Lafayette

4.5
2439 reviews
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French
Lafayette is an everyday French restaurant conducting the spirit of French dining anew in downtown Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood. Open morning, noon and night, this grand café and bakery is dedicated to Chef Andrew Carmellini's market-driven bistro cooking in a timeless hallmark setting. Our light-flushed dining room features soaring arched windows overlooking the NoHo streetscapes and a lively rotisserie bar. Our corner boulangerie-patisserie is open all hours offering artisanal breads, croissants, Stumptown coffee drinks, a light breakfast or lunch and a host of confections. In warm weather months, our sidewalk cafe opens daily for open air breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner service.
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8.1

Balthazar, you had a good 16-year run, but it’s time to step aside. Lafayette is now the quintessential French bistro of bustling downtown NYC.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning ambiance, breathtaking flavors. The Sunchoke Agnolotti was impeccably balanced, rich and flavorful yet delicate. The Chicken Grand–Mère a hearty plating. Pomme-Frites are a must for the thin, crispy & lightly salted, fry lover. Roasted Cauliflower was also delicious, slight heat from the chili, and drop of sweet from the love I assume.

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PM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The wait for the table was too long. The service was not warm. My food had refrigerator taste. Maybe a bit over ambitious in getting the meals out quickly to turn over the tables.

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n
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

In a word, disappointing. I took a 3 hour train ride to celebrate my son’s birthday. I wanted sparkling wine, you were out of most things. My husbands coffee was cold. My son’s Bloody Mary ( was supposed to be a bloody Marie) was watery. Food was fine but not worth the money. I wish I celebrated somewhere else. We will never be back.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed Sunday brunch for our daughter’s 30th birthday. It was delicious and the service was equally as good.

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GJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic evening we had. The atmosphere is so French, being in Paris 2 weeks ago brought us back. Food was amazing, the east coast oysters were delicious, we had the strip steak and was cooked perfectly. Went for lunch 2 days later. Love it here. Will be the first stop back when we return.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

AMAZING. The server was very enchanting and our surprise anniversary macaroons was really thoughtful. Thank you!!!

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ND
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovey atmosphere, great wait staff. Although the food was adequate, it did not equate to the price. I had the steak tartare and it was the one item of the eight we ordered that was very good. I also had the mussels and they were sweet and tender but minuscule . The broth with them was fine but not as flavorful as other mussels I have had. We were a party of four and everyone felt my tartare was the best item on the menu. For five drinks, 4 appetizers and 4 main courses, no desert the bill was $110 each.

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B
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall, a very good experience. We really enjoyed the Brussels sprouts appetizer, black macaroni pasta with seafood and the seared scallops special with black truffle. All three were delicious. We also enjoyed getting a drink at the bar beforehand and liked the energy of the place overall. Bit pricey but found it more reasonable than a lot of other restaurants of this caliber. Definitely will be going back.

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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was great, but the service mixed up our beef tartar with beet salad, forgot our oysters, and forgot our wine refill after saying they would get it.

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Miami
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My wife asked to be seated in the bar banquet area which I our fault. The section where the hostess wanted to put us was less busy. So the long absences of the server were to some extent to be expected, but not entirely.
The food was really good. I had the gem lettuce salad which was excellent, crisp and well seasoned.
Next I had the agnolotti which was too rich for my wife but tasted great and was well executed.
Last I had the aged duck breast. Because I had three courses the kind of small serving was not a problem, but if it was my main entree I might have been a bit bummed.
My friend a burger which he really liked.
Even though the restaurant was quite busy the front of house kept things moving and managers seemed to be all over it.
Food was uniformly spot on.
I was pretty happy and will definitely return.

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A delicious meal - Lafayette made our Valentine's Day special and scrumptious.

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here every year for Valentine’s Day and they never disappoint

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Y
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service. One of my favorite restaurants.

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NH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is gorgeous - & immediately sets the stage for a special evening.
The service staff was professional & knowledgeable. We were six in number with about 1 1/4 hour before leaving for the theatre. The staff were agreeable and accommodating and we made our play with ease.

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CL
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Brunch being my favorite meal, I’m more critical of it especially when the recipe has been altered. $26 glass of champagne for this venue is insane. Food was alright. Service suffered as most were exhausted as this place was PACKED!!! I actually like it much better for dinner when the rhythm is smoother.

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TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service and the food were excellent. When we first walked in the music playing was jazz and at just the right level. However, as the evening went on the music turned more techno and the noise level got louder. By the time we left it was difficult to carry on a conversation and we were sitting right next to each other.

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M
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was great, but the service, from the minute we walked in the door to the time we left was truly terrible. So bad that I really doubt we will go again. Which is too bad, because the food really was delicious.

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RR
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Brunch was just ok, big portions.

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an a la carte group of 14 and the food was served at the same time and everything was delish!

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MM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here twice—once for dinner; once for brunch. Both times—excellent service & delicious food. Pricey but highly recommend.

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LB
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It's a good place to grab a bite, the food is OK, it is not life changing. However, the service is perfect and very amicable. The location great and the atmosphere is excellent.

I definitely recommend this restaurant.

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S
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Quite a destination spot for foodies. While the service was lacking in the beginning, the food made up for it. The place was packed; and the noise levelwas deafening. I would return for brunch hoping the noise would be tepid so I could enjoy conversation with my guests. Having said that, judging by the crowd, it is a VERY popular place for millennials.

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FM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was fine, didn't blow me away. Wouldn't go back if it wasn't restaurant week

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was terrific, excellent ambiance and the food was amazing from appetizer to dessert. Will definitely recommend and come back for more!

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SO
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I would probably try dinner, the brunch was very basic, and I think we chose the wrong thing, we ordered the scrambled egg and just received a bowl of very watery eggs with some salad leaves. So disappointing. I was so looking forward to this, but compared to Balthazar, very mediocre.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s the best!!!

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YG
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic way to begin a full day celebrating a lifelong friendship for brunch! Fantastic food & fun atmosphere!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambience and the salmon benenidict

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S
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was a foul up at check in; we arrived at 4:55pm, but it was not recorded by people at the desk and instead we were listed as no-shows.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place for a dinner date!

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

Great experience, food, service and ambiance

Will definitely go again

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite lunch spots in NYC! I always come here when I come to New York! Definitely recommend! Food and service are always top notch!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was good but overpriced. Steak frites had low quality steak for $45.

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I
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Seated in what is clearly a bad table despite the restaurant being only about a quarter full - the table is situated in such a way that you either have to sit side by side on a banquette staring at other diners or add a chair to the other side and be bumped constantly as there is insufficient space between it and a coat rack. Potatoes not fully cooked, salad tasted sour. Waitress inattentive and aloof. Managers difficult to flag down. No one at front podium as we were leaving and was unable to provide feedback on poor experience. My guest was sick when she got home and called to find out ingredient list - had to speak to 4 people to get an answer. I called and there was no answer - left a voicemail

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Frisée salad was excellent. Scrambled eggs were watery and flavorless. Croque madame was ok but below expectations. Service and ambiance were good!

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BW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed. Our waiter was outstanding. Not only did he remember from the beginning of the meal that I preferred decaf, but he was completely gracious when we sent back the dessert.

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KH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My boyfriend and I randomly decided to go out for dinner here and we did not regret it at all. The food was delectable. We loved every single thing that we ordered off the menu: the escargot, the black macaroni with lobster, the risotto basquaise and the chocolate twist. I’m allergic to shelled seafood and was delighted that they were able to accommodate by serving the risotto without the shrimp. We also could not get enough of the fresh bread and salted butter that they served from their bakery. What topped off our experience was the impeccable service we received. It is hard to be perfectly attentive and not be intrusive. Our waiter Ryan was perfection.

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t
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

French bistro neighborhood gem. Beautiful and lively restaurant, packed yet you are able to hear your table mates. Delicious food and exceptionally solicitous service.

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RW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Tartare was very similar to Balthazar. The main dishes were good but not great. We ordered the mussels and the bass over bouillabaisse dish.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. Pro tip: get the scrambled eggs. They’re just as good as in Paris and are one of the best deals in the city.

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