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774 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 262-3023
11:30am - 2:30pm
5:30pm - 10:30pm
11:30am - 2:30pm
5:30pm - 10:30pm
11:30am - 2:30pm
5:30pm - 10:30pm
11:30am - 2:30pm
5:30pm - 10:30pm
11:30am - 2:30pm
5:30pm - 10:30pm
12:00pm - 1:45pm
5:30pm - 10:30pm
12:00pm - 1:45pm
5:30pm - 10:30pm

One of the pioneers of modern haute cuisine in Boston, chef-owner Frank McClelland has received a host of awards at L’Espalier. (Among other things, it was the first New England restaurant to receive four stars from The Boston Globe, back in 1996.) The food served at L’Espalier is focused around local and seasonal ingredients, with particularly good seafood, and the seasonal tasting menus, at $105 and $185, are well worth trying. — Molly Aronica, 2/18/11



  • LEspalier has earned its reputation as a stalwart of haute cuisine: C.E.O. and Executive Chef Frank McClelland runs the only Boston restaurant to have won 12 consecutive AAA Five Diamond Awards.
  • Our testers are constantly on the lookout for signs theyve been noticedtoo many gifts from the chef; a suspiciously good table. At LEspalier, though, we can never tell. Read on for why.
  • If you've never truly loved an amuse-bouche for everything it is, your world is about to change.
  • Have a glass of bubbly in the Salon before being shown to your window table, then feast on chef Frank McClelland's "Seasonal Degustation" menu. Be sure to save room for cheese.
  • Do not miss their wine dinners. Best meal I've had in my life! Well worth the price.
  • Unabashedly serves champagne and caviar and is unafraid of being fancy. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Go here and get the vegetable degustation. Be prepared to spend at least $100 a plate, but it's the best meal in Boston.
  • Do the chef tasting you won't be disappointed
  • Lunch slightly more affordable. Also, afternoon tea.
  • 7 course vegetarian chef's journey tasting. Amazing!
  • wine Mondays. amazing.
  • LEspalier is often credited with being the first independently owned restaurant to bring haute cuisine to Boston, with a trailblazing commitment to using local, fresh ingredients from New England.
  • "The Journey" is a superb 12-course meal, with many unusual and exotic dishes. Plan four and a half hours!
  • A very good experience. Great food and atmosphere. Highly recommended
  • On Wine Night Monday, the chefs have fun by whipping up a prix fix wine paired experience for you, led by a sommelier. Good value
  • The cheese is absolutely amazing! Your server will help you pick out an exquisite selection
  • The food was good but I especially love the tea service! Beautiful atmosphere with a great view of Boylston for some amazing people-watching - get a table by the window.
  • Chef/Owner Frank McClelland employs local, fresh ingredients in his sophisticated and modern French fare, offered on a prix fixe menu in four chic dining rooms
  • Tasting Men
  • High cuisine at its best, try chef tasting menu+wine pairing. Or seasonal martinis

Nearby places

745 Boylston St (btwn Exeter & Fairfield)
815 Boylston Street (at Fairfield St)
800 Boylston St (at Ring Rd)