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L'Espalier
L'Espalier

L'Espalier Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lespalier.com
  • Email: info@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
  • "Eating out as a vegetarian is usually a bit disappointing. Not here! We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and there was no disappointment with this meal. And it seems the fancier and more expensive the meal the less food you get. I could not eat everything that was brought to the table. We got the tasting menu. I would highly recommend L'Espalier for your special occasions. I did ask my husband when we could come back. Although we probably would not want to host a dinner with the family. It was pretty expensive!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We would highly recommend L'Espalier for a special occasion. It is very expensive, but definitely worth it. We would recommend the tasting menu - 6 small but exquisite courses highlighting seasonal offerings, and incorporating "modernist" touches such as an almond foam to accompany a butter poached lobster tail. We would also recommend the wine pairings, chosen by the sommelier who came to the table to explain each wine and how it complemented the food. Our only very slightly negative comment was that the service was not quite as smooth as the last time we had dined at L'Espalier, with several people coming and going rather than one dedicated person. This may have been due to its being a busy night. Overall - fantastic and worth it!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This is an extraordinary restaurant, they really do get everything right. Exceptionally creative menu, delicious and beautifully designed food. Exemplary service, a quiet ambiance with perfect low lighting. Our two guests were blown away too. This was our 6th or 7th visit. We drove over 100 miles to celebrate a birthday and spent night in a hotel. Worth it, even if you do need to bring a letter from your stockbroker!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We've been to L'Espalier a couple of times in the past: Wine Monday, Christmas Eve, just some bites in the salon, but we hadn't yet gone for a "regular" dinner. We finally got a chance to enjoy the Seasonal Degustation Menu and it was fantastic! Each course was better than the last, and everything was just as beautiful and whimsical to look at as it was to eat. The lobster course was our favorite and the lamb was cooked perfectly. We were so full by the end of dinner but it was worth it. Service is always impeccable and friendly. Although we can't go often, we are always impressed each time we dine at L'Espalier."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Everything about our evening was great except for our server who was aloof and very cold. Almost like she thought she was better than the customers. It was actually uncomfortable. The other servers, bus people, etc were very engaging and made us feel like they were happy to serve us."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had the tasting menu by the chef which was excellent, care was taken over my wife's allergies and the accompanying wines were well matched. Also great attentive service"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were just a bit underwhelmed with our experience. That is not to say that we would not recommend it because a fine restaurant will almost always exceed expectations."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had a rare night away from the kids and decided to splurge. My wife loves French food so L'Espalier was and easy choice. Despite a late for us reso of 9:00 on a Saturday we had a great time. Thoughtful and prompt service, warm décor and fantastic food. The menu is well thought out and the meal is full of the French elegance that we would expect. We even had Frank McClelland come out to our table to chat."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was perhaps the best meal I've ever eaten, and I've been around awhile. Every single element, attention to detail was fabulous. My congratulations and appreciation to the staff and chefs who made this a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We hadn't been here in awhile, we've been traveling a lot this last year. It was great to visit again and spend a few hours on the "Chef's Journey". This meal was as good as anything we had in Paris. In fact it was as nice a meal as I can remember having anywhere..."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The staff and presentation were superb, and we were very pleased with all but the slightly underdone duck. Other dishes were excellent. Cost reflects the treatment and quality of the entire experience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Not enough reason to go. The food simply didn't deliver on the promise of the restaurant. Nothing terribly wrong, but nothing sufficiently right."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The duck was amazing! The service was great. Overall, this place is a great pick for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A friend of mine and I were celebrating bday, pregnancy, and a promotion. So it was a good occasion for very special dinner. We made reservations at L'Espalier. I am happy we did! The food was excellent. Each dish was better than the previous one, and exceeded our expectations. Not only it tasted delicious and delicate, the way the food at L'Espalier is presented is elegant and beautiful. The ambience is elegant, quiet, yet welcoming."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Worth every penny! Service was great, food was delicious. Definitely would recommend for a special/Romantic occasion."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Started off with drinks in the lounge overlooking buzzing Boylston street. Dining room is elegant and warmly lit (I hate dining in restaurants where I can barely see my food). All our courses, even including the bread, were delicious and the service was excellent. It is pricey but would definitely recommend for a special occasion or treat."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We went for a special lunch, my co-worker and I. It felt exclusive from the moment we entered the private elevator. We were welcomed into a very quiet dining room, only two other tables occupied and 1 other part came while we were eating. The Hama Hama oysters from Washington were the best thing we ate. The portions seemed small because they were served on a gigantic plate, but it was really satisfying. The chef sent out some special appetizers for us to try which were delicious! Nice deserts. We didn't feel rushed at all. And best part-- a 20% coupon for next visit was given to us at the end!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Every dish was an experience to be remember . Food and presentation exquisite. Expensive but worth it."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I went to L'Espalier for dinner with a large group of 13. We were there to celebrate a 40th birthday. The experience was definitely unique with amazing service and presentation of the different courses. We went with the Winter Degustation for everyone at the table. Not everyone liked every dish, but it was nice not having to order separately for each person. The wine pairings were excellent and matched the courses very well. In hindsight, I would not have brought such a large party to L'Espalier. It would probably be best enjoyed with a smaller party (more romantic). Although, we went with a couple who are very much "foodies" and were in heaven! Others at the table did not enjoy this style of food as much."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Wonderful dining experience. As soon as you enter L'Espalier, you feel like a special guest. Everyone is very welcoming and accommodating. If you have to wait for a table there is a lounge where you can enjoy wine and cheese or champagne. On a Friday night we had no problem getting a table and it was not too busy. The food was excellent, with ample bread and delectable amuse bouches to keep one occupied while the food was prepared. We chose the winter prix fixe and everything was stunningly prepared and delicious (lobster)! The one down side is the price. Be prepared to spend a lot of money even without the tasting menu option. Was a little disappointed in dessert which I felt was very ordinary (apple tart) especially for the price."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to L'Espalier for afternoon tea on a Sunday. He loves tea, so I thought that the in-house sommelier, Cynthia Gold, would make L'Espalier worth the expense--and I was right! The service was impeccable, and the food was delicious. We got the Little Red Riding Hood's Basket and the Three Blind Mice. All of the food was amazing, and of course the bottomless tea was perfectly steeped."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This was our second time at L'Espalier. $500 for two of us (Winter menu + 4 glasses of wine, each - the suggested pairings). Over the top pricey. Food was inconsistent. Some very good, but should have been an A, start to finish, instead of a B or B+. For example, the lamb was fabulous. It arrived on stone cold plates with cold vegetable/garnishes. Why? The dessert was lousy. But when the waiter asked how we liked it and we were honest, they brought out another dessert which was very good. The wait staff was attentive but our waiter was poorly groomed (greasy hair) and the cheese waiter looked as if he had crawled out from under a rock. He referred to two of our cheeses as "stinky" cheeses. Far from a class act."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our experience from start to finish was absolutely exquisite. From the little treats presented prior to the meal (smoked gouda eclairs, arugula financieres, gougeres, tangerine macarons) and the amuse-bouche and the bread plate through our appetizers, main course, and desserts, every morsel was delectable. Atmosphere was quiet and relaxing and service was impeccable, attentive yet unobtrusive."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Very polished This espalier produces the very finest pears!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I were treated to an amazing experience this week at L'Espalier. We did the Degustation menu with wine pairings and each course was superb. Our server Nabil was professional and warm, making us feel welcomed and helping with any questions about the food or wine with confidence. Every staff member greeted us warmly and helped to make our time there memorable. The lamb was impeccable, and the cheese board was whimsical and delicious. My favorite was the halibut, the stinging nettle veloute was so flavorful. My boyfriend truly enjoyed an extra course that was sent over with bitter greens and citrus. He said the simplicity was the beauty. We highly recommend this spot, pricey, but soo worth it."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We had a great time last night! The ambiance was great and the food was superb."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My wife and I dined last Saturday at 7, the food was outstanding! The service was rushed. We ordered the 6 course menu paired with 4 wines. We started with martinis, and the food started arriving with the wines. At one point we had our martinis and 2 glasses of wine each in front of us. After we were served the fourth course along with bread and an app.course, I looked at my watch and noticed that we were their for 50 minutes. Having had many tasting menus in the past. This was wrong. When your spending $500.00 for diner, their has to be a pace, that you get to "enjoy" the food that is paired with the "wines". We never got to enjoy the tastes of the lobster, foie gras, or the halibut pairings. Food of this Quality deserves service to match"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Polite and proper service. Very inventive and well constructed food. Degustation menu was balanced and surprising in a good way, but too much food overall. Perhaps fewer courses would be appropriate. Found ourselves having to search for waiters at several points during the evening. A bit more focused attention would be welcome. All in all it was a good experience but not by any means perfect."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The food is nice but the creativity become boring when it will come every time the same way. In this way, the creativity become industrialisation. The dinning was overpriced and know a lot of high rated restaurants in large cities. The service was perfect. Because of the price, I can't refer this restaurant to a friend without saying it."
    Dined on 7/6/2013
  • "The food, of course, is great - nuff said about that. But the formality of the place is over the top - L'Espalier is trying to be more French than the French. They went for a "classic" vibe but overshot and ended up feeling a bit like a geriatric institution. A real shame, as a little more flair would have made the dining experience excellent. As it was, the wait staff seemed a bit uncomfortable in their stiff solicitousness and the decorations and especially the music were almost laughably mid-20th century."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to many top restaurants over the years, mostly in the UK and Europe but also in New York. I have to say that the experience we had at L'Espalier is up there with the best! A wonderful menu, perfectly executed and presented. We will certainly be back."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We have been about five times, and it never disappoints. Everything is top notch, from the food to the service to the decor. It's amazing to me how this place has been so consistently good for so long."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Husband and I went for Saturday Fantasy Tea. Having been to L'Espalier twice for dinner, we expected exceptional service and food. I would say that while our experience was fine, it fell short of the usual excellence in service that we've experienced at L'Espalier in the past. We ran out of tea twice and had to wait quite a while each time to catch the eye of a server going by to refill it, and we also had to ask for milk and sugar once, and also ask for our milk to be refilled when it was empty. That's 4 times we had to ask for empty things to be refilled when the staff ordinarily would just notice and be proactive. The tea sandwiches, scones, and dessert were quite tiny - much smaller than at comparable afternoon tea places in Boston."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Start to finish an amazing experience. It is pricey but worth every penny. Every dish was prepared perfectly and presentated beautifully. I plan on returning soon."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "My lunch at L'Espalier was outstanding, beautifully prepared, executed and served. We shared a most interesting salad and ordered two fish dishes, both of which were lightly done and very fresh though I feel the halibut was slightly better than t he sea bass. Our French white wine was suggested for us and a perfect compliment."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "If it isn't in the top 10 restaurants in Boston, it should be. Excellent food and creative dishes and outstanding wine list. Great that they list the sources of their products. Only thing that let's it down is the decor. Too clinical and cold A bit like the foyer of a medium class hotel."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "An excellent restaurant with a great chef,a laid back ambiance and a delightful,caring service staff."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "It's not easy to look past the very high cost of pleasure at L'Espalier: a restaurant that prices itself in the stratospheric range of Daniel or LeBernardin (yes, I'm a New Yorker) has a lot to answer for. There are some wonderful moments in the menu here (entirely prix fixe), but too many empty spaces. Three courses for $95 implies lots of lagniappe--petits four, granitees, artisanal breads. Not here. Presentation on the plates was surprisingly inartistic--in one case the food pushed to one side of the platter, in another the individual items scattered randomly with no visual focus. But at this price point, food needs to look good, as well as taste good. Attentive and courteous service, but the room seems a bit drab and austere."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Once again Chef McClelland and Maitre d' and Fromager Louis Risoli provided a memorable evening filled with a gastronomic experience beyond compare! Our server Thiago was fantastic, paying attention to every detail! We have been eating at L'Espalier for years and are amazed that each experience is even better than the previous one! We look forward to returning soon for our to our next gastronomic adventure!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "It had been awhile since we had been here, but it reminded us that this is the standard all other restaurants should live up to - exceptional service, outstanding and creative food. It doesn't get better than this in Boston."
    Dined on 1/26/2014