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L'Espalier

#75 of 2,720 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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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 307
    Excellent
  • 92
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
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
Best restaurant in Boston

Hands down, I have truly amazing meals here. A truly wonderful dining experience, worth every penny. If you like cheese, make sure to indulge in the cheese plate; it's heavenly.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
RonNotRonald
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Hands down, I have truly amazing meals here. A truly wonderful dining experience, worth every penny. If you like cheese, make sure to indulge in the cheese plate; it's heavenly.

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DEstin Fl
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217 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We celebrated our anniversary here and expected the high prices. Started with a couple of very tasty cocktails-- Prada dark night? And a Broadway bourbon drink-- both very good. Served with no cocktail napkins?? Strange for such a "classy" establishment. The first course we ordered went from the best foie gras I have eaten to the worst quail we have... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We had the most memorable meal here. The food and Service was superb. From the amuse bouche, main, bubbles, tea and petit fours at the end. Simply perfect. Thank you

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Zurich, Switzerland
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I found that it lacked a personal touch. I would have liked to know who are the personalities behind the restaurant. I was brought by a friend who told me that it is one of the top restaurants in the world.

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Highland Beach, Florida
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93 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Have been several times and always enjoy dining here. This time we had the Summer Degustation. Glad the portions weren't too large as I was quite full before dessert.Only issue for me was that the lobster was undercooked,somewhat gelatinous. Had a nice bottle of Gigondas. Service was attentive and pleasant.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Every time we shop at Copley, we make it a tradition to have tea here. It truly gives us the most relaxing break so we can literally shop until we drop. They greet you on the street level and you travel upstairs in an elevator to a beautiful, classy, serene atmosphere. We check in all our shopping bags at the... More 

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Mashpee, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Having read many reviews and hearing great things about this restaurant it seemed like a natural choice for my wedding anniversary. We were not disappointed. We had the summer tasting menu which was paired with wine. The food was creative and delicious. Staff was welcoming and wished us a happy anniversary several times even bringing us a slice of cake... More 

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Westford, Massachusetts
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at L'Espalier. We were lucky enough to get the Chef's table which is located in the heart of the kitchen. Unlike other Chef's tables in the city this is the closet you can be to chefs. The food was fantastic, 15 courses of exceptionally prepared food that is presented like works of art.... More 

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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Immaculate attention to detail ; good taste ; understated professional service. All flawless. The chicken dish in was particular outstanding. Highly recommended.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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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: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business
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?