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“Very enjoyable”
Review of la bonne vie

la bonne vie
Ranked #113 of 269 Restaurants in Taunton
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Well Established And Surprising It Isn't Already Listed
Reviewed December 19, 2012

I have just eaten here today and have to say that the food was excellent, the portion sizes were very generous and the dining space was clean and well presented. I could easily recommend this establishment to others.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

This bistro has been one since 1979 and I have been a few times over the years. It's still owned by the same person with the same head waitress, with the same menu and the same curtains. The food is average, but prices are fair. We had pizzas which were on shop bought bases. Very odd, and not very pleasant.
French onion soup starter was good. Lemon tart was bought in.....
The young, probably new waitress, had no people skills at all. No smile, she just answered 'yep' when we asked for more cutlery, water, the bill. So sullen. She needs training, or a different job. Maybe she is learning from the owner ....he arrived half way through the evening to sit in the same stool he always has done, and wrote out the bills. No smile...nothing.
The head waitress was as she has always been, friendly and helpful.
We found it disappointing. We won't return.

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2  Thank 1961nicola
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Read the bad reviews with interest.... And the avatar pics by each bad review seem to be very similar. I first visited La Bonne Vie in the early 80s when it was mainly a cocktail bar, and it was great then.... And in 2012 it's still great now. I have been there every few months, and probably know the words on the posters off by heart... The theme is great, and I love it, but it always seems the same somehow, and always cleaned to a very acceptable standard.
The menu evolves gently, and there always seems to be something new and interesting on there every time I go. Always a range of styles to choose from as well which makes it a good place to go to with friends. Invariable the food is appetising and well presented, and goodly portions of it too.

Agree it's not the fastest place, but for bistro food like this the wait is worthwhile, and the ambiance of the place is quite acceptable. Further, the place is not laid out for fast service... It's a place to dine with ease, although not spacious enough to lounge and really relax.

The same guy has been running it since it opened.... Ok...never over friendly.... But equally never offensive, and one waitress has been there most of the time too.

Disregard the negative reviews... Someone is clearly trying to smear the place which is a shame, as La Bonne Vie is always one of the first places to spring to mind when I am choosing somewhere to eat out in Taunton.

2  Thank Ted S
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Visited this bistro one evening in October as two couples. Was pleasantly surprised to find a good varied menu, with all dishes at reasonable prices, with a reasonable selection available for vegetarians. Choice of wines was sufficient, with all bottles being reasonable priced. Food was excellently prepared and presented. Decor and atmosphere was perfect for a little bistro. Service was okay but would suggest that younger staff need to understand the importance of customer satisfaction so a smile would help!
Allowing for the lack of experience of younger staff, will definitely be visiting again.

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1  Thank John D
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Loved the decor, It's all perfect. The food is not quick but it is very tasty every time. Never been in the evening, but lunchtime starts early if you want a table, get there before 12.30! I have read that the service is not to everyones taste, we have eaten there on many lunchtimes and been completely happy every time!

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