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L'Espalier

774 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199 (Back Bay)
(617) 262-3023
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Ranked #29 of 2,820 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $100
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Not sure what was going on because the restaurant was not fully booked when we arrived for a birthday celebration but service was spotty and the food, although interesting, was slightly disappointing. Several of the hot plates on the tasting menu were luke-warm. There were, however, many oohs and ahs at the presentation and flavor/texture combinations so everyone had their... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

After visiting L'Espalier in 2012 for lunch, I returned recently for dinner. My high expectations were certainly met, as this night proved to be a wonderful experience. The degustation menu moved along at a perfect pace, lasting about 3.5 hours. The highlight of the meal was likely the cheese course, which consisted of six cheeses with accompaniments. L'Espalier is very... More

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new york
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Best meal. Wonderful in all respects from the service to the food to the ambiance. Leave yourself 2-3 hours and expect to dine in peace. Ask for a table by the window. Dietary restrictions? You won't feel like you're missing a thing. Perhaps the best meal we have ever had.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The service was amazing, the food great! I recommend the Three Blind Mice tea. It was the highlight of my trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

While visiting Boston, my friend and I dropped in for lunch, wanting to sample this James Beard award winning handi-work. It was a bit more formal than we were prepared for with our ready-to-walk-the-city t-shirts and sneakers. All the same, we were treated to a great corner booth, and professional service. It was refreshing to see a prix fixe selection... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was the third time I've tried L'Espalier since it moved next to the Mandarin Oriental. Afraid, it had gone too trendy, this new look Espalier has struck the balance well between modernizing and its core strength of French. The tasting menu and their wine pairing were superb. My colleague and I are foodies and we would return.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Amazing every time. I come here every time I am in the city! I look forward to this the second I take off on the plane. This is a must for foodies. While I am not quite a foodie I can appreciate all that the menu offers. I love the location and ambiance but the food is exquisite. Every year... More

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Pittsburgh
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95 reviews 95 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is one of the best restaurants I have ever experienced. A must for Foodies. Even before your orders arrive, you are presented with eight small appetizers that are amazing. This is top level food preparation, quality and service. If you are looking for a truly memorable dining experience, you have to try this restaurant.

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Canton, Connecticut
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73 reviews 73 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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329 reviews 329 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
454 helpful votes 454 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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