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Disappointment. We were seated near the door by the fire alarm . Big hokes in the wall to look at .
8pm reservation . Seated in the lounge with no service for 1/2hr . Waited till 9pm for our dinner to start .Spent $300 On dinner for 2 . Alot nicer restaraunts for that kind of $. Loved it our first visit 2yrs ago . Won't be coming back .
My fiancé and I made a reservation for Valentine’s Day, and were sorely disappointed we did. We arrived 5 minutes before our reservation and were unceremoniously ushered into the “lounge” which was a separate room with uncomfortable furniture and absolutely no staff. We sat awkwardly in silence for about 10 minutes without a hello or even an offer of a drink or water. The hostess came back for us eventually and brought us to a table in a separate back room of the restaurant where it was swelteringly hot. We were still not offered drinks or even an explanation of the set menu for the night (at $110 / each nonetheless). It took about 5 minutes before our server came and we did not receive an introduction or even a welcome, simply “what are you having?” We were made to order all courses to start, including the desert. We were told that by ordering desert now it would guarantee its availability at the end of the night. Unfortunately for every course except the main they were “out” and we were presented with the cheapest alternative option from the set menu and weren’t even given an option or told in advance, this different selection was just brought out and dropped at the table. After our main course (which lacked several of the elements the menu claimed it would have) our desert was brought out, and our plates from the main course stacked on our table to make room, not bussed.. we were never offered coffee or tea with desert and when the time came to settle the bill I was not given an option to select my own tip, I simply had to choose one of three percentages on their terminal. Over $300 for a below average meal and terrible experience. This was my first visit to La Boheme but it certainly did not leave me wondering in any way why they are going out of business in mid March - good riddance.
Food was great but nothing special about the restaurant or the service!!
They are closing for renovations soon and I think it showed.
Hopefully when/if they reopen they can care a little bit more about service, since it is the industry they are in!!
La Boheme has been one of my favourite restaurants for years! You can feel the 105 year old energy in the building - sentimental, charming, and delicious!
Was new year's eve dinner - very good -- enjoyed everything very much
We went for a birthday party with a group of 5 food lovers. The spot is older, so we expected the atmosphere to lack a modern essence, but it worked for them and in no way was dingy besides a very faint musty smell. The food was excellent, starters, entree’s and dessert. We had one issue with a steak being undercooked. The waitress was happy to take it back and in a short time brought an entirely new plate with the steak cooked how we liked it. I was skeptical when reading some of the reviews but La Boheme exceeded expectations, proving all those negative reviews wrong. As a group of fine dining connoisseur’s, we all agreed we will definitely be going back.
Tried Sunday brunch with friends from out of town and were pleasantly surprised- amazing croissants, lovely mains and decadent desserts. Located in historic Edmonton Highlands district with easy parking. Server couldn't do enough and threw in a tour of the building as an added bonus. Well worth the visit.
This is my first time at La Boheme and I enjoyed it. It was very quiet on a weekday but boasted an elegant atmosphere, like being in the Napoleon wing of the Louvre without the people. The waitress took advantage of the quiescence and became a hostess by chatting me up. Just so she doesn't forget the recommendations in our conversation, I recommended the boardwalk in Edmonton which contains: Tzin Wine and Tapas, Devine Wines, Sabor, Bundok, Blue Plate Diner, Cavern and La Creperie. I also mentioned my favorite was Red Ox Inn, and that Canteen, Range Road, Cibo Bistro, Corso 32 and Solstice were worth a try. She didn't know most of them and she recommended places I didn't know as well. That shows how diverse Edmonton's food taste is, or that we have nothing better to do when it's cold outside. Now to not give La Boheme a short shift, I was surprised at how good the beet salad was. The rack of lamb was excellent, and the Crème Brûlé delicious. I washed it down with a refreshing Beaujolais. This place has a lot of space like Sabor, and Characters, so it's great for groups and people travelling who want a bed and breakfast with excellent food.
Food was done to perfection -- service was excellent - ambiance in this place is fantastic and romantic - menu is simple but contains their best
Haven't been for years but was a wonderful great for Father's Day! Food and service was wonderful.
Fantastic. I wanted one of everything on the menu. Fabulous service, great ambience, intimate. Would go again in a heartbeat.
This is one of those legendary restaurants that everyone in Edmonton has heard of forever but can be overlooked, tucked away as it is in Highlands. It was our first visit, and we'll make a point to go back. It was definitely a joy to dine there, with the kitchen turning out as fine a meal for our visit as ever. Even as they are about to launch some renovations to turn the lounge into a neighbourhood pub (smart idea I think), they are making excellent food. Shared Crevettes à l'ail - a bit more anise than I'd ask for but they do warn you on the menu, so have it if you love that flavour. Our main courses were Suprême de Volaille; a beautiful piece of chicken, crisply seared, melting-tender inside, and of course one of the luscious cream sauces that make French cuisine a joy. I had the cambozola version. My fiancé had catch of the day; cajun-style snapper, and enjoyed that too. It's funny to read a couple of comments about the decor. Most of the look is classic/antique. Not sure how antiques can look "old" but its exactly what I would hope for out of a restaurant with a classic French menu, and I'm relieved it hasn't been "updated" with some kind of hipster modernist aesthetic.
Surprising that the restaurant was very empty. The food and service was great. The decor is dated but does give character. It was a fun evening and enjoyed every dish.
It has been several years since we've been here. We had our wedding reception here in 2008 and have only returned a few times. Service and food quality over the years has varied - so the 1,000 pt offering a day after Valentine's swayed us to dine again. The place still looks the same - like the rustic B&B it is. Service was friendly and efficient. Only a few other tables in the dining room - and maybe a couple in the lounge. We had the sauteed prawns in a garlic butter as our starter -- yum-mee! Nice fresh rolls for dipping up the excess sauce. My husband had the roast chicken dish which he said was really good -- ate it all up. I tried the elk steak. A bit tough in parts....and a big chunk of meat for me (took about half home). We also shared the creme brulee (a bit pricy for the size at $14) . Dinner for two including a half litre of house wine, tax and tip $150. Bring down the portion sizes and pricing and this could be a regular place for us.
We really enjoyed our Cobb salad appetizer and our entrées. The service was courteous and attentive. Only minor negative was the lighting. Found it to be too dark, hard to really see your food.
We had our New Years Eve dinner at La Boehme and enjoyed every minute and every bite - from an excellent martini to begin with to our yummy dessert. It was elegant & delicious !
Absolutely amazing cuisine!! Edmonton's best kept secret
Décor is a bit tired but the quality of food by far makes up for it!
Beef tenderloin is excellent.
Chicken supreme is not worth getting, over cooked chicken breast and bad sauce
This was our first visit to La Boheme and we arrived earlier than our reservation but were seated immediately because there was only one other couple there. The service was wonderful and attentive. The food was wonderfully prepared. Seasoned perfectly. I would recommend this restaurant in a heart beat with one caveat.
Because this is a small restaurant, I was expecting to be greeted with great smells coming from the kitchen. That wasn't the case. The dinning room smelled 'old and tired'. I know this is an old historical building but it's time to dust and refresh the carpets and drapery.
This is unquestionably the WORST rip-off restaurant in Edmonton ... STAY AWAY! We went for Sunday brunch, and the tiny patisserie and desert buffet was absolutely awful. A stingy, sad, depressing display of a few old, stale and deflated pastries thrown carelessly on some plates, old dried-out fruit from the cut fruit trays at Costco, and a selection of Costco desserts, still on their Costco trays. The entrees were even worse -- a bland, unseasoned and chewy steak with a rubber egg thrown on top (the server did not ask how we wanted the steak, and the egg came easy-over despite asking for it sunny side up) and my chicken in cream sauce was sour, clumpy, and revoltingly unpleasant, as if it has been placed in a salad cream based dressing. However, just into the entrees, the server asked how everything was. I responded "Do you REALLY want to know, or are you asking to be polite?" (I was ready to just pay after I finished and leave, never to return again). The server persisted and said the kitchen "really wanted out feedback". We told our server in polite and quiet tones that the meal was "overall disappointing". When pressed for details, we outlined many (not even most) of them. A few minutes later an irate middle-aged woman (the owner, chef or manager perhaps?) came out of the kitchen, clearly looking for an argument, to fight with us saying "we didn't know good food and that we should get out immediately"! I told her we were only giving our honest feedback after their server pressed us for details. "Get out now, or I'll have my staff in the kitchen throw you out!" We were aghast ... In over 50 years of restaurant dining, I had never encountered such an unbalanced and shocking display of unprofessional behaviour from a restaurant. The lady in question seemed to lose it completely -- I can only speculate that she is close to a nervous breakdown. Perhaps the fact that the place was almost deserted for Sunday brunch at noon indicates the business is failing.