Boston >Food & Dining > La Voile Boston Brasserie
261 Newbury St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.349621 -71.083191
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Back Bay West, Back Bay
Citysearch Editorial Review – From the menu to the striped shirts, no French touch is missing. Only the service is un-French—that is, it’s good. Owners Stephane and Stephanie brought the seaside cuisine and sailing motif to Boston directly from Cannes. Patrons, ranging from Beacon Hill blue bloods to geek gourmands, head in for the authentic menu of classics: marrow bones, Bouillabaisse, blanquette de veau or whole fish deboned tableside. Whether you dine on the cozy garden level patio, in the dining room or at the zinc bar of this hidden gem, tight quarters during peak hours will make you appreciate two other un-French features: no dogs and no cigarettes.
One of the best restaurants on Newbury – You have to like a French restaurant that picked up and moved to the US. Boston is lucky to have a nice restaurant that is reasonably priced land in the heart of Newbury Street. It is one of the best restaurants in the neighborhood that is otherwise crowded with tourist magnets that serve meager food. The wine selection is comprehensive and tasty. Tasty entrees such as a duck served in honey & spices or pan roasted lobster with chestnuts and celery root "Brunoise" made my visits memorable. It also helps that the staff are friendly and most are French which adds to the atmosphere. So when you are strolling down Newbury, choose La Voile over the imposter down the street (not L'Espalier), order some wine and prepare to have a wonderful meal.
During restaurant week, good value for French cuisine – This seemed like a perfect place to meet up with my aunt and have a nice meal out during restaurant week. We ordered lunch from the RW special menu: 2 courses for $15, or 3 courses for $20. The food itself tasted delicious, but I would not spend the $25+ per entree normally. The french fries tasted like fancier McDonald's fries (this is actually a plus for me), the mussels were tasty but a bit chewy, and the waiter was attentive but had a bit of a stuck-up French attitude. I loved the inside decor (it made me feel like I was back in Paris!), although we sat outside since it was such a lovely day. The desserts (chocolate mousse and creme brulee) were absolutely delicious!! Overall a good experience, but I wouldn't justify spending more than $15-$20 here.
A must... – Last eve, we discovered La Voile and had a great evening -- true french cuisine, outstanding service, and a delightful atmosphere. It was like being in France. Don't miss the scallop salad.
nice staff, disappointing food – The staff were really great: very friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was quite nice -
but the food is mediocre at best:
- the bone marrow was interesting and quite okay.
- a beet and green beans salad which was very very cold and equally boring tasting mainly of onions.
- the bordeaux (both bottles) was served chilled... but it was quite good once it warmed up a little.
- the mussels were so over cooked, like cardboard. We all gave them a try and eventually gave up and sent them back. Tried dipping the bread in the sauce and that was quite bland as well.
-The steak tartare tasted basically of just worcestershire sauce..
- The roast chicken was quite nice.
- The fries were good.
with the other options for french food in boston, we won't be going back to la voile any time soon. It is a shame though since it has a lot of potential but the food needs some major improvement to set it apart from the other available choices in town.
The buzz – ...referring to all the flies buzzing around. I do realize it's difficult to keep flies away, but there were so many flying around, it was a bit off-putting. The decor was fine, but the music was a bit loud, which resulted in people talking very loudly. But my main focus is the food: overall, I was unimpressed and will not be going there again. We had the fried zucchini blossoms, the marrow, and the rabbit and pistachio terrine. Of the three, the terrine was the best - a very tasty and well executed dish. The marrow was fair if unremarkable. The fried zucchini blossoms were terrible. They were stuffed with a mushroom mix, battered in a thick, heavy batter, and served on top of a tomato sauce. The batter was bitter, and overpowered the other components of the dish. For our main dishes we had the filet mignon with marrow, the sea bream deboned tableside, the frog legs, and the lamb chop and saddle of lamb. I didn't try the filet mignon. The sea bream was fine, but not something I'd order again. The frog legs were very tender, but the sauce was very rich, buttery, and a bit bland. The lamb dish was a bit of a mess. Everything was swimming in some sort of oil, and everything tasted like red peppers (there was a stuffed red pepper on the dish - not tasty at all). They didn't ask me how I like my lamb prepared, and the chop came out mostly raw. When I was able to taste the lamb, it was very tasty and tender - too bad they ruined it with the weird red pepper flavor. Desserts were average, nothing to write home about except for the creme brulee which was fantastic. The staff is very friendly, the wine list was very good (few by the glass options, though).
What a disappointment – LA VOILE (The Sail)
Our reception was pleasant and gracious The noise level was not outrageous .
The waiters dart about. If these men slowed down and moved at a reasonable pace, they would accomplish their jobs without the looking out of control. The Vouvray was actually sweeter than I was accustomed to and warm not chilled The pre meal offering was unidentifiable. French bread was like trying to chew a rubber tire.The soupe de poisson lacked flavor. The rouille was wimpy. Instead of the full garlicky flavor and spiciness of hot pepper, this was a mayonnaise with some red flecks. Because the portion was so large and not wonderful we only finished about half of our servings. The waiter did spend time telling my companion how to cook the frog?s legs and that the secret was a splash of Ricard at the end. They legs were fully cooked but seemed to be floating in butter and the flavor was insipid. They lacked character and if there was a splash of anis liqueur I could not taste it. My sweetbreads were delicious with a rich creamy sauce flavored with morels. But the vegetables were disgusting. Many American chefs tend to barely warm the vegetables and tell you they are tender crisp when they are raw. The vegetables at La Voile were limp, soggy and so over done they were inedible.
We agreed to share a ?Trio of Desserts with espresso? and got more small plates with a tiny dish of creme brulee, a chocolate mousse and a small lemon tart on a plate with a cup of espresso. The creme brulee was lovely. The cream was delicious and perfectly smooth and the browned sugar topping like shards of glass. Unfortunately the mousse was grainy and mealy with the tiniest drop of whipped cream the size of a mini chocolate chip and apparently frozen. The acceptable lemon curd with hard cream morsel was in a spoiled pastry shell!
Foie Gras fanatics beware! – Yes the menu is full of well cooked authentic french dishes such as the veal blanquette, roasted chicken, frogs' legs. Yes the service was friendly and attentive and yes the wine list is extensive. The one thing that stands out the most however, is their foie gras appetizers. The seared foie gras was well seaonsed and carmelized perfectly. The foie gras terrine was creamy and melts in your mouth and the foie gras creme brulee was by far the best foie dish I have had. The crip of the burnt sugar, the velvety texture and the remarkable flavors combined was just intense.
This is a nice romantic basement restaurant but don't expect little plates of pretenciousness. This place is intended for people who will enjoy a hearty meal. It is a bit expensive but well worth it.
Food is fantastic, service impeccable, and great ambience – I've been to La Voile several times since it opened last October, and each meal has been such a pleasure. Everything on the menu tastes delicious, the staff are attentive and friendly, and they have a very nice wine list. In particular, the foie gras terrine and the foie gras creme brulee are simply amazing as appetizers and are made in-house! While I've been a little hesitant to try the salted bone marrow or the sweetbreads, their lamb and veal entrees have been superb. The only complaint I have is that they have been out of the baby squid every time I've visited. The desserts are slightly unusual, such as the prunes in armagnac, but consistently good. The atmosphere is quite cozy and unpretentious while still maintaining the feel of a high-end restaurant. Everyone from the wait staff to the maitre d' speaks French, and are more than happy to speak it with the restaurant patrons. I would recommend this place without reservation!
oui oui! nice french food – I went to La Voille with a few of my friends and I think the restaurant had just opened at that point. A few of the highlights: the decor is so uniquely French. It's as if you were dining a small little restaurant in Paris! I ordered steak frites. The steak was prepared very nicely: tender, flavorful and moist. My party also ordered some interesting appetizers, a frois gras dish that was surprisingly airy and sweet. not what you would expect of that kind of dish.
The only negative thing that I have to say was that the waitstaff didn't provide us with a bread plate!
Overall, I had a very positive experience at La Voille and would definitely consider going back again. It's nice to know that Boston has finally warmed up to non-chain and/or non-pub food.
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