Best of Boston

2008 BEST French Restaurant

L’Espalier

While the intimacy of the old Gloucester Street townhouse will be missed, L’Espalier has reinvigorated its kitchen in preparation for a move to tony new digs near the Mandarin Oriental. Now celebrating its 30th year, the restaurant continues to display world-class skill and imagination, from pork with black truffle bread pudding to scallops paired with poached rhubarb and blue cheese mousse. Add an unpretentious yet learned sommelier and refined old-world service, and delighted Francophiles get le packet total.

774 Boylston St. Boston 617-262-3023 lespalier.com