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“French with an Asian touch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ooh La La Bistro

Ooh La La Bistro
49760 Village Dr, Big Bear Lake, CA
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Cuisines: French
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Riverside, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“French with an Asian touch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The Asian touch makes this place that much more authentically like a restaurant in Paris, where many a menu brings in elements of Thai or Japanese cuisine. The prix fixe menu is a bargain, with variety and creativity inviting exploration. The cold appetizer assortment included an excellent octopus salad (I would like them to leave out the surimi next time) and two vegetable offerings. Next came two hot appetizers, including a chicken skewer with amazing teriyaki sauce.

Our main courses were the Japanese pork (belly) and the black truffle hangar steak, both excellent. We were too stuffed to finish the steak, so it was good that this was not in Paris and we could take the leftovers home.

The desserts all featured bright fruit accents.

The place is still quite new and so timings are a bit off. We had to wait a while although we had a reservation. Nevertheless, the staff was attentive and even brought us an extra bit of appetizer, and I was glad both to see this place so busy in the off season and that people were dining in truly French style and lingering over their meals.

They might do better to replace a couple of the four-person tables with tables for two, to give them more flexibility in seating for their small space.

  • Visited May 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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English first
San Diego, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Sophisticated food- perfected in big bear lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013 via mobile

The prefix menu is fabulous! They offer unique cold & hot appetizers, entree and delicious dessert for a very reasonably priced special evening. My husband & I feel we found our new date night evening at ooh la la - thank you for opening in big bear! We look forward to many more awesome dinners experiences!!

  • Visited April 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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Thousand Oaks, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Very French and very yummy. A European taste in a surprising place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

New small but charming place in the heart of big bear. We were told about it by locals so u know that is a good sign. Food is served 4 courses and pre fix style we had the filet mignon and it was cooked to perfection. Salad appetizer very tasty. No complaints here other than when it's busy it's very noisy and due to its size tables r close

  • Visited March 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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Yucca Valley, California
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13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Quaint new place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We stumbled upon this restaurant for brunch on a Sunday. They do this as a buffet. There was a ham and beef carving station, a crepe station, several seafood dishes, eggs benedict, and more. Every employee had service on their agenda as almost everyone interacted with us at some point. They refold your napkins throughout your meal, bring fresh silverware with each new plate, and check on you often. The only complaint I'd have is they were a little slow to refill the buffet trays. But, that is because the chef makes everything fresh and makes different dishes throughout the day. So,they don't just have a vat of potatoes standing by in the back. The plus side to this is everything is very fresh. The price was $20 for the buffet. Pretty good considering what you get. But, you can't be expecting Denny's speed or cost. This is way classier. We heard that for dinner they do a 4 course fixed price ($27) menu that we can't wait to go back and try.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Big Bear Lake / Newport Beach
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3 restaurant reviews
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“A new fave for Big Bear Lake!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Okay, the name may be a bit corny, but it is memorable. The food is outstanding, and a welcome taste of excellence that we have not had here in recorded history! The venue is small, so be sure to make a reservation. Your palette will sing, and you will not be disappointed!

  • 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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