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Cafe Rouge - Colchester

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59 High Street, Colchester CO1 1DH, England
+44 1206 541839
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9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Enjoy a contemporary slant on French dining at our cosy restaurant in...
Enjoy a contemporary slant on French dining at our cosy restaurant in Colchester. Reminiscent of a traditional Parisian cafe, we're proud to bring you the very best in French food with our own twist. Start your day off the right way with a filling petit dejeuner - we are particularly fond of our full English breakfast. If you're looking to grab a quick lunch, our tapas-style Plats Rapides or a baguette are the perfect choice. For dinner, take your time and choose from our range of salads, steaks and classical French dishes. Perfect with a glass of wine from our unique selection.
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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great staff and a great building

Why a great building? Cos their new rival BIlls down the road is pretty good but seriously suffers from having low ceilings which makes it claustrophobic to eat in. Their designer put all his energy into being cool and succeeded. He just missed out on this one important detail and I'm sure they're... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Order a simple meal, consisting of onion soup, "rustic bread," and baked Camembert. The manager said if we needed wine and we got (terrible) house. Whilst eating the soup, methinks it was onion skin, but checking with the Waitress, sometimes plastic from the sachets get in the food. Sachets!! Restaurant?!?! I very much appreciated her honesty, but but myself and... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Why a great building? Cos their new rival BIlls down the road is pretty good but seriously suffers from having low ceilings which makes it claustrophobic to eat in. Their designer put all his energy into being cool and succeeded. He just missed out on this one important detail and I'm sure they're so cool there they won't acknowledge it.... More 

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colchester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Visited with my girlfriend and another couple, drawn by the exciting menu - refreshing to see a menu with unusual dishes in Colchester, and from a chain too! Particularly interesting was the 'snail sample pot' for only £1.95, which could give a few people a taste of something they probably wouldn't order as a proper dish if they'd not had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Had a 3 course meal with my family. Staff really looked after us and the food was good, can highly recommend the Chocolate Ganache with lime and chilli. Yes, this is a chain restaurant so my expectations weren't high however we were all pleasantly surprised. Will definitely visit again

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Food was fine, what you'd expect from this chain. Service was great, but there were as many staff as customers, so that might have helped.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Considering it is a café in the first place, I would imagine coffee being at least at middle standard. I ordered an espresso and what I got instead was over-burned hot small black coffee from coffee beans of suspicious quality. Right after receiving this black product I had to send it back and ask for new one, but I got... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The staff (all of them), are very helpful, polite and will do their very best to accommodate their visitors. I recommend it without any hesitation. Alex Deegan

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Have eaten here a number of times and have stated in the past that it is looking tired but today went for dinner it was almost empty the staff were slow and the meal was very bad after we complained that the chicken was tough and dry we were offered a dessert we refused and left the place having paid... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I've been to Cafe Rouge a few times with my partner and the food is always lovely. The last time we went, we were unfortunately let down by the service. We were seated promptly but taking our order, bringing our drinks and clearing our plates took forever! In the end, the waitress who was finishing her shift, bag and coat... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

first time visit to any cafe rouge. Very good service with no pressure, good tasty food, excellent starters of mushroom. Good Main courses and desserts. Quite reasonable prices. Quite quiet afternoon except for,traffic noise form open windows. will go,again

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Additional Information about Cafe Rouge - Colchester

Address: 59 High Street, Colchester CO1 1DH, England
Phone Number: +44 1206 541839
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 16 - 31
Cuisine: French

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 59 High Street, Colchester CO1 1DH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1206 541839

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 31
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business

Description

Enjoy a contemporary slant on French dining at our cosy restaurant in Colchester. Reminiscent of a traditional Parisian cafe, we're proud to bring you the very best in French food with our own twist. Start your day off the right way with a filling petit dejeuner - we are particularly fond of our full English breakfast. If you're looking to grab a quick lunch, our tapas-style Plats Rapides or a baguette are the perfect choice. For dinner, take your time and choose from our range of salads, steaks and classical French dishes. Perfect with a glass of wine from our unique selection.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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