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“Wonderful authentic French dining in the heart of Richmond” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Buvette, La

Buvette, La
6 Church Walk, Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 1SN, England
+44 (0)20 8940 6264
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Price range: $0 - $76
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Twickenham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful authentic French dining in the heart of Richmond”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We eat here often and have never been disappointed. The food and service are always of consistently high quality every time we come, often without an advance reservation. The staff is most accommodating, the wine list has solid choices for a nice, but not break your budget, evening out. Highly recommended for traditional French cuisine in a quiet, off the beaten path, location in the center of Richmond town center. We have not yet eaten in the courtyard but look forward to doing so this spring.

  • Visited September 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Lacking customer service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We had a booking with friends and were really surprised by the standard of service. The waiting staff tried to take away our cheeses when they were only half eaten and then said she couldn't understand us when we asked her not to take them. Our wine glasses weren't refilled even when a second bottle of wine was brought to the table. Finally, when desserts were offered we were told they had to be ordered immediately or not at all shortly before being told we had to leave the table as other guests had arrived. Needless to say, we didn't have desserts in the end - probably no great loss as the food wasn't much to write home about anyway. Won't be going back.

  • Visited November 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Lunch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We had the table d'hote lunch menu @ £16.50 (2 courses) £19.95 (3 courses). Potted Salmon (with sourdough toast) was rather salty. Mains were lamb stew and lasagne with butternut squash. Both were OK but nothing to write home about. Brie for dessert was a little on the runny side. Wine was rather expensive, I thought, for an average chardonnay. The staff were friendly and pleasant.

  • Visited November 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Isleworth, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“what a joy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I have been to La Buvette as number of times, both in side the beautiful, almost front room feel of the restaurant and outside wrapped up with a blanket eating delicious fondue.
I love the tradition feel of this restaurant, the staff have always been professional, knowledgeable and friendly.
I have two stand out experiences, one was with my boss on my last day at the job, we had a three course lunch which was beautifully cooked, if not alittle indulgent, wheh our waiter found out the reason for our visit he brought over a brandy each, on them to wish me luck, just lovely.
The other time was with a close friend and we sat outside as that's the only place you can have the fondue (it's stinky but gorgeous!) that, a meat platter and a lovely bottle of red on recommendation from our waiter ended a perfect Friday evening.
If you're looking for traditional French, look no further.

  • Visited October 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Highly Recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We had stumbled upon this restaurant on our last visit to richmond, but unfortunately were unable to get a table. We booked in advance this time, and although we were booked in quite early (for 6pm) the restaurant quickly filled up.
The atmosphere and setting is lovely, just what you expect from a cosy French restaurant. The staff are friendly and attentive (I was quite surprised to read reviews to say they were rude)
The prices are reasonable for a restaurant in Richmond and London, and there is also the option of a set menu.
Would definitely recommend!

  • Visited November 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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