774 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $50 and over
- 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 - 1:30pm; 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.
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.Continued
**Please note we are not able to accept reservations for the Chef's Table, Wine Monday, or Cheese Tuesday on OpenTable.com.
**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
156 reviews since July 31, 2014
- Ambiance4.6Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (124)fit for foodies (116)romantic (115)notable wine list (85)neighborhood gem (20)scenic view (18)great for lunch (16)good for groups (16)hot spot (10)great for brunch (7)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- Unique in BostonFoodie4sureVIPDined on 11/19/2014We hadn't been to L'espalier since it moved to its current location. For my birthday this year I decided to take the plunge. And it was worth it! There is nothing comparable to the overall dining experience in Boston. We were seated in the first room at a lovely corner banquette. Although the room doesn't compare to the old romantic townhouse on Gloucester Street, it was nicer than I recalled when we once walked through, and our seats were very comfortable. We decided to take the 6-course tasting menu, as it had many dishes we love, and is only $20 more than the prix fixe. There truly was not one dish that disappointed. Perfectly poached lobster and the most tender halibut I have ever had; tasty perfectly cooked rack of lamb. Every plate with assorted accompaniments that were visually beautiful and delicious. Extra little amuses bouches throughout the meal, from a hot cider when we first sat down to warm us up to snacks with our cocktails to a fluke sashimi to truffles after dessert. The service was impeccable. One hardly had to look up with a questioning look on one's face when someone would come over. Yet no one was hovering. The sommelier was very helpful and friendly -- introducing himself as "the wine guy". No pretension there! There were crowds of people in the next room, but other than a low murmur they were closed off well enough so we were unaware. What a pleasure to have a quiet, romantic evening without the din of most of the city's restaurants. The only thing I might have changed was the speed with which the courses were served. They did come a little more quickly than we might have liked. But even so, we didn't feel too rushed. The loveliest 2 1/2 hours spent dining in a while.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely dining room!PinheadVIPDined on 11/17/2014We celebrated our 25th anniversary here because we knew it would be a special experience. The décor is absolutely lovely. The food was imaginative and inventive perhaps leaning toward more style than substance. The service was attentive and overall excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic!FrancisDined on 11/15/2014One of the best restaurants in the world! Superlative cuisine and outstanding service!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always reliableFab4FanVIPDined on 11/15/2014L'Espalier never disappoints. It's a terrific choice for lunch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great foods and servicesPrincipianDined on 11/13/2014Before they moved, we were regular. In new location, after six dinners, we quit. Foods no longer the same. We had a visitor from Finland this week for lunch, no other sensible choices, so tried again. Wow! The best in Boston right now.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Imaginative and UnusualShepardessVIPDined on 11/12/2014We thoroughly enjoyed the degustation menu, full of fabulous combinations of flavors, textures and colors. A favorite was the delicate East Coast halibut with Apple Street Farm turnip, buttermilk, lemon purée and crab apple-lemon ginger fumet. Wow! The cheese selection was outstanding, and the wine pairing perfect particularly when enhanced by the sommelier sharing his knowledge with us. Service as always impeccable. Hard to beat this beautiful place although we do miss the old Back Bay townhouse.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OutstandingLov2eatVIPDined on 11/11/2014Wonderful experience because of the truthfully unique food, wonderful service and great service. Pretty expensive, so for us it would be a special occasion place.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Hector ValleHectorDined on 11/8/2014Nice restaurant, with excellent food. Nice choice for special ocassionsSpecial Features:
- French todayOcardoDined on 11/7/2014Very nice place. Great service and food. We only hit a french restaurant maybe once or twice a year. The service was 5 star for sure. I think I overdosed on the souffle' though.Got to know when to say when.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The foodPerson909Dined on 11/5/2014The service was outstanding, but the food wasn't so good the first dish was 6 of 10 The main corse was 0 of 10. I orderd grilled duck it was dripping blood. I took the first bite and it was like gum. I couldn't even finish the first bite. I told them to take it and make well done but still it wasn't that good I didn't even finish my plate.Special Features:
- SuperbOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 11/5/2014Some of the best service you can find in Boston and probably beyond. Food was all perfect. Wine list is unmatched. L'Espalier certainly has a bit of a stuffiness to it but that's to be expected and complements the vibe and prices. Will of course return for another special occasion in the future.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MaryVIPDined on 11/4/2014Lovely special dinner since it was our anniversary. Loved the foie gras fritters! Would have liked a few more instead of the plain fritter. Intriguing mix of ciders not what I expected. I prefer the sweet my husband liked them and we appreciated learning about the various ciders and history. Nice touch on the surprise petit chocolate cake. Lovely evening!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- snobby, boring and tea lessfoodandfunVIPDined on 11/2/2014Having gone to tea service in every major city all over the world, I was a little disappointed with LEspalier . The room was lovely, the staff, snobby and not welcoming and warm. It was empty so there was not staffing problem.It did not feel like they know how to serve tea,and all the goodies or care to ! Will go back to Ritz or 4 seasons where they make it feel special and keep waiting on you and bringing all the sandwiches, desserts and tea refills without having to ask !!!Special Features:
- Fantastic.OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 11/1/2014We ordered the Chef's Tasting menu with wine pairings. It was an amazing, mind-blowing, 3 hour culinary journey. An evening I will not soon forget.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best in BostonOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 11/1/2014Whether for a special occasion or a desire for something unique, L'esplaier always delivers outstanding food and service. Also the best cheese program anywhere - thanks you Louis for finding local and national gemsSpecial Features:
- It's no BouleyFoodguyDined on 10/30/2014This place is ok for a special occasion. Nice setting and quiet atmosphere. They are also very accommodating. The food however, was a bit of a disappointment. The fois gras was bland and was presented without toasted pieces of bread. I asked for more bread, which was provided beforehand, and it took around ten minutes before any was provided. For the entree we ordered the duck (which feeds two), and let me just say, it smelled and looked better than it tasted. The first bite was extremely gamey in taste, to the point it made me nauseated. I actually had to leave the table for a few minutes. The service was good though, apart from the fois gras issue. Very nice people.Special Features:
- food and expenseSteveDined on 10/28/2014We received a $300 gift certificate to eat there. Even though we ordered the least expensive option and only two glasses of wine, the total, with tip, came to $340, and parking at the Pru was another $38. While some of the food was fair to reasonably good, some items were what one might call "experimental" and did not taste very good at all. There is absolutely no reason for us to ever go back again or to recommend this restaurant to any of our friends.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 10/27/2014Our server, Spencer, was absolutely fabulous--the consummate professional, helpful, kindly, knowledgeable, present when needed assistance w/o hovering. He's a treasure!!! Loved the presentation of butter (piped, looked like flames on a stone) and the Parker House rolls melted in your mouth. Food was delicious and artful. The decor is stiff, cold and formal--a big open room, not an inviting place that beckons friends to savor great food and conversation (although window views of Boylston Street are great. We miss the Gloucester location of yore (although understand the difficulty for kitchen and wait staff there Also, a reasonable lunch combo or prix fixe might put it on guest's radar screen and return more frequently.Special Features:
- Outstanding dining experienceGeorgeSDined on 10/25/2014We went their to celebrate my partner's birthday. We got seated in a room that looked like an elegantly setup study room with a lot of books covering almost 2 entire walls. Though the room got filled up around 7pm, it did not feel like the the place was crowded or loud. The staff was very courteous and attentive. The food was excellent: I was so surprised to learn that raw oysters go so well with champagne mousse and caviar. I also had one of the best venison preparations ever. Very impressive wine list as well. We were so glad we went there.Special Features:
- Outstanding experienceSorholusDined on 10/24/2014New to Boston and finally found a great restaurant with great food, service and ambiance!!!Special Features:
- International QualityBuz2ardDined on 10/20/2014My wife and I are from the Uk and now home again. While visiting my married daughter who lives in Boston she recommended L'Espalier as her favourite restaurant. We could understand her reasons when we had a leisurely lunch. The food and the service were akin to an art form. Many different tastes to savour in each courseSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Never disappointedAudreyDined on 10/19/2014It seems that the chef has found a new favorite ingredient--a really bitter kind of chocolate sauce. I found it in multiple of our dishes. I think I understand the intention of using it but it was a bit too bitter for me. Still, everything else tasted fantastic as usual, creative as usual. Service was great, but I would be more satisfied had the waiters communicated with my boyfriend also, not just me. Maybe it's a French thing to just talk to one person at the table I don't know. Overall, I've never been disappointed by L'Espalier and will definitely come back.Special Features:
- creativity at its bestOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 10/18/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OutstandingOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/18/2014We went for our 1st anniversary and all I can really say is that this was easily the most elegant dining experience we have ever had. The food was absolutely exquisite, delicious, and the entire evening was something I will remember forever. The staff was extremely friendly, helpful, and knowledgable. I cannot recommend L'espalier enough. If you have a special occasion you would like to celebrate, this should be at the top of your list. Prepare to have an amazing culinary experience. We will definitely be going back.Special Features:
- ExcellentTugtyDined on 10/18/2014It 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:
- Great foodllllgDined on 10/15/2014Great food. It was a little chilly ... so take a sweater.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Simply the best dining experienceFoodieVIPDined on 10/14/2014L'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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Oppi328VIPDined on 10/12/2014L'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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food okay serviceRemyDined on 10/11/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- L'EspalierOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/11/2014Way over priced for the miniscule portions and the meals were simply nothing special, despite all the overly fancy. Far more show than substance
- Exceptional!DCdocVIPDined on 10/10/2014Truly 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- On its way backErwinDined on 10/9/2014This 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: 9.5Special Features:
- A good placestevenyangDined on 10/4/2014It is definitely a great restaurant. Everything tastes good.Special Features:
- Always exceptional!!golfgirlDined on 10/4/2014L'Espalier never disappoints. The food is fresh, locally sourced, and superb! The service is unparalleled. The best restaurant in Boston!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- small portions of weird foodGiveDined on 10/3/2014If 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 --
- DullOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/29/2014We thought the food was quite dull and unexciting. Can't see why it is so recommended. Maybe once upon a time but not now.
- Outstanding lunchFrancoisVIPDined on 9/29/2014L'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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food missed the markMadameJosephineDined on 9/28/2014Atmosphere 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:
- ArtMDined on 9/27/2014Professional, friendly service without pretention. Wonderful food in a great atmosphere. Can't wait to return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Enjoyable nightNickDined on 9/27/2014We 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 NickSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.