Le Rendez-vous Bistro & Restaurant Francais

4.5
1192 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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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Neighborhood
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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
What 1192 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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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3.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

BEST PLACE IN TUCSON --HANDS DOWN THE BEST ESCARGOT

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

always consistent.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

This was our first time at Le Rendez-vouz and we loved it! It was our Anniversary and we dined in the formal dining room where they prepare some of the features of the dish at your table-side. We had the Chateubriand and it was absolutely amazing--some of the best food I've ever had. Our waiter (also one of the family co-owners of the restaurant) was wonderful and friendly. It was a Tuesday night, so there were only a few patrons in the restaurant, which made it feel special and romantic. After wine, salad, dinner, and desert for two, the total bill was a bit over $120. Not bad for a truly special meal with flavors that were out of this world! We will go back again and again!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

This was probably one of the best meals we've had in a Tucson restaurant. All of our dishes were prepared perfectly. I had the halibut special with hollandaise sauce, the others had duck, salmon and scallops. My halibut was fresh and not over cooked. The accompanying asparagus had even been peeled! The hollandaise sauce was obviously freshly prepared (not canned) and had just the right touch of lemon. The duck was moist and very tasty. Our friends who had the salmon and scallops enjoyed their meals, also. Our waitress was attentive and delightful.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Several years ago, I dined at Le Rendez-vous with my husband, a French historian. Then as now, I am impressed with this restaurant's ability to offer a menu that reflects the French cuisine. i really enjoyed my lunch yesterday as did my daughter-in-law. Thank you for continuing to stay in Tucson.

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Side dishes were not good for a 36 dollars plate. I will not come back

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Excellent food, attentive, professional service. This place never disappoints

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Exceptional Main Courses and Deserts. Terrific salads. The Vichyssoise was almost impossible to eat...tasted like someone accidietly dropped the entire salt shaker into the soup.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Been coming since just after you first opened. Food & service still good as always. Will continue unless something changes. (Which I doubt that will. happen.). Keep up the good work.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

We had a lovely meal there for our anniversary. It’s a beautiful restaurant with an excellent French menu. The food was wonderful, service was perfect, atmosphere was cozy and romantic.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

very pleasant lunchtime dining. Small plates served in the bistro/bar area were very good. Something different for a change and beautifully prepared. Have not been there for dinner but the menu looked very interesting. Not very crowded in the summer time in Tucson but I am sure it is crowded in the winter. Definitely will return.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

The Rendezvous special summer was terrific. All the dishes were delicious and the portion sizes were just right. As always, the atmosphere was delightful. Rendezvous continues to be a favorite of ours.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Probably one of the best restaurants that Tucson has! The food, I had the duck, Pate en Croute and the Brie, was unbelievably well made and lovingly served. Our wait person was Vanessa who really exercised expertise at knowing the menu and how each plate is made. My family and I left very, very impressed!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Perfect meeting due to “just right” staff service, low noise to allow discussions, and great food and soufflé to impress our business guests. Thank you!

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Sea Bass was very greasy, fried and swarming in butter. When I order fish, I don't expect to get something greasy. Trout was also greasy. Veal medallions were good.

We brought a cake to celebrate a birthday but they wanted to charge $5 per person just to let us eat it there, so we decided to eat it at home. They were gracious, though, and brought us 2 crème brulees for 4 people without charging for it.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Charming, efficient waitstaff. Superbly made martinis. Food delicately perfect.

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I was terribly displeased by my dining experience this evening. Mind you, this was my absolute favorite restaurant in Tucson 10 years ago when I lived here. This was my first trip back to Tucson in that time and I will likely not return to this restaurant, nor will I continue to purchase gift certificates for family to this restaurant.

I was lied to by the wait staff (and the acting manager) when we asked to sit in the main dinning room, telling us that the tables were previously reserved and their only 5 top was seated when we arrived. Neither was true. The food was mediocre. The vegetarian dish was swimming in the vinaigrette. The beef Wellington was poorly seasoned, leaving me with pockets of severely peppered beef. One of our creme brûlées were burnt.

This is a poor excuse for a fine dining experience in Tucson or anywhere else for that matter. Shame on them!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We visit this restaurant three or four times a year for the French cuisine. This last visit was okay but lacked the "extra attention" needed for five stars. The bread had been pre sliced and had sat out for some time as the interior of the loaf, instead of being soft had a slightly hardened dry texture. The onion soup was maybe six stars. Absolutely wonderful. The sweetbreads were overcooked (after telling the server to make sure they were not overcooked). Not enough to send back but too much to enjoy fully. When we placed our order we forgot to pre order the souflle Grand Marnier (takes extra time to prepare), but we asked the busperson to inform our server when getting a tea refill to please inform our server to include the souflle in our order. She assured us she would. Well, you know what happened. She failed to inform the server and when he showed up with the dessert display after the main course, he seemed surprised that we had already requested the souflle. He assured us the souflle would be "right out". Twenty minutes later we were finally able to get his attention again and asked about the status of the souflle (we had a two hour drive in front of us and it was getting late), and he said he would check. He came back in five minutes and explained the bad luck that the souflle deflated and they would have to start over. We naturally told him to hold the souflle and called for the check. Yes, we will go back in a couple of months and yes we will recommend the place but we will need to put the caveats out so expectations are realistic. With a little extra effort this could move to a five star review but in the meantime four it is.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

After being away from Tucson since 2003 we returned to our favorite restaurant Le Rendezvous. The food is comforting while being elegantly French and served with flair and incredible customer care. Looking forward to returning. The pepper steak flambe'd table side was superb!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Great food and ambiance. Our lunch ran over the closing time, and it did get warm in the dining room, almost like the AC was shut off at 2pm. That's the only constructive criticism I can come up with.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great onion soup, escargot, steak, salads, veal, soufflé, and wine.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The service was great. The Sauvignon Blanc and Vichyssoise were terrific. I made the mistake of ordering the Steak Au Poivre. Avoid it if you don't like pepper. It is completely encrusted with pepper. This was the only disappointing dinner I've had at this place so far so I'm still going to rate high.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Excellent food. Excellent service. I would go again for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

As always the service was impeccable. The food was delicious. Dining at Rendezvous is always a treat.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Fantastic food! It’s on my “must go” list when I visit Tucson.

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