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“Paying for the view - not the food.”
Review of Le Parisien

Le Parisien
Ranked #28 of 461 Restaurants in Geelong
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $79
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Since 1976, Le Parisien has offered fine food, wines and dedicated service to the Geelong region. Opened by Lorraine and Jean-Paul Temple on the 11th of November 1976, Le Parisien is still run by the Temple family with their children and grandchildren now working in the business. The restaurant relocated to its now iconic waterfront location in 1998. Le Parisien is situated right on Geelong’s Waterfront and gives widespread views of Corio Bay. The building originally being an old boat shed still retains many of its original timber features, the main dining room is full of exposed timber beams and surrounded with large windows. Le Parisien also has a balcony, perfect for those long Sunday lunches in the sun. The main dining room has capacity for seating up to 130 people as well as a full public address system making it perfect for weddings and functions, Le Parisien is also equipped with a private function room with a sit down dining capacity of up to 40 people. Gift vouchers are available in person or by phone order. From May 1st through to the end of September we are open: Wednesday to Saturday lunch and dinner Sunday & Public holidays all day dining Monday & Tuesday all day dining
Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Paying for the view - not the food.”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

In Geelong mid week on a sunny day it was agreed that a light lunch at Le Parisien would be a good idea. We were seated on the balcony overlooking Corio Bay - a good start. As there were not many people in the restaurant the service was prompt and attentive and wine and food orders taken quickly. It was explained that the calamari and the octopus entree serves were not large ($19 each) so two of us ordered main course sizes ($39 each). The third order was a main course of mussels ($49).
My pan fried calamari consisted of approx 8 very small pieces of calamari with a few segments of grapefruit, some rocket and a small pot of lime mayonnaise. A very ordinary dish and the size of an entree in most other restaurants. The octopus cooked in red wine was also on the small side and the presentation was very ordinary. The mussel dish was an adequate main course size but we were amazed at the price of the dish ($49) and the cream sauce was bland and uninteresting. The complimentary bowl of fries could not compensate for the small sizes and the high cost.
Not a satisfying lunch, very expensive for what was served and we left feeling that the we were definitely paying for the rent and the view.

  • Visited January 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
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“Reliably excellent”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

One of those restaurants that ticks all the boxes, it has great food and authentic. The service is good and staff are pleasant. Hardly any spare tables.

Visited June 2012
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Geelong, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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“FINE FRENCH DINING”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

This restaurant serves authentic French Cuisine and is located overlooking Geelong's fabulous Waterfront. Ideal setting for a special occasion. Staff are always well presented and knowledgeable about the menu, the service is what you would expect in a fine dining restaurant. The casualness of the dress code is noticeable but it doesn't distract from the ambience created. The food is very good but the menu needs to be changed more often.

Visited January 2013
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Templestowe, Australia
1 review
“Completely satisfying first experience.”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

I feel compelled to write this review in complete contradiction of the most recent reviews by others. Saturday 12th January 2013 was a significant day in my life. My wife and I were spending an overnight stay in Geelong so we booked for dinner at Le Parisien. I had read the reviews by others and almost had second thoughts. Thankfully, I chose to ignore these and went. To say that the setting is simply stunning is an understatement. We were promptly taken to probably the best table location in the whole place. Friendly and 100% attentive service from the staff combined with completely balanced timing for delivery of the entree and mains together with timely topping of the wine left me wondering how could you not be impressed? The food was superb. Expensive? Yes, but not for what was delivered together with total sevice from their wait staff. Overall, I left highly impressed with the entirely satisfying evening.

  • Visited January 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
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“disappointing”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

I did like the decor, very opulent and a lot of character (wooden beams, candelabras over flowed with wax from previous melted candles,history of the restaurant famous clientele as you walk up the flight of stairs, large white linen tables and a huge flower display) but at the end of the day- if I get bad service....It fails automatically. To top that off, the food was bad.... all I can remember was lots and lots of tasteless cream...

I'm a firm believer on you pay for what you get but I felt ripped off...

Visited April 2012
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