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#108 of 2,383 Restaurants in Boston
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Back Bay
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774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199-7826 (Fairfield St.)
+1 617-262-3023
11:30 - 22:30
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 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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236 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 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 28 August 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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88 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 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 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 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 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 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
Boston, Massachusetts
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59 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 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 

Thank Jeff P
Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 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 

Thank Lindsay S
Newton, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 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 

Thank Sallee L
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

We love to go out for meals but rarely go to somewhere as sophisticated as l espalier. When we do, it's a real treat and on this occasion we certainly weren't disappointed. From the moment we got there, we were made to feel at home and were given high quality and attentive service. We were also treated to a first... More 

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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
US$41 - US$100
French, International, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
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
  • Neighbourhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 617-262-3023

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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

Neighbourhood 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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