Les Sablons

4.9
301 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary French

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About

One funky building, two experiences for the curious. Ascend to the upstairs dining room, or join the party downstairs at The Oyster Bar. All in the heart of Harvard Square.

Step into an inviting and extraordinary space upstairs at Les Sablons. Revel in sublime flavors and refined comfort. LS is a convergence of playful ceremony and simple delights.

Mingled in Harvard Square’s iconic Conductor’s Building are playful plates and elegant pairings. Chef Jeremy Sewall’s alluring menu, Garrett Harker’s attentive hospitality, and Jackson Cannon’s liquid alchemy create a gathering space, yours to wander and uncover.

Looking for another reservation? Visit one of our sister restaurants: Island Creek Oyster Bar (Boston & Burlington), Row 34 (Boston & Portsmouth), Eastern Standard, Branch Line, and our cocktail bar, The Hawthorne.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday
The Oyster Bar @ LS Dinner: 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Les Sablons Dinner: 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Friday
The Oyster Bar @ LS Dinner: 4:00PM-11:00PM
Les Sablons Dinner: 5:00PM - 11:00PM

Saturday
Les Sablons Brunch: 10:30AM -2:30PM
The Oyster Bar @ LS Midday: 2:30PM - 4:00PM
The Oyster Bar @ LS Dinner: 4:00PM- 11:00PM
Les Sablons Dinner: 5:00PM- 11:00PM

Sunday
Les Sablons Brunch: 10:30AM -2:30PM
The Oyster Bar @ LS Midday: 2:30PM - 4:00PM
The Oyster Bar @ LS Dinner: 4:00PM- 10:00PM
Les Sablons Dinner: 5:00PM- 10:00PM
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Phone number
(617) 268-6800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jeremy Sewall
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Eliot Street
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Parking details
Validated Self Parking ($12 for dinner) is available at the Charles Hotel garage located directly across the street. Additionally, The Charles Hotel offers valet parking at published rates.
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Public transit
Harvard Square off of the Red Line.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have lost so many customer friendly fine restaurants in Harvard Square. Finally I have found something to replace them. I love this place. The food is fabulous. The waitstaff couldn't be finer and the ambience is perfect. This place is a gem and I hope they stick around.

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PB
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Les Sablons is a fabulous restaurant with lovely people serving extraordinary food. I took my 19-year old almost-adult granddaughter to Les Sablons as a special treat. We both love French food and hoped this new restaurant would be good. We wanted to try as many things as possible. So we each ordered three courses and tasted each other's. Every single dish was wonderful. Our only problem was that we'd ordered too much, of course. But Les Sablons took care of that with a little brown box, graciously, and without a single raised eyebrow at us, and we went home with us for a next-day treat. I'm gushing. I know. Can't help it. As soon as I've lost five pounds and saved up the funds I'm dragging my husband there.

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NC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted a quiet nice place to enjoy each other's company and have a good meal. Les Sablons exceeded my expectations. The food was interesting and scrumptious, beautifully served, and the wait staff was very pleasant It's hard to find a place with delightful ambience, exceptional food, and pleasant wait staff that is quiet enough to talk and relaxing. The architecture and art are fascinating and add so much to the delightful atmosphere.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seasonal dishes, beautifully prepared, elegantly present. Interesting cocktails, that could also be customized. Very attentive staff.

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SM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What more to say? Good bartending with creative drinks, inventive seasonal dishes expertly prepared, prices not too crazy; and in a great space.

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l
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a lovely experience all around. Whoever designed the space is a genius. It is a perfect blend of casual and elegant. We had heard the brunch was wonderful and it was. My eponymous cocktail was quite refreshing and I would order it again. I had the lobster hash and it also was something I would order again. The dish was rather salty but perfectly cooked and sumptuous.

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SW
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit did not disappoint! The food is really spectacular!

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ZT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

NEAR PERFECTION! The ONLY complaint is that the music was overpowering and unnecessary- It also does not at all match the ambience. I know every "cool" restaurant wants to portray itself as "hip" by playing hip hop music-- That is not the music I want to hear at Les Sablons, or anywhere for that matter.

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AN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful decor, delicious food (menu a little limited) and attentive service.
We will be back!!

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SE
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Inventive preparations, wonderful mushtooms.

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AB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was especially outstanding! Our waiter was charming and helpful.

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BD
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely, interesting, well designed dining room. Great atmosphere— conducive to a wide range of moods and occasions.
Service was thoughtful. Menu was well thought out, artfully conceived.
Mostly well executed meal, but ultimately fell short of the promise intimated by, well, everything else.
Salad was so lightly dressed, it was hard to determine whether in fact it was. I mean absolutely dry.
So, that was unusual, but easily rectified and then—delicious.
I ordered pasta, agnolotti stuffed with mushrooms. Again, almost—but no. The earthiness of the mushrooms was there, but kinda dry and bland. It was solidly good, but not delicious. After several bites, hoping it would get better, there was just not enough momentum to finish the entree. Meh with lovely garni.
Dessert rallied. Wine— strong selection and paired nicely.
I will be back. The decor is better than the food, but the food is definitely good enough. Just not quite as good as it could be.

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m
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our birthday celebration at les Sablon. Three of us were celebrating our July 13 birthdays. I think everyone in the place wished us Happy Birthday. Great cocktails. The food was excellent but the star of our show was our server Georgia. She was super. Thanks Maxine Peck

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MB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Kind of bland.

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S
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

No, it is time consuming to do that

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EV
New England
28 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we’ve been to Les Sablons and it was equally excellent the 1st time. Interesting cocktails, excellent food. 2 of us split an appetizer and a main which was sufficient for us (it’s what we always do - keeps us from eating too much, but we always leave satisfied) - of course, we don’t split cocktails. The restaurant was kind enough to split our main for us, so we didn’t have to share our plate. We went for pre-theatre dinner and we’ll be back.

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B
New England
69 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful chic and stylish setting, excellent French inspired food with a seafood emphasis. Superb
oysters. Interesting wines. Attentive but low key service. Special place for a special occasion

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant located in very convenient place and it suits for multiple different occasion; date, special event, friends’ get together. They were so kind for letting us bring a kid and the baby and i felt supported. The food was great and still good price. I would definitely go back. The only thing I would ask is the light was too deemed at night and we were not able to enjoy the diah visually. It looked great but couldn’t see how the meet cooked and the variation of the color etc

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M
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date and I both ordered fish dishes and they knocked it out of the park on the preparation, presentation and flavor. They were very accommodating for food allergies and I felt reassured that there would not be a slip up on an ingredient. We are abstainers from alcohol, yet they put together mocktails that quenched the thirst for something sweet and citrus tasting. There is not a huge menu, but what they offer is extremely well done and we were more than satisfied with our meal. We will be back.

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F
New England
33 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Quality Fine Dining
This was our third dinner at Les Sablons. The food and service are excellent, and the wine selection is extensive. We enjoyed a wonderful evening there, and will return again.

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D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was fantastic, and the cocktails were great. The bartender really knows how to make a sazerac! Our server was knowledgeable and personable. Great ambiance as well. We went on a Thursday night so it was on the quieter side. We’ll definitely be going back.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance and service! Will be back!

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c
New England
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

went for my fiance's birthday and had a wonderful experience! the staff was incredibly accommodating (we ordered from both menus despite sitting upstairs in their dining room). we were also treated to (surprise) complimentary glasses of champagne for the special occasion, as well as a beautiful dessert (with a candle & special bday message). the food and drinks were beautifully presented and delicious! the ambience was lovely and relaxing, but the restaurant has a vibe as well. absolutely loved les sablons and will be back!

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SA
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the dishes we had with dinner were wonderful, the Boudin Blanc and Agnolotti especially so.

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CM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Les Sablons was fabulous. An out of town friend and I had dinner-we split an amazingly flavorful blue crab starter, she had fish, I had the very flavorful veal sausage ( don’t turn up your nose until you try it-really surprising taste and texture). We also split desert. It was great-good ambiance to chat in and really thoughtful service.

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BB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately our food came out of the kitchen lukewarm and was a bit too rich for our taste. I was expecting simpler French fare.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect experience from start to finish! I would highly recommend Les Sablons! The food was fantastic and so was the service. The restaurant is beautifully decorated without feeling too formal. Perfect for a special occasion or just a great dinner with good company.

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AP
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific from start to finish. Service was exceptional!

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a lovely dinner and our waitress was so nice and friendly. We had to wait for our friend for a half hour and in the meantime, she got us drinks, discussed the menu, answered questions, brought bread. It was a good way to kill time while waiting. She knew the menu and could describe things well. Also, she was just so pleasant and friendly. The food was terrific and we really enjoyed the whole evening. thank you.

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CB
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as usual. Usually our first stop after our drive from Philadelphia.

A dining experience not to be missed!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere. Awesome service. Flexible chef

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PT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had very fine service at Les Sablons this time and the last time we were there. (We ate upstairs.) the good service enhanced the food and the experience at the restaurant.

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Les Sablons is usually great. However, for my husband's birthday celebration we found it wanting. We were floored that there was only one bartender on board on a Friday and to make matters worse, that bartender was training someone while filling the orders for the entire upstairs - the upscale part of the restaurant. I don't blame her. She was as efficient as anyone could have been under the circumstances. I think the restaurant's manager made a big mistake in staffing this way. If we ran into that again, it would make me think twice about returning.

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F
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

After having a bad dinner experience here the first time and writing a review I received email from management to please try it again, and I’m glad to say we happy we did. The service was great and the food was delicious. I would now recommend this place if you’re in the area and craving French food. 👍

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E
New England
46 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a wonderful meal at Les Salones before heading to the ART for theater. The service was excellent and food was very good. Very high end in a neighborhood of more casual spots. Good for a date or taking friends out for a special occasion. We enjoyed the Angliotti (very rich) and the Halibut (perfectly cooked). The Spring Onion soup was also excellent. The place is a little tucked away on the second floor and was not crowded. Great atmosphere and love the funky art work. Super comfortable and we will go back.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous meal and service

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P
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food, wine and service. Wonderful ambience; perfect décor. We dined upstairs where we could actually converse without competition. Liver pate delicious! Beef tartar great as was veal sausage and halibut. Servers attentive, not obtrusive. Can't wait to return.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best dining experiences I've had in Boston. The music and lighting created an ambiance that was energizing yet not imposing. My friends and I could hear each other clearly in quiet conversation; the place was neither crowded nor noisy, though we went on a Tuesday night. The bathrooms were spotless, the staff was friendly and knowledgeable, and the food was sublime. I had the veal which was served as a sausage but was so tender and delectable. It had recently been my birthday so Les Sablons treated us with complimentary prosecco before dinner for a toast. A wonderful time, all around.

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CR
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Les Sablons management and service teams could not have been more thoughtful/gracious in making our anniversary dinner special!

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FE
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

fyi Tyler at the upstairs bar makes a very good martini. Oysters were terrific, as were tuna tartare and lobster cocktail, strip steak and crab cake. Interior design is perfect, and great location. Everyone on staff, right from the front desk, was very nice, thoughtful and interested.

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