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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.
**Please note we are not able to accept reservations for the Chef's Table, Wine Monday, or Cheese Tuesday on OpenTable.com.
Boston, MA 02199
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm, Tea Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:30pm-2:30pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:30pm-9:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm;
The Salon is available during our regular hours of operation for cocktail service.
$50 and over
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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.
Valet parking is available during both lunch and dinner for a fee. There are also several area garages and limited street parking.
Copley Square T
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
~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.
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For 25 years, L’Espalier has been at the forefront in accommodating guest requests for private dining space and off premise events. The combination of classic and contemporary décor in the three dining rooms and the salon offers a distinctive setting for a variety of events.
L'Espalier Ratings and Reviews
Regular visitor to L'Espalier and this is the first time that I have not been wowed by the experience. Service is typically beyond excellent, however, on this occasion the pace of the 5 course chef's tasting swung from rushed during the first three courses to all but abandoned during the last two courses. (It was a late lunch and I suspect there may have been some transition issues.) The food was very good but, again, not as excellent as usual. The monk fish was well prepared but the plating was careless; the lamb was also well prepared, but the accompanying sausage was not great. Sounds picky - I just expect more from L'Espalier for the investment.
My husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at L'Espalier. It did not disappoint. Our server, Richard, was exceptional. His knowledge of the menu and the wine pairings was impressive. He was friendly, warm and approachable and helped make our experience at L'Espalier one of our best dining experiences ever. The food was absolutely delicious, a true adventure and one we will never forget.
Food was good but honestly not great and subpar compared to other similarly super expensive restaurants like Mentón and others in Boston or other cities. We also paid about $100 pp extra for the wine pairing and sadly, none of them were very good. Service was stellar. Ambiance was great. At the end of the day, it would take a lot to get me to go back rather than go elsewhere for this very steep price. We paid almost $600 for two people including tax and tip.
We dined here for our Thanksgiving meal, and were thoroughly disappointed in our dining experience. Having dined with L'esplier before, we had high expectations, and were really let down. The food was average, not much to complain or rave about, but the service was truly disappointing. We had to hunt down the sommelier each time we wanted our glass refilled. We were the last in the restaurant, and it took over 20 minutes after we finished our desserts for our waiter to ask if we needed our check. Overall, service was cold, impersonal and inattentive. We will not likely return.
This is the first review I am filling out in a long time not because I actually feel like it was a waste of time and money to dine tonight at L'Espalier. I really wanted to enjoy my meal because the service and ambiance were spectacular, but the food on all fronts was just unimpressive. I will not say that the food tasted bad because that would be untrue, but for the price point, I truly expect that the meal would be inspired and transformative. However, the meal overall was anything from that. Starting from the turnip to the raspberry souffle, everything just seemed to be mediocre. There was nothing special about the meal. As each dish was changed before me, I felt hopeful for something exciting but was always left disappointed. It felt like a way for the rich to spend money or impress others without truly presenting something that compelling. While I am not Pete Wells reviewing Per Se, this dining experience was empirically disappointing, and if you wish to spend such an exorbitant amount of money, go elsewhere...
As my friend mentioned to the manager on the way out, "the meal was alright."
Amazing food. The vegetarian menu was the best meal I have ever had. Service was amazing. As soon as my girlfriend and I walked in they were swishing us a happy anniversary as I noted in my reservation and took care to remember that we were vegetarian as also noted in our reservation. They only handed us the vegetarian menu and ensured all of our dietary preferences. So much information about the good we were eating. We did the 8 course tasting menu and each dish was unique and delicious.
Expensive but well worth it for a special occasion.
Incredible meal, with every course beautifully presented. Sole with braised endive and Concord grapes and a champagne beurre blanc may have been my favorite but it is hard to choose. Comparable to a meal I had at one of the grand restaurants in France. Definitely worth the price.
The staff was wonderful. Warm, attentive, and not stuffy in the least.
The interior decor is several decades out of date and rough edges are showing in the aged carpet, although the central wine cellar is quite modern and stylish.
Unfortunately, we were quite disappointed in the food. Several dishes were good, although perilously small in two instances. More than one plate had few, if any, unifying elements.
We paid close to $600 for two and the meal did not come close to that in terms of value. It struck us that this is a Boston institution that makes its mark by tapping into the nostalgia of long time regulars rather than trying to attract new ones.
Another OUTSTANDING experience at L’Espalier! We have been eating there for years and we’re once again not disappointed!
The food was spectacular and presented beautifully! Richard and Dominic provided 10-Star service attending to us without being intrusive!
Looking forward to returning soon!
The decor of the restaurant reflected elegance and sophistication. Our eight course meals prepared by the chef(s) exemplified culinary genius. The waiter, Carlos (along with the other servers), assigned to our table made us feel comfortable and were attentive to our requests. All the pairings of the entrees with wine were brilliant. We both became delighted by the specially prepared dessert surprises to celebrate my birthday. This was one of the best dining experiences for us in our lives. Both the food and service made us feel special. We plan on returning to L'Espalier in the near future.
This was the worst service at a restaurant of this type that I have experienced anywhere, bar none. Not only was the waiter intrusive, constantly interrupting our conversation, but he dispensed unsolicited and unwanted advice about which utensil to employ. More than once. He also got orders wrong, and entirely to bring things. It was beyond atrocious. I could go on, but why bother? Never before and never again. There are much better places to eat.
We only went for dessert at 10:30pm, but service was still excellent, with no hint of condescension. The desserts were creative and perfectly balanced in flavor. My gf and I were FULL after going through their dessert tasting menu. Dessert was 80 and + $20 tip, total came out to be $100.66 which is a steal given the service and caliber of food. Will return for a real meal!
We had a wonderful evening celebrating two wedding anniversaries with our friends. We had the tasting menu with the wine pairing. It was delicious and we must say for a tasting menu it was plentiful. The staff was wonderful, friendly and attentive. The sommelier, the waiter and maitre d were very engaging. The sommelier had no problem replacing one of the wines when the table was not happy with its taste and replaced it with another immediately. The ambiance very romantic for a special evening.
Our only observations were that for a restaurant of this caliber, the servers needed to be more consistent in describing each tasting served. At one point the sommelier had to jump in and tell us what we were eating. The servers also took an order for more bread three times, and yet it was never brought to the table. Attention to every little detail and consistency in such establishments is very important.
Finally, we did not appreciate the additional fee on our bill to tip the kitchen staff, not that they don't deserve it or that we didn't want to pay it (which we did), but this should be built into the cost of doing business. Restaurant owners need to pay their staff accordingly, no one denies they work hard making sure everything is perfect. It felt as though we were giving alms to the poor and that did not sit well with us.
Once an institution the restaurant is beginning to show some wear from the asthetic to the dishes. In need of a refresh soon the staff seems hurried and the food just so so they have lost their edge on sophisticated French cuisine. Try another restaurant if you're looking to spend the minimum $98 per person for five courses.
If you want a dining experience come here for the 8 course and wine pairings. David was our captain and incredibly attentive. They check on you but never interrupt your conversation. Came here for our first Wedding Anniversary, they gave us a special table and it was lovely. Accommodated all of my husbands allergies and was able to do the 8 course too! Valet was easy and quick plus cheaper than putting it in a lot!
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