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“Saturday afternoon tea”
Review of L'Espalier

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Ranked #130 of 3,227 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$41 - US$100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: Back Bay
Cross street: Fairfield St.
Transit: Copley Square T
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Saturday afternoon tea”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

This is a fantastic place to bring a special someone for a calm, relaxing, quiet afternoon tea. The noise level is low so you can hear every word your date or friend has to say. The service is good and unobtrusive. My tea was constantly being refilled. My friend and I both got the Red Riding Hood which left us stuffed even though it seemed like everything was just a bite. The quality of the sandwiches, petit fours, scones, etc. were high. For the price though, I wouldn't have expected anything less (maybe even more). My sandwich was a little sloppily put together (bread didn't line up, filling kind of coming out). The staff was very courteous and friendly.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank dobie2
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Best in boston”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

What can I say? Extraordinary. A restaurant that stands with the best. The service from the moment you arrive is impeccable. The attention to detail is seen from the moment they seat you to the moment you are accompanied to the door.
They have several tastings menu. All very creative. The produce is obviously fresh and from the area. The presentation and preparation exquisite. A season salad is an explosion of contrasts of texture and taste,from the fruits to the greens.
Good wine list at prices that are not out of the category of this restaurant. But some finds in the bordeaux and burgundy area are reasonably priced

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank J F
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
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“Feel Special”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

My wife and I went for lunch and they made us feel special. The food and views where great. Lunch is a little bit more casual than dinner, but the food is still great.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Wesley B
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57 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Astronomically expensive”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

In the end the four of us agreed : not worth it and not again

I was especially offended when the Easter brunch of $85 did not include a $10 supplement for the foie gras . We took the foie gras anyway . It came not deveined and with a sandy morel . It was otherwise delicious. No drinks were included.
I did not find "the smoke" in the tiny piece of the bland smoked trout hidden under a fashionable froth in a deep bowl . I must say however that the portions are small but sufficient . The halibut is a firm fish and it was indeed grilled and very firm ! Not really melting in your mouth . They used to have a recipe of halibut cooked "sous vide" that was out of this world . I could not get a piece of French bread in this French restaurant . The service is good , the valet parking from the nearby mandarin hotel matches the prices of the restaurant ($29)
The whole bill for 4 including a $50 bottle of mousseux (not champagne) and 4 mimosas came to $600 tip included. Too much !

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  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Ondine21
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Worth the substantial cost”
Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

Had the tasting menu with 4 wines paired.
Make no mistake, that's a lot to pay for dinner.
French/NE cuisine. Portions sufficient, despite the amount of plate. Delightful, in the main.
Only a bit of distracting foam. Literally foam.
Service attentive.
Worthwhile for a special occasion, in my judgement.

Thank Son_of_the_Midwest
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