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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
L'Espalier reviews from OpenTable diners
145 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (119)romantic (110)fit for foodies (107)notable wine list (84)neighborhood gem (20)great for lunch (15)good for groups (14)scenic view (14)hot spot (8)great for brunch (5)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • creativity at its best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We did the 6 course wine paired dinner, not cheap but well worth the price. All courses were impressive and that will be on my once a year list to make sure we go back. Wine pairings were very well done. One of the most creative dinners I have had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It is difficult to convey in words how good this meal was. Innovation, surprises and excellent service all made this a tremendous meal. It is a joy to have this level of culinary skill in Boston.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    llllg
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great food. It was a little chilly ... so take a sweater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the best dining experience
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    L'Espalier remains the best overall dining experience in Boston. Be prepared to spend 3 hours eating, and to spend at least $150/person, plus tip, but it is worth every dollar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oppi328VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    L'Espalier is a great restaurant to go to to celebrate a special occasion. The servers are very attentive. The restaurant offers two different menus, but we chose the 6 course menu for $115.00 over the 3 course menu for $95 because the 2 best choices on that menu had an upcharge. We were disappointed that the foie gras course was a mousse because we would have preferred it seared. The lamb chop was delicious, but there was only one chop per person which wasn't enough. The cheese course was the best! We each got to sample 6 different cheeses, and we were even offered a seventh cheese! The dessert was an apple mixture in a glass jar. We were told after the fact that we could have substituted one of the other desserts, but it was too late.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food okay service
    Remy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went for dinner on a special occasion and had the degustation tasting menu. The food was quite nice, we especially enjoyed the Grand Fromage and the foie gras; the decor and ambience for dinner was romantic. The only area for improvement we wanted to mention was that there was an apparent difference in the level of service that my friend and I received compared to other tables. We don't know for what reason and can only speculate (perhaps because we were younger than others in the dining room), but the waitress did not seem to give us nearly as much attention, often forgetting certain elements we had requested throughout the course of our meal. Several of the other servers seemed to be quite forgetful and brusque in manner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L'Espalier
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Way over priced for the miniscule portions and the meals were simply nothing special, despite all the overly fancy. Far more show than substance
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional!
    DCdocVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Truly outstanding. Best restaurant experience and meal my wife and I have had in over a decade. A real "event" dining experience.we enjoyed the degustation menu. One course was more creative and wonderful than the next. We very much look forward to getting back to Boston to repeat this wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On its way back
    Erwin
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This review will be a harsh one even with the 4/5 star rating. But it's harsh because L'Espalier is shooting for a Michelin star. Service is impeccable and they've gotten less suggestive. The servers are respectful, reserved, warm and only visible when they need to be. The food is still lacking Michelin stature. While it's wonderful and most likely as high a caliber as Boston can offer on any given night, it just doesn't cut it for the level it is trying to compete at. That's not to say it isn't wonderful. Food: 8 Ambience: 9.5 Service: 9.5
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A good place
    stevenyang
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It is definitely a great restaurant. Everything tastes good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always exceptional!!
    golfgirl
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    L'Espalier never disappoints. The food is fresh, locally sourced, and superb! The service is unparalleled. The best restaurant in Boston!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • small portions of weird food
    Give
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    If you like to spend money (>$270/ couple) on a 3 course meal consisting of spoonful portions of weird food, this is your place!! Even a glass of normal wine was over $20! Only "pluses" was the service & dessert --
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dull
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We thought the food was quite dull and unexciting. Can't see why it is so recommended. Maybe once upon a time but not now.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding lunch
    Francois
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    L'Espalier keeps up its high standards at lunch, with a very quiet atmosphere, good for intimate conversation. We got a window looking over the street, so we could see bustling crowds below. Wines are excellent, and the beef and the duck pate are rich. Well worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food missed the mark
    MadameJosephine
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Atmosphere serene, service good but some how the food just didn't do it for us. We took the 3 course option rather than the 5 course tasting menu, so maybe that was the issue. Foie Gras starter was excellent as was the chocolate souffle dessert, but the rest was rather ordinary. We were given three little amuse bouche before the starters which were a mix of delicious and ordinary, so a taste of things to come. Couldn't recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ArtM
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Professional, friendly service without pretention. Wonderful food in a great atmosphere. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable night
    Nick
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We selected the $115 several course meal. Our waiter was new and allowed our questions to be answered by a very knowledgable waitstaff. The food was times out perfectly. Each course was esquisitely prepared with local ingredients. The wine selection was vast and the wine expert was very helpful. You will love this place. Loren and Nick
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    WannaBeFoodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I am so glad I celebrated my 30th birthday here. The food, service, and ambiance was amazing. I am not a fan of wine but or waiter recommended a wine I liked. Everyone was so sweet. I love how secret the entrance is. We had the Autumn prix fixe and it was worth it. The rib eye was delicious, but the salmon was lackluster. The birthday surprise was lovely at the end. Definitely worth it for an appropriate special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dinner we have had in Boston
    OwletteVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Don't expect to have a conversation with your dinner partner :-) A waiter or service person will constantly be doing something at your table :-) Very upscale and wonderful meal (we took the "autumn degustation")
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy restaurant !
    fina14
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This restaurant is really nice, good atmosphere really fancy and and comfy. It is really quiet, with just very low volume of jazz music. Food is super great, except the bread, as I come from France sorry I am a bit picky there ! Except for that everything was great, the service is not intruding and we were really happy of the staff. I really recommend this place in Boston to anyone!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Presentation!
    StavieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The place is very relaxing, the presentation of the dishes outstanding, but the food and dessert average. We won't go back again...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Foodie52390
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The tasting menu with paired wines was heaven. It's worth the extra since so much thought and work gets put into such a delicious feast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Muito top!
    rafaelrvazVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    alto nivel o restaurante, fiz o degustação de US$115 dollares, alto nivel os pratos e o ambiente muito agradavel tb
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine, but slightly disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Fantastic service. Awesome wine pairings. Tasting menu fine, but with a one exceptional course, it was not the "WOW" that I expected, especially at the price. The plates and the plating were amazing... but I think the food got a little lukewarm while they were doing it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impeccable service-outstanding food
    XavierVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    As always L'Espalier delivered a great experience for my guests- this was their first time there and they loved it: hope I made them new devotees to one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. Service is always flawless and in a very friendly and accueillant. Enjoy every minute of your experience- you will be happy for every dollar you spend here. Bon appétit et à très bientôt!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, as always
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Service & food were very good. I would say that this time, the food wasn't quite as spectacular (ex.: herbs on my bluefin tuna app were burned, bitter), but it may just be that I'm spoiled having eaten at some stellar restaurants lately, including Menton. There was a near-miss with a food allergy that could've proven dangerous, but they were apologetic. My one frustration was a small pour on a $28 glass of Pomerol. My friend and I noted that it was far less substantial than hers. When you're paying a premium for Bourdeux, it's very annoying, particularly when you have two glasses poured side-to-side and one is two fingerbreadths lower. In happier news, Louis did not disappoint with a selection of cheese. We always like when he's there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • L'Espalier is still tops in Boston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The reception, service and food at L'Espalier all lived up to its high expectations. The menus are easy to navigate, with the choice of the sampler being wonderful. The range of flavors and foods are amazing in one dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderfull experiance
    Foodie1
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Absolutely top of its class restaurant with wonderful food and romantic ambience. Service was very slow in the beginning but picked up after we brought it to the head waiters attention. Deffinitely return when back in Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Boston labor day weekend
    tori858VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Delicious food. A real 'experience' from start to finish - food is beautifully presented, and blended to perfection. Fantastic service - staff were incredibly attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing All Around
    Krconrad87
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The chef had such amazing, creative, delicious dishes. The service was first class. This restaurant is perfect for foodies and special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worthy of a Michelin Star
    CallalillyVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The level of service, gourmet preparation of every dish, and overall dining experience make L'Espalier worthy of a Michelin Star as far as we're concerned. Every detail was superb, starting with inventive and delicious amuse bouches and incredible fresh warm rolls and warm house-made pretzels (having them warm makes such a difference)! The sommelier, Bob, practically became a family member--and he gave us a great wine recommendation. The waitstaff were all pleasant and professional. The ambience is lovely--quiet, soft lighting, comfortable seating in a corner. The salads and entrees were superb: esthetically beautiful; subtle flavor combinations. It was a truly memorable evening in every way!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Restaurant!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Best restaurant in Boston! It's beautiful and romantic. The food is absolutely amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wine dinner
    1serialdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I have sworn off wine dinners numerous times...I always think it's a bit of a hog feed, same dishes all out at the same time, hard to maintain all at the right temp., etc. Well, the staff did a good job, and everything was fine, but not spectacular like I would expect from L'espalier. I enjoyed the wines, all Pinot's, but my companion wasn't as pleased by them. I promise I will try really hard not to get sucked into a wine dinner again for fairness to the chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A truly wonderful place
    Acolyte
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Utterly dependable, never boring, exquisite in so many ways.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.