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774 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199 (Back Bay)
(617) 262-3023
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Ranked #32 of 2,823 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
Dublin, Ireland
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98 reviews 98 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Sampled the autumn degustation 6-course meal with paired wines at this famous Boston institution which was absolutely fantastic. The setting is comfortable and classy; the service flawless throughout. Highlights were the sea bass sashimi amuse, lobster starter, lamb main (amazing) and a fantastic cheese course with US and European cheeses. Paired wines were excellent throughout, in particular a sublime Syrah.... More

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Excellent, located at The Mandarin Hotel, 7 course prix fixe menu. Great. We had watermelon soup and other delights.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

L'Espalier has been a dining institution for years. You could always depend on quality food, presentation, and service. It is supposed to be fine dining. I regret to say that our experience was inferior. Our family went on a Saturday night to celebrate a special occasion. Our party arrived staggered but regrettably it took 20 min for our server to... More

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Manila, Philippines
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I have given an excellent rating to L'Espalier before, and this visit was equally excellent. We ordered the Chef's Tasting Journey of around 10 courses, and it was a very enjoyable experience. The ingredients were obviously fresh, and the food was great. Service was superb too. Will keep on coming back to this restaurant...

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Acton, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary in Boston last week. For dinner on Saturday we went to l'espalier. Upon entering I was surprised to see that at 9:00 on a Saturday there were a number of empty tables. After our experience I understand why. I should begin by noting that the service was quite good. The setting, while not... More

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Perfect spot for an anniversary dinner. The back room, with its wall of library books and other wall of wine was magnificent. The staff were first rate, each course and dish described and the wine balanced perfectly with the meal. This is simply the best meal in Boston. Really less meal than a performance, which the team at L'Espalier execute... More

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Canton, Massachusetts
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Still the class of Boston. Amazing cuisine with service to match. Louis presides over the best cheese program anywhere. Always made to feel like a special guest. Can not wait until our next visit

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

One of the single most enjoyable dining experiences we have ever had. We chose the chefs table in the kitchen of the restaurant for a pre-theater dinner and birthday meal. From the butter poached lobster, the lamb, and halibut, and various other magnificent tastings, nothing short of perection can be said about Chef McLelland's brigade. The ingredients, locally sourced, showcase... More

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new york
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We had a really nice time sitting in the lounge having a cheese plate and various wines. I'd like to specifically compliment the sommelier, I wish I had asked his name. We were given 3 different wines to go with our cheese plate and they were outstanding. Also, the cheese selection was the finest I've experienced outside of Paris. A... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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65 reviews 65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

On the evening we were there, the prix fixe was $95 a head- three courses. After a pair of martinis (but none of their expensive wine), and then including tip, our American Express card tackled $365.00. So, that covers the money end of things. Food was not surprisingly excellent and easily gave us the pleasure of filling in all five... 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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