Jules Bistro

4.6
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$31 to $50
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French
A taste of Boulevard St. Germain on St. Mark’s, Jules Bistro has captivated diners for twenty five years with its amber coziness, nightly live jazz, and authentic French bistro cuisine.
Whether you’re stopping by for a glass of red, settling in for a romantic meal, or enjoying the music, Jules Bistro delivers a memorable experience with the reassurance "we’ll always have Paris."
Live music 7/7 Brunch & Dinner. Cover charge from 7.30pm to 11pm Sun-Thursday $2, Fri-Sat $5 per guest.
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TT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very good experience.
Had the duck for dinner, it was very well-prepared and delicious, although the portion was somewhat small.

PA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Lovely but way overpriced. More attention to the musician would have been better, could barely hear him--not his fault. Not sure why they had the poor fella trolling with a bucket for tips when there's a cover charge (albeit small). Food was marginal. Service was excellent. Probably go back to Dizzy's next time.

M
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good, the service fine, the only downside was when the musicians are playing conversation is a little tough.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food is always great. One of my favorite spots in the city for brunch. Service is often a bit slow but very nice, but that's not a bother to me.

IS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience3

I love this restaurant and come here very frequently with my girlfriends, thus I decided to book reservations for Valentines Day to spend with my boyfriend who lives out of town. The food was great but I have to say I was very disappointed with the service throughout the evening.

We were cramped into a table where we sat so close to the two tables next to us we practically all had dinner together (no intimacy whatsoever), we find out there was a prix fixe menu for $75 a person once seated (there was absolutely nothing online or said over the phone when confirming about this), and the restaurant was freezing cold. We ended up spending $210 because a “weekend cover” was added per person AND the 20% tip was automatically included. We weren’t the only people surprised at the fact that there was a prix fixe, it was apparently happening all night. To be honest I was very disappointed and feel played, I understand that it’s a very busy night but there was no transparency whatsoever from the start about some pretty crucial things. They have lost my trust as a customer.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary here, first time dining there and it was fantastic. We were greated with a glass of champagne which was super nice of them. The food was great; the terrine is very tasteful though I would’ve liked it just a bit more acclimated. The steak tartare was also perfect. The risotto was perfectly done, a big dish so it is definitely enough, we also had the steak frites and the meat was absolutely amazing. And the butter you receive with the bread was too cold for easy use. They do a great job on the food! Had malbec and pinot noir, both very good, malbec absolutely velvet. Prices are reasonable, and match the quality of the portions (big!) and taste of the food (delicious). And the jazz!! That is fantastic!! The restaurant has a very nice atmosphere, perfect for any kind of evening. Music in between jazz also well chosen. The only small thing I would offer as feedback is that the service is good, but a bit French...so not too cheerful, but polite and kind enough. Jules Bistro is a gem and we love it. Felt like home!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place. Amazing atmosphere. Top notch service and delicious food

WO
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! The food was great, the service great and the music was wonderful! Very tight quarters but expect that in NYC! Could still carry on conversations with the music in the background! Great vibe! Highly recommended!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very much enjoyed having well-prepared dinner together with world-class musicians - easy to locate both when in NYC but rarely within same venue - service was excellent- have only been once - will definitely return....

FD
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great onglet, risotto over powered with truffle oil.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Je t’aime le fromage! Excellent food, great service.

LL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Music was nice, but too loud.

t
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had a nice time. Our waiter was lovely. The food was average and it was a bit expensive for the quality.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fun spot! Great value

TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful New Year's Eve dinner accompanied by Angele Williams vocals. Was expecting access to the whole, regular menu as seen on the Jules website but we were offered only a pre-fixe choice. The pre-fixe menu was not ever mentioned on the Jules website. Food was good and service was better. A bit hectic but when the music started the place was rocking. I will return with friends.

O
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Stumbled upon Jules when looking for a restaurant with live music. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was cozy and the music was perfect - just what we were looking for.

**previous reviewers complained about the inattentive service, but I think their style is to let you stay and enjoy the music until you ask for the bill.

Great place! Look forward to going back.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely staff at Jules... we had a show to catch so thought 2 hours would be plenty. Miscommunication, and we had to take our entrees to go. Only 3 tables in the place at that hour on a Sunday Night... they gave attention to the larger party beside us... so that was a bit disappointing but not entirely their fault.

RS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I loved Jules Bistro, the ambiance was amazing, such a diverse group of people. The Jazz musicians were so talented, the food was excellent and the waiters were so attentive.
I had such a great evening, I would recommend to anyone who wants to listen to great music and eat amazing food!

CP
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic evening. Food was amazing and the server was so welcoming, attentive and accommodating.

Will definitely eat there again on next NYC visit.

s
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant and everything about it. It is authentic, comfortable, has a great atmosphere, amazing food, and excellent service. It is a very special restaurant and we will return many times.
The duck is fantastic as are the other dishes on the menu and we love the desserts too. The waiters and staff are very attentive and provide great service. We will be back for the jazz as well next time!

DF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The good was very good and the Jazz players were loud enough to hear but you could still carry on a conversation.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great dishes!

JP
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such a wonderful experience, especially for a solo diner. The love music, the food and especially the staff were gracious and accommodating. I felt as if I was transported to Paris.

CH
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice food and great jazz music. atmosphere is good.

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great French bistro. Nightly jazz. Duck was superb.

JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

My friends and I reserved a table for Friday night (7:00p.m). I arrived first 15 minutes late due to weather related issues. I was seated by the door (which was quiet cold); the matre d' immediately let me know that I only had the table until 9:00. The service was unfortunately poor. I waited for a while before the waiter came to ask if I needed anything while I waited. My friends had the same experience. The restaurant had a very nice atmosphere and the music was great ( just a little too loud). The singer was absolutely amazing. It was a little odd that someone from the band went around collecting tips (we all just gave once). The food was amazing but way too expensive.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fan. Love love the duck and goat cheese. Service is always great.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is AMAZING as well as the service. The staff is very friendly. The only downside is how small the space is which might have influenced how loud everything was. The live music is incredible though!
The menu is a bit pricey so if you’re ready to splurge (well worth it) for date night this is the place to go to.

SS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I've been going too Jules for over 20 years. The food is consistently good. This time we decided to have Thanksgiving dinner there. The portions looked small at first, compared to typical American portions of over-eating. However, the portions were just right and the food was delicious. The turkey was juicy, the stuffing outlandish, and the dessert rich and made to perfection. We left sated and not overstuffed as tends to be the norm on Thanksgiving.

We would definitely go back to Jules for their holiday prix fixe. The whole experience was a wonderful treat, no prep, no cleanup, and lots of fun.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our most favorite spots in NYC. Always love the live music and the amazing food !!! The ginger mojito rocks!!!

SP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always, excellent dinner and service. Loved the jazz band!

MP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I like Jules but NEVER go on a Saturday, the music is bad and cheap, the crowd is basically drunk tourists and the service is SLOW and all over the place. I reccommend going during the week where you can get that New York smoky jazz bistrot feeling, much better....

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We have been going to Joel’s for over 10 years. The live music is always fun and the food is good. Not great but good. This last time we went something has changed. It seems that the restaurant was trying to squeeze every last penny out of its customers. There was a five dollar cover charge Per person, which is new. Prices have gone up on entrees and my pet peeve, not having a single reasonably priced bottle of wine on the menu, Not one. The cheapest bottle of wine on the menu was $60. We wound up ordering the St Emillion wine for $75 to toast the fact that we will not be back to Jules. We had a lot of good times over the years but they are no longer a reasonable choice in the East Village. Good luck and au revoir.

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The live band did not play jazz, and instead played French folk music, which was so loud it was almost impossible to engage in conversation.

BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Jules for over 20 years. Great place in the village, great food, and love the live Jazz in the evening. Highly recommender for couples or for parties

JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New chef is great. Really enjoyed the menu...and the macaroons! Always a great wait staff.

MP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I recommend this place - the food and service was great. The only reason it’s not 5-stars is because they asked us to leave our table after 2hrs. We wouldn’t have minded that if it had been made clear when we booked or even upon arrival. Instead, they came up - while we were still ordering drinks etc after having a full dinner - and said we’d gone over our “allotted time”. That was never mentioned beforehand and we were the only table it happened to.

W
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! Good value, staff was very pleasant.

AO
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boy has the old neighborhood changed. Lived on St. Marks Place in 1982 when spiked hair, diaper pins, black leather and snarls were all the fashion. But Jules Bistro is light years away from the Mad Max experience. Elegant but friendly dining where everyone appeared to have a good time. I certainly did with my sister and brother-in-law. Food was outstanding and reasonably priced. Tasty wine selection. Staff warm and engaging.

LF
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Well, it was our second time here in about a year, we come before going to the New York Theatre Workshop, and I liked the place once again.. but, we did tell them we needed to be out by 7, I ordered the souffle in advance, and at 7:01 it was plopped down on my table, not without my constant harrangueing anyone I could reach. So, tho we were alone upon arriveal, with a 5:45 reservation, the waiter in the end told me it was all delayed becasue the kitchen wasnt ready.

I wil return because the food is good, but I was less than happy with the service this particular night.