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“Creative fresh cuisine, service so-so” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of L'Ermitage Saint Antoine

L'Ermitage Saint Antoine
Ranked #1 of 19 Restaurants in Barbizon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $49
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Washington DC
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Creative fresh cuisine, service so-so”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

We went to this wonderful restaurant over the summer. We were delighted by each of our dishes from appetizers to main courses which were familiar French fare (e.g. goat salad) but with a twist - an unexpected herb, a chutney. All dishes were well-executed, fresh, and reasonably priced.

On the other hand, the service was barely satisfactory. There was hardly anyone at the restaurant, but we had to wait a long time for the waitress to come by for any point in the meal. It seems a few of her friends where at a table and needed her undivided attention.

The food was excellent enough that I would still happily go back.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Brussels, Belgium
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Good food nice place but some doubts on the atmososphere”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

Not easy to review this restaurant. Firstly, there are two rooms, the patio much nicer than the main room, but since we did not reserve we had to stay in the main room which was much colder than the other. Secondly, We suspected that there would have been place in the patio if we did not have a baby, and reading the review of the other family who was more or less kicked out my suspicion is confirmed. They gave us the table closest to the window which was nice but too close to the only other occupied table and that probably annoyed the gentleman sitting next to us who made a nasty comment when I got up once too much to pick up a toy (our baby is normally very quiet but that evening not so much). In general we found the service quite dry and the owner tried to avoid giving us the typical French water caraffe by proposing mineral water. But they canceled a dish without objecting and let us take dessert on a little table outside when the baby became too restless. So I cannot really complain about anything specific, it was more a general feeling of not being welcome with the baby even if the restaurant does have a baby chair. This said, the food was very good, simple but with an original touch and excellent ingredients. I found the prices really low for such quality in a posh place like Barbizon and big portions (my entree was enough to fill me and my husband's Angus steak very copious). The wines by the glass were SUPER and also nicely priced ( the place is a wine cellar in the first place). So a place to absolutely recommend if you don't have kids but reserve and ask for the patio. One last comment on the children issue: in general Barbizon is not a family place, most visitors seem to be middle aged arty Parisians so maybe the coldness towards kids is a general characteristic and not specific to this restaurant.

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Fontainebleau
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice diner, interesting food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012

I like Barbizon and I like to comment the notable restaurant I dine in. I went twice at this one, twice for diner, once in winter and once in summer recently. The food is above the average in Barbizon because it's fresh and correctly prepared. The meat was great. There is two rooms, do not hesitate to ask for the "Patio". The service was friendly and respectful. Good place to go for a couple.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2012

This was the first restaurant we tried when we just arrived to Barbizon, service was great and the food amazing!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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