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“Value for Money? Not really...”
Review of Chevalier Restaurant - CLOSED

Chevalier Restaurant
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Mt. Diablo
Transit: 0.1 miles from Lafayette BART station
Orinda, California
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85 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Value for Money? Not really...”
Reviewed May 27, 2012

We have eaten at this restaurant since it first opened and frankly, how it gets rated by Michelin and others as top notch is a mystery. The food is "Okay", but not nearly as good as the hype. It is incredibly expensive for what you actually get on the plate ($32 scallops? $42 Lamb Rack?). Last night, our table was really too small to dine at, and the service was inattentive and incomplete (forgot the Poms Dauphines - "Desole!...").

Service was again very slow and little follow-up by our waiter as in the past. Bill was incorrect. Chef Philippe is most congenial, but you get the feeling that the whole deal has been hyped for one purpose - maximum dollar extraction of the guest. He was on the floor the whole service rather than in the kitchen.
The outdoor patio is terrific, if only the rest were as good...
Will try again in 6 months but...

  • Visited May 2012
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4 Thank Lacydog
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English first
Lafayette, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The #1 restaurant in Lafayette”
Reviewed May 14, 2012

We were there for a business meeting and dinner and were greeted by Chef Phillipe and treated to a most elegant evening with great food and wine, and a couple of appetizers that were out of this world. We also found out the restaurant was just honored by being chosen to represent the Lafayette Chamber of Commerece at the Contra Costa Council for best small business'. I ordered the Grand Marnier Souffle to share and that was the best ever! There are several great choices in Lafayette, but this is the best in town!

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank Michael H
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fabulous Food and Great Service”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

I met a group here and came out from San Francisco for dinner. We shared several appetizers and I had halibut for the main course. I think everyone had something different and everyone was extremely satisfied. The food was cooked to perfection and the flavors were wonderful. The service was just right, making sure that everyone had what they needed, but not in your face. The owner sat and visited with us at the end of dinner and we were the last ones to leave. It was a very delightful evening and I highly recommend a visit!

  • Visited April 2012
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1 Thank Dan B
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Diablo, California
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Grand Marnier Souffle is worth a trip.”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Chevalier in Lafayette last month. We were fortunate to be able to sit outside under the little tent adjacent to the indoor seating. The entire experience was lovely and the service was very attentive without being overbearing. My chicken stew was fine but had a little too much rosemary and other pungent seasonings and although I ate it - was not my favorite. My husband started with the snails in butter/wine sauce and thought they needed a lot more garlic. He enjoyed his halibut very much and thought it flavorful and moist. We ended our meal with the grand marnier souffle which is such a treat for us. We both enjoy some of the old time classics that no longer can be found on most menus these days.

  • Visited September 2011
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Thank BuckeyM
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San Francisco
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153 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“overrated and pricey”
Reviewed July 5, 2011

We ate indoors in a nice setting. Would have tried the patio but it was too hot. Service was quite good. Portions are small for the price and our group rated them from so-so to good. Prices are really high-probably the highest in Lafayette. Pre fixe dinner of $39 seemed like a good choice until the the chosen main course of boat scallops had 3 rather small scallops!!!! Now we've tried Chevalier and wish the restaurant luck. We won't return as the value/quantity is quite lacking for the high prices.

  • Visited July 2011
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3 Thank Rogelio1
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