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L’Espalier overlooks Boylston Street at the Boston Marathon’s 26.1-mile marker — just one block away from the finish line — but it’s the restaurant’s Marathon Monday lunch menus that double L’Espalier’s appeal as a prime location for cheering on runners.
Dining at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant during the Patriot’s Day marathon takes spectating to new levels. This year chef Frank McClelland will prepare a selection of caviar and Massachusetts oysters and a three-course, prix-fixe menu with signature dishes like lobster bisque and showstoppers like “chocolate decadence” with smoke graham crumbs, black bean meringue and dirty chai ice cream. As always at L’Espalier, everything is seasonal, but there are also two spring degustation menus should your table opt for those; add wine or juice pairings for an additional cost. (Champagne is included in the three-course prix fixe.)
Since Marathon Monday is, of course, a Monday, and since L’Espalier is home to the much-beloved weekly tradition of Wine Mondays, head back to the restaurant at 7 p.m. for a Patriot’s Day–themed wine night featuring all-American wines. Enjoy a five-course tasting menu paired with pinots and cabs from Willamette, Anderson and Napa valleys as well as from Westport, Massachusetts. Then congratulate yourself on a day well spent and a Boston tradition well done.