2000 BEST French Restaurant
Putting his own stamp on fusion fare, chef Frank McClelland has managed to combine the best of French culinary techniques with local New England ingredients to stunning effect. McClelland’s legendary degustation menus are worth the splurge: When we get a hankering for pot au feu, tapenade, or petits fours, we head to Gloucester Street. Did we mention the cheese tasting—oh la la. Simply put, L’Espalier is where Bostonians turn when the meal just has to go perfectly.