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L'Espalier

774 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199 (Back Bay)
(617) 262-3023
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Ranked #33 of 2,784 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $41 - $100
Cuisines: American, French, Continental, International
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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
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Cross street: Fairfield St.
Transit: Copley Square T
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Chicago
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Had the tasting menu with 4 wines paired. Make no mistake, that's a lot to pay for dinner. French/NE cuisine. Portions sufficient, despite the amount of plate. Delightful, in the main. Only a bit of distracting foam. Literally foam. Service attentive. Worthwhile for a special occasion, in my judgement.

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Tipperary, Ireland
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104 reviews 104 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

We opted for Prix Fix , one vegetarian , one piscetarian and great choices for both . Prix fix for vegetarian is adaptations from the Degustation . The food was top notch, and an excellent sommelier recommended an amazing Pinot Noir in place of the one we'd selected which wasn't available . Overall the service was good, though perhaps not... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

It's been a while since my wife and I dined at L'Espalier. I will say that we shouldn't have waited so long to return. Our table was situated overlooking Boylston Street and with the beautiful weather, the activity on the street proved to be very entertaining. Drinks were ordered and a very well prepared martini was delivered to the table.... More

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Saint John, Canada
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80 reviews 80 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We visited the restaurant for Wine Monday which is apparently something that has been going on for some years now as there is a Wine Monday cookbook published in 2008. You must telephone for reservations and leave your credit card number. Dinner starts at 7 pm and consisted of a salad, a fish course, a meat course, a cheese course... More

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carlisle, ma
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48 reviews 48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This is a restaurant which by reputation should provide an experience to remember. While the ambience is pleasant and the service efficient, the food simply lacks substance. Four of us ordered the full 12 course chef's menu. The dishes were ok, but I had hoped for more. Again, there was nothing wrong with the meal, there simply wasn't enough right.... More

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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

While visiting Boston picked this restaurant because of great reviews . Very disappointed food very heavy not michelin standard . Whilst the look is good the taste is not there and it us very heavy food. Overpriced we had three starters and three main courses and were charged 285 dollars for three main courses completely over the top. Not up... More

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LA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Back in Boston, where I lived for 8 years a long time ago, I ate for a second time at L'Espalier. This time I felt somewhat turned off by their strict cancellation policy. even though it is a somewhat small restaurant. Imagine my surprise when they most pleasantly rescheduled my table for 4 to a subsequent evening. There was something... More

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Albany NY
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I often travel and have had meals in many fine restaurants. L'Espalier is my new favorite in Boston. It can be expensive, but worth every penny. My friend and I decided to try the winter tasting menu- 7 courses- we weren't rushed, the staff was friendly - right from the lovely lady who greets you at the door and sends... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Attended L'Espalier for a work related function and had one of the most memorable meals of a lifetime. Outstanding service, incredible attention to detail, unbelievable multi-course menu; incredible wine pairings. Maybe the best lamb chop ever; cold and hot lobster dish was AMAZING...

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Parkland, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

My two teenagers absolutely loved their dinner at this restaurant. They were eager to taste the dishes recommended by our waiter, and were not afraid to try something new. We loved the experience, as we do not eat like this often! The food was unique and excellent. Nice wine list as well as the specialty drinks suggested. The different breads... More

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