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L'Espalier

#76 of 2,357 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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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Dan R
Cincinnati, Ohio
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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Thank 50Cal2015
Boston, Massachusetts
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210 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Eduardo G
Boston
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Thank BostonVirginie
Chestnut Hill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Lewis S
Boston, Massachusetts
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13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank paul2294
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars 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 

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Thank Jerry G
Boston, Massachusetts
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44 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

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 August 12, 2016

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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Thank Lindsay S
Newton, Massachusetts
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

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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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
Breakfast, 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.