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L'Espalier

#52 of 2,879 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 287
    Excellent
  • 87
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 14
    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
High class meal for any special occasion

Just came back from a great dinner here. The place is high class all the way from the moment you step into the elevator to the time you exit the front door. This is Chef McClelland's pride and joy and he should be proud. The service there is impeccable and the flavors are spot on. We had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
acwong
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Phoenix, Arizona
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Phoenix, Arizona
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Just came back from a great dinner here. The place is high class all the way from the moment you step into the elevator to the time you exit the front door. This is Chef McClelland's pride and joy and he should be proud. The service there is impeccable and the flavors are spot on. We had the degustation tasting... More 

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Mystic, Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

First time dining at L'Espalier and we were all very impressed. The service is impeccable, the food delicious, and every guest is made to feel special. We ordered from the spring tasting meal, each course was plated beautifully. The waitstaff also was able to accommodate some minor food "dislikes" that I had. The macaron we received at the end as... More 

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Stow
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

L'Espalier is a restaurant where many go to celebrate special occasions. The service here is top-notch; the ambience depends on where you sit. Window seats overlook Huntington Avenue -- a busy Boston street scene but quite commercial. An adjacent room sits opposite the illuminated "Lord and Taylor" sign, and appears more intimate and interesting. The décor is fine, and tables... More 

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Boston
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I took my husband to a special birthday dinner at chef's table last night. Half way into our dinner (the reservation is at 7pm), at around 8:30, the kitchen started the cleaning process. While eating dinner, we are watching 5-7 people scrubbing the surface, cleaning the stove. The smell of detergent was overwhelming. Then the restaurant completely forgot this is... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My boyfriend took me here for my birthday dinner and now it is the meal that I compare everything else to. There was not one thing that was not amazing. We each got our own dishes but then ended up sharing everything and there was not one crumb left on our plates. The chocolate souflee was to die for also... More 

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Illinois
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Why this restaurant does not have a Michelin Star is far beyond us, but it is a bright and shining star of its own in the New England area and one worthy of more national and international notice! We were privileged to have dinner with our Boston friends several weeks ago. From the moment we entered we were treated as... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The grand tasting, in the kitchen was our most recent visit, and it was truly great. The seating is in the back of the kitchen overlooking the major stations and provides a fine view of the kitchen at work , most interesting .

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We went here for a really nice meal as somewhere that has a good reputation in Boston as a good restaurant. The décor is nice, modern and stylish although may be a little bland for some. The service was below average and was painfully slow. There were multiple couples that come in over an hour later than us and managed... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Absolutely fantastic meal, and very memorable. We all had the taster menu and after the 12th course I think we all lost count. Everything was perfect, they realised one person in our party wasn't eating the lamb so they brought over beef instead which was above and beyond what we expected. The waiters were excellent in telling us what was... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I loved this meal so much....it lingers like a great book. Every detail of the experience was perfection. The welcome, the aperitif in the lounge, each course, the wine selection, the sommelier .....on and on. We had a tasting menu that seemed to last forever and then when it was over I was sad...actually sad. I have had my share... 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: French, American, International, Continental

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?