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L'Espalier

774 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199 (Back Bay)
(617) 262-3023
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Ranked #33 of 2,818 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $41 - $100
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

While visiting Boston, my friend and I dropped in for lunch, wanting to sample this James Beard award winning handi-work. It was a bit more formal than we were prepared for with our ready-to-walk-the-city t-shirts and sneakers. All the same, we were treated to a great corner booth, and professional service. It was refreshing to see a prix fixe selection... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was the third time I've tried L'Espalier since it moved next to the Mandarin Oriental. Afraid, it had gone too trendy, this new look Espalier has struck the balance well between modernizing and its core strength of French. The tasting menu and their wine pairing were superb. My colleague and I are foodies and we would return.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Amazing every time. I come here every time I am in the city! I look forward to this the second I take off on the plane. This is a must for foodies. While I am not quite a foodie I can appreciate all that the menu offers. I love the location and ambiance but the food is exquisite. Every year... More

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Pittsburgh
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91 reviews 91 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is one of the best restaurants I have ever experienced. A must for Foodies. Even before your orders arrive, you are presented with eight small appetizers that are amazing. This is top level food preparation, quality and service. If you are looking for a truly memorable dining experience, you have to try this restaurant.

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Canton, Connecticut
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69 reviews 69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My husband and I went to this restaurant on our honeymoon nine years ago and it was fabulous then. We were back in town last evening and decided to go back. Their location had changed, but the quality had not! We ordered the Summer Degustation 6-course dinner and it was absolutely fabulous! In addition to the 6 courses, the chef... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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327 reviews 327 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
447 helpful votes 447 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

For over a third of a century, L'Espalier has been a leader in fine dining in Boston. Most of the time it was located in a classic brownstone in the Back Bay and turned out adventurous and delicious and elegant food, with extra special service and a great cheese tray. Guess what? In its new location at the Mandarin Oriental... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Visited last night at the salon for drinks and nibbles. Ordered the salon tasting menu and a few cocktails. Food, drinks and service were impeccable! I'm still dreaming about that cheese board!

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
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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
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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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