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“Light lunch” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Rouge

Cafe Rouge
19-21 High Street, Salisbury, England
01722-33-04-17
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Ranked #142 of 221 Restaurants in Salisbury
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Salisbury
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31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Light lunch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Met friends in Salisbury and went to the Café Rouge for a light lunch. Franchised / chain restaurants aren't normally our first choice but as we were looking for something light we took a chance. The surroundings are OK ( previously it had been a camping / outdoor shop). If you like watching the world go by this would be ideal as two sides of the restaurant are glass fronted and it helps to detract from the rather "canteen" style interior. They do have outside tables which are probably very nice on a warm, sunny day but not my preferred choice in February!
We went for a sharing platter for two of ham/sausage/cheese, dips and breads. Washed it down with a bottle of white wine. Normally I would drink ale but the only beers on offer are lagers so that wasn't an option.The food was good and we had the breads restocked twice!!. We stayed as long as we wanted (i.e. we weren't hounded out so they could reallocate the table) and the service was good in that it was attentive without being intrusive. Overall we enjoyed it but wouldn't rush back, but only because it's not really our type of eatery.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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salisbury
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“not a great experience”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

coffee not great and im sorry to say service really lets them down , unfortunately the waiting time can be really long and thats not due to how busy they are , the food is a little expensive for what it is and the fact that it is in the busy area of salisbury you would think they would strive for customer service but unfortunately this is very lacking.

Visited February 2014
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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“Service much improved since opening last year”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

My husband and I first visited cafe rouge when it opened last year... And the whole experience was horrendous! I didn't write a review then as it was opening week and we thought we should go back once everything is more established! Thank goodness we decided to give it a second chance.

The service was amazing, our waitress was very attentive, friendly and had obviously sampled the food and could give recommendations, which were spot on.

We had a table by the window.. A little goldfish like, but great for people watching.

We shared the blue cheese and dipping bread sticks to start... Amazing! Is a really good size portion, more than enough to share! Then we ordered the seabass fish cakes and burger. Both were lovely and again, really good portion sizes!

We will certainly go back :)

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salisbury
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“Slow and Forgetful Service!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Popped in to see friends 1100hrs,place was almost empty,ordered coffee and feeling peckish having missed breakfast ordered "oefs au bacon" coffee arrived quickly and was good.
20 minutes later having finally caught the eye of the waitress who took the order who had that annoying trait of rushing around acheiving little and blind to customers trying to attract their attentionand reminded her of it.Her attitude was not very professional and almost sulking she went off to return seconds later with the food which she had obviously forgotten about and had been sat under heat lamps for some time judging by the condition of the toast.There is always one member of staff it seems who lets down the efforts of the rest and I always seem to get them!!!!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Slowest service ever”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

The usual Café Rouge food is fine, but the service is absolutely hopeless. Our meal took 3 hours, having to wait over half an hour to be served between each course and a further half hour to pay the bill. The waitresses, who were few and far between, were not interested, and service spoilt what should have been a special family occasion. Hugely disappointed.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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