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Chez Lucienne
Chez Lucienne

Chez Lucienne Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chezlucienne.com
  • Phone: (212) 289-5555
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Daily: 11:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 2am - Brunch Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Provencal
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: We cater for parties of 5 to 100. We rent the restaurant (or part of it)and provide outside catering. We also have discounted group menus for 10 or more for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner at the restaurant or for delivery. We are now offering Corporate Accounts.
  • Private Party Facilities: We rent out the full restaurant
  • Private Party Contact: Alain Chevreux (917) 570-5216



Getting there

  • Cross Street: 125 street
  • Public Transit: Subway #2 and #3 to 125 street and Lenox avenue.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Park meters all around. You do not have to feed them after 7pm. Garage on 126 street, between Lenox and 5th avenue.
A word from Chez Lucienne
We welcome you to Chez Lucienne bistro, the first authentic restaurant in Harlem where you will find signature French Classics with a touch of Provence. The front bar is perfect for cocktails before dinner where patrons will mingle like good friends in an upbeat ambiance. We have an exciting wine list with a fun cocktail program. Join us for mouth watering dishes such as Moules frites made 5 different ways, Bavette a l’echalotte, homemade Sausages, Saumon roti Moutarde grilled to perfection. Chez Lucienne’s dining is convivial with a friendly service and delicious food made with premium ingredients. The décor is warm with brick and mirrored walls, ceiling fans and dimmed romantic lighting, reminiscing of Colonial era. The bistro is in the heart of Harlem with its vibrant energy and history. Come for live music every saturday night (no cover) We have great bands every week, you will be dancing in your seat.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had great service and arrived at noon. By the time we left at 2pm the place was packed. We never felt rushed and the food was delicious. I had a Turkey burger and it was seasoned delightfully. I am going back next week."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Love the ambiance. Great coffee! Brunch is way better than dinner."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I've not had all three flavors offered on the mussels. The are all delicious! But the Dijonaise is my fave!!!!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We were recommended to this Harlem bistro and had a lovely brunch there on a Sunday morning. It was still early, so it was still quiet and the wait staff was most cordial. Good food, well prepared and excellent coffee. We would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Dining here never goes amiss. Great food. Cute ambiance. Friendly! I heart this place."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I have been here many times before. Sometimes with this place it's a hit or miss and this time I think it was a hit. The service was much better this time around and the wait staff was very informative."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Last Friday 8/18/14 my girlfriend and I had a wonderful time at our table on the sidewalk. We don't get to see each other often and had lots to catch up on. Very energetic Lenox Avenue vibe--lots of people to watch. Food was delicious, especially the classic mussels dish!!! Took home the broth and two lone mussels to savor the next morning. Wait staff helpful, but not too much."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This is a neat French bistro in a lively part of Harlem with good food and service. I have been there several times and never had a bad meal there."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I dined at Chez Lucienne for the first time on Friday night w a friend and found it to be a mediocre experience. On a scale of 1-10, I rate the food 5.5. We ordered the calamari appetizer which was pretty good, I had the salmon burger and my friend had mussels. The salmon burger was terrible it did not taste fresh, my friends mussels were just okay. What I found interesting is our waitress noticed I did not eat my burger I conveyed my feelings to her, nothing happened. A smart move would have been to offer free coffee or a desert! Fortunately the service was personable and I score a 9 for atmosphere. It was a fun experience but I would not return. if you expect good food, don't waste your time."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "A great local restaurant, good price, excellent wait staff."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Food was good, but service was very slow. It took over 40 minutes for our food to come to the table."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This spot is consistently GREAT! You walk in and immediately feel the warmth of a real french bistro. The food and service has always been spot on! I try to steer away from the mussels & frites in the thai-lemongrass broth but I'm absolutely addicted. And even though they are no longer offered on the menu, the kitchen always manages to quench my thirst for them =D And dont leave without trying the vanilla macadamia ice cream. Yum!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The service was perfect, the food delicious, and the entire restaurant staff gracious."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I went to this restaurant last night with my husband and our 2 friends we are on holidays from Australia we wanted a great place to go to on our final night in NYC googled restaurants and found this had a great write up and it lived up to expectations. The only down side were the staff no personality what so ever need to lighten up guys put a smile on those faces or you are in the wrong trade. Food was amazing and the wines we chose where great, so over all a must."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Always a nice time. And delicous food, cooked perfectly with flavor to please!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We sat outside for a Sunday Brunch in June. Outside is nice, but the ambience leaves much to be desired when Red Rooster is bustling at 1045am and it's only 5 people total where you are. The food was okay. Our waiter was 1 week into his job, so we gave him a break. There are these beetle-looking bats that were just a pest the entire time. I must have killed 5. I wonder if it was because of the plants right behind us. The food was decent. Beware, although the menu says "scramble", they only mean scrambled eggs. Not a skillet scramble. The scrambled eggs are perfect, but it would have been nice to know that before I ordered them."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The wait staff is extremely attentive and friendly. The food was good, not great. Really nice atmosphere and a nice place to catch up with a friend"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great place and atmosphere. A little loud, but great music scene! I would definitely recommend it for people who don't mind some noise at the dinner table!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food, service and seating outdoors all came together beautifully. The staff is friendly, attentive and stellar. And the neighborhood is vibrant and lively which all culminates here. We were lucky enough to experience live music which only added to the great evening. The steak frites was amazing; not every restaurant has such a great cut of meat and cooked to perfection. And the frites are like France! No grease. Cocktail menu interesting and includes much fresh fruit, and wine list is good quality and reasonably priced. Everything was perfect. I look forward to making Chez Lucienne a regular destination. Bravo!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "love this place! charming, great food, romantic vibe, kind and attentive servers. total smiles from me!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Enjoyed recent dinner here - very friendly atmosphere - great hamburger and dessert"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Good Food, Live Music, Vibrant Customer Base, Helpful Staff, Food was great, nice atmosphere, had the salmon, very tasty and properly cooked."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This is a nice place however, I was expecting a better quality food honestly when I went there according to what I have read. The staff was kind and attentive but how they serve the food might be improved. It would be for their own business' success."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I was pleased with the ease of making an online reservation. Food moderately priced. Not sure if it was happy hour but pleasantly surprised to pay $5 for Pinot Grigio! Prix fix menu was $24. Good choices. I had the warm tomato and goat cheese appetizer, salmon and vegetable entree and creme brûlée desert. My favorite though were the shoe string fries. Overall, very attentive service and relaxed environment. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food was AMAZING - i feel bad for the chef, though, because I'm sure he's losing a lot of business due to the poor service. Took FOREVER to get the waiter over to take our order - we were waving for at least 5 minutes and he was at the tables on either side of us... And even then the waiter did not seem well versed on the menu, and had no clue about the wine list. We all ordered different wines, and they were all pretty bad. None of us finished our wine because it was too awful to drink (although we went on to a different place and had some great bottles!). Appetizer and main were served at the same time. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Service at Chez Lucienne has been consistently excellent in the past (I've been there half a dozen times or more), but this time, what detracted was a waiter serving a bottle of white wine that was not chilled. He seemed to be new, and was polite and very well-meaning, but that was a problem. We did not bring it to management's attention, and he did try to remedy the situation by bringing an ice bucket to the table, but it did detract somewhat from an otherwise excellent meal."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I had a great time as usual! I only wish the tables weren't so close, or having more booths available for a truly romantic dinner. Other than that, this is one of my favorite places in Harlem!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "been to Chez Lucienne a few times at different times, and really try and love --but always disappointed in something.....Ordered escargot, arrived lukewarm, out of shell, and truly non-descriptive... They were out of salmon burger (one of my favorites) for dinner by 6:30pm on a Tuesday night, instead ordered Steak Friittes medium rare - said (pink/red) came out well !!! Restaurant corrected fairly quickly, though my mom ordered a Kobe burger medium and arrived rare - when replaced, came back well..What's up with all this !! Most likely will continue to visit for salmon burger and (brunch) pretty good....."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Fun street scene and good enough French fare at this lively restaurant a few walking blocks from the 125th Street MetroNorth Station. The waiters work hard to make sure things are going well."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I really love this place! The food is great and the people are very friendly. I can't wait to go back! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We've been many times and Chez Lucienne is a very good spot for French-styled brunch fare. Not as crowded or hip as next-door-neighbor Red Rooster, but frankly, the food and service is more consistent. Good for kids and medium-sized groups. Friendly service. We'll be back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "When your Campari and soda costs $12 in Harlem and it costs $10 at most downtown you know you have a problem. Service was good and food was average at best. Go next door to red rooster for a better product. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "food was terrific, the thai mussels I had were probably the best mussels I've ever had and I order them often: small, tender, perfectly cooked, each one opened and the curry/coconut milk broth with lemon grass was outstanding...my friend's tomato and cheese appetizer that she had as a main course got rave reviews as well."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "This was the first "new" restaurant on upper Lenox and it remains a good place to dine!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Forget about Red Rooster, it's all about Chez Lucienne. Food, ambience, decor and drinks are all stellar. Love this place!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "we had a fabulous, well-prepared meal! the servers were courteous and attentive. we had omelette and benedicte eggs, and the side of potatoes and salad, all very flavorful. definitely will be a regular here. merci!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This wonderful place never disappoints. Happy, friendly great food and even better now that we can sit outdoors. The service is always with a massive smile and all the friends we take there just love it. Looking forward to a great summer at Chez Lucienne! Renoir "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Chez Lucienne has the potential to be a good restaurant, but is not there yet. We went for Sunday brunch with 5 people, and several of the meals arrived cold. The waitstaff also seemed to be overwhelmed by the crowds, so it took a long time to get menus and basic service. The space is attractive and it could be a good neighborhood restaurant if they can correct these issues. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "There are about 5 really good restaurants in central Harlem (I'm not including Sylvia's tourist trap) and Chez Lucienne is one of them. Consistently excellent real French bistro fare. The lunch prix fixe is a steal!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I have eaten here before and enjoy the place, but this past Sunday, my friends and I were going to a later brunch, so I made a reservation for 1:30. We arrived at 1:20, and by 2:00 we still were not seated so we left. It seemed that people with no reservations were being seated ahead of us. When I made the reservation the night before, there were plenty of time slots available so i can't imagine all of these people suddenly decided to make reservations at the last minute. I will go back but only before 1:00, since after that it is too crowded. They don't seem organized enough to deal with the walk-ins yet give priority to parties with reservations. I based my reviews of food etc. on prior visits, since I had to rate all aspects."
    Dined on 4/13/2014