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L'Espalier

#46 of 2,854 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Back Bay
American, French, Continental, International
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774 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199 (Fairfield St.)
Copley Square T
(617) 262-3023
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Saturday
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 280
    Excellent
  • 85
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 13
    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
Most recent review
Try the Monday wine dinner

We attended a Provance wine dinner and it was a great evening. There is no choice from the menu as the courses are selected by the chef. The choices were very good. Unusual and well pepared. Service was excellent. I am not generally afan of this sort of affair but I would recommend these dinners... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Suffield, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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437 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Suffield, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We attended a Provance wine dinner and it was a great evening. There is no choice from the menu as the courses are selected by the chef. The choices were very good. Unusual and well pepared. Service was excellent. I am not generally afan of this sort of affair but I would recommend these dinners highly. We arrived very early... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This restaurant lives up to its reputation. The food and service both exceeded expectations. We especially enjoyed all of the samples before and after the meal. This is a wonderful restaurant for special occasions, or anytime you want to treat yourself to a unique dining experience.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

One of the best meals ever. It is as if you are looking into the kaleidoscope, but you are experiencing the wonder with your tongue and your mouth, instead of with your eyes. No bites bring the same taste. Every bite brings you different sensation. Pure genius of the chef (imagination, innovation, and knowledge of food all combined). It is... More 

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boston
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I am a regular at L'Espalier and always have a wonderful meal and a great experience. Last Saturday was extra special it was my husband's birthday and I decided it would be fun to dine in the kitchen at the chef's table ( we had done it 5 years ago) When we arrived we were greeted by everyone from the... More 

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London
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We were a group of 8 and had the chefs 7 course taster menu which with extras ended up being more like 14 courses! Food and service were both excellent. One of our party has a shellfish alergy and any replacement courses were equally special. This is one of those meals where when you start off, you thing you will... More 

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Boston
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Food and service were as amazing as ever at last night's dinner. One problem needs to be addressed: the valet. When we arrived on a cold, rainy night there was no valet. I waited in the vestibule while my boyfriend stood outside in the cold. The hostess said she would call someone because as she said, "he tends to disappear."... More 

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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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92 reviews 92 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We never had regular lunch or dinner at the L’Espalier, but we came for a Wine Dinner on December 29th. They have 5-course dinner paired with wines every Monday. This time theme was California Road Trip. Cost of the dinner was $85 + tax and tip, and coffe/tea – extra. We liked the ambiance of the place and service was... More 

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Boston
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108 reviews 108 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We have always saved L'Espalier for special occasions, when only the very best will do. Welcoming a dear young couple back to Boston last week was such an occasion, and this wonderful restaurant came through once again. Fabulous food, delightful upscale atmosphere, and impeccable service made the evening enchanting for all. 5 stars? ... Absolutely yes.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This restaurant does not disappoint, or at least did not disappoint any of us ranging between 92 and 32. The service was impeccable, and the food was beautifully explained and plated. It tasted delicious too. But most extraordinary were the breads. The baker is a genius! His brioche, pretzel bread and baby eclairs with gouda mornay in them, would have... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Outstanding experience. Perhaps too many service people constantly coming to your table to change the silverware - my goodness we must have had 25 pieces of silverware each during the evening. At one point they put a fork down and then removed said fork three minutes later. We sat at a wonderfully private table in the Library room (table 40).... 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: American, French, Continental, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?