La Voile Brookline

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Contemporary French
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. Now, a second location is opened on Washington Square
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JL
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday party for my son and his mom: 6 persons : Excellent food and very special wines

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RC
New England
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at La Voile was absolutely wonderful! The warm foie gras was superb, as was the scallops and cod dishes. We so enjoyed our evening there, and recommend La Voile for a delightful dining experience in Washington Square.

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E
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, well prepared and presented. Attentive service.

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LR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were a large group for brunch coming to celebrate graduation. The food was excellent and while the service was good, they just didn't quite seem to have it together. The wait staff didn't all seem like they knew what they were doing and we weren't offered/asked if we wanted more drinks, dessert menus, etc. just the typical stuff. They weren't rude or totally lax, but they just didn't all seem to know what was going on. That said, we were a loud big group so it could have been a little overwhelming. The food was EXCELLENT and the price point was great. We had some picky eaters and everyone was charmed and stuffed by the menu! Thank you for helping us celebrate!

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AC
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

My first time there. Excellent food with an expansive bistro menu. Very nice setting - lively but still comfortable for conversation. Will definitely return. Only slight off note was that service was a little sluggish, although very proper and professional.

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EF
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service very good. Many good choices. Atmosphere early very pleasant, gets a bit noisy later.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Perfectly adequate local authentic French restaurant. I would happily return

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DL
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great wine selection. Cozy atmosphere right in Washington square.

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AF
New England
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Took friends out for a celebratory lunch on a rainy Sunday, and we were one of two tables. Good service, delicious food, excellent price to quality ratio (very large portions for a French restaurant!). Parking was tough.

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SR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a work dinner for seven people with very different tastes -- beer fans, wine fans, apple juice fans, carnivores, pescatarians, foodies, and picky eaters. Everything was terrific; all of us left happy (no small feat). The service was also exceptionally friendly and attentive, from the host at the door to the several staff members keeping an eye on our table. Great job, La Voile! We'll be back.

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VS
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely little spot for a nice dinner in Brookline. Service was great, wines were nicely priced with good options. The prix fixe dinner menu was definitely a good buy. For the three of us dining, none of us felt that our entrees were anything better than good. Fish was a little dry, steak was a little fatty and the frites weren't particularly hot, and the roast chicken (which came highly recommended) was not particularly moist or flavorful. Bread was great, soups and salads were delicious, and the dessert was perfect. So, just need to navigate the main courses a little carefully.

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ND
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Quite a disappointing dinner experience. Had an ok onion soup, and we both ordered duck confit that were not confit but perhaps roasted instead of braised in duck fat...the gratin Dauphinois was pathetic as were the soggy, dark brown French fries...but the foie gras terrine was excellent as was the service and wine. Decor sad and drab.

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B
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really loved LaVoile. The ambience is perfect and the food was magical. The entrecôte and fries was classic and the risotto was extraordinary. We will happily return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff and an amazing flavor palate.

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AW
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Maybe I should have given them 5 stars instead of 4, because we had a very nice evening and they were generous in fixing a mistake. We ordered both foie gras offerings as an appetizer for the table to share. It never came. When our dinners arrived, we said to skip the foie gras. We were disappointed because a French restaurant is where to go to get that! The dinners were excellent, the staff talented at deboning the fish, and they were attentive. We ordered one dessert for the table, and they added a tasting dessert plate for the table to share as well. It was on the house, a classy thing to do. We will definitely return.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food authentically French and reasonably priced. Portions are generally large except for the fois gras.

The waiter was a bit obtuse but well intentioned.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is not so much a review as a few comments and recommendations. I really like the food, the ambience, and the service at La Voile (also the wine list, which is excellent and affordable whether you order by the bottle or the glass), but I wish the menu were a bit more extensive or, short of that, more varied. I really miss the red snapper entree. It was superb - better than anything I could make at home and something I could highly recommend to others. One idea might be to send out notices to customers on your mailing list announcing a new dish or two that has been added to the menu. That would definitely appeal to people like me who really appreciate La Voile and are looking for more reasons to dine there.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

A BIG BUG came on the salad. We wanted to leave with our food UNTOUCHED and they asked us to pay for it TERRIBLE PLACE AND SERVICE. Never go.

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way. The dover sole is one of our favorites and it was once again delicious and fresh. The soup special was asparagus which was awesome. Service was excellent.

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OT
New England
22 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Boston/Brookline. Both locations are terrific. Boston locale is more lively; Brookline more intimate.

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T
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Small and cosy, with excellent customer service. Be prepared to be transported to France. Food is reliably good.

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JD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food is good.
The service is friendly.
The place is not overcrowded, which is good AFAIC.

BUT:
They play HORRIBLE Euro-trash-pop music AT HIGH VOLUME!
We asked them to turn it down, but they didn't turn it down enough.
If you like to dine with a lot of loud garbage in the background, this won't bother you.
If you seek a little peace and quiet, too bad.

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DB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I would recommend that a friend not go on a Saturday night when the noise level was uncomfortably high so that my companion and I could not carry on a normal conversation. The food and service were fine but I would hesitate to come again except during off hours. My duck breast was tasty and well prepared. The service was attentive and pleasant.

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OT
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was mixed, both entrees overdone. It is a very pleasant place, and the service is quite attentive, but it is costly for what it it.

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I
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Voile was a delightful experience! The ambiance is lovely, the food is delicious, and the staff is warm and knowledgeable. We cannot wait to come back again! Thank you!

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BB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming French Bistro with excellent food, service and ambiance. Good value with the prix fixe menu. Try the pate, quiche, or mussels for 1st and/or 2nd courses, and then chocolate mousse or creme brulee for dessert. Great coffee too!

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening: food , ambience, service all outstanding. After a suspected error re: a food allergy (waitstaff detected), they corrected it more than graciously.
Actually quiet corner table was a nice surprise.

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H
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

La Voile was a nice restaurant for a birthday dinner. The atmosphere was festive and French albeit noisy. The menu had a lot of tasty Bistro options and everyone enjoyed their dinners. However the service was chaotic. Many servers, but who didn’t seem to know the menu or wine list. I ordered the chicken and 10 minutes later someone returned to say there was no chicken. What? And then I ordered champagne, same thing...10 minutes later no champagne. What French restaurant is out of chicken and champagne? Drinks were delayed in being brought to the table as well as one of the dinners. The food was excellent so would try it again... maybe an off night.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It wasn’t the best night for La Voile which normally we adore. The drinks took 30 minutes to arrive. Our salads were barely dressed. Still we’ll be back to try again.

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DF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

La Voile is my neighborhood restaurant. The food is always good, the service exemplar, the ambience pleasant.

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C
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It is always a nice place to dine at. The food is very good , the service excellent. All at a reasonable price.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Decided on La Voile for my fathers birthday and it did not disappoint. Even though our server was new/training she was very knowledgeable and gave great recommendations. We did wait for a bit for our food but it didn’t bother us as that is to be expected dinning at 730 on a Thursday night during Boston Dine Out. Overall the food was amazing and the service/ambiance was great! Will be coming back again.

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OT
New England
21 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Inappropriate training at the table. Should teach how to open a bottle of wine behind the patron table. Appetizer was good and the only dish that was enjoyable. The main could of duck confit skin was very tough and chewey cooked completely ahead of time and then seemed like it was reheated in microwave.
I was very hungry and unhappily consumed the small serving. The floating island was so sweet that I could not consume and when the new server remained did not offer a substitute or inform a supervisor/manager. I didn't leave a tip and the manager chased me down the street. My wine that I had not finished in the bottle was given to me in a regular grocery plastic bag and at first not even closed. Experience was very unnerving and upsetting.

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WA
New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Upon entry, the restaurant had an unusual odor.. vinegar or something? We made a reservation and were seated right next to the kitchen close to other diners when the restaurant was not crowded. The service was not great and a server was being trained which was not good practice during restaurant week. Note we did NOT order items off the dining week menu and I have to say the food was quit good. My daughter had the rib eye and I had the duck breast and we had the smoked salmon appetizer. I think we would give it another chance, only because the quality of food saved it. Also, they were out of sea bass which was disappointing.

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j
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good.Service excellent. Low noise level. will return and recommend to friends

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AZ
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is pretty good, wish the waiter able to tell more about the menu.

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n
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing gem with incredible service, ambience, and food.

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NM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the French atmosphere, food, drinks, etc. Great fine dining.

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P
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening. Excellent food and service.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, service, and experience. Will definitely be back!!

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