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“Excellent Special Occasion Dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of L'Espalier

L'Espalier
774 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199 (Back Bay)
(617) 262-3023
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Ranked #54 of 2,847 Restaurants in Boston
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
Franklin, Ma
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Special Occasion Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

This was our second time at L'Espalier and it too was excellent. I am a picky/simple eater that rarely tries new things. At L'Espalier each and every course of the degustation menu was unique and delicious. The price is expensive but there is a value that comes with the service, ingredients, atmosphere, and experience.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Excellent cheese selection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

The dining experience at L'Espalier is quite unique in Boston - although the dishes are a little more "fancy" than I usually like (focus is on the presentation and unusualness of the food rather than the actual deliciousness of a dish) it's always an eye-opening experience with new flavors and combinations of foods that you'll enjoy. The best part, however, is the cheese selection - you can have a cheese platter for an appetizer or dessert, and they have the finest selection in Boston. You can even go there during the day to buy some of the cheeses that you especially liked. They focus on a lot of local (New England) dairy farms, but have a wide range from around the world. If nothing else, go there for one of their monthly cheese tasting and be prepared to be blown away!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Loved the "Salon"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed a Red Sox game and had heard that this restaurant was amazing. Not being dressed for a fancy meal we were nervous to even stop in. The hostess was very nice and allowed us to sit in the "Salon". We enjoyed an amazing cheese plate and glass of Westport Rivers hubby in an incredible atmosphere. Bravo!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston
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153 restaurant reviews
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
“Best Lunch in Boston”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

I think people do not appreciate what a deal this is for lunch-served every day. It is prix fixe (or ala carte) and it gives those with a couple hours to spare the most serene, relaxed and satisfying lunch experience that you will ever have. It reminds me of London in the approach to having a civilized meal. The tea is without peer in Boston, as is the cheese course. We dined here several times this month, both with and without our teenagers--and every time was a gem.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Prince George, Canada
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76 reviews 76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Michelin?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This was the highlight of a 4 night sports weekend in Boston. Service is amazing and the food should definatly be Michelin Rated. I would say the pricing is also very reasonable considering the service and the quality of food. If i lived in Boston, I would be here often!

Visited January 2013
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