La Grenouille

4.7
2618 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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  • Good for Anniversaries
Established in 1962, glamorous and timeless La Grenouille offers classic French cuisine in an elegant and intimate setting. Owner Philippe Masson continues the family legacy by creating breathtaking flower arrangements and culinary delights with Chef Jean Christophe Guiony.
A garden of visual and epicurean marvels, La Grenouille serves Lunch and Dinner, Tuesday through Saturday. A spectacular three tiered skylight room with grand fireplace is available for private parties. À la Carte menu for Lunch and Dinner is served at the new “Aviator” bar designed by Philippe Masson. A bar dedicated to St. Exupery who, during the 1940’s, wrote part of the Little Prince upstairs in the Skylight room of La Grenouille.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
La Grenouille will be closed for its annual summer vacation from Sunday, July 22nd until Friday, September 7th.

Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:15pm - 9:45pm
Pre-Theater Special menu available
12:00-2:30pm & 5:00pm-6:00pm

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Phone number
(212) 752-1495
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Required
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Executive chef
Jean Christophe Guiony
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Private party facilities
Our Private Party room features a grand wood burning fireplace,
private skylight area, 60 foot high ceilings, three tier space,
accommodating up to 55 guests. The upstairs room and main dining room downstairs are available for luncheons, dinners, cocktail receptions, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs.
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Private party contact
Molly : (212) 752-0652
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Fifth and Madison Avenue
Additional
Banquet, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
2,618 reviews
4.7 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
84%
Very Good
9%
Good
5%
Fair
1%
Poor
1%
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.2
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Noisy patron at the next table was talking on the phone

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OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed our first visit to La Grenouille. The atmosphere was old school, very authentic. I can't think of a single complaint about our food. We felt that the trio of Japanese/Wagyu beef was an excellent value considering it was only a $38 upcharge and the quantity given was significant.

There were however a couple of things that prevent us from giving a full 5-star review across the board. First, the service was extremely rushed. Within 3 minutes of ordering our appetizers, they were in front of us. Once those were cleared, the entrees followed in another 3 minutes or so. We were seated at 7:45pm and there were open tables to be had, so there shouldn't have been a rush to move us through the meal. Additionally, the desserts took about 15 mins to come out (which was fine), but we were never asked if we'd like coffee/after dinner drinks during this time. Generally I wouldn't care so much about pacing a meal, but for the prices that are charged here, I would expect nothing less than perfect execution, which was unfortunately lacking. I'm glad we experienced La Grenouille, but I'm not sure that we would return.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is true French fine dining--suit jackets are required for me, almost all the staff speaks French fluently, classic French dishes are on the menu. I had no expectations when I first went to this restaurant, but the very high quality service of the staff and very good food raise the bar very high. The venue is quiet--you don't have to speak loudly to anyone to hear yourself over background music. There are regulars at the restaurant. The menu is expensive, so expect to spend a lot of money.

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PC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect: outstanding, friendly wait staff who anticipate your needs and provide excellent service without ever being obtrusive. Every item perfectly prepared. Lobster salad and bouillabaisse were excellent. Passion fruit souffle a delightful surprise. The prix fixe menu has gone up significantly in price since our last visit, which was a bit disappointing and the excellent wine choices are priced accordingly, but given the ambiance and calibre of the experience still very glad we chose la grenouille. Wonderful flowers everywhere makes for very fond memories. Looking forward to our next visit!

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Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite! Amazing food and service and beautiful flowers! It is my happy place!

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H
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food in lovely surroundings. Good service. We will come again.

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W
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service,food,and ambiance.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always from Phillippe our gracious host and proprietor to Tony the bartender dining at La Grenouille is a special event! Many thanks to the entire staff!

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MS
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have enjoyed the beauty of the surroundings and the fabulous foods so artfully presented. We would recommend this place to all.

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SK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Menu choice was great. Great wine selection. Offered choice seating and with no noise. Great to be there to celebrate birthday and to return to try other dishes.

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WS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best with the best in food, service ambiance and should be visited frequently so that it remains the vibrant place that it is!

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London
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! I wouldn’t say “value” per se, but for a special occasion like my wife’s birthday it was worth the money. Food and service were amazing!

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Miami
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Exquisite service, food and wine list

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KE
New York Area
209 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful restaurant with excellent food and service. It 's been there for 56 years. Our waiter had been there for 40 years. A place you can rely on for a wonderful meal.

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JF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Over rated simply stated. While the food was well prepared, the price did not match the choices. Clearly disappointed based upon the reputation.

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LB
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding venue - it feels like you're in PAris, surrounded with the most lavish and gorgeous flower arrangements. The service is very French, we felt very special. The souffles are light and fluffy and pretty generous! I would like to see more of a selection of non-seafood items at lunch. I've had the chicken three times, and it's good, but I'm ready to branch out! Maybe a beef or veal cassoulet...Jean-Pierre is an excellent Captain. It's an annual outing for me and I look forward to it with glee!

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n
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I was very disappointed. Took my boyfriend while visiting from LA. Had eaten st the Saks event last November and food was wonderful. Not so much this time.
. Felt very rushed and food could have been hotter. A lot of money for the ambiance. Maybe a foodie would have enjoyed the subtleties of the food but it was a bit bland.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Too expensive, food quality could be better keep in mind extrmrly high pricr

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M
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding. The ambiance was very conducive for celebrating a special occasion. The only issue was that they served us too fast. We would have preferred more time between courses.

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CD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous flowers and ambiance, impeccable service and delicious food. A real example of elegant New York. We all loved it.

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent on all counts. Great food. Professional service. Could not have been better although we would have preferred a bit more space between courses. But that’s a very minor grievance. Overall, it was excellent.

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Miami
253 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic French. Outstanding in every way.

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New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Grossly overpriced for the value. Beautiful decor, somewhat stiff service. Food was very good but not beyond that. Utterly uninventive. The famous soufflé was impossibly sugary. But 3 courses for $172?!

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R
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch in ever way but $172 fixed price was out of line. There should be a la carte options and I was surprised that there weren't.

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c
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a place that the owner REALLY cares about your experience! Because he is so concerned that his staff follows suit. Food is fantastic and so is the service. If you like beautiful flowers, this is a place for you. I love it so much I am a regular.

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D
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just one word sums it up perfectly: spectacular!
Per Se, Jean-Georges, Daniel and the rest of the top echelon restaurants have a long way to go to get to be the equal of this restaurant. Le Bernadin is just as good as long as you don’t mind eating only seafood (with no standard testing for mercury in the seafood in the US, which is a real problem for me) is another great choice. This comes after years of dining at the best of the best in the US and the world. It is not cheap but this is not a street corner diner either.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classy Good French Cuisine, not too expensive but hey where can you have nowadays a scuffle that leaves you in heaven

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SY
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful treat! Oh—the flowers!!! Food and service were just divine.

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Miami
16 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never fails to deliver a fantastic experience. I would eat here once a week if I lived in NYC.

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BP
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded our expectations. Fabulously expensive but also a fabulous dining experience. Food and service are legendary. What a wonderful experience

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Excellent, attentive, gracious and experienced service. Pretty flowers. Hushed atmosphere.

However it is possible to be "classic" without the plating and dishes looking as if they were from 100 years ago.

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect, perfect, perfect!

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Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cumpleños

Super servicio

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NS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, an elegant, superb dining experience. The last of its kind in New York.

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PU
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With all the emphais on nouvelle cuisine it is great to still have an elegant french restaurant operating so successfully in New York

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Possibly the worst fine dining experience that I’ve ever had. Rushed through the front door, menus for dinner before we could even have a drink of and enjoy a cocktail before dinner. The owner - who was kind enough to come over - was arrogant and rude when we tried to express concerns about being seated across from a step where older guests were stumbling - and across from the service cart - at a table with a significant slope and into a corner where we spent we’re uncomfortable- we spent $1,000 for dinner. Having been here over 50 times over 20 years, had a higher expectation and the shabby and poor service will not bring us back. Better high end French food and service is readily available in Manhattan.

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JW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

A table of 4 for a business dinner. I expected an exceptional dining experience for $425/Person. The kitchen & the wait staff were not in Sync the entire evening... The head waiter tells us to relax, enjoy our wine, do not rush the wine experience, the entree’s would be served when we finished that bottle of wine, in 20 min or so... He kept wanting us to order a cheese tray. We told him No three times. Exactly 2 min after he said our entree’s would be out later, our entree’s were plated & served by the Jr wait staff! So much for “Relaxing & Enjoying our Fine Wine!” There was No time for our wine to open up & be enjoyed :(
More disappointing than that... 2 people in our party ordered the lamb chops, myself & my guest, as we were told they were the Best Dish on the Menu. We both ordered Rare to Medium Rare. Two of our Lamb Chops were WELL DONE & TOUGH!!! No flavor :( Could not even chew it! One was eatable at Medium Rare & quite flavorful.. Sooo Very Disappointing for a Resturant of this rating! As the evening came to a close, I got tired of waiting nearly 10 min on the Lead Waiter to take our credit card & close out our bill, so I personally walked our bill & Credit card to the front of the restaurant and closed the bill out myself @ 12 midnight. Our lead waiter was still talking to the table adjacent to us as we walked out. For $425 per person, I expect much better food, definitely a more organized & synchronized kitchen & wait staff and delectable food! There are too many other Excellent & Michelin Rated Restaurants in NYC, who are a true representation of $$$ Fine Dining to experience such disappointment. For example, The Chef’s Table @ Brooklyn Fare, Per Se, or Daniel to name a few, where You will spend the Same amount of money and truly enjoy an Exceptional Dining Experience!

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R
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

The food was inedible
I was stunned by the poor quality
Dreadfully disappointing

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classical French cooking at its finest. La Grenouille is a fine dining destination that is as comfortable as its food is sublime. Service is outstanding and you are never hurried. The flower arrangements are feeding your eyes for the moments when you are not looking at your beautifully composed and masterfully cooked courses of fine French fare. Do not forget to have one of the perfectly presented dessert soufflés at the close of your meal. Chocolate or Passionfruit are the epitome of how this dessert should look and taste. This was my first visit but not my last.

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