La Voile Brookline

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609 reviews
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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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DF
New England
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Dinner at La Voile is and was always a pleasure. This time however the service was less than acceptable. My dining partner's plate was whisked away the minute she was finished while I was still eating, twice. The quality of my steak was less than acceptable. Too much grizzle, too hard to chew. Still, those things happen. Dinner at La Voile has always been a pleasurable experience.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Totally underwhelmed with the quality of service and ambience. Certainly not worth what we spent for the meal.

JI
New England
52 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We have had a number of very nice meals at La Voile. Unfortunately, with the exception of the service, last night was not one of them While the salad and french onion soup were great, my wife's salmon was overcooked. The flavor of my steak was good, but it had fibers running through it that made it extremely difficult to cut and to chew. Dessert also left something to be desired.

I've had too many good experiences at La Voile to give up on it yet. But if it happens again, it will be off the list.

C
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great melon soup and predictably delicious food.

SH
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real genuine treat! Everything was great!

J
New England
39 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The entrees were excellent; the service outstanding; and the wine selection, a plethora of riches.

S
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service, definitely going back!

s
New England
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food excellent!
Service excellent!
Upstairs is much quieter but we requested upstairs due to having one of the party who was blind
Very much enjoyed experience and will definitely return

G
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good but came cold.

M
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, gracious service, delicious food beautifully presented, pleasant acoustics permit conversation. A positive experience difficult to replicate.

CG
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent creative food, excellent service, nice atmosphere that is conducive to conversation and to enjoying your friends.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a quiet intimate dinner with delicious food, attentive but not intrusive service.

K
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, food, ambiance. Great place for a date. Would recommend and visit again!

s
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice - a bit quick... and expensive

JB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in a quiet setting, good service. Perfect for a special occasion. The Ile Flottante dessert was totally fabulous, as was the whole fish , the rib eye, and the foie gras. The flavors were finely tuned, very tasty. It's clear the chef knows what s/he is doing which is what I remembered from a trip to the Newbery Street La Voile. We had a lovely evening. Thank you.

NL
New England
23 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Brookline gem is even a preferred destination for out-of-towners!

j
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was tasty and well prepared but nothing I couldn't do at home for a writer the cost. There was just nothing special about it.

T
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a lovely evening here. We can hear each other talk. Service is attentive (although this time our appetizers came before the cocktails we ordered). We had the fois gras terrine and it was yummy. My scallops were great too. My wife had the oysters and really liked the sauce. And, I always look forward to the profiteroles. But, there's a molten chocolate cake I wish I could have too (perhaps we have to come with friends and share both). never disappointed at La Voile.

BD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. We went there for a birthday lunch and everything tasted wonderful. Service was a bit spotty, but the waitress was in training. The head waiter apologized and was terrific. Would definitely return and recommend. Escargot and steak frites were terrific.

RK
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was fine. Ethan and Emily were quite terrific - they helped us every step of the way but also took care of everyone else and gave us privacy. The food was really exceptional. This was our first visit to LaVoile Brookline - it will not be our last! My husband said 'where have I been for 70 years!!!!!!~! Thank you one and all!

D
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Can’t say enough about the wonderful service we received when I took an old friend there to celebrate her birthday. They brought us complementary rose wine and could not have been nicer. We loved the crusty French bread baked halfway in Canada, then finished in Brookline. We each enjoyed the cod and the dessert was divine.

B
New England
19 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Voile has a neighborhood feel and lovely Parisienne food. My mushroom soup was excellent, my husband loved his rack of lamb....and the tarte tatin was fantastic. The French bread was crusty and fragrant. Can't wait to go back! This is a real gem!

NL
New England
23 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend and family favorite for special and - well - even not so special occasions!

JL
New England
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

R
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
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.

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

Great food, well prepared and presented. Attentive service.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

SR
New England
9 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.

VS
Richmond
11 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.

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.

B
New England
11 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.

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

Wonderful staff and an amazing flavor palate.

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.

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.

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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