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La Voile

TheScribe Aug 24, 2011 11:25 AM

For Restaurant Week, I visited La Voile on Newbury Street for dinner with 2 friends. Wow! I can't believe I hadn't been there before. The food, drinks, and service were excellent. Among the dishes we tried were a fish soup, endive salad, steak, chicken in a pot, chocolate mousse, and pear tart. The patio was very nice, too, as it allowed us to enjoy the balmy summer night. I am going back one night for more!

La Voile
261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

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    Valyn Oct 30, 2011 09:25 AM

    We were just there last night, and had a great meal - foie gras, cassoulet, l'entrecote, chocolate fondant. Nice wine by the glass menu, and good service.

    In the winter when the patio is closed, it can get a bit claustrophobic in there, but the staff manages the tight space pretty well.

    We will definitely go back.

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      Klunco Aug 25, 2011 08:47 AM

      I really enjoyed my last visit to La Voile. We went for my brother's birthday and the service was great. It was very mellow (weeknight) but the staff was efficient, friendly, and even let us bring in our own birthday cake which I wouldn't normally do but this was a very special cake! Then when the time came to serve the cake we brought, they brought it out on a cart with candles, cut it, and plated it with their own chocolate sauce. Then they brought us out a free round of sparkling wine and sang Happy Birthday. It was incredibly kind and they really went out of their way to make us feel welcome (and it was our first visit, it's not like we are regulars).

      Sadly, their location isn't very convenient to me, but if it was I would probably be there more often. I had a drink in the bar a couple of months ago and really liked how much it reminded of some of the cote d'azur cafes. I think by just being themselves they have created a more authentic atmosphere than any of the other French restaurants in town which spend lots of money to appear authentic i.e. Gaslight, Bistro du Midi. I also liked that they made half-size cocktails for those times when you just want a little nip before dinner.

      La Voile
      261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

      Bistro du Midi
      272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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      1. re: Klunco
        Northender Aug 25, 2011 01:54 PM

        Nice report - while I haven't been to Southern France, La Voile's ("the sail"?) vibe seems to be what you might experience there. Very nice folks and your birthday party experience reinforces my sense about the place.

        La Voile
        261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

      2. BostonZest Aug 24, 2011 06:59 PM

        We stopped in last weekend and had some great mussels in a curry sauce. I wanted to sop up every last spec of that sauce. Certainly a better choice than most of what is offered on Newbury.

        Their house wines are very good and match the food well. And, the patio is right on a nice afternoon or evening.


        1. opinionatedchef Aug 24, 2011 04:46 PM

          write me via my member page and i'll send you a coupon for la voile which i won't use.

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          1. re: opinionatedchef
            TheScribe Aug 25, 2011 08:42 AM

            Would LOVE the coupon. How generous of you. But, duh, can't figure out how to get in touch via member page. You can reach me by email via my blog: http://www.thegeminiweb.com/babyboomer/

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            Northender Aug 24, 2011 01:05 PM

            Thanks for posting. I used to go there frequently with friends who lived in Back Bay and each visit was great. Loved the room and the staff and the food was always very good. Wine list was a little pricey ( a common complaint by me on this Board so don't pay it not too much mind), but the food was not over priced imho. My friends have moved on to Maine so I haven't had a chance to go back in some time - but your post seems to affirm that the there haven't been any down hill issues so it is time to make the effort to go back.

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