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774 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199 (Back Bay)
(617) 262-3023
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Ranked #36 of 2,815 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $100
Cuisines: American, French, Continental, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Cross street: Fairfield St.
Transit: Copley Square T
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83% Recommend
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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The interior of the restaurant was modern and elegant, and elicited memories of a Relais et Chateaux restaurant. I never understood why not a single Boston restaurant was ever awarded a Michelin star, but by my metric, L'Espalier is likely in the realms of a two-star restaurant. I must say, I had been quite turned off by some of my... More

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Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

First time I went was with my (ex)boyfriend, it was those nights I was inviting! I loved everything. We took the tasting menu, and everything was just exquisite. The staff was really nice, so far my best gourmet meal in Boston.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My friends and I went there to celebrate a bridal shower. We wanted a fancy restaurant to celebrate the occasion. The restaurant is very beautiful. As I was the first to arrive, I waited in a comfortable room with a street view - they are located in the second floor. The bathroom is very nice also. The restaurant kindly arranged... More

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Pasadena, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Have you gone to a hgh school or college reunion...heart beating fast...looking for that old flame who, at the time, you thought was your "soul mate"...well, at least, pretty "hot"...and didn't recognize him/her...or, worse case, they didn't recognize you??? Well, that's what happened when we took our daughter and her fiancee to L'Espalier last week. We hadn't been in 20+... More

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Indian Hills, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

If you enjoy an upscale afternoon tea, you must visit Boston's L'Espalier. The atmosphere, the tea, the service and the sweet and savory treats alike are of the absolute highest quality. The portions are appropriate enough so you won't leave feeling as if you've stuffed yourself. You'll walk out of there refreshed and pleased that you had the good sense... More

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New York City, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We treated a friend to afternoon tea for her birthday at L'Espalier. Initially, we were seated in a dark corner behind a wall, so asked for a more suitable table. After a bit of a wait, we were seated by a window in the back. We all ordered the Little Red Riding Hood's Tea ($40) When the savory course arrived,... More

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Four of us had the spring degustation menu, cant fault anything on the menu it was all superb, the service and ambience was first class, the highlight to me was the lamb which was really one of the finest things I've ever eaten, but everything was truly amazing. Expensive but worth every penny for a memorable evening. If you get... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

If I was given a choice on where to eat during my last day on Earth, L’Espalier would be it. It’s a no brainer. They have the best “new” French food I’ve ever had in my life. L’Espalier is one of our go-to special occasion restaurants. We’ve had French food in France, New York, Montreal and even Mexico City and... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I've been to most of Boston's best restaurants, and I can say that this is one of my very favorites. L'Espalier is an exquisite establishment. From their multi-course offerings to their tea sommelier, their cheese cart to their seasonal menus, the culinary genius here paired with impeccable service and gorgeous presentation. For those who join for a full meal-- I... More

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

One of the best restaurants I've eaten in in recent memory! The chef skillfuly blends both Modernist and Farm to Table techniques and comes up with a winner in every dish! The sommelier is knowlegeable and picked the perfect wine to pair each and every time. And as if that wasn't enough, they even have a "tea sommelier" with an... More

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