We've been here a number of times, usually with a larger group (6-8) of family and friends and always for dinner. It is on the pricey side, but we've enjoyed most of the meals we've had here. Our latest visit was on a Tuesday night in early September.
The food is very good, not outstanding at the price, but definitely worth while. The appetizers are perhaps the best feature. I've had oysters on many visits. They are always fresh and served with a remoulade on the side, which you can use, or not (I like it). The pate is very good, and a huge serving, enough for two. The onion soup is also good, and a large serving. On the mains menu, the Rack of Lamb is good, if a bit pricey. The sauce is very strong and maybe not for all tastes. My dinner guests have had the Tuna-beef combination and been impressed. The Magret of Duck is very nice, but it is not a large portion - if you need a ton of food, try the lamb or Cassoulet. The Steak au Poivre is very nice - a strip loin and the pepper sauce is great. My wife has had the Cassoulet with Duck confit a few times and I had it this last visit. This is a lot of food and very rich. It includes white beans, a nice house-made sausage, a lamb chop, and the duck confit. Great.
There is a nice wine list, although I'm getting pretty tired of paying 300-350% markup on wine in a restaurant. Surely a profit of 100% is enough? This is not a practise restricted to Fleur de Sel and it is getting OLD!
The restaurant is tight - small tables and chairs and not much space. That adds to the bistro feel, to me. It is not spotless, but it is acceptably clean.
Generally, although it is very busy, the wait person keeps a handle on things. This last visit he was definitely in over his head. It was a Tuesday night and a number of larger groups showed up at once. He did his best, but was clearly overwhelmed a few times. To his credit, he kept going and did not get cranky. We've been going here for years and it is the same waiter - to me this is a good sign. Generally, he does a great job. Also, in spite of a larger group they do not use the automatic 15-18% tip that many places do for large groups. The tip should not be mandated by the size of the group. I generally pay the bill , and service is service - or not. In this place, I've never left less than 18%.
So - would we go back. Definitely!
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.