774 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $50 and over
- 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.
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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- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
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L'Espalier reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since July 2, 2014
- Ambiance4.6Noise LevelQuiet
special occasion (119)romantic (111)fit for foodies (106)notable wine list (83)neighborhood gem (19)good for groups (14)scenic view (14)great for lunch (13)hot spot (8)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (1)Show More
- The new location is quiteqmisVIPDined on 11/20/2008The new location is quite modern and contemporary. Great attention to detail in the decor and on the plate are evident. The portion sizes are on the small side but adequate. The prix-fixe power lunch menu is well worth the price. If you sit by the front windows, you can look out onto Boylston Street.Special Features:
- It was super. The presentationOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 11/20/2008It was super. The presentation was stunning and the food was excellent. The short ribs melted in my mouth. The chocolate cake for dessert was basically a glorified brownie but still very good. The wait staff was very attentive.Special Features:
- We went there for a lunchOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 11/19/2008We went there for a lunch during the restaurant week. The ambiance of this recently opened new location charmed us. As to the food – we are gourmands and expected from a French place to impress our epicurean palate. And the chef didn’t disappoint us. The first and second courses were exceptional! Though the portions were miniscule the food taste contented our appetite. So we’ve anticipated to become equally impressed by their desert chef and the only offered on menu “triple chocolate cake”… Such disenchantment!!! I buy better quality brownies in bulk from BJ’s Club than we were served “the triple chocolate cake” at l’Espalier! This desert was a slap in the face!Special Features:
- Attentive staff. Great culinaryOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 11/18/2008Attentive staff. Great culinary pairings. Enjoyable experience.Special Features:
- Not as good as it used toOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/18/2008Not as good as it used to be! Not worth the high cost for the experience. Pretentious, still smoothing out the rough edges. Modern and sleek, instead of warm and charming. (The view of the huge Lord and Taylor sign is "in your face" and disturbing. What was the designer thinking!) Food is tasty, well prepared. Very small portions; we were hungry two hours later. The service is formal, awkward. The many waiters, servers, busboys sometime seemed to get in each others way. The busboy brings the food, the waiter announces exactly what is being served, and where the food came from; "The lady is having a salad of mixed baby greens from XYZ farm in NH, with ABC cheese from DEF farm also in NH." Not the place for that very special occasion!Special Features:
- Food was great, particularlyEatsMcEatersonDined on 11/18/2008Food was great, particularly the chocoalte dessert-- I was not expecting something chocolate to be so great. The service was spotty and sometimes overly attentive but didn't really disturb the meal. The timing between courses was great.Special Features:
- This was our first visit toRadmooVIPDined on 11/17/2008This was our first visit to L'Espalier. We figured it would be nice to try as part of restaurant stimulus week. Perhaps they are still 'working out the kinks" in their new locale. But I truly felt that they just didn't have it all together, at least not where service is concerend. For a HIGH-END establishment with HIGH-END prices to match, I expect top-notch service and although this wasn't bad, it wasn't great, either. Not sure if we'd go back. maybe they weren't happy w/folks looking for a "bargain" lunch? I like to quote Julia Roberts line from "Pretty Woman" - big mistake! You NEVEr know who is dining in your establishment so you should ALWAYS be on best behavior.Special Features:
- Food was lovely as usual (pumpkinOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 11/17/2008Food was lovely as usual (pumpkin soup was mind blowing). T'was the start of restaurant week and the dining room was slammed. Normally awesome service suffered for this reason, but it was still a very pleasant afternoon.
- Although very different thanBillVIPDined on 11/17/2008Although very different than the old L'Espalier in atmosphere and decor, the new L'Espalier lives up to the old one in the quality of food and service which is top-notch. The new dining rooms are elegant and comfortable with views out over Boylston Street. I hosted a group of four for lunch and we were all very pleased and impressed.Special Features:
- Excellent food by a creativeOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/16/2008Excellent food by a creative chef. But ingredients like parsnip, turnips which some people can't eat, were used multiple times in appetizers, entree and even dessert. This greatly limited the number of choices for me. Decor and service calculated to impress rather than make one comfortable. Room decor is classy but very cold-lot's of glass and metal. Biggest turnoff was the wait staff who did a good job of serving but were completely stiff and ridiculously pompous-formality and elegance need not be snobbish.Special Features:
- My husband and I have eatenBostonmomof2VIPDined on 11/15/2008My husband and I have eaten at L'Espalier to celebrate our anniversary and birthdays. Every time, we have had excellent service and a very enjoyable meal. The new location is just as comfortable as the old one. I would highly recommend this restaurant to celebrate a very special occasion.Special Features:
- I enjoyed afternoon tea atOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 11/15/2008I enjoyed afternoon tea at L'Espalier for the first time this weekend. It was slow-paced and relaxing. Food was good although for lite tea (no sandwiches) I thought it was a bit pricey considering what you got. I missed having something with fresh fruit: a tart, a chocolate dipped strawberry - something like that. The pot of tea was nice and hot and brewed strong and flavorful. I would have liked a bit more or at least additional hot water to add to it.Special Features:
- This is the first time I dinedOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 11/14/2008This is the first time I dined at the restraunt. It was a special occasion for my wife's birthday. We both ordered the autumn degustation menu. The service was impeccable, the food bursting with flavors, and the ambience and experience were outstanding. We would definitely come back for another special occasion.Special Features:
- I've always celebrate my birthdayAnnieDined on 11/14/2008I've always celebrate my birthday here. This is the first time I visit their new location. The decoration is definetely not as good & unitque as their old place. I've asked for a window table but instead got tuck away in the corner. Kind of disappointed. The food is still great and the service is very good.Special Features:
- Service was poor. ServersOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 11/14/2008Service was poor. Servers seemed ill at ease and unsure. It took 40 minutes for our entree to come out. Had toaskfor bread. Asked 3 times for a cup of coffee. Check came before we were asked about dessert. Food was very good.
- All the ratings and reviewsOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 11/12/2008All the ratings and reviews rank L'Espalier high and they should. We had a thoroughly enjoyable dinner with good wine and attentive service, a throwback to the fine establishments one would find in a Paris, London even Shanghai. Kudos to the Chef!Special Features:
- We participated in the chef'sOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 11/8/2008We participated in the chef's tasting journey, which was amazing, and we did the wine pairing as well. It was super expensive, but definitely worth it. Among the highlights - oyster was seasoned perfectly, the lobster claw in soup was beautiful, the foie gras was delicious, and the elk and lamb at the end were phenomenal, and all the wine pairings were perfect.Special Features:
- We prefer the former locationOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 11/7/2008We prefer the former location -- a lot more intimate and unique than the new, more traditional setting and layout.Special Features:
- Wonderful experience yet again.OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 11/7/2008Wonderful experience yet again. Service was slightly rushed.Special Features:
- We loved the 'old' L'EspalierSilkeVIPDined on 11/6/2008We loved the 'old' L'Espalier ambiance and found this a tiny bit 'New Yorky' esp. with the windows looking out on the giant Lord & Taylor sign. I have never been as crazy about some of L'Espalier's 'creative' food combinations... Concord grape foam, etc. but the food was lovely. The service was fantastic, almost like Europe. This is definitely a 'special occasion' place for us... it was my husband's birthday, and he really enjoyed it. I personally prefer the more robust cuisine of Sel de la Terre, but there's nothing like a really fancy fine dinner with exquisite service once in a while!Special Features:
- My first visit to the "new"OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 11/6/2008My first visit to the "new" L'espalier was a joy. Chef McClelland and his staff put forth a marvelous effort as always.
- This is a special place thatOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 11/4/2008This is a special place that should be taken seriously. You need to allow time and relaxation to take over as you will experience dining the way dining was meant to be. The food was super and the service even better.Special Features:
- I was disappointed by theOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 11/1/2008I was disappointed by the new L'Espalier. They have some kinks to work out - we were ignored for a long time in the lounge and then they were very slow to deliver our drinks. We were seated in the library which was pleasant but over crowded. We liked the privacy of the older restaurant - I don't need to hear the conversations of the tables around me. The room seemed hectic to me as plates were delivered to tables - at one point it felt like there was more staff in the room than patrons. L'Espalier is no longer special - it's just like any other high end Boston restaurant.Special Features:
- I never thought it was possibleRsidepersonVIPDined on 11/1/2008I never thought it was possible to receive such good service it would taint my opinion of a place, but it happened at L'Espalier. It was difficult to relax with so many people watching and waiting for me to empty a plate or dirty a napkin. And of course, each time someone approached the table to offer a clean something or other or offer us more this or that, my conversation with my fellow diner was interupted. Unfortunately, the excessive service made for a less than desirable experience. That said, I loved the food and would overcome the atmosphere for it.Special Features:
- Had the chef's tasting menuOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 11/1/2008Had the chef's tasting menu with wine pairing. Loved the food and the wine.Special Features:
- This was the first time werebrivvedVIPDined on 10/31/2008This was the first time we had been to the new location. While it doesn't have the charm of the original location, it is still quite nice. We had the autumn degustation menu, which was delicious. We were, however, disappointed with our desserts. The cheeses were good. But, everything else was mediocre, at best. Also, the wine pairings weren't very inspiring. Muscat from Greece? I don't think so. Lastly, my cabernet didn't arrive at all. Our server "comped" me a glass of port with dessert. I enjoyed it. But, I don't see how paying for a glass of wine I ordered but didn't drink and getting one I didn't order is a "comp". I still paid, but got something I didn't order. In spite of these "nits", we love L'Espalier and will be back in the fSpecial Features:
- Food was excellent. Did notOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 10/31/2008Food was excellent. Did not care for the white - Rioja Vina Tondonia. Sparkling wine from Westport River was surprisingly good. In France, the wait staff are always slender and well dressed; not so at L'Espalier.Special Features:
- I understand this is fineOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 10/26/2008I understand this is fine dining, however this restaurant is way over priced. There were four people in our party, the check was $850.00 and we did not go over board on the drinks. The food was good, but the portions were small. Two people in our party ordered the oysters with halibut checks. The halibut tested extremely fishy. The service was excellent. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. Taking the prices into account, I would only dine at this restaurant on special occasions.Special Features:
- L'Espalier is now my favoriteOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 10/25/2008L'Espalier is now my favorite restaurant of all time. The service is outstanding and the food is the best I have had. I also love that they give you all kinds of free morsels of food throughout the entire meal.Special Features:
- I will admit to being a fussyOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 10/25/2008I will admit to being a fussy eater but I always found plenty to choose from at L'espalier in the past.The menu I remember was very extensive and it was never a problem to mix and match courses.Our waiter gave all 4 of us the impression that this was discouraged by the chef.In the end we all found things to eat and we even liked everything, but the experience itself was not memorable.The food was fine at best and the portions were skimpy.The service was too hovering and the coffee we ordered did not come until we asked twice.The 2nd time the waiter was almost snippy. Also,the petit fours did not arrive until the bill was long paid.Overall it was a lot of money when we could have been happier at Mistral or Sorrelina for less money!Special Features:
- I miss the quiet charm ofOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 10/25/2008I miss the quiet charm of the old location but the food is just as fantastic, although, perhaps it's my imagination, but the portions seem to have halved! Lovely desserts, cheese assortments, wine, and... oh don't miss the fig bread!Special Features:
- Simply amazing. We had theOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 10/24/2008Simply amazing. We had the seasonal degustation menu, and it was excellent from top to bottom, as was the wine list; they even accommodated a request to substitute the appetizer for my date. The staff was incredibly professional and corteous, yet not stuffy or off-putting. The entire experience was worth every penny of it!Special Features:
- Overrated, I'm afraid. SoHM71Dined on 10/24/2008Overrated, I'm afraid. So terribly expensive -- I really expected something extraordinary. But the food, wine pairings, service, and ambiance were on a par with meals I've had that were half the price. A big disappointment.
- I chose L'Espalier as a surpriseetrainDined on 10/22/2008I chose L'Espalier as a surprise destination for a recent anniversary meal. The food was great, as was the ambiance and most of the service. I gave the service four stars because I believe they forgot to bring us Port with our cheese (a fact I didn't realize until after the meal) despite the fact that we ordered the Grand Vintner's pairing with our Summer Degustation. The service was otherwise fantastic, and I'm sure if I had said something they would have corrected their error right away. Highlights included the butter poached lobster and risotto, as well as the foie gras and cheese course (even without port). Overall, a perfect place to spend a romantic special occasion.Special Features:
- My wife and I enjoyed a beautifulOpenTable Diner Since 2003Dined on 10/22/2008My wife and I enjoyed a beautiful evening at L'Espalier this past week. Our waiter, Ivan, and his team were wonderful, while the sommelier (whose name unfortunately escapes me) provided us with with a beautiful wine tasting complete with an explanation of her choices for pairings. Truly an incredible dining experience.Special Features:
- My husband said it was theOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 10/22/2008My husband said it was the best meal he has ever had in a restaurant, and he's been to alot of them. It was truly a fine dining experience.Special Features:
- L'Espalier is arguably theNoireDined on 10/21/2008L'Espalier is arguably the best restaurant in Boston, and the food at the new location is quite as wonderful as at the old. French but modern, not usually too far out of the envelope (though one of our desserts was hitting there) but always with just enough edge to be interesting. And absolutely perfectly prepared. I'm not sure how I feel about the new space. It is not nearly as romantic as the old townhouse, but it's far larger and more comfortable. Because of the space there is plenty of room between tables and it's much quieter. But I miss the charm and warmth of the old place...Special Features:
- Food was fabulous. Menu waspenchickVIPDined on 10/20/2008Food was fabulous. Menu was a little confusing and the coordinated delivery of food was a little pretentious. Really enjoyed the experience though. They remembered it was my birthday which was impressive.Special Features:
- We celebrated our 5th anniversarysayThatAGAINVIPDined on 10/19/2008We celebrated our 5th anniversary at L'Espalier and chose the Chef's Choice Journey accompanied with wine. We left four hours later, sated, impressed, and amazed that time had flown. We enjoyed portions of oysters, lobster, scallops, fois gras, wood pigeon, lamb, sorbet, cheese, soufflé, not to mention two complimentary appetizers. Each was superior, flavorful, and unique. The service was impeccable and personable. The sommelier was dignified, entertaining, and informative. We had been to the original L'Espalier and the fare at this new restaurant is more consistently outstanding and overall it is better. A MUST!!! CAUTION: Park at the restaurant around the corner NOT at the Mandarin Hotel; the cost of valet at Mandarin is exorbitant.Special Features:
- No comparison with old locationOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 10/19/2008No comparison with old location at Gloucester street. Lost all charm, now just regular contemporary restaurant. Slow service.