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Wed, 4/25
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L'Espalier

4.5
2558 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
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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What 2558 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

My partner and I went here while we were in town, as we like to visit L'Espalier anytime we're remotely close to Boston. We enjoyed a relaxed, well-paced, 3.5-hour Chef's tour tasting lunch with juice pairings. A fun time, wonderful service, and interesting, delicious food. It was so much fun to do this before heading to the airport to fly home.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food outstanding. Service fair.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Food as presented looked wonderful. Something was off, however. Both of us became ill. Service was as usual, marvelous. The caviar and its presentation was superior to just about all

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great foods with how the chef put the seasoning perfectly.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The Tasting Menu is a Must!. The creativity and quality of the food were outstanding. The service provided by the entire staff (start to finish) was second to none. The wine pairings were perfect and reasonably priced. I would recommend this restaurant - and its tasting menu to anyone that appreciates good food and great service.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

service is ok,bit slow ,but staff are friendly.
Food just not live up to it is reputation

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

L'Espalier is a long time favorite for special occasions. Once again, the food lived up to its reputation, even if the service was sometimes a bit uneven (another table's food delivered to us; a server who could not describe one of the tasting menu courses as it was set down). The pace through the first few courses seemed a bit fast, but things did slow appropriately after we said something. We did the wine pairings, which were good but not great--we would have done as well with a bottle of white of our own choosing and a half-bottle of red to go with the meat course. One easily avoidable faux pas that would never happen in Europe--I ordered coffee, which was delivered at the same time as the wine accompanying the dessert, but before the dessert was even served! Coffee should come at the end of the meal, never before dessert.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I was there for my birthday, and it was very good. Apparently they changed their tasting menu which makes me happy. Overall good, I would not say anything bad about it.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Amazing food

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Expectations were surpassed! We found this gem by happenstance. The chefs journey was 10 brilliant courses, guided through the night by the most caring brilliant staff I’ve had. The choices were perfection.

I read how to expect small portions, so I expected to be hungry at the end and stop for desert on the way home.
Simply not the case,

I was delighted , and completely full and happy right at the main course. It was perfect, and then
The deserts? Wow.

Each dish was unique, a combination of familiar flavors with new pairings. Mackerel with carmelized onion, very fresh take and each and every course.

Thought and passion was on display with each course.

I would easily, add a Michlien Star, as it was the finest subtle flavors, to enhance each dish.

Time and time again, was surprised, and delighted.
The complexion, and balance was perfection.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

I love this place. However, It would be nice not to have to do an "a la carte menu". There are some great things on the menu you that I would like to enjoy in larger portions.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went for Easter brunch. Everything was outstanding, service was excellent, food delicious. Can't wait for another special occasion to return.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

L’Espalier is by far my favorite! Each dinner is an experience of its own and never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I take my boyfriend here to celebrate his birthday/new job and we had a great time. The food was good, the staff was polite and it was a fun time. I never felt it was too slow or that the portions were too small. Everything was in the right proportion.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Biggest disappointment ever. Had full chef tasting.
Servers failed to bring new silverware, sent back a couscous dish because couscous was rock hard. Lamb was black n blue with barely warmed fat, I prefer med rare, got an attitude from server asking if I'd like it more well done. Rude, very rude. Many dishes lacked basic seasoning, you know, like salt.
The lemon dessert was outstanding but dessert platter was merely a bunch of random dots and fruit that didn't all go together.

If you want a tasting menu go to Menton.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Overall good. Only a few things to improve.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Amazing food and wine experience.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Classic foodie experience which we reserve for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

So... It was not brunch. A very tasty lunch though with great service overlooking a fun view of Boston.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Everything was awesome as usual

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Outstanding food and wine in an excellent ambience with six star service

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Elegant and delicious! The food was delicate, flavorful, fresh, and beautifully presented!!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

There is no finer restaurant in Boston.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Waiter was inattentive, and sommelier was rude.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was fantastic, as usual, but the service was not as attentive as it has been at past visits.

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1.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Anniversary dinner, great service, food mediocre. Not worth the price.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

L’espalier never disappoints. Everything is 5*. The food journey was set perfectly we were fu

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

She and I loved the evening....

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

food and service were excellent

port was sludgy and needed decanting before service

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Incredible experience and outstanding service! Amazing food for a special occasion, romantic atmosphere.

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1.0Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Afternoon tea to celebrate our daughters acceptance to the MIT Slone graduate program

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

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.

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