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L'Espalier
L'Espalier

L'Espalier Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lespalier.com
  • Phone: (617) 262-3023
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 1:45pm; Tea: Saturday & Sunday 1:30pm-3:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday - Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm;

    Small bites & cocktails in the Salon 11am-12am daily
  • 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 & Promotions: ~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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "At these prices, everything has to be outstanding. It isn't. Very good food, but not a good value overall."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I've celebrated many occasions here - birthdays, major anniversaries, and most importantly, my engagement. Each time, the service has been absolutely perfect and attentive without being intrusive. The food is always amazing and perfectly executed. The cheese course is always a treat as well - very carefully curated and delicious (and quite substantial in terms of portion!)."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food and service is outstanding. Enjoyed every part of the tasting menu. Vegetarian options as well."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Service slow. Wine unremarkable. The food was disappointing."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We have dined at l'Espalier a number of times and it is consistently excellent!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My food was great but my boyfriends main course was not so good very bland and way over priced"
    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."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The meal was inspired. Everything was delectable, colorful and beyond delicious. Wait staff were superb. Cannot wait to return."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I always love to go to Lespalier. the food is wonderful and they treat you special every time. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Our favorite restaurant of all time. We've been going here since our fifth anniversary. We will be returning again soon (August) for our twentieth. This milestone will be the first time, our children (old enough to show decorum) will join us. We're so excited, as we began our celebratory run here before either of them were born. The creativity of the selections is as boundless as the change of offerings is endless. This place never rests on its reputation. You're treated like royalty in a serene, elegant yet comfortable (not stuffy at all) setting. A small fraction of the clientele (men, particularly) should be more formal and less casual in their attire. That won't stop us from enjoying our sixteenth consecutive celebration there :) "
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "As always, L´Espalier was fabulous. I went for brunch on Mother´s Day with daughters, my grandaughter and a friend. My daughters and I enjoyed food more than the younger ones, but everybody had a very good time."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Went for mothers day. Food was excellent service was great."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Brunch was delicious! Can't wait to return! Each course was better than the previous one !"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great food. Great service. Great as a "sometimes" place for those celebratory moments given the cost. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had a lovely experience at L'Espalier for afternoon tea. The menu is very nice and the food was very tasty. Unlike most places, the sandwiches and savories were served in courses on individual plates so it didn't seem so overwhelming and we could visit and chat without having to move or peek through a large 3 tiered serving apparatus. Usually when I have tea, a whole pot is set on the table which is convenient when needing a refill. They serve you tea from pots that have already brewed and unfortunately my daughter and mother had just one cup each. Since I had the mint tea, the pot was set on the table which held about 2.5 cups. Aside from not getting another cup of tea, the service was great and we had a lovely time."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Wonderful experience, the food was over the top! Wait staff amazing and the wine list great!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "As always, L'Espalier never fails to impress. Wonderful tea. Sandwiches, spectacular and sweets, amazing."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "went for afternoon tea on a saturday afternoon. it's a great place to meet a special someone (or a good friend) for lunch, tea, or dinner. noise level is quiet and service is unobstrusive but adequate at the same time. the food was good but not mind-blowing. tea was good, also not mind-blowing. don't expect to get your bang for your buck here. you are paying for everything else too."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Always a wonderful experience! Food was outstanding, service maybe not as good as other times. Overall experience justifies cost."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was outstanding, from the appetizers to dessert, and the service was excellent. From the moment we arrived, the staff was attentive, and the waiter was solicitous and able to explain things to us in plain English. Everyone contributed to the warm and friendly atmosphere, and we went away delighted with our evening."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • " If you are looking for a high end restaurant you should go here. Everything was delicious and the little extras that CNA with our spring degustation dinner were just great. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Their "pretzel" bread is to die for!! For the appetizer I chose oyster stew and it turned out to be one of the most original and tasty dishes I've ever had. It was perfect in every respect. For the main course I chose porcelet. Again, beautifully crafted dish with just the right amount of sweetness in the sauce. The only tiny quibble is that the meat had a bit more fat than I would have imagined. The chocolate soufflé was, again, impeccably made and tasty. The restaurant has a fine wine list, and good selection of half-bottles and desert wines. Service was absolutely impeccable - can't really improve on it in my opinion. Overall, an exceptional restaurant for special occasions or just great dinner! "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "This was an amazing experience! If you love fine dining this place will blow you away!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We dined here for the first time and definitely had one of the best meals ever. They were also very gracious about our 9-month-old being with us. Unfortunately, no high chairs, but that was OK as we had our stroller with us."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We wanted to honor a aged and quite hard of hearing family member. We asked for a quiet spot in a restaurant noted for its quieter tones. We ended up in a wonderful spot in a corner of the library room, which enabled us to speak and by heard by our family member without having to raise our voices. The food was a gastronomic delight, though, after our honored guest's specific request to assure that the scallop appetizer arrive hot, the kitchen did not think to heat the very large plate to assure the scallops retained their heat in the trip from the kitchen to the table -- they arrived room temperature. Yet the preparation was top notch -- if a little precious with all the "foams" and pricey for my husband's taste. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We made our reservation in advanced based on a recommendation from a friend from Boston, since we were visiting on business/pleasure. They called us and offered us the Chefs table we are foodies so this was so awesome for us!!! It was amazing sitting in the kitchen like on the food network. We have sat at Chefs tables in the past but nothing could compare or come close to this experience! We had our own waiter we did the wine pairing with the Chef's journey tasting menu and nothing compares to the food and attention we received. We had a first class view of their operations; we even got to talk to some of the staff and the Chef after they were done with service we were there about 4 hours total but i could have stayed forever :) "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Very polite staff, but rather bored than enthusiastic. Plates presentation made on a recitation mode.... May be they did that way too often? How long since the menu was changed? We had the Spring degustation menu for the table. Very good ingredients, but combinations of flavors and textures rather unsophisticated by international standards. Excellent visual impression. False note was the dessert: way too many strong spices killing it.... Willing to return and try another menu."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening of beautifully presented and delicious dishes and well selected wine pairings as well. After all of that terrific service and food and wine, we found the ginger bread desert just a little bit weak. Otherwise fantastic!!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This restaurant is everything it's reputation says it is! Amazing food, service and a great location! A dining experience worth the cost. I am so happy I chose to celebrate a special birthday with the amazing staff!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014