Le Rendez-vous Bistro & Restaurant Francais

4.4
1217 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
This is the perfect place for an impressive business engagement or a romantic interlude. A distinguished wine Cellar and exquisite desserts promise a memorable dining experience. Now offering a bistro fare lunch.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(520) 323-7373
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Gordon Berger
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Private party facilities
For small private parties, we have a private dining room, in the main restaurant, for up to 80 people.
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Private party contact
Gordon Berger: (520) 323-7373
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Catering
From our lunch or dinner menu we offer catering. It is best to make an appointment with our Manager or Chef de Cuisine to plan for your catering event.
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Cross street
Alvernon
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Parking details
We offer private parking in the back of the Restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Tucson
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

We were very dissatisfied with our meal at this restaurant on Friday night! We ordered Calamari and it was very tough, the salad we ordered was very small and had no taste and some of the romaine was brown,we ordered the Chateaubriand for two and asked for it to be medium it was extremely rare, my husband ordered a diet soda and received a seltzer. We didn’t order any dessert because we were so very dissatisfied with our meal. We will not be going back to this restaurant!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Country Pate was wonderful. Entrees are served piping hot, and are authentically Continental. Dessert Souffle is a must-have. Service was attentive, although not entirely coordinated. Complimentary baguette and butter did not arrive until the appetizers, for example. Staff also seemed concerned about our leisurely pace through our dinner, which lasted 90 minutes. We ordered our dessert Souffles when we ordered dinner, since they take time to bake. But then we were offered desserts by someone unfamiliar with our order. Everything else about this place was perfect for our romantic anniversary dinner.

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OG
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This venerable classic seems to have fallen into decline. We started with confusion as to whether
we were to be seated in the dining room or the more casual area (didn't really make a difference
to us). The first table we sat at was in the direct line of the air cooling and we were uncomfortably
cold. We changed to a different table. Don't know if the table change created confusion among
the serving and kitchen staff, but from then on, were were the forgotten ones. We watched as
other tables were served and our order seemed to have fallen into deep space. There were appropriate
apologies when we finally got someone's attention, but it was close to an hour after our reservation
time when we were served our first course. The onion soup was the classic version one expects in
a French restaurant; no complaints there. The day's special pumpkin bisque had some spices that were
not to my taste -- nobody's fault, there's just no accounting for taste. When the server inquired as to
our satisfaction and I told him that, he offered to bring a different starter. I chose the classic
escargots and was not disappointed. For our main courses, the cabrilla was okay, but not great,
and the duck was tough. Some parts of the famous potatoes Anna were several degrees more than
crisp -- more like burnt. I had noted on our reservation that we were celebrating an anniversary
and there was no acknowledgement of this. All in all, a disappointing experience from an old favorite.

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J
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was fantastic and the ambience was perfect. Looking forward to going again. Service could of been better. Seemed they were short staffed.

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DS
Tucson
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Consistently good. Good specials though they are sometimes out when we order.
Very thoughtful of them to do a birthday dessert for our friend.

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TC
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a Birthday Celebration and of course for the French Cuisine. The staff service was excellent and our server Simone, she is a perfect attentive host. The dining experience made for a memorable celebration!

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LH
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wonderful hidden French restaurant in the Tucson desert.

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D
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent, as usual! The duck was very good and always love the snails!

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. We ate in the main dining room and the only issue is that it was hot. We asked our server to turn the AC down and that helped a little. As we were leaving we passed thru the Bistro serving area it it was noticeably cooler. This was our first visit and will surely return but will ask to be seated in the bistro side.

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H
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time coming here, and once again, I was not disappointed. Oddly enough, the dish that blew me away the most was a salad. I have never had a salad that phenomenal. I could eat it every day. But aside from that salad, it's a beautiful location, with very professional and friendly staff, and the food is out of this world. Everything is prepared to the highest degree of quality and standards. I even heard a server state to a customer that the restaurant would not make one of their souffles to-go because it would not be the same if it was not fresh. Everyone takes pride in the products they sell, making this a truly wonderful experience.

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FO
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was an AMAZING experience! The atmosphere was serene, the service was pleasant and attentive, and the food was beautiful, delicious, and very, very French.

I really wanted to rate each category higher, but to keep it totally honest, I have to admit there's a little room for improvement in a few areas. For example, I thought the A/C could have been set a lil cooler, some of the surfaces (chairs, menus) seemed like they might benefit from some more detailed cleaning, and there were a few times when we wondered where our server was. But!!!

That being said - I want to emphasize that it was an extraordinary place and I can't wait to return. When I do, I'll take note of these things I'm calling them out on and rewrite my review, because I fully expect they will address them all. I got the district impression that this is *that* kind of place - a place with management that actually cares and actively works to always keep making things better and better.

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J
Tucson
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always superb! The frog leg hors de vours are always wonderful. Beef Wellington as well and the wine selection can compliment anything you order. This is without a doubt our favorite Tucson (or any other city) restaurant.

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d
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have never been disappointed over the many years we have been dining at Le Rendez-vous

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NS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

This is the third time we have tried to have my Birthday dinner since they started the small plates. The first time we ordered a few small plates and they all came out at once. The second time we were ordering small plates and when we ordered the mini-beef wellington it wasn't our waiter who knew we ordering small plates and they brought us the regular menu with full sized portions of beef wellington we complained and they took one of the huge orders away. We had already had three small plates and said we would continue to order as we went along if we were still hungry. This last time was the third time we tried to celebrate my Birthday and we had planned to have at least three or four small plates but the second plate came out so slow we couldn't order any more food since we can only leave our dogs for so long and we live almost an hour away. They knew we were unhappy and charged us 50% off for the last small plates and we got a free Birthday dessert. We would have had at least two more small plates.

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N
Phoenix
127 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We arrived first and had excellent service for water and menus. When our friends came, the person who was assigned our table seemed to disappear. We finally asked one of the waitresses to find us a waiter. He was no longer with us near the later part of our meal and it went very well from then on. The soufflé dessert is always a treat. All four of us chose to eat I’m the terrace room where we can order small plates or full dinners either one. We all had a selection of small plates.

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JR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We really enjoyed our appetizer, the baked brie with caramelized apples. Incredibly rich and delicious. However, the main course, we decided to split the Beef Wellington. We've had it before, and it was delicious then. However, this time it was very under cooked and it wasn't right even after sending it back for additional cooking. However, even if it were done correct, then sauce was underwhelming, had almost no flavor. They discounted the meal a little bit, but not enough to think I should give it another try.

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W
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

This restaurant offered the best service I've experienced ANYWHERE! There were several engaging, non-pretentious servers who went above and beyond to ensure our enjoyment of the meal, wine and evening. Our server made wine suggestions, offering samples of two, before we settled on a third, which he recommended. My husband doesn't love vegetables, so the cook came out and offered him several alternatives. One of the other servers shared with us the history of the restaurant and the building where it resides. They had noted we were celebrating a birthday; so they treated us to a creme brulee. As for the food: we loved the baked brie; the sweetbreads were not good. The sea scallops were tasty; but the rest of the food on the plate was a bit strange. The chocolate mousse was average. We would actually go back in a year to experience another enjoyable evening; and we would order according to our experience. We ate in the comfortable, casual bistro and preferred it to the white table-cloth main dining area.

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DL
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

The food was wonderful but the atmosphere and service were below par for a fine dining restaurant. We sat in the bistro part of the restaurant and the air conditioning was inadequate. It was uncomfortably warm until the sun went down. Our waiter was very loud and inattentive. A mistake was made with our soufflés. Instead of offering the incorrect flavor compliments of the kitchen they offered to make a new one which would take an additional 20 minutes and everyone at our table had their desserts. For a $60 single dining experience I expected more.

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TM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The main dining area has a delightful intimacy and touch of formality that is hard to find these days especially for special occasions. However, having almost reached 80, I am allowed to designate any occasion special.

We have been to the restaurant a number of times over a decade or so - and will continue to go.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good. Good service.

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RO
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and wonderful ambience for our 60th wedding anniversary!

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W
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a favorite restaurant, and we love the summer prix fixe dinners for two! The service is excellent, and the formal dining room is small and elegant. The meals were perfectly prepared and artfully served. This is the place to go to for a special evening.

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B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Le Rendez-vous and will certainly be back. A delicious lunch, fabulous menu.....just perfect!

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OT
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our anniversary at noon because of the kids. They offered the full menu, giving us more choices. The food was delicious, authentic and the portion is just right. I tried the duck, amazing! My husband ordered the tenderloin, very satisfying! They gave us a surprise by offering a crème brûlée as a free desert. The service was very attentive and nice. The only regretable part is that the sofa seat was not comfortable and the table not big enough.

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ML
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

In this type of restaurant I would expect more highly trained staff. Reaching across customers to replace cutlery is what I expect in a Denny’s. Making sure water glasses are not empty is expected. Querying customers about the need for another glass of wine is expected.

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TD
Tucson
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made to feel welcomed from the moment we arrived. Attentive, but not pushy wait staff. Knowledgeable on wine list and confirmed the perfect wine to compliment our meals.

Always a lovely experience and would highly recommend this long time Tucson gem to anyone!

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LP
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST PLACE IN TUCSON --HANDS DOWN THE BEST ESCARGOT

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VC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food in a quiet atmosphere. Loved it. Can't wait to go back.

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H
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner. Always fun to go there. Great food.

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ZD
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Maybe keep in consideration the ocassion. I would like a more romantic setting when I went. I should have mentioned again but I thought the restaurant read my message on the reservation.
Food and service is great. Recommended.

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KC
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had not been here for several years. The chef is the son of the original owner. We ordered the escargot and pate for starters. The pate was a huge portion easily shared served on a lettuce leaf and pickled onion. Would have liked a mustard with this and had to ask for bread. The escargot was piping hot but just ok. Not the garlicky goodness i remember. We had the salmon which too was just ok. The dessert was not memorable as i cant recall what it was. The service was friendly but she got our drink orders messed up. Overall it was ok. Unfortunately there is very little choice for french here in tucson

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BB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrate our anniversaries & never disappointed. Superbly prepared food, warm environment and exceptional service security

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MG
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our 31st anniversary. Everything was perfect, except for our waitress. We thought she was quite rude and abrupt. I mentioned the $89 menu for two and she appeared annoyed that I mentioned it. I only knew about through the website. Well worth the price!

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J
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We had reserved this for our anniversary through Open Table, and noted it as such on the reservation. But the restaurant paid no attention to it.

When we got there, they were frantically busy. It was 80% occupied. The waitress curtly told us to wait, before we were seated later in the inside dining room.

Menus came in due course and my wife ordered a 16 oz beer. The waiter came back a little later, shook the bottle, which promptly fizzed half the contents onto the floor right next to me. After apologizing, he went and came back with a glass filled with beer. We had no way of knowing if he simply filled the glass with what was left in the opened bottle, or even if it's the same beer she ordered. When my wife asked if it was from a new bottle, he pretended not to hear and disappeared. Thereafter 2 other different waiters served us.

Our first courses were a french onion soup (not bad, but we've had much better elsewhere -- not cheesy enough and the broth not as rich as it could be), and a vichyssoise (refreshing, but tepid -- could have done with a stronger leek flavor).

The filet au poivre vert was overcooked -- medium instead of medium rare. That's the danger when the steak arrives at the tableside pan, and it's further flambeed there before serving. The Beef Wellington was just on the verge of more than medium rare. That seemed to be a problem in the kitchen controlling doneness. Another table's chateaubriand was also medium rather than medium rare. These are technical flaws that really are not excusable.

Unfortunately, no one bothered to return to find out if we were satisfied with our plates.

We finished with a strawberry sorbet which was refreshing, but my wife considered a bit sweet.

Overall, not too bad an experience, but room for improvement. Service was haphazard and frazzled for a full house on a Saturday night. Steaks consistently overcooked, and the worst part was they paid no attention to our anniversary -- a big disappointment!

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AR
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was first class and priced at a appropriate level.
The menu choices were excellent and I would be keen to go back and try soem of the other dishes

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m
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was wonderful. The lamb was cooked perfect. Service was amazing extremely knowledgeable. It was a wonderful experience that we both have been talking about to everyone and anyone who would listen. If you are looking for a budget restaurant don't look here.

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OT
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was impeccable as is always the case at Le Rendez-vous.

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SC
Tucson
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. We took our granddaughter and her friend for dinner because she is leaving for college next week and she had never been there. We have been there several times but it has been a while. We have never gotten anything there that we did not like.
We ALL loved it. The food, service and drinks were excellent. There is a great wine list and the drinks are very good also. My granddaughter had the filet and they cook it with brandy right at your table- Excellent flavor. The staff is so friendly and so attentive. We all had something different and it was ALL very good.
Love the setting. We love it also because it is not a chain restaurant-it's just a small little quaint place.
We definitely recommend going there-you won't be disappointed!

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DS
Tucson
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

always consistent.

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BH
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An intimate French restaurant with an excellent menu including small plate offerings. Excellent and attentive service without being intrusive. Not a place for kids, which is a good thing. Highly recommended for anyone looking for the best in French cuisine.

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