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“Excellent Dinner in Bordeaux!!”
Review of Le Noailles

Le Noailles
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Ranked #284 of 2,789 Restaurants in Bordeaux
Price range: US$14 - US$57
Cuisines: French, Gastropub
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: The most parisian of Bordeaux's restaurants ! Traditional French and regional food (foie gras, duck, fishes, meat, home made deserts, Bordeaux wines...).
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

Les Noailles was an excellent last meal in Bordeaux. Very typically style French restaurant, and great people watching. The wait staff was very attentive. Our waiter spoke only a few words of English, but went out of his way to make sure we were happy and accommodated. Additionally, the food was excellent. Highly recommended!!

Thank MiQueridaEspana
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Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

Fresh succulent oysters from nearby Arcashon were delectable with the wonderful whites in this restaurant! Green olives are served as you settle down to order.
We also enjoyed the crab tartare, avocado shrimp and the pan fried calf liver.
Service was excellent despite the lunch crowd even on a weekday.
Very convenient location near the Opera House and a good place to watch the happenings in the centre of town.
Ambience was stylish French bistro - Both casual and elegant!
Would definitely go there again!

Thank nsl115
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Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

Doesn’t get the publicity of other restaurants in Bordeaux, but this is a very good French restaurant. The food is very high quality and the service was also very good.

Thank Gary H
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

After a day traveling by train from Barcelona, where we had enjoyed some marvelous food in various tapas bars over a week in that exciting city, we were looking forward to a change of cuisine. Following a recommendation from our hotel we arrived at Brasserie Le Noailles eager to partake of the promised French brasserie repast. Yikes. How we were misled. To be clear, we are no novices; we have visited France many times and had some wonderful meals and my wife has, in the past, attended a well know French cooking school.

So we settled in and chatted to a very helpful waiter. The starters of Crab Tartare and a Smoked Sausage seemed appealing. So we selected those. The Crab Tartare turned out to be a mound of avocado topped by a nondescript citrus sorbet -- if there were any crab involved, then it must have just scurried past the mold as it was being stuffed with avocado. Crab Tartare -- who is kidding who here? Where was the crab? The smoked sausage was actually quite good but spoiled by an unsuitable garnish of various green things in a vaguely vinaigrette and pepper dressing. This dish could have been so much more if it had been prepared with a little more finesse.

For the second course we ordered the Veal Kidneys with Pasta and the Scallops with Cepes and a side of green salad. The kidneys were well prepared and well-cooked and the accompanying sauce not brilliant but acceptable. But the pasta!! -- overcooked, dried out, and a barely warm, glutinous mass. Obviously cooked a long time ago and kept warm under a heat lamp or rewarmed in a microwave. Luckily, I was able to break up the lump of pasta; and with just enough sauce to stir through it, make it edible. The Scallops and Cepes was a travesty of a classic dish. The scallops had been cooked to death -- the cepes too were overcooked -- and the whole swamped in a dreadful sauce. A recent reviewer of this restaurant complained about the same dish and the burnt rice that accompanied it -- they were lucky -- no rice at all accompanied ours. Instead it was accompanied by a weird collection of julienned vegetables that were somehow half pickled (or so it seemed). Euros 33.50 for a cook to murder what was presumably fine produce. I say cook advisedly -- no self-respecting chef would have allowed this out of the kitchen. A well-presented scallop is a wondrous thing -- seared to crispness top and bottom and translucent in the middle. The four shrunken rubbery morsels dished up at Le Noailles leave me speechless. Oh, nearly forgot, the green salad of tough green stuff was unappetizing and full of grit, obviously not properly washed, and composed of as many of the older outer leaves as possible. Someone in the kitchen is on an economy drive!!

Where was the Maitre D’hotel in all this? He was hovering about but certainly not keeping an eye on what was coming out of the kitchen as he should have been. And really sir -- how about enforcing some dress and behavior standards. I don’t want to be sitting adjacent to people in shorts perched bare footed on chairs with legs folded like oriental swamis. Or having teenage girls throwing tantrums because their mother did not get the right Facebook picture at precisely the right moment. As if the food was not enough to spoil our dining experience, then the others "diners" (and I use that word loosely) around us finished the job.

This was the worst 100+ Euro dinner I have ever experienced in France in over thirty years of traveling to this country. Get the produce murderer out of the kitchen and employ a Chef AND give the Maitre D’hotel some lessons in how to manage the floor of a restaurant not a refectory.

P.S. The apricot tart for desert was the best part of the meal -- bit my bet is it was bought in, not made in the kitchen at Le Noailles.

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Reviewed July 10, 2018

Busy brasserie full of atmosphere and life. Food was good but expensive if you look at value for money. We didn't book so had a very small table by the bar which ended up being overcrowded with plates, glasses etc., Enjoyable evening. Staff were friendly.

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Thank JayneB B
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