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774 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199 (Back Bay)
(617) 262-3023
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Ranked #54 of 2,847 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
Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

We recently dined at L'Espalier and we are still reminiscing about how much we disliked it. Even though it's quite pricey ($95+/pp for an appetizer, entree and dessert), we are willing to pay the price if the food is worth it. It's just not. It seems that what you get for your money is an abundance of service people constantly... More 

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San Francisco
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

My friend and I had lunch here on wet December afternoon. The restaurant was 3/4 full and while the service was good it was sometimes slow, especially the dessert/coffee/tea course. In addition my friend and I both had water, which I do at almost every meal and we had to get the attention of our waitress to refill our glasses.... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

When looking for fine dining in Boston Massachusetts, in advance of a recent visit we were drawn to L'Espalier. The conciege at the hotel confirmed it to be one of Bostons top restaurants when we arrived at the hotel. The restaurant occupies the first floor of a building about a mile west of the city centre along Boyleston Street. It... More 

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Austin, Texas
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163 reviews 163 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

Was invited here with business colleagues and told it was a Boston Institution. I thought the service was good-- at times a bit slow. The wine list was nice and the food was mostly good with a few disappointments. I had the salmon and it was nicely done. I asked for fruit for dessert which wasn't on the menu. they... More 

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Vence, France
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I realize this restaurant is a Boston institution so I may get hate mail for my review.My husband - a native Bostonian and I flew to Boston to entertain his mother over the weekend.We dined here on Saturday evening.The place was packed!We knew from the amuse bouche we were in for a disappointing evening.To me we should have been blown... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This is one of the hardest reviews I've written. L'Espalier has a great reputation, and I can see that it might be deserved but I am writing about our family dinner on a Saturday evening. First, from valet service to the elevator ride, you feel welcomed and cared for. The sommelier and servers were very attentive. Second, there are some... More 

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18 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

L'Espalier's tuna with charred aubergine/eggplant starter was one of the most remarkable dishes I've had. When flavors come together to truly play off each other and create something unique you know you're in for a treat. The salmon main was unlike any other salmon I've had before - it's always a joy to find a new flavor and texture in... More 

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My partner and I went to L'Espalier recently for my birthday. The food was just outstanding, the service excellent, great ambience and the timing of many courses was unhurried. That said, you may need smelling salts after you get the check. So, if you want a truly special, connoisseur experience and are not saving for college tuitions, L'Espalier is highly... More 

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springfield, ma
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Went for this past Thanksgiving with my wife and our oldest son, a resident of Boston. Arrived promptly for our 3 pm reservation and the place was packed. Had the tasting menu with like 7 courses, not including the extras the chef sent along as we awaited giving our orders. Also had the wine pairings, which were perfectly matched. Every... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Had Thanksgiving dinner at L'Espalier - was expecting a Wow experience but was greatly disappointed. The food was o.k. but certainly not creative or "fit for a foodie". While I am a fan of restaurants that provide quality over quantity this was ridiculous (e.g. a probably 3 or 4oz piece of meat as the main dish with two one tablespoon... 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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