La Sirene UWS

4.5
306 reviews
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French
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 Lunch and Dinner, and for Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays 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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GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not overly fancy, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I sat outside in the front. The main course, that came with a whole long plate of vegetables was beautifully prepared- lovely to look at, and delicious. I got the salmon with a lemon mousse underneath (?) - whatever, it was delicious. The watermelon salad was just OK, but on a hot evening was fine, and the watermelon juicy and ripe. I didn't have dessert. I did have a lovely dinner. And nice wait staff that didn't linger over you, but was there when you needed them.
One thing- French Restaurant Week is NOT on on Saturdays. And they add an "admin charge" onto the bill - before they figure out the tax - something about their rent going up... petty, but c'est la vie. Didn't ruin my night. No regrets. Good food.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

When you walk into this cozy restaurant you feel as though you’ve been transported to Europe (although the servers’ beautiful accents may have been Latin American or Arabic). The space is small, but on the humid summer night we were there, the French doors were open to the sidewalk making it feel more spacious.
My two friends and I both ordered from the prix fixe menu which seemed reasonably priced at $38 for a three course meal. The food all sounded great on the menu - we tried the fish special, and hangar steak with a peppercorn sauce along with creamy, delicious pasta appetizers and a refreshing watermelon salad. Everything was fine but not great. The fish was served beautifully but tasted a bit bland. The hangar steak was equally as beautiful and the peppercorn sauce was amazing but the steak was unevenly cooked and lacked flavor. For dessert, We all got the signature banana creme brûlée which was a disappointment. the texture was gooey and not firm the way it should have been. All in all it was a very pleasant meal in a relaxing, handsome setting. We will definitely go back.

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

We went for lunch and had the good fortune of going during French Restaurant Week. The quality was extraordinary. We'll be going again on Sunday, this time for dinner.

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P
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Classic French , casual, amazing mussels and French fries and Black Sea bass in white wine butter . Would definitely return

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service

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P
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

La Sirene is wonderful, and I've eaten there many times. However, they should lighten up the menu for summer. It's way too heavy for a hot summer dinner. Also, they did not have air conditioning, although they said we could request it. AC should be a given when the temperature is in the '80s. I will go back, but not until the Fall.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We arrived late but were seated. The waiter at first seemed very gruff but actually was wonderful and when there was a mistake on the order he really took care of it. It is relatively quiet for a New York restaurant and the meat dishes were tasty but not amazing at all. I would have preferred more attention to vegetables and details of plate for a French restaurant at these prices.

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NC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

La Sirene continues to be a sleeper ... the food is very good, and the wine list is fine for a small place; the problem is that it has not been able to break away from the grungy Amsterdam Avenue style in terms of appearance, presentation, and formality. Still, a pleasant, perfect evening.

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

WHEN I ENTERED THE RESTAURANT I WAS IMMEDIATELY HIT BY A FANTASTIC aroma of garlic and spices-prompting me to order the escargot. What a delicious appetizer!!! THe food was excellent. WHAT a FIND- a great French restaurant on the Upper West Side.

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KS
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a remarkable lunch with a dear friend. She had the baked goat cheese tart and I had an egg white omelet with spinach and tomatoes. We shared a fruit melba for dessert. Everything was perfect. Service was excellent and friendly, true hospitality.

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ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and presentation lovely. Hostess, server, and owner/host were friendly and welcoming to us southern ladies visiting NYC. We very much appreciated the complimentary glass of champagne for toasting our birthdays.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent!
Nouvelle et délicieux,
Will repeat ASAP!

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CW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance and incredible service. I recommend the escargot, roasted pear, steak tartare and the mussels. Can’t wait to go back!

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M
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the food. Great wine selection cassoulet was outstanding

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OT
New York Area
182 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

La Sirene is a quaint and lovely French bistro. The food is excellent, but the menu is full of very heavy dishes, which is why I didn't give them 5 stars. For example, we had linguini with assorted fish/shellfish. All the fish and shellfish was excellent and the linguini was very tasty but also extremely buttery/creamy. If you enjoy that type of food, then rush over, but if not, then your choices will be limited.

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AN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service. A neighborhood gem!

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D
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

La Sirene was fantastic the first three times we went there. I have no idea what happened this time but all four of us had to send our meals back since they were overcooked and tasteless. They must have a new chef or he wasn’t working that day. Very disappointing since we have been raving about the food previously. I hope this was a one time glitch and not a trend. We will wait awhile and give La Sirene one more shot. Hopefully it’s problems will be fixed.

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LJ
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely spot; good service but the quality of the dishes was quite uneven. Escargots and especially the Ravioles de Royan appetizers were delicious. Salmon entree was excellent but the hanger steak was overcooked and tough. The rabbit saddle was bland and overcooked.

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LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific restaurant -- intimate, charming and wonderful food. Who could ask for more?

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RR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice ambience and table open air to the street. Helpful service team. Tasty food. Perfect for a warm summer night.

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EW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with daughter!! Very nice. Attentive service. Excellent food. Good wine

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N
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant - neighborhood gem. Now with windows open and outdoor seating wonderful

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t
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is perfect. Excellent service, exquisite well prepared food, charming ambience and well priced. One of my absolute neighborhood faves.

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RF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Goat cheese tart was very good but the Cassoulet Special was particularly disappointing. Seasoning was bland and the two pieces of sausage included weren't good. Duck OK

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great service, and great food. We will be back.

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r
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I expected more for the price. Onion soup had no flavor. The duck was chewy and the glaze gloppy and overpowering the duck. At these prices, I expected better.

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The ambiance is charming, food very good
however they are over priced especially the alcohol, my party ordered martinis, we were not informed that they were $21 each! ....and one wasn’t prepared to order and needed to be sent back
Very disappointing!!!

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KS
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always reliable - very very good options - have never had a bad or marginal meal.

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r
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a real neighborhood gem. The food was fresh, ample, authentic and delicious. A slice of France in NYC. We will be back.

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MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worse restaurant I have ever been to
Horrible service
Don’t recommend ito

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MM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! What a find. The food was delicious and the waitress was delightful. I'll be back!

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J
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Sirene on a Thursday evening in May was wonderful on all counts. We sat outside for a cocktail and then went inside for dinner. The menu was diverse and interesting. Among us we had escargots, paté, cornish hen, and breast of duck. Main courses were accompanied by attractive platters of mashed carrots, haricots verts, and 2 kinds of squash. Wine was expensive but delicious. The service was "just right," always available, never intrusive. Overall, a lovely evening--we'll be back often!

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PM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I wanted to give the restaurant a higher rating but the service is lacking. Good food, cozy, and very nice staff, but there were only 2 of them for about 25 patrons and one doubled as the bartender. I don’t know what happens when the outdoor seating is open.
Please improve service and we’ll be back.

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KS
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Sirene UWS outdid itself last Monday night. The cooking was spectacular. One of us had the special, shrimp in a remarkable sauce. A second had the Kassoulet. He had spent the day doing battle with another lawyer and wanted a dish fit for a warrior and devoured every bite. I had the filet mignon. The lawyer had the croquembouche for dessert, while we had the remarkable tarte with berries and the lava cake. Not a drop was left on the plates. The vegetables were unusually good and we had a remarkable Chilean wine that Gonzago suggested. Every table was filled -- on a Monday night. I suggest getting reservations.

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the upstairs intimate table, it was awesome!

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D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gonzalo was amazing, as were all the staff. Beautiful atmosphere.

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NY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Every bite was tasty and seasoned flavorfully. Meats cooked perfectly to rareness as requested.

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y
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You know a place is good when you’re devouring the side dishes (buttery green beans and squash). Expensive, but if you want some authentic French bistro fare on the UWS this is the place to be.

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AK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Limited menu, overpriced wine list, and overall good, but not spectacular. Certainly not worth the price.

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KS
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to La Sirene UWS for lunch with an old friend last Monday. She ordered the goat cheese tart and said that it was so delicious that while this time she made the trip to the UWS to have lunch with me, in the future she would come for the food whether I joined her or not. I told her that I love introducing friends to La Sirene UWS. As if on cue, another old friend who I had introduced to the place walked in with a friend and said, "I love eating here. Every dish is made with love." He's right. I had the sausage and peppers and they were as magnificent as ever. I'm going back tomorrow for lunch with another friend who's never been there. BTW, while lunch there is great, a full dinner there is all the more magnificent.

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