Permanently Closed - Chez Jacqueline

3.8
480 reviews
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$30 and under
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French

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Since its opening 30 years ago, Chez Jacqueline has managed to capture the real and true flavors of the Côte d'Azur. Located on MacDougal Street in the West Village, the charming neighborhood bistro offers simple (direct) sustaining food for which Nice is famed. Whether it's the traditional 'soupe de poissons' served with garlic croutons and rouille or the Daube Nicoise, tender braised beef in a pungent, red wine sauce, Chez Jacqueline's cuisine is as close as one can come to Nice in New York.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Provencal
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 505-0727
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We are happy to assist you in the planning of your perfect party. Our comfortable dining room will provide seating for approximately 52 and our bar offers additional seating. Please contact us for availability and to plan your ideal seating arrangement and menu.
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Private party contact
Ive or Frank: (212) 505-0727
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Houston Street
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Parking details
Street parking is commonly available, however in the immediate area Parking Garages are available on West Houston St. between 6th Ave. and Varick St. (across the street from the "Film Forum") and also on West 3rd St. between MacDougal St. and 6th Ave. (only two blocks from the restaurant).
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Public transit
6 train to Bleecker St., 4 train to West 4th St., and 1 train to Houston St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
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3.7
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3.7
ambience
3.9
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They closed permanently so we paid for an uber to go all the way there for nothing. Your services needs to be more on top of things like this

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CS
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

reliable neighborhood French bistro with excellent food

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j
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The overall dinner was good, however, the fish entree was not fresh.
Service was fine, ambiance is good.

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s
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not garlicky enough for a restaurant that purports to be Provencal cuisine.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is an old favourite that caters to Greenwich Village locals. The food is standard French bistro, always tasty, reliably good; the ambiance traditional French country style; the service friendly. Their pre-theater menu is especially good value.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

there were 3 of us and we all order the same dishes and they were delicious and the portions were just right, the goat cheese croquettes were way too small and only 4 on a plate, they should of gave us 6 so each of us could have 2 each. Keep up the great food and hope u last another 40 years.

Cheers
Donna

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MN
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going to Cafe Jacqueline for years and have never had a bad meal or experience. Easily my favorite restaurant of this ilk in the Village/Soho area. Def on the Real !

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good atmosphere, a lot of profesionalism. Very good restaurant.

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B
New York Area
762 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

CJ advertises that it has been in existence for 30 years--and it feels like it. The best part of our experience there was the waiter. He was excellent, but nothing else was. The glass of wine was fine, the martini not (avoid). At 8:00 on a Friday night there was one other two, the rest of the restaurant was empty and stayed mostly that was until we left. A very strange feeling....The bread was fine, the pasta okay, the mussels not. And the bill without dessert but with tip was over $100. We won't be back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner with friends. Delicious food, charming ambience, caring service.

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HV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect little gem - we stumbled over it by pure luck - their meat was excelent and the service was perfect

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were able to take advantage of a prix fixe meal: an outstanding value. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the portions were not smaller despite the value. If you are in the city between 5 and 6:30, you can't find a better dinner than this.

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N
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for authentic French cuisine with a quaint, rustic ambiance and fantastic service Chez Jacqueline should be on your list. The onion soup, trout almandine, & the daube nicoise were standout items :)

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met friends from DC and had drinks at the bar our table was ready on time . The service was professional, the food was very good in addition to an interesting menu the specials were great.

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m
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A good meal for four with appetizers and dessert, meat and fish specials were both excellent. They had menu items that are rare, and authentic.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Informal, cosy, great food, nice jazzy music.... Perfect! We were a group of 20 and they had no problem accommodating a large party (unlike most places that impose a set menu and a booking fee), very friendly staff

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W
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Chez Jacqueline serves Provençale style bistro fare in a pleasant vaguely old-world/genteel-but-slightly-run-down setting. It's a very good neighborhood standard.

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m
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We'very eaten there many time and have never been disappointed!
Food and service are always wonderful! It is a gem that stands on its own despite all the neighborhood gentrification.

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W
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. Everything is great. Great food, friendly service. Quaint French restaurant. My go to place.

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j
Charlotte
67 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food , we each had lamb
Wine was good
Good service
Very reasonable

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J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE this place. My husband came in after running several blocks in a downpour. We were DRENCHED! They offered us napkins to dry off and then the waitress brought a table cloth for me to wrap up in as I was cold. The service was friendly and on it. The food was fantastic and we particularly enjoyed the Onion Soup. I highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to returning when I return to NYC next year.

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AC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really lovely experience. Food was wonderful, service was good, and the environs were charming. I want with my daughter, and we were able to relax and eat well for 2.5 hours. Get the foie gras if it's available.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place. So accommodating and fun. I Staff if great and so is the food! Love going back. I have been there to celebrate several birthdays and they help to make them special.

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BL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect find for a birthday dinner! Louis was amazing and so sweet! Def will be back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful onion tart and mussels and great wait staff.

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OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Recently had dinner on a weekday night with some with colleagues. Decided to go to Chez Jacqueline since it's near the office. The weather was beautiful this night and the window of the restaurant were all open and the lights fairly dim. It was a lovely ambiance. We shared appetizers which were all good - grilled shrimp, haricots verts with chicken livers and olive tapenade. Meal was spaced out just perfectly. Entrees came out of the kitchen still steaming and were all outstanding. I've had too many meals at pricey NYC restaurants where the entrees are served barely warm. Ugh! I had the black linguini with seafood which was fantastic. Portion sizes are more than generous. Bread is delicious and served warm - no charge for bread which I know some restaurants are now doing. Geez. Will definitely visit again and highly recommend.

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SS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the red snapper special, deliciously fresh. Bandol rose complemented it perfectly. This restaurant has everything you would expect in a traditional French bistro. Wonderful service on a consistent basis.

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CS
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent bistro fare. Most recent visit I had mussels with white wine sauce and a potato gallette. So filling I declined a dessert -- but highly recommend the tarte tatin.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent, the service was very good, the staff was friendly and accommodating. The restaurant is comfortable and quiet, you can hear each other speak.

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H
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Creme brûlée was the best part of the meal!

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M
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my family to Chez Jacqueline for a pre-theater dinner. I have been here before several times. I have always had at least a good meal here, but this time everything was perfect! The food was delicious and our waiter was very friendly and helpful. All around it was simply a terrific meal.

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LB
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service is outstanding but food just alright. Overall value good. Would go back just to deal with the wait staff and manager

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n
New York Area
136 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really pleasant dinner here - quite a small place; soups and entrees (I had a black pasta, my wife had the cassoulet) were all very nice, tasty, etc. Nice service, nice ambiance, quiet but nice music. Also a very nice price (and a moderately priced wine list by NY standards). We will add this place to our list.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Knowledgeable server with great recommendations. Quaint, intimate ambiance.

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e
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Honestly, everything was really good, carpaccio was fantastic, desserts impressive, steak perfect temperature and the price was reasonable... I'll be back.

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FP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

You should be aware that Chez Jacqueline will cancel your reservation after you've paid your check. Yes, they cancel it with Open Table so they don't have to pay any thing. This is the third time this has happened, and each time I call back it was a "mistake" THREE TIMES!?!?
The food has gotten worse, and the attitude as well. Very snooty for such a casual Village place. We will never go back again and would definitely NOT recommend it!!

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DM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've eaten here a couple of times, when attending events at the Greene Space (in the neighborhood.) It's friendly, warm, cozy; and the food is reliably good. Only disappointment on my most recent visit was the cheese board -- inadequately described by the server, and not sufficiently varied -- just 3 cheeses (including a mess of stilton which had fallen apart, and a tiny wedge of brie...) I know this place can do better than that. Cheeses notwithstanding, I will come back to this enclave of warmth, civilization and (mostly) good food.

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d
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

kind of ok. I won't elaborate.. but it isn't what it used to be..
and they could definitely cook their food longer.

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t
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals this year. Great food. Awesome atmosphere. Terrific service. We will be back!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Jacqueline has re-opened and its adoring patrons breath a sigh of relief!

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