Service, food quality, location, and decor are the ingredients that make for an excellent restaurant and dining experience. Unfortunately, on this night, La Maree fell short in three of the categories. Service was very poor. The waitress assigned to our table was surly and unresponsive. My wife and I tried to use as much French as we could (we do not speak French but can understand most items on menus and can pronounce words correctly and can make basic conversation). When I inquired what the fish of the day was (in French), the waitress responded with a rapid sentence. When I said that I did not understand (again in French), she simply shrugged and stared at me. The food quality this evening was just average (not "good", "very good", or even close to "excellent"). Oysters (our appetizer/entree) were admittedly very good but the plate (main course) that we both had (Fish of the Day) was slightly "fishy “and served in a bland way over a bed of mashed potatoes (no vegetable at all). On the large plate that it came on it looked rather "lost". The Crème Brule’s torched sugar crust had been "over torched" and appeared and tasted burnt. The location of the restaurant (on the harbor) is very good but the restaurant faces west and the setting sun (we ate at 8:00 PM) made the interior very warm and glaring (we were offered a table by the window but instead chose an interior table). It was a hot night by Normandy standards (~28 C) and that did contribute to the warmth in the restaurant (AC was not being used). Other diners that came in after us took the window tables and seemed bathed in sunlight for their entire meal (we were warm at our table; not sure how they felt). The interior decor of the restaurant is fine and the chairs comfortable and the tables large so that there is room for anything that you might order. Overall, when we compare this restaurant to the others that we have enjoyed (and reviewed) in our month long holiday in France it falls close to the bottom of the list. We would not return.
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