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La Voile

#18 of 2,685 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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Back Bay
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261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 (Fairfield / Gloucester)
Copley square or Hynes Convention Center on Green Line
6175874200
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: La Voile is an authentic French brasserie, opened in Cannes in 1947. After...
La Voile is an authentic French brasserie, opened in Cannes in 1947. After a few years under a new ownership, it relocated to Boston in 2007.
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  • 201
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  • 75
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Mostly good

Very pleasant to sit outdoors on a warm summer evening and enjoy good food and service at La Voile. Fairly classic French menu, food cooked traditionally (and I have eaten in France quite a lot) and the prix fixe is good value with a variety of choices. Our servers were perfectly pleasant and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
Irene K
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Very pleasant to sit outdoors on a warm summer evening and enjoy good food and service at La Voile. Fairly classic French menu, food cooked traditionally (and I have eaten in France quite a lot) and the prix fixe is good value with a variety of choices. Our servers were perfectly pleasant and helpful. I dropped them one dot from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The food, ambiance, wait staff; it was all wonderful. I've spent time in France. La Voile is authentic in every way and down to the smallest detail, including the French waiters. Go! You will not be disappointed.

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Port Isaac, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The food decent - two sides to patio - one next to a smoke house - that part not so good. You encounter a bit of that "French stereotype of off-handishness" here. The food (a quiche with some greens) was good - service was OK yet officious I found. The turn off was being outside on a fabulous day but... More 

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McLean VA
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160 reviews 160 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We booked a table for 8 people at 2:30, after the MIT graduation, and were stunned to discover that the kitchen closed at 3 pm. The restaurant had an obligation to inform us of that fact, given that people were straggling in after the commencement. To top it off, the food was not particularly good, with the exception of Gazpacho... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

On a recent continuing education trip to Boston this past week, my wife and I decided to try something other than the usual seafood establishments that we usually visit when visiting Boston. On the recommendation ofr Tripadvisor we opted for La Voile and what a great choice we made. The exterior is not preossessing and we were offered the choice... More 

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Paris, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

From the sidewalk, this restaurant looks like so many others along Newbury Street, but you will be making a mistake if you walk past without stopping to dine! Entering La Voile ("The Sail") is like entering a cozy restaurant in Paris, and each step in the experience reinforces the feeling. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable (and French!), the food is... More 

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Boston
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

La Voile is a little bit of Paris in Boston. Everything is sensational from the mussels and frites to the chicken stew, to the desserts. You can sense the passion in the cuisine.

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Topsham, Maine
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Food here was excellent -- atmosphere very sea-oriented. Good service -- not an inexpensive dinner but beautifully served and delicious. Too cool to eat outside -- but that would be fun to do.

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Los Angeles
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

What a delicious and memorable meal! A final dinner in beautiful Boston, celebrating my nephew's graduation. Once you sit down in this cozy, warm restaurant, you forget it's downstairs location. Inside, you get transported to some place in France, maybe even on the outskirts of Paris. The atmosphere was very welcoming and relaxing and the wait staff was very friendly.... More 

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Great representation of real French food. Classic and simple but the flavors that grace your palette will leave you speechless for most of your meal. Such a wonderful, amazing staff. I honestly can't say enough nice things about the staff. My best friend and I had such a welcoming and lovely experience here. The food was simple amazing. The atmosphere... More 

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Additional Information about La Voile

Address: 261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Phone Number: 6175874200
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD $80
Cuisine: French

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
    (Fairfield / Gloucester)
  • Public Transportation: Copley square or Hynes Convention Center on Green Line
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighborhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: 6175874200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $80
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Doing business

Description

La Voile is an authentic French brasserie, opened in Cannes in 1947. After a few years under a new ownership, it relocated to Boston in 2007.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?