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774 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199 (Back Bay)
(617) 262-3023
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Ranked #52 of 2,851 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $100
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: American, French, Continental, International
Neighborhood: Back Bay
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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
Cross street: Fairfield St.
Transit: Copley Square T
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English first
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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 NEW

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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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91 reviews 91 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 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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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
20 helpful votes 20 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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Acton, Massachusetts
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244 reviews 244 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We just ate once again at L'Espalier. Our experience (as it has been the half dozen or more times we have eaten at L'Espalier) was fantastic. First service. Found it flawless. Not stuffy or pretentious but helpful both in explaining the dishes and in selecting wines. Food. From the amuse bouches onwards we loved the food. I had a scallop... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

had an amazing chef's journey tasting for lunch on Saturday. If you want to try the best of the best and still have time to walk the calories off, then try the lunch menu instead of dinner. Food is amazing - the meat course of steak with home made pasta and incredible bolognese will be a dish aI remember for... More 

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New Rochelle, New York
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150 reviews 150 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The amuse bouches were good so was the first lobster course The foie gras course was uninspired, just very basic The sole course was excellent and the best course of the meal. Too bad all white food items were on a plain white plate. Visually, it got lost. The venison was very good. the pig's trotter was lacking in taste.... More 

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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: American, French, Continental, International

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