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“Excellent meal to celebrate our wedding!” 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 #46 of 2,831 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
massachusetts
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Excellent meal to celebrate our wedding!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

We dashed off to Boston for our small wedding of two and decided to have our wedding dinner at this wonderful restaurant, we were greeted by nearly everyone with a congratulations and a smile The service was impeccable and our waiter which I cannot remember his name was perfect as everyone who took care of us was, they were there when they needed to be and seemed to disappear until needed again. We indulged in the 6 course Spring degustation as my husband is a meat eater and myself a pescatarian that posed to issue to the Chef. Every course was delicious my husband craved more of the lamb chops and some where very interesting we loved the cheese course and the little meringues they made with the liquid nitrogen at the end was fun. My only disappoint me was dessert the yogurt granola combo was very uninspiring and I have such a sweet tooth, other than that we will be back next year for our anniversary dinner. Thank you for a special evening!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good, but not great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

I visited in December just before the holidays and after sampling the Chef's Tasting Journey for dinner, I left feeling somewhat underwhelmed. The food was beautifully plated and the restaurant is gorgeous, but the dishes we were served all seemed unoriginal. There was no course that made me exclaim "wow."

Service was rather cold and impersonal the day I visited but it may be more of a seasonal issue given our visit just prior to the start of the Christmas holiday.

All this being said, I thought that the restaurant's wine and cheese selection was excellent. I especially appreciated being provided a thorough background on the variety of unique cheeses they have on offer.

I will visit again in hopes that this visit was an off-day for the restaurant and kitchen. I will probably not opt for the Tasting Journey next time as I don't think it represents good value for money.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Bangkok, Thailand
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“So fine!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

From the first greeting to signing my check , everything at this place is spectacular. The staff is very professional and friendly. The interior is just perfect, calm and welcoming. The food is very well presented. Everything about it is world-class. Just on the spot!! The right balance of everything!! The ingredients are so fresh. The service is amazing. Attentive but not intrusive. This could arguably be the best restaurant in Boston!!! I'll certainly be back again. Love it!!!!!!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sherborn, Massachusetts
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90 reviews 90 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Outstanding! Everything prepared to perfection!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

My husband and I ate at L'Espalier four nights ago to celebrate a special anniversary. What an outstanding meal! Everything was prepared to perfection. We each had the four-course-plus-dessert "spring degustation menu," with excellent substitutions for us pescetarians. The service was excellent. The ambience wonderful. Our only (minor) criticisms were the minimal amount of fresh vegetables on the dishes that we ordered and the unexciting nature of our granola-and-yogurt dessert. Expensive, but worth it. A great restaurant for special occasions.

  • Visited June 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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Norwood, Massachusetts
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87 restaurant reviews
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“The perfect spot to celebrate our anniversary...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

My wife & I recently had the pleasure of dining at L'Espalier in honor of our 5th anniversary. I now understand why L'Espalier has been so successful for so many years. The passion for putting together an innovative meal celebrating farm to table cuisine is still very much alive at L'Espalier. Why no Michelin Star or Relais & Chateaux designations for L'Espalier is beyond me, but even without those designations the experience was amazing.
As with practically all restaurants of this caliber I would recommend allowing plenty of time to truely enjoy the experience as between courses you will be treated to several amuse bouches. L'Espalier offers several dining options, but I strongly recommend the 3 Course with the supplemental cheese course. We had the duck for two which was presented and carved table side along with some preparations to accompany it. Though others have commented on the portions being small and not worth the $, I couldn't disagree more.
The service was very good for the most part, though I think there is better in Boston. Everyone was good about greeting us, welcoming us, and acknowledging our anniversary. A few of the staff need a refresher on timing especially regarding the filling of the water/wine glass and when to clear the course, but other than that, all was good. Be sure to add the supplemental cheese course which will give you a chance to interact with fromager Louis Risoli, who is a gem.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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