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.View Private Dining Details
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Food was great, but had horrible service. Our main server seemed nervous and disheveled. We had the Chef’s Tasting Menu - highlighting the Best of L’espalier. The food was great, but the plates came out with mumbled announcements of the dish, no explanations. Nothing to make the experience worthwhile. I’m hoping it was just an off day.
My wife an I celebrated our first wedding anniversary and decided to really do it up. The service was great and this was my first official fine dining experience. So since I am not used to it the only thing that was slightly annoying was constantly getting new silverware for each dish. While I understand why that it is and the purpose for that, it just causes more interruptions during the whole meal that I am used to and normally like. I admit however that is a very nit-picky thing to say and all things considered not a big deal. We really enjoyed the whole meal and even items I was precarious about how I would like them based on the menu description, were all outstanding. This place certainly lived up the hype and we hope one day to return for another occasion.
Excellent food, ambiance and above average service. Be careful when selecting the prix fixe options because it can be confusing.
Ambiance and service were great. Food was disappointing.
A truly wonderful culinary experience, particularly since we had the chef’s tasting journey with the vintner’s wine pairing. Creative and filling dishes all paired with exceptional wines. Highly recommended, but keep in mind the menu starts at $100 and goes up from there.
We went for the "Chef's Tasting Journey" course this time. Each plate was showcasing different combinations of colors, tastes and textures, very beautifully presented to tell a story. The entire course was like a suite of fine arts.
We had an amazing experience at L’Espalier for our anniversary! As soon as we walked in, they wished us a happy anniversary and took our coats. We were quickly seated and our waiter, Alberto asked if we had any food allergies. I told him I was gluten-intolerant, not expecting how accommodating they would be! My husband and I picked the same menu, but all of my dishes were made specifically without gluten and were still so so delicious. After our regular dessert, Alberto brought out a rich chocolate mousse with a candle in it for our anniversary. We finished with coffee and tea which was a perfect ending. Thanks, L’Espalier!
Our meal at L’Espalier was an incredible event, every bit as special as I hoped it would be. Expectations met and exceeded. We have the N.1 8-course meal with the wine pairings. Each course was beautifully presented, delicious, and surprising in a wonderful way. The wine parings were wonderful. Our server, Richard, was fantastic and it was easy and relaxed without the pompous feeling that one can have at similar places. Price was very high. But the value was there.
They treat their guests like royalty! Elegant food, beautiful view and delicious food!
Went for New Years Eve. A mistake. I've heard great things about L'espalier. Service was not very accommodating to my fiancée's allergies. Not a terrible problem since certain shellfish only causes her abdominal symptoms, not anaphylactic shock. The food that wasn't ok was worse. The cheese "course" was "an alpine style cheese from the Pomerol region." It was tasteless and still cold from refrigeration. The meat, ostensibly from a rib roast, was tough and full of gristle. Finally and least consequentially, I notice a 2% charge for the kitchen staff added to the check. There was a note explaining that this was to be fair to the kitchen but it wasn't to be considered a gratuity. Notwithstanding the kind explanation, I took the $10 off my tip which was 20% so the waitstaff got 18% which was more than reasonable for the only adequate service. I'm sure that the problem was NYE but I don't think that I will go back to check this theory out.
Wow. I took my gf here Dec 30, as part of a New Year’s weekend. We were blown away. This was an experience that neither of us will forget. The 12-course tasting menu was exquisite, and the wine pairings were exceptional. The portion sizes were perfect, as were the wine pours. We left feeling perfectly satisfied, but not over-stuffed or tipsy. I have been to many of the best restaurants in Boston, and have had tasting menus, too. This was by far the best experience I have had.
If you’re considering going here, do your homework or you will probably be shocked by the prices. I checked online to see a sample menu (changes daily) and prices, and I knew it would likely be the most expensive meal I have ever had. If you want the full experience (12-course tasting menu plus wine pairings), expect to pay north of $450 pp, including tax and a good tip. Yes, you read that correctly. Also, plan on 3+ hours. If you choose the least-expensive option (5-course menu without wine), it’s probably around $125-150 pp; the tables near us that arrived at the same time and appeared to select that option were gone before we were halfway through.
This was, hands-down, the best dining experience I have ever had. I highly recommend it (given the warnings above).
Absolutely amazing! Could not have asked for a better evening. Staff were all wonderful, very knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive.
Food was all incredible well seasoned and flavours complimented each other perfectly. My only complaint I was too full to enjoy all the beautiful dessert I could only fit one bite and my partner had to eat the rest! Lucky him!!
Without a doubt would recommend
A fantastic meal delivered with care by a highly skilled and attentive staff. Best of Boston.
Service was horrible - champagne was warm - staff is very inexperienced for this level of restaurant - VERY DISAPPOINTED
The dishes were all very good or excellent. We really enjoyed the creativity and artistic plating. The service was a little rough. Hope they serve those pretty creations more gently.
The servers were not experienced and struggled with representing the dishes. The overall service was sub-par for the price. The ambiance was not warm and inviting, it seemed like any other restaurant.
Nice tea service. We did a nice stop while shopping. We've done tea there before, but quite a few years ago. We normally prefer Taj Tea, as it's closer to a traditional tea service. The service here is excellent overall. Unlike Taj, where you get a "stand with plates, in this case they come out with the plates separate. First they have the savories & then the sweets. It started with a nice Eggnog topped with a nice Cognac. Very refreshing & tasty. You also start with a holiday "Cracker". These are like the party crackers you had as a kid. You pull them apart quickly & with a small bang(really small)small cute prizes come out. The prizes are small & the joke card was really corny with the jokes, but that made it fun. The savories consist of small tea sandwiches such as: Cucumber, Chix salad, Egg salad, a small Lobster puff(these used to be larger in the past, oh well!)Smoked Salmon. For the sweets: Scones with honey/Pear curd/Clotted cream(the real thing!)several delectable sweets & a nice choice of tea from the selection in the menu. Standard price was $55PP. You could choose a nice selection from the optional connoisseurs collection, but we stuck with the overall excellent English Breakfast tea. Overall a splendid treat, before venturing back into the cold to do Christmas shopping. Though we prefer Taj a bit more, they've been slipping a bit lately & figured we'd go back to L'Espalier. Well worth the trip!
Lovely afternoon with wonderful food and service.
We've visited a few times in the past and have been absolutely impressed with the service, wine pairings, tasting menu, etc. Certainly a "Special Occasion" type of experience, but when that is the case, the expectations are always high. This time around, we left feeling a bit underwhelmed. The beef and lamb as the main course were both a bit tough, and the truffle added to the beet appetizer was completely overpowered and unnoticeable.
Overall, the dining experience is a pleasure, and the service is over-the-top impressive. This time around though, we felt the value for the experience was not quite up to par.
We tried the 5-course-Tasting Menu which is good. We get out from the elevator and no one is coming to us which let us disappointed! But other services were good. The butter is great, but the rosemary one is not as good as last time I tried. The sea salt one is better this time. The desserts’ plating is ugly, thought it tastes good. Overall the food is enjoyable and we’re happy
Superb dining experience always.
Fantastic meals as always. The chef accommodated our dietary restrictions without problem. We will be returning.
One of the finest restaurants in Boston, almost four decades of creative and solid food, service and quality. One of the first Farm to table proponents, they continue to innovate and surprise.
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.
Excellent in every way...but exceptionally expensive
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.
Thanksgiving's special menu is quite disappointing. Everthing with meat was too salty and the dessert was too heavy and sweet. However, the service was moderate. I don't recommend this place.
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 a great place for its value, we will definitely be back for more!
The vegetable menu left much to be desired. My husband ordered the regular menu and it was much more satisfying than the vegetable menu. The service was very ok. Our captain didn’t go out of the way to ensure our comfort.
From the moment we walked in it was such delightful experince.
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.
Absolutely superb! In every way! Welcoming, making one feel special, incredible food and presentation, simply delightful. A friend I brought, not easy to please, was effusive in his response.
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.
Very slow service, aloof waiter. Good food. Would not recommend.
L’Espalier has been a Boston gem for years and they do not disappoint. The staff are always friendly, have a twinkle in their eye, very helpful. The vegetarian tasting menu is superb and my colleagues enjoyed the special duck menu very much.
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.