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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thankfully the décor does not change (no bilious greens, suspect browns, and funereal greys as is sadly so often the case nowadays) but soft, two-toned ochre for the walls, soft reds and greens for the (comfortable) gilt Louis XVI armchairs, red and white crystal chandeliers,...silver cutlery--slightly shabby-genteel, old-world atmosphere--lovely. The food is totally safe (as in La Corniche) unlike most of the restaurants in town--a very important point when you are travelling. The cuisine is really very good considering this is not Paris or Geneva (fish and meat tend to be overcooked though). Of course many ingredients need to frozen (we heard a French person ask if the red mullet was fresh--probably thought it came from the Nile--some people do not travel well). The foie gras they usually do very well was not available this year because of the bird flu outbreaks in France. The desserts are also particularly good. All in all the 1886 ranks with a good French restaurant in France (this is no mean compliment) and is far, far better than the 1902 in Aswan where the food can be atrocious (e.g. the NYE dinner this year which will live in infamy). The French and foreign wines are ridiculously expensive because of the punitive taxes BUT the white Egyptian wines made with Chardonnay grapes from France are delicious and rank with a good Macon Lugny for ex. The reds tend to be a bit heavy. Most importantly the staff are both adorable and well trained. Mr. Nabil, the head waiter, must be commended highly for running a very tight ship. SO if you go, try to respect the place and the people who work there so diligently : no shorts, no T-shirts, no sneakers PLEASE! They will lend you a jacket if you don't have one.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed February 21, 2020 via mobile

fabulous decor, superbly outdated, outstanding service... the starters were delicious, the mains (sea bass, slow cooking salmon) disappointing (frozen fish or overcooked?) ... good egyptian wine by the glass.... acceptable prices... unbeatable for a romantic dinner ❤️

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed December 4, 2019 via mobile

Lentil and mushroom soup was very tasty. Smoked salmon also very good. The duck breast was good although a little tough and the date and apple tarts were very good. My apple tart with caramel was scorched on the bottom but staff offered to bring...another. I know if that hadn’t happened it would have been excellent.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 4, 2019

This restaurant is the best in the Winter Palace hotel. The ambience was very nice and food was good as well. Service was a little spotty and they sent my wife the wrong dish and did nothing to replace it with the correct dish. Requires...coat and slacks for men and dresses for women. No slacks allowed!More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 16, 2019 via mobile

1886 is literally the worst elevated restaurant I’ve ever been to in my entire life. The only good thing is the service since it’s in Sofitel which is a five star hotel. We ordered the salmon rolls, lobster soup, grilled fillet with sea bass and...vegetables and the signature dessert. None of the above was edible. The salmon in the salmon roll tasted like ham and my partner ate and got a severe diarrhea later. Oh by the way, it costs 328 egp which is 30 usd. The lobster soup has nothing related to seafood. The fillet was over fried and the vegetable sides are soaked in poor quality olive oil. The dessert was the worst dessert I’ve ever had. The entire dinner was 73 usd but I didn’t see anything valuable than $7. THIS IS THE WORST PLACE EVER.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed August 2, 2019

we had dinner at the restaurant amazing service and good food flexible they bring you extra food outside is not on the menu the drinks and wine was good . we all enjoyed it very much . its a clean very chic place with ac

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 13, 2019

1886 is an institution in Luxor, just like the Sofitel Winter Palace Hotel, where it is located. An old-school, slightly uptight French restaurant with a dress code (they have jackets available for gentlemen), they aim to be a fine-dining institution. In the old-school fashion, main...courses are served by waiters elegantly lifting the silver domes off hot plates. The food is good but does not reach the level of fine dining. Go there for the experience in the original crystal-lit salon where royals and dignitaries once dined.More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed July 12, 2019

I don't know where people think they would get this kind of meal & service, for the money, in the UK, Europe or West in General. Yes, it is more expensive than the other restaurants in the hotel. Yes, it has a dress code where...gentlemen are expected to wear a jacket & tie. Even though the French chef has moved on (to China) he obviously trained them well before he left. Service and presentation were as to be expected Food was freshly prepared and enjoyed immenselyMore

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed June 4, 2019

Food was delicious, drinks were good too. Breakfast was very good, staff were very attentive.hours for breakfast were very convenient for our plans

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 26, 2019

Our expectations were high based on the price (some starters were 700 EGP - about £31! The room was very nice - fitting into the overall ambience of the hotel which is why we booked it. However, the food was anything but fine dining -...in fact it was was poor quality in so many ways. Plates cold; uninspiring menu and when food did come it was warm - ish. The waiters were very nice but they are not silver service trained - all a bit embarassing really. Don't get me wrong, they were very nice - but this place should be brilliant. Very dissapointing indeed. There are much better restaurants out there and TripAdvisor will lead you to them. Would definitely not recommend. Go to their BBQ evening outside - a third of the price and that was excellent in terms of quality; food; service and ambience etc etcMore

Date of visit: April 2019
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December 16, 2016|
Response from zooly | Reviewed this property |
No shorts etc You can enter without a tie but it is a nice place to dress up to go to. Also at the moment you may be the only people in the restaurant due to the lack of tourists in Luxor!
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