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“A Mixed Bag”
Review of Brasserie L'Oustau - CLOSED

Brasserie L'Oustau
Price range: $9 - $32
Cuisines: French, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 1/4 mile East of Exit 4, Route 7
Description: Refined French brasserie dining, American style. Prix Fixe, Plats du Jour, Children's, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free menus.
Reviewed April 16, 2012

Pluses:
Solid and well-executed brasserie fare: steak frites, mussels two ways, seared scallops, lamb, etc.
Some quite well-executed dishes: the appetizers and the frites, in particular.
Very friendly and attentive staff, and quick service.

Minuses:
Way too many tables for the space; tiny table for two, making service almost impossible.
Predictable food; you've had it all before. Somewhat stodgy atmosphere. What does this food have to do with Vermont?
Very high prices for the area, and for what is being served. Three scallops for $28?
Some poorly-executed dished (overly-vinegary salad, bland risotto), and some nutritional issues: where are the vegetables?

Overall, a good, if expensive dinner. The pain of their pricing lingers, and makes me question whether we'll be back. If it were more fun, I'd probably go; they should try to make this more of a Vermont experience.

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2  Thank vtlocalvore
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

This is an outstanding restaurant that is well conceived and executed by a very professional owner. The food choices are excellent and very typical of the brasserie genre.Every aspect of the operation, from choice of tableware,staff uniforms,training,decor and ambience are outstanding. The "Old Standbys" of Manchester must be quivering in their boots. The new Top Gun has arrived.

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Thank carandken
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

This restaurant is located in the old Laney's building. Owners did a wonderful job renovating the inside to make a much more warmer ambiance. We ate at the bar and had a delicious meal. John the bartender was very friendly, professional and offered helpful menu suggestions. The prices are on the high end but well worth the money for a nice night out. Wish they would put a burger on the bar menu. We will definitely be back!

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Thank BlondeBling
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

Excellent, family run brasserie in true Parisian style. The Chef pays attention to details, and the food is fresh & delicious. The menu is impressively varied and will change seasonally. The lunch menu offers lighter options and more reasonable pricing.
A great casual spot for oysters, seafood, and classic French. All desserts are made in house. We look forward to the outdoor patio.

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1  Thank melisande
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

A new French restaurant, Brasserie L'Oustau with a nice menu combining traditional bistro items vith vegetarian items....also a good menu for children. This is a "white table cloth" restaurant but it is definitiely informal enough for families. We found the gnocchi with root vegetable to be a really fine main course. There was a salmon starter that was perfect (very nice gravlax). The wine list was adequate, certainly affordable. The staff was warm and helpful -- full of enthusiasm. A caution: if you are unlucky enough to be seated on the banquette in front of the open kitchen be prepared for two unpleasantries: one, the "outside person" will be constantly jostled by waitstaff and, two, the person relaying orders from the waitstaff to the cooks seems intent on yelling loudly -- and for some unknown reason in the direction of the diners rather than the cooks.

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1  Thank Arkmont
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