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 Food
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L'Espalier reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since June 3, 2014
- Ambiance4.6Noise LevelQuiet
special occasion (112)romantic (100)fit for foodies (94)notable wine list (78)neighborhood gem (15)great for lunch (14)good for groups (13)hot spot (6)scenic view (6)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
- 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. SoOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined 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.
- The new L'Espalier is veryPeterHuDined on 10/19/2008The new L'Espalier is very different from the original one on Gloucester Street. The new one is as modern and sleek as the original was elegant and traditional. Service was impeccable. Food was wonderful. The menu is course-based, not ala carte. We had a 3-course meal with wine pairings, preceded by a caviar course. This is a "special occasion" restaurant for us, comparable to Le Bec Fin in Philly in our book. We're sorry we did not have room for the cheese course as it looked wonderful. We were not rushed- took 2+ hours for our meal. Loved every minute.Special Features:
- There are three rooms in theLynnifred55VIPDined on 10/19/2008There are three rooms in the new restaurant. The first one closest to Boylston Street was fairly intimate with open space between tables. Very nice. The library, too, was reminiscent of the old L'Espalier, but no view. The middle room was a bit large for my taste. We did the six course tasting with accompanying wines. An extraordinary luxury but the tastes and contrasts and the individual approach to the dining experience made it a rare dining occasion. Our wait staff was second to none - warm, helpful, and looking to make our experience unique.Special Features:
- not like the old L'Espalier.OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 10/18/2008not like the old L'Espalier. Service was ok, atmosphere was modern, completely different from the old. Food was good, but not excellent. Probably would not go back.
- Overall good service- attentiveSabine1215Dined on 10/13/2008Overall good service- attentive without being overpowering. Food very good, but pricey; I'm from NYC and used to expensive restaurants but this was a little excessive. Very attractive, neutral dining room. Would go backSpecial Features:
- Prepare to be pampered atHubcrawlerVIPDined on 10/12/2008Prepare to be pampered at the new location of this gourmet gem. I especially recommend the Chef's Tasting with accompanying wine flight. The caviar assortment is outstanding. While extremely pricey, it is well worth every cent spent in this trying economy. For that special occasion, there is nothing like it for good food, very attentive personalized service, and attention to detail. The one sad passing is the move from its prior romantic digs on Gloucester Street to the rather more artsy, modern, minimalist space over at the Mandarin Oriental. Other than this passing disappointment - superb!Special Features:
- I was so disappointed. TheOpenTable Diner Since 2002Dined on 10/10/2008I was so disappointed. The food had been sitting under the warmer for a while. I have travelled extensively and eaten in many of the world's finest restaurants. I would not return here.
- If you were used to the olddisappointedVIPDined on 10/2/2008If you were used to the old L'espalier this new version may be a shock. Very modern, minimalist but luxurious decor, very "hotel dining room". Same incredible service. Definitely an event or expense account destination - prices are extremely high and portions quite small.Special Features:
- Outstanding food, presentation,LibbyDined on 9/28/2008Outstanding food, presentation, service. We chose the six course tasting menu. They were very accommodating in substituting courses if desired. Everything was exquisite. Brand new location. Contemporary feel.Special Features:
- Still like the old place betterihartDined on 9/27/2008Still like the old place better but food was wonderful..Special Features:
- Fabulous! Not much else toOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 9/26/2008Fabulous! Not much else to say. The new location is very nicely done but has a very different feel than the 30 Gloucester St. location.Special Features:
- Superb. A complete changeOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 9/24/2008Superb. A complete change from the old location, and I think a successful one. Very elegant, modern, and with a spectacular kitchen. Food was incredible.Special Features:
- The restaurant in its oldRichDined on 9/18/2008The restaurant in its old location was classic French. It now has a more Asian ambience and reminds me of Four Seasons in NYC. Something has been lost in the move. The food is still excellent and the service very good. They attempted to seat us in a travelled area near the door to the room. Then they moved us to a table which had a pillar to our left and no view. Finally they seated us at a window table backing up to a private room which was very noisy. We missed the cozy and quiet rooms on Gloucester Street. As good as the food is, we will probably not return soon.Special Features:
- I took my wife for her birthdayMarcVIPDined on 9/14/2008I took my wife for her birthday and it was truly memorable. Possibly the best restaurant in Boston. It starts by being greeted by name as we entered. From there, the service remained outstanding. We chose the Seasonal Degustation with wine pairing. The waiter was great. Polite and knowledgeable. We really felt special. We each made a few different substitutions from the menu so the waiter made appropriate wine substitutions. The chef is just unbelievable. The "grand fromage" was quite impressive (ask to see the cart!) and it all ended with a fabulous dessert. Overall, it was romantic, the food was incredible, the service was excellent. I cannot imagine being disappointed by L'Espalier. It truly exceeded my expectations.Special Features: