friend that I haven't seen in 20 years. So I did a little bit of search and sure enough L'Espalier name would show up every time I tried a search engine to find a nice restaurant in Boston. Naturally, I made a reservation and no need to say that I wasn't disappointed. The service was stellar and the atmosphere was just perfect for a romantic reunion. The staff made our special night even better by their respectful attendance and excellent services. I would recommend this place to whoever is looking for an outstanding place to dine, if they can afford a pricey menu! It was worth every single penny though.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Front Row Seat
    timetoeat1VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We had our second dinner at the kitchen table. What a treat! Service is excellent, wine parings memorable and the chance to watch and talk to the kitchen team lead by Mr. Delisle a great experience - like watching a fine ballet. The salad of lettuces with melon and wild rose was a stand out as was the butter poached halibut. The cheese pairing by Mr. Risoli was exceptional as usual and Mr. Bacheller's deserts were a delight.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Superb Dining Experience
    mirabiledictu
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    L'Espalier is unassailably one of the best restaurants in the States. Superbly and creatively prepared food!! Exceptional service. Extensive and imaginative wine list. Extremely knowledgeable and accommodating sommelier!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Fabulous
    bellafa
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Just a fabulous, elegant, chic restaurant. Sheer perfection!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    If you're up for a leisurely meal where special little treats keep coming all night long, L'Espalier it at the top of the list. While an expensive evening ($325 with tip for 2, which include 2 cocktails and 2 glasses of wine), you can't beat the food and the fabulous service. Ask for a table by the window for a nice view out onto Boylston Stree.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Service & Food to Match
    PickyFoody
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Top notch service and tastes to match. We had a fantastic time from the moment we walked in and had a nice cocktail completely thru the meal to the complimentary dessert. I also, to my pleasant surprise, found L'espalier did not take itself too serious and was not overly pretentious. Not to mention that at this level of service and food the prices are reasonable.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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  • Fantastic food & wine
    BandC2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We were looked after by very polite, courteous and knowledgeable staff. Food was outstanding. Would recommend for special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    satfoodie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food and service is outstanding. Enjoyed every part of the tasting menu. Vegetarian options as well.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good expensive meal: few calories
    motorguy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is a place to go to for special occasions. They have a relatively limited menu, but it changes with the season, and we always go for the multi-course tasting menu. They also seem to have a lock on some extraordinary wines that appear to come from vinyards with three rows of grapes, and Espalier gets all of them. They serve little tiny portions that are always extraordinarily good and perfectly matched by the wines. Louis makes us feel quite welcome, even if we only visit twice a year. And the bill, which is always substantial, does not seem to be too much for the experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incomparable
    Caigon1
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    You will not find a more elegant setting, diverse and exquisite menu, perfectly paired wine selections and perfect and attentive service than that offered by L'Espalier. A culinary journey with no unpleasant turns, a broad spectrum of delights, without excess. We celebrated our wedding anniversary elegantly, privately and perfectly. The evening was well worth the price, and was an event we look forward to repeating.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as special as hoped
    SwitzerdaneVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    L'Espalier has a long and fabled reputation as one of the finest restaurants in town. I was disappointed: not that the food wasn't good (it was) or that the service was lacking (it was superb) -- rather, at this price ($150/person), I expected a truly memorable meal. By the next morning, my husband and I turned to each other and asked, "what do you remember as outstanding?": nothing in particular.
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  • Excellent!
    Winesnob
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    My husband and I were quite impressed with the entire dining experience at L'Espalier! The food was incredible - every course was perfectly prepared, and the service was impeccable. Loved the ambience of the small but plush surroundings. Will dine there again my next trip to Boston.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • The food was disappointing.
    Dollytexas
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Service slow. Wine unremarkable. The food was disappointing.
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  • Chef's table
    TravelingFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I flew my wife and I from Houston just to experience the chef's table at L'Espalier for our 20th anniversary. What a treat! As a CIA grad and frequent executive diner, I can say the experience is equaled by few restaurants in the country. One of the gems of Boston.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Unicornk
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The service was outstanding. The food was very good although there seemed a tendency to favor the sweet in all the courses. The cheeses were delicious, but served with sweetish bread. All in all an enjoyable experience but not as outstanding as the price had suggested.
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  • Wonderful service, anemic food
    anitalb
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We have been to L'Espalier now four times. One visit was superb, another good, and the last two very disappointing. The service was outstanding and attentive. The Parker House rolls were divine. Now for the not so great. Our salads were positively tasteless, with melon that had no flavor, and a dressing that was barely perceptible. The lobster dish was good, but not memorable. And our desserts were absolutely bland. I am always happy to pay top dollar for a memorable meal, but this experience was simply not worth the money. I do not want to dine at a restaurant where I can prepare better food at home.
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    romantic, great for lunch
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  • Never Disappointed
    LovefoodVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We have dined at l'Espalier a number of times and it is consistently excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Expensive
    Reviewqueen
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My food was great but my boyfriends main course was not so good very bland and way over priced
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rare gem!
    Sapphirenecklace
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    What a lovely tea my husband and I had! While sharing a bottle of Prosecco, we sampled teas and had delicious sandwiches with chicken, cucumbers, salmon/dill, and crab. Followed by the tastiest samplings of desserts... scones w/fresh jam and honey, bittersweet chocolate bite, and chocolate cake for our birthdays! All in all, it was wonderful from the moment we entered and were whisked upstairs in the elevator. We were greeted by Cynthia who explained teas during our lunch and our server, Depu, who has been with L'Espalier or many years, was attentive and sweet. L'Espalier is a destination in itself when visiting Boston. Don't miss out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply lovely
    Crowetac
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The meal was inspired. Everything was delectable, colorful and beyond delicious. Wait staff were superb. Cannot wait to return.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I always love to go to Lespalier. the food is wonderful and they treat you special every time.
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  • Consummate dining experience
    CaptainBoston
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    L'Espalier is extraordinary. I have had the vegetarian tasting menu there twice, about two years apart. Each different component (there were about ten counting the palate-cleansing mini-courses) was memorable, unique, and extremely delicious. The service is incredible, attentive but unobtrusive. The restaurant is wonderfully quiet and subtly lit. It's just perfect and well worth the expense.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for mothers day. Food was excellent service was great.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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