Demarchelier

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French
Since Demarchelier Opened in 1978 it has worked to bring a little piece of France to New York City. Every meal that leaves our kitchen expresses the soul of authentic French bistro fare.
We continue to be a family-owned and family-run restaurant serving the Upper East Side. Our comfortable, colorful, warm, familial spirit makes us a neighborhood fixture, ideal for a quick bite to eat, romantic rendezvous or a meal with your family.
Our Traditional French menu is paired perfectly with our wide range of French wines.
We look forward to hosting you soon!
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4.0
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4.1
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LM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My party of four had a most pleasant dining experience at Demarchelier. My wife and I have been dining there for many years, but our friends were new to Demarchelier. Their saying that they look forward to returning says it all.

p
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of the few remaining time capsules of a French bistro with welcoming staff and very good cuisine. Deserves to be patronized.

MG
New Orleans
37 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite neighborhood spots -- the perfect place for lunch after having spent a few hours at The Met, or, as was true this time, catching up with my two daughters. Good location, reasonable prices, dependable, delicious food, nice ambiance.

C
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The place is adorable from the outside and my husband and I were excited to try it. We were a bit put off upon arrival because the welcome was lukewarm and the service rushed and uninspired. My escargots were so dry and devoid of garlic butter as to be barely edible. The hanger steak was pretty flavorless. My husband’s sole was merely okay. The atmosphere was on the frantic side, busboys moving huge trays of glasses, etc. To top it all off, while we were having espresso we were asked if we wouldn’t mind vacating our table and having a digestif at the bar because they were eager to get a large party seated. We fled.

C
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Classic old French style restaurant with both the charm and limitations. The staff could be friendlier.

BV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy eating at Demarchelier for lunch whenever we visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The food is wonderful. The service is attentive. They even charged my husband’s phone . It reminds me of our trips to France.

EE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Great ambiance and a wonderful neighborhood spot, but would have to say that in terms of the food, there are other French bistros nearby with better quality at a similar price point.

G
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The traditional French bistro is a dying breed in New York, and Demarchelier is to be recommended mostly because there are so few such places left. Everything is of its kind and pretty good: the salad, the bread, the dessert. Nothing to complain about, but also nothing to cheer very loudly about.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and very nice setting

n
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

If only the food matched the warm and cozy decor and the service. My husband's filet mignon was mostly gristle; the scallops I had were not bad but undistinguished. I had often passed the restaurant while walking or riding on Madison Avenue and been struck by the great looking interior of Demarchelier. I had no idea the exterior was superior to the interior!

R
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

a resurgence Everything was lively, well-timed and pleasant

k
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice servers, tasty food and a bustling but pleasant vibe.

A
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Celebrated a birthday lunch with friends. It continues to be a wonderful neighborhood restaurant, always welcoming and such good food.

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant, kind of old fashioned French bistro.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Average good

D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It was great to be in a semi-private space that wasn’t too noisy. I only wish the waiter hadn’t abandoned us after the food was served. I was thirsty and wanted more water, and we waited a long time to find a waiter to bring us the check. The Asian chicken salad was OK, but why do chefs insist on grilling chicken breasts? They’re always dry and tasteless. At home I poach chicken thighs, which are moist and tasty.

I’m a regular customer and love Demarchelier; you do a good job. Thanks.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful service
Awful food

JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good food and service in a warm friendly atmosphere.

G
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good neighborhood place

MR
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The mailer d’ was rude, unlike another we have encountered there. She was like one in a typical mediocre Paris Bistro so perhaps an authentic experience. Food was over-salted. Coq sure vin: dark meat mushy, breast hard as a rock. Bar Boulud is magnitudes better.

NK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

For local lunches only. It feels very French. which is its most appealing quality, but the food is mediocre.
The service is slow and, often, unresponsive.

KW
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful. We were a large group but Demarchelier worked with us and met all our needs. Outstanding service, food and wine! We will be back!!

CW
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Demarchelier is always dependable for delicious French food and pleasant service in an agreeable bistro like setting.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious everything!

V
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice menu ... excellent service ... never rushed,,. Excellent food ... good sized portions ,,, convenient location ,,, a lovely lunch choice!

RL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Birthday lunch

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great place to eat with friends!

VB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The location and the French decor is the only good thing about this place .
I will not go back .I ordered a veggie burger and it was a microwaved overcooked burger served on a piece of bread with two slices of tomatoes and onions ,no cheese ,no dressing ,no flavor ,no care for the taste or presentation.
I ‘m French and I was very disappointed to have picked this place for what I thought would be a wonderful lunch.

SM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy place, amazing muscles, great wine selection, very friendly bartenders. They could use better art on the walls however.

k
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice staff and servers and consistent tasty food. This is a neighborhood gem.

n
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Late dinner on a Sunday night we had organic liver with beat salad and artichoke first and crepesfor dessert. All went very well despite the having run out of first choice was the cold salmon. After little waite one was more than satisfied with the excellent food and caring service.

RM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good location near Central Park. Had brunch. Brought us burned pancakes we had to send back. Service inattentive. Mediocre experience.

j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service here is never friendly but we would go because there aren’t lots of good choices in the 80’s and 90’s. Tonight sadly, the food was really sub-par. The mussels were dry, the escargot were tasteless and did not seem fresh and our usual favorite, the fondue, was mostly butter and very little cheese. The champagne was $20/glass and not very cold or very good. There was one waiter for the entire dining room. Overall a really disappointing experience. I hope they tell the chef and bring back the quality of the food.

B
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The food was O.K., nothing particularly special but perhaps I made the wrong choice. They forgot our dessert crepe for which we waited at least twenty minutes. The bathroom is small and not very well appointed and there can be a long wait. Considering the lack of moderately-priced restaurants in the vicinity of the Met it was a good choice.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect in an effortless, understated way. Classic French dishes in a lively room adorned with original art. One of the best burgers around and tarte tatin not to be missed! Also the perfect simplicity of endive, apple and blue cheese salad was a lovely start!

BE
New York Area
214 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food (duck) tasteless.
Service ok, not great.
Tables right on top of each other.

m
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Noise level was ..uber...and waitperson would not issue separate checks

b
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I like the place and the ambience. It has good energy. I had the prix fixe and the food was not so great. It is well priced but the steak was very average and fatty. I do like that you can add sauce for $2.50 and substitute spinach for fries for 2.50 but it was better for a nice night with friends than for the food. hope it's better next time

OT
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was terrible. Others nearby were served before us.

PZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was mediocre. Prices too high for what you get/