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Paradou

8 Little W. 12th St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Ninth Ave.
212-463-8345

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6
Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 6
"Mixed Reviews"

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44% would go back.

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RUDE people-- will NEVER return

By foodielover on 7/15/2009

  • Overall Rating: 0
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  • No, I would not go back!

I made a reservation at this restaurant for my boyfriend's b-day which so happens to be Bastille Day (a French holiday). Because that is a busy night at French restaurants, they gave our reservation away! I called the restaurant and explained that the reservation was for a special b-day, but they still did not honor it. (Another person at the restaurant also had her reservation ignored.) Not only did they give away the reservation, but they were VERY rude about it. I will NEVER EVER return there.

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133 out of 258 people found this review helpful.

THE MOST AWFUL SERVICE I HAVE EVER EVER!!! ENCOUNTERED

By maddu on 8/4/2008

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

Went to this restaurant for a business dinner and was surprised by the lack of common courtesy. They never brought us water, our client's food was never ordered by the waiter, only to be brought in cold and dry. At the end of the night our client ended up having a big argument with the waiter. AWFUL

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82 out of 147 people found this review helpful.

awful service

By sasasasa on 7/30/2009

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Food is OK but nothing special; service is VERY bad. Waiters are cheating on you and treat you like crap! If you appreciate overpriced pseudo-french food and impolite service, have dinner at Paradou!

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121 out of 234 people found this review helpful.

not great..not good... you get the point.

By munchies on 8/28/2009

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

Yelped earlier and guy at Paradou responded.But he resulted in using name calling and such,which can't help the outlook of the restaurant in addition to my following review. You can see the 200 words or MORE review on yelp. Overall poor and rude service along with not so great food. "Phooeys": -extra charges on bill.Charged for 8 bottles of water when we only had 2.$6/bottle with no notification. -Friend inquired on the vegetarian dish.Waiter says they don't serve that,but when pointed out on menu,he then asks the chef. -charged 4 extra prix fixe we did not order.They said there's a set amount charged automatically because we rsvp for party of 10.They didn't tell us this prior,otherwise,we would of found a diff alternative.When asked to speak to the manager,the chef comes out rudely sticking his phone in our faces saying we can call the owner. -Asked for medium rare,waiter moved on without noting it.Not MR as suspected. -Hot environment.Pregnant friend experienced discomfort from poor conditions.Paying $100/person for that is unacceptable!

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136 out of 245 people found this review helpful.

Over charged us!

By tinalaroo on 8/27/2009

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

Do NOT go to Paradou, you will be robbed. Completely overcharged us for four extra pri-fixe dinners. We ordered six dinners, however, they charged us for ten!! When we brought it to their attention, they manipulated us with some bogus reason, saying that WE were contractually obligated to pay because our reservations was for ten people (our party was only nine people btw), therefore, they overcharged us for ten pri-fixe even though only six were actually ordered. Also, since when was a simple reservation a contract? Food was completely forgettable. It might have been better if the back garden wasn't so hot and humid. No air conditioners, and only one fan, in this 90 degree weather? Torture. It was definitely uncomfortable. Basically, to the "knuckle head" (that's what they called my pregnant friend) over at Paradou, have better customer service. And your sign out in front your place is right...you guys ain't fancy, but you aint good either.

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124 out of 241 people found this review helpful.

WORST DINING EXPERIENCE - charged for a bottle of wine we never got

By na1 on 1/3/2011

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

I had the worst dining experience here. I took a friend there for her birthday and ordered a nice bottle of wine with our dinner. The waiter poured us a tiny taste into each glass and said he'd keep it on ice in the back instead of putting on our table. After that, the waiter never returned and our glasses were never refilled. When he came to bring us our check we asked about the wine and he accused us of drinking it all and lying about it. I told him that no one ever came back to refill our glasses and he again accused us of lying. The couple sitting behind us overheard and told us that they also ordered the same Sancerre and they were poured glass after glass. The bus boys accidentally served them both bottles of wine. The mystery was solved but the restaurant STILL did not believe us. We left a 5% tip and the waiter followed us out of the restaurant and yelled at us about the small tip in front of the people waiting outside. We tried to explain what happened to the staff at the front but they didn't care. WORST, most humiliating restaurant experience ever. I'm still angry about it.

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97 out of 172 people found this review helpful.

Pretty much unbelievably awful

By BridgetC on 4/22/2012

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

If you like your coffee and food cold, your service at a snail's pace, your personal space pretty much nonexistent, and your "ambience" as loud as a nightclub, then Paradou's the place for you. Oh, and if you like being rudely told "you have five minutes - people are waiting" approx. 5 mins after getting your bill. I really almost couldn't believe it. The ultimate indignity? My afternoon of nausea following eating the Middle-Eastern stew and sausage. Stay. Away.

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87 out of 159 people found this review helpful.

Cute but overrated

By battousai on 7/10/2005

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Was expecting a Gallic gastronomic tour de force but was definitely underwhelmed by their less than imaginative menu. Yeah you'll get the classics like duck magret, roast chicken, and hangar steak, but if you're looking for breakthrough French cuisine, then you're in the wrong place. The service is commendable and courteous so they will take care of you and they have a lovely backyard outdoor garden perfect for romantic al fresco dining. Don't get me wrong, the food is solid, but I suppose it's right where it's supposed to be given their price points.

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270 out of 522 people found this review helpful.

What's Its Point, Besides the Garden?

By cateljo on 1/21/2007

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

Premise: the garden, for some reason, was closed. So perhaps I missed 90% of this place. Because food is ok, but it's kind of difficult to get it wrong with a steak and you're paying 70 bucks for dinner (drinking very, very little). Desserts are the usual global-irrelevant experience, and crepes taste like palatchinken when the Wall was still there. Service: notr rude nor incompetent, but nothing special.

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319 out of 684 people found this review helpful.

Good in summer time.

By girardasse on 12/14/2007

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Lovely garden/terrace in the back. As its name states, Paradou's menu is all about South of France cuisine (bouillabaisse, aioli, etc): food is good but not so cheap. Average service.

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