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“If you don't expect too much...you might be pleasantly surprised!”
Review of Cafe Saint-Amand - CLOSED

Cafe Saint-Amand
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $11
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Hillsborough, New Jersey
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26 reviews
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“If you don't expect too much...you might be pleasantly surprised!”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

A family dinner (4 adults, one small child) was both good and disappointing.
Cafe Saint- Amand is more a "gourmet diner" than a French bistro but it tries hard. It's
is still one of the best spots to eat in Gettysburg, a town with more pub-grub than fine cuisine.

Just don't think you are in Paris or Provence. It is rural America with a French accent.
And Cafe Saint-Amand is on the right track.

We were greeted and immediately seated at a large, nice table by the front door. However every time the front door was opened, we were hit by a blast of freezing November air. A solid, antique-looking screen could reduce this problem and give the front tables a little privacy too. Two of our party put on their winter coats.

The atmosphere is lovely, with soft lighting, large, b/w photos of Parisian landmarks and French music playing and the staff smartly and appropriately dressed in black. Service was friendly but inconsistent in its attention to the table. We felt somewhat ignored at times and had to motion to the waitress to get her attention. Maybe getting and training wait staff is difficult?

The kitchen was slow. The restaurant was about 3/4 full.

Waitress never offered to open our wine or to pour it. Wine glasses provided were
small.

We were brought a small loaf of excellent Rosemary bread, fresh, warm, with a tiny ball of herbal butter, strange with an herbal bread. A good amount of plain butter would have been appreciated. That mini-loaf went fast...devoured in six small slices. We asked for more and it came in about 10 minutes. A bistro should serve warm baguettes, a variety bread and butter.

Appetizers ordered included a duck confit (good...perhaps D'Artagnan's packaged one reheated?), a homemade fish soup (very "good"), Blue Mussels (about 12, just excellent and served with a potent garlic sauce) and a "Warm Goat Cheese and Apple Salad" which was awful. The salad consisted of a bag-mix but the greens were not picked over and maybe not re-washed. So the salad came full of spoiled lettuce. It was generously covered in grocery-store goat-cheese crumbles. The dressing, described as "honey-mustard vinaigrette" turned out to be a blob of plain Dijon mustard, served separately. We tasted it and everyone agreed that in no way was it the promised honey-dijon vinaigrette. The salad was not what the menu said it would be and a disappointment We should have sent it back.

Surprised there is no pate on the menu. Also, a "small assortment" of "3 artisan cheeses" for $10.95 is pricey. And why no "pommes frites", the bistro classic? Steak/fites??? "Warm pretzel croissants" (?) with a cheese/mustard sauce for $8.95 sound pricey and more PA Dutch than French.

Entrees included the rack of lamb (just "excellent"), a succulent, rare filet mignon au poivre (topped with with a tiny squiggle of creme faiche...strange for a dish which should have a brandy-cream sauce), a NY Strip au poivre (good, big), and "Pork Normandy" (dry, maybe reheated...not good).

A side order of garlic spinach ($4.95 for 5 tiny bites!) was strong enough to knock you off your chair. Presentations were nice. Entrees all came with rather dry mashed potatoes that could have been improved with butter or cream. Again that butter! The children's menu was good.

We think the kitchen may have to rely on warming up pre-packaged foods for dinners, not surprising for a place busy serving "cooked-to-order" breakfasts and lunches that may not have time or staff to prepare "from scratch" sauces, veggies, etc.

Value for the money? Perhaps a little overpriced for some items which is how we feel whenever a menu's promises more than it delivers.

Still, we will return. Saint-Amand is among the best restaurants in Gettysburg.

  • Visited November 2013
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Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“2nd hand rose”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

We had breakfast here in July.. Was one of the finest .. and we love breakfast. This Dec was looking forward to trying dinner.. They were closed that day for dinner. So we opted for breakfast once again. The service was poor. Coffee was weak and warm breakfast had canned potatoes that were not even warm. Huge disappointment.

Visited December 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“unexpected and delicious”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

We were not really looking for a French restaurant in Gettysburg, PA. What we found, however, was a menu with a range of French-focused items, excellent food at a reasonable price, and a courteous and helpful server (Ashton?). The Pork Normandy was moist and flavorful with subtle apple butter glaze. The tuna on the Salad Nicoise cooked perfectly, with plenty of pink in the middle. This is a BYOB restaurant, not my favorite kind, but they were quick to serve the wine we brought and kept the white chilled. We will definitely return and try other menu items.

  • Visited November 2013
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Detroit, MI
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79 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Classic cuisine in quaint setting”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

The beef bourguignon was outstanding as was the poisson du jour - snapper in a bag.
A surprising find in this tour-filled town.

  • Visited November 2013
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New York City, New York
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130 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Quaint and delicious”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

What a nice surprise to find this restaurant during Remembrance Weekend----great food and choices but sadly they had run out of hot chocolate on one of the coldest windiest days ( I think they should have sent someone down the street to Walmart's to purchase more chocolate !). Lovely staff and very fair prices.

  • Visited November 2013
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