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La Voile

261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)
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Ranked #37 of 2,819 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $80
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: French
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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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  • Spanish first
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English first
Jakarta, Indonesia
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I looked at the wine list and knew it was a decent place. Brought my friends over and it just clicked. You know how pompous French waiters can be ? In "la voile" not at all ! It is genuinely nice and relax. Food is impeccable and they have a good wine list to pair it with. I will be... More

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U.S.A. East Coast
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88 reviews 88 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

La Voile is a French Restaurant in Boston's Back Bay Area. What distinguishes it from most is the excellent level of service. A waiter comes by within seconds of your seating and revisits your table numerous times even before your entree arrives. There are only two or three other restaurants in Boston that offer this level of service. The menu... More

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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210 reviews 210 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The food is just OK. I agree with a previous reviewer that the food is bland. We ordered the whole "seabream" aka Branzini; it is good and generous but at the end of the day it's just a grilled fish with Olive Oil. I don't think they stuffed the belly with herbs like we do at home or like the... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This place could be so much better with very little effort.The tables on the patio are way too close together. The waiter was so busy with way too many tables to care for. It took 15 minutes for anyone to come to our table. The charcuterie plate was ok. The duck breast was overdone and tasteless. The mussels were awful.... More

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Suburban Phila
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We were lucky to find a terrace table here on a busy weekend night, watching the Labor Day crowds and moving-in students pass by on Newbury St. Excellent, hearty, perfectly cooked south-of-France brasserie cuisine - a rich fish soup (snapper-like), perfectly cooked duck breast with roasted vegetables, steak frites (but with ribeye, not a tougher cut), beef bourguignon, good portions,... More

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Not the best overall, but it was very good. The foie gras appetizer was one of the best we ever had, nicely paired with a glass of Muscat. The duck was very good, bun unfortunately my husband's steak was tough. The dessert was good, the service nice and attentive, we really enjoyed our meal. We would go back without hesitation.

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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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70 reviews 70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We visited La Volie for lunch during restaurant week. We had reservations. Sitting outside was not available and required some waiting time, we decided to eat inside. 3 course dinner for $20. The menu consisted of 4 appetizers, 3 entrees and 3 desserts. It was enough to choose for different taste. We started with bottle of white wine; some of... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I have eaten here for lunch and dinner and both times have been disappointing. I was recently there for 'Dine out' week. I can't even remember what the starter was and then I had steak and french fries. The steak was mediocre and the french fries were cold. The worst part of the meal was the 'pre-made' cold lemon tart.... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The food was simply average. The choices were interesting but the flavoring was mild. If they set up outside, sit outside. It's warm indoors. The wine pours are generous. Simply average with a strong french feeling. Great service.

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Palmdale, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We stopped by La Voile for an early lunch while in Boston. The location is, of course, in one of the best shopping locations in the area. We were seated promptly and attended by the helpful and friendly server. I opted for the terrine of the day for an appetizer while my partner opted for the prix fixe. I choose... More

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