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L'Espalier

#75 of 2,686 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Back Bay
French, American, International, Continental
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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: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 294
    Excellent
  • 90
    Very good
  • 47
    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
Inspired, delicious and elegant

Be amazed by the creatively delicious tasting menu, although the regular menu is just as strong. L'Espalier staff will treat you like royalty; be prepared to of course (discreetly) pay for it. This type of dining experience - drawn out, creative interpretations of dishes and ingredients - is for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
RachelRaven
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Quincy MA
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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Quincy MA
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Be amazed by the creatively delicious tasting menu, although the regular menu is just as strong. L'Espalier staff will treat you like royalty; be prepared to of course (discreetly) pay for it. This type of dining experience - drawn out, creative interpretations of dishes and ingredients - is for those who are up for a memorable dining experience. I wasn't... More 

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Florence, Italy
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

With high expectations for a near perfect evening, we pull up to the valet sign and there is no one there. We waited a few minutes (outside the car) and still no one. I went into the small entrance and found a staff person asking about our reservation( of which we are now late). We said we were waiting for... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This year is my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. They planned a lovely three-day trip to Boston and a celebratory dinner at L’Espalier. My sister and I contacted the restaurant to let them know about this major life event and arranged to pick up the bill for their dinner, which would have been around $400-600. My sister confirmed this arrangement with... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Excellent service, delicious food, fantastic wine list, convenient location, I recommend this restaurant highly.

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Montreal, Canada
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143 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

One of top 5 in Boston. Food was great, many tasteful choice on the menu, wine list is good, and staff is helpful. Nice upscale atmosphere.

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Overpriced, for an underwhelming dinner experience . Had the 3 course degustation menu , amuse Bouche were hit-and-miss and the macarons at the end of the meal were too sweet.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We celebrated our son's Master exam from Harvard at the Chaf's table. It was not inexpensive but worth every dollar. Lovely dishes, excellent service but also an opportunity to Watch how a top class restaurant kitchen is working. They work very hard and you really get a feeling for the speed and quality they are expected to deliver.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I was here for dinner with a few friends and everything was fantastic. The service was top-notch--never an empty glass, and just very attentive. We sampled a few different dishes, and the quality was great. Be warned, though, it is an extremely expensive establishment, but I think for the location, the service, and the quality, that it is well worth... More 

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London
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169 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The entrance is subdued, and you enter the 3rd floor dining room via a dedicated lift. Good cocktail, reasonable wine list. Good MD helpful and knowledgeable, some of other waiters a little less polished eg sluggish wine service. The short tasting was very good and just right for lunch. Nice lobster bisque with garlic flan not too heavy. Tasting of... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We visited for tea. The service was lackluster, at best, and the tea plate's presentation ("little red riding hood") was underwhelming. I would be hesitant to recommend this for a special occasion.

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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: French, American, International, Continental

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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, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Large groups, Entertaining clients, Romantic
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?