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Canaille Bistro Francais

78 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11217
nr. Prospect Pl.
718-789-8899

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 6
"Recommended"

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70% would go back.

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Wonderful French evening

By sauldraw on 11/15/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Great place if you like French bistro food and drink and a warm welcome from the staff and owners. We have been going back for a number of months and can heartily recommend this place to those who enjoy this type of food. The owners are wonderfully helpful with suggestions and great cocktails and wines are to be had. Truly a winner for us and pleasure to have in the neighborhood.

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31 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

You call this hospitality?

By helenefishbeinince on 4/28/2010

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

Walked into this place, anticipating a nice dinner in a quiet place with good food. I had been here when this place first opened and enjoyed the food very much. Within seconds of walking into the restaurant, the owner began shouting at us, telling us he was in a bad mood. Everyone in the restaurant had their mouths opened and we were stopped right in our track. He kept yelling at us and finally told us there are "a lot of restaurants nearby" and to leave. As we were leaving, he told us to never come back. No one seemed to have any idea as to what had set this man off. I have never before, in my 60+ years, experienced anything like that trip into Canaille.

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59 out of 112 people found this review helpful.

Great Bistro in Brooklyn

By maxim007 on 4/20/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

By far one of the best bistros in Brooklyn. Small, cozy and delicious.

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50 out of 109 people found this review helpful.

Excellent, cozy neighborhood bistro

By rmw102176 on 10/11/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

What's with those bad reviews? $18 for Steak Frites is overpriced? Where do you people eat? Oh yeah, at Epcot Center. Anywho, Canaille is a cozy, simple, authentic bistro with the usual but excellently executed fare. The owner has always been incredibly gregarious and friendly when we've eaten there and very helpful and passionate about his great wine list. And it's one of the few bistros I've been to in NYC where I can get potd de creme! Yum. Yes, you can walk the 7!! blocks to al di la or the 11 blocks to Blue Ribbon (do you actually live in the Slope?), but you'll do just as well at Canaille.

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66 out of 124 people found this review helpful.

Happy Surprise

By Martino on 6/9/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

This was a good surprise. After several bad experiences at overhyped Park Slope 5th Ave restaurants down the block, I took a chance on a place that was new to me and brought my parents here for a birthday dinner. "Canaille" really came through. The food was great, the service was friendly and helpful, and we had a wonderful time. My dad is still carrying on about the short ribs and the owner's excellent wine recommendations. This is a real find, and moderately priced to boot. I see that they're serving Sunday brunch these days, and I can't wait to go back to try it out.

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58 out of 120 people found this review helpful.

Excellent Neighborhood Bistro

By JimL on 5/18/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

My spouse and I have been eating at this small but comfortable and well-run restaurant for more than two years now. Splendid new wines -- at amazingly affordable prices -- keep on appearing. The not huge yet consistently interesting menu changes seasonally. All year, they serve very high-quality market product, perfectly prepared. Try the endive salad, the smoked salmon, the mussels, the sole, or the generous, wide-ranging cheese plate, which I think is finer and more original than those at restaurants costing twice as much. (A little bonus: nice picks for background music, ranging from Charles Aznavour to French Country Western -- yes, there is such a thing.) They have started taking credit cards and are now serving Sunday brunch. I love this place. / I see that someone has rude things to say about the co-owner. But he's actually very nice -- eager to share his enthusiasm for fine wines, his joy in the sensuous experience of great cooking, and his huge stock of entertaining anecdotes. He's a lot of fun to be around. It's sad to see how nasty things get online when the reality is so different and so wonderful. / After dining here dozens of times, I'm still surprised at how the wine list continues to grow and evolve, and how already-good dishes become even better over time. Holidays are a real treat, with excellent New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day special menu offerings (and the super Berlioz arrangement of "La Marseillaise" played on Bastille Day).

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45 out of 112 people found this review helpful.

Completely. Not. Worth. It.

By tracyj78 on 4/29/2009

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

I wrote a review for this shameful place a couple of weeks ago and it has seemingly gone missing. (Is the owner requesting removal?) I am writing another review not because I ate their twice, but because it was one of the worst dining experiences my husband and I had in NYC in general and Park Slope in particular. The owner is rude. If you've never been to France and believe the hype that all French are rude, perhaps you expect this type of treatment. But the French are wonderful, just not this guy. The menu is like going to Epcot. The prices are ludicrous for the lack of quality/imagination. You will feel stupid sitting in there at a tiny table whilst other Slopers walk past all giddy with full bellies from al di la. Trust me!

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58 out of 132 people found this review helpful.

Ai Dios Mio!

By blacksea on 4/22/2009

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

A lot is expected of a place that charges over-Manhattan prices for bistro food. And little is delivered. The service from the french owner was horrible,he flaunted the fact that he was only in Brooklyn Restaurant Week for the free advertising, but made up the menu of whatever he wanted.The food was bland at best, giant chunks of meat with little to accompany. The awful techno nina simone remixes that were playing, would send any frenchman running. And finally when you open a place, you are inviting people to experience something. You guide them through a meal. If the OWNER is not happy serving people, what the f--- is the point of having a restaurant. I read one bad review before going to this place and ignored it, DO ME A FAVOR, don't ignore this review, walk another block to al di la, or blue ribbon. Bad restaurants must close. It happened to Cocotte last year, it will happen here.

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53 out of 107 people found this review helpful.

Delicieux!

By mthomasnow on 6/25/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Get the special. Whatever it is. It is bound to be delectable. The chef prepares each dish with such care that it's practically impossible to be anything less than thrilled with whatever you order. The steak frites is always "a point" and amazing (something that cannot be said for most bistros in the Slope), but Canaille really shines with their specials and their fish dishes. Don't pass up the wine list. The owner is an experienced sommelier and his selections are superb. Let him suggest something for you - often his best wines are a recent addition and aren't on the list. The food is excellent, the wine is perfect, and the service is friendly and personal. This is a small place where everything is done with care and talent.

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47 out of 91 people found this review helpful.

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