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“Does exactly what it claims” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Le Relais de l'Entrecote

Le Relais de l'Entrecote
101 Boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris, France
01 46 33 82 82
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Ranked #1,091 of 13,399 Restaurants in Paris
Cuisines: French, Steakhouse
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Does exactly what it claims”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Visited on the penultimate evening of our week in Paris and this was one of the best meals we had, however simple.

The restaurant does not claim to be a gourmet paradise or offer a romantic evening. They are quite clear in what they do, in fact there is a big sign on the door to make it absolutely clear: entrecôte as you like with frites and their signature (secret recipe) sauce is the only main course on offer. The place is very bright and clearly packed, so why anyone would enter expecting a gourmet paradise or a secluded candlelit place for a romantic rendezvous is beyond me.

We started with a very pleasant crisp dressed salad with a scattering of walnuts accompanied by the usual chunks of baguette.

All food arrived swiftly and efficiently with a smile. The steak was done as requested and we got two servings, which we hadn't actually expected so I would say the portions are generous. The steak sauce was delicious.

Where the restaurant does go to town is with the wine and dessert menus. We did not have wine but spent some time using our school French to decipher the dessert menu. We had a trio of icecreams with caramel sauce (vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate and a scattering of almond slivers, very good) and a delice de framboise which was a delight (raspberry sorbet and fresh raspberries with a hint of alcohol, so I suspect a little raspberry liqueur in the bottom.)

The service was absolutely fine, in fact all of the waitresses and the manager I saw were pleasant but efficient. They had no time to add on any extra gushing or OTT stuff as I never saw one of them stop working flat out all evening. Our waitress did not speak English but we managed to understand each other and she was absolutely charming (in an non-gushing Parisien way!)and wished us a good evening twice on our way out.

So, all in all a really good meal. I loved the food, the buzzing ambience and watching the staff dashing about in what was obviously a well rehearsed and executed operation. Make sure you understand what they are offering and if it appeals then go, it's worth the wait if you have to queue (we arrived just after nine and walked straight in.)

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Throughly enjoyed the dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

I throughly enjoyed the dining experience at L'Entrecote from the beginning of the meal through my last bite of dessert. The salad was lightly dressed with a wonderful tangy vinaigrette. The steak was wonderfully seasoning and tender. The frites (fries) were thin and crispy. I like that the meal is served in two portions so that every bite of the meal is warm. Dessert was out of this world. The creme brûlée was as big as an adult's head. The flavor was fabulous. The experience was something that I will never forget. I look forward to visiting again when I return to Paris.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Nice food, but nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

There was a line in front of the restaurant, so we thought it would be something really special. The food was good, but not outstanding. The starter is a green salad with nuts and the main course is entrecote with french fries. This restaurant is fine for a quick diner, but do not expect a romantic diner nor gourmet dining.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Enjoyed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

This was a perfect dinner for the end of a long day. No decisions to make other than how you would like your steak done. We arrived around 9:30 which is very much past tourist dining time so we only had a five minute wait for a table. Service was friendly and efficient and the steak and fries were done perfectly.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“this time, the food was better than service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

The red and brown colours of the place gave you an idea of a traditional and welcoming french restaurant. But, as soon as we walked in, you came to know-by the look of the staff- you aren't very welcome. The food was delicious, and they did a great job at keeping it simple with one plate: entrecot beef nicelly cut wwith a drizzle of sauce and exquisite french fries. For dessert we ordered a creme brulee, whicj I highly recommend. Overall, it' s a very nice place to eat -especially for kids- but the shtaff's negativity gave it three stars instead of five. The waitress attitude and overall staff attitude was horrible. We were 6 and it cost 230 euros including a descent bottle of wine. Overall lunch was of 45 minutes since they were in a hurry to take us out.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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