What are five things I should know about L’Espalier?

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L’Espalier has long been considered Boston’s best French restaurant. Before you settle in for a meal at this Four-Star dining room, you should know the following things. 

1. The dinner menu is prix fixe only. Your only choice is whether to order the evening’s three-course offering, the six-course seasonal degustation (a farm-to-table treat, with a vegetarian option), or the chef’s tasting journey, a presentation of multiple courses designed to give you a flavor of the kitchen’s prowess at French cuisine.

2. There is no bar at L’Espalier, but there is a salon. The lounge-like concept is a comfortable room where you can lounge on a sofa or settle into a cushy armchair and order cocktails from the wait staff. The room also has a small bites menu, which is a great chance to sample chef Frank McClelland’s clean, seasonal food without committing to the full prix fixe menu.

3. Reservations are a must on weekends and busy travel times in Boston (think graduation weekends or during the Boston Marathon). If you don’t have a reservation, you will likely not be seated.

4. L'Espalier's seasonally inspired cuisine pairs New England flavors with classical French techniques. Expect to taste produce, eggs and poultry from the restaurant's own Apple Street Farm in Essex, Mass.

5. The L’Espalier cheese cart is known as one of the best in the world. No matter how full you may be, save room for this legendary cheese course. Trust us, it’s decadent and with every bite you’ll thank us. You can also slip into the salon and order one of the cleverly named cheese flights — from "Soft and Gooey" to "That Stinks!," you’ll be introduced to fine fromage you won’t find elsewhere.

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