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When the restaurant moved to its new space in 2008, L’Espalier went from requiring reservations months in advance to accepting reservations days ahead of a planned visit, thanks to an increase in size with three spacious dining rooms and the addition of a more casual salon featuring a small bites menu. So while you may not need a reservation for L’Espalier, on weekend nights or during busy travel times in Boston (the end of April during the Boston Marathon, followed by graduation weekends in May) you’ll want to book ahead to guarantee seating. If you want to be seated in a specific area of the restaurant (like by the windows overlooking Boylston Street in the Corner Room), a reservation is required; you can request a certain table at the time of your reservation. Our favorite dining room is the Library, a dimly-lit space that’s lined with shelves of books in shades of blue and is perfect for a romantic dinner for two or an intimate business meeting.