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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You go to L'Espalier for the experience -- and know it's going to cost you a small fortune. This particular evening we decided on the 12-course tasting menu for our table of 4. The chef and staff did their best to accommodate 2 special diets and provided exceptionally attentive service.
However we each left the restaurant hungry and wished we would have ordered the 5 or 8-course prix fixe menu as the portions on these plates were substantial. The chef tasting gave us a very tasty morsel of food that left us wanting more at $250/person. I recommend trying the lower cost prix fixe menu -- you'll be delighted.
This was our second visit to L'Espalier. The food is very good. One dish in the tasting menu, with clams and ham was so salty I could not taste anything but salt, and I am known as someone who loves salt! But the remaining courses were excellent. We also were surprised by the noise level. The service was very quick, but there was little attention to the ambience. The gentleman who seemed to be in charge of our room was extremely loud so that you could hear his descriptions of things from a few tables away. For such an elegant place, we were surprised at the lack of attention to the service. In France, at a restaurant of this caliber, the service is attentive but very quiet and subtle so that you hardly notice you are being served. The approach at L'Espalier is much more "in your face". There were times when it was difficult to carry on a conversation because of the loudness of the server explaining the menu to people on the other side of the room. And the person taking our order ran off so fast that we could hardly finish ordering. We also noted an inconsistency, with some tables being offered a cocktail to start, while we were simply brought the menus and asked about water. Even the entrance was awkward, with the couple just ahead of us being escorted to a lounge for a drink while we stood there waiting from someone to come over.
This is definitely a special occasion place unless you are on an expense account, and though many aspects of the restaurant are outstanding, I think we will go elsewhere for our next special occasion.
Overall good. Only a few things to improve.
Amazing food and wine experience.
Classic foodie experience which we reserve for special occasions.
So... It was not brunch. A very tasty lunch though with great service overlooking a fun view of Boston.
Everything was awesome as usual
Outstanding food and wine in an excellent ambience with six star service
Elegant and delicious! The food was delicate, flavorful, fresh, and beautifully presented!!
There is no finer restaurant in Boston.
The service was outstanding and the presentation and pace of the courses was excellent. However, several of the courses were not good and were flavorless. All in all the food was disappointing from previous dining experiences and not worth the expense.
Waiter was inattentive, and sommelier was rude.
Food was fantastic, as usual, but the service was not as attentive as it has been at past visits.
Anniversary dinner, great service, food mediocre. Not worth the price.
We've dined at L'Espalier a few times and it never disappoints. We enjoyed the five course tasting menu and added on a cheese course that our server chose for us based on our likes and dislikes. My husband and I both commented this was the first cheese course both of us really enjoyed and actually finished. While all of the dishes were amazing, the duck for the main course was outstanding and one of our favorite dishes of all time. Service was on point. We never had to ask for anything and got to enjoy a relaxed meal, just the two of us. Such a wonderful experience!
L’espalier never disappoints. Everything is 5*. The food journey was set perfectly we were fu
She and I loved the evening....
Lovely way to enjoy Valentines’ Day dinner. Tasting Menu was quite fun, with many unique combinations, and service was both personable and impeccable. Ambiance was perfect got easy conversation and seating on couch was nice. Only downside was the cost of the meal which was quite extravagant and only partially mitigated by a $100 gift certificate for a charity donation. Recommend highly if on expense acct. or $ no concern!
food and service were excellent
port was sludgy and needed decanting before service
Went for our anniversary, and were sorely disappointed by the lackluster service and mediocre food. Dare I say I enjoyed my lox lunch at Ikea more than my dinner at L'Espalier? $600 poorer and I feel like I was ripped off. While the wine and cheese we were served were delicious, there was not a dish we were served to write home about and seasoning and plating were all over the place. When no one checked on our experience by the sixth course of our eight course meal, I finally called our server over and his explanation was he didn't think the chef was in the kitchen tonight (a Saturday) which is no excuse at all when the dining is supposed to be at the caliber of L'Espalier. I wrote them an email and hope to hear back from them with some sort of resolution, but it sounds like I am not alone in my experience. Not sure what is going on in the kitchen, but man am I happy we didn't spring for the chef's table as we were originally thinking about doing. My advice is to skip it and head to one of the 50 great restaurants in the Boston area that can offer you a significantly better dining experience for half the money.
Conceptually each dish was good on paper, but not great, and could have used something extra to take it to another level. However, before even worrying about that, the kitchen needs to focus on properly executing things in terms of flavor. Much of the food tasted bland and needed more salt. That alone would have carried the dishes farther flavor wise. Tasting food and seasoning is the basics. For the price and reputation, we were disappointed. You can’t charge people that much and not put some wow into your creations, let alone not use salt and tasting spoons.
Service was nice, but also had no wow factor. Sommelier, managers, and floor staff seemed to be going through the steps rather than sharing an experience with their guest. The staff seemed bored, which made the experience boring. Just rambling off wine info, like it was on a 3x5 in front of them.
Incredible experience and outstanding service! Amazing food for a special occasion, romantic atmosphere.
Unfortunately we had very mediocre food and poor service. Literally nothing at all stood out as having a special taste. The service was confused and not professional and our main course arrived cold. Our first choice of wine was not available. Seems to have gone downhill from the last time we ate here. Will not be returning and can not recommend it.
Afternoon tea to celebrate our daughters acceptance to the MIT Slone graduate program
Exceptional tastes! Inventive presentations. Extremely delicious, especially the roast duck for two people. Be ready to spend a lot of money, but the variety of food and the amazing tastes were memorable.
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.