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About 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.

261 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

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

Cross Street:
Fairfield / Gloucester

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 587-4200

Website:
http://www.lavoileboston.net/

Parking Details:
Near La Voile, The prudential parking garage.

Public Transit:
Copley square or Hynes Convention Center on Green Line

Executive Chef:
Raphael Lambert

Private Party Facilities:
Please contact directly.

Private Party Contact:
Jerome: (617) 587-4200

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

La Voile Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (62)
Good for a Date (61)
Authentic (57)
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Neighborhood Gem (55)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
Romantic (39)
Notable Wine List (38)
Cozy (36)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
Business Meals (25)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Great for Lunch (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
Casual (12)
Fun (12)
Bar Seating (10)
People Watching (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Seasonal (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined a day ago

Fantastic meal and great service. I was with 3 other people and we shared the cheese plate and foie gras. For the main meal, I had duck breast. Everything was perfectly prepared. Also, all of us loved our cocktails made by the bartender, Rory. The waiters were professional, friendly and attentive. I recommend as a date, special night or simply a lovely night out.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Good authentic French menu in a lower level space on Newbury Street.
Outside dining in season. Great prix fixe three course menu, excellent value. nice wine list. Speedy service and unobtrusive but friendly waiters.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

La Voile is one of our neighborhood favorites. This time we brought dear friends who usually like Italian but they loved their dinner. Always delicious. Service always charming and attentive but not overly so. Priced reasonably for a nice dining experience and great food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Although we're not huge fans of traditional French food, we never miss La Voile when we're in Boston. The atmosphere is cozy, but it can be a little noisy when the dining room is full. The onion soup is my favorite starter - lots of onions, and gooey, stringy cheese. But my absolute favorite is a beautiful bowl of mussels swimming in the most delicious spicy saffron sauce with a touch of red pepper. Once the mussels are gone, take those pieces of baguettes that were served when you sat down and finish off as much of that sauce as you can. It's too good to waste a drop. The trout is delicious as well and desserts should not be missed. Nice wines by the glass and by the bottle too. Service is friendly, but unobtrusive.

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Not our first visit. Food is very good, typical for a neighborhood bistro. Loud but ok. Service could be better.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

The food is genuinely delicious! I love this place!

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a very tasty dinner off the prix fixe and al la carte menus. The duck was perfectly done. The service was attentive but not intrusive and the ambience is fun but sophisticated.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

We have not been to La Voile in quite a while, but it is still one of our favorite restaurants (French Bistro style) in Boston. The food, service, ambiance were still at the high levels we remembered. The tasting menu is a great value. The wine recommendations matching the great food are always spot on. Definitely we will be back sooner than later.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

La Voile is a fantastic restaurant and never lets us down! The food is exquisite and their service is excellent! Escargot, fois gras , mussels, steak and duck are amazing! Wonderful wine list, too! Has become a family tradition for celebrations!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Love the place and will go back, but this was our first time eating at a table with a reservation. We arrived early - 6:15 for 6:45 reservation - but were not seated until 7:05pm and our apps did not arrive until 7:40pm, when one member of our party had to leave to be back for an event she was performing in.

Our own dinner ran so late as to make us completely miss the event, which was disappointing for us.

We will be back, but just to eat at the bar, I think.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

A lively restaurant with a very French ambience. Excellent food and wine list. Our party all had the "taste of France" - 3 courses with a nice selection for all three. Highly recommended!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Ordered coffee, cappuccino with dessert, never came.
Had to wait around to inform waiter

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food and care we received was incroyable! We dined like kings, had excellent recommendation from the sommelier, and our waiter was magnificent supplying appropriate pairing to enhance our dishes.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I always enjoy going here! always! I love everything.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Hot Spot, Casual, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Fun, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

This was our third time at La Voile. And, once again, it did not disappoint! The staff greeted us warmly, our waiter was attentive and charming. With a friendly good nature, he encouraged us to speak whatever little French we could, and helped us select just the right wine and meals. You can see our tasty cocktails, along with Le Canard and Moules et Frites. C’est magnifique!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

I love La Voile. It has an authentic French menu, the food is delicious, the staff is very friendly and attentive, and the restaurant is very pretty. C'est magnifique!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fantastic French. Moderately priced (both food and wine) for what you get. Would cost twice the price in France.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I love this place. I enjoy going there anytime I go there.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Authentic, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Casual
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent atmosphere, efficient service. Affordable prices for wines.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great service and food. We are definitely coming back when we are in Boston again. Escargots are so delicious!!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

poor service, not very accommodating, overall it was disappointing. The wine was pretty good, though.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Straight down the Middle French bistro cuisine and service. Escargots, duck and good reasonably priced wine.
No Michelin stars but no complaints either.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went there for Thanksgiving Dinner. The food was great, except I wish they had served turkey instead of a cornish hen. I realize it is a French Bistro and hence the Cornish hen instead of turkey on Thanksgiving.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

A great recommendation. During my annual Thanksgiving visit to Boston, my cousin suggested La Voile for our usual night-before dinner. I was very happy with that rec. Everything was first-rate. The French onion soup (yeah, every French restaurant has it) was perhaps the best I have had. Mussels, Sea bass, rack of lamb (my favorite - and that with which I judge restaurants) all superb. This was a better experience than I have had in any US French bistro that I recall and better than many in Paris.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

An absolute gem of a restaurant. What is it about the French Brasserie that is so intoxicating, so comforting, so deeply enjoyable? I am not sure. But I have always found it to be so. La Voile is exactly that--a French Brasserie in the heart of Boston. It would be difficult not to be charmed by this place. It is warm, inviting, unpretentious. I found the food simply and carefully prepared: in a word delicious! The service is warm and also unpretentious. You will feel well cared for. If I lived in Boston, I would eat here often. As it is, during a four day visit, I came here twice. Each time it was wonderful. I already miss it!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food and service - excellent wine selections - quite noisy and crowded - classic brasserie feel -we went for our anniversary and it was a great experience but certainly not romantic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Had a wonderful lunch! Their price fixed lunch is a steal. Portions and quality was excellent. Service and ambiance wonderful, if I closed my eyes I could be in France. In fact overheard gentlemen on the side of us who was from France and working in the city that it was his favorite restaurant reminding him of home. What other endorsements do you need then from someone from France.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We enjoyed the meal but there were long gaps in the attentiveness of our server.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Absolutely delicious food and desserts. Charming ambience, great comfortable looking bar.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Food was good, not great (entrecote) -- service the same. Biggest problem is tables crowded so closely in the dining area -- no space, no privacy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We went to the location in Brookline while my daughter lived in the area one semester and really liked it. Decided to try the location on Newbury Street. It was good, but I must admit that the food, service and ambiance is better at the Brookline location.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food, great service. We’ve been to La Voile many times, and have never been disappointed.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The unfortunate visit started with a 25 minute wait while they tried to find our reservation, one which they had confirmed twice, including 3 hours prior to arrival. It took ten minutes after showing them their confirmation phone number and the Open table reservation confirmation to admit we had a reservation. After the unfortunate start, the service was slow, in an only moderately full restaurant. The appetizers of escargot bourguignon and risotto finally arrived. The risotto was very nice, a delicate flavor and nice consistency. The escargot was acceptable although their treatment with rough chopped herbs and garlic was not very pleasing. The filet with truffled potatoes and shallot sauce was very nice. properly cooked and well plated. The Blanquette de veau was abominable. The sauce was pallid, a simple flour roué without the enhancing notes of the marrow melted into the same. The veal had been allowed to sit without liquid while the roué was being prepared, obviously, and as a result was dried out and was incredibly tough instead of the moist delicacy it should be. all in all a dissatisfying experience. To top it off upon leaving and searching for our coats (the ticket we had been given belonged to another party) we found my companions fur and my top coat thrown on the entry floor. Not what I expect in a fine restaurant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and service was excellent. We decided to sit at the bar and Rory took care of us.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very good food, just not a great date atmosphere.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I love this place!
I highly recommend i; authentic French restaurant wit great wine list too

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Un diner avec ma femme, totalement merveilleux! On va revenir, souvent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I am an American, married to a French woman, who lived in France for seven years and who has been returning to France regularly for the last thirty years. When I dine at La Voile I feel as though I'm back in France. The food, the ambience, everything is authentically French.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

La Voile never disappoints - the pate is flawless, the escargot was perfect and our Dover sole was to die for. Very happy with our dinner for our anniversary as two Francophiles.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very good French food. French speaking staff and customers. Traditional menu options. Definitely worth going again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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