Bearnaise
Bearnaise
  • Address:
    315 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
    Washington, DC 20003
    Neighborhood:
    Capitol Hill
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French / American
    Price: $30 and under

Bearnaise

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bearnaiserestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2024504800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday – Friday: 11:00AM - 11:00PM, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday Brunch 10:00AM - 3:00PM, Sunday Brunch 10:00AM - 3:00PM. Closed Mondays & Sunday Evenings.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, French
  • Executive Chef: Brad Race
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd and Pennsylvania Avenues SE
  • Public Transit: Capitol South (blue and orange lines) Eastern Market (blue and orange lines)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bearnaise
Béarnaise transports the flavors of Paris to Capitol Hill. Located at 3rd and Pennsylvania Ave. Southeast, Béarnaise serves bistro fare in a humble, but chic, atmosphere describes as "A French Revelation" by The Washington Post.

Inspired by their childhood memories in Montreal and years of training and living around France Chef Spike Mendelsohn and his sister, Micheline Mendelsohn Luhn, opened the bistro to rave reviews.

In the lively dining room, guests dine on classic French dishes with a twist in comfty leather booths surrounded by antique mirrors and vibrant original artwork from Parisian galleries. Pair your meal with a bottle of wine and indulge in decadent desserts to make any meal feel like an escape to France.
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Bearnaise reviews from OpenTable diners
211 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (117)fit for foodies (99)great for brunch (80)great for outdoor dining (67)special occasion (53)romantic (47)great for lunch (42)good for groups (26)notable wine list (24)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Capitol Hill a la Bernaise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Fantastic moules Dijon. Of the choices the best mariniere not as great. Wonderful roasted petit choux (brussel sprouts) with a great sauce. and the frites. Perfection. Crispy light the way they are supposed to be. I may start coming to the Hill to eat again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Brunch
    ame123
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The smoked salmon bennie is INCREDIBLE. Best smoked salmon I've ever tasted. Our waiter (tall one with the french accent) was amazing. Great service and top notch brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Salty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food was way way over salted. Even the waiter was salty and rude. Cheap meat was over cooked and loaded with meat tenderizer.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Spike has done it again!
    gcs202
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Had brunch and was pleasantly surprised by the excellent service and amazing food. Although I liked my entrée, I had entrée envy. My friend ordered the mussels, which I regretted not ordering. Both tables beside us also wished they had ordered the mussels. Gives us all a reason to go back....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Very nice Sunday brunch -- food was delicious and minor substitutions were accepted and executed well. The pricing is a bargain. Once the food was delivered, it was difficult to get waiters' attention. The noise level is very high -- almost impossible to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for birthday parties!
    jeane
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Yum! Our first experience at Bearnaise will have us coming back. We had a table of 6 loud women celebrating a landmark birthday, a farewell, and each other for lunch this week. The food was excellent, Andrew was delightful and the setting was simple and lovely. Thank you for making this a great place for us to celebrate
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    GourmandVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Bernaise makes what must be the most outstanding cheeseburger in creation. Their ginger carrot soup garnished with candied ginger slivers was sublime. Their secret is that they respect the food; its care and handling and their preparation. Our service was friendly, prompt and efficient. I look forward to dining there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely brunch @ Bearnaise
    DCDebVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Met up with a friend for brunch. We haven't seen each other for months and the staff were very accommodating, allowing us to jabber on before ordering. We ordered the $16 AYCD Mimosa option and our servers were terrific about noticing when our glasses were empty. I ordered the veggie omelet which was delicious but a little light on the goat cheese. My friend had the Croque Madame. I know it's brunch but I'd love to see some non-breakfast options other than just steak and frites and mussels. Price point for the meals is excellent and the food was piping hot when it arrived. And sitting outside was the icing on the cake!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    Ishtar
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I can see how this place is a hit or miss, but it was a total hit when I went. Brunch menu is more vibrant than dinner menu. Food options were good, though a little pricey. I enjoyed it mainly for the fact they had the best bacon I have had yet at a brunch spot and it has Bagel and Lox; which is near impossible to find in this city.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely!
    jhoskinsVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We live in the neighborhood, and Bearnaise never fails to deliver. The food is solid - I've never had a miss - and the service is fantastic. I love their selection of wines by the glass and the bottle.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, long wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I really enjoyed the server's attention to the table throughout the night. The food was very good. My only issue is the extended wait to get the food. It took almost 45 minutes to get the soup course, then another 30-40 minutes to be served the steak. It was a Tuesday night and didn't appear to be very busy at the restaurant, so I'm not quite sure why the wait was too long. I didn't want to cause a fuss or put it on the server (b/c it didn't seem like it was his fault), so I didn't mention anything that night. This doesn't seem to be something that happens often, but it may have been since I had a larger party of 7 people.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch!
    nutmeag22
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Went for brunch right at 10am. Sat immediately upstairs. Food and drinks (mimosa for me, grapefruit juice for my prego friend) were delicious, but service seemed weak considering there weren't many people there. Our waiter was standoffish and only checked on us a few times. The busboy/food runner seemed more attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely lunch outdoors
    AliceNoVaVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a coupon that made our lunch an especially good deal. On a lovely (i.e., not hot and not humid) late summer day we chose to eat at one of the outdoor tables. Since vehicular traffic is not too heavy in that particular block, it was pleasant to sit out and watch the Capitol Hill folks walk by and enjoy our delicious 3-course lunch. Waiter was very good. Can't speak to what noise level might be indoors since we ate outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top Chef in DC
    GblsnlVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I was in from out of town and wanted to try Top Chef's spike Mendelson's latest place. I was not disappointed. I had the Steak Friettes. It was cooked perfectly. The prices were surprisingly reasonable for DC. I sat at the bar and got fabulous service. If you're in DC you should give this place a try
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Everything
    GummiedoVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We loved our pre-Shakespeare dinner at Bernaise. The food was delicious! The corner table for the five of us was great for conversation and sharing food. The pigs feet was a yummy surprise and the duck confit was wonderful. We are looking forward to visiting again during the Shakespeare season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Hit
    MDGeorgeVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We were very impressed. Before a show at the Folger we were looking for a quality kitchen within walking distance. Having eaten at another French Restaurant only two weeks before on 14th Street, we ordered the same food to compare. Bernaise won hands down! Also, the service, often criticized in the reviews, couldn't have been better. The place is not fancy, but the price is right and the food was good. The wine list is sparse but well selected. We'll return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid meal, decent service
    PRawlinsVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    It was a nice lunch, service was very slow, orders took a while to be taken and then arrive. Server did not come around and check on us often. Perhaps it was because we erect seated upstairs? Usually they are very quick. Based on previous experiences I would go back, but if this was my only visit I wouldn't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Beautiful Brunch
    BrunchersAnonymous
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I actually found this restaurant through a TravelZoo promotion. So we got 2 entrees, bottomless mimosas, and a bread basket(which was delicious) for the table. The food was really great! However, I felt like our service was slightly different because we had the coupon (i.e., getting refills on our "bottomless mimosas" felt like pulling teeth). In the end, it still didn't take away from our dining experience too much. Great food! Great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • By Far the Best Restaurant in DC
    MattVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Bearnaise is the single best restaurant in DC. You can get their amazing cheese board, two glasses of wine, two delicious soups, two of the best steaks you'll ever have with perfect fries, two spectacular desserts, and two lattes all for less than $120 plus tip. At this quality, half of that food is worth that much. Bearnaise is the restaurant I use to compare every other restaurant to see how it matches up, half a bearnaise, three-quarters of a bearnaise, etc. I know I might sound like I work there, I don't, but I do one day hope to have enough money to buy this restaurant so I can eat there every night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun fun fun
    Hsheffield
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    bistro-esque place with really good food. simple and good wine list at $10 glass for almost everything. menu is mostly steaks and moules, but a pear and potato soup app was special. french fries were a little soggy but taste was good. I love bone marrow and they did a super job of seasoning with absolutely perfect crusty bread full of holes for the marrow to seep into. missed the brussel sprouts which I've heard are good-though any veg with aioli is bound to be a favorite! atmosphere is pretty high energy. lots of younger rather than older clients. the wait staff was helpful, friendly and VERY professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious brunch
    Grabby20
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Our bennies were the bomb - perfectly poached eggs, delicious croissants and the sauce was off the hook. I loved my bloody marys (two, cause they were bottomless). The quaint neighborhood feel added to our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch
    DCCarolinian
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went for Saturday brunch. I had a burger and bottomless mimosas, my boyfriend had steak and eggs and bottomless bloodies, and we shared a bread basket. The food was absolutely delicious. Our waiter was great, though he forgot the bread basket until we reminded him a second time. The restaurant is beautiful, it's a nice mix of DC and French.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointed
    JTNUGENTVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We come to Bearnaise about once a month and two of the waiters know us by sight -- that was the only thing that saved an otherwise poorly serviced dinner. It was sometimes difficult to get our assigned waiter's attention and he was very soft-spoken. Luckily first one then another waiter who recognized us went out of their way to help us with water, bread, and delivering our dessert to us. Things that our assigned waiter neglected to do even though we were the only people in the section. Food was very good as always.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    milan
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We got a selection of apetizers. Tartare, pate and cheese. Everything was delicious and served with lots of crusty bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • friendly spot
    clairie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Good food. Nice, attentive staff. Dessert delicious
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant review
    love2dine
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Overall the food was good. The french fries were the best. The service was good just seem like the waiter had too many tables to do all at once, and bust boy was able to get things quicker than the waiter. The only problem was that we were seating by the trash area which really smell, and all the tables outside were taken that we could not move.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but poor, poor service
    HilldinerVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I live on the hill and enjoy the mix of restaurants available for families. This is my second time at Bernaise and I was so unimpressed by the service. Our waiter paid ZERO attention to us. We had to ask for everything and he did not check in on us for long amounts of time. We even had to ask for refills on the water and drinks. We really felt like checking in on us was a nuisance for him, when the restaurant was only moderately busy. It took us about a half hour just to settle up the check. The nicest person on staff was the bus person, so I'll have to give credit where it's due. We enjoy the food...a good plate of steak frites for the money. But, the service will stop us from coming back.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good
    MmmhVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was poor. Overcooked steak and less than impressive order of mussels. The frites however were excellent. Service was extremely slow. Nice ambiance though. Disappointed.
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  • Outstanding in every respect
    ellie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great location. Outstanding waiter who made excellent wine and food suggestions. Outstanding food -- especially the mussels, which are served in 3 or 4 different ways. Outstanding bread and especially terrific frites, which have tarragon on them and are totally irresistible. Definitely will return often.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our Favorite Brunch Spot
    WynneWoodyVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Excellent cuisine, coupled with a relaxing, friendly atmosphere and great service, make this our favorite spot for brunch. When the weather is nice and you are lucky enough to get a seat outside (or have time to wait for one), life doesn't get much better than brunch at Bearnaise. Outdoor seating is on a fairly busy sidewalk on Capitol Hill, so it's great for people-watching, but if you don't like eating on the sidewalk while strangers walk by, you can always eat indoors. Excellent bloody mary's!! The creme brulee French toast is superb, as is everything we've tried on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feels like Paris
    SeanVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The interior looks like it's straight out of Paris. My girlfriend and I both has benedicts for brunch. The runny eggs mixed with the hollendaise to enhance the already delicious sauce. We washed them down with always-filled mimosas. A pleasant time deserves a return visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Brunch
    EssieMacBessieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I purchased a voucher from LivingSocial for brunch for two and it was marvelous! I took my BFF who is a frequent diner there, but had never done their brunch. The mimosas were terrific and the hollandaise sauce was the best she and I had ever had. Perfectly poached eggs, too. The only downside was the noise level. It was very high. However, I would not let this stop me from going back for brunch again! It was a delightful time with excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great French Gem!
    DCeats
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for a surprise date as she loves French food/art/culture. She was very impressed and loved Bearnaise! We hope to return with friends in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Sunday Brunch
    atraver
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Went with a group of 5 friends for brunch Sunday afternoon-had one of the best meals I've enjoyed in some time. The steak and eggs are outstanding! And our waiter was from Normandy, and a lot of fun. Everyone ordered different items, and commented that they really liked their meals. The baked goods are FRESH and HOT, as well as delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Jazzie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I was greeted with a smile and hello by all of the staff. It is great to go out to eat and all of the staff recognize the patrons. The food was delicious. They wanted to know if everything was okay and did you enjoy your food. I plan to go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, mediocre service :(
    pkfh
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I love Bearnaise - the first time I went I was absolutely blown away by the service. However this last time I was really disappointed. Not only did we wait for 10-15 minutes for our drinks to arrive, our server was so disinterested in us he would walk away before I could ask for anything. He was slow, not particularly friendly, and all and all just didn't seem like he wanted to be there. It was really disappointing for such a yummy restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • It was almost Paris
    nyudocVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The Sunday brunch was outstanding, even for my 14 month old granddaughter. The breads were great. The omelets and mussels reminded me of those you get in little French bistros. We will definitely try Bearnaise for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot & good service
    vollmargh
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a 9:15pm reservation on Saturday however we decided to go much earlier and see if they had room. The host was nice and was able to move our reservation to 6:30 which was significantly early but the place was empty. Online it showed tables were all booked however even when we left before 8pm they were maybe 75% full. The French Onion soup (even in August) was well worth it. Couldn't have tasted better, stock was perfect and the flavor was just right. I had the Mussels and my finance had the Steak Frits.. Nice to know the Mussles came with re-fills on the fries.. Overall a great dinner..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible food!
    CheeseIsMyOneTrueLove
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I went to Bearnaise with my friend during restaurant week- we started with a delicious baby greens salad, then had mussels in a sauce that was so good I wanted to take a bath in it. I seriously could have just had a piping hot mug of sauce and been happy as a queen. The french fries served with them were also delectable. Finally, we can a pastry sliced in half with homemade vanilla ice cream and --- get this--- homemade chocolate sauce. This sauce wasn't too sweet was was chocolaty enough to taste like sweet sin. Believe me, I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't waste your time (and money)
    Tmo2013VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food might be good, but who cares. We have waited for over an hour here and still no food. This is completely ridiculous. Same for like literally everyone here. How difficult is it to make a French toast and a steak? When we arrived every waiter ignored us. No water, no drinks, nobody cared to take our order. Finally a waiter came by, clearly bothered by the presence of any guest. This is one of the worst service experience we have ever had. Period. Anywhere in the world. Spike - this is an embarrassment for you. I wish I could give 0 stars.
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