Le Bateau Ivre

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449 reviews
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Le Bateau Ivre, a true french wine bar, raw bar and grill, opened on Manhattan's eat side in 1999. Le Bateau ivre offers more than 300 varieties of the finest French wines by the glass and bottle.
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1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The waiter is not friendly. We don't understand the french menu, but he didn't remind us the menu details. His communication in English is not in a qualified level. Meanwhile, he keeps giving us a feeling that he is very aggressive. The restaurant is very noisy.

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JH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We went for French Restuarant week and to celebrate two work friends birthdays. Even though we allocated a full hour for a midtown lunch, we had to get the dessert to go and were constantly asking the waiter to speed things up. The Croque Madame was tasty although the egg was a little overdone. The special pumpkin ravioli with blue cheese was nothing to write home about. The blue cheese really overpowered the pumpkin. Overall, very meh.

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S
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The menu offered a nice variety; the staff was pleasant and the prices somewhat reasonable ... especially for New York.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot for a business lunch. Tasty food, good portions, and reasonable prices.

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R
Miami
74 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great little bistro. We had the Duck Confit, Duck Magret, aricot verts, and grilled vegetables with great wines by the glass. Will be back.

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h
New York Area
174 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We felt as if we were in France., instead we were non Manhattan. The restaurant has the charm of a Parisian bistro. The food is delicious.

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OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You would think you are in Paris at a cafe. The food is mostly very good as is the service. It was noisy, the music was loud. We were4 there with friends who had been there before and said the noise level was unusual. The entrees were delicious (duck breast and mussels), the beet salad was only fair. I would definitely return.

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OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed everything, ambiance, service, food.

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A
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Party of 9 tall French guy serve most horrible service we didn’t finish eating from bread to appetizer to dinner he was rush to take a way our plates even I couldn’t have relaxing time to look at menu food was salty we paid more than $1200 include tips I hate the server 6 ppl in table noticed how rush service by the server all were not happy . Never never will go back I didn’t wanted leave tip at all ..... not recommended small place bad place for group

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A
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

I was a bit concerned after I had made the reservation because I belatedly read the reviews and found a few negative comments on food and service. The good news is that both my son's and my orders were pretty good. The oysters were fresh, the roasted beets salad, and steak frites were delicious. The not- so- good news is that I agree with the reviewers who said service was slow. We had to wait too long for any server to approach us when we needed something, like water or the bill. The place is small but it was not full house. Still it was obvious only 2 servers for the diners at that time was not sufficient. I do appreciate the sparkler candle the servers brought for my son's birthday which I had requested. (I wish they both stayed less than a minute more to sing Happy Birthday with us just like in other restaurants.)

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M
New York Area
176 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where to begin. The staff is an amazing tag team to insure your experience is perfect. The sommelier had a delightful wine tasting. The duck was perfection. The beans were so tender and flavorful.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Feels like Paris. Great wine options Friendly, professional staff.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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W
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Great place to eat, especially on a warm evening as you can sit outside or by the open doors. We ate there twice as the atmosphere and food are great but be warned that the service is a let down. We ordered a salad and the lamb as two main dishes and the salad arrived before we had been offered bread and way before the lamb. We also ordered a second bottle of wine and when it arrived it was open and a third of the bottle was missing. The manager did apologies and had it changed.

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B
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh food, wine list superb , great place on Sunday afternoon

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JG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy dining here. Whether it is lunch or dinner their menu selection is excellent. Their wine list by the glass or the bottle is extensive. It’s nice to dine in a French bistro right here in Midtown East Manhattan.

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M
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, presentation, pacing, and atmosphere. A bit pricy, but worth it. Will go back.

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f
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in town!!!!!

Steak Frite the best of the world!!!!!!!

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F
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Samy IS THE BEST ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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M
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food , beautiful setting . Our waiter was abrupt with wine suggestions , not very attentive . However , the food was excellent. Healping plate of mussels , well flavored salads . The chicken with mustard sauce was perfectly cooked .

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I arrived and they said they had a leak. They had made no attempt to let me know of this problem and didn’t then let OpenTable know so that I was given a threatening email about my not showing up at their restaurant. I was very disappointed in the whole experience and the restaurant’s complete lack of responsibility for their issues!

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S
Detroit
37 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The foie gras was the real thing! It's so hard to find authentic foie gras anymore, so this was a delight. Only downside was they don't serve cocktails, just wine and beer.

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K
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant atmosphere and good food. A perfect place for lunch in midtown - one can actually have a conversation.

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NR
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for Sunday brunch. Loved the outdoor seating. Food was excellent. Service was excellent. Would definitely recommend.

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious; the wine was wonderful, and the service attentive and sweet. Love this place!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious breakfast,a cozy place.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a wonderful time and great food

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F
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Good neighborhood find.

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice little French place in Midtown East Manhattan. Fixed price menu perfect for lunch.
Nice ambiance.

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RB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoy the meal each time I eat there. The restaurant makes meal feel like I'm eating at a bistro in St. Germain.

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DM
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food - late night hours perfect for after-Theater dining - like a trip to Paris without jet lag!!

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DD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything! We will definitely go again! Thank you

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b
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

unfortunately there was a party of 10 young adults having dinner while we were there . the noise level was terrible as the seating area is rather small. check for large parties before booking. otherwise restaurant is an excellent venue a with good food and service at a reasonable price

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GR
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brought w work colleague. A great place to have a nice selection of French wine at reasonable prices! Great attentive staff

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GF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a hidden gem. A fixed price menu at lunch and fabulous food and presentation. I hope it doesn't get so crowded that we can no longer get a table!

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OT
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have a meal here each time I visit New York. Once again, they did not disappoint. The orange duck and garlicky lamb were superb and complemented by great wine. Service was charming. I look forward to my next visit!

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great.

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PC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Had the prix fixe lunch. Onion soup average , omelet average, crème brulee above average. Wine ,Guigal red St Joseph excellent. Would try cheese plate or charcuterie next time. Wine list is extensive and fairly prices. I am very familiar with French wines and was impressed by the selection . You can take a trip thru France. Wish food was up to the wine.

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OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

I will not return

Food and service good tho a bit expensive

Been there many times
A very small space
Tables close

But piped in music so loud that it was not only uncomfortable but painful
Couldnt converse across an 18" table.


Been to France many times. Never in any bistro/restaurant any recorded music.

Why this otherwise decent place feels the necessity of rock concert/
runway noise is truly beyond me.

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RO
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was not that great. Over cooked and under seasoned seafood (bouillabaise), duck salad was just OK, french onion soup was good. Service was prompt bit only marginally friendly.

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