L'Espalier

4.5
2632 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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: Sunday-Saturday 11:30am - 2:00pm, Afternoon Tea : Saturday & Sunday 1:30pm & 2pm;

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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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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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 - Thu 5:30PM - 5:30PM

What 2632 People Are Saying
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DS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My 5 courses lunch took me 2 hours which I think was too long, the connection between each course can be better. My first course was a lobster bisque which was too salty, but they replaced me with another lighter appetizer which was awesome, Lubina fish was great, very impressive, but beef was way over cooked, almost medium well. Cheese tasting was great, and dessert as usual, not very good, panna cotta was too thick and lack of anise hyssop flavor.

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JF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Not worth the money and food was not good at all. Try to be fusion and use repeatedly nuts.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I had visited a year ago and had the most amazing dining experience. However, the recent experience was a rather expensive disappointment. It did not help that I was freezing and sitting in a draught all evening. The waiter was slightly officious and the food too salty, on the whole. I think we got the chef on an “ off night”.

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S
New England
147 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Sadly, L'Espalier is past its prime, doesn't have a special feel or pzazz to justify its price and pretension. Three of us had a nice lunch with good food and service, but in a quiet, rather sterile atmosphere. Servers were competent or workmanlike, but not polished or especially gracious; unfortunately trained to use phrases like, "Are you joining us for lunch today?" (No, I'm having lunch with friends in yr restaurant). Open Table site says L'Espalier has a Sunday brunch, but it doesn't. Disappointing for a brunch lover. Maitre d' blamed OT for this rather than apologizing. The tasting menu lunch was nice, not that special. We loved L'Espalier @ Gloucester St. but it still doesn't seem to have gotten its groove back in the 3 times we've visited since it moved (long ago now).

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D
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Its a good restaurant but not for this price. After visiting multiple Michelin restaurants in Europe, this gives usual food for the high price.
With all the respect to Chef, but this menu is average.

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M
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience from start to finish. The service was astounding and the Chefs menu was absolutely fantastic. We would certainly return!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from start to finish. The food was delicious and aesthetically pleasing. Service was superb. Will return again for future milestone celebrations.

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F
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We've been going to L'Espalier for over 6 years and what we used to take for granted as one of the best destination in Boston for the total dining experience is no more. It used to be the reference for ambiance, service, presentation, and food tasting. The ambiance and food presentation are still tops, but already last year we started experiencing the decline with the staff and some of the food. This year, out of 8 courses (I think) on the tasting menu, I could only come up with one outstanding item, and 3 well below average. Moreover, the staff now makes mistakes and doesn't even know their stuff. Very disappointing for a $500 dinner for 2. What used to be a special destination for birthdays and anniversaries, may have to be replaced by a better venue. Very sad!

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F
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Pear cider and sparkling grape juice on the wine pairings.....they seriously need a new sommelier!!! Stuck up wait staff might be ok at Ledoyen but they have really good food and wine pairings! Can’t recommend this place....food was fair and not very impressive. They also charge 2% for the kitchen.... really? Most restaurants take care of their kitchen staff!! Maybe that is the problem.

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Heard it was the best French restaurant in Boston. It had the accoutrements but the food and wine for us was just fine. Not bad, but not wow. Steak too tough. But most of the other dishes were just pretty forgettable - I don’t really remember what they were. The service was good and staff very friendly and attentive. There were a couple fruit flies buzzing around our table which put us off a bit. The price wasn’t outrageous at $118 for the 8-course menu but for fine dining I want the food to taste great and only a couple of the eight dishes I thought were really good. I won’t be back.

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SS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We greatly enjoyed our dining experience. However I find the practice of asking dining guest to contribute extra so that the kitchen staff can make more money absurd. I can afford the $7.00 but at the prices the restaurant charges so can they afford to pay their staff more. This practice should stop.

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p
New England
66 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been a while since we've dined at L'Espalier, but the experience was excellent. From the initial greeting at the elevator on the 1st floor, and the formal greeting by the hostess, to the waiter, sommelier, and bus staff, we were made to feel comfortable and at ease. While there were 3 different tasting menus, we opted for the 8 course menu. Each offering was fabulous and wonderfully presented, as one would expect. We had forgotten what a nice experience dining was as L'Espalier; probably won't wait another 5 years before returning.

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DD
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnificent meal. Superb service. Delicious tasting menu. Amazing amuse bouchée

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TW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The place where we had dinner was like a temperature room cause there was a government funding party in their main lobby. The food service was a little bit slow, not picky, it was ok. The foods amount is ok, tasked very salty overall, don’t know what’s going on. One of my folk was dirty when given by the waitress, there was a seed like dirt stuck between the folks, ehhhh. The dessert was a disaster that not good at all. I like the location, right under prudential mall. 3 stars over all, not recommended.

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ED
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A truly amazing eight course tasting menu. Everything was delicious and the service was spectacular.

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PV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

After dining at L’Espalier for over 20 years, this was my only disappointing experience.

1. No valet parking. How can you have a 5 star restaurant and eliminate valet parking. Absurd. At a minimum all diners should be advised there is none and the options available.

2. No bread service offered. This is a new development and cannot understand how a restaurant at this level has discontinued such.

3. Service overall. Plates were not removed as needed. I had to ask multiple times during several courses to have them removed.

4. Service overall. Miscues in courses delivered. They had to be removed and sent back for the correct dishes.

5. Service overall. Several small requests not met.

6. Cheese selection. What has happened since Louis left us a shame. My refrigerator has a more robust selection.

7. What happened to final sweet at end of meal. No chocolates or truffles.

8. No madeleines as we left

Having celebrated pretty much every special event in our lives with L’Espalier, the restaurant has some tarnish to work through. Bring Louis back please....

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! Amazing food!

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B
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and a wonderful evening

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience from start to finish. Came for lunch and sat at a beautiful table by the window. We each had the 5 course meal option and enjoyed every dish we tried. We will definitely be coming back on our next visit to Boston.

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RE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very elegant and very well attended, the food is very good and nice wine list. The general value is very very good.

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J
New England
41 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service, outstanding and creative food and gorgeous presentation, relaxed and elegant ambience. One of the most special dining experiences in Boston.

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MD
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner for our 5-year anniversary, very nice staff, comfortable seating, well balanced menu (not heavy for a 5 courses!), thanks for this very enjoyable evening!!

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LF
New England
32 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Not sure whether the food or the service was more disappointing. The service was disinterested to downright poor. The Captain barely Feiner interest and was generally unavailable. Wine glasses went empty for extended periods. One server didn't know the ingredients on a plate. But the food was no better. Nothing exciting or distinctive. No passion. Old school. Even the Roei Gras was oh so bland. Very disappointing. Also very expensive.

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I
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The meal was prefixed and the first courses were very good but for all of us (3) the entrees were very poorly prepared. One was listed as a “rack of lamb” which implies 2 or 3 chops but there was just 1. I mentioned to the waiter medium rare and was told they know just how to cook them which for me was close to raw. The others had steak extremely tough and hard to cut . All completely unacceptable.

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AE
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was skeptical about some of the recent reviews (in and outside of Open Table) that said that this restaurant was "staid" and "lost its edge". Ironically, the week before I spent a week at Wequassett Resort that sported the last chef de cuisine at L'Espalier and I thought all the food there was wonderful and inspired. I cannot say that of L'Espalier although I still respect their food, presentation and their wine pairings were remarkable and memorable.

Judging from the number of diners that evening, I can see whereby their clientele has fallen off as well as their popularity. It was also disturbing to see that recommended attire wasn't adhered to and "de-railed " the otherwise nice occasion.

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GP
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food, good service. Just not so sure that Menu 1 was really worth the $700 (with tips) price tag.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was a birthday. Felt it was more a business ocasion

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F
E. Tennessee
22 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I always enjoy dinner here when we come to Boston. We always get the tasting menu (there are two choices with different number of courses) along with wine pairings. It makes for a wonderful dining experience, albeit rather expensive.

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C
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Such a gem for boston! Old world European service and decor. Very clean farm to table menu. Everything was perfect love the wine pairings! Really top notch and best restaurant in boston if you’re lokkkng for high end.

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B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea was a magnificent affair! The service was impeccable and responsive, the anniversary blend tea was a terrific balance of flavor, and the range of savory and sweet offerings were perfectly plated and tasted incredible. The entire experience was beyond what I could have imagined.

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JB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was creative and prepared perfectly, the staff was professionally polite and attentive, and the ambience was conducive to quiet conversation.

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

I’ve been to L’Espalier a few times and always had a great experience. This time however, the experience was tainted by the food. The dishes were subpar compared to my previous visits. The Amuse Bouche had nothing special about it and majority of the dishes were quite bland. Out of a dozen dishes 1 or 2 were in line with what I expected from the place. I confess I left thinking I paid way too much for what I had.
I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and say it was an one off experience, but must admit I will now be hesitant to suggest the restaurant to friends who ask where to go for a fine dinning experience.

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C
New England
47 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Boston. The service is always impeccable and the food always creative and wonderful. You can’t go wrong! The Sunday brunch is lunch so don’t expect omlets although they did offer to make some for us. That’s how nice they are. Enjoy!

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VR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This venerable classic still delivers explosive tastes in every mouthful. Superb locally sourced farm to table ingredients and stellar service. It is truly a culinary journey!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food is very poor for the price. The quality of the food and the taste was really not at all special and was mediocrely at best. Compared to the very high price the food was very poor and even of very low quality. This restaurant should be missed!!! By contrast the wine pairing was good. The quality of the wives was very fine and the sommelier was very knowledgeable. The waiters on the other hand knew nothing about the dishes being offered. This restaurant pretends to be a high quality fine dining establishment but is nothing of the sort. The photos on the internet of the dishes look great but the taste is another matter. This restaurant should be shut down for false advertising!

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CM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Afternoon tea. Elegant setting. Inelegant service. For the price point service should be on point.

Food creative but not satisfying more amuse bouche serving than what you would consider traditional tea fare.

Asked repeatedly for milk. No tongs or spoon for sugar bowl on table, had to ask. Asked repeatedly for check and had to wait. And wait. Asked for contact info for tarot card reader and left my business card. Promised an email later that say. Still waiting days later. My guests had a pleasant time, but came away with no urgency to revisit anytime soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. Can’t wait to go back.

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DF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The food tastes too salty to eat! Especially the vegetables. The meat was cured in a weird flavor. As a high end restaurant, service was great. However, I have to say,sorry, I will never go there again. It costs $250 for 2 ppl and we didn’t eat well.

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great old style French dine

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TJ
New York Area
225 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband, Stu, and I booked the 10 course tasting at the Chef's Table in the kitchen to celebrate his birthday.

We were seated on comfortable chairs at a counter overlooking all of the action. Our dedicated server for the evening, Megan, was a sheer delight from start to finish. We can't praise her highly enough. I ordered the wine pairing. There wasn't a single bite of food or sip of wine that we didn't enjoy enormously.

The menu:
Amuse-bouches then farm fresh egg with Osetra caviar. J Lassalle Preference non-vintage champagne

Salad of yellow beets, fines herbes and raw spring vegetables with chevre. 2014 Philippe Gourdon "Les Amendiers" Chenin Blanc.

Tender seared scallops with squid, fennel, mustard greens and bone marrow broth. 2016 Lagler Gruner Veltliner from Austria.

Grilled Maine lobster with confit hazelnuts, roasted strawberries, pico de gallo and toasted nori. 2012 Meursault "Les Tillets" from Hubert Bouzereau-Gruere.

Torchon of foie gras with blistered peaches, apricots and cherry-Sauternes jam with 2015 Coteaux de Layon Rablay

After a refreshing palate cleanser, salmon with lemon fennel puree and bok choy shoots. 2017 Goblesburg rose.

Squab with a buttermilk "risotto" and liver vinaigrette. 2014 Meo-Camuzet Bourgogne

Pineland Farms sirloin with lime sesame vinaigrette, ginger potato pave and Australian truffle. 2015 Chateau de Montmal.

Cheese course with well chosen accouterments. 2015 Cidrerie du Vulcain, Poire.

Delicious dessert (forgot what). 2015 Braida, Brachetto d'Acqui, a slightly sparkly sweet red. They also served a sweet little cupcake with a candle to fete Stu, as well as a small selection of mignardises, which I enjoyed with espresso.

During the course of the meal Chef McClelland came over to chat with us and some of the team also came by. It was a relaxed but totally high end fine dining experience. We couldn't have chosen a better restaurant, it really made Stu's birthday special!

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