Fada Bistro

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$30 and under
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Offering the freshest traditional Provencal dishes, FADA has been a Williamsburg staple since it opened in 2001. From the name of the restaurant (which loosely translates into "crazy" or as "someone with a fairy in their mind"), to the food, live music, and décor, FADA is completely infused with the owner’s native Marseilles roots.

A spacious but cozy main room with caramel tones and a Provencal garden provide the perfect setting for private events and a casual experience of Southern France in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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AR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Valentine’s dinner was not good at all. Boring squash soup, zuchini blossom fritters were good, but that was followed by dry boeuf bourguignon with an acidic and way too watery sauce, plus some flavourless sides, crème brûlée was ok. It was one of the classic bulk-cooked Vday menus that were just not worth the price. Shame, cause their usual menu looks pretty good.

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, cozy, romantic

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I will go back

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great Williamsburg casual atmosphere. Would definitely go again

TF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very pretty garden, decent prices and solid food. I would go again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We sat down and no one even bothered to greet us, fill up our water, take any orders. We ended up leaving before anyone actually came to help us. Had dinner at Have & Meyer. Was amazing. Go there instead

AJ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice outdoor space in Williamburg

JA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Mussels were good but could have benefitted from either fresh herbs or garlic

AT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Fada, and I highly recommend it - the food was excellent, and our waiter, Eric, was outstanding! Can’t wait to go back!

KC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The service was abominal

DJ
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Staff very accommodating. Two guests had the tagine which they enjoyed immensely. I and my partner had the steak cassolette with peppercorn sauce. The menu said it cam with french fries but it actually was served with potato sticks like from a bag you get at the corner store.

The other issue was children running around the front of the restaurant and in/out the front door. Not very pleasant for a dinner experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great french atmosphere excellent food and cocktails. Also has a nice backyard area.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really a kind reception on a very busy night. Very hospitable.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was great food! Would go here again

AF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

we went for dinner on Valentine's day which was probably our mistake. I checked first to make sure they had their regular menu, but when we arrived it was a very limited Valentine's day menu which offered items not consistent with French style tapas and mostly things swimming in heavy creamy cheesy sauces. Even the wine selection was disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Super repas @

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AJ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super nice restaurant ! Love it

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant, recommend highly

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience3

We chose this restaurant based upon the menu on the Opentable site. When we arrived the menu was different and much more limited....disappointing!

JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We loved this place! Cute atmosphere with great food. The three stars in ambiance is because there were mosquitos outside and we had to move outside. But overall, the meal was great and laid back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversaire! Superbe ambiance merci Soraya comme dans le sud de la France:)

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TS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant and great food. I highly recommend it for that special occasion or just dinner.

h
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Went here last night for my birthday. The food was phenomenal but the service, not so much. Waited a good 20 minutes before we were greeted and brought water, which was never refilled (and it was a sauna in there!). Once we were finished, it was another maddening struggle to get the check. My friend - who lived in France for a while - told us that this slow, inattentive service is very much the French way, so I guess we got the authentic experience. Not sure if all the waiters at Fada are French but ours was.

But like I said, the food was amazing and I will be back for it. Would especially recommend the steak au poive and calamari. We never got the snails we ordered but I'm sure they're good to.

e
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was very good and very reasonably priced. The back garden was very pleasant. There was a pretty wild and loud party going on in the private party area in the back but ... it was still pretty nice. Will go back.

c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely neighbourhood bistro with delightful tapas freshly cooked. Wine list is a bargain and the live jazz band bring the charm to a very beautiful interior.

a
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fada is a highly underrated restaurant in the neighborhood. Its super cute, the food is always on point, service is friendly, and the price point is GREAT! Like a steak au poivre is only $15. I don't know why this place isn't super busy.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The jazz trio was great and the steak au poivre and the burrata salad were excellent. The mussels, less so. The waitress was fast and attentive and really cared that we have a great meal.
Good food and live music. Would definitely recommend.

ER
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice casual restaurant with very tasty dishes and a chill vibe.
Reasonably priced and exceeded our expectation .
Delicious desert

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Fada.
My favourite spot in Williamsburg.
Delicious food, super cool (but non-pretentious) vibe, live music Thurs, Fri and Sat.
Long live Fada!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor space! Perfect for summer nights out with friends!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites in Williamsburg! Great food and live music!

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went to hear gypsy jazz. Not sure if the guitarists were playing much gypsy music, but we couldn't stay too long. It's a cool French-run place with a garden in the back. I'd definitely go back again!

d
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Honestly, the food was pretty good, but the service was slow and disorganized. We constantly had to flag down a waiter or waitress to order both foods and drinks, and I had to ask for water at least 3 times throughout the night before it was brought to me, once in the beginning of the meal and a few times during the meal. The food was good, but I wouldn't rush back because of the service, or lack thereof.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great mussels and fries (unlimited on Wednesday) and great music!

JG
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely dinner--the roasted chicken was delicious.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This place was pretty weird. The main dining room was completely empty. Servers had no idea what was in any of the dishes. They were setting up for "Love music" in the corner around the time I left.

Food was passable. The steak tartare was dry and vaguely flavorless. The mussels were bountiful. If you do find yourself at this place, order the mussels. They can feed you and half of Brooklyn. The curry they are served in is decent. Nothing cost too much, but you get what you pay for I guess.

JB
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute and authentic French bistro. Ate in the quiet and quaint garden. Steak and Niçoise salad were both excellent! Nice wine selection and nice server! Merci!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice, quiet and authentic french place! Awesome mussels selection with all-you-can eat offer once a week. Make sure to check out the spacious but picturesque patio. Service is very friendly and efficient. Definitely one of my favorite places.

AC
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely meal at Fada. We sta2rted with escargot which were less buttery than typical but still excellent. Lots of bread crumbs soaked up the butter which gave the snails a nice garlic crunch. I had traditional mussels and my daughter had cassoulet. Both were excellent. Service was attentive and our waitress had a lovely French accent, adding to the charm. We sat in an enclosed courtyard with an outdoor feel, but totally protected from the elements.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Trout was delicious as was the duck. Everything was too expensive