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“Very nice location, slightly above average food (3 1/2 stars)” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Cafe des Artistes

Le Cafe des Artistes
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Price range: $35 - $43
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Le Cafe des Artistes is located in the picturesque, vaulted cellars, under the hotel. The warm, relaxed atmosphere is ideal for quick lunch or a more leisurely meal after a stroll around the ponds. The modernized bistro dishes are partnered with a very wide selection of wines by the glass, kept in perfect condition by the Oenomatic system. Compose your own, customized tasting experience to enjoy while relaxing in the comfortable armchairs.
London, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Very nice location, slightly above average food (3 1/2 stars)”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

Unfortunately, we had damp, rainy weather so the terrace was closed off with plastic sheeting and heaters were on. On a nice spring or summer day, the location would make this a full 4 stars (very good).

We both ordered une coupe de champagne (Gonet Brut) which was served lukewarm and flat and seemed to have been leftover from lunch service. We are not the type to complain but now I feel that we should have, especially at 13 euros a glass.

Overall our meal was fair to good, nicely presented with an artistic flair. We started off with the gambas pochées au piment d’Espelette, agrumes et cœur de sucrine (shrimp, grapefruit and lettuce hearts). The shrimp were on a smear of guacamole which was a little surprising but not in a bad way and made for a colorful plate. My husband had the l’œuf croustillant, velouté d’oignon et ventrèche grille (soft boiled egg rolled in seasoned bread crumbs and quickly fried, with cream of onion soup and a slice of pork belly which was not at all “grillé”). He was pleased with his starter. For mains we had the suprême de pintade grillé, macaronis aux épinards, moutarde à l’ancienne (guinea fowl covered with mustard atop long macaroni tubes and spinach and the filet de daurade à la plancha, pommes grenailles au chorizo, poivron grillés (sea bream with tiny potatoes and sausage and a wide ribbon of roasted red pepper). The guinea fowl was good, the sea bream was okay. What stood out were the perfectly cooked potatoes and bits of sausage, a nice and flavorful combination.
This was washed down with a glass of South African wine and a glass of Pomerol. The wine, unlike the champagne, was good. We shared a café gourmand and our dinner bill came to a total of 90 euros for two glasses of champagne two starters, two mains, two glasses of wine, one dessert and a coffee. I would go back but primarily for the location.

  • Visited May 2013
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English first
Falmouth, Maine
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“How a waiter can ruin a wonderful meal.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

The Gravlax was done just right, and the duck breast was superb accompanied by gnocci. The ambience and the 3 course course set price is well worth the visit.

After I was shown to a table, and after 5 minutes, i was given a set menu; the waiter did not explain whether there is a full menu or specials. 10 minutes later, he came back and finally asked if i wanted a drink, no table water throughout the dinner. After 4 small glasses of Bordeaux at 9 euros a glass,as the bottle is 35 euros, i have exceeded the bottle price. It is often informed by the waiters that 'the rest of the bottle for you'. This particular waiter stated 'i don't set the prices, monsieur'. I had to ask for butter for the bread, asked when the next course is coming, however, the check came rather quickly.

What a shame, a bad apple ruined the nice apple cider.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Paris
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“nice meal in friendly settings”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

good food, attentive waiter, good wine (house wine)

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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