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“Fantastic restaurant with great atmosphere” 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 #7 of 113 Restaurants in Douglas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $40
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Acapulco, Mexico
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4 restaurant reviews
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“Fantastic restaurant with great atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We had a fantastic meal, Great value for money and a fantastic wine list, The restaurant is decorated beautifully inside and out and exceptionally clean. Can't wait to go back.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Andreas, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“POOR SERVICE”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

We dined last night at this restaurant in a group of 10 in all. All went reasonably well, although the food was overpriced and the wine mediocre, until we reached the bill. Even though we had made it clear at the start that we required a separate bill per couple all we got was one long strip of paper with a fairly dismissive presentation of a calculator for us to sort it out ourselves. This took ages...at least 45 minutes with all sorts of mental arithmetic concerning who had had how much wine etc. At no time did the staff offer to assist my wife, who was trying her best to resolve the problem. The best part of the evening was the gentleman playing the accordion!

They have lost a customer because of this and as the Isle of Man is small and word gets around, that should be a matter of concern.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Very good but I can see why some people are a bit critical”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

I had dinner at the L'experience end of December 2013. The food and the wine were excellent, especially the soupe à l'onion. The atmosphere of the restaurant was a bit cold at first, as we were one of the first customers, but the more people where in the room, the warmer and better it felt. I don't know if that was cause by the fact that the room was like a squared box with tables in the middle or because of the strange decoration made out of old french posters. However, the candles on each table helped to create a more cosy and private space. Another detail that could have annoyed some, was the fact that the waitresses were not really organised. But the excellent food and wine distract you from all these little details. I had a really nice dinner and I would definitely go back.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful food 10 out of 10”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Lovely experience, great food, warm welcoming and most importantly excellent food. Would reccommend for a brilliant evening.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin, Ireland
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“What a treat!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

I was brought to this restaurant as part of a large family group and wondered when I arrived in what the food would be like as the decor in the restaurant seemed very basic. When I sat down and looked over the menu, I realised that the decor was simple but the food held a lot of promise. Lots of seafood on offer and a varied menu to suit all including a coeliac and a vegetarian. As a large group we ordered a lot of different dishes off the menu and the sudden silence when all were eating stands testament to the flavour and quality of the food. French onion soup-yum! Ultimate comfort food!
Would I return? Absolutely! Great wine, lovely friendly service, good food, relaxed atmosphere! Shame it needs a plane or boat to make another visit.

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