Loulay
Loulay

Loulay

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.loulay-seattle.com/
  • Phone: (206) 402-4588
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday-Friday 7:00am-11:00am

    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 7:00am-3:00pm

    Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:00am-2:00pm

    Dinner: daily 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Pay with OpenTable,Visa
  • Cuisine: French American
  • Executive Chef: Thierry Rautureau
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact - (206) 402-4588 - angela@thechefinthehat.com
  • Private Party Facilities: The private mezzanine is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and accommodates up to 30 guests for a seated event and 40 guests for a standing reception-style affair.

    Evening buyouts are also available.

    To book a party please email Angela at angela@thechefinthehat.com
  • Private Party Contact: Angela Everling 2064024588x
  • Special Events: Please contact Executive Assistant/Private Party Coordinator Angela Everling - (206) 402-4588 - angela@thechefinthehat.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Ave
  • Public Transit: 49, 11, 10, 43, 47, Sound Transit - Link Light Rail
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking at the Sheraton and street parking
A word from Loulay
Loulay Kitchen and Bar is a new restaurant from Thierry Rautureau. Loulay is an urban, contemporary French restaurant and will feature local, seasonal fare with the influence of his upbringing in "Saint-Hilaire de Loulay." The accessible & multi-leveled dining room will offer the guests a variety of dining experiences offered throughout the day.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Loulay reviews from OpenTable diners
385 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (298)special occasion (185)notable wine list (135)romantic (125)hot spot (102)neighborhood gem (86)great for lunch (84)good for groups (70)vibrant bar scene (60)great for brunch (49)late-night find (38)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • ugly place good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    The environment is kind of awful crowded, noisy and not very accessible (no elevator to upstairs dining area) but the food is truly outstanding. We had "butter cod" and loved it along with a crab fritter for a starter, both were perfect. As you would expect from this chef, the design of the food was superb, the taste a treat for the mouth. We cannot recommend the decor, but the food is as good as it gets in Seattle, that is really what eating out is all about anyway........
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review of Loulay
    suzy
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    The whole experience from service to lovely prepared food was stellar. No wonder this restaurant was named 'best of Seattle'. we are going back today for lunch:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold food :(
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The dishes tasted great, looked great....but the food was cold. We didnt complain. Its unfortunate that it's all too common when you go to a place that takes time to make food look great....that it comes out cold. Eggs and potatoes cold are not a good thing :(
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find!
    sandydlcVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Being former fans of Rover's, we were excited to try this new restaurant. Everything we had was wonderful - the foie gras, the duck sliders, the black rice risotto, the roasted chicken. We'll definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    lnrobin
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The food was so great at Loulay. The polenta with mushrooms was our favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loulay worth a try
    LoulayNov2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Tried Loulay for the first time, nice atmosphere and they were accommodating for a last minute change from 4 top to a 5 top. Salmon was excellent , fish stew was a bit disappointing as our group expected a red sauce more bouillabaisse style. Also a busser dropped something on my back while clearing starter plates , suit now requires earlier dry cleaning. It was nice that the Chef in the Hat was waiting at door to say hello and talk to is as we were leaving. Our guests from out of town appreciated that personal touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Tres belle in every sense ... Lovely decor, gracious and attentive staff, delicious food, and engaging Chef in the Hat who speaks to each table with humor and authenticity. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Delicious food! Everything from fresh salad, grilled salmon, to amazing French fries! Great for meetings or catching up with girlfriends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed by the hat
    Wellseasoned
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    My wife and I have a tradition of going to a special restaurant to celebrate wedding anniversary. We have been to most of the well known spots including rovers, so our expectations might have been rather high. Loulay is not Rovers. The ambiance, the service, the noise and most of all the food were not of that caliber. Perhaps too high of a mark. Having said that, we both felt that it was less than it could have been. We sat in the balcony in comfy arm chairs at a 2 top overlooking the restaurant below. Interesting at first we soon felt that we were in more of a corridor than a dining room. More so because we were right next to a service door that the staff were constantly accessing. While the service was adequate it was not stellar, small things like forgetting to replace a fork or not bringing extra cutlery when we said we were sharing. There was also some misunderstanding on our order that I'm going to blame on the noise level. We ended up with one of Chef's favorites, the scrambled egg and caviar, a 25 $ addition that we did not order. The egg was one of the best dishes I had. However, that was the pinnacle. Our 1st course was the rainbow carrot salad ( nice but not special) and the French onion soup ( classically done with a delicious complex broth, but what else would you expect). For a second we had the smoked pork cheeks and black rice rissotto. The cheeks were a bit bland but the sauce was superb and while the risotto was interesting ( the crispy root veg topping was a wonderful counter to the creamy texture), it lacked inspiration. We ended on the ribeye which was seasoned well but was not prepared as requested and suffered from a very pungent goat cheese topping that dominated the flavors ( again the sauce was divine). Desert was satisfactory, I preferred the profiteroles. The beverages were quality, a very nice Fallen Angel (bourbon and herby type liqueur) and a nicely decanted chateau Neuf de pape. Over all a nice dinner but not stellar.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Find
    TessVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Everything was wonderful. However, they need to change the napkins from white to black as white lint remained on all my guests laps.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    Jamfil
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    I was looking forward to try Loulay. I'm from Vegas and eaten at different restaurants. Loulay didn't disappoint . The crab crocquet was to die for. I ordered the perfectly cooked salmon. The chocolate dessert not to be missed. They didn't have the wine i ordered though. It's on their wine list.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy place, great food & outstanding Foie Gras
    Ulysse888
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Everything was to our liking, the food was very good and portions are good too. Maybe the scallops tartar as a starter was a bit blant. All great though, with the exception of the table settings and tablesize: Table for 2 means you are sitting very closely to your next neighbor, likewise a table for two arrangement. Distance maybe 1 foot. That's gives you a Paris flair and that is acceptable. The awkward part however is that your own's table depth is definitely more than 1,5 feet, feels like close to 2 feet. As a result you hear your neighbor's voice almost better than the voice of the person you came to have dinner with
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Major disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    2nd time there - the 1st time the food was reasonable;e and the service was poor. This time this service was erratically poor - the waiter clearly wanted to be anywhere else - and it showed - and the food was lousy. Never again!
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  • Great food, atmosphere not so good.,
    tippyVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Chef Thierry Rautureau has developed a great menu. The good is both tasty and fun. I would give the menu and food and A+, but would have to give the architect that designed the space a C-. Repeat customers are already arguing with the staff trying to avoid eating in certain areas. It is cramped and noisy. We sat five feet from the wine pouring and water station which took up much of an outside wall. It was not a great place to eat dinner. On a positive note the food was great and the service was very good. We would go back, but like others we observed, would be more careful where we sat.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Affordable, spot on food and service
    maddog
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    If you love the energy and conviviality of a "downtown" see and be seen spot this is the place for you. Food very tasty, beautifully presented, great for sharing, and best of all it appears in a flash! Team service at it's best, never waited or wanted for anything and the place was jumping. Prices very reasonable. Chicken tender, juicy (we were warned it would take 10 minutes). Wish my mom's was as good on all those Sunday dinners growing up. Polenta with mushrooms very good, mushrooms were amazing. The pork cheeks were tender with a touch of smoke to make them interesting. All very, very affordable! A real find. I take my hat off to the "chef in the hat".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodLover2
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I love Luc and have wanted to try Loulay since it opened. After reading Seattle Met's review as the restaurant of the year, a trip for brunch was a must! When a friend came into town last weekend it was the perfect opportunity. The benedict was delicious as was the Loulay Mary. My friend also loved her smoked salmon scramble. Already looking forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service, but loud.
    LauraJ
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We had Friday night reservations. The place was busy. As parents with a young child, out on a rare date night, we were disappointed to be seated at a middle table amongst a row of tables in the middle of the main floor. It was not very romantic or private and the restaurant is pretty loud, but there were no other table options. That is my only complaint. The menu has many choices and lots of small plates for sharing. The food was terrific. Crab begniets were tasty and the Harissa aioli had a perfect heat level. I thoroughly enjoyed a comforting bowl of seafood stew and my husband's ribeye was delicious. Chef Thierry stopped by our table to check on our experience and was charming as ever. Will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • 6 times and counting...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Another great night out at Loulay. Still thinking about the pork cheeks and the butter-poached cod. Wine list is full of well-priced selections. We went with Owen Roe's Ex Umbris, a regional syrah flexible enough to handle our diverse selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great presentation!
    lulubugVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Loved the presentation, atmosphere and food. I ordered what the person next to me ordered because of how great it looked!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my new favorites
    janehVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Finally tried this place and was not disappointed. Salmon was excellent as well as the chicken. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Need to try it again
    JGK11447
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I'd heard all the hype and the location was perfect for a business dinner with clients from New York. The service was so-so and the server's personality was extremely low key. We didn't order all the courses and what we ordered was good, but nothing over the moon (a few salads and the salmon with quinoa). The bread from Grand Central was nothing notable. My guests were quite impressed with the wine list. The ambiance may be better on a Thursday/Fri/Sat evening - we were there on a Monday. However, the restaurant was 3/4 full when we were there so the ambiance should have been fine. I guess I'm not sure what I'm missing here that makes this the best new restaurant in Seattle.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time back...won't be the last
    Fischer22
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great meal at Loulay. The smoked pork cheeks were fantastic. Take your time, order a few courses, enjoy some great food and have a bottle of wine. Couldn't ask for much more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beef burger and fries outstanding.
    patricamo
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Finally a burger cooked the way I want it. I am so tire of restaurants asking you how you want your burger cooked only to get it well done. Loulay delivered a perfectLy cooked "medium" burger. Fries were great also.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Ilovehawaii
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Couldn't wait to go there and it did not disappoint. Fantastic food great selection. Ample portions. Great ambiance. We went for brunch and cannot wait to go back. Only slight disappointment was service. Very non attentive but was ok for us since we were not in a rush
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful French Flair in Seattle
    EnjoyNewFlavors
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Loulay is a wonderful find. The tastes are delightfully integrated and refined. Portions are appropriate and classically European. The Chef greets all diners and is warm and friendly. This is a definite repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For special occasions....
    EmmanuelVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Not cheap, but the restaurant is beautiful and chic, food is amazing, refined, and the wine list is great. For a special occasion when you want just a really fantastic interesting meal in a grown up sophisticated environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Updated
    Pastalover
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Loulay had just revamped their menu so it was interesting to see they now have what I would call an updated French menu. No quiche or the typical French fair, more of a nuevo style French cuisine. It was lunch so we had the farmers dish which consisted of Loulays homemade sausage, fresh roasted or sauteed veggies, a lovely goat cheese that had a bit of a smokey flavor and bread done on the grill. Good presentation and some interesting combinations. It was good but not wow. The hard surfaces make for a noisy environment which is typical of most new restaurants now but does make it difficult to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brilliant
    SatedDiner
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Classic French bistro fare with an eye to the American diner. Loulay offers an extensive wine list and a menu with a selections at a variety of price points. The service is spot on and appropriate without ever hovering. We started with: Crab Beignets: lump crab meat that was battered and deep fried & accompanied by a spicy Remoulade. We also had Duck Sliders: morsels of Duck confit with a rich demi glace on a split pate a choux puff. A salad of torn leaf lettuce was next. Simple and uncomplicated with a perfect amount of dressing. Our third course was Ribeye steak. Cooked medium rare, topped with a grassy Compte cheese and grilled onions and accompanied with a rich sauce. Hands down the best dining experience in Seattle.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch
    Seattle
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner immensely! Each dish was outstanding in taste, texture, imaginative seasoning, and presentation. The Chef in the Hat made a genial visit to each table, adding to the festive and welcoming ambiance. --A great way to spend an evening.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WONDERFUL!
    Tigger
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Even though we were late they squeezed us in and we had a wonderful dinner. I'd highly recommend this restaurant for fabulous French food and almost perfect service.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An outstanding French bistro
    DrKB
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I very much enjoyed dining in Loulay and actually went twice. The restaurant is exceptional and was very convenient to my hotel and the offices where I was working. I recommend it strongly. Not surprisingly, the most impressive single dish was their scrambled egg with caviar -- I had read about it and it did not disappoint. The seared Ahi Tuna and the Salmon on quinoa were very impressive too, and I really enjoyed the seared fois gras. Nice wine choices by the glass.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • meh
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    perhaps I ordered wrong - went out on a limb with a corned beef sandwich - which was grey - fatty - oily -
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  • Good was weak
    Love2Cook
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We found the menu uninspired but, even more disappointing, the food was unevenly prepared.
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  • Delicious
    mkellerVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Even though this is hardly a "burger joint", I had the best hamburger of my life here. The chef stopped by our table and explained what made it so delicious. Give it a try!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef Thierry - another gem
    Mommylovestoeatout
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food is fantastic - bistro inspired fare but taken a notch above in terms of inventiveness and taste combinations. The desserts are some of the best in the city - layers of delicious taste combinations, engaging multiple flavors and textures. Cocktails are also great - on the inventive side, but not so much that you can't enjoy them with food. Plus, Chef Thierry is often to be found walking the dining room, stopping for jokes and sincere thanks for visiting his restaurant. We love this place.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    HeidiJ
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Luckily this restaurant was located in the same building as a conference hotel I was staying at. The food was truly spectacular--probably the best salmon I've had in a very long time. Service was attentive without being overbearing. Definitely a chef who knows what he's doing in the kitchen.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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  • Good food poor service
    SeahawksFan
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    While I totally enjoyed the food; scallop carpaccio, grilled albacore, and black risotto, I was very disappointed by the service. I had to get the bus people to pass along my needs to the server. The highlight of the night was meeting Thierry AKA the chef-in-the hat and comparing our chapeaux....lol
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience - food okay
    Boca
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    This French restaurant sits in the heart of the convention district. The ambience is energizing and yet there are nooks and crannies and balconies that provide a wonderful character. The waiters are fast, diligent but not too social. The food was okay - nothing really special. Had the crab beignets - they were okay but without the aioli lacked taste. The main course of poached cod and spaghetti squash was fair. The cod was poached perfectly but it was dropped on a bed of soaked squash and vegetables in a greasy mess. Presentation was poor, taste fair; price excessive for what was delivered. Dessert was a scoop of icecream - very flavorful but again presentation was only marginal.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • atraveler
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The noise level was too loud for quiet conversation and we may not return for dinner.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    luluo
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I have had dinner here several times now, and the food is always outstanding. The cocktails are terrific, and the wine list is impressive. All the wait staff is excellent: friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. I would like it to be quieter, but it is better than other downtown spots where, no matter how good the food, I refuse to return to the din. At Loulay's we can carry on a normal conversation--what a treat. We enjoy everything about this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.