Bistro Cassis Manhattan

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$30 and under
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French
Authentic French Bistro serving New York's upper west side faithfully for decades.
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SP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an ecumenical treat to eat here!

m
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the Margaritas. I had onion soup which was great, and the duck. Amazing! I will be back

GS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was HORRIBLE. Numerous waiters walking by the table, staring at the appetizer dishes and not clearing them for almost half an hour! Serving men ahead of women,. We were waiting forever for our dishes. Sloppy bill, leaving out courses, charging much less than
they should have.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great simple French bistro food. Very authentic

D
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I’m a former New Yorker living in California and visiting a friend who lives a block away. Because of the proximity, we decided to have dinner at Bistro Cassis, despite the recent negative reviews. We were very pleased with our meal. The noise level was a little aggressive, but everything else was good. The service was prompt and efficient, the food was very good. I’m glad we ignored the reviews; we will return.

OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The food was not cooked as requested and arrived cold. It almost seemed as if they had a crowd size they could not handle. When the food was served to the person on my left, the server reached in front of me so that the food was right in my face.
I hate restaurants that when you have a reservation will not seat you until the entire party is present.
Although I have had positive experiences in the past, I probably will not return to Cassis.

R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met up with out-of-town friends here for Saturday brunch. We all enjoyed our experience: the attentive friendly service, the excellent food, the ambience. We all commented that we would return and try other dishes.

P
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Never got my entree because the waitress forgot to put it in. And after she did, it never came out and she told us it takes time ... which is exactly why I ordered it when everyone else ordered theirs. No apologies, no attempt to make it right. The food for everyone else was so so. This used to be one of my neighborhood favorites but I'll never go again.

GR
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Long time local bistro. Service was spotty on a busy Saturday - multiple requests for their fresh baked bread and silverware - but food remains solid and tasty. The signature pate has changed, very thin and and unimpressive now, but the fries are still winners.

CF
Tucson
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best crab cakes I’ve ever had. Chicken with Roquefort and ham was delicious. Prompt service. Got there ahead of our reservation time and they seated us right away.

N
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful, classic, casual French menu in a warm and attractive space. There are outside tables as well. Lunch menu offers a wide selection of beautifully served salads, sandwiches and main courses. Excellent value. Conveniently near Lincoln Center.

NM
New York Area
161 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pleasant food (for brunch), pleasant service. nice ambiance, but nothing to write home about. The brunch menu could be far more enticing.

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

$10 for a bottle of stella is poor value

no green/veggie side on duck dish is poor presentation and value

S
New York Area
186 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ooh la la!

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EA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Terri blue service. Bad wine. Decent food. Super noisy and chaotic

C
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was slow (we allowed enough time) and we couldn't have dessert or coffee as we had a show to get to. Food was tasty but a bit overpriced.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh food. High quality service. A winner!

EP
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I have dined often at the bistro. It has become increasingly expensive, and the quality, increasingly unreliable. The space is pleasant, very like a French bistro in France, spare but crisp. (I would note, however, that the chairs are rather uncomfortable in that the bent wood backs are exceedingly narrow at the hip; I am considered slim.) Service is virtually always both prompt and amiable. When last there I had the cod fish (about 6 ounces) and a root vegetable puree with no discernable flavor whatsoever. I had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc at $14 which was serviceable if a tad sweet. My dining companion had a cold tomato soup which tasted a bit too strongly of parsley but was otherwise characterless. She also had a half order of moules. We shared a dessert. The whole meal, two appetizers, 1 entree, 1 glass of wine, 1 dessert and 2 coffees came to $115 with tip. That would be pricey but acceptable if the meal had been up to the standard I had come to expect two years ago. In my opinion it is no longer so.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation for 3 but wound up being 4. We were immediately brought to a lovely table. Service was excellent and food delicious.

JN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for excellent food, civilized dining and no loud music. How refreshing- we were actually able to have a conversation! Love this place!

SK
London
12 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Moule my favorite dish was hopelessly overcooked.
After 3 requests, the manager finally came over. After a brief exchange he gave me his middle finger.
On the way out, I told him under no circumstances he should give his middle finger to paying customers.
He said thank you and get the fxxx out.
Hmm, I have eaten there at least 20 times.
I guess this means when your moule is dry, you just keep quiet.

a
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and terrific service.

EP
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have dined at Cassis many times in recent years and, while still serving tasty food, it seems to be declining in quality as it raises it's prices. Service is a bit ragged around the edges although still generally amiable. Portion size is adequate but a tad smaller than two years ago. A glass of wine averages about $15. You will likely get a piece of excellent baguette, warmed, with small tubs of butter and pate, but rarely two. Although I'm an optimist, my water glass should not remain half full for ten minutes. Entrees average above $30 - which seems steep for a neighborhood bistro. 6 Oysters ran $24. The bottom line is that at Cassis you can enjoy a real Parisian bistro experience at a real Parisian bistro price. I will hope for better the next time around.

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was awful; entrees arrived more than 7 minutes after other guests were served. Water was requested throughout the evening and reluctantly served, butter for the table was barely enough for one person. Space was not well-managed with our table of six, having to move to allow access for wait-staff and other guests. After our meal, we were not acknowledged as we politely left the restaurant. Deeply disappointed in the service and experience. All restaurants have bad nights - so I may return but I 'll wait for a turnover of the wait-staff.

l
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Insanely delicious and always reliable authentic French bistro food, with an excellent wait staff and a friendly comfortable welcoming vibe. Never too loud, never too crowded. Every item on the menu is superb, as are the daily specials. The cassoulet and the coq au vin are unbeatable, as is the sole meunière. Even the bread and butter are of exceptional quality. You can pay twice or three times as much at a fancier French restaurant and not enjoy the same quality food or service. Hands-down my favorite restaurant on the UWS!

C
London
16 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waiter ordered the wrong food and was reluctant to order the correct food.

NC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It seems like no one is in charge. Service was very slow.

RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite bistros. Never disappoints. Love the longevity and pillar of the neighborhood.

k
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Usually love this place but steak frites was disappointing especially for a $41 steak. Special bouillabaisse was OK. A bit disappointed this time.

F
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

El restaurante no tiene el personal necesario para atender su clientela. La comida la sirvieron fría y el servicio fue bien deficientemente.

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s
New York Area
485 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

while we need French restaurants on the Upper West Side, this place falls short for several reasons. first of all, the tables are packed together and if you get loud neighbors as we did, you can hardly hear each other. the dishes are pricey especially when you check beforehand on the website and then find the prices are even higher. for these reasons we will sadly not return certainly for dinner. perhaps a lunch try will be possible.

J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were all extremely nice and accommodating and the food was delicious!

d
New York Area
320 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is very good but the noise level is outrageous. Go only at a time when there likely won't be too many people in the restaurant.

LL
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely place, welcoming and, although small, quite comfortable. It is becoming our “go to” place where the food is excellent and you are able to have quiet conversation with your friends. Very low key and attentive wait staff. A find!

s
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Solid French bistro food. Pleasant place, if small. Nice wine. Down side: service is too fast. Clearly dishes are sitting waiting to be served. About 3 minutes from ordering to getting it. Makes the experience less than relaxing.

SC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

The food was awful, actually inedibly awful. The service was great but the food--especially for the price--was insanely bad. I would never ever eat here again.

C
London
16 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Spent a great afternoon w/ friends having lunch. we all had and enjoyed the grilled shrimp special. I'll tell my friends at AMNH that this is a place hey should try.

P
New York Area
160 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good week day meal after nearby movie. Nice end to a lovely evening.

LM
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dependably wonderful classic French bistro and ambience. Also good for date night.

m
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing French bistro which was very good several years ago. This was a return visit with two British friends who had dined with me at Cassis several years ago and remembered it fondly for filet of sole and duck dishes. On Sat. Night both were mediocre to put it kindly. No wonder place was half empty on sat. night.

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