La Sirene UWS

4.6
187 reviews
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Welcome to La Sirène UWS! Our new beautiful location is open at the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 80th Street.
Since May 2007, La Sirène remains an authentic French bistro that is a great place for a date or a nice family dinner. The restaurant style is French Semi Gastronomy, or "casual fine dining".
We are now open for Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays and major holidays from 10:30am to 3:30pm.
Please note: our Dinner Menu is not available during Brunch hours, except for Desserts.
We now accept Cash, major Cryptocurrencies and major CCs as payment.
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N
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, great service. Recommend their delicious cassoulet, duck and rack of lamb! Great neighborhood restaurant.

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KS
New York Area
120 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Sirene is our favorite restaurant on the Upper West Side. We've eaten there 15-20 times in the past year and now average going thee once every two weeks. We were there for a full dinner last Wednesday with two friends from out of town and they were blown away by the quality of the food and the excellence of the hospitality. We are used to the general excellence of La Sirene but last Wednesday, the quality of the cooking went to an even higher level. The chef worked miracles. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable, very efficient, warm, and friendly. Our waiter said to me, "Last time you were here, you ordered X for your wine. For this meal, I recommend Y or Z." We said that Y was out of our price range for that night and he said, "Then take Z. It's a very good wine for this meal." He was right. How many servers remember what wine you ordered two weeks ago? La Sirene UWS is a special place.

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LK
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Classic French meal in a cozy and quiet UWS corner space. Great onion soup and pate, nicely prepared duck and lamb rack! Excellent attentive service on a cold winter night made for a nice evening.

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k
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and we loved it! (We live on the UWS but tend to go to the Village/downtown to eat.) We’d walked past La Sirene and not noticed because it’s low key. Then saw some good reviews and decided to try it for birthday dinner. You truly feel like you are in a French country restaurant. Very nice staff. Excellent food across the board. Husband had warm pear salad and I had country pate. Husband had the cassoulet (u need to read their funny description) and we agreed it was better than we’d had in France...and large....really good. I had fish - very good and lovely sauce tho wished I’d ordered cassoulet too. Pretty crowded on a Monday night and apparently booked on weekends so we were slow to find it but others have. Along w Amelie and Kouzan this is my new fave place on UWS.

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K
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely, charming with a warm welcome. food was delicious, service friendly and attentive while allowing for us to enjoy the meal and chat. The Chef came table side to say hello and that was a nice touch.

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BS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, friendly, helpful service. Beautifully presented, delicious food. So glad that friends recommended this neighborhood gem to us! Will definitely return for special occasions.

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n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and great background music.Food.is quite good,classic French.But prices are a bit highr than other restaurants of the same quality.

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S
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place feels like you are on a train to Nice. Luggage racks & pictures.
Small but so comfortable. Intimate.
I order a few appetizers instead of a main CV purse. The salad is fresh w/ a great lite vinaigrette. The roasted pear w/ gorgonzola is lite and tasty and the paté champagne very French.
Martinis done just the way I like dirty.
The wait staff ever there for you.
Luv the place!!

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KS
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Sirene has become our favorite restaurant in the Upper West Side. The food is wonderful and prepared with great care. The service is efficient, friendly, and knowledgeable. Prices are quite reasonable. We've eaten there over a dozen times and have never had a disappointing dish. As one friend said to me, "Every dish is prepared with love."

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FS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent New Year's Eve there and it was perfect for us

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JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A romantic dining experience for those who enjoy delicious French cuisine and gracious service. For groups of 4 or 5 there’s a unique dining space overlooking the main floor of the restaurant — your own private perch!

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Would have given 5 stars but tables are too small and too close together, plus it was a bit too dark. Appetizers and entree were excellent!

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RE
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous food paired with first rate service. Had a nice romantic dinner for two. The rabbit was particularly good!

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G
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wanted to try the UWS location after having had good experiences at the SoHo restaurant. Most menu items the same. We all had the very good rabbit. Friendly, helpful staff. They could increase the lighting at least a little--it's a bit too dark.

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E
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Quiet and cozy make this restaurant different from most others on the UWS. Comfort French food and very nice waitstaff.

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CW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming, friendly, romantic, cozy.

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JN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I guess this was our 5th time there...?
Always a lovely meal and gracious service.

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c
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Who knew? As long time UWSers and Francophiles, we were delighted to discover this nabe gem. Lamb chops and leek soup w poached egg were superb. We will be back.

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SF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'd been meaning to try La Sirene. I'm glad I did. The food was great, the restaurant is completely charming and quaint, and the service was friendly and very attentive. I'd go back in a minute. Perfect for neighborhood brunch.

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b
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for dinner. Nice authentic atmosphere. Good quality ingredients. Very nice servers. Good mussels, steak and dessert.

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j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our 45th Wedding Anniversary. We dad been there once before with friends and one of our sons. That was in summer when the restaurant is open to the street. Saturday night it was cold outside but the restaurant, which is tiny, was dark - but not too dark.

Service was great. Efficient but not rushing us. Food was excellent. Very French menu. I had French Onion soup and Cassoilet. My wife had warm beet salad with apples and Brie. Cornish hen for her main. We skipped dessert because we were too full.

As I said it’s very small so the tables are close together. It gets noisy when the restaurant is full. But not deafening.

Great restaurant— we’re going back next weekend with friends.

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R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Cozy. Perfect French ambiance. Delightful service. Classic bistro food. Snails anyone? Hanger steak? Cassoulet? Everyone we bring there is delighted.

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k
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will definitely be returning. Food was excellent and beautifully presented. very good value as the servings were generous and not the expected tiny French servings. The wine selection was great too. It was a wonderful time with our friends.

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G
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find! The service was excellent and the staff very accommodating.

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OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing hidden gem for brunch! Very quiet and no wait for a table. Delicious mouthwatering French brunch cuisine with attentive service. Lots of brunch competition in the area but instead of waiting over an hour for the same old food you can slip in here to enjoy a reasonably priced, excellently prepared meal in a cozy cafe with relaxing music. This has become our weekend treat that we look forward to!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best French Bistro on UWS

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Desserts were outstanding too.

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j
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I've been waitinf for a good French bistro to arrive near my home on West 81st Street and
La Sirene fits the bill perfectly. My guests and I loved our meal here last Sat. night. The food
was delicious and the service perfect. I can't wait to return!

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JC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Small place on UWS with some odd choices for a neighborhood French restaurant. Menu had odd commentary throughout, kind of like the anal retentive chef wrote it. Food was good though.

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WV
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful small and welcoming restaurant with a chef who is so caring and proud of what he creates--
we had a fabulous, hearty french country dinner, with a menu that invited us to try everything (its language was so appealing) and portions that enabled us to share everything. On a corner just behind the Museum of Natural History, this is a neighborhood gem whose staff, food and ambience make you feel right at home.

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything served here is fresh and full of flavor. Try the escargot and the ravioli.

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to return. Great ambience. Food was terrific. Very creative.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was fabulous

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent. You must go.

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d
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This was our first visit to La Sirene and we enjoyed the food very much. We felt the prices were a bit high for the casual dining atmosphere and spotty service.
The menu is very French and the wine selections are good.
We'll try it again and bring friends.

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c
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

much too noisy to talk over dinner.Very busy, so though waiters were nice, they forgot the specific requests and instructions. Did correct without complaint

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VR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

When I called and asked if it was BYOB like the Soho restaurant, the man said yes. But when we got there, it was a no.

I was also disappointed with the duck. I like a crispy duck on the bone.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Paris has a restaurant like this in every neighborhood. New York should too. The menu has the standards but explores a little. The wine list was limited but broad. Very French.

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Very dark at 7:30pm. Had to use phone light to see menu and wine list. Cassoulet primarily white beans not sufficiently integrated with meats and sauce. Cote de rhone very mediocre.

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M
New England
40 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I visit NYC once a year around Thanksgiving and stay at the Lucerne Hotel at 79th and Amsterdam.
LaSirene (apparently the UWS outpost of a same-name establishment downtown) has been open at Amsterdam and 80th for about a year. Just what one hopes for in “a neighborhood gem”; small, relatively quiet, good food (French bistro classics with several interesting variations on mussels), very cordial service, reasonable prices. Not fancy (no tablecloths) but relaxing and satisfying.

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