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L'Espalier

#66 of 2,676 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: Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 289
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  • 88
    Very good
  • 46
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 15
    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, great service, unique location

I was here for dinner with a few friends and everything was fantastic. The service was top-notch--never an empty glass, and just very attentive. We sampled a few different dishes, and the quality was great. Be warned, though, it is an extremely expensive establishment, but I think for the location... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
ForTheStory
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I was here for dinner with a few friends and everything was fantastic. The service was top-notch--never an empty glass, and just very attentive. We sampled a few different dishes, and the quality was great. Be warned, though, it is an extremely expensive establishment, but I think for the location, the service, and the quality, that it is well worth... More 

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London
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161 reviews 161 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The entrance is subdued, and you enter the 3rd floor dining room via a dedicated lift. Good cocktail, reasonable wine list. Good MD helpful and knowledgeable, some of other waiters a little less polished eg sluggish wine service. The short tasting was very good and just right for lunch. Nice lobster bisque with garlic flan not too heavy. Tasting of... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We visited for tea. The service was lackluster, at best, and the tea plate's presentation ("little red riding hood") was underwhelming. I would be hesitant to recommend this for a special occasion.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Loved the food , very well presented and very good blending of flavours . The wine list is very very good with a broad range of domains and prices. The ambiance was formal but very comfortable and thankfully the tables had a good space between them so you could have a comfortable private conversation and the noise was low .... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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170 reviews 170 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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
7 helpful votes 7 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
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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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: Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business, Romantic, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?