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“Great food, not so great service”
Review of Zoubi

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Ranked #27 of 94 Restaurants in New Hope
Price range: $22 - $32
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Main Street
Description: New Hope's hidden gem since 2001. Dine al fresco in our private courtyard and enjoy inventive American cuisine from Chef Bernadette Pearson
Reviewed August 3, 2010

My wife and i went here on Sunday night because of the great menu we saw online and based on the recommendation of our innkeeper. We chose to be seated outside and were seated within a few minutes. The outside sitting area is really neat which i'd definitely recommend, weather permitting. We shared the foie gras and an arugula salad for appetizers and had the crab cake and butterfish for our entrées. The foie gras was definitely way too much for 1 person so don't get this planning to eat it on your own. The arugula salad was definitely different with a horseradish dressing, but we enjoyed it. My crab cake was without a doubt the single best crab cake I've ever eaten and i think you'd find it hard to find a better one. The butterfish was absolutely delicious, but is so rich it's hard to eat the whole thing although the portion isn't too big. Overall i'd say the food and atmosphere of the place are top notch. While it's expensive, I feel you get what you pay for and was not disappointed. Our waitress, however, left something to be desired. I'm not sure they were understaffed, but she would often disappear for 15-20 minutes at a time and was not very personable. This is not a restaurant i'd go to if i were looking for a romantic night out, but i would definitely recommend it if you want to eat great food. We would definitely eat here again.

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Thank kennell9
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Reviewed June 5, 2010

Went on a Friday night and sat outside. Wonderful ambience and good service. My "surf and turf"(shrimp and braised short ribs were well prepared. However, 2 shrimp(it looks like more cooked in the shell) and 2 small pieces of meat were totally inadequate. Will not be returning to Zoubi

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Thank BrickLeb
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Reviewed February 20, 2010

We did not even make it into the door! We were a party of three, well dressed and in our late twenties. We walked through the alleyway that is not well marked as to where to go to enter the restaurant in the wintertime. The eldest of the owners (with the french accent) came into the same alleyway from a door to the left and asked us what we were looking for. When I said we were interested in a menu, he told us to go next door because his restaurant was "expensive for dinner." We all looked at each other then back at him, aghast, and he laughed at us! Obviously, during a recession, any money is not good enough for this elitist restaurant. They would prefer that we riffraff stay out of his already empty restaurant. Also? Upon doing research after returning home...they also own the bar next door! Thankfully, we did not take his advice, and will never return to either establishment, and advise our friends (who frequent New Hope) to do the same. Bad move, old man.

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2  Thank dc0n
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Reviewed June 7, 2009

We had dined at Zoubi's several times before and was shocked at what happened at our most recent trip. There were 4 of us. We each had an appetizer,entree, desert and coffee. We also had a cocktail and shared a bottle of wine. Our tab came to around $275. One of the parties in the group ordered her steak medium rare and it came well done. She sent it back and it was then cooked properly. THe only reason I am mentioning it is that this post is about the amount of time we were seated in Zoubi's. We were sitting(approx 2 hours after our reservation time) finishing our cup of coffee and dessert and the french guy who seats people came up to our table with his arms folded and stared at us. I was in shock and asked him if he wanted us to leave and he said yes. We were in no way unruly or loud.We immediately got up from our seats. I looked around and there were many tables empty in fact a table for 4 was empty right beside ours. I have never been treated in such a terrible manner in any restaurant. With the economy in the state that it is in, I feel that he should have been happy to have a table of 4 who spent $275 instead of kicking us out. We will never return. It has a beautiful atmosphere, but the portion size has decreased and the price has increased over the years. The French guy should be given manner lessons if he is going to be dealing with the public.

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5  Thank JerseyGirl205
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Reviewed June 3, 2009

Enchanting spot for a nice summer evening, with great food, very friendly and attentive staff and a most charming host. Funky, locals bar and a unique experience. Go-you will enjoy it.

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Thank TravelingTim62
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