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774 Boylston St. (Fairfield St.) Send to Phone
Frank McClelland offers creative New American-French cuisine in stylish environs.
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4.5 rating over 7 reviews
Dining room at L'Espalier, Boston, MA

L'Espalier Restaurant Review

: Chef/proprietor Frank McClelland’s French-inspired New American cuisine is exquisitely built from impeccable local ingredients. Patrons choose from seasonal dégustation and chef’s tasting menus along with à la carte lunches and a prix-fixe dinner option at eye-popping prices, though few would challenge their value given the parade of topnotch meat, fish, shellfish and produce embellished with luxury flourishes like foie gras, all beautifully plated. (Vegetarian gourmands can dine exceptionally well here.) First courses like Cape Cod Bay crab consommé with Okeechobee shrimp, coconut water noodle, Nantucket Bay scallop and plankton might precede mains ranging from whole roasted duck for two with chestnut soufflé, celery root coffee purée, glazed root vegetables and spiced jus to butter poached Maine lobster “pot-au-feu” with eggless carrot flan, cloved onions and oxtail agnolotti. Dinner may also be enjoyed at the Chef’s table inside the kitchen. Anything from the cheese cart, meanwhile, is sure to delight --- overseen as it is by expert fromager and maître d’ Louis Risoli. Pastry chef Jared Bacheller presents desserts such as “ants on a log” frozen praline parfait with celery, Moscato raisins and white rum ice cream. Stylishly spare dining areas in austere gray and taupe tones dominate the space, while the book-lined back room provides a library-like oasis. The subtle, highly polished service doesn’t miss a beat, and a superb wine list rounds out the kind of experience most patrons reserve for big-number birthdays, anniversaries or business deals.

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