Jean Claude 2

4.5
513 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
"We have proudly served fine French cuisine to our SOHO neighborhood for over 20 years! We are excited about our new location in the Upper East Side". Bon Appétit.
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1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience.. we were at Jean claude for mother’s day and as soon as we entered i knew it will be a nice choice because of the warm welcome.Server was very friendly and helpful and the best part of all is how amazing was the food. I ll definitely go back.

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N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our diner .we were a party of four and tried different appetizers and entrees was really surprise how good the food was good for the prices.
Service was very nice and friendly
Definetly going back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service+mediocre food+price gouging +attempted overcharge on bill = STRONGLY DO NOT RECOMMEND.

There are a number of charming restaurants in the neighborhood that offer significantly better food, excellent service, and honest prices. I recommend those long before ever considering another visit to Jean Claude 2.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the beetroot and endive salad, light and delicious, and the moules frites wonderful and briny.

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f
New York Area
152 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious mussels & pomme frites as well as nice wine choices. Tartare is delicious, but always them ask for the specials of the day! We love their energy and enjoy this always busy, French bistro on the UES

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PD
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was fresh and very tasty. Limited choices and specials but that makes sense because everything was prepared after we ordered and not ready in advance. House wine was also quite good. Would gladly return.

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TM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food and environment. Would definitely go back!

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LS
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Having had a pleasant dinner here a few weeks ago, this lunch experience was disappointing. My salmon and the one ordered by my friend were both dry, overcooked. The sauce, however, was very good. One friend sent back his order of mussels, which he described as having an "off-taste". The mussels were small and not at all plump. The waiter protested that two customers who had just left had said the mussels were "delicious", and he wanted to show us their bills to prove that they had been there!
Also, sad to say, the bill that arrived was confusing, and may have been incorrect to some extent. Our party of four realized this upon comparing our receipts.
A friend at the next table mentioned that her cheese omelette had arrived, and they had "forgotten to put the cheese in".
This did seem to be an off day for the restaurant, which was not busy at this lunch hour. Pretty bad experience.

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AH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service and food was very slow to arrive. Quality was mediocre. Will not return.

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P
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Superb Salmon and an authentic and properly
Prepared steak au poive. Very comfortable neighborhood restaurant

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OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Jean Clause 2 for the first time - we loved it. Delicious dinner, nice menu, wonderful staff, pleasant ambiance. We expect to become regular diners!

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent and the staff very attentive

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just what a neighborhood restaurant should be — friendly, not noisy, excellent food, reasonable cost. They stick to a modest menu of classic dishes, on each of which they put an intelligent spin. Short smart wine list. Has a strong, loyal local following, for good reason. It’s our go-to restaurant when friends visit.

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G
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming, French, neighborhood bistro. Love the ambiance. Delicious food!

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g
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always exct

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AP
New England
70 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really liked the meal, the service, the space! Would go again

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m
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

They honor reservations which gets a star. Add good food and it is a go to.

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b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love love love Jean-Claude too it’s been my third time there and they been consistently delicious and the service is great always enjoy the ambience it’s a cozy little place

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M
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific food. Friendly service. A little noisy.

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FS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our most memorable meal in NYC! Romantic and delicious, from the onion soup to the steak au poivre to the chocolate mousse. And we had fun speaking French with our waiter. Merci!

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OT
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Having dined at this neighborhood bistro numerous times since its opening some years back, I recommended it to a couple of friends from the West Village, where we usually get together. We all enjoyed a delicious "legume" French sandwich/salad with portobello mushroom and other fresh vegetables, prepared and served with feta and a green salad. When I requested a dressing, I was able to get both balsamic vinegar and olive oil to dress my vegetables. As we we all had appointments after lunch, we did not order wine, which I have enjoyed at this bistro many times with my husband, my brother, and others. I look forward one day to hosting my French-American cousins here when they visit New York....

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V
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A great meal and a great time like usual. It is pretty amazing how good the chicken is - in both quality and taste of preparation. And best part: they will substitute frites for the potatoes it usually comes with! The only problem we encountered is that we went on a Saturday night. Dining there during the week, we can usually sit as long as we want - even until they start turning off the lights. But on this Saturday evening, they were encouraging us - in not necessarily the nicest terms - that they needed the table. The need for the table was understandable, though they could have been a bit more diplomatic. The restaurant was indeed full, and while I wouldn’t say it was quiet, the noise level was very tolerable, not interfering at all with conversation. We’ll definitely be back - but only during the week!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a great dinner date here the other night. The restaurant looks unassuming from the outside, but don't be fooled. And after reading the reviews, I was a little concerned about the steak being overcooked, as well as the service. But both my bf and I ordered steak frites, medium, and it was cooked perfectly. Service was good. No complaints. The wine was good and well priced for a Manhattan restaurant; Cotê du Rhone. Dessert was also great. Bread pudding and creme bruleè were delicious. Just know that it's a small restaurant and seating is tight. Overall, pleasantly surprised. Perfect little bistro.
We will return.

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LP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cozy restaurant with attentive service. The menu was classic bistrot fare. Well made and delicious. Can't wait to return.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious food and extremely attentive and friendly staff

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent French food. Excellent service.

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JA
New England
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wise choice for a group meal, timed for late lunch.

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MH
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing steak frites, and onglet with potatoes au gratin. Cannot wait to return.

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V
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service are consistently good. Never disappoints. A great neighborhood restaurant!

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very enjoyable

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EM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood jem, small place with a lot of charm.

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RK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, excellent service. 4 of us each ordered different means and they were all perfect!

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N
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has the feel of a Parisian cafe with fabulous food and attentive service

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EG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I will definitely be a repeat customer. My friend and I enjoyed a leisurely lunch - food very good, service excellent.

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b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love love love this place!!! The food is delicious! The service was great, lovely quaint place I felt I was in Paris!

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HM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Love the vibe and always great service.

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PH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious every time. Service very good. Important to have reservation because it is a small quaint bistro.

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j
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So cozy, yummy! Classic French bistro, NYC style. Great evening!

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SD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic neighborhood spot with very good food & attentive service. Great for a date!

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V
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very solid “neighborhood” restaurant. Good casual ambiance. Have been here several times, and always enjoyed it. I don’t consider it particularly “upscale,” so the food is on the more basic side, but always well prepared. Bread is basic but good, and they’ll give more if you ask. I usually get the tuna tartare and the salmon, which again aren’t fancy preparations, but good quality, tasty, and decent portion sizes. Occasionally the salmon comes a bit overdone (I request medium-rare). Last night I got the chicken for the first time, which was absolutely delicious - I highly recommend it. Others have had and enjoyed the scallop appetizer and the pork (a bit dry but tasty). Important note: they’re very accommodating, and will substitute frites (delicious!) for the accompaniments - worth it! Wines, while not real exciting, are fine, especially for the great price, and single glasses of wine are very full. Chocolate mousse was very good; tarte tatin, not so much (in my opinion). Even though the restaurant was full, it’s never that noisy, so conversation is easy, unlike most other restaurants these days. Good, friendly,accommodating service, and never rushed - we usually sit there until the restaurant closes. I definitely recommend this restaurant. Note: the online menu isn’t complete, there are more things on the real menu, plus some specials.

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