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“A hidden gem in a strip mall...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Belle Aurore

La Belle Aurore
75 Pennsylvania Ave, Niantic, CT 06357-3224
860-739-6767
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Ranked #5 of 40 Restaurants in Niantic
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Oslo
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“A hidden gem in a strip mall...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012 via mobile

We recently ate dinner at the tiny restaurant and enjoyed it. Local produce and ingredients made the meal memorable. Located in a strip mall in Niantic next to Dairy Queen the restaurant offers bistro food to the local citizenry ...those looking for something else than pizza and bar food. 40.00 for pris-fixe is acceptable and all courses were really fresh and made to order, scallops, salad and lamb were all top notch or a half level below but very good. Food was a bit bland but freshness made up for it. I would try it again but would also like to see the kitchen be a little flavor oriented.

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  • English first
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“The food is good, but an evening out at these prices needs more than good food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

We picked this restaurant based on recommendations from Yelp.com. Don't go. The food was good, but the service was worse than awful - staff who knew we wanted to order just laughed....I could go on and on...not worth it. Had we gotten even halfway decent service I could forgive them. It was my husband's birthday, and I felt so bad. The atmosphere is poor - in a strip mall next to Dairy Queen. If all you care about is food and you have a lot of money and time, by all means, go. Back to service (there were 3 couples in the restaurant until a fourth came in and totally ruined our meal with loud and obnoxious conversation) - why did the not-busy manager allow one man to destroy all of our evenings? I don't recommend it!

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great tastes and great staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

This may not be your everyday eatery, but it is delicious. The service was wonderful, from the owner who greets and seats you to the server who took great care of us.

The menu changes every month, this night I had scallops over risotto. Everything was cooked to perfection.

It is a bit pricy, but you do get what you pay for. A great meal.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Niantic, Connecticut
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“Nice to see a real Bistro in Niantic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

The prices are a bit high, but you are paying for real quality when you go there! It's a family run business and you can tell they make everything with a bit of love. I think it's great for places to try to buy from local farmers and contribute to the greater good.
I recommend anyone to try it out!

Visited August 2011
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Waterford, Connecticut
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“a hidden gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

Belle Aurore is located in an inconspicuous strip mall next to a Dairy Queen. Inside, however, you'll enjoy a charming and intimate setting with excellent food and attentive service. Most of the ingredients are locally produced/procured. Style is somewhat eclectic but very tasty; menu varies frequently. Pleasantly sized portions, so that you leave feeling satisfied but not stuffed. Lovely wine and beer selections within reasonable price range. In this region, one of the best choices for a delicious night out.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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