La Defense

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131 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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La Défense is a French bistro located in Downtown Brooklyn (Metrotech Center). We pride ourselves on our fresh ingredients, and on the originality of our menu. We open all day, starting with breakfast, for which you can sit down or simply grab from our bakery. Our lunch is delicious and fast paced, we understand you need to get back to the office! Happy hour is always lively and we offer great drink specials. A tablecloth and candle on every table makes dinner romantic. Daily specials by our French chef rounds off our seasonal menu. On milder days, the terrace is inviting and peaceful, perfect for al fresco breakfast, lunch or dinner, or simply for a few drinks with your friends. Inside, a massive horseshoe bar is the perfect spot for cocktails and socializing. A main family style dinner table accommodates large groups.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation


Breakfast:

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 11:00am


Brunch:

Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 4:00pm


Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


Dinner:

Monday - Thursday & sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(718) 855-4200
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
La Defense is the place for your party. Our program offers menus for parties of 7 to 150. From three course sit down dinners to hors d'oeuvres at the bar, La Defense will tailor fit our events to your specific needs.
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Private party contact
Adelaide Tellier: (877) 840-4884
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bridge St.
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Parking details
A, C, F, R to Jay St.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 131 People Are Saying
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3.9
food
3.9
service
3.7
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3.8
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59% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Delicious French cuisine, nice environment and excellent service! Small cozy restaurant which is great choice for a business luncheon, dinner with one friend or several friends. La Defense is one of my favorite restaurants in this Brooklyn area. I loved my warm spinach salad, salmon dinner with ratatouille!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Very good French bistro !

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Made a reservation at this restaurant for lunch with my sisters to celebrate a birthday. I was disappointed when I walked in because the set up was not exactly like the picture on the Opentable site I saw with table cloths and water goblet setting. It was more casual than I anticipated. The food we ordered was okay. The wait staff seemed polite and responsive. I ordered no mayo in my sandwich but I came with it anyway. When I brought it to the attention of the waiter, I think he apologized and got another. Overall, it satisfactory.

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1.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Worst meal I’ve had and completely indifferent service staff. The steak was ordered medium rare and what I got was still cold in the middle. I showed the waitress and she couldn’t care. No apology no alternative. At least the steak wasn’t on my bill...

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The staff was so accommodating during an emotional birthday

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1.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Don’t go here.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great place for grabbing something to eat with family and friends.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Great casual place to eat with a variety of food to choose from.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

La Defense is consistently the place I come back to. The service is friendly and efficient, the vibe is relaxed, and the food, of course, is delicious! I’m so glad it’s in the neighborhood!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

always great

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

What has happened to la defense? I was disappointed with our experience on Saturday. We ordered cheese and this was brought over with no bread. When we queried this, we were told it was coming. Then we got given a few pieces, I wonder if this was just leftovers? The bread used to be hot and brought over even before the starter.

Then as we were enjoying the cheese we were informed our main course was ready! We said we would wait but it meant we felt under pressure to finish the cheese so we could get our main courses. Particularly as we knew they would just be sitting ready.

We then had to send one of the main courses back because the steak was over done. The other dish was slightly cold, but we just accepted this.

Throughout the meal when we tried to get the waitress’s attention she was far away looking at her phone.

Before we asked for the check she put it on our table and asked ‘did you want anything else’. Well not now because you already gave us the check!! Then we had to wait ages for her to come back so we could pay, despite us trying to get her attention.

I really hope this experience was just a one off because it made me so sad that what was previously such a good restaurant was so bad! Certainly not up their usual impeccable French standards.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Really great service and great food! Awesome access to public transportation which made it easy for our group, who came from all over the city, to get together. EVERYONE in our group was happy with this great restaurant/ bar!

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Happy hour was awesome. Shrimp cocktail and fried calamari were fresh and tasty

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3.0Dined on June 19, 2018

It was not a good place to go for a business coffee.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Great location and tasty dishes!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The service was very slow considering there were only a few tables occupied. Their brunch is much better than their dinner. Flavoring was flat.

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3.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Way too loud and no acoustic treatment. Not a place to take a business client. Food acceptable but served on an unsanitary cutting board.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Always reliable, good service, french bistro standards executed well. Small but carefully curated wine list- hand selected by the (nearly) the ever-present Victor. We go once a week with friends, business dinner or for brunch. Simply the perfect neighborhood french joint.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food was outstanding. The French onion soup and the beef bourguignon were about the best I’ve ever had. Great French cooking. Need better selection of wines. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We celebrated Mother's Day at La Defense. Great service and delicious food.

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Coffee was cold, had to be sent back. Wouldn’t substitute vegetables for meat in crepe to accommodate dietary restriction, even for an up-charge. Ordered egg breakfast that was so undercooked it was inedible. Sent back, same thing so didn’t eat. We are not picky eaters despite it may sound this way. Eat out tons of places and this place missed the mark in almost every way. On positive it is nice inside and has outside seating.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

The best service!

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Tasty food, great friendly service, try the Parisienne cocktail. Very noisy & crowded after work on a Friday eve.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Ambiance was great! Niçoise salad and crepes Suzette were yummy! The Rose was perfect for our brunch. Service was impressive...I’ll defifinitely come back.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Good portion size and decent prices. Service was pretty good.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Wonderful service.
Very accommodating.
Everything was delicious.

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Good location but much too noisy, indifferent food, mediocre sauces. It seems like a decent 5-7 bar. Not a very good bistro. I had overcooked, dried out fish, a lemon sauce that was the consistency of juice, tasted like it came from a bottle, mushy, overcooked zucchini drowning in an indifferent liquid and cold, below average, french fries. The servers were polite and did their best but seemed overwhelmed. Sorry La Defense but you need to up your game.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

I brought some clients to this restaurant for a nice lunch meeting. I had made a reservation and our table was reserved and ready even though we arrived a few minutes early. The service was very quick and just the right amount of attentive. The food that we had was delicious and I liked that they served the sandwiches with french fries and salad instead of making you choose like most places. I would certainly come back here again and recommend to any friends in the area.

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3.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Before going to LaDefense for lunch I checked the menu on its website. I wrote my choices down, along with the price. I did not receive a menu but ordered anyway, using my notes. The first three items I attempted to order were not on the menu any longer. I then settled for the Mac n Cheese. When the bill arrived I saw that I was charged $13, not the $9.50 as on the website. My fault for not insisting on seeing a menu before I ordered but disappointed at the end result. The food was tasty. The waitress was polite and professional. I just think a restaurant should have up to date information on their website.

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1.0Dined on February 15, 2018

It was valentines day, they did not, however, notify people as they made reservations that they would be doing one fixed menu. The menu was 75 a person and FAR from worth that. Not to mention despite this high menu night they did not close the bar, so ten feet from our valentines dinner was a drunken loud screaming mess of people. The waitress of this "fine French restaurant" thought balsamic for bread was balsamic vinaigrette the salad dressing.... when it came time to pay they finally inform us that their wifi is down and they are cash only. I don't know if they were attempting an IRS scam, but expecting everyone to come in and spend nearly 200 dollars right away and have it in cash- and not tell them till the end is an awful business. I hope they do something to rectify my opinion but I highly doubt it as the manager would not even stop by our table to discuss the issues. 0 STARS

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

The food was nice and hot and portion sizes were great. Thoroughly enjoyed our night

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1.0Dined on January 5, 2018

After waiting for a host, the Bartender showed us to a table. The waiter came by and was either wasted or didn’t speak English. We asked for the special and the waiter told us it probably doesn’t exist anymore, but he’ll check the kitchen. We waited 30 minutes before getting up a leaving.

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4.0Dined on December 20, 2017

The staff were so accommodating and nice and swift! Some lunch entree's seemed cold/not fresh (steak), while one seemed a little unseasoned (quinoa salad); the desserts and coffee were exceptional.

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4.0Dined on December 18, 2017

Had a very nice holiday lunch out here with colleagues. The food was good overall, and the service was friendly and efficient while remaining unobtrusive. My apple tart was not great, but the quiches and salads we all had were very good. My only complaint was the noise -- music and conversation reverberated off the walls loudly enough to put a damper on our meal.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Everyone and everything was perfect.

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2017

The food and service was great! We will definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on November 24, 2017

From the brunch menu, we had pancakes which was great; eggs Benedict with salmon was equally great. I don’t recommend the chorizo casolette which I had. I tried to rescue the taste with a little bit more salt but to no avail. I am used to chorizos that are tasty in themselves. Service was great though.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

Delicious French food!!!!
It felt like home (I am French)!
And everyone was really attentive and nice.
Wine was amazing too.
I was also surprised by great live music.
Apparently they have it Saturday night and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
We had a really beautiful evening :)
I' ll definitely recommend it!

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Wanted to try this place for ages. Weekends are quiet as it’s in a business district and busy on week days. Service is welcoming and friendly. Waiter patiently explained the menu and offered recommendations. Crepe with goat cheese is some of the best I️ have had. Ricotta pancakes are also excellent and light. They come with delicious banana, walnuts and syrup. Cafe viennois is flavorful and served in a generous glass with homemade whipped cream! Nutella crepe for dessert is generous, filled with fresh bananas and drizzled with just enough Nutella. This place had French rustic decor perfect for a birthday, date or friends get together.

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2.0Dined on November 18, 2017

A light, early Saturday lunch. Very friendly service, but s-l-o-w delivery of orders, odd considering only 4 tables were in service. Makes you wonder, is everything deep-frozen? Chorizo Cassolette excellent idea and well presented. Their so-called "traditional" Caesar Salad (with Chicken) was sad; large and fresh, but thin shreds of severely overdone chicken were nothing like their usual "press pictures."
Their baked goods as always were perfection, but did not need the extended microwave heating. Had to ask four times to turn the admittedly excellent choice of music down to a normal dining volume. The staff obviously enjoyed it.
A fair value for the money, but Stick to their obviously French bistro fare, and excellent baked goods.

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