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Capsouto Frères

451 Washington St., New York, NY, 10013
nr. Watts St.
212-966-4900

Avg. Rating

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

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62% would go back.

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Just stopped in to check it out

By BFritze on 11/21/2011

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

My husband and I had dinner in a different restaurant and decided to take a walk as it was a beautiful night for November. I saw this building and thought it was beautiful. I said let me go take a look and get some information as I am planning a birthday celebration. As I came in a friendly employee greeted me and I took a pack of matches for the name. I asked if I could look around and use the restroom, he directed me to it and smiled. When I returned an older man said YES. I said hello I just came in to look and get a card, he interrupted me and said"I saw you BARGE INN and wondered what you want. I repeated I am sorry and said perhaps I'd better put this card down his rudeness was so off-putting even though I love French country food and the look of the place I'd never come back

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52 out of 101 people found this review helpful.

One of the worst experiences!!!

By RoseOnTheBank on 11/15/2011

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

This, by far, was one of my worst experiences. We made reservations for close to 20 people to celebrate my birthday. Despite plenty of space in the corner, the owner (whom we communicated a few times prior to the occasion, and explained what we were hoping for), divided us into two separate tables. This was really exceedingly uncomfortable and NOT what we wanted. We made it very clear to him that we wanted one table because people wanted to express themselves, and this was impossible for others to hear, in this setting. Yet, he would NOT change the setting! The food was far from being great. Further more, throughout the evening, the waiters kept pouring wine into empty glass without asking if guests wanted more wine, thus there were countless wine bottles opened without our knowledge. The bill for the wine alone, at the end of the evening was close to a $900! This was outrageous! Plus, there were some gifts missing, including envelopes with cash and gift certificates! I would definitely NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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39 out of 96 people found this review helpful.

Struck Out 3 Times

By JudgeJudy on 5/8/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

I tried this restaurant during restaurant week and regular dinner prices. A failure everytime. This place relies on tourists and those who don't know any better about fine food. Don't go here.

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61 out of 122 people found this review helpful.

One of the worst restaurant I have ever ate in!

By michellesad on 1/30/2010

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

Me and my boyfriend went there for restaurant week, and we thought because of some of the few positive reviews this place would be good. Unforgettably, Capsouto Freres was the worst restaurant I have ever ate in. The servers were extremely rude and denied to bring us more water. The service was terrible and when we got our disgusting food it was cold. When we looked around, we saw many people complaining to the owner about the terrible food.

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79 out of 182 people found this review helpful.

Old, Reliable and joyous

By papabotts on 5/4/2008

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

Having been a customer for almost twenty years, this is where I celebrate my birthday every year. And fellow diners have enjoyed its spacious dining room where you can hear each other speak and even bring your kids or sit on the terrace with a date in the summer, so much so, that they come back in their own lives. Reliable French Homecooking, excellent service and a friendly, welcoming, high end, but not too stuffy atmosphere is the key here. Run by the three Capsouto Brothers, in an unobtrusive manner, the food is some of the best the city has to offer but is not priced in the stratosphere, (although it feels like it should). Although you go for the amazing stanbys like the sald Belle Chaumiere garnished with Mandarin Orange & nuts w/homeade dressing, Filtet Mingon that you can never replicate at home and of course the amazing Souflees you order prior to dinner, (hazlenut is a must as is the blood orange when available), they always have surprise specials for those who want to try something new. Come and celebrate a birthday, a date or just another day in life. go home satisfied, and not broke.

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97 out of 222 people found this review helpful.

Cher Capsouto Freres

By CityPixie on 2/12/2008

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

In TriBeCa for nearly thirty years, Capsouto Frèresmay not be the best restaurant you've ever visited, but it certainly will rank among the most delightful. Decor is elegant and casual at the same time, and although the destination may be off the beaten path, the menu is stocked with familiar French standards such as duck confit, steak au poivre and steak frites. Skip the artichoke du maison (one of the few over-priced and disappointing appetizers) but DO order a souffle for dessert at the start of the meal. Hazelnut is the owner favorite. The overall feel of Capsouto Frères is old world complete with generously spaced tables, ample but not too bright lighting and lace curtains. A fantastic place for a quiet, understated romantic dinner or lovely brunch with the family.

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154 out of 314 people found this review helpful.

Buyer Beware

By kellyk74 on 10/29/2006

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Our group was seriously misled, resulting in a bill that was hundreds of dollars more than expected. The managers were arrogant and dishonest in handling the situation… The website offers a $35 fixed price menu. Our group arranged in advance for the fixed price menu and at the restaurant, we were offered menus similar to the one on the web. When our bill came we found instead that we had been charged full a per dish rate and the per person food bill was double. We were told that some of the items offered on our menu were not included as part of the fixed price and therefore they couldn’t offer the fixed price rate. After 30 minutes of number crunching the management offered to provide us the food portion at an increased rate of $45/head. The group waited for over an hour to get our revised bills and coffee that never came. When our credit card slips did return they had added back 90% of the costs they told us they were discounting.

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331 out of 750 people found this review helpful.

Ooh la la........

By Gumnut_Babes on 7/7/2005

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

The Gumnut Babes are still fantasizing about the relaxed, spacious and elegant atmosphere of the Capsouto Freres restaurant. The food is another story altogether… We welcomed the experience of the charming waiter to make our menu selections and we were not disappointed. The chance at Escargot as an appetizer and succulent veal, roast duckling and tuna as mains were of amazing quality. However, the most drooling moment was the finale of Hazelnut soufflé…………….. Oh my!!! We would certainly recommend this as an intimate dining experience for people who enjoy peacefulness and excellent food.

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394 out of 757 people found this review helpful.

Excellent 3 course lunch deal

By kabasan on 2/8/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

Their pre-fix lunch is an amazing deal. Service is very attentive & professional. Space needs to be updated though.

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310 out of 669 people found this review helpful.

Charming, romantic & the price is right

By shellyf on 8/5/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Our first time was a delightful surprise! Good food, nicely presented, and you still had money left over. I had the duck, others had the halibut and the ravioli and all of us raved. Try the hazelnut soufle...oh, so good! Pleasant and helpful staff. Very handsome place. A winner!

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