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“don't bother -overpriced, rude staff and awful food”
Review of La Colombe D'Or

La Colombe D'Or
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed September 30, 2013

I absolutely agree with the prior "skip it" comments made below. The French are almost without exception amazingly friendly, polite and just fun to talk to. The "exceptions" seemingly all work here. The food is prepared in unimaginative ways. I had the fresh fish of the day which was sole on the bone. For 45 euros that's what I got-a plain piece of pan seared fish sitting all alone on a big white plate. My wife's dish was an equally boring fish with some tomato coulis. Again, good but nothing special.

It was the bad service and attitude that made this a truly annoying experience. The waitstaff to a person were stuffy and rude. The bad service wasn't just reserved for us as a very well dressed group of four Londoners next to us complained about the same silliness we were subjected to. Want another glass of wine? Forget it. Need another fork to share something? The very stuffy young man gives it to you as if he has just sucked on the sourest pickle. However, if you want someone to constantly rearrange your silverware, then you are in the right place. The table we had was small so on occasion I had to move a spoon or knife slightly to make a little room. Each time I did the silverware sheriff would swoop in and move it back. It was bizarre because the same guy wouldn't get you another glass of wine without extreme effort on your part.

This place could be so much better. It is a very pretty place. It has access to very high quality food. We just couldn't figure out why the people working there were so rude. They just seemed unhappy to be there and took it out on the customers. For the prices, you should get an attempt at a smile and service at least as good as your local diner. France has so many great restaurants. I agree with the other reviewers who say "skip it."

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7  Thank steven j
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

The village may be a little over run by tourists but who can blame them with the beauty of this hillside location and the amazing artistic history and collections available to see. The wonderful Colombe d'Or is the cherry on the cake. Haven't been there for some time. We had not intended to visit but had friends who had not been to the village. We were lucky at midday to book the last table on the terrace. The location is idyllic. The staff are superbly trained and efficient. We only wanted a light lunch as we were anticipating a large dinner and were guided to order one first course each and to share them. We had crevettes, luscious melon with first class proscuitto, a basket of crudites with a pate and a delicious anchovy mayonnaise, and a staggering collection of a dozen serve yourself dishes of hors d'oeuvre dishes. The bread was first rate. The bottle of local rose wine was delicious and reasonably priced. We were filled to the brim with a wide variety of delicious flavours and textures. The entire bill for four, including coffee, chocolate and splendid free glass of local marc each was just €140.

I want to go back soon and have a full dinner.

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1  Thank Woollybear
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

La Colombe D'Or is a "must do" stop in St. Paul de Vence, with a history of artists and writers as well as a constant flow of celebrities and jet setters. The hotel has an amazing art collection that is itself a reason for going, and the outdoor dining patio is lovely with mature trees and large, canvas umbrellas, all very beautifully lighted.

As for the food...well nothing special. But it is an experience well worth having.

2  Thank Rosemary-NY
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Food , service , ambience , location are all perfect .They will even park your car for you , which when you see their car park is such a good idea ! Go if you can .

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1  Thank Janet M
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Lunch on a sunny afternoon in the courtyard under the umbrellas, surrounded by art and leafy walls, served by charming waiters - could life be any better? Enjoyed divine fresh ingredients cooked classically, served with local rose` and then gasped over the Miros, Picassos, Matisses in the cool, rustic dining rooms and by the pool. A return visit is a must!

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1  Thank cmsljoint
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