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“Underwhelmed”
Review of L'Espalier

L'Espalier
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Ranked #150 of 3,263 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Cross street: Fairfield St.
Transit: Copley Square T
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Did the chefs multi course. Best described as all dressed up without showering beforehand. No real standouts. Amazing plating, service and ambiance, but nothing delicious. Food needs some salt or butter or whatever chefs do to bring out some flavor. Dessert was slop on a plate, some kind of raw oatmeal, nut thing-a-ma-jig. If this is their best, try ANY of the rest.

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

The food was original, but not pretentious. The foie gras was the best I've had in my life, and it paired wonderfully with both the strawberries and the beets. The halibut I ordered as an entrée was perfectly cooked and the spinach-oyster emulsion was wonderful.

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Delicious food in an elegant setting. Wonderful service by knowledgeable staff. Good wine list and great cheese selections. One of the best restaurants in Boston.

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Thank Paula D
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

So many fine restaurants seem to believe that stuffiness and intimidation somehow enhance their offerings. Not so here. From the valet to the sommelier, each of the 7 or 8 people who interacted with us appeared genuinely interested in our enjoyment of the time we spent with them. The food was superb and the wine list was impressive - you would expect that - but dining is in its totality an experience, not a meal or a drink. The staff here gets that, and executes flawlessly.

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Thank Tony S
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Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

I had dinner here recently while visiting the area. The dining room is intimate and well decorated. The service is very good. We ordered the summer degustation menu with wine pairing. The six courses were beautifully executed and were fairly delicious. The "clam bake" first course was sublime. The other 5 courses were very good but did not compare to the starter in terms of culinary innovation. The wines were well paired. We had a table along the window which afforded a view of busy Boylston St one level down. A park view would have been better but we can't have it all. This is a Boston institution that should not be missed.

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Thank Raymond L
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