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#81 of 2,363 Restaurants in Boston
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Back Bay
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774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199-7826 (Fairfield St.)
(617) 262-3023
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Boston, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent atmosphere and impeccable service. I do not recommend the Halibut it is bland with a corn sauce. The venison and lobster were fantastic. Also the duck is exceptional.

Thank athenasp2015
Reading, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a special wine-tasting night, with a fixed menu and a range of Italian wines. It was set in a small room, off the main restaurant, with around a dozen other diners. The Sommelier and Maitre D talked us through what we would eat and drink and, as usual, the service was impeccable. The food was stunning, so many... More 

Thank NiallJanet
London, England, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here for a small family get together and had a wonderful night. The amuse bouche were fun and yummy, the ashen cocktail martinis interesting and punchy. The wine list had some real treats, but- the grilled foie was cooked to perfection, and my lobster tails taught me that nearly all the lobster I had had before was badly... More 

Thank Alexander F
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

My wife and here went here for our anniversary. We were in from out of tow and looking for a great restaurant for our anniversary dinner. We carefully read reviews and got recommendations. We ultimately decided on L'Espalier. Based on reviews, the menu that we read online, and the price of the tasting menu ($118), we thought this meal would... More 

Thank Dan R
Cincinnati, Ohio
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

Wonderful location for a business dinner - excellent service, wine selection and entrees. The staff anticipates our needs and provides a no rush, high end atmosphere.

Thank 50Cal2015
Boston, Massachusetts
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212 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

L'Espalier opened its doors in Boston in 1978. For decades it had been the grand damme of fine dining among the Boston Brahmins. This is no longer the case. L'Espalier is living off its past glory, and I will explain why. The venue is modern elegant. Servers were courteous, albeit pedantic. Chef Frank McClelland held us hostage to order either... More 

1 Thank Eduardo G
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

My husband and I chose L'Espalier, which we had not visited since their move to Boylston Street, to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We remembered their former restaurant with fondness. The new version has fallen low. The service was indifferent, and much of the food equally so. The descriptions of the dishes were not necessarily what arrived on the plate. For... More 

Thank BostonVirginie
Chestnut Hill
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83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

We have been there on two wine dinners, another focussed on cheese. The most interesting was the Old World-New World comparisons of grape varietals. I remember a Pinot Grigio that made me think twice about the grape (I think it was from the Alto Adige) and some fine Sauvignon Blancs from Dry Creek Valley and a Fume Blanc from the... More 

Thank Lewis S
Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

L"Espalier is the standard to which all other fine dining should aspire. It is near perfection, and this is true on every occasion-nearly 6 now over a period of time. Innovative food, flawless service, healthy drinks, fine wine list, stunning ambiance. It is pricey but it delivers, and that makes it so worthwhile.

Thank paul2294
Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

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 

Thank Jerry G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$41 - $100
French, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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.
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