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774 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199 (Back Bay)
(617) 262-3023
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Ranked #32 of 2,816 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $100
Cuisines: American, French, Continental, International
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Cross street: Fairfield St.
Transit: Copley Square T
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83% Recommend
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English first
Canton, Connecticut
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went to this restaurant on our honeymoon nine years ago and it was fabulous then. We were back in town last evening and decided to go back. Their location had changed, but the quality had not! We ordered the Summer Degustation 6-course dinner and it was absolutely fabulous! In addition to the 6 courses, the chef... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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314 reviews 314 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
430 helpful votes 430 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

For over a third of a century, L'Espalier has been a leader in fine dining in Boston. Most of the time it was located in a classic brownstone in the Back Bay and turned out adventurous and delicious and elegant food, with extra special service and a great cheese tray. Guess what? In its new location at the Mandarin Oriental... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Visited last night at the salon for drinks and nibbles. Ordered the salon tasting menu and a few cocktails. Food, drinks and service were impeccable! I'm still dreaming about that cheese board!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The interior of the restaurant was modern and elegant, and elicited memories of a Relais et Chateaux restaurant. I never understood why not a single Boston restaurant was ever awarded a Michelin star, but by my metric, L'Espalier is likely in the realms of a two-star restaurant. I must say, I had been quite turned off by some of my... More

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

First time I went was with my (ex)boyfriend, it was those nights I was inviting! I loved everything. We took the tasting menu, and everything was just exquisite. The staff was really nice, so far my best gourmet meal in Boston.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My friends and I went there to celebrate a bridal shower. We wanted a fancy restaurant to celebrate the occasion. The restaurant is very beautiful. As I was the first to arrive, I waited in a comfortable room with a street view - they are located in the second floor. The bathroom is very nice also. The restaurant kindly arranged... More

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Pasadena, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Have you gone to a hgh school or college reunion...heart beating fast...looking for that old flame who, at the time, you thought was your "soul mate"...well, at least, pretty "hot"...and didn't recognize him/her...or, worse case, they didn't recognize you??? Well, that's what happened when we took our daughter and her fiancee to L'Espalier last week. We hadn't been in 20+... More

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Indian Hills, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

If you enjoy an upscale afternoon tea, you must visit Boston's L'Espalier. The atmosphere, the tea, the service and the sweet and savory treats alike are of the absolute highest quality. The portions are appropriate enough so you won't leave feeling as if you've stuffed yourself. You'll walk out of there refreshed and pleased that you had the good sense... More

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New York City, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We treated a friend to afternoon tea for her birthday at L'Espalier. Initially, we were seated in a dark corner behind a wall, so asked for a more suitable table. After a bit of a wait, we were seated by a window in the back. We all ordered the Little Red Riding Hood's Tea ($40) When the savory course arrived,... More

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Four of us had the spring degustation menu, cant fault anything on the menu it was all superb, the service and ambience was first class, the highlight to me was the lamb which was really one of the finest things I've ever eaten, but everything was truly amazing. Expensive but worth every penny for a memorable evening. If you get... More

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