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About Chez Vincent & Hannibal's on the Square
Located in the artsy area of Hannibal Square in Downtown Winter Park. Enjoy French food in a casual elegant atmosphere for lunch or dinner.Daily fares of Filet Migon, Grouper Provencale & traditional prepared Escargot. Fabulous private wine Cellar for parties up to 30. Perfect for corporate dinners, birthday celebrations or a lunch gathering. Meet your friends for a cocktail before at our beautiful piano lounge Hannibal"s on The Square. Live music Wednesday to Saturday evenings. ****Please let us know in your reservation request if you would like to sit in the Chez Vincent dining room or in Hannibal's lounge dining room****
Winter Park, FL 32789
French, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room
Private Wine Cellar can seat up to 30 guests. Hannibal"s On The Square also available for private events.
Chez Vincent & Hannibal's on the Square Ratings and Reviews
Chez Vincent is consistently delightful. The food is excellent. The service is great. Good value for you money. The best thing I like about it is that there is no loud musics and there are no TVs! Conveniently located around the corner from Hannibal Square. The mushroom soup is unbelievably yummy and the escargot have just the right amount of garlic. The steaks and lamb are tender and prepared to order.
Never disappoints. No complaints about the service. Very attentive! It is our go to restaurant! We ordered the specials for the evening. The blackened grouper and scallop in a Grand Marnier sauce was very flavorful. However, my husband thought the best meal at the table was the lamb shank in a port wine reduction sauce. The Creme brûlée is my favorite!
I wish I could afford to eat here every week. What a great menu. The prix fix offering was delicious, especially the lamb and the garçon's recommendation on the bordeaux spot on. The atmosphere is cozy and friendly and the chef really just wonderful when he he offered us some complimentary white port sherry. We'll be back soon!
Mussels were especially wonderful. Mushroom soup was so salty as to be inedible. Chicken crepe was also much too salty. Salmon was wonderful. Quiet for late lunch when there were only a few diners. Expect it could get quite loud at dinner and in the evening given all the hard surfaces.
Our Christmas Day dinner was not acceptable at Chez Vincent. Our family waited over 10 minutes for someone to seat us. In those 10 minutes, no one even acknowledged our presence. When seated, the chairs at our table had wobbly legs and the seats were wobbly as well. It appeared that no one knew who was assigned to the table. When drinks and food were brought the waiters did not know if the food was for our table or another table...very confused wait staff. The appetizers that we ordered were acceptable...foie gras, frogs legs, and escargot. The dressing for the salads was pure mayonnaise. It appeared that the chef was not really skilled in cooking French cuisine. The main courses were bland. Having eaten coq au vin several times at other restaurants both nationally and internationally, this meal was bitter and the chicken was dried out. The venison was actually an extremely small piece of meat that had a gamey flavor and was immersed in a dark, beefy, unappetizing gravy. Not quite what we had in mind when we selected this restaurant for a nice Christmas Day dinner. The desserts were not on par. The chocolate soufflé had collapsed and lacked flavor. The servers were so busy moving around tables and chairs and resetting the tables for the next day that our service was inadequate. We also noticed soiled linens piled up on the floor adjacent to the dining room near a badly stained chair seat. Not at all the environment for a fine dining restaurant. Our family always enjoys dining in our local area and rarely has a meal out that is not satisfactory. We considered not completing this survey as we believe if you cannot say something positive, say nothing at all. However, that being said, Chez Vincent needs to understand that the meal served to us was not only unsatisfactory but that the overall experience was actually unpleasant.
My family of four had reservations on Christmas for dinner. When we walked in we were ignored for several minutes until being acknowledged and finally seated.
We waited another five minutes before being acknowledged by a waiter that was extremely unpolished and used the excuse of being very busy.
Service was sporadic and overly too casual. Drinks and then food came out disjointed as 2 of us were served then a third and finally 5 minutes later the last plate arrived.
The food was good but extremely “over sauced” and the deserts were horrible. I should have known after ordering the vanilla crepe and creme brûlée and it arriving within 3 minutes that if was put together haphazardly.
This restaurant operates with a level of arrogance that thinks it is much better than reality. After several tries, we can honestly say we are done over paying and being under served.
Terrible experience,we had driven 4 hours to have dinner with our daughter on Christmas Eve,waiter(no hostess or manager present) tried to tell us that we had no reservation. Fortunately with Open Table we had proof. Then they tried to seat us in their loud low end bar/restaurant Hannibal claiming that it was the same as the quiet French restaurant that we had booked . When we protested the waiter proceeded to argue with us. When we pointed out that we had reservations he said that lots of people had reservations. Never been to a restaurant where the staff was so rude and the experience so unwelcoming.
Very disappointed, food was mediocre and not worth the expensive price tab. Main courses appeared to have been either sitting under a heat lamp or reheated. My partner had the steak and it was chewy and I had the trout and it had very little taste, could have been any fish. Tarte tatin dessert was nothing like the real thing and neither was the Creme brûlée. Ambiance was nice but overall it wasn’t worth the money and I wouldn’t go back.
Husband and I were celebrating our 10yr anniversary. I wanted to try somewhere different, and I read it was rated most romantic. We arrived and the restaurant was empty - that should’ve given it away. Inside the restaurant is very simple, plain. Our server was nice but nothing overboard. Because it was so slow that night the staff was talking at the bar - less than 20 ft from our table. The food was average AT BEST. Hannibal Square is charming but spend your money elsewhere!
I have always loved going to Hannibals/Chez Vincent's, but I am more drawn toward the Hannibals side, especially when there is live music. I was lucky enough to come on a vintage night. Zoot suits and flapper dresses and a man singing (crooning?) like he's Frank Sinatra. Fantastic ambiance, delicious food and wine, our waitress was exceptionally pleasant but not pushy. She gave us the right amount of time to extend our visit and enjoy the music as long as we could.
I was very disappointed, having heard good things about this local favorite from friends. I thought I would try it out during the extended days of Magical Dining Month. The food was very below par for even moderately priced restaurants, much less for a high-end dining spot. French bread was dry and crumbly, ahi appetizer sauce was too pungent, many of the veal slices were so hard that an ordinary dinner knife could not cut them, the vegetables were limp and wilted, the chocolate cake was stale and sodden. The service was polite but a bit random (several different waiters served various items) and not very attentive. I am not a hard-to-please diner: the Magical Menu food quality was superb at other high end restaurants that participated.
While the food at Chez Vincent's is good, it's not the best French in Orlando. We dined on the Magical Dining Menu and for $35 it is a good value for the 3 course meal and lots of options.
The thing that really brought down my rating was two things. First - we were sat as a group of 8 on a split bench and seats that is directly next to an air conditioning vent. A FILTHY a/c vent. When I asked the general manager about the vent and when it was last cleaned, because those of us who arrived early and noticed is thought "that hasn't been cleaned for a long time" due to the amount of dust build up, the manager said "it gets cleaned" but never would admit to when it was LAST cleaned. Not good. He then followed it up with "I can't clean it now because the dust will go everywhere", which was my concern about being sat NEXT TO the vent with all the dust on it that some would be flying over toward our food. So, dirty a/c vent first major issue. It makes me wonder how clean the kitchen really is....just sayin'
Second issue - the way it was handled. After the comments from the general manager he simply walked away. Didn't even apologize for it being dirty. Didn't offer anything as a "hey let me help make it better for you" in return. Even on the magical dining plan, with 8 adults dining and bottles of wine purchased our meal was well over $400. It's not like we were cheap diners. Even at the end of the night not a second comment was made from him. When I paid the bill at the end of the night I mentioned the dirty a/c vent to our server and he said he would look into it and he was sorry. Well, at least he said sorry I guess.
We have dined here before, and actually friends of ours, not with our party, walked in and so I know others who dine here as well. It's pretty good, but unless they clean up their act I won't be back.
We all had the magical dining menu for a friend's birthday dinner on a Monday night. Light crowd . We had to ask twice for bread and when it came, it was stale. Disappointment for French restaurant. The escargot was rich with garlic notes but over cooked and slightly tough. Ahi tuna was perfectly cooked with a divine honey sweet sauce. The grouper was outstanding but should have been noted how spicy it was. Chocolate cake slice was consistency and flavor of Mom's good chocolate cake.
Excellent wine selection and superb manhattan martini.
Bistro, over-sauced proteins, but then the buy the bottle book is generous choices and prices. DarlingWife always the DD.
the farther inside from the windows, the dimmer the table. byo brightlight, however reader glasses offered by wait staff ( always bring my own).
The food was exquisite, I completely agree with the Orlando Sentinel' s review of this being the best French food in Orlando. However, in my opinion, service accounts for at least half of the overall experience, and that is where they bombed. We were not even offered a wine list, or asked if we wanted anything else besides water to drink until after the appetizers were taken away. The server seemed uncomfortable in a fine dining restaurant, and would have been better serving at a sports bar. Our dinner plates were still sitting empty in front of us when the desserts came, causing an awkward experience while they staff held dirty plates in one hand and melting ice cream desserts in another. It also didn't help that one of my friends and myself were consistently bumped by servers as they walked by us. Not sure we will choose Chez Vincent next time; we may give it several months to make some improvements.
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