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“Great little bistro”
Review of La Cocotte

La Cocotte
Ranked #4,534 of 8,662 Restaurants in Berlin
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Schoneberg
Description: A very original French restaurant, elegant but very affordable with a beautiful terrace, a cosy lounge and non pretentious tasty food served in small cast iron pots.
Reviewed October 27, 2013

We had a terrific dinner on a rainy night. Food was good, nice people, service was very friendly and knowledgable, great atmosphere, good value. All-in-all a great choice.

We were staying in Mitte, so La Cocotte was a bit out of the way and on a street we wouldn't have found without a taxi. Still, it was worth the effort.

It is a small, rustic room. Think cozy bistro crossed with 30s Berlin decadence. The restaurant is gay-friendly. Photos could be considered risque. If gay culture makes you uncomfortable, this is not the place for you (come to think of it, maybe you should stay at home in your cave. I digress.)

Food is very much Paris bistro oriented. The house specialty is mussels, available with several choices of broths. They do not serve them with frites, which is a shame. We didn't try them, but did try another house specialty -- Oeufs Crocette. They serve several choices of poached eggs as starters. It is something we had never had before so gave it a try. Delicious - and not pricey.

The assiette campagnarde was a very filling plate of samples of several terrines. Reasonably priced, and a very traditional starter.

Service was exceptional. Most of the staff are French and were very familiar with the menu. One of the owners is French. He takes most orders so can give good advice on choices. Everyone was friendly and relaxed.

The potato gratinee were worth going for just themselves. A delectable menage of potatoes, cream and cheese -- delicious! Definitely order them as a side.

Make a reservation. It was full the night we went.

Staff all spoke good English and French and, I assume, German.

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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Visiting the "La Cocotte" since 5 or more years it is still a fine place to eat some kind of authentic rural kitchen with a touch of snotty-friendly-french atmosphere.
The guests are well mixed, mostly people from the area, better situated and "in their best years". The menu card changes depending on the season and offers a variety of typical french starters (mostly not so big servings) in a good quality for still appropriate prices.
The main courses are mostly dishes served in a "cocotte" (which is some kind of cast-iron stewpot) - the others are sometimes a bit north-african influenced (with couscous for example). Side dishes have to be ordered separately. My favourite is the "Porcelet a la corse" or the "Boeuf bourguignon" - both very delicious especially in the colder part of the year.
Wines are very good, but mostly also very expensive (no secret that French wines are overpriced for what they offer, so I prefer other countries normally), but they are also offering some nice French beers.
A good restaurant for a dinner with friends or also for a relaxed evening for an informal business talk.

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Reviewed September 20, 2013

I eat here every time that I am in town and always come back.
This time the atmosphere was a bit quiet but the owners were away, which I guess is the reason.
I had the Foie Gras, yes it is duck not goose and priced very reasonably(see previous review) The menu is a la carte and not fixed unless one goes on a special evening eg NYE.
I had some nice veal for the main course. Everyone else seems to eat the Boeuf Bourgignon on every visit! Guess that is a pretty good recommendation.
I would like to see the menu change a little more often though.
Go there for a relaxed French dinner with a somewhat gay ambience. Do not go expecting Michelin starred food at bargain prices

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Just not worth bothering, or rather, we feel conned. We had checked their menu on Internet but the experience was very different from the restaurant offered on their website. We were led to believe they offer a good selection of a la carte menus but instead found out that they offered a limited range of set menus. We suspect that they were serving dishes which can be kept prepared in advance (thus no need to be freshly cooked), and the venue looked very run down than the picture in their website, the whole experience was a let down especially we were prepared to pay more to have a good meal in our last evening in Berlin. It is a willful neglect not to update their website thus we would like to advise against anyone who would consider visiting the venue on the merit of their website or previous reviews in favour of this restaurant.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We wanted to celebrate my fiancé's birthday in a nice french restaurant. So we went yesterday to "La cocotte". First it seemed promising - a cute neighbourhood, a diverse menu, real french owners and staff in the heart of Berlin. But what a disappointment. The food was medium minus. The famous french "foie gras" - the flag dish in any respectable french restaraunt - was made of a duck liver, not goose and tasted ok but not licking your plate as I'm used to with that kind of a dish. It had a dull ice jam next to it, and little pieces of sour German bread. Yes, sour like the taste in our mouth by the end of the evening. For a main course he took the (over priced) Bouillabaisse soup. It had a horrible, strong anis taste and all the fish/sea food inside were dry and over-cooked. We gave it back but they didn't even offer us to change the dish or anything. The waiter just made a face like "too bad for you, maybe next time" and left. My main course pick was a steak "Fillet de veaux" (from a young cow). The "chef" (a german way of saying the boss) said that hey didn't have the cow meat that day so they used a "Bambie". He also asked in a very slick way if I want next to it potatoes or a salat. He made it sound like it's a part of the dish, but we discovered later, with the bill, they charged us for it without mentioning that it's not included but an extra. When we asked our waiter he said that they don't tell us cause, a quote: "ït doesn't sound good when you do so" and refused to inform his "chef" about our dis-satisfaction. I believe its a bit strange to insult an over 100 Euros paying costumer and show no flexibility/ customer service at all.
Also, for the final cord, we tried the famous "Mini mousse au chocolat". It tasted bad, like a cheap one that you can buy in the supermarket. If you like really good food, and a good, honest attitude, don't go there.

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