La Goulue

4.6
443 reviews
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Having first opened in 1973, La Goulue's authentic Parisian bistro decor has continuously charmed restaurant and food lovers worldwide. La Goulue offers a true European atmosphere on the Upper East side's most prestigious neighborhood.
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RS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A perfect old school French Bistro where everything is absolutely perfect!

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is just something special about La Goulue
Food people decor and ambiance

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic, old-school French restaurant with class and charm. Revived from it's earlier days in 2 other legendary locations off Madison Ave. It lives up to the celebrated status it once had. Beautiful presentation; knowledgeable, hands-on staff; delicious food; wisely chosen specials. Wish there were more restaurants like this on the UES where tradition, taste, and sophistication (without haughtiness) meet eye to eye.

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CL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible! I could have been in Paris! Steak Tartare and Foie gras were absolutely delectable. Just go!

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SF
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The menu was very limited and the descriptions incomplete. The special was fish over sauted zucchini which I ordered but it came with eggplant and zucchini. I am allergic to eggplant and could taste it infused into my first bite of fish. I had to send it back and then order the steak with frites which was good but took a long time to come. My husband was almost finished with his meal before mine came. It would have been nice for them to rush my new order. I don't think I would go back.

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d
Miami
82 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's in the neighborhood and we come all the time............most times for dinner, sometimes for lunch. We are delighted that La Goulue moved into our neighborhood

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PF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is an institution and a legend. There is no other place like that on the planet. Setting, service, food, wine list, crowd. All are exceptional.

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DM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good, authentic French in the best brasserie style; good wine list and polite, efficient, friendly service. La Goulue has always been a wonderful experience. . . in its old or new locale.

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D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in NYC!
The Tuna Tartare is exquisite!

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R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, great decor and ambiance, will be back!

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g
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

C’est parfait!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Reminiscent of a New York not easily accessible today!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Great service.

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SK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great meal! The crab salad, duck and branzino were all excellent

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NM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A good meal but quite expensive for lunch. The service was good and the staff was accommodating.

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TC
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic with succulent tastes

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LM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So thrilled to be back at La Goulue in its new (to me) location! Same vibe, same food, same atmosphere - at perhaps an even better location. Loved it!

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EA
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Great hosts. Great wine selection. Need to go at least once a week!

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S
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fashionable, people watching just like it was in the old location. Very good looking decor. Good menu. It makes no mistakes.

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OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Appetizer and main course were both great, however, the cheese soufflé for dessert turned out to be much too salty.

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v
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It still has the magic!! Best soufflé in town! The service is impeccable and we had a lovely time! A great place to celebrate anything!! Merci

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JM
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

While the food was very good, the tables were all crowded together, the service was slow, and it was pretty noisy.

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GE
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Seating is very cramped—-would be quite challenging for large people or disabled.

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JC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We shared a tuna tartare. My wife had Dover Sole and I the salmon. Both were excellent. Staff was happy and service was great. Will most certainly return. Go and enjoy!

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TG
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food already seems to be on the decline at this revival . Bread is terrible. Need to have a chicken option or more fish options. Would be great if they had a basic ,great steak...always (tres bistro, n' est pas).

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j
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ONE OF MY FAVORITES. THEY ALWAYS GET IT RIGHT.
I ADORE THE PLACE AND AM THRILLED THAT THEY RETURNED AND REMAIN ON THE NYC
SCENE.
PRETTY PEOPLE, GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE! A DELIGHT

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OT
New York Area
247 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have not had such a wonderful meal in ages. Everything and I mean everything was beyond perfect and I am a very critical customer. Service was exemplary, the white asparagus and the lobster club were two of the best dishes I have had in a long time. I went to the old restaurant for years and this is the third time here and the best yet. Loved the atmosphere and attention to every detail it was Old time excellent service with new up to date fabulous cuisine certainly a talent in the kitchen

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It’s ok. But loud.

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B
Savannah
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LA GOLUE IS BACK! always the best. Great food, service and atmosphere.

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LS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

Standardized. Overpriced. Any number of bistro=type restaurant at half the prices would have been preferable. Not at all up to the old La Goalue. The crowd was well heeled and obviously undiscriminating. I don't think anyone ought to bother, unless your objective is to rub shoulders with the Upper East Side crowd.

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s
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The ambiance and especially the food are outstanding. For some reason, our waiters were inattentive. I don't know why and my back was to the room so couldn't see. Not the case other times I've been there. Wonderful food!

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d
Miami
82 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful French Bistro with terrific food. I particularly like the tuna tartare, cheese souffle and any of the fish entrees. Generally gets a great crowd. No attitude.

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NN
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service

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C
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s outstanding place, food and servers. Daoud it’s really good. In general all of them are good. Very professional.We invite some friends, one of them love steak tartare, and he told me it’s one of the best he had in nyc. White asparagus delicious and perfect cook .we have been going there since they open, still very, very good. They have specials everyday, and season dishes.
Cheese soufflé its amazing. My husband had the duck, crispy, nice portion. Wine list is fantastic. They make you home and friendship.
Always have the wine prepare before we arrived. And they make best bull shot.
Absolutely fabulous restaurant.
Congratulations.

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WE
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is an old school restaurant with dark wood paneling and exclusively male staff in white shirts and ties. A guy at the door admits you and hands you off to another guy who seats you. A third guy pours your water etc. The menu is in French. Know what you are signing up for. If you like that scene, this is a great place. The service was impeccable. The food was delicious. The French wines were great. Dessert was awesome. The pacing was just right. The people watching was entertaining. The price tag was commensurate with the superior experience. We would definitely return.

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b
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food and decent service, but service fades after ordering your meal.

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N
London
17 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Too expensive , ridiculous actually and the hostess couldn’t have been less helpful she was almost rude ,I would never go back having said that though my food was excellent if pricey the waitress was lovely and the Maitre’d very helpful but the hostess had such a bad attitude

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SW
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My first time to La Goulue at the new venue. Superb all around. Food, ambiance, service.

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful high-end bistro experience, much like the old La Goulue on Madison!

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