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Le Bernardin

155 W. 51st St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Seventh Ave.
212-554-1515

Avg. Rating

8
Food: 8
Service: 9
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

72% would go back.

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Le Ripoff

By heatherspiro on 3/21/2003

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

How do they do it? Very average food ,very small portions and extremely high prices??? Lets just say we went out to eat after dinner...save yourselves!!!

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247 out of 506 people found this review helpful.

Everything was great..............

By Ducky on 4/19/2003

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

The restaurant probably remembers us because we were the youngest people there in our teenage years.Food,Decor and the service was great.I guess people were looking at us saying how these young folks know about this great restaurant.We felt really welcome there which made us comfortable.We went there to eat on April 18,2003, which was last night.We had a great time and we will be back.

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208 out of 408 people found this review helpful.

The pinnacle of seafood

By drmcohen on 5/20/2003

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

Chef Ripert is a true magician with seafood. His award this year as top chef from the James Beard Foundation is no fluke! Every time I have been, the food has been outstanding. The tasting menu with the halibut, peeky toe crab, and the desserts are just incredible. We ask the sommelier to create wine tastings which are spectacular with the food. If you are foodies, this place is an aprodisiac. Just ask my wife.

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225 out of 451 people found this review helpful.

Total reliability and style

By huntleysf on 9/22/2003

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

I have been here perhaps twelve times and cannot fault this beautiful place, the most elegant way to eat before a Broadway show and a gift to Midtown West. Nothing to touch it for refined seafood...and the staff is kind. Free champagne and appetizers if you have to wait, $$ taken off the bill if you are even mildly dissatisfied. I once had the maitre d' chase me down the street to give me an $80 refund when I found my meal not hot enough! Only rivaled by Jean Georges and Bouley among the elite of NYC restaurants...and more recenlty Ducasse.

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370 out of 691 people found this review helpful.

A FINE RESTAURANT

By ELIAS2003 on 10/20/2003

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

A SUPERB RESTAURANT FOR GROWN-UP.

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349 out of 765 people found this review helpful.

The Temple of Seafood

By martin_chamois on 2/24/2004

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

From the day it opened, Le Bernardin has been the temple for seafood. While it is difficult to get better, it has maintained the highest standards. Its preparation of fish has changed an entire nation's style of eating fish. And it keeps updating the menu to mtach the seafood to new influences. Wonderful.

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433 out of 870 people found this review helpful.

Dinner

By JacquelineKoziol on 4/12/2004

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

I went twice, but found the experience very disappointing. Cell phones were ringing off the hook and they were allowed to "scream" into them. Boisterous crowd (drinking) at the next table. I felt for the price you are paying to eat here, "quiet" space should be respected. Food was very good, but not spectacular. Did not live up to its reputation.

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350 out of 772 people found this review helpful.

Best restaurant in New York

By TheVillager on 4/27/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Le Bernardin has to be the best restaurant in New York. The constant freshness of execution and ingredients renders a satisfying experience that brings one back again and again. Always great service and always memorable food. A well-heeled clientele. The wine list accommodates the food nicely and frequently contains welcome old friends as well as new wineries to try. However, the staff could be a little better trained on the wine list. The only other drawback is the space, which can be described as late 20th Century office building. But no matter - for fish lovers this is heaven.

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378 out of 814 people found this review helpful.

Near-perfect experience

By streamwise on 1/5/2006

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

I'd have to agree that Le Bernarding is probably one of the finest restaurants in New York. We did the Chef's Tasting menu with the wine pairings. The food was perfect, the wine matches were spot-on, and the service was flawless and nearly unparalleled in New York. Despite the formality of the place, the staff was warm and accomadating. The only complaint I could possibly muster is that the room can be a little loud as a result of the high ceilings.

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434 out of 911 people found this review helpful.

Excellent!!

By brestes on 1/4/2007

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

The crabcake appetizer was amazing. The tuna is excellent. The kobe beef is the best I've had. Skip the lobster. The service was excellent...particularly the sommelier.

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