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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This is first time I have been to L'Espalier since they moved from Gloucester St. and first time ever I had lunch there. Very glad one thing hasn't changed is the food continue to be outstanding. The new location is much more modern and open, but lack in privacy and cosiness compared to the old place in the townhouse, this resulted in higher noise level and generally less enjoyable experience than before.
I have been to L'Espalier before but on this occasion the food was very slow coming out of the kitchen. Overall the service was still excellent (water was refilled promptly,etc) but it seemed that the kitchen was running behind. Our lunch ended up taking slightly over 2 hours.
Easily one of the best meals I have ever had. The Pretzel bread must be laced with something, I never thought a roll could be that good.
Excellent in all respects. We had the Summer Degustation menu and all the food was of very high qulity and the wine parings were inspired. L'Esaplier is expensive, but worth every penny.
I visited L'Espalier during restaurant week. The service and environment were fantastic. However, the food was only average. I enjoy French food very much, and I've had far better meals at other Boston restaurants. Though the final course was quite good, the gazpacho wasn't memorable, and my salmon was undercooked. You will not find better service and ambiance anywhere. But you will find better value and attention to detail (regarding the food itself) elsewhere in town.
L'Espalier was delicious. We came a little underdressed (really wish I'd looked up the dress code beforehand...) but were treated very well. Highlights of the meal were the pork belly and the cheese plate. I want that bleu cheese every day always. Yum!
Very nice experience, wine pairings were nice and the cheese tray was incredible.
Consistently the best restaurant experience in Boston!
Amazingly fresh and inventive flavor combinations. Reputation as "best restaurant in Boston" is well deserved.
Excellent restaurant in every way. They don't rush you at all. It's a great place to take time to enjoy the meal and the company.
nothing I can say about how good the food there. The service is outstanding. Love the place.
Overall the dining experience was nice. The food was delicious overall, and the ambiance was great. I suggest getting the cheese course since I am a turophile and one of the waiters will bring you over to the cheese cart and describe all their selection of various locally produced cheeses (about 15-20!). The cheese course includes 4 cheeses of your choice, bread, honey, apricots, and candied walnuts-all delicious.
Louis, John O. and the staff at L'Espalier provided for an amazing evening. Truly exceptional food, a wonderful atmosphere and service that sets the standard to which we shall compare all other fine restaurants! We look forward to returning soon!
Overall, I impressed with the restaurant and the service. My gazpacho had complex flavors of cold, sour, sweet and savory. Salmon and beans cooked to perfection. I enjoyed little treats that came throughout the dinner. The staff was extremely attentive and even allowed us to dine on restaurant weekend menu eventhough they didn't offer restaurant menu on Saturdays. The overall ambiance was fine but I wasn't too impressed with our proximity to our neighbors. I heard both conversations from tables left and right and sandwiched between a couple who were talking about their children's school curriculum and another young couple who talked about marijuana….:( great food and service but recommended for private dinners….
Food was delicious. Things that you didn't think would go together went wonderful together. The decoration was a bit muted and boring.
Disclaimer: Boston Restaurant Week review
Had been putting off visiting l'Espalier for years. Missed the opportunity to go there before they moved to the Mandarin Oriental hotel.
THE CHEESE PLATTER is reason enough to visit the restaurant. During restaurant week, we were offered the most amazing $12 cheese plate ever (including Paris where I grew up). Kudos for that.
The wine list is very impressive also.
While the bread was not as good as I had opted, everything else was delicious. The desconstructed gazpacho was really interesting and tasty. Hard to cheat the flavors when nothing is mixed. L'Espalier pulled it off very well.
While it took me 4+ years to go for the first time, I highly recommend you try it. Will definitely b
Service was good, although a bit slow.
Vegetarian option was not explained correctly in beginning...the waiter mentioned pasta with roasted vegetables - instead they served mac and cheese with corn and green beans. Really not a fine dining experience for vegetarians.
Food was exquisite; however, the unromantic ambiance is quite jarring considering the gustatory offerings.
It was an authentic French Restaurant.
My wife by chance told a server we had her birthday anniversary.
The server prepared a special desert with a small candle for her.
It was small but heart-warming service.
It was a very fancy place, but we waited for more than half an hour for the first course. Service was very VERY slow.
We had a very pleasant lunchtime visit. I had not reserved a window table, but the maitre d' found us one, after a short wait. My companion found the air conditioning too cool, even when turned down. But everything else was excellent. The gazpacho was very imaginative, including cucumber foam. Our salmon was moist, tender and flavorful - perfectly grilled. And the dessert was just right for lunch. Overall, a happy experience.
The food was excellent as always. The appetizers on the set menu weren't our favorites, but main course and dessert were great.
Service seemed impersonal. Not up to usual standards. 2 1/2 hours for lunch during restaurant week was too long.
The food was fantastic - great flavors, expertly prepared. My wife and I left feeling well fed & satisfied without being full or overfed. Highly recommend the cheese platter during the meal.
I was looking forward to having lunch at L'Espalier -- finally, after hearing so many good things about the restaurant, I got to go. I was disappointed. The food was good, let there be no mistake, but I expected food to talk about later. Unfortunately, that was not the case. It was good, but nothing exceptional. At least I discovered it over lunch!
The food was amazing and the service was impeccable to say the least! Thank you for a memorable lunch.
We decided to try L'Espalier for restaurant week. It made the dining experience much more affordable. The menu was nice, although a bit limited as expected for the price.
This is the best restaurant I ever went during my one year stay in Boston. The service is so great and people work there are all very attentive and nice. The ambiance is romantic and I especially like the interior design of it. The entrance is also very unique. The food is simple yet the taste very sophisticated. Five stars for L'Espalier!
The Ambiance was lovely, the service the best in Boston, the food -- a strange selection. The pork belly was "fatty" the salmon, a bit undercooked which subtracted from our enjoyment. I know some people like it that way, but no one ever asked how we wanted it cooked, and I assumed it would be cooked and done, not semi-cooked. There were six of us, and everyone felt the same way. The macoroon cookie as a good by gift was the best I have ever had!!!!
We try to do lunch at L'Espalier for restaurant week each March and August. It's nice to have a special treat with wonderful food and attentive service. This week's visit had good food, although it's disappointing that the menu was the same as it was in March. This event brings in patrons. Don't be boring, unless that's what you are. The service this time, though, was TERRIBLE. The second glass of the wine flight wasn't filled until the tail end of the 2d course. The ice tea refill the same (and then what was brought was very bitter and not drinkable). We waited far too long for both our first and second courses. It was 2 hours at the restaurant, which is too long by far for lunch, especially a limited menu one.
I went there for restaurant week. Food portion is very small. But I still got full afterall, since it was a three-course meal.
Service is excellent. They tell you what's in your dish when the food comes.
Love their dessert!
The restaurant is elegant, the service is outstanding and the food is delicious. Matre de Loius Risoli made my night special. I would highly recommend the restaurant to anyone who wants to be treated like royalty
Not as good as expected. Fish dish was very dull, and desert was not special. I had hoped for better flavors and vegetables.
The restaurant week selections were delectable. Yum all around.
arrived off elevator in front of young couple with my guest already present; couple seated first--was it gender or age discrimination or neither?--I'm not sure but it was troubling. Don't plan to return any time soon.............
The lunch was a great value with an excellent salad. It was surprising the place wasn't mobbed. I wasn't happy with a deconstructed Napoleon, but my husband liked the other mousse type dessert very much. We have been to this restaurant more than a few times, but we have always ordered their tasting menus, and I wasn't sure if the chef was really good. Now I know.
L'Espelier has definitely come down since the move. It is no longer a place for us to go on a special occassion.
I loved that bread was unlimited (and a large variety was available) throughout the meal. The service was great; the waitress was incredibly friendly! The meal itself was good too - flavorful and delicious!
I thought dinner was good. The portions were small. The food was a bit salty and the waiter never came back during our meal to inquire as to whether we were happy with our meals. I would have given the food 4 stars but the desserts were awful. For the price, I was disappointed.
It was always the best and still is!!!!