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L'Espalier

#60 of 2,346 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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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Halifax, Canada
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Montreal, Canada
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79 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was in town for a business conference and went at the recommendation of a local. I had the six course and it was exceptional. The halibut melted in my mouth, the warm foie gras was so tender and smooth, and the cheese plate was to die for! The service was excellent as well. I'm glad I had the experience,... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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140 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was perfectly fine, but really not exceptional. I was expecting more, considering the cost and the other reviews. Wine list was extensive, but wines were very expensive. The wait staff is prompt and polite, but seemed more stressed than interested.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for a special occasion over the holiday weekend. Nothing to recommend the food other than the desserts which were uniformly excellent. The service was oddly paced and not especially attentive. The amuse bouche while very attractive was almost tasteless. The appetizers were uninspired and two of the three entrees were almost inedible, tough veal and very over salted fish.... More 

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Hartfield, United Kingdom
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202 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 375 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the superb six course Summer Degustation Menu with six paired wines. This was truly fine dining and, without giving a blow by blow account of every element, special mention must be made of the foie gras and strawberry tart combo dish which was unlike anything we had experienced before and really marvellous. Service was great. We really enjoyed... More 

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Oregon
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68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter researched Boston's best restaurants and decided to ask for a meal at l'Espalier as a Christmas present. Someone had to go with her, so I volunteered. ;) This is an expensive, elegant, and special place to eat. Was it worth it? We had a wonderful meal, assisted by personable and helpful staff, and we really enjoyed ourselves. The... More 

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Thank Castorp
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15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The reviewer who claimed that dining at L'Espalier was more than just a meal, but an unparalleled experience, was spot on. The superlative service is like no other; the warm welcome you receive when you arrive is carried on throughout the entire dining experience. Our server was especially remarkable: knowledgable about the courses he was offering and attentive at all... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For a special event in a person' life, there is no better place to celebrate than L'Espalier. It remains, in my opinion, the best restaurant in Boston. From the moment you open the door, you feel special. You are greeted with a graciousness not experienced anywhere else. And from there, the experience remains superlative. You take an private elevator to... 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
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
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.