Chez Lucienne
Chez Lucienne

Chez Lucienne

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chezlucienne.com/
  • Phone: 2122895555x
  • 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: Provencal, French
  • 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 x
  • Entertainment: CHEZ LUCIENNE WAS VOTED RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS IN THE 2011 MICHELIN GUIDE





    ZAGAT RATED: FOOD-22 SERVICE-20



    FEEL THE HARLEM SPIRIT ON THE WEEKENDS AT CHEZ LUCIENNE

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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Chez Lucienne reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (40)great for outdoor dining (36)fit for foodies (27)great for brunch (18)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (11)hot spot (11)romantic (11)good for groups (10)great for lunch (10)special occasion (7)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Nice go to spot
    Tony
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Made a reservation two hours before and was accommodated. I ordered the skirt steak and my wife ordered the pasta seafood combo. She loved her dish. I order a side of spinach which I thought was really small for five dollars but overall the meal was good. We plan to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alison
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Good food and friendly staff. My friend was new to Harlem and found the restaurant to be comparable to others in UES, Midtown and downtown.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Repeat Customer
    Drsteve
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I discovered this restaurant sometime after it opened. That was before I moved into the neighborhood. But I went there often sometimes with the same people and sometimes introducing my friends to the place. Now that I live 8 blocks away, I am there more often. They are very accommodating. If my reservation is at a table I don't particularly like, they will often change it. The food is usually spot on. I am a bit boring and often order the same thing. But luckily my friends order other things on the menu and I get to taste theirs. If you drink, I really don't, order one of their speciality drinks. Creative and great tasting. And if you go there for brunch, order a Bloody Mary. The best in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a neighborhood favorite
    ChantboyVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I have lunch here once or twice a week. It's one of three excellent choices near 125th and Lenox, along with Corner Social (better bar) and Red Rooster (more expensive). Consistently excellent food and I've managed to train the bar staff to make a proper vodka martini.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent bistro
    rdrd
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This has been an extremely reliable spot for frequent visitors to our area. This time we hosted old friends from Kobe, Japan and their family on their first visit to NY. All of us had outstanding meals and the ambiance and service enhanced the experience. We'll continue to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Good Neighborhood Place
    LivCloseByVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Chwz Lucienne was the first to locate on this stretch of Lenox. It has continued to be a popular spot for dining and deservedly so. Consistent good food, especially the burgers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience here!
    AngieQVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was great as per usual! Staff could use a little bit more pizzazz, but they are courteous. Thanks for a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was delicious and the waitress was very attentive (loved that she spoke French!) The host was a little unprofessional and did not know about the OpenTable gift card that we used and was slightly panicking about it (ended up being fine though).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch with my friend
    Bianca9253VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would return
    Cranberry
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Love the ambiance. Great coffee! Brunch is way better than dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oh The Mussels
    GreeneyeddevilVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I've not had all three flavors offered on the mussels. The are all delicious! But the Dijonaise is my fave!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely surprise
    blig
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One Of Harlems BEST
    GreeneyeddevilVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Dining here never goes amiss. Great food. Cute ambiance. Friendly! I heart this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better this time around
    Racist
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a wonderful time!
    Sealove
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chez Lucienne
    mnbnycVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing food- fun atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always an enjoyable experience
    KameleonVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    A great local restaurant, good price, excellent wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jonathan
    JHBNYC1
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Food was good, but service was very slow. It took over 40 minutes for our food to come to the table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Harlem Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a new treasure to find.
    kayleVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The service was perfect, the food delicious, and the entire restaurant staff gracious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must try
    Gianna
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GreeneyeddevilVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Always a nice time. And delicous food, cooked perfectly with flavor to please!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • okay
    BasWill
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Losat
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!
    Evergreen
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious!
    wowinharlem
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    love this place! charming, great food, romantic vibe, kind and attentive servers. total smiles from me!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great comfort food, fast service
    PalherzVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Enjoyed recent dinner here - very friendly atmosphere - great hamburger and dessert
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chris231
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Good Food, Live Music, Vibrant Customer Base, Helpful Staff, Food was great, nice atmosphere, had the salmon, very tasty and properly cooked.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place for Harlem
    nyceuroguyVIP
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Find
    NewRocDiva
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food, terrible service
    HblondVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lisamart
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!!!
    AngieQVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Okay...
    UptownDiner
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.....
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 506 reviews are from the Chez Lucienne reviews archive.
  • Harlem Chic
    sobepsychVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice Sunday Brunch!
    SexyLittleMinx
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for Mom's Day
    ldellapiana
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Downtown prices for sub par product
    Food1
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet