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“Not quite the Le Parisien of old” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Le Parisien

Le Parisien
15 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia
(03) 5229 3110
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Ranked #55 of 338 restaurants in Geelong
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Geelong, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
“Not quite the Le Parisien of old”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Having dined here at least twice a year for the last 6-7 years I have seen some ups and downs to this Geelong icon. Unfortunately the last couple of visits have been the worst I've experienced, inexperienced staff manning the floor, the food just not up to the mark that the prices command and the ever pricier mark-ups on the wine. The upmost indulgence at this restaurant is without a doubt the seafood platter and I have enjoyed this many times with the amazing view of the bay, but the last couple seem smaller and the presentation rushed. Their winter offerings of Beef bourguignon and a take on Tournedos rossini have been some of my favourite meals at Le Parisien. Will I be back? Most likely, It still has the location and ambience in tow. It would be nice to see the owner become involved a bit more like he used to be; greeting, serving and talking to the diners. Maybe then with the feedback received this restaurant will reclaim its former glory.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Torquay, Australia
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Always special.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

A Geelong icon and with fabulous views of the bay. The food is always great and the service is excellent. I try and go as often as my wallet allows and especially fro special occasions! Do have the snails!

Visited August 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Paying for the view - not the food.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

In Geelong mid week on a sunny day it was agreed that a light lunch at Le Parisien would be a good idea. We were seated on the balcony overlooking Corio Bay - a good start. As there were not many people in the restaurant the service was prompt and attentive and wine and food orders taken quickly. It was explained that the calamari and the octopus entree serves were not large ($19 each) so two of us ordered main course sizes ($39 each). The third order was a main course of mussels ($49).
My pan fried calamari consisted of approx 8 very small pieces of calamari with a few segments of grapefruit, some rocket and a small pot of lime mayonnaise. A very ordinary dish and the size of an entree in most other restaurants. The octopus cooked in red wine was also on the small side and the presentation was very ordinary. The mussel dish was an adequate main course size but we were amazed at the price of the dish ($49) and the cream sauce was bland and uninteresting. The complimentary bowl of fries could not compensate for the small sizes and the high cost.
Not a satisfying lunch, very expensive for what was served and we left feeling that the we were definitely paying for the rent and the view.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Reliably excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

One of those restaurants that ticks all the boxes, it has great food and authentic. The service is good and staff are pleasant. Hardly any spare tables.

Visited June 2012
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Geelong, Australia
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“FINE FRENCH DINING”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

This restaurant serves authentic French Cuisine and is located overlooking Geelong's fabulous Waterfront. Ideal setting for a special occasion. Staff are always well presented and knowledgeable about the menu, the service is what you would expect in a fine dining restaurant. The casualness of the dress code is noticeable but it doesn't distract from the ambience created. The food is very good but the menu needs to be changed more often.

Visited January 2013
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