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L'Espalier

#81 of 2,704 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Back Bay
French, American, International
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774 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199 (Fairfield St.)
Copley Square T
(617) 262-3023
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 48
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  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A different and interesting Afternoon Service

I was brought here by a friend for their Afternoon Tea by a friend for my birthday, who knows I love doing Afternoon Tea. Tea at L'Espalier is certainly a different, but interesting experience. The setting is quite elegant, and as such, so is the service, presentation, etc. After an initial... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
DAVID S
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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New York City, New York
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I was brought here by a friend for their Afternoon Tea by a friend for my birthday, who knows I love doing Afternoon Tea. Tea at L'Espalier is certainly a different, but interesting experience. The setting is quite elegant, and as such, so is the service, presentation, etc. After an initial fumble with tea choice, I spoke with Cynthia and... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Went here for my girlfriends birthday a couple weeks back, place was amazing. The food service was world class.

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Key Largo, Florida
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78 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We have been dining at L'Espalier since our eldest son started college at Boston University, before Law School. We have had 7 (seven) meals there. We always opt for the chef's tasting menue. We have never been disappointed. Lovely place, lovely food, lovely service.

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Fes, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

It was surprising to find such an exceptional french gastronomical restaurant in Boston. The food is quite refined and the decoration of the place is amùazing. The waiters have given us excellent advise regarding the wine and the menu. It is the best gastronomical experience we had in the city.

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We hadn't been to L'espalier since it was on Gloucester street, which was probably close to 10 years ago, but it was my birthday, so who am I to say no? I was expecting a good meal and an exorbitant price tag. What we actually received was one of the Top 10 Meals of all time. Unexpectedly fabulous. With the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Think we really lucked out here since we had lunch the day after Independence Day weekend so hot a table by the window. Coming from Europe the food could not have been bettered but retained a very N American flavour. We had the tasting menu with assorted wines. All the foods were excellent but some of the wines were not.... More 

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Quincy MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Be amazed by the creatively delicious tasting menu, although the regular menu is just as strong. L'Espalier staff will treat you like royalty; be prepared to of course (discreetly) pay for it. This type of dining experience - drawn out, creative interpretations of dishes and ingredients - is for those who are up for a memorable dining experience. I wasn't... More 

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

With high expectations for a near perfect evening, we pull up to the valet sign and there is no one there. We waited a few minutes (outside the car) and still no one. I went into the small entrance and found a staff person asking about our reservation( of which we are now late). We said we were waiting for... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This year is my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. They planned a lovely three-day trip to Boston and a celebratory dinner at L’Espalier. My sister and I contacted the restaurant to let them know about this major life event and arranged to pick up the bill for their dinner, which would have been around $400-600. My sister confirmed this arrangement with... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Excellent service, delicious food, fantastic wine list, convenient location, I recommend this restaurant highly.

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Additional Information about L'Espalier

Address: 774 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
Phone Number: (617) 262-3023
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 41 - 100
Cuisine: French, American, International

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 774 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
    (Fairfield St.)
  • Public Transportation: Copley Square T
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighborhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: (617) 262-3023

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 100
  • Cuisine: French, American, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?