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La Voile

261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)
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Ranked #21 of 2,814 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $80
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Cross street: Fairfield / Gloucester
Transit: Copley square or Hynes Convention Center on Green Line
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.
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90% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Pleasant setting, with a menu that offers classic brasserie choices (and defines the difference between bistro and brasserie). Mussels were fantastic--in a choice of sauces.

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Boston, MA
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My first time at this restaurant, and I don't know why I haven't visited before! It was a beautiful night but we elected to sit inside because we couldn't get enough of the ambience - writings on the wall in French, and the whole vibe made us feel like we were in Paris. We had onion soup which was thick,... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

La Voile offers superb food, delightful staff, and transport (almost) to France. The food is as close as you can come (with American ingredients) to a meal in Paris or Nice. The staff, from Manager Jerome on down, are very friendly and helpful. (Someone accused them in another review of putting on French accents, but that's a callous slander: most... More

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Worcester, MA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was our 3rd visit to La Voile and it really just keeps getting better. Than menu has a range of choices to suit most diners with an emphasis on French foods. They are friendly and attentive to details; It's a real pleasure to done there jhgrday

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Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I think by now the waitress knows me, I love this place for the same things: the Moules-Frites (mussels and french fries) and the wine!!!!! Amazing place when you want to feel "home," home which is a nice french bistro. Will always be my favorite Bostonian cozy cocoon.

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Brisbane, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

This is a very authentic French restaurant , even to the extent that the tables are close together as in Paris. The service however was very attentive- unlike what you can experience in Paris. The wine list was extensive and I thought reasonably priced compared to a similar standard of restaurant in Brisbane. I started with the mussels and my... More

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Acton, MA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We arrived for our 8:30 reservation to a not all that full establishment and were ushered into the darkest, pokiest corner of the building. Other than 4 tables meant for larger parties that were all full, ours was the only two-top shoved in between. A table so small that a bread plate and your entree plate could not fit together.... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The restaurant was charming, but the staff was overextended and simply disappeared for great lengths of time. The food was cold and mediocre. The onion soup is soup with cold cheese to add: not my favorite rendition of French onion soup. My veal stew had a nice sauce but the meat was fatty and cut in odd ways; one piece... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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138 reviews 138 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We arrived exactly on time for our reservations, but the staff seemed stressed and disorganized (working in France and with the French, this actually seemed quite normal). The seating inside for two is at tables practically on top of each other, and on the tiny outside patio it is the same. The whole place reminds one of a postage stamp... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Fantastic dinner for four. Great staff from bar to table service. Very impressed with the de-boning of the fish. Rice and cream sauce with my main was spot on in balance. Goodly amount of prosciutto with the arugula salad. Everyone was happy all around. I loved the ship models and the way the designer used them effectively to give privacy... More

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