The restaurant featured musicians that I have sought out before and enjoyed. If they were not there I might have left without even ordering anything. It took over 20 minutes and a plea to a restaurant employee to get water and more time to have an order taken. Once that was accomplished the service was adequate. The food was well prepared although I was disappointed in the escargot as it was lacking flavor. While I have not written off the restaurant completely I will not be in a hurry to return there to dine.
We had an enjoyable meal. Service and overall experience was fine. My only complaint was that I was freezing cold. Maybe I was seated under a vent or maybe it was the general temperature but I was happy to leave just to warm up.
Food was good. Service wa excellent. Cocktails were Vera he but I think they may be more known for wine then cocktails.
Food and wine was awesome at Chez Vincent- we enjoyed our lunch so much we went back for a dinner- all six people loved it! Will make it a regular stop when we visit Winter Park. Chef Vincent was delightful as was our waiter, Skye.
We began our lunch with champagne and escargot pastries. Delicious. Hen we had tenderloin and chicken crepes; with a nice Cointreau and a Frangelico to close the evening. Exquisite without the price tag. Will be back very soon.
We had been looking forward to an evening of French cuisine at Chez Vincent. I had been eying this restaurant for quite some time and thought it would make a nice place to celebrate a special occasion for us…
We arrived at the restaurant, which is separated into two areas by a bar. Chez Vincent on one side, and Hannibal’s on the other – same food, same restaurant, just two different names. We walked in through the “Chez” side. None of the servers looked up although we attempted to get their attention, “Perhaps the entrance is on the other side.” We walked over to the Hannibal’s side. The place had a handful of patrons dining at their tables, and another handful at the bar. We were not greeted, but were able to flag down a thinly-built man with thinning dark blondish hair – whom I assume was the maître d’. We informed him that we had a reservation and he said, as he pointed, “pick a table – we have two here, and one in the back.” We were surprised that he simply pointed to the tables and left us to choose one – even more so that a restaurant of this caliber, and price-tag, would not walk their customers to a table, pull out the chair, ask if that table is ok… you know, the normal thing that a maître d normally does.
We chose the table furthest to the back of the room… and patiently waited for about 10 minutes… no one came to the table… no one said, “someone will be right with you…”, nothing… A young, blonde waitress tended to the table on the other side of the back of the room… my husband attempted to get the server's for a menu, a glass of water… anything. She didn’t even glance at him (in fact, she looked up towards the ceiling) and continued walking. We waited another two minutes, and still nothing: no water, no menus, no "someone will be right with you"... zippo! We got up and left – right next door to the Italian restaurant across the street, where we had a wonderful meal and dining experience.
Everything was excellent except the service. They were obviously understaffed while running food to their venue next door. Food made it all worthwhile though.
A true gem. Far above the experience you would have at a chain restaurant. Real cuisine prepared by a real chef. This is a special place.
As always, We all had a very good lunch. It's really nice to find somewhere where you do not feel rushed. Good wine also!!
Phenomenal place. Plan to go there again.
Excellent will be back food service everything
This was our 2nd visit to the restaurant - and probably our last.
1.Music from Puerto Rican wedding next door was so loud it destroyed the ambiance of the restaurant; made it difficult to have a conversation. If management knows there will be a wedding, close the restaurant. Why have it open for 10-15 covers when you'll have unhappy patrons.
2. Service first time was average; and average this time. Server is just pleasant enough but doesn't engage; shows no enthusiasm for anything. Does his job, but nothing more.
3. Food is good, but nothing special. Expecting a traditional fabulous French baquette - but don't even get that.
Not worth the drive, or the money. Not authentic French.
Always consistently good. It has been one of my favorites for 20 years.
We asked a friend (French-trained Cordon Bleu chef) for a recommendation for a restaurant in Winter Park (where his wife is from). He recommended Chez Vincent. We have been there twice on business travels to the Orlando area in the last 6 months. Fabulous. Exquisite.
Unfortunately, we chose this restaurant on Valentines Day when there was high volume and a limited prix fixe menu. My crab cake in mango chutney appetizer was excellent. The goat cheese in artichoke salad was OK. The duck a l’orange entree was a bit tepid but tasty and the sea scallop in tarragon sauce was good. After the crab cake, the best part of the dinner was the dessert of chocolate fudge cake with a raspberry ice on top. I would give this restaurant another chance on a “non event” night but this meal for $75 each was disappointing.
We had a phenomenal Valentines Day here. Server was great and made great suggestions.
The Valentine’s menu was great! Food was delicious and the presentation was perfect. I highly recommend this restaurant, you will not be disappointed. The price seems to be an issue in some reviews I read elsewhere but it’s a great restaurant with amazing food quality that is definitely worth the price. It’s a top notch restaurant expect to pay for what you get.
For the cost the food was poor and service mediocre
Chez Vincent is a repeat for us. We try to visit quiet often. We enjoy the food, ambiance, service & friendliness of the staff. We invited friends to join us this Valentine day & were happy we did. Great night out no many restaurants could possibly match
The rest was cute service was good the food needs a facelift, everything was flat and dated
Good food for the location (I've spent a lot of time in France). Live music was enjoyable. Service was not good. We made a reservation an when we came they did not have a decent table even though there were at least 6 unoccupied tables in the two rooms that I could see. The waitress kept forgetting us. Bought bread twice and forgot the butter twice. Did not keep eye scanning our table to see when we needed something, although she was always near. The chef was positioned at the bar while we were there, so I don't know who was running the kitchen.
The food was good, and the portions perfect. I a diabetic, but had the chocolate raspberry mousse and when I fearfully took my blood sugar that night, it was perfect.
My wife loved the place, except for the seating and server, but everyone else was polite. If she wants to go back on our next regular trip we will go, but I will specify what table I want and be insistent about the level of service I expect at a quality restaurant.
Dishes were very nicely prepared and cooked exactly as requested. I recommend the L'ASSIETTE GOURMANDE, a sampling of 5 of the seafood items. If the daily special includes Ahi Tuna with a Grand Marnier sauce, choose that.
Chez Vincent is my favorite place to celebrate my Birthday. Great food and wine.
Went there for my 60th birthday. Hadn’t been there in years. The place needs an overhaul. Food was pretty bad. Ate there with 7 people. Nobody in our group was happy with the food. Waiter and service was good.
This was the second time dining at Chez Vincent. The first time was not a positive experience so we decided to give it another chance. First the restaurant was very warm and humid - you don't want to be sweating while you are dining at nice restaurant. Second, the service was poor. The waiter was inexperienced and very overwhelmed by a hustling crowd. We went thru 3 wine selections (which they were out of) and 30 mins after we sat down I had my first glass of wine (which was way too long and I ended up not drinking the wine). The food was very good so they get good marks there. I would also say Hannibals, bar next door, was excellent and bartenders were very good.
The Food was excellent .
I was in Hannibal section of restaurant.
Piano music made slightly loud for conversations but wonderful ambiance !
For quieter experience go to the dining room section .
We dine at Chez Vincent annually on our trip down from Jacksonville. 12 straight years. We find the ambiance a wonderful compliment to the food. Vincent roams the room from time to time which gives you a sense of caring on his part. We highly recommend if your in the area.
Another incredible meal at Chez Vincent & Hannibal’s on the square!
The ambiance was outstanding and made the occasion superb.
Our sever was able to guide our guests to enjoying their best meal in their first visit to Winter Park, FL.
Whether the occasion is a business meal, friends get together or a romantic date, Chez Vincent will not disappoint!
The food was outstanding as usual. I think they were catering a party next door, which looked like it took a lot of their servers. Although, Chez Vincent’s is a fine dining slower service environment; they were a lot slower than normal. Our service was a nice friendly young man; but, if I was guessing he probably was normally a host and not a server. He was a tad forgetful. But, took responsibility when he forgot and tried to fix it. Mixed up salad order, forgot to bring more bread, etc. But, the food was and always has been excellent and makes you forget the other things.
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.
The fish was very very salty but everything else perfect
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!
By far, some of the best food in the Orlando area.
The filet mignon looked more like a small thin sirloin steak, and just as tough. The cheese platter appetizer had 5 small pieces of cheese and about 8 slices of bread. The pate appetizer was not much better. Overall disappointed.
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!
I will definitely be back love our waiter he made us feel welcome and guided us through the menu.
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.