Le Pichet

★★★★☆
  • 1933 1st Ave

    Seattle, WA 98101

    Cross street: Pike Place Market

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  • 206-256-1499

About Le Pichet

Hours
Sunday To Thursday From 08:00 AM To 12:00 AM Friday To Saturday From 08:00 AM To 02:00 AM

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Love the eggs with gruyer in the morning! Can't go here after dark, however, because I'm allergic to candle smoke.

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★★★★★

Love the eggs with gruyer in the morning! Can't go here after dark, however, because I'm allergic to candle smoke.

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Le Pichet had been recommended to us for a "Great" dinner on the eve of departing on an Alaskan Cruise. They were right with the atmosphere, (though a little warm with NO air circulation), and food (though some dishes came incomplete),

3
★★★★★

Le Pichet had been recommended to us for a "Great" dinner on the eve of departing on an Alaskan Cruise. They were right with the atmosphere, (though a little warm with NO air circulation), and food (though some dishes came incomplete),

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Worst service I have ever had the misfortune to experience. My family and I visited Le Pichet last Saturday morning - it looked promising, they were not very busy, it was still early, and we had been there before BUT....It began with bitter coffee, espresso made correctly is NEVER bitter, The specials that the server offered us when we arrived were not available five minutes later when she took our order. I ordered the yogurt - what they gave me was disgusting - runny unset and according to the table next to us they were informed by their server that the yogurt was not being served that day because it did not setup. The server repeated our order to us when she took it - 25 minutes later when the order arrived one order of oeufs was missing - she pretended to not have a clue what happened - it was clear she did not have a clue.

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★☆☆☆☆

Worst service I have ever had the misfortune to experience. My family and I visited Le Pichet last Saturday morning - it looked promising, they were not very busy, it was still early, and we had been there before BUT....It began with bitter coffee, espresso made correctly is NEVER bitter, The specials that the server offered us when we arrived were not available five minutes later when she took our order. I ordered the yogurt - what they gave me was disgusting - runny unset and according to the table next to us they were informed by their server that the yogurt was not being served that day because it did not setup. The server repeated our order to us when she took it - 25 minutes later when the order arrived one order of oeufs was missing - she pretended to not have a clue what happened - it was clear she did not have a clue.

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The tile on the floor and chalkboard specials sing "French bistro", as do the crisply efficient but just-a-tad-snooty servers. But their seasonal menu and specials draw on the flavors of nearby Pike Place Market with fresh fish dishes and appetizers that highlight tastes like grilled sardines or cod rillettes. You can't go wrong with staples like a croque madame or the legendary 1 hour roast chicken to order, or the daily desserts like chocolate chaud with a separate saucer of freshly whipped cream. The wine list is extensive but affordable, with the option to order a glass, demi-pichet, pichet or bottle. It's one of the many components that makes Le Pichet the rare higher-end dining option that doesn't break the bank.

2
★★★★★

The tile on the floor and chalkboard specials sing "French bistro", as do the crisply efficient but just-a-tad-snooty servers. But their seasonal menu and specials draw on the flavors of nearby Pike Place Market with fresh fish dishes and appetizers that highlight tastes like grilled sardines or cod rillettes. You can't go wrong with staples like a croque madame or the legendary 1 hour roast chicken to order, or the daily desserts like chocolate chaud with a separate saucer of freshly whipped cream. The wine list is extensive but affordable, with the option to order a glass, demi-pichet, pichet or bottle. It's one of the many components that makes Le Pichet the rare higher-end dining option that doesn't break the bank.

Pros: Impeccable food and service

Cons: Reservations needed for peak times

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As soon as I opened the door I knew I was in for a very unique experience. There was a certain air of pleasing, intimate authenticity that filled the cafe, especially with its French antique-inspired cafe furniture, lengthy wall mirrors and chalkboard menus. Past the small wooden tables, I found an open stool at the granite bar and was promptly greeted by a waitress with straw-colored hair and a kind smile, which perfectly emulated Manet's painting of "A Bar at the Folies-Bergre." The atmosphere alone was enough to spark my love affair with Le Pichet.

I ordered a caff Americano and croissant, then watched as the barista expertly pulled manual espresso shots (by way of Caff Vita), poured fresh chilled cream into a white porcelain creamer and laid the plump glazed pastry on a plate on the bar with a side of fresh jam. A steel-mouthed bowl of perfectly shaped sugar cubes rested to my side, and I was very pleased with the simple and prompt presentation of my order and the politeness of my barista.

With such a lovely first impression, I have since returned with friends and co-workers for Le Pichet's full lunch menu. The menu does change throughout the year, but there are a handful of entrees that seem to stick around. An accessible introduction to country-style french dining, you cannot go wrong with their simple but delicious baguette sandwich. You have a choice of different meats and cheeses, but I recommend the jambon cru (an air-cured country ham) with gruyre cheese baguette sandwich, which also comes with a mildly spicy dijon mustard for spread or dipping. The french bread is crisp to the bite and the ham and cheeses are distinctly fresh and tasty, making for a light and tasty lunchtime meal.

I would consider the Parisian ham & gruyre quiche to be one of Le Pichet's signature specialties at lunchtime, and what arrives at your table is very simply a towering triangular wedge of savory delight. The cheese and egg portion of the dish is extremely fluffy with every bite, and makes for a very light and fresh taste from start to finish. The different bits of vegetable and meat cooked inside add the right amount of complimentary flavors resulting in a clean, filling and deeply satisfying meal without feeling too heavy.

For a flavorful mix of lighter faire, pair a fresh cheese plate or a crisp salad with your baguette sandwich. Feeling under the weather or need a warm, comforting pick-me-up? Share your baguette and opt for the Lyon-style onion soup as your entree - it is deeply seasoned and flavorful without being too salty, topped with a generous portion of their delicious gruyre cheese, which I would venture to say is one of the best soups in the city.

It is for all of these reasons plus an admirable and diverse selection of wines, that I choose Le Pichet for my hands-down favorite neighborhood casual cafe and bar. Not only do you get a gourmet but still very accessible dining experience, but the authentic French country cafe atmosphere in the heart of downtown Seattle is near impossible to beat.

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★★★★☆

As soon as I opened the door I knew I was in for a very unique experience. There was a certain air of pleasing, intimate authenticity that filled the cafe, especially with its French antique-inspired cafe furniture, lengthy wall mirrors and chalkboard menus. Past the small wooden tables, I found an open stool at the granite bar and was promptly greeted by a waitress with straw-colored hair and a kind smile, which perfectly emulated Manet's painting of "A Bar at the Folies-Bergre." The atmosphere alone was enough to spark my love affair with Le Pichet.

I ordered a caff Americano and croissant, then watched as the barista expertly pulled manual espresso shots (by way of Caff Vita), poured fresh chilled cream into a white porcelain creamer and laid the plump glazed pastry on a plate on the bar with a side of fresh jam. A steel-mouthed bowl of perfectly shaped sugar cubes rested to my side, and I was very pleased with the simple and prompt presentation of my order and the politeness of my barista.

With such a lovely first impression, I have since returned with friends and co-workers for Le Pichet's full lunch menu. The menu does change throughout the year, but there are a handful of entrees that seem to stick around. An accessible introduction to country-style french dining, you cannot go wrong with their simple but delicious baguette sandwich. You have a choice of different meats and cheeses, but I recommend the jambon cru (an air-cured country ham) with gruyre cheese baguette sandwich, which also comes with a mildly spicy dijon mustard for spread or dipping. The french bread is crisp to the bite and the ham and cheeses are distinctly fresh and tasty, making for a light and tasty lunchtime meal.

I would consider the Parisian ham & gruyre quiche to be one of Le Pichet's signature specialties at lunchtime, and what arrives at your table is very simply a towering triangular wedge of savory delight. The cheese and egg portion of the dish is extremely fluffy with every bite, and makes for a very light and fresh taste from start to finish. The different bits of vegetable and meat cooked inside add the right amount of complimentary flavors resulting in a clean, filling and deeply satisfying meal without feeling too heavy.

For a flavorful mix of lighter faire, pair a fresh cheese plate or a crisp salad with your baguette sandwich. Feeling under the weather or need a warm, comforting pick-me-up? Share your baguette and opt for the Lyon-style onion soup as your entree - it is deeply seasoned and flavorful without being too salty, topped with a generous portion of their delicious gruyre cheese, which I would venture to say is one of the best soups in the city.

It is for all of these reasons plus an admirable and diverse selection of wines, that I choose Le Pichet for my hands-down favorite neighborhood casual cafe and bar. Not only do you get a gourmet but still very accessible dining experience, but the authentic French country cafe atmosphere in the heart of downtown Seattle is near impossible to beat.

Pros: authentic food, atmosphere and delightful service

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Seattle has very few French restaurants and even fewer good ones and fewer still that are reasonably priced. Le Pichet is all of that and more ?? it has the ambiance of a small caf on the streets of Paris ?? down to the crowded outside seating. Plan on waiting in line ?? because it is always crowded and for a reason the food is fabulous.

4
★★★★☆

Seattle has very few French restaurants and even fewer good ones and fewer still that are reasonably priced. Le Pichet is all of that and more ?? it has the ambiance of a small caf on the streets of Paris ?? down to the crowded outside seating. Plan on waiting in line ?? because it is always crowded and for a reason the food is fabulous.

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My wife and I went to Le Pichet for the first time last night. While I don't have any food allergies, my wife is very allergic to diary. I know what you're saying, why go to a French restaurant if you have a dairy allergy? Because every time we do, the chef will alter one of the dishes to make it without dairy (and because I can eat whatever I want). It never fails. Until last night. Not only did they refuse to do any modification to any dish (except leave the cheese off a salad), the waitress had to go back and forth to the kitchen 4 times asking if certain dishes had diary in them. And we were informed that she's been there for years. The wait staff should know EVERYTHING about the dishes they are serving. On the bright side, the food was wonderful. I had the Chicken-pork sausage and it was sublime. So, go for the food, stay away if you're picky or have any kind of food allergy.

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★★★☆☆

My wife and I went to Le Pichet for the first time last night. While I don't have any food allergies, my wife is very allergic to diary. I know what you're saying, why go to a French restaurant if you have a dairy allergy? Because every time we do, the chef will alter one of the dishes to make it without dairy (and because I can eat whatever I want). It never fails. Until last night. Not only did they refuse to do any modification to any dish (except leave the cheese off a salad), the waitress had to go back and forth to the kitchen 4 times asking if certain dishes had diary in them. And we were informed that she's been there for years. The wait staff should know EVERYTHING about the dishes they are serving. On the bright side, the food was wonderful. I had the Chicken-pork sausage and it was sublime. So, go for the food, stay away if you're picky or have any kind of food allergy.

Pros: great food, casual setting, quaint

Cons: chef will not alter food, rude uninformed waitstaff

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When you want a cozy little dinner with excellent food and friendly service, Le Pichet rarely disappoints. When you want the best roast chicken in Seattle and hot melt-in-your-mouth french onion soup, Le Pichet NEVER disappoints! Sure you have to wait sometimes (and there's really no where to sit), and if you're sat by the door on a cold day it gets pretty chilly.....but all that doesn't really matter. You've come for the best french food in the city and you're going to get it.

2
★★★★☆

When you want a cozy little dinner with excellent food and friendly service, Le Pichet rarely disappoints. When you want the best roast chicken in Seattle and hot melt-in-your-mouth french onion soup, Le Pichet NEVER disappoints! Sure you have to wait sometimes (and there's really no where to sit), and if you're sat by the door on a cold day it gets pretty chilly.....but all that doesn't really matter. You've come for the best french food in the city and you're going to get it.

Pros: Cozy, great french fare, authentic

Cons: no waiting area, inconsistent service

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I love this place for the Frenchy feel but that includes the snooty servers. Lunch is my favorite here especially outside in the summer.

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★★★☆☆

I love this place for the Frenchy feel but that includes the snooty servers. Lunch is my favorite here especially outside in the summer.

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YES, also love the chicken liver. Waiters can be a bit aloof though. Must be the french thing. Also try the salad with hazel nuts - a perfect balance.

2
★★★★☆

YES, also love the chicken liver. Waiters can be a bit aloof though. Must be the french thing. Also try the salad with hazel nuts - a perfect balance.

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A friend took me here on a 'date' a couple weeks ago, and the roasted chicken was AMAZING. Probably the best chicken I've ever tasted. I've been having cravings for it ever since. We were seated promptly (it was pretty empty on a Tuesday evening) and it was nice to not have people crowding us. I will definitely be coming back here again, just for that chicken!

2
★★★★★

A friend took me here on a 'date' a couple weeks ago, and the roasted chicken was AMAZING. Probably the best chicken I've ever tasted. I've been having cravings for it ever since. We were seated promptly (it was pretty empty on a Tuesday evening) and it was nice to not have people crowding us. I will definitely be coming back here again, just for that chicken!

Pros: Chicken!

Cons: Difficult Parking

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This is not a fancy spot but we have had two good meals here and we like sitting at the bar and people watching. Similarly both times we were there I saw people alone, sitting at the bar eating and looking quite comfortable. Some of the food we had was great but my fish was overdone and we had 3 good glasses of one and one bad one where it seemed as if the bartender was just trying to offload it (we asked for a recommendation). I would go back though despite these flaws.

2
★★★★☆

This is not a fancy spot but we have had two good meals here and we like sitting at the bar and people watching. Similarly both times we were there I saw people alone, sitting at the bar eating and looking quite comfortable. Some of the food we had was great but my fish was overdone and we had 3 good glasses of one and one bad one where it seemed as if the bartender was just trying to offload it (we asked for a recommendation). I would go back though despite these flaws.

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Let me just say that this restaurant has a special place in my heart. I have loved it since it first opened, it has been the only restaurant in downtown that has kept me coming back for more on a regular basis. The atmosphere is very french and be prepared to cosy up to your neighbor, all of the seats at the bar and tables are usually full. Around 12am on a Saturday night is fairly empty and you will still be served food until 2am. The smooth terrine makes me swoon and the chocolat chaud is so decadent! I feel like I am committing a mortal sin by letting the chocolate graze across my lips....the only thing that could make this drink better is a chaser of Boulard Calvados! I have had everything on the menu and more over the years and the special that stands out the most is the Brandade. Fantastic! If you happen to have room for dessert they are wonderful (the exception is the rice pudding, quite bland).
The service is so-so especially since one of the great waitress' went over to Cafe Presse. But all in all this is my favorite place to be on a cold fall evening or a breezy summer day.

5
★★★★★

Let me just say that this restaurant has a special place in my heart. I have loved it since it first opened, it has been the only restaurant in downtown that has kept me coming back for more on a regular basis. The atmosphere is very french and be prepared to cosy up to your neighbor, all of the seats at the bar and tables are usually full. Around 12am on a Saturday night is fairly empty and you will still be served food until 2am. The smooth terrine makes me swoon and the chocolat chaud is so decadent! I feel like I am committing a mortal sin by letting the chocolate graze across my lips....the only thing that could make this drink better is a chaser of Boulard Calvados! I have had everything on the menu and more over the years and the special that stands out the most is the Brandade. Fantastic! If you happen to have room for dessert they are wonderful (the exception is the rice pudding, quite bland).
The service is so-so especially since one of the great waitress' went over to Cafe Presse. But all in all this is my favorite place to be on a cold fall evening or a breezy summer day.

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Le Pichet is a nice place, if you could ever get any service. With the 3-4 servers there on a Friday night, seems like they should be able to get things done. The food is good, but with all of the other great French places in the city, I wouldn't bother with Le Pichet.

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★★☆☆☆

Le Pichet is a nice place, if you could ever get any service. With the 3-4 servers there on a Friday night, seems like they should be able to get things done. The food is good, but with all of the other great French places in the city, I wouldn't bother with Le Pichet.

Pros: $4 pastis

Cons: service

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While Le Pichet tries really hard to be sooo French, what they forget is that first and foremost the French are famous for their hospitality!

The food is passable (although a side of fries and sausage came looking like someone had done it with last year's oil), but very little can compensate for servers forgetting that they are here to serve! - and not be imagined cultural ambassadors for an imagined France.

Recommended if you want to go oomph over mediocre food while being uncomfortably seated in a narrow alley in clothes you never liked anyway.

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★☆☆☆☆

While Le Pichet tries really hard to be sooo French, what they forget is that first and foremost the French are famous for their hospitality!

The food is passable (although a side of fries and sausage came looking like someone had done it with last year's oil), but very little can compensate for servers forgetting that they are here to serve! - and not be imagined cultural ambassadors for an imagined France.

Recommended if you want to go oomph over mediocre food while being uncomfortably seated in a narrow alley in clothes you never liked anyway.

Pros: There's plenty of options around to try instead.

Cons: See above

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Le Pichet. Just the name makes me smile. I frequent this restaurant as often as possible...even though it is often crowded and noisy. The food is incredibly authentic as is the service (as in - the servers often have attitudes and are brisk just like the sterotype of French waiters). I would try to list my favorite things on the menu, but that would take up much more space then I have. If nothing else, try the chaucutrie...it is a variety of cold meats and pate...yum yum. As the tables are crammed in there and you can hear everything the tables around you are saying, I would not recommend it for "date night", but it is a great place to meet friends.

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★★★☆☆

Le Pichet. Just the name makes me smile. I frequent this restaurant as often as possible...even though it is often crowded and noisy. The food is incredibly authentic as is the service (as in - the servers often have attitudes and are brisk just like the sterotype of French waiters). I would try to list my favorite things on the menu, but that would take up much more space then I have. If nothing else, try the chaucutrie...it is a variety of cold meats and pate...yum yum. As the tables are crammed in there and you can hear everything the tables around you are saying, I would not recommend it for "date night", but it is a great place to meet friends.

Pros: Great food!

Cons: Spotty service, space is cramped.

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le pichet is a gem in the pike place market. i love to take friends there on a rainy day. the simple, french bistro fare and ambiance feels like you are in paris. the quiches, sandwiches, and brunch items are all delicious. the chocolate chaud is unbelievable!

2
★★★★★

le pichet is a gem in the pike place market. i love to take friends there on a rainy day. the simple, french bistro fare and ambiance feels like you are in paris. the quiches, sandwiches, and brunch items are all delicious. the chocolate chaud is unbelievable!

Pros: food, atmosphere

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Le Pichet is my go-to spot on a rainy Seattle afternoon when I desperately need something good for lunch that won't cost me an arm and a leg--that's when I get the baked eggs, broiled with just enough cheese and salty ham to make them delicious but not too bad for me. It also has the best quiche I've ever had, awesome french fries, a very affordable wine list and a European feel to it.

2
★★★★★

Le Pichet is my go-to spot on a rainy Seattle afternoon when I desperately need something good for lunch that won't cost me an arm and a leg--that's when I get the baked eggs, broiled with just enough cheese and salty ham to make them delicious but not too bad for me. It also has the best quiche I've ever had, awesome french fries, a very affordable wine list and a European feel to it.

Pros: great food, lovely atmosphere

Cons: Can be noisy, tables close together

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We always feel fortunate to have Le Pichet so close when we start feeling sorry for ourselves for being so far from Paris. The only thing to add is that when you go - be bold! You never know when you're going to develop an addiction to lardons or sardines with chickpeas and grapefruit. Order the strangest thing on the menu and prepare to be amazed...

2
★★★★★

We always feel fortunate to have Le Pichet so close when we start feeling sorry for ourselves for being so far from Paris. The only thing to add is that when you go - be bold! You never know when you're going to develop an addiction to lardons or sardines with chickpeas and grapefruit. Order the strangest thing on the menu and prepare to be amazed...

Pros: Food, atmosphere

Cons: An expensive habit

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I actually have heard a few friends scoff that I like this place, but for me it is like walking into a a simple classic bistro in the Marais district. Having a "French" bistro that doesn't decorate itself in overtly French pieces (like old-style ad posters) seems a bit more authentic to my experiences in Paris. I like the food very much there, and yes it is simple, as it is supposed to be for this style of bistro (as opposed to one of the baby bistros of the big name Parisian chefs that popped up a few years back). When I go into these, I expect a small seasonal menu with some simple salads, pates, mousses or terrines, a confit or two, and a well-priced wine list. Le Pichet does this well, and though I am not usually blown away by the food, the whole package takes me back across the Atlantic.

2
★★★★☆

I actually have heard a few friends scoff that I like this place, but for me it is like walking into a a simple classic bistro in the Marais district. Having a "French" bistro that doesn't decorate itself in overtly French pieces (like old-style ad posters) seems a bit more authentic to my experiences in Paris. I like the food very much there, and yes it is simple, as it is supposed to be for this style of bistro (as opposed to one of the baby bistros of the big name Parisian chefs that popped up a few years back). When I go into these, I expect a small seasonal menu with some simple salads, pates, mousses or terrines, a confit or two, and a well-priced wine list. Le Pichet does this well, and though I am not usually blown away by the food, the whole package takes me back across the Atlantic.

Pros: simple French cafe/bistro feel

Cons: it is what it is - which may not work for everybody

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Le Pichet is a great pick for a Sunday afternoon lunch or brunch. I went with my family and the food is really simple provencial French. It's country food, very simple but full of flavor. I had a plate of cured ham and cornichons that were amazing. Also try the sausage with frites. VERY GOOD!! Be sure to try it. The atmosphere is really French, very close tables- not the place for you if you demand privacy.

2
★★★★☆

Le Pichet is a great pick for a Sunday afternoon lunch or brunch. I went with my family and the food is really simple provencial French. It's country food, very simple but full of flavor. I had a plate of cured ham and cornichons that were amazing. Also try the sausage with frites. VERY GOOD!! Be sure to try it. The atmosphere is really French, very close tables- not the place for you if you demand privacy.

Pros: The food, the service, the ambience, easy access parking across the street in pay-lot

Cons: VERY simple food, seating is very close together

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Le Pichet is good for just about anything...I go to sit at the bar and drink espresso with a good book, order the meat plate with a glass of red, or get some of that yummy ice cream they make and wash it down with some Calvados! If you're their for dinner their poulet rotisserie chicken is always on the menu, it takes an hour, but let me tell you, it's wellllllll worth the wait. When I come back from France Le Pichet makes me feel like I never left...

2
★★★★★

Le Pichet is good for just about anything...I go to sit at the bar and drink espresso with a good book, order the meat plate with a glass of red, or get some of that yummy ice cream they make and wash it down with some Calvados! If you're their for dinner their poulet rotisserie chicken is always on the menu, it takes an hour, but let me tell you, it's wellllllll worth the wait. When I come back from France Le Pichet makes me feel like I never left...

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Le Pichet has a very nice small cafe ambiance. I have friends who are very enthusiastic about this place, but for me, it is just not that great. The menu is quite limited, which is not a bad thing in a small restaurant, but in this case, the menu just doesn't have anything that really appeals to me. I had the chicken liver pate, which is lovely, a salad, which was not very exciting and a chacuterie plate which was well done. None of the entrees sounded very exciting to me. I would have gone for a steak and frites, somewhat traditional on a French menu, but absent on this one. I would say, that during the summer, sitting outside would make this a wonderful spot, but the limited menu just doesn't really float my boat.

1
★★★☆☆

Le Pichet has a very nice small cafe ambiance. I have friends who are very enthusiastic about this place, but for me, it is just not that great. The menu is quite limited, which is not a bad thing in a small restaurant, but in this case, the menu just doesn't have anything that really appeals to me. I had the chicken liver pate, which is lovely, a salad, which was not very exciting and a chacuterie plate which was well done. None of the entrees sounded very exciting to me. I would have gone for a steak and frites, somewhat traditional on a French menu, but absent on this one. I would say, that during the summer, sitting outside would make this a wonderful spot, but the limited menu just doesn't really float my boat.

Pros: Beautiful setting

Cons: Limited menu, close quarters, so no privacy while dinning

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Ever since I've lived in Seattle, I've loved this restaurant. As others have commented, it reminds you of parisian bistros - with its small but space-efficient layout and its charm. This place is also great for solo diners - my recommedation would be to eat at the counter. They sometimes have jazz during Sunday brunch.

4
★★★★☆

Ever since I've lived in Seattle, I've loved this restaurant. As others have commented, it reminds you of parisian bistros - with its small but space-efficient layout and its charm. This place is also great for solo diners - my recommedation would be to eat at the counter. They sometimes have jazz during Sunday brunch.

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'pitch-perfect Parisian ambience' is exactly right. a little european cafe right downtown, offering a terrific escape and an experience completely unlike any other here in seattle. and the food matches up to the ambience brilliantly. there is a stunning lack of pretensiousness to the place, which is thoroughly refreshing. service can be a tad slow some afternoons, which would be my only complaint, a small one considering the trade-off. if you're looking for a quiet, quick in-and-out lunch, look elsewhere. if you have time and one or more friends, then by all means, get to le pichet.

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★★★★★

'pitch-perfect Parisian ambience' is exactly right. a little european cafe right downtown, offering a terrific escape and an experience completely unlike any other here in seattle. and the food matches up to the ambience brilliantly. there is a stunning lack of pretensiousness to the place, which is thoroughly refreshing. service can be a tad slow some afternoons, which would be my only complaint, a small one considering the trade-off. if you're looking for a quiet, quick in-and-out lunch, look elsewhere. if you have time and one or more friends, then by all means, get to le pichet.

Pros: unique ambience, terrific food at a reasonable price

Cons: service can sometimes be slow, though always professional

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This is a small bistro with simple fare. A great place to grab a cup of espresso and homemade desserts at one of the sidewalk tables. A nice little find tucked away on 1st Ave.

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★★★★☆

This is a small bistro with simple fare. A great place to grab a cup of espresso and homemade desserts at one of the sidewalk tables. A nice little find tucked away on 1st Ave.

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Every time I go to Le Pichet the experience is wonderful. I love the food, the ambience, and the decor. Even though it is small inside, the food is well worth the wait for a table. Their cheese selection is to die for! Save room for desser!

2
★★★★★

Every time I go to Le Pichet the experience is wonderful. I love the food, the ambience, and the decor. Even though it is small inside, the food is well worth the wait for a table. Their cheese selection is to die for! Save room for desser!

Pros: Cheese selection, Authentic French Fair, Excellent Dessert

Cons: Small Dining area, Crowded some weekends, ??

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Not sure who these people are who like this place. Service is spotty. Ambience is plain, even if authentic. Food is second rate (even for pedestrian French food). If you are looking to "pose" then by all means give it a try. If you like good food or good service or good ambience, do not bother.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not sure who these people are who like this place. Service is spotty. Ambience is plain, even if authentic. Food is second rate (even for pedestrian French food). If you are looking to "pose" then by all means give it a try. If you like good food or good service or good ambience, do not bother.

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What a wonderful dinner. Order the roasted chicken! It takes about an hour to cook, but it is well worth the wait. Pure food joy!

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★★★★☆

What a wonderful dinner. Order the roasted chicken! It takes about an hour to cook, but it is well worth the wait. Pure food joy!

Pros: roast chicken

Cons: wine

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I have been going to this restaurant for years, and never cease to be disappointed. The atmoshphere, decor, wine and food remind me of my dining experiences while living in France. My only complaint is that too many people know about it, thus making it hard to get in without a reservation. This is the best French restaurant experience outside of France!

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★★★★★

I have been going to this restaurant for years, and never cease to be disappointed. The atmoshphere, decor, wine and food remind me of my dining experiences while living in France. My only complaint is that too many people know about it, thus making it hard to get in without a reservation. This is the best French restaurant experience outside of France!

Pros: small, authentic

Cons: tourists

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I had always wanted to try Le Pichet. All of my french friends went on and on about how good it was. I recently visited a cookingn school, and on a whim asked the head chef what his favorite place was in Seattle, to which he replied "Well Le Pichet of course!" That was when I knew. It was time. Every single thing I ordered was fantastic. Every single thing! And for desert, a friend ordered the hot chocolate (not on the menu) and literally needed to use a spoon to drink it. We joked that she needed a knife and fork as well. Granted I will need to hop on a treadmill for a few days to get rid of the calories I ingested, but to me it was totally worth it.

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★★★★★

I had always wanted to try Le Pichet. All of my french friends went on and on about how good it was. I recently visited a cookingn school, and on a whim asked the head chef what his favorite place was in Seattle, to which he replied "Well Le Pichet of course!" That was when I knew. It was time. Every single thing I ordered was fantastic. Every single thing! And for desert, a friend ordered the hot chocolate (not on the menu) and literally needed to use a spoon to drink it. We joked that she needed a knife and fork as well. Granted I will need to hop on a treadmill for a few days to get rid of the calories I ingested, but to me it was totally worth it.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Location

Cons: Small Size, Draft from door

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Next time I'm in Paris I'll brook the Parisian Service Staff attitude. When in Seattle, though, I expect American "nice." Or at least customer service. For a moment, I thought I was in a restaurant of deaf mute service staff.

Food is very good and authentic, but definitely not a place to feel upbeat.

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★★★☆☆

Next time I'm in Paris I'll brook the Parisian Service Staff attitude. When in Seattle, though, I expect American "nice." Or at least customer service. For a moment, I thought I was in a restaurant of deaf mute service staff.

Food is very good and authentic, but definitely not a place to feel upbeat.

Pros: Bistro Fare

Cons: Terrible Service

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Don't miss the hot chocolate pot for dessert with some dessert wine. It's fun to sit at the bar if you can get a spot. The small dining room is intimate despite the bright lights. The staff is very friendly. I didn't see the wine list because the bartender took good care in finding me something based on a short conversation. His selections were great. My friend and I ate and drank everything we wanted and the bill was only $80! If you like french food, especially if you've been to Paris, give it a try. You'll feel as though you left Seattle for a few hours.

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★★★★★

Don't miss the hot chocolate pot for dessert with some dessert wine. It's fun to sit at the bar if you can get a spot. The small dining room is intimate despite the bright lights. The staff is very friendly. I didn't see the wine list because the bartender took good care in finding me something based on a short conversation. His selections were great. My friend and I ate and drank everything we wanted and the bill was only $80! If you like french food, especially if you've been to Paris, give it a try. You'll feel as though you left Seattle for a few hours.

Pros: inexpensive, great wines, authentically french

Cons: tiny dining room

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Looking through the reviews it seems no French (frog :-) ) actually commented on this restaurant. Let me add my 0.02 then.

I went there with partners and really enjoyed the place. I never go to French restaurants outside France but here I'm happy they brought me here.

The food was indeed French, simple, delicious. Really felt back home. Not only "restaurant" home but "mom" home.

If you want to discover a part of genuine traditional French cuisine (vs. overpriced mini-sized nouvelle cuisine one) you should go to the Pichet. Pate felt like home, Choucroute too.

ps: service almost always varies from average to pathetic in France so....

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★★★★☆

Looking through the reviews it seems no French (frog :-) ) actually commented on this restaurant. Let me add my 0.02 then.

I went there with partners and really enjoyed the place. I never go to French restaurants outside France but here I'm happy they brought me here.

The food was indeed French, simple, delicious. Really felt back home. Not only "restaurant" home but "mom" home.

If you want to discover a part of genuine traditional French cuisine (vs. overpriced mini-sized nouvelle cuisine one) you should go to the Pichet. Pate felt like home, Choucroute too.

ps: service almost always varies from average to pathetic in France so....

Pros: Quality, Choice, Authenticity

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We live within walking distance so this is a snap for us for lunch or dinner. Reservations are mandatory. We like sitting at the bar for dinner-same menu and service. Wine list is interesting, moderately priced, often we drink things here that we later buy for our own cellar!
However, in the past year we feel the food has been slipping; sardines a tad old, fish bland...Not bad, just not great even for bistro food. The biggest negative, however, is the noise. The place is always packed, tables are about 6 inches apart. You can get to know your table neighbors well, whether you want to or not. In fact dining there is a mind deafening experience. Perhaps it is best to go mid PM and eat late lunch...Service varies depending on your server.

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★★★☆☆

We live within walking distance so this is a snap for us for lunch or dinner. Reservations are mandatory. We like sitting at the bar for dinner-same menu and service. Wine list is interesting, moderately priced, often we drink things here that we later buy for our own cellar!
However, in the past year we feel the food has been slipping; sardines a tad old, fish bland...Not bad, just not great even for bistro food. The biggest negative, however, is the noise. The place is always packed, tables are about 6 inches apart. You can get to know your table neighbors well, whether you want to or not. In fact dining there is a mind deafening experience. Perhaps it is best to go mid PM and eat late lunch...Service varies depending on your server.

Cons: noise, crowded

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When I read reviews of people that had to wait 10 minutes to be serviced on a busy day, I have to laugh! When you come to a bistro or restaurant - especially one that is not American, please people...slow down and enjoy the pace. People here in the states are so spoiled and want EVERYTHING NOW. If you go anywhere out of the USA - other cultures share food and wine at a pace that is not what we are used to here. Slow down - enjoy the atmosphere. One will not be disappointed with the quality of food and authentic flavors at this simple and elegant cafe. Absolutely brilliant arugula salads, pork dishes and soups. Pate is beyond bliss. One of the best.

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★★★★★

When I read reviews of people that had to wait 10 minutes to be serviced on a busy day, I have to laugh! When you come to a bistro or restaurant - especially one that is not American, please people...slow down and enjoy the pace. People here in the states are so spoiled and want EVERYTHING NOW. If you go anywhere out of the USA - other cultures share food and wine at a pace that is not what we are used to here. Slow down - enjoy the atmosphere. One will not be disappointed with the quality of food and authentic flavors at this simple and elegant cafe. Absolutely brilliant arugula salads, pork dishes and soups. Pate is beyond bliss. One of the best.

Pros: Salads, Cheese, Pate

Cons: Noise

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Wow...if you didn't know you were in downtown Seattle, you'd swear you were in France. Le Pichet is like the quaint little bistros you might discover on a Parisian side street. The food is outstanding, the atmosphere extremely chic and the staff is friendly. What more could you ask for? If you like your sandwich to be on a baguette, or want to taste REAL French onion soup, this is the place for you. Parking is limited.

PROS: Close to Pike's Market
CONS: Only street parking

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★★★★★

Wow...if you didn't know you were in downtown Seattle, you'd swear you were in France. Le Pichet is like the quaint little bistros you might discover on a Parisian side street. The food is outstanding, the atmosphere extremely chic and the staff is friendly. What more could you ask for? If you like your sandwich to be on a baguette, or want to taste REAL French onion soup, this is the place for you. Parking is limited.

PROS: Close to Pike's Market
CONS: Only street parking

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Of all French bistros on the West Coast, there is only one that seems to do it right, and that is Le Pichet. As much as I think every person with a soul should eat here, I suppose I'm glad that most don't have such good taste so that I can still find a seat without a reservation.

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★★★★★

Of all French bistros on the West Coast, there is only one that seems to do it right, and that is Le Pichet. As much as I think every person with a soul should eat here, I suppose I'm glad that most don't have such good taste so that I can still find a seat without a reservation.

Pros: Inexpensive, Consistent, Charming

Cons: Questionable Service

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I took my boyfriend here as a surprise (in June 2004 - just writing in now :o). He has spent a lot of time in Paris and was absolutely charmed by Le Pichet. I'm not so familiar with French food/restaurants (and found their menu that evening a bit rich for my taste), but he was absolutely floored by the food, wine and ambience and said he felt as close to being back in Paris as he had ever felt since being there (and he's been to all the other Seattle French restaurants). Yes, I can see how it might get a bit smoky at times, although it wasn't the night we were there. My boyfriend is out of town for an extended period now, but we can't wait to return for a visit when he's back.

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★★★★★

I took my boyfriend here as a surprise (in June 2004 - just writing in now :o). He has spent a lot of time in Paris and was absolutely charmed by Le Pichet. I'm not so familiar with French food/restaurants (and found their menu that evening a bit rich for my taste), but he was absolutely floored by the food, wine and ambience and said he felt as close to being back in Paris as he had ever felt since being there (and he's been to all the other Seattle French restaurants). Yes, I can see how it might get a bit smoky at times, although it wasn't the night we were there. My boyfriend is out of town for an extended period now, but we can't wait to return for a visit when he's back.

Pros: food, wine, ambience

Cons: smoky

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I have been to France several times and Le Pichet is about as close as you can get to a brasserie. What people fail to realize is the fabulous value this restaurant delivers. The food and wine list are authentic, yummy and utterly non-corporate (hooray!) It is small, but cozy and casual. At first glance the service might seem aloof, but I've learned that the staff are very knowledgeable and willing to help with your selections. Perhaps I am alone, but I tire of all the nouveau grand scale restaurants that open in town with famous chefs and big ticket prices. They are nice, but how often can one go back to these kinds of places? And where else can you find such great value on a wine list?! Try the grilled sardines (really) or order an ounce of triple creme off the cheese board and you'll be hooked.

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★★★★★

I have been to France several times and Le Pichet is about as close as you can get to a brasserie. What people fail to realize is the fabulous value this restaurant delivers. The food and wine list are authentic, yummy and utterly non-corporate (hooray!) It is small, but cozy and casual. At first glance the service might seem aloof, but I've learned that the staff are very knowledgeable and willing to help with your selections. Perhaps I am alone, but I tire of all the nouveau grand scale restaurants that open in town with famous chefs and big ticket prices. They are nice, but how often can one go back to these kinds of places? And where else can you find such great value on a wine list?! Try the grilled sardines (really) or order an ounce of triple creme off the cheese board and you'll be hooked.

Pros: value, authentic cuisine, wine list

Cons: , small

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I agreee with a lot of others: Good food, good wines, great European atmosphere, decent value..........but waitstaff comes across as pretentious and snotty. Is that their idea of a Parisian cafe, or are they just tired of working in such a small space?

2
★★★★☆

I agreee with a lot of others: Good food, good wines, great European atmosphere, decent value..........but waitstaff comes across as pretentious and snotty. Is that their idea of a Parisian cafe, or are they just tired of working in such a small space?

Pros: Atmosphere, Food

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This is busy bistro is a gift to the market neighborhood! You should reserve and be prepared to sit elbow to elbow with other diners. Go with someone you know well; it is not easy to have a conversation...
food is THE REASON to go, of course. sardines, arugula salad w/ poached egg, roasted chicken (ahh), pork chop are all done in the most simple way. Use seasonal veggies like cranberry bean, chard. This is real, honest food, not dolled up. No muddied or muddled flavors.
Wines are reasonable esp by whole bottle; we have always taken recommendations from the skilled staff. They have been excellent. GO!!!!
Service is brusque, but after all this is a French bistro.

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★★★★☆

This is busy bistro is a gift to the market neighborhood! You should reserve and be prepared to sit elbow to elbow with other diners. Go with someone you know well; it is not easy to have a conversation...
food is THE REASON to go, of course. sardines, arugula salad w/ poached egg, roasted chicken (ahh), pork chop are all done in the most simple way. Use seasonal veggies like cranberry bean, chard. This is real, honest food, not dolled up. No muddied or muddled flavors.
Wines are reasonable esp by whole bottle; we have always taken recommendations from the skilled staff. They have been excellent. GO!!!!
Service is brusque, but after all this is a French bistro.

Pros: wine/food!

Cons: , noise, crowded

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In reading some of the negative reviews posted on this french bistro, I thoght I would chime in. What the owners of Le Pichet are/were attempting to do was to recreate in Seattle as authentic a Parisian bistro experience as possible. And they have done a fantactic job in my opinion. Parisian bistros are small, brightly lit, noisy, bustling with great simple french food and lots of cigarette smoke. So my guess is that some of the reviewers were expecting something that Le Pichet never planned on delivering. For anyone who has been to Paris and fallen in love with the bistro experience, Le Pichet will absolutely deliver. Other than english being spoken and SUV's parked out front, you will not be able to tell you not in Paris.

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★★★★☆

In reading some of the negative reviews posted on this french bistro, I thoght I would chime in. What the owners of Le Pichet are/were attempting to do was to recreate in Seattle as authentic a Parisian bistro experience as possible. And they have done a fantactic job in my opinion. Parisian bistros are small, brightly lit, noisy, bustling with great simple french food and lots of cigarette smoke. So my guess is that some of the reviewers were expecting something that Le Pichet never planned on delivering. For anyone who has been to Paris and fallen in love with the bistro experience, Le Pichet will absolutely deliver. Other than english being spoken and SUV's parked out front, you will not be able to tell you not in Paris.

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Excellent, well seasoned food. Never dissapointed. Inventive, well thought out specials. Service, efficient and kind. Live ambiance, reminds me of a bistro in France without the attidude.

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★★★★★

Excellent, well seasoned food. Never dissapointed. Inventive, well thought out specials. Service, efficient and kind. Live ambiance, reminds me of a bistro in France without the attidude.

Pros: wine list, cheese service, value

Cons: crowded, smoky bar after 10, no parking

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I surprised my boyfriend on his birthday by taking him to Le Pichet. I chose this particular resteraunt because the reviews indicate authentic French dining in a romantic atmosphere. I was disapointed when I saw it was a narrow hole in the wall with crowded tables and no elbow room. Good food, horribly unromantic. Conversation is almost impossible. If you have even mild claustrophobia skip this one.

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★★★☆☆

I surprised my boyfriend on his birthday by taking him to Le Pichet. I chose this particular resteraunt because the reviews indicate authentic French dining in a romantic atmosphere. I was disapointed when I saw it was a narrow hole in the wall with crowded tables and no elbow room. Good food, horribly unromantic. Conversation is almost impossible. If you have even mild claustrophobia skip this one.

Pros: Wonderful Food

Cons: , Crowded, Expensive

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I went to France one time, and this little spot is Tres Magnifique! The food is delish, the wine list is extensive, and our lovely server Bee or Brea (aside from seeming very European) was also funny and made us feel right at home! J'taime satisfied!

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★★★★★

I went to France one time, and this little spot is Tres Magnifique! The food is delish, the wine list is extensive, and our lovely server Bee or Brea (aside from seeming very European) was also funny and made us feel right at home! J'taime satisfied!

Pros: wonderfull food, great service

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I am truly sorry that others here did not have a pleasant experience there. perhaps they have never experienced a bistro in paris.

we love the place and frequently haunt it, the food and service is tremendous as is the selection of cheese!

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★★★★☆

I am truly sorry that others here did not have a pleasant experience there. perhaps they have never experienced a bistro in paris.

we love the place and frequently haunt it, the food and service is tremendous as is the selection of cheese!

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The food and service was wonderful. Their basic dinner salad superb, pork pate ok, steak and sturgeon specials fantastic. On the flip side however the cramped and very cozy atmosphere promotes a level of noise that detracts from the overall ambience. Finally, permitting smoking at the counter/bar which is seperated only by a very narrow aisle gives the dining patrons an unhealthly and odorous bath of unwanted cigarette smoke. Ownership should strongly consider going smoke free like their neighbors to the north, the Virginia Inn.

2
★★★★☆

The food and service was wonderful. Their basic dinner salad superb, pork pate ok, steak and sturgeon specials fantastic. On the flip side however the cramped and very cozy atmosphere promotes a level of noise that detracts from the overall ambience. Finally, permitting smoking at the counter/bar which is seperated only by a very narrow aisle gives the dining patrons an unhealthly and odorous bath of unwanted cigarette smoke. Ownership should strongly consider going smoke free like their neighbors to the north, the Virginia Inn.

Pros: Great Food, Personable, professio

Cons: Smoking, Noisy

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Where Simplicity & Sophistication meet to eat! There is no better place to feel the comfort of dining and the casual feel that comes from conversation over fine cheeses, well prepared meats and breads, and savoury dessrts. This is definitely a spot to not pass over!

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★★★★★

Where Simplicity & Sophistication meet to eat! There is no better place to feel the comfort of dining and the casual feel that comes from conversation over fine cheeses, well prepared meats and breads, and savoury dessrts. This is definitely a spot to not pass over!

Pros: Intimate Setting, Wonderful Wine, Fantastic Food

Cons: A little spendy, no parking

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Absolutely wonderful. Our food was outstanding & the service was excellent! I can't wait to go back. This place is amazing.

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★★★★★

Absolutely wonderful. Our food was outstanding & the service was excellent! I can't wait to go back. This place is amazing.

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