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L'Espalier

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L'Espalier Review

In 2008 L'Espalier left its longtime home in a Back Bay town house, reopening beside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The new locale, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and modern decor, looks decidedly different. But chef-owner Frank McClelland's dishes—from caviar and roasted foie gras to garlicky beef tenderloin with braised short ribs and wild mushrooms—are as elegant as ever. In the evening, a three-course prix-fixe, six-course seasonal degustation, and over 10-course chef's journey menu tempt discriminating diners. A budget-minded power lunch as well as à la carte options are available weekday afternoons. Finger sandwiches and sublime sweets are served for weekend tea; the salon menu hits the spot for post-work drinks and nibbles, like a perfectly ripe fromage flight from the city's premier cheese trolley.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 774 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston, MA 02199 | Map It
  • Phone: 617/262–3023
  • Website:
  • Metro Copley.
  • Location: Back Bay

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 11-13-2013

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    The best upscale restaurant locally

    Plenty of competition, but this is for me the best restaurant in the Boston area. Stunning food, remarkably attentive yet respectful service, best locally on both counts. Have not been since their recent move to bigger quarters, which some reports think are less attractive. Dress up and make reservations. A must.

    by bachslunch, 11/30/08
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    Outstanding

    Feb 2008: My wife and I experienced the Chef's Journey tasting menu ($175 each without wine pairings). Overall, the savory courses were amongst the best meals we've had - perhaps as good as meals we've had at Per Se in NYC and L'Atelier Joel Robuchon in Paris. The ingredients were seasonal and of the highest quality, making use of black truffles, a variety of different caviars, and what was easily the best seared foie gras that we've had. The pastry courses, however, were a major disappointment, especially for a French restaurant. (NB: we had gone to afternoon tea at L'Espalier in January 2008, and the pastries at that visit were similarly disappointing.)

    Service and atmosphere were very good.

    by dj55, 2/18/08
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    A memorable experience

    Food was excellent, dinner for 2 was $300 (including $85 wine), but well worth it, as all aspects - food to service - were first rate

    by BKC1997, 2/12/07

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