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“Living on past success”
Review of Tersiguel's

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Ranked #3 of 168 Restaurants in Ellicott City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Old Columbia Pike
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Living on past success”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

I’ve been to Tersiguel's several times over the past few years. It was always pricey, but you left feeling like the meal was worth the price….but not this time. What should have been a romantic anniversary to remember, is quite memorable, but for the wrong reasons.

While the building still has the stately, somewhat shabby look to it, it is as charming as ever. HOWEVER, the food was dreadful. Aside from the dessert, it was an epic failure.

I started with a cosmo which was the worst I had ever tasted and sent it back. I guess that should have given us a clue as to what was to come. We moved on to six oysters on the half shell. Well, I was shell shocked to pay fifteen bucks for six smallish oysters four of which were not even cut from the bottom shell. They were indeed salty and delicious, but IMHO, severely overpriced. Foolishly hoping things would improve we were served the special salad for sixteen buck. WOW, small salad, 4 small mealy tomato wedges, average vinaigrette and instead of the promised cheese, a tiny piece of lox at the bottom. I mean, really, sixteen dollars for such a bad salad. At least the oysters were tasty.

As bad as this may seem, the winner for worst of the night was about to arrive. My husband’s entrée, the special The New York strip (5 0z) (Viande du Marche) sheared and sliced table side by the maitre’d. The cost was 39.95. One third of the steak was gristle. He really should have sent it back. He did complain to the waiter who apologized but took no action. I lucked out by ordering the filet (38.95) which was very good however it was sliced prior to arrival, which is very odd. For dessert we ordered the chocolate mousse (7.95). This was the best thing we tasted all evening. Over all the dinner at Tersiguel’s was a resounding failure on their part. In case you’re keeping track the total was 143.32 with tax, including two beers. We added a 25.00 tip which is below what we would normally give mostly because the waiter was gone for long periods of time, did nothing special for our anniversary, and he never addressed the issue of the gristle in my husband’s steak. When you pay these kinds of prices, you expect a more, but here we got less. I suggest you look elsewhere unless you’d like to overpay for bad food.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank ruth345
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Would love to give a 5 star rating but...”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

My wife and I ate at Tersiguel's Saturday night. We sat upstairs in a fairly nondescript and somewhat dark room that could use a little updating. Service was very slow. We sat for about twenty minutes or more before someone came to our table even to give us water. To his credit, one of the maître d's saw that we were sitting without anything on our table and had another waiter come by to take our orders. We ordered wine by the glass as well and got our wine served when the salads came. To his credit, the waiter let us taste the wine before he poured the glass. Our moods changed once we received our salads which were excellent and our main courses which were very, very good. The sides -- string beans and roasted beets -- were just okay but the food including dessert (coconut sorbet) was excellent. We would recommend Tersiguel's without hesitation though the quality of service took away from our enjoyment of the meal. The meal ran about $120 for two (before tip) so for that kind of money you would expect better service. (one more thing: our orders got mixed up and, at one time, we were served a cheese course that was meant to go to another table. it was just plopped on our table and the waiter left before we could say anything. We finally got a waiter's attention and said we did not order it. It belonged to the next table and they served what was sitting on our table to them.)

  • Visited November 2013
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2 Thank tovah123
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Bel Air, Maryland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“first class”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

Well prepared dining and the staff makes you feel important, e.g. being addressed by name even though they got it from my reservation.

Visited October 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Service, Great Brunch”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

If you haven't been to this Ellicott City mainstay in awhile, you need to go back! The 3course brunch may seem pricey, but escargot, great entrees and the chocolate dessert assortments are well worth it!

Visited September 2013
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Sandy Spring, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Birthday lunch”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

We have celebrated a few family birthdays at Tersiguel's. The atmosphere is cozy and quaint, and the service is very attentive. The menu doesn't seem to change much, and I wish there were a few light items (less butter/cream), but the flavor and quality of what we did order was very good.

Visited September 2013
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