Tout Va Bien
311 west 51st street
New York, NY 10019Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $31 to $50
Tout Va Bien
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.letoutvabien.com/
- Phone: 2122650190
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: French
- Executive Chef: le pape
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch
- Private Party Facilities: Tout Va Bien private room can old from 10 to 50 people we will work with you to make a menu that everyone will be happy with.
- Private Party Contact: Michael Touchard 212-265-0190
A word from Tout Va Bien
Tout Va Bien open since 1948 is the oldest French bistro in the theater district. every classic French dish you are looking for you will find for sure!!!! Escargot coq au Vin beef bourguignon steak au poivre lamb chops with garlic just a few examples. Tout Va Bien is now in it's third generation and keeps getting better year after year. We offer a prix fix for 25.95 until 8 pm. So come enjoy French music and a true peace of France in NYC see you soon.Continued
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Tout Va Bien reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since June 22, 2014
- Ambiance3.5Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (44)fit for foodies (21)romantic (16)great for lunch (15)late-night find (10)special occasion (8)good for groups (7)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
- Decent not DecadantEYEWANTMOREVIPDined on 10/15/2014This is a semi-adequate little bistro, a few steps off the beaten path. If you're jones-ing for a bit of Provence - no cigar. It's the little things missing from the food - no pearl onions or carrots in an otherwise decent coq au vin. The half-duck special was over-cooked to the point of being dry. Salads weren't impressive. The desserts were probably the best of the meal. Chocolate mousse was quite good, but the apple tart was so-so. The complementary sangria they bring out at the end of the meal was the real thing, and a nice finish. All in all, we probably won't go back. The owner was there and he said the restaurant had been in his family for 65 years. He should give just a bit more effort and it would be a winner.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pleasant SurpriseOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 10/13/2014This was my first experience and it was good enough that I would consider returning if I found myself in the neighborhood again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Prix fixe lunch for $15!profBDined on 10/8/2014We couldn't believe that one could get a prix fixe lunch in NYC for $15! All four of us thought the food was delicious and plentiful. It was French food with American portions. The service was excellent and we were able to arrive at the theater in plenty of time for a Matinee. We will be back with a group in December.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Under staffedlovefrenchfoodDined on 10/3/2014We've been here twice for a before theater dinner. Both were very tight on time, the second unusually tight. Food is very, very good but the wait staff and kitchen are woefully understaffed. Last time we waited 45 minutes before we even had a drink and entered our order. The 2 servers were never without a table that needed attention and worked like demons. However,we barely got our food and paid before we had to leave. ( Got to the theater 4 short and 1 long block away with only a few minutes to spare). I would recommend the restaurant highly for folks who want a great dinner ( mussels and sole highly recommended) but are not in a great rush. Probably at 8:00PM or later. Find someplace else for a pre-theater dinner
- very poor service this timemikeVDined on 10/3/2014Although the food is very goog, the service for pre theater dinner was extremely slow and frazzled. The restaurant was crowded but the wait between apprtizer and main course was nearly one hour.
- Same restaurant as Yesteryear?donnicadinerDined on 9/26/2014My husband and I first went to Tout maybe 15 years age. It felt like being in Paris - good food, lots of noise and French expats eating, an active bar, good energy. We went many times through the years. When we went 2 years ago it was different - too quiet, no bar, but the food was still very good. Last week we gave it another try based on other reviews. Again sadly, we were disappointed. The food was the same so the chef hasn't changed but the restaurant is not what it once was. No vibe. Will not go again. Does anyone know the back story?
- After theatre dinnerDCFoodyDined on 9/20/2014I went here with my boyfriend after the theatre. It took a while to get noticed and seated, over 5 minutes before anyone said hi. But once seated, we had a very good time. The staff was curteous and paid attention to us. The food was very delicious. I would come here again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great FrenchDbtonyDined on 9/19/2014The food was reasonable and delicious. The service could be better but it was more than acceptable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A charming French bistroLorraineVIPDined on 9/17/2014The pre-theater menu was reasonably priced and had plenty of options. Escargot were prepared well, and coq au vin was excellent. Our primary waitress was attentive and good. Am only giving service four stars because of a second waitress who seated us and seemed distracted and a bit surly. The house wine by glass is very expensive -- $14 -- which is out of line with the rest of the menu. Ask for a half carafe -- it's $16.Special Features:
- therapyDined on 9/16/2014the old style french quisine...coq au vin..bouef bourguinon..good..Special Features:
- Always a treatOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/14/2014I wanted my daughter and 17 year old granddaughter to experience a "real" French restaurant on their first trip to NY and TVB did not disappoint. The food was really outstanding, the service excellent and all in all it was a lovely evening.Special Features:
- Old school....BobboDined on 9/13/2014Very old school "joint" but didn't have some menu items or wines we requested. no frogs legs in classis French Bistro? The wine list is absurd (they only list types of wines and regions with prices next to them. For example a "St Emilion" Bordeaux was X $amount.) Really bizarre list even for old school restaurant. No vintages either. Champagne was $90 but no name of the champagne. Portions were large (even too large) and quality of food was average/good for French bistro. I would go back cause I recall such good times there but wouldn't recommend it. And in the end we had a good meal and enjoyed ourselves.Special Features:
- Good service. Bad food.ChuckDined on 9/7/2014Dinner after a matinee on Sunday. The restaurant was slow. So the Service was great. But who ever cooked the veal scallopini should be taken out and shot. Overcooked and shoe leather quality. I should have sent it back but I was with a very nice lady and didn't want to make a scene.Special Features:
- KCdinerVIPDined on 8/31/2014Our server seemed to know nothing about the wine offerings. The wines we did order (house wines) were average, at best. The food was much better (we ordered from the pre-theater menu). My wife ordered mussels in white wine (xxlnt); I had escargot, also very nice. We each ordered salmon for our entrees - the salmon was cooked perfectly, & quite good, but the red sauce served with it was too strong, & we pushed it to the side. The potatoes were lumpy & the broccoli was over-cooked. Choc mousse for dessert was fine. We would not return.
- Great food & fun.OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 8/29/2014Beef bourguinone to die for, best Creme brûlée' you will ever have, wonderful staff, great owner. Always a delight and a perfect place before hitting Broadway for a theater performance. They'll make sure you have a quality dinner in time to make your show. Try them for post theater as well. These folks know how to have a good time.Special Features:
- Tout Va Bien is a Wonderful BistroLarbetDined on 8/29/2014Tout Va Bien is a restaurant that I've have gone to over the years and it's always been a festive and a very comfortable experience with some excellent French country cooking on their menu. Their Coq Au Vin is superb as well as boeuf bourguignon. One can get a prix fixe, pre-theatre dinner for about $27.00, which includes appetizer, entree and dessert. They certainly don't stint on the portions and so go with an appetite. It's a leisurely dining experience and so, if you're there for a hit and run experience, it wouldn't be Tout Va Bien. Also, it's an older place with checkered tablecloths and photos on the walls of the well known actors/actresses who have dined there over the years. The waitstaff is cordial and knowledgeable.Special Features:
- Tout Va BienBuckwheatDined on 8/24/2014We had been twice when visiting NYC and loved it. This time, although the server was great, the ambiance had changed. Does not feel FRENCH any more at all. Also, they need some sprucing up at the entrance to compete with nearby restaurants. We were disappointed in some of the dishes (pureed spinach). Also, they were nice to serve a large bowl of Sangria that we did not order, but there was no way we could drink it all, and hated to see it wasted. Owner was not there, so maybe that was part of the loss of atmosphere. Took several family members, and one was not happy with beef serving (way too done). All other dishes were fine. Trout Amandine, duck and Coq au Vin dishes were good. We missed the old Tout Va Bien!
- Good food, not good serviceDinergalDined on 8/22/2014We were there with very few other diners. There were two waitresses who were not familiar with the menu and appeared as if they had a full house. We ordered the sangria that had very little to no wine and tasted like fruit punch. Nevertheless, the food made the trip worthwhile.Special Features:
- helenzguyDined on 8/15/2014Tout Va Bien is one of the last of the Broadway bistros and has earned its survival. My late wife and I often ate there on theater nights and always enjoyed it. I dined there with a friend a few nights ago--another old Tout Va Bien fan--and it was a nostalgia trip for both of us. The room could be in Paris. The menu is an expansive catalogue of bistro classics, well prepared. The wine list is short but very well selected and moderately priced. The room is smallish, but the noise level was low even before the theater-goers left. It was a great venue for what we wanted--a long, nostalgic conversation over seriously good bistro fare.Special Features:
- Old school FrenchCrankyDined on 8/13/2014Good pre-theater menu; service was good and food quite nice. Decor could use a freshening but overall a fine choice for a pre-theater dinner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Closed until September?NoLunchForYouDined on 8/10/2014My reservation for lunch was accepted. We had a friend from Florida visiting. We showed-up for our lunch only to see a sign saying they were closed for lunch until September. Very disappointing.
- HorribleImaginationDined on 8/9/2014Made reservation on line because we tried for days to call directly but no answer. We got our confirmation on line and then on the day of our reservation we get a call in the morning they can not honor our reservation what kind of crp is this!!!! Will never do this again.
- Great pre-theater mealSylvieDined on 8/8/2014We had an excellent pre-theater meal at Tout va Bien last week. All our meals were served at the same time - which is quite an accomplishment since there were nine diners! We've been here several times and plan to return.Special Features:
- Old school classic French food!!!egaonaDined on 8/4/2014I was so delighted to find this place, because they offer French classics like Tete de Veau and Tripes a la mode de Caen. We ordered the latter, since they didn't offer the former because it's only available during winter. The Tripes were excellent. Aside from the Tripes, we ordered Cote de Porc and Filet de Sole and they were also good! I can't say enough about the ambience, because most of the customers, with the exception of my group, were speaking in French. I'll be back in the winter to try their Tete de Veau!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just OKOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/26/2014The money spent on very expensive theater tix turned out to be completely worth it! I can't say the same for Tout Va Bien. I had already decided on the prix fix menu choices of the mussels appetizer, coq au vin and caramel custard. Where was the flavor? Mussels were just OK. Coq au vin had a brown sauce that was just OK, a little salty but no bold flavors. The chicken was very tender though. And a boiled potato was disappointing as I think mashed would suit the dish better. Dessert was good. Husband ordered salmon and it was completely underwhelming. The décor, as mentioned before is cozy and a bit kitschy but nice ambiance with a number of French-speaking diners. Our young male server was excellent!
- Pre Theater GemBerwinDined on 7/26/2014Good food, close to many theaters, great value for pre theater dinner, service can be overwhelmed at peak period.Special Features:
- A Standby SurvivorMike5832Dined on 7/25/2014Most of the French bistros in the theater district are memories but Tout Va Bien is still going strong, unpretentiously staying with the classics (and a few extensions, like an entree of osso buco that my wife pronounced excellent. The young French servers were helpful and charming.Special Features:
- Disappointed in the Beef BurgandyHoosierkateDined on 7/24/2014My husband's "beef stew" was too tough. He makes it at home and we know what a good one tastes like. Surprising since this is a typical French dish and a place like Tout Va Bien should have it down pat. My Coq Au Vin was pretty good. The mussels as appetizer were delicious. The wine we had was nice and a decent price. The service was excellent. We were going to a show and my husband didn't want to take the time to send back his dish. This was my second time here and his first time. C'est damages! But we will return. Just disappointed this time around.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Authentic French & ReasonablechatnoirDined on 7/22/2014What do I like about this place? I like the: authentic French food, friendly aura, red seats, reasonable prices, intimate setting in the front room and how most people start speaking French the later it gets. We also had a great bottle of Rose' wine for $32. There are also glasses of house wines, but not a great selection. I'd go back anytime.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Friendly FrenchLolitaVIPDined on 7/15/2014The ambience is classic French but more casual due in part to a large TV at the back of the dining room. So this would be a perfect place to watch a sporting event while eating very well. Also a great pre-theater spot. The staff could not be nicer and the food is perfect bistro fare.Special Features:
- old fashion French foodluv2cookVIPDined on 7/15/2014whenever you are in the mood for old fashion french food-this is the place. the server was very efficient.Special Features:
- Not a Good ValueJannVIPDined on 7/15/2014Prixe Fixe Lunch $14.95. Mushroom soup was flavorful; Nicoise salad was the worst I have ever eaten. Traditionally this salade compose is pleasing the eye as well as the palate. The ingredients were hapharzardly scattered on the large plate with too much lettuce, far too many anchovies, strange white potatoes, tasteless canned tuna and sharp vinegar taste in dressing. Crème caramel dessert was overcooked and grainy. I expected a French bistro could serve a credible Nicoise salad but clearly this restaurant cannot. In spite of low price and quantity of ingredients, quality was sorely lacking.
- Bachlorette Week-endabfabDined on 7/12/2014Had dinner here with my Bridal Party...it was very French. We had a good time, the atmosphere was a bit more casual then we expected but the food and service was good! :)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food at a great priceDowntownfoodieVIPDined on 7/12/2014Terrific. Great pre theater Sat night. Had the prize fixe and great food, service and cost. Mussels, salmon and chocolate mousse!! Wonderful service with great attitude. Definitely going back!Special Features:
- LovelymyfavefrenchfoodnfamilyDined on 7/9/2014Tout Va Bien has been a favorite for years, many years, having been born and raised in the neighborhood. It is for me, one of the best restaurants to introduce someone to good homestyle french cooking. The Prix Fix menu is the best way to go moneywise, and the choices on it are some of my favorite apps, entrees and desserts anyway, at Tout Va Bien. The best part about eating there besides the wonderful food, is that you are not in any way rushed through your drinks, appetizers, entrees or desserts. You can sit and visit and never feel there are eyes on you waiting for you to leave. We had a 5:30 reservation for dinner before an 8:00 show at Radio City. It was perfect timing. :)Special Features:
- Delightful Dining on July 6, 20142ontripDined on 7/5/2014We were presented with a basket of fresh crusty french bread upon arrival. Wine was ordered from a limited wine list but acceptable and reasonably priced. I had the prix fixed menu of house pate , coq au vin and creame caramel . My wife had the pork chops and when I tasted the dish it was excellent. Everything was lovely and our server guided us through the process. A little french was spoken. We met the man/wife owners near the finish of our meal who were dining and keeping an eye on things. It was right across the street from the Broadway show WICKED. The bowl of Sangria was passed around at the end to toast a fine meal. We will return on our next visit to NYC.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent food.excelletnDined on 7/4/2014good service, cocktails...NYC PRICES!!!! Food very good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Theater NightOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 7/2/2014Perfect location for the theater. Service was friendly and excellent. Food really delicious and portions sizable. Wine was nicely priced and very good. Will definitely go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Formidable!2binFranceDined on 6/29/2014The prix fixe menu cannot be beat! $26.99 for three courses, authentic French, delicious food. I had boeuf bourguignon , served with a succulent red wine sauce , carrots and potatoes, just as it should be, piping hot and flavorful. For the starter course I chose cream of carrot soup, rich, tasty and not overdone. For dessert, they had white chocolate mousse, fluffy yet firm texture with just enough chocolate. My friend had the romaine salad with tomatoes , homemade vinaigrette dressing. He chose saumon provencal ,two huge pieces, perfectly done and seasoned with herbes de Provence. It came with ratatouille and mashed potato. He had the tartine aux pommes for dessert ($2 extra) . It too was huge and bursing with apples. OutstandingSpecial Features:
- C'est bonne.DanielVIPDined on 6/27/2014The food is so good and the staff is very friendly. This was our second visit and we highly recommend Tout Va Bien.I would recommend this to a friend.