La Voile
La Voile

La Voile

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lavoileboston.net/
  • Phone: 6175874200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday- Sunday: Lunch 12:00-3:00
    Monday- Thursday: Dinner 5:00-10:00
    Friday& Saturday: Dinner 5:00- 10:30
    Sunday: Dinner 5:00- 9:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Raphael Lambert
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact directly.
  • Private Party Contact: Jerome 6175874200x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairfield / Gloucester
  • Public Transit: Copley square or Hynes Convention Center on Green Line
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Near La Voile, Danker and Donohue Parking Garage (Newbury Street, between Hereford Street and Mass Avenue).

    Rate: $30 flat fee with restaurant receipt.
A word from La Voile
La Voile is an authentic French brasserie, opened in Cannes in 1947. After a few years under a new ownership, it relocated to Boston in 2007.
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La Voile reviews from OpenTable diners
197 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (112)fit for foodies (105)neighborhood gem (100)romantic (94)special occasion (92)notable wine list (65)great for lunch (55)good for groups (18)hot spot (17)great for brunch (15)scenic view (13)kid-friendly (11)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)Show More
  • French food
    FrenchChef
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    A limited menu but with wonderful choices of fish or meat. Loved the escargot in garlic/parsley butter! The delicious duck slices and veal stew were both cooked perfectly with excellent sauces. All the dishes were presented with flair. We had our warmed goat cheese with beets salad after the meal followed by a molten chocolate cake. A perfect ending for a birthday dinner. I must mention the wine extensive list with selections from all parts of France will appeal to the most discriminating connoisseur.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great French Bistro
    beacon
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Excellent French Bistro food and ambiance. Great service with friendly wait staff
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic French
    diningrrl
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    La Voile was recommended to us by a French friend as "the most authentic French restaurant in Boston" and it was. Authentic food, service, style. Really wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 114 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1511 reviews are from the La Voile reviews archive.
  • Great Experience
    Delwen
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I invited a party of four to dine at La Voile. We are warmly greeted and be seated very soon. Our waiter was very helpful. I ordered escargot and red snapper. The portion is generous. If the chef really put thought and care into a dish, it does not have to be a large portion to make someone feel satisfied. However, the dessert was a little disappointing compare to the wonderful authentic french appettizer and the main course. After all, it was a great experience dining in La Voile.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place.
    JadedTravlr
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My daughter brought me here and I loved it. Thought I would never find a fabulous French restaurant in Boston (having lived in NYC). But here it is. This is definitely one of the best. Reminds me of being in Paris. Truly great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After theater dining in Back Bay
    Ginty
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We dined after the show and the service was not too hurried for the 10 PM late hour. Food (duck, beef, escargots, and bread) was outstanding. Floating dessert was lovely, but coffee average. Nice wine list. Ship models in glass cases reflect French origins, but are a little masculine in the decor. Will return for patio dining in warmer weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner 2014
    GordyVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Food was excellent ... esp. the foie gras ... was the best in the city, frieze salad was fesh, crispy, Dover Sole was cooked perfectly, moist, very tasty, albeit expense!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An authentic French restaurant
    BackBayArtistVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The maître d' and the wait staff are all French (or speak French fluently), the menu is French and the food is what one would find in a bistro or brasserie in France. The service was rapid -- an improvement over what one finds in France! I are moules and pommes frites -- which were alumettes (like matchsticks). The meal was very tasty. And I enjoyed a generous-sized glass of rose with the meal. I will definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KennVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    This genuine bistro/brasserie has it all. Definitely one of the very best in Boston. Love their whole chicken for 2, deboned at the table. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bland or Unappetizing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Inattentive waiter. Most of the time my drink glass was empty. I nearly started pouring wine for everyone myself, but the bottle was on the other side of the room in a chiller. We asked other waiters. The waiter gave my medium-rare steak to the person who ordered it medium. We had to switch after we'd begun eating. The foie gras that came with the steak tasted like dog food smells. All three of us agreed on that. I guess it was off. It was pushed to the side on both plates. My wife commented that she'd never seen two people both not eat their foie gras. The steak lacked flavor. My wife had lobster and scallops with risotto. She liked it. The cheese plate and the mussels were good. Overall disappointing. Not going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We were taken back to France at this wonderful restaurant. Everyone we came into contact with was from France. The food was authentic, and delicious. We got the $42 menu. I had the foie gras and my husband had the soup appetizer. I had the duck & my husband had the snapper for our entrees. Our waiter suggested a perfect Pinot. Everything was perfectly prepared and served (even when they were a waiter down). This was recommended by a local, which we are so thankful for. If you enjoy French cuisine and want a unique (to the States) and fantastic local experience, do not pass up La Voile. If we ever have the pleasure of visiting Boston again, we will return to La Voile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    La Voile has consistently hit the mark and has become our favorite place to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day Lunch
    RolandVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had an again an exceptional good time at La Voile. The food was excellent as always. Our kids choose their favorites rom the a la carte menu - Foie Gras, Risotto, Veal Stew and Duck. My wife and I had the menu, foie gras, lobster salad, salmon and steak. While the restaurant was very busy, our service was still very good and the timing of our courses was more french than (fast food) american, which we prefer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my choice for mother's day
    theMrsK
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Aside from being the our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood, it is also our "go-to" for special occasions (most recent was Easter brunch). I asked my family to take me and a friend to La Voile for our Mother's Day brunch and it was not to disappoint! We were so lucky that the weather was perfect and were able to sit outside under the beautiful umbrellas and sip the chilled rose. Our service was perfect per usual and of course Jerome's visits to the table rounded out our delightful dining experience with his charm and welcome. Merci beaucoup La Voile!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best French Restaurant in Boston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have been to La Voile for lunch, for a late afternoon snack and wine and for dinner. We have been seated outside and inside. It remains the most authentically French restaurant in Boston.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maxim Rocks!
    Rowrowrowboat
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our waiter Maxim was a superb raconteur and wine guide. Not surprising that he is the wine director for the bistro; we certainly savored the salmon as an entree for Madame and Le Homard for M'sieur. The rose from Sancerre was worth every extra dollar after we compared it to the house rose, which was also superb. Totally enjoyable Mother's Day luncheon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    FIG777
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our first visit to Boston found us looking for great restaurants. Read online impressive comments about La Voile. We love real French foods having been to France several times. La Voile was perfectly "French"...boisterous and exciting. Best foie gras ever! Other foods were very French and served French style. Hostess and waiters were French but spoke English also. Service was great. Our experience was delightful. Our daughter who speaks French and loves everything French is putting this restaurant on her list for her next visit. We recommend it highly...whether you have been to France or not. You will feel like you are there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Jeff
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great service, and pleasant staff made our evening more enjoyable. The "coupette" at the end of the meal was a nice touch. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • salads lacking
    cheeseluverVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Was looking forward to getting to this restaurant for a long time. Lobster/ scallop dish excellent but disappointed that the salads we had were quite bland and not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific all around!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was our first time-we had a lovely experience and we'll definitely come back! We will be sure to recommend La Voile to our friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic
    Bill02493
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We stopped for lunch on a warm Saturday. The outside tables were bustling, but we chose to dine inside, which felt like stepping into a French bistro. The service was very attentive, and the food was excellent. I tried the duo of terrine and pan-seared foie gras with a salad, which I would highly recommend. Definitely on the list to return to soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic
    jake6624
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We loved this restaurant! The service was fantastic but the food was what makes the place! If you want amazing, authentic French food, this place is the best in the Boston area. The patio is on Newbury street- great for people watching but still felt private. Our server was knowledgable and friendly. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not up to usual !
    ToudelooVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    But anybody can have an off day. Saturday 5/3 was one of confused service and decent , but not exceptional food , as is usually the case. Steak frites was very tough and Dover sole a bit dry. Aps and dessert were lovely.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The service was terrible! Our lunch took 2 hours!
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a little corner of France
    Katems
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    So lovely to find an authentic French restaurant that provides such great food in such a really French environment. Love that it is French by the French. Not faux French. It will be our new go to restaurant. Completely delightful.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new favorite in Back Bay
    WrywriterVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    If you are looking for an authentic bistro experience, you can't go wrong at La Voile. The food is terrific, the sommelier steered us toward a delicious and reasonably priced bottle of wine (most recent visit), and everyone was friendly and helpful. It is a comfortable restaurant that never disappoints. The duck and beef tenderloin were both moist and flavorful. The frites are the real deal.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The South of France in Back Bay
    RogerVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    A great French Mediterannean restaurant taking you to Cannes in the heart of Back Bay. I spent much of my life in France and moving to Boston, it was great to discover La Voile with its authentic food, super friendly all-French staff, and Mediterannean decor. The fresh grilled fish was made to perfection!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Classy, Romatic, Great Food
    AWBoston
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    La Voile is what I imagine a café in the south of France to look like. Mostly based on the décor and that all the staff members I've encountered are French. Overall ambiance felt like being in a cozy French restaurant that you might see in a movie. Both the quality and presentation of the food (entrees and dessert) and drinks are excellent. Pricey, but the food and atmosphere live up the what you would expect for the price. Only minor drawback was that I had some trouble understanding one of the waiters who had a heavy French accent. Good place for a date or for a small group of friends.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must go dinner
    Baja
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    2nd time going. Food is very, very good with interesting menu choices. Service is well above par for this area and level of resteraunt. Small, gets lively when crowded but that makes a great atmosphere if you are prepared for it. Also, wine choices are good and selections reasonably priced. I'll return again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but worth it
    CharlieVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    This is not a cheap restaurant, but if you can afford a $150-$200 meal (2 cocktails, 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, bottle of wine, tax, tip), the food is excellent.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a good meal, nice ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    this is a favorite of ours, great service in a cozy dining room, tables are a bit close together, food is consistently good, often excellent. Recent meal of duck was very tasty, but somewhat fatty; our other dinner of lobster and scallops over lobster bisque risotto was outstanding. Order the signature "la voile" cocktail-and the mussels and frites are always great.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very pleasant experience
    Pavlo33
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Excellent atmosphere, nice team of waiters, delicious food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a wonderful family lunch on Easter at La Voile. The waitstaff was very attentive, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was festive. Thanks so much for a memorable dining experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    First time there, service and food were fantastic. From the moment we entered the staff were all very polite and attentive. could not have enjoyed ourselves more. We were there for Easter lunch and it made for a great afternoon. Make sure you try the foie gras and mussels. My son had the veal stew and said it was one of his best meals ever. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The food was delicious, but the issues with the service really hindered my ability to enjoy the meal. We waited over 1/2 hour for Bloody Mary's, only to then be told the restaurant had run out of tomato juice, and to wait another 10 minutes. We had to wait to ask about a possible childrens' menu. We had 4+ servers. We finally ordered our food, the food was slow, and even then two people did not have food for most of the time I was eating. My daughter asked for ketchup, never got it, and finally got another server to get her some (the french fries were no longer hot.) Then, when we wrere done, two servers brought us the bill separately. This was not a cheap meal, and the automatic 18% gratuity was not, in my opinion, earned.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent French restaurant
    Shenandoah
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The service style is a bit unusual. Unlike American restaurant, you set the pace. At first it is a little bit disconcerting. then we realize that this is typical French Continental service. The food and environment were absolutely first class. The wines were delicious. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trip to Paris
    SisterVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Lunch at La Voile is like finding a bistrot on a guiet street in Paris and being so pleasantly surprised. Warm and welcoming, fabulous service and the food never disappoints: carrot soup as smooth as velvet, a bit of pate and a sea bass filleted table side - what's not to love?
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leisurely lunch in the sun
    AtticusVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    What could be better than sitting on a patio on a sunny day with a delicious meal. La Voile has all the elements for the perfect leisurely afternoon. The food is simple but delicious not boring like so many other options. Carrot soup with a hint of cumin, Panini grilled perfectly, salmon lightly seasoned. Super!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastique!
    Geoff
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    This is our third time being here and every time the food and service were excellent! We were a group of 6: 5 adults and a toddler, and they accommodated our 2.5 year old daughter well. They get points for this!! Fois gras is our go-to dish. Everything we had were great: moules, lobster and scallop, whole seabass, duck. One of the best restaurants in the Boston area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, but issues
    SFNN
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food was delicious. Service was slow (we actually think they brought our food to the wrong table and then had to regroup and remake ours). However, everyone was very courteous. Do note that reservations are for indoors only. They have a GREAT outdoor seating area on Newbury Street, but reservations are always sat indoors (even if you request outdoors in your reservation).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.