La Goulue

4.6
474 reviews
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French
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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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is extraordinary - delicious. The wine was good, but overpriced, $95 for a bottle of reisling. Pleasant ambiance and attentive service, but the big draw is the food.

GE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend and I took advantage of Restaurant Week offer. Steak was delicious but the skinniest I’ve ever seen. Food was delicious, nevertheless.

M
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 3

Girls night, good food, slow service, loud noise.

P
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

La Goulue was a mid-town staple for years, first in the east 70's and then, for years, on Madison in the 60s. As if by magic, it reopened last year in its current location. It is even better now. It is very French in looks and feel. Hard to choose what to eat from the wonderful selection. Food is fine French, but way beyond bistro. We were a party of four and everyone loved it. Service is attentive but busy, food is really good. The drawback is that the restaurant is very, very loud.

SL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and love to go there in the new location

LI
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating birthdays. The meal was very good. We chose the Restaurant Week menu. The appetizers of melon with feta and the octopus were delicious. Entrees of chicken, salmon burger and steak were enjoyed by us. The waitstaff was attentive.

TG
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The food is just second rate. That is enough.The chicken is tasteless,as is the fish. over-priced in my view

RW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

They sent the wrong order out twice. By then everyone had finished. It has always been one of my favorite restaurants and I took my friends there tonight. I was embarrassed.

BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Nice atmosphere...food was just ok...service was lacking

OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here with my baby boy and my friends.
Everybody are so kind for baby.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at new location, great job of creating the same feel as old location. Feels like you’re in Paris

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

50 th anniversary. They treated us as special guests whe we arrived.

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

Amazing food and excellent customer service. A little on the expensive side but overall amazing experience!

D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A NYC Favorite!!!
Always a wonderful evening there!

d
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding and ambiance perfect. Haricots vert and dover sole exceptional.

d
Miami
82 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We very much like La Goulue and find ourselves going for dinner once each week or two. I love the tuna tartare as an appetizer then some fish as an entree. We are delighted that it's now about 2 blocks away from our apartment building

OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

3 stars bc I brought my friends there for a restaurant week. The restaurant week menu was so poor in choices that none of us (4 people) found anything interesting. We ordered from the regular menu. The food was good but ... the price was also “good”. We’ve tried many restaurants during the restaurant week and never had such a problem. We found new “go to” restaurants this way. But La Goulue will not be one of them...

C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I had read many good reviews but was sadly disappointed. We had the speciality of the house, cheese souffle and it was fair a little dry. Service, considering the restaurant was not crowded, was surprisingly poor.

CU
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wine and atmosphere! I will recommend this restaurant to everyone

SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always great food and venue. it never disappoints

C
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very good place, excellent food, really good wine. Ambiance very chic, very french. The best bull shot, the foie is very good , cauliflower steak excellent. Average is very good place .

J
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

We went for NYC resto week lunch on a weekday, relatively quiet. Menu was limited but tasteful for the items we selected. So a five star for food and the heritage of the resto. Service is horrible and beer in a bottle is sadly overpriced.
The hidden cost of solid employment rate is the service sector increasingly ends up with people who are less suitable for client facing work. Coupled that with priciness, you get a 3 to 4 star rating often.

KD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawless execution of a brilliant strategy

KJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We used to go to this place weekly 15/20 years ago. It's gone downhill more than imagine. Steaks were mediocre at best. And trash on street and tables 2.5 inches apart. Lousy experience. Far better places very very disappointing

DW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants, if not favorite restaurant, in NY.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish it was outstanding.
Perfect in every way.
I am French and felt in Paris for a few hours

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnifique! Merveilleux! Delicieux!
Great lunch trying new things deliicioysly prepared. The sepia (cuttlefish) was a daring but tasty new discovery.
I felt like I was back home in Paris. And the friendliest staff possible.

BH
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is our second visit t La Goulue and I recommended it to a friend after the first. It has a lovely atmosphere, very good service and delicious food. Also very relaxed, you don't feel like you are being rushed at all. Will definitely visit again, I hope.

PU
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and unmatched atmosphere. A must go place whenever in the City

SR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the most amazing food ever. Truffle fries and the sole are unbelievable

RS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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.

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!

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.

d
Miami
83 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

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.

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.

D
New York Area
14 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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