La Mediterranee Bistro & Wine Bar
La Mediterranee Bistro & Wine Bar

La Mediterranee Bistro & Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lamediterraneeny.com/
  • Phone: 2127554155
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Provencal, French
  • Executive Chef: Edgar Navarrette
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please inquire for details.
  • Entertainment: Live piano music Monday - Saturday evenings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East 50th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available after 7pm.
A word from La Mediterranee Bistro & Wine Bar
Since 1980, La Mediterranee Bistro & Wine Bar has been well known in Manhattan for traditional French cuisine and contemporary specialties served in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
La Mediterranee Bistro & Wine Bar is a French Bistro carrying not only the gastronomic traditions of Provence and Cote D' Azur, but also those of other regions of France, represented in our daily specials such as: Bouillabaisse, Pot au feu and Cassoulet. We offer an array of fresh seafood, with a great emphasis on mussels, including five different recipes. The Italian influence in the South of France is of course manifested in our pastas prepared with our family recipes.
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La Mediterranee Bistro & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (7)romantic (7)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)special occasion (2)good for groups (2)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • great staff, great food
    dmc11
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The staff was very helpful and careful and accommodating. Nice mix of French classics and fusions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Le Mediterranee
    LuvTigger
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Wonderful menu, absolutely wonderful bouillabaisse, and loved having the piano playing softly in the background!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kathyschwadelVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We love this restaurant. You cannot ask for a more intimate, romantic place to enjoy a delicious dinner. Service is beyond compare, food is scrumptious, the host is gentile and welcoming-- and while you dine, you are treated to lovely piano music! Can't say enough good things. Just hope they go on forever. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience in a city with plenty of choices but few true gems :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lunch spot
    Protahoe
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The salmon salads were quite tasty, and another person ordered the duck confit. Overall, food was good but didn't stand out as stellar. But good place to get in and out in a lunch hour while still feeling relaxed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice restaurant
    TheaterdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Had a nice lunch , very good service and menu . Nice lunch drinks special only $5 .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent menu and great food
    EyevalueVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I came for the outdoor seating on a beautiful Spring day. The construction on the other side of the street brought me inside. But I wasn't disappointed with my dining experience. The special of soft shell crab was exceptional, firm and tasty. The fig salad was a a delightful mixture of taste and textures. The piano player was good, his music appropriate and not intrusive. All in all glad I tried the Bistro and I will be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An Oasis...
    MorganVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    ...in the midst of a regrettable "Preppie-Murder-Bar" row of middling restaurants, one finds La Mediterannée, a small French gem with very good - and very fairly priced - food and wine list. Add to civilized dining the frequent presence of a lovely pianist playing lots of Cole Porter-esque music, it's a winning place for Mid-Town East dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy all around
    HerkyVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Warm welcome, attentive, though not forceful, service, excellent piano player and a feeling of welcome with well-executed classic recipes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 253 reviews are from the La Mediterranee Bistro & Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • Hit the spot
    Schrejs
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Good service, low noise. Perfect for lunch. I would recommend for lunch. Lots of regulars
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LMB&WB
    audre
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We had a hidden table near the stairs to the restrooms. And this with a reservation! Walk-ins had better seating. There were only 3 reservations actually made. Thankfully the food was good. Would think twice before going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rare find
    John
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Last year, my wife and I had walked by the restaurant and noted a piano player near the bar. He played really well. We went in and sat at the bar and listened for a while sipping our cocktails. We made a dinner reservation for the next evening and had a great time. This year we went back and it was just as we remembered. A really nice, intimate, European styled restaurant with good food, good service, nice friendly staff, and soft piano music by Harold playing the American Song Book!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Always a pleasure to be in the cozy old-fashioned spot, there aren't many like it anymore.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just OK
    OpolisVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food is OK but not that good. Formulaic French classics. No imagination but decent. Sides are mediocre. Despite the small size the service was so-so. Wouldn't go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Nice
    Carm
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I enjoyed my experience, the place is cozy, the staff is very friendly and the jazz was wonderful. Very nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic French dishes done right
    BzaitaVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Delicious classic French dishes: Coq au vin, beef bourguignon, trout amandine. Go
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Valentine's day dinner
    Nate
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Took my girlfriend to La Mediterranee Bistro for valentine's day. I was really pleased overall - great food, great wine, not too cramped (though the place was full). Quality French dining - would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and good atmosphere
    Abby
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great food and good atmosphere and a good piano player
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was very good and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    The food was very good and the service was polite and unobtrusive. We thought the cost for dinner was reasonable. Dinner was at 6:30 and there were only 4 couples, so noise level was negligible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food and ambiance
    reviewernickname
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    an adorable little gem on the east site. Beouf bourguignon was the best i ever had. Escargot was extremely flavorful surrounded with parsley and garlic. Trout was excellent. A great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre at best
    80128VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    the wine list is expensive and doesn't have vintages. the service is brusque. the food tastes like something you would get on an airplane. the piano player repeats himself. on the positive side, the room is kind of pretty, if dated, and it's quiet. i would not go back.
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  • The food is always good, excellent
    kushieVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    The food is always good, excellent selection and many specials for you to choose. Have recommended it to others who have also enjoyed this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tried, true & wonderful...
    scovarnyc
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    I've been frequenting La Mediterranee since 1985. I've brought customers there for business lunches, girlfriends for romantic dinners and good friends when looking for excellent food, good ambiance and a good place for conversation. A relatively small restaurant gives the owner, Ernesto, the opportunity to oversee everything. Food is very well prepared and comes piping hot to your table. They've had a pianist for years, who adds to the wonderful ambiance. The menu is kind of a hybrid French Bistro; wonderful fish, pasta, steak, fries to die for, tasty desserts. Wait staff is very attentive, but never intrusive. What can I tell you, I love this restaurant. In the spring/summer they have tables out in front.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    HarrywinoVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We were a group of nine. We were very well accommodated. The service was fine. The menu was typically French, including the specials. The prices of the food and wine were reasonable. We would certainly return if in the area again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like being in Paris!
    Jess
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Delightful bistro atmosphere and food. The classic dishes are prepared beautifully, and the staff is warm and welcoming. Service was leisurely, which worked well for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Food and the Music
    JasperVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    A neighborhood French restaurant with excellent food, La Mediterranee is also appealing for its piano music--mostly Gershwin show tunes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Tasteteam
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    When visiting New York we always looked forward to a great evening at La Mediterranee. This was a bad night. Service extremely slow. Food mediocre. Last time for us. I am sorry.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood French bistro
    JoJo
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    A restaurant with very good French food, a good wine list, friendly, knowledgable staff. Top this off with a comfortable bar and entertainment in the form of a pianist who plays under your conversation! Great place for a business dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for lunch with my girlfriend
    kdiner
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Went for lunch with my girlfriend during work. It was nice because the menu was different and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what we were hoping for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    We were visiting NY and needed a lunch spot on 2nd ave to meet our son who works nearby. We had an 1145 reservation and arrived about 10 min early-the door was locked! We had to call on the phone and then they unlocked the door. Waitstaff seated us, then ignored us for 15 minutes even though we were the only customers. Finally given water and menus at 12. Food was decent but nothing special. Lunch time on Friday in a business area and only 8 customers in the restaurant? Maybe would be better for after work or dinner. Made us feel we were intruding. Good if you wanted a quiet place.
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  • Best onion soup around! (Even
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    Best onion soup around! (Even better than some I had last month in Paris) Service was great. Omlett was light n fluffy. Old school decor but nice and cool on a hot day in the city.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Done La Mediterranee Bistro!
    Nankervis
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    A perfect finish to our 30th wedding Anniversary weekend in New York. A fitting substitute for our wedding location Tavern on the Green. Food was superb! My wife is French and she said the entire meal was just like being at "home"! Round tables provided perfect social and dining atmosphere for a party of eight. I would expect French Champagne on the wine list, not French sparkling wine. While tasty, we expected Champagne would be available. The rest of the wine list was excellent. Prices were VERY reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excuse me..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    tight seating in the middle section - waiters contantly bumping into you.ask for a side banquet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food! Wonderful piano
    tastebud
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    Great food! Wonderful piano music! Very enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I am in France as soon as I enter.
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    Always an excellently prepared , varied, authentically French menu. The staff, with Ernesto in the lead, is welcoming, well-informed, and so-o-o French! What a pleasure from the moment I cross the threshhold!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem French Bistro
    NYCGal
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    Delicious food, fresh and perfectly prepared. I had the split pea soup, salmon salad and pommes frites. All were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kind of a surprise
    itsabramo
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    Visiting NYC and just stumbled upon this VERY small French bistro w charming bar, ambiance, piano player and excellent food. The French onion soup was out of this world. Waitress Ana was amusing and patient trying to teach me how to fold the napkins that grace the table. The place was still serving dinner at 9:45 when we left.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Winner
    joyfulVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    We had the escargot as an appetizer. First time for my husband. He loved the garlic sauce it was served in, great for bread dunking. I loved the snails too. They were plump and juicy. AS a main course I had the bouillabaisse. There could have been more fish but what there was was very tender and again the broth was delicious. My husband had the lamb shank. Tender and juicy. He devoured it. We had a nice table in the corner. The restaurant was full and quite lively but not so much that you couldn't hear each other talk. And I must add that the service was very attentive and not at all rushed in spite of the fact that the restaurant was full. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint French bistro.
    smileVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    If you like wonderful French food and music, pianist whilst having dinner, (which we do). This is a great neighborhood find. We very much enjoyed our dinner experience in this quaint French bistro.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent...just one small thing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Just one tiny complaint. My husband was given the menu before I was. And when the food came, I was the last one to be served -- after my husband and my children We were there for Mother's Day and the waiter should have known that women get served first - whether or not it's Mother's Day!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French atmosphere in Manhattan
    WeekenderVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2013
    This is a beautiful small restaurant great for a romantic or intimate dinner. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with paintings of french signature. Harold at the piano gave us a wonderful musical world tour .I commend him for his talent and great choice of musical themes. I had the prix fixe dinner which included nicely done moules à la mariniere preceded by a tomato salad with olive oil dressing. Dessert was a small delicious cheese cake. My counterpart had grilled salmon which was very good. I asked for substitution of french fries that came with the mussels with haricot verts and it was done. This was charged as a side order on the bill but was removed when I pointed it out to the waiter. Nice cozy place for a french dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.