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C$45 - C$78
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French, Contemporary
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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A converted 17C house plays host to this passionately run town centre restaurant complete with an open kitchen. Cooking is classically French at heart ...
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Maison Bleue has consistently hits the spot during the several years we have ben eating there. Excellent meal, wine and service. The option to have single glasses of top end wines is a big plus for me as can try 125ml of two or three...wines v single bottle of one. Good for intimate meals for two and larger parties, up to say 8.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food and great service. Will definitely be going again . Any special occasion, this is the place to go in Bury St Edmunds .

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed May 1, 2024

Our regular visit to this wonderful Restaurant and yet again we were not disappointed in any way. So very French in style and atmosphere, wonderful food, cooking and a delightful wine list, "above and beyond" service and only one disappointment for us ---- we wish...it would be closer to our home to save having a 2 hour drive to get here!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 29, 2024

With several good restaurants in BSE its always tough to choose where to go on our visits, this trip it was a return to an old favourite and wow was it special. Great food, exceptional wine (including a Swiss rarity!) and simply the best cheese...selection in any restaurant in the country! Staff are tremendous and the owner so very charming. Our definite favourite in Bury St Edmunds, be sure to book early though as you may not get in!!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 15, 2024 via mobile

My partner and I had been recommended to visit by family for a while and so for our 12th anniversary we booked online to visit. When booking online I mentioned that I have a gluten allergy, that it was our 12 year anniversary and asked...about dress code. We were not advised about any dress code and receive no confirmation that gluten free could be provided as requested in the booking so we turned up hoping for the best, we dressed smart casual and this was fine. My partner and I have dined in many Michelin star establishments all around the world and admittedly there were times when Maison Bleue felt very close on our visit, but on this occasion, for the money that we spent we felt that there was no wow factor for us and that we wouldn’t return, for more detail read below. On arrival, we were promptly seen to and quickly seated. We were asked if we wanted aperitifs before we’d even had a chance to open the menu, which felt a little rushed. We asked for a few moments to look at our options, and I advised the waiter that I needed to eat gluten free as I have coeliac and I was told that they would check with the kitchen what my options were. Whilst I understand that good establishments have changing seasonal menus, I personally prefer to see what options are suitable to be written down than having to wait for confirmation, and then remember. It turns into a game of whispers between the kitchen and the guest. When the waiter returned I was advised that all starters, all mains and all but one desert on the gourmet menu were either gluten free or could be made gluten free. This was good news. At this time we then also both ordered a glass of wine each. Each costing £15 a glass, whilst the wines were nice, they weren’t outstanding for the price and felt that for the £30 spent we could have brought a nicer bottle. Soon after, we were approached by another member of staff to order. We were not told how the dining worked and there was nothing in the menu explaining, so we ordered all courses at once. After ordering it was not long till we were brought some bread and butter. My partner had three different types of bread and I was given two lightly toasted slices of gluten free bread that was clearly manufactured out of house. There was only one butter provided so I cut it in half and set some aside for my gluten free bread to prevent cross contamination. My partner enjoyed their bread, particularly the muffin shaped bread which had a cheesy taste. Whilst my gluten free bread was no different to what I could get from any supermarket, however I appreciate that I got something rather than nothing. I have however been to other fine dining establishments that went to the effort to bake gluten free bread in house which have been outstanding. After finishing our bread a small dish arrived with two different morsels each. One was a potato based disc of food, that tasted like elements of a roast dinner and was okay, I was expecting it to be warm but it was rather cold and it being potato I found that slightly off putting. The other was a beetroot foam, neither of us much enjoyed this one. My partners beetroot foam was served in a pastry case, mine was adapted to be served in a glass rather than a pastry case but all were served on the same plate. After finishing the beetroot and potato elements it again was not too long till our starters arrived. My partner opted for paying a supplementary £5 for the crab. Unfortunately they didn’t realise that the soya gel mentioned on the menu would be a jelly on the dish and my partner HATES jelly textures and as such, so as not to be rude, literally gagged their way through trying to eat the course. This is purely a preference of course but wasn’t ideal and probably impacted their enjoyment of the following courses. I opted for the mussels to start and sadly a number of mouthfuls were gritty, which is not what I would expect at this level of dining, I have been to high street chains that serve mussels and not been served gritty mussel, something to be careful of. In addition, I tend to opt for meat or shellfish as I am not a fan of fish, and at times the dish was also rather fishy, I think it may have been the foam over the top, so I also didn’t overly enjoy the starter, which again, may have affected my overall enjoyment of the meal. Happily, the starters for both of us were probably what we enjoyed least on our visit, The next course, the main, we both opted for the venison and also ordered two side dishes at £4.75 each. The side dishes ordered were buttered potatoes and green beans and courgettes. The main, whilst cooked very nicely, lacked a touch of seasoning for my partner and my own preference. When there are no condiments or salt or pepper on the table for the customer to adjust to their tastes you have to ensure that the seasoning is spot on, unfortunately it wasn’t,some sea salt across the top of the venison was really needed and overall the main lacked the wow factor. However, the buttered potatoes and the green beans were absolutely delicious. Very nicely seasoned and the most enjoyable of all the savoury items that we had on our visit. Though, one side dish for two is probably enough, as we struggled to finish both as well as our main courses. Our plates were then taken and there was quite a wait for anything else. In the time between finishing our main, we finished our sparking water and our wines and sat a long time waiting for someone to ask if we wanted anything, in the end I attempted to and then struggled to get the attention of the waiting staff. I believe because the restaurant was now full and each table was now at some stage through their meals that the staff then were not as attentive as when we first arrived. Eventually I got the attention of a member of staff with an “excuse me” as they tried to rush past us. I ordered a Japanese whiskey on the rocks, however I received a Japanese whisky on its own with no ice. Shame. When staff begin to rush, attention to detail drops. However, the whisky was delicious. I was surprised there was no palette cleanser before the dessert arrived however the desert was by far my favourite course. I opted for the crème brûlée which I did very much enjoy and would happily buy on its own to eat at home regularly, it was delicious. My partner had an apple based desert and again was a little underwhelmed. By this stage we were probably ready to leave and were waiting for the bill to arrive and was surprised to be served some sweet treats of some jelly, which my partner skipped, some nougat which was very nice and a salted caramel chocolate which was nice. However, we’d got through all our drinks by this stage and had been in the restaurant for two hours and were keen to get finished and get home, it would have been nice perhaps to have had the option to receive these in a little box with the bill to take and enjoy at home as a snack later on in the evening. Soon after receiving these sweet treats we requested the bill. The total for two, with two wines, a bottle of sparking water, one whiskey, the supplement for the crab, the two side dishes and a 10% tip was £203.70. Given the “extras” and supplementary charges the bill can quickly add up. Given the quality of the food we received, and how many were not to our taste or, simply lacked that wow factor, for us we did not feel it was value for money. Additionally, whilst I did not have any full blown reaction, I did have an upset stomach, I assume due to some cross contamination and was up at 1am with stomach cramps and needing the bathroom, a sure sign that I’ve ingested too much gluten. Whilst this is a risk in any establishment, I have eaten at many fine dining venues and many other places in Bury St Edmunds and had no ill effects, so if you do have a gluten allergy or coeliac, be very cautious. Overall, the service is good, but not exceptional and I was surprised that having booked specifying an anniversary that there was no mention, congratulations or anything done as a result. Others were celebrating birthdays and the gentleman next to us was celebrating a 60th and again, they mentioned how they were surprised there was nothing done in conversation to each other and when then mentioning it to a member of staff all they were offered was for a waitress to take a photo for them. The food is okay, but not exceptional, a number of dishes were not to our taste and those that were lacked seasoning. The cost however, is exceptional. In summary, for the price, the experience and that I reacted to consuming gluten, as things are today, we would not recommend and we would not return.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 12, 2024 via mobile

We expected a nice meal. We were served something exceptional. The food was the star of the show - imaginative, perfectly executed and beautifully presented. Ambience was lovely and the service correct with great engagement. We will be back.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 7, 2024 via mobile

This was our second visit to Maison Bleu. We chose dishes from the Gourmet menu. I had the Mussels with leeks, Angus beef for main and a Mango Millefeuille for dessert. Our first visit was brilliant. We both thought that our experience this second time...wasn't as good as the previous visit. The Dishes didn't have as much seasoning and I was very disappointed with the dessert as parts of the caramel were burnt and made the dish very bitter. I did politely mention this to the owner and the gentleman said that the caramel was supposed to taste bitter. This I do not agree, you can see in the photo the colour of it looks burnt. The Service from the staff was lovely and polite and good humoured.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 30, 2024

Another absolutely delightful meal at La Maison Bleue to celebrate my beautiful wife's birthday. As previously, every morsel of food was a delight to eat and the service was most pleasant and attentive. In our opinion, comfortably the best retaurant in Suffolk, and more or...less equal to any of the 1*, 2* or 3* Michelin restaurants at which we have eaten. I read a few poor reviews suggesting that the staff are "snooty"; that was not our experience at all, but they are French, which makes a difference. Vive La France! The only tiny problem that we experienced was the nearby table of 4 persons who were talking in outrageously self-promoting and repulsively pompous terms about all the amazingly important things that they had done and were doing. Being forced to hear their vacuous chatter was enough to make you want to vomit, but the food was far too good for that. I sincerely hope however that they never return.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 29, 2024

This remains our favourite restaurant- we don't get there often enough but it never disappoints. Although it is a fine dining restaurant you never feel uncomfortable at all. The staff are efficient and very friendly. The fixed price menus are good although I notice you...cannot mix and match now? My celeriac starter was unusual and really tasty. My partner's crab starter was divine. Our main courses of Angus Aberdeen beef was done to my liking and so tender and full of flavour. My partner's cod dish was amazing. We had the lovely sauté potatoes as a side. My dessert of mango and saffron was exquisite while my partner had the apple which is stuffed with a delicious mousse. The breads are beautiful, the amuse bouche amazing and the petit fours round a perfect meal off with a sweet treat! The wine list is extensive but there are reasonably priced bottles of wine as well as more top of the range selections. Not a meal out but a truely wonder dining experience - thank you!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 22, 2024 via mobile

From the moment you walk in the door, you know your somewhere special. Service, food and surroundings were top draw. And as for the cheese selection, well you have to see it to believe it. Superb!!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 16, 2024

Well... I was highly recommended this Bury St Edmunds restaurant and I have to say I was disappointed !! Whilst the food on the set menu was just OK it was, for my taste , grossly over salted !! As for the service a couple...at a table close to mine had to wait over 12 minutes for their used plates to be removed, I also experienced the same sort of service. But when the staff did attend they were very friendly and efficient.For a restaurant that charged me over £ 100 for my dinner and a bottle of wine (£29) I wasn't impressed.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 10, 2024

Six of us dined here for the Saturday Lunch set menu yesterday, to celebrate a birthday. We all thought both the food and service was really top-notch. We'd not dined here before, but would definitely like to come back again. Particularly for a special occasion,...because the food really was wonderful - both in presentation, textures and flavours.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 28, 2024

Dined here for my birthday, as usual. Amazing food, lovely attentive friendly staff. My wife is a celiac and has other allergies but this never a problem.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed February 15, 2024

Our 3rd or 4th visit here. Lovely team. Amazing food, great service coupled with a relaxing/friendly ambience. A must for foodies in and around the beautiful Bury St Edmunds/Suffolk! See you again for lunch very soon! Thank you!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 15, 2024

Excellent... bright cheery knowledgeable staff, fantastic food and lovely environment. Should be One Star Michelin, definitely.

Date of visit: October 2023
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  • Food: 5
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  • Value: 4.5
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