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“Great atmosphere, fabulous service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of L'Experience French Restaurant

L'Experience French Restaurant
Summer Hill, 1 Summerhill, Douglas
01624623103
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Ranked #3 of 108 restaurants in Douglas
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Yorkshire, England
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7 restaurant reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, fabulous service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

I find its always a good sign when a French restaurant sticks to the classics and offers Ricard in its aperitifs.
Wine was reasonable money for good quality.
Onion soup and petit cassoulet were our tables favourites starters followed by the steak, moulles and scallop thermidor( a new on us but we'll done).
Lido (?) the softly spoken French waiter/maitre'd was the star though and for a mixed table of 7 we all left feeling very well looked after indeed. Nothing too much trouble, allergies and special combinations accommodated with an easy smile - service as it should be from time when it was the norm - thank you.
Our 5 year old niece was part of the party, she was part of the conversation and loved the medium rare filet prepared by chef for her. There was giggling and movement around the table - we ate at at 7 and left at 930. Apparently another table complained at the noise and disruption - I apologise if we spoiled someone else's enjoyment of this great spot however if we had the taken the ferry east to the continent rather than west to Isle of Man I'm not so sure there would be need for such sensitivity...have we really created a segregated society where children are to be kept in the anonymous international food chains whilst the "good" places are the sole domain of the grown ups?
Enough social commentary, great restaurant if you have the chance go and grab a taste of Montmatre in Douglas (particularly if staying at the Regency given its just a few doors down)

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Clevedon, United Kingdom
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“Lovely restaurant, good food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal on a windswept,wet night. Very welcoming and idiosyncraticly decorated. The food had a slightly retro feel but no worse for that. The quality was excellent, the cooking precise. The house wine was very well chosen. I can honestly recommend this restaurant.

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Dublin
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“Back again to L'Experience !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Once again I booked a table at L'Experience, it seems like we can't leave the Isle of Man with out dining here, it's our little treat to ourselves !

Food as per usual was excellent and when head chef Michael heard we were there, he come out to say hello and make sure we were happy with our food. This is one of the many reasons we keep going back. Overall this restaurant has excellent food, great service and 1ltr carafes of house wine . . Thanks again Michael and staff for another great night!

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“Second time round Evan better!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

So it's my second visit to this little French place a quit Monday with ambience waitress very attentive polite me and my guests had the great value £14.99 soup and steak deal amazing!! Owner-chef chatty funny great host I will be back

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Amazing French onion soup!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful quaint restaurant. The food is divine and we go back again and again. My husband and I had our first date here over 9 years ago and we go back again and again! Love love love l'experience! I would recommend the French onion soup every time!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
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    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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