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L'Espalier

#59 of 2,348 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
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774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199-7826 (Fairfield St.)
(617) 262-3023
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of the best restaurants in Boston. It is tad on the expensive side, so if you are not in the mood to splurge, just go to their salon and have a drink. It is a great experience. Their Wine Mondays are really good. You get wine pairings for a multi-course prixe fix meal. Again at $90pp it... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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57 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Let me start by saying that I had dinner here last year and my score would have been 5 stars. Two years ago, I would have given it 4 stars. My last experience was for one of their "Wine Mondays." I am giving it three stars, but 3 1/2 is probably more accurate. "Wine Mondays" is a 5 course tasting... More 

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Thank Jeff P
Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have just spent a fabulous evening at L'Espalier. The food was world class, the service excellent. We had the fixed price menu but when it came to dessert I had spied a huge cheese trolley on entering the restaurant and asked about that instead of the dessert. Not a problem and the waiter chose a fabulous selection of locally... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband asked me if I wanted to go for an overnight to the White Barn Inn in Maine for our anniversary. I responded that if he wanted to have an extremely expensive, but perfect meal, that I would rather eat at L'Espalier in Boston. I was absolutely right in choosing L'Espalier. The Chef's Choice Menu offers delicacies, sometimes subtle,... More 

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Thank Sallee L
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love to go out for meals but rarely go to somewhere as sophisticated as l espalier. When we do, it's a real treat and on this occasion we certainly weren't disappointed. From the moment we got there, we were made to feel at home and were given high quality and attentive service. We were also treated to a first... More 

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New York
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55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've dined at L'Espalier in its old location many times, and just went for the first time in its new location on Boylston St. The restaurant has a very different feel -- now sleek with muted tones -- but the food remains exceptional, the service attentive but unobtrusive, and the tables spaced distantly enough that you are not on top... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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118 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food is good, like one star Michelin restaurant. Service is great and attentive. Atmosphere is very good. Overall satisfied . I guess this maybe the only fine dinning restaurant in Boston may get a Michelin star in the future . Recommand to u if u really want a fine dinning experience in Boston.

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Halifax, Canada
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attended a private dinner for about 16 people including young children, teenagers, adults and seniors. The private room resembled a library rather then a restaurant. The service was excellent, attentive and so very helpful particularly with the preschool aged kids. The food and wine were above average and the overall experience was a highlight of our visit to Boston.... More 

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Thank LewisNS
Montreal, Canada
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82 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food and amazing service. It's a bit awkward when you walk in and you are greeted by a woman in front of an elevator. But once you go up and are seated, you feel the ambiance and wait to see what they have in store for you! We chose the second menu option with the wine paring and we... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, excellent service through and through, but Chefs Table just didn't meet our super super high expectations. Touted as #1 French restaurant in Boston, we were just a bit disappointed about the way the chefs table was arranged, especially the space around, ambient, lighting and that odd portable air conditioner put behind our back. Maybe the cost of $900+... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$41 - $100
Cuisine
French, International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199-7826
    (Fairfield St.)
  • Public Transportation: Copley Square T
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighborhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: (617) 262-3023

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Back Bay

Neighborhood Profile
Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.