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L'Espalier

4.5
2528 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French
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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.
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Phone number
(617) 262-3023
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Frank McClelland
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Catering
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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fairfield St.
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Parking details
Valet parking is available during both lunch and dinner for a fee. There are also several area garages and limited street parking.
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Public transit
Copley Square T
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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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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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Sun 5:30PM - 5:30PM 9:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:30PM - 5:30PM 9:30PM - 10:00PM
Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 10:00PM - 10:30PM
Sat 10:00PM - 10:30PM

What 2528 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2017

I continue to be amazed each time I come --- the food.....creative/yummy ----- the wine -- OMG...what can I say.... spectacular --- the service.....A+++++

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JimZ (London)
5.0  Dined on October 8, 2017

Wonderful place. The setting is calm and classy. The service is warm, friendly and responsive. The food is just fabulous.

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PuppyEggs (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

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!

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vipJohn (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Outstanding as always
Great service

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vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Superb! Exceptional in every way! Highly recommended!

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vipIce300 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

My birthday

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Elegant (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

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Jules (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

L'Espalier never fails to delight us!
Their service, food and peaceful surroundings make any evening there a treat!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

A foodie tourist trap!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

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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vipKenn (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 31, 2017

The pace of food delivery was exceedingly slow for the Spring Fixed price menu. I was a single and things were somewhat busy, so I have some empathy. My servers were otherwise superb.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

Everything is perfect

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

great awesome tasty

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vipBostonmomof2 (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Wonderful dining experience! Always impressed by the creativity and presentation of the dishes. Definitely worth returning for another anniversary celebration.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 17, 2017

High service quality, very good food (sometime too much sophisticated), very nice wine list, a good dinner moment in Boston.

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vipsasa (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 17, 2017

We have dined here a few times and this time was not as good as on previous occasions. The menu was good, but not memorable. Some of the plates seemed disconnected and there was an over abundance of gelatin. The rhythm of the service was excellent for the first five courses but it really slowed for the last three. We have had outstanding experiences here, this was just not one of them. We will try it again.

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MargaretP (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

Very expensive but a wonderful experience! Food and service amazing.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 8, 2017

Amazing experience
Exceptional food
The stuff very friendly

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vipLBPgh (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on July 27, 2017

Quite delightful

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

perfect ambiance, service and food and yet none of the courses vowed us - expected at this price point!?

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

This place was awful, overpriced with terrible food, confused service, and a cold and uninspired dining experience. Hard to decide which part of the tasting menu was the worst, but the gazpacho and the dessert vie for the distinction. The gazpacho was "prepared" table side by the waiter. With great fanfare he explained what he was doing, adding this and that glob to a cocktail shaker along with what he described as "essence of tomato," but was just water as far as I could tell. The result was a thin cold gruel in the bowl, barely a couple of spoons of what looked like dirty water and was entirely tasteless. The strawberry mille-feuille was a hot mess with nary a fresh strawberry in sight and the pastry was an overcooked crispy thing that was hard to break apart, far from the flaky melt in the mouth pastry it should have been. The drinks came after we were one course into the meal. They brought us pretentious globs of butter on a stone but forgot to bring us any bread. The bread, when we finally asked for some, was awful as well, soft turning to gum in the mouth. And all this done with dozens of servers floating around the dining room, bumping into each other, but barely paying attention to the diners. The waiter often could not be found, but a pompous looking man kept walking through the dining room, hands behind his back, surveying the scene but serving no purpose. It would have been funny if it had not been so expensive. The next night we ate at No 9 Park, had better food, better service, a great table and spent less money. Avoid this place.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

Ordered the Chef Tasting menu (+ $100 pp vs. the regular tasting menu). The table next to us ordered the regular tasting menu and had the exact same plates we did with the exception of 3 extra small plates on our menu. Food was good but the Chef's menu was not worth the extra charge.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

We came for my wife's birthday, as we do every year, which I mentioned in the reservation. That was completely ignored, nobody mentioned it or alluded to it. Not a big deal, but it's disappointing from such an establishment.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

Elegant, skillful food by people who know what they are doing.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2017

Went with my girlfriend when it opened. Barely anyone was there, but we enjoyed every single moment of it! Definitely a memorable experience!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 3, 2017

It had been a couple of years since we visited L'Espalier. We chose the multi-course Journey tasting menu. One of us did the wine pairing. One of us has a dairy allergy which the chef able accommodated throughout the meal.

They have a new drinks manager and we tried his variation of a mint julep which was excellent. The courses were delightful ranging the gamut from vegetarian to fowl to fish to beef. It was expertly paced and service was attentive and cordial.

The wine pairings were spot-on with hard to find varieties and vintners. A fun surprise was the inclusion of hard cider which work very well with the paired dish.

For those able and willing to visit, a meal here is well worth the expense.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

The service, ambiance, and food were of the highest caliber. Staff were knowledgeable and attentive, food was expertly prepared, and atmosphere was elegant immaculate.

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OpenTable Diner (Mississippi)
5.0  Dined on June 29, 2017

Amazing experience and food

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Disappointing (New England)
1.0  Dined on June 28, 2017

Outstanding service. Corporate decor. Disappointing food-unoriginal and pedestrian, e.g. Parker House rolls, halibut with crumbled bacon bits, rock hard meringues, bland beef, and thimble sized servings of what tasted like applesauce and Gerber's baby food (pears). I am sorry to give such a bad review but we were celebrating a special anniversary and looking forward to a delicious dining experience that would merit the expensive price tag. I would have been happy with less service and a better meal.

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