La Defense

4.1
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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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4.1based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
3.8
ambience
3.9
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Met a friend here for a business meeting. We had a nice brunch and ample time to talk through our agenda. Good, strong coffee. :)

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vipShopgirl3
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food is mediocre. Service about the same. What was truly annoying is that we split the bill using 2 credit cards. They got the math right on that. Yet the suggested tip was based upon the whole meal. So I tipped about 30% for a rather mediocre meal. Granted, I should have done the tip math for myself but it looked like it was done for me; not cool La Defense.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience2

This is not a French restaurant.

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DannyK
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon arriving it appeared that the restaurant did not have our reservation, but they quickly set up a spot for us (9 ppl). Our waiter was really attentive and patient with us. He provided exceptional service and took care of all that we ordered. At the end of the night he offered us an unexpected show that we would never forget. I would highly recommend this restaurant if you're looking for good food and high quality service.

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dawn
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We can always count on a delicious meal, wonderful cocktails and beautiful wines. It's a great gathering place for our family spread across Brooklyn and Manhattan. Easy MetroTech access. Quiet evening neighborhood.

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Loveablejohn
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently went there for lunch with a friend for my birthday. I am a wheelchair user and had access and sat comfortable at the table. The salad options were healthy my asparagus and grain salad with additional grilled salmon was delicious. The waiter and service were great. The birthday dessert "lemon tart" was nicely decorated.

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JeffreyB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a memorable experience at La Defense. The prices were excellent and portions very generous. Service was attentive and non-intrusive. I highly recommend this gem in downtown Brooklyn.

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Alexa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience4

What happened to this place? Where are the French waiters and bar tenders? I used to refer to this restaurant as a French bistro. Has something changed?

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LaurentP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My main concerns: food took a LONG time to get served (35+ minutes on an almost empty restaurant), and one of the meals was cold.

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smack
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely french restaurant. Good service and nice atmosphere.

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george
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

stay away from the lamb shank. very tough. should have sent back but i didnt. rest of meal was vry good

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LeslieF
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, pleasant atmosphere. We'll be back!

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LisaT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Horrible service- the owner and all other waitstaff basically ignored our table. We had to stand up and meet them near the entrance in order to pay. The food was mediocre. The building was cold inside on a rainy day. Not pleasant and not recommended.

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CherieG
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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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AlexandreD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good French bistro !

DC
DoreenC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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vipCharlesC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was so accommodating during an emotional birthday

IM
vipIsaacM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don’t go here.

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Colin
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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Colin
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

GT
GinaT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always great

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vipAbigailC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience2

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.

DG
DavidG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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DoctorH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipstf1
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great location and tasty dishes!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall4food3service2ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience2

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

JM
vipJackMS64
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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vipFoodie
Charleston
42 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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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Nikky
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PY
vipPhillyYo12
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience4

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best service!

CS
vipClassicStageGroupie
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience2

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

MS
vipMarylouS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

JS
vipJudyS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service.
Very accommodating.
Everything was delicious.

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TonyR
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience1

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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