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“Late Night Food Joint” 3 of 5 stars
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La Fregate
26 Boulevard Jean Hibert, 06400 Cannes, France
0493394539
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Ranked #411 of 653 Restaurants in Cannes
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Late Night Food Joint”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

You know how it happens - even in Europe, sometimes you just can't get out early enough to eat dinner before restaurants begin to shut down, even when their normal closing is 2230. Because we are late eaters, we've been wanting to try La Fregate. And, it's only a very few steps away from our place. So, out we went, at 2230, after one very hot day at the plage.

Upon arriving, we were happily greeted. Where to sit? Street-side inches away from the endless stream of cars, or slightly up on the raised wooden decking? As the heat of the day was still radiating, we chose the street-side. At least the cars stirred up some air movement. Odd thing about places here - there are no fans anywhere to be seen - or enjoyed.

We had researched menus earlier, wishing to find a very good steak au poivre. La Fregate has three to choose from: 200g, 400-500g, and another dish which is similar. We chose the smaller steak, with a separate salad to go with it. We share our meals, so this seemed like a good combination. At almost 18 euro for the steak, it wasn't cheap, but could be well worth it. For an additional 1 or 2 euro, you get to choose the type of sauce. We chose creamy au poivre, the other choices being Roquefort and possibly bernaise. This turned out to be a great choice.

The steak arrived, with frittes (French fries) and a small salad also on the plate. We also received a large (dinner) plate with the other salad. The very creamy au poivre included whole cooked peppercorns. As creamy au poivres go, this was pretty good. The steak itself was another story. It was gristle-y, with alot of fat as well on this small, 1/2 inch thick slice. Finding a pleasant piece was almost impossible. We asked - and received - an additional small amount of au poivre, as we like to use it on the fries. This was a great combination.

The salad was accompanied by slices of white onion, tomato, and a combination of lettuce greens. Overall, it was lifeless, oozed with dressing, and the tomatoes had not been carefully prepared - bits of the stem had not been cut out of their tops. One of the worst salads we've had in the area.

Overall, service was pleasant, yet unremarkable. If not for the very good au poivre and fries, this review would have netted two dots, not three. A way to think about food quality here is that it is an American restaurant trying to be French, catering to the non-French, late night customers who just don't care that much about what they get. There are so many other wonderful restaurants to patronize here, even tho they are farther away - much. We won't be coming back and can't recommend La Fregate.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Sundsvall, Sweden
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Restaurant with friendly atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We were at this restaurant several times during our stay in Cannes. The Manager of the restaurant, Frédéric, is very serviceminded and helpful. The food is very good, traditional french. We like the tartar and the saumon!

We will return!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Brussels, Belgium
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149 reviews 149 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
“Good value - nice location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

This restaurant services good value food. We like the terrace with street and see views. Quick, courteous service. The croque messieur and madame are good. Can recommend for a quick lunch. Loud music.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Fregate is a very good value, good quality restaurant. Having gone there over a number of years, despite a change in ownership in 2012 it has always had very high standards. The menu is varried and priced with the family, regular tourist in mind. It's open late in the evening too.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Northampton, UK
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

I was staying in the Radisson Hotel and this restaurant was nearby. We visited for lunch on Saturday and it was really busy (even in January). Despite it being busy the service was very quick. The menu is extensive - salads, omlettes, pizza, steak etc and the food was fresh and large portions. We visited again for dinner on Sunday evening and it was much quieter but the food was again served quickly and was delicious. It's great value for money - especially when you compare it to it's competitors along the same road. I would defintely recommend it.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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