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“Not French....”

La Cote Basque Winehouse
Ranked #19 of 40 Restaurants in Gulfport
Price range: $12 - $35
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Sarasota, Florida
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28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Not French....”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

We had reservations and were promptly seated in a Victorian era style ambiance. The decor is eclectic and the best part of the establishment. We ordered the mushroom appetizer and escargot appetizer. The mushrooms tasted bland but the cheese on top was tasty.The escargots tasted fresh but the butter sauce was thin and there was not a good coating on top. It seems that they were just broiled in butter with no thought to the top of them. The bread is excellent but you have to keep asking for more. We had a reasonably priced bottle of Bordeaux wine (2011) but it was much too young. The Beef Wellington was not propely prepared or sat in the kitchen too long. The puff pastry which encapsulates the Weloington was soggy and the mushroom sauce was bland. It came out cooked medium well when ordered medium. On the plate were green beens that did not taste fresh and slaw ehich eas obviously German. It seems the restaurant has a confused identity with some items (such as Bratwurst and Schnitzel from outside of Frane included as entrees. This is not fine French dining and those who imply so may have never visited France. The Duck was one of the worst portions I ever had. The quarter duck was overcooked and dry. The only portion provided was a thing and leg. Where is the breast portion? The duck did not taste fresh although the accompanying cheesy sauce was tasty. We had the chocolate torte for desert which was tasty but nothing exciting. The service was somewhat inattentive and we had to ask for additional bread three times before delivery. Service was well below par for a "gourmet" "French" restaurant. The rice was out of a box. The place is worn out and I admire the family for attempting to keep a tradition alive, but the spark which inspires great food is absent. We had a coupon, which I have only used 2 in my life. Everyone seemed to have a coupon. I don't wonder why as if I didn't have a discount on the meal, I would have felt more ripped off. We will not go here again.

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
Gulfport, Florida, United States
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“a very pleasant surprise”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I was so pleased with the food, service , and atmosphere at this restaurant. I think it hit all the bases for a homerun.

I hestitated going to this restaurant for years only because I, too, was a French Chef for over 25 years and had high expectations for any other restaurant that offerred French cuisine.

We bought a Groupon offer and decided to give it a try. Thank you!! It was great.
Now, I'm bragging that Gulfport has the best French restaurant in the Tampa Bay area.

  • Visited March 2013
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3 Thank Lynn D
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Eloy, Arizona
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Worth Visiting”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Entering La Cote Basque was like a step back in time. It was hard at first to decide if the decor was tackie or unique. The walls were covered with various artwork and the tables were placed in quaint, quiet spots throughout the restaurant with low lighting. Our group of five were seated right away and the waiter arrived quite quickly to take our drink orders. We had arrived in time for the early bird specials and two of our party were all set for frog legs. When we placed our orders we were told they did not have frog legs so two had to settle for veal marsala. Three of us had the liver and onions. The house salad was good with wonderful homemade dressing and the accompanying bread was delicious. The presentation of the food was intriguing with several sides which tasted wonderful. The two ladies that had the veal marsala were very pleased but the liver and onions was not as good as anticipated. All in all, the dinner was pleasant and we would return. Oh, by the way, we decided the ambiance was unique and special!

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank CBYooper
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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72 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Not as good”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Not the first visit here but also not the best. Dined with about 12 from work. Crammed into a small room without even room to push back chairs. Incomplete silverware at several seats and mismatched china. Serice fair but staff had to 'auction of'f food (they didn't know who got what). 2 orders screwed up after asking specifically for items.

Decor is WAY overdone. Chef Ramsey would wonder if he was at a restaurant or a garage sale.

That said food is good and a good value.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Bruce P
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Portland, Michigan, United States
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Very Catholic, Interesting Ambiance, Soft 40s Music”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Unique place with lots of religious icons. If you want to enjoy conversation and linger over dinner, this could be for you. They have early bird savings on entrees. Servers were personable. Food was good. Service is slower than average so don't go here if you are in a hurry. Music is 40's soft ballroom. Unapologetic ambiance. If it is for you, you will love this place. If not, we'll...no one can make you return. I would go back because it is quiet and quirky.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Lee H
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