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“A Misplaced Star” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Jean

Restaurant Jean
8, rue Saint-Lazare | Trinite, 75009 Paris, France (Opéra)
+33 (0)1 48 78 62 73
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Ranked #2,346 of 12,467 restaurants in Paris
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Opéra
Westfield, Massachusetts
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“A Misplaced Star”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

This restaurant looks lovely. The owner is gracious. They have access to and use the finest ingredients. The menu sounds interesting-and yet, it doesn't quite deliver. I understand the desire and need to be creative, and I don't need a lot of food on the plate to be satisfied. But I do resent the minimalist approach where there is a lot of empty space on the china, sauces are thin and the vegetable is two or three inches of a solitary and gaunt spaghetti thin carrot and/or string bean. The piggoneau probably died of starvation. My wife had a delicious but anorexic veal dish, The waiter put two dabs of mashed potatoes on the plate, about the equivalent of a tablespoon. All I remember about my dessert were fingerprint size dabs of fruit puree and sauce around the outside of the plate, more precise than a kindergarten exercise, but no less profound. It is rare that Michelin has awarded a star to a restaurant which so under performs.

Service was adequate, but somewhat bumbly from a young well intentioned waiter. As we were leaving, we were offered a complimentary after lunch/dinner liquer. Most of the folks in the restaurant were the business/expense account crowd. The extensive wine list had many fine selections for those with dozens or hundreds of spare Euros in their pocket.

I don't mind spending quite a lot for a memorable meal. I don't enjoy spending a lot on a somewhat bland and not particularly interesting meal. We won't be back.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Paris, France
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A Perfect Michelin-starred Tasting Menu... at a reasonable price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

We are local gastronomes and are always on the lookout for excellent and interesting food... we went to Jean's and ordered the tasting menu, insisting that they didn't tell us what we were about to eat... we proceeded to guess the ingredients of each dish, and there were so many of them to figure out and enjoy! Fascinating combinations, all ultra-seasonal, highly original, and all with great service, just attentive enough without being stifling. A great place, a great experience, even though the albeit well chosen wine selection is pricey. Merci Jean !

  • Visited April 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Constanta, Romania
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Inventive cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2010

We booked on Internet and re-confirmed by phone. We went of Friday evening-Chef’s evening. They offer 3-4-7 course fixed menu-Chef’s choice on Fridays, plus extra surprises. Owner made excellent presentation in English before. We took the 4 course at Euro 65/person. Food is great and innovative and desert was absolutely heavenly. We received apricot “gatteau”- a symphony of taste and color. As extra we received small bites of desert and I can say chocolate was better than famous Patrick Roger. Have to mention I am not a dessert fan, but worth visit the restaurant just to taste desert. Waiter recommended excellent wines at decent price and Champagne was excellent.
A night to remember.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Edinburgh
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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“Such a charming, friendly team and great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2010

The setting for this restaurant is discreet, you could easily walk straight by and what a pity that would be. First of all, really efficient online booking (you need to reconfirm before 3 pm on the day of your visit). The atmosphere is laid back, the waiter perhaps a little too much so at times. However, the food is mostly extremely good. One dish didn't work and the owner was very solicitous and promised to review the dish. We were made very welcome and even finished the evening with a complementary cognac (I had let slip it was my birthday ..) Not to be missed! NB this is called Restaurant Jean rather than Chez Jean

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“an excellent restaurant...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2008

an excellent restaurant that really deserves its michelin star, even though it's getting more and more expensive to dine there. don't even think of going there without a reservation...

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