When you think of French fare, images of romance, great wine and even cheese quickly come to mind. We have rounded up five of the best restaurants in Boston where authentic Gallic dishes shine brightly.
Located just steps from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Back Bay, L'Espalier has been at the forefront of French fare when it first debuted on Boylston Street, later moving to a townhouse on Gloucester Street more than three decades ago before relocating to its chic digs next to the Mandarin. They continue the tradition of serving first rate French fare in an unforgettable setting. Dining options include a three-course prix fixe, seasonal degustation, chef's tasting journey and exclusive chef's table for an insider's view of all the kitchen happenings.
774 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02199
2 Bar BouludBar Boulud
When Chef Daniel Boulud came to Boston, we couldn't have been happier. Best known for his restaurants in New York and London, his famed French dishes include burgundy style snails, beef tartare, steamed mussels in a saffron broth and the classic steak frites along with seasonal specialties like Gnocchi de Ricotta Provençal. For more casual fare, the warm croque monsieur is a standout.
776 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02199
3 Ma MaisonMa Maison
When you step into Boston's beloved French chef Jacky Robert's Beacon Hill restaurant, you will feel right at home. The Parisian style restaurant features authentic fare (think boneless quail a la Française, gruyere and munster onion soup, native blue fish filet with corn and lobster and chicken thigh coq au vin). Nightly specialties include frog's legs, sweetbreads, veal kidneys and calf's brains for the more adventurous diner.
272 Cambridge Street Boston, MA 02114
4 La VoileLa Voile
On Newbury Street, you will uncover an unexpected French find at La Voile. We come here for the Taste of France tasting menu when we are feeling undecided, but when we are craving foie gras, we love the classic terrine and pan seared versions. For lighter fare, try the fillet with sauteed vegetables and basil. The French brasserie is also one of our favorite spots for an after-dinner cocktail paired with a delicious selection of French cheeses.
261 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116
5 The Hungry iThe Hungry i
In Beacon Hill, it's all about romance at The Hungry i. Best known for its intimate patio in the summer months and gorgeous dining room that exudes romance, the restaurant is one of Boston's most popular for engagement proposals (made even better when served with a side of filet of sole, venison au poivre or breast of duck L'Orange).
71 1/2 Charles Street Boston, MA 02114