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.