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“Not quite the Le Parisien of old”
Review of Le Parisien

Le Parisien
Ranked #28 of 462 Restaurants in Geelong
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $79
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, 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
Geelong, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Not quite the Le Parisien of old”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Having dined here at least twice a year for the last 6-7 years I have seen some ups and downs to this Geelong icon. Unfortunately the last couple of visits have been the worst I've experienced, inexperienced staff manning the floor, the food just not up to the mark that the prices command and the ever pricier mark-ups on the wine. The upmost indulgence at this restaurant is without a doubt the seafood platter and I have enjoyed this many times with the amazing view of the bay, but the last couple seem smaller and the presentation rushed. Their winter offerings of Beef bourguignon and a take on Tournedos rossini have been some of my favourite meals at Le Parisien. Will I be back? Most likely, It still has the location and ambience in tow. It would be nice to see the owner become involved a bit more like he used to be; greeting, serving and talking to the diners. Maybe then with the feedback received this restaurant will reclaim its former glory.

  • Visited February 2013
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12 Thank tom_gtown_au
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Torquay, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
69 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Always special.”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

A Geelong icon and with fabulous views of the bay. The food is always great and the service is excellent. I try and go as often as my wallet allows and especially fro special occasions! Do have the snails!

Visited August 2012
Thank Lucy V
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“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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4 Thank MMG543
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“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
Thank AntoinetteS1104
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Geelong, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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
Thank adrianjfanning
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