La Sirene UWS

4.5
317 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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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just as delicious as the downtown location !!!

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T
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

My visit to La Sirene took place during French restaurant week. That might explain some of the problems. It was very hot out and the air conditioning didn’t keep up with the temperature. The restaurant was very crowded and the service was slow. That might not happen on an ordinary evening. Everyone in my party enjoyed the food, and the price made it worthwhile. However the regular menu was very pricey and if it hadn’t been a special week, it would not have been worth those prices. The noise level was extraordinarily high based on the brick ceiling tile floor and possibly the number of people in that very small space. I had heard good things about the restaurant and was pleased to be able to try it out. It did not live up to its reputation.

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n
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ate here last night during NYC French Restaurant Week. The staff was friendly and welcoming. The restaurant was very small and there is just one bathroom down a narrow flight of stairs and its not air-conditioned downstairs. That's not a deal-breaker but I was surprised and expected something nicer. I had the tiny French Ravioli stuffed with Comte cheese which was delicious and served in a doll-sized pot. My husband had mussels which were done well. Our guest had the pate de campagne and she said it was really good. For entrees, I had the 1/2 cornish hen which was a really small entree. It was pretty bland and came with uninspired, limp, frites- that I believe were frozen and not made on the spot. Basically, it tasted almost like a boiled, unseasoned chicken. The other two had hangar steak and filet Mignon which they said were cooked according to the requested temperatures. We were given a family-style dish of vegetables which was pretty small and not that interesting, the mashed squash had flavor but the others didn't really-I had to hold back or else there would not have been enough for everyone. For dessert, I had the Choux with Grand Marnier filling...there were just two and they were ok.
they were small and a little hard. All in all, the food was OK and reliable especially if you skip the chicken. Perhaps because I ordered from the Prix Fixe menu, but I felt that all of the servings were very small and I left there pretty hungry. It was a very hot night and the A/C was not great but I don't think that was the fault of the restaurant. Overall, I would consider this a neighborhood place and I don't think I would go out of my way to eat here.

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h
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

THe food for the French restaurant week was delicious. The restaurant was charming and the two servers we had we were very cordial.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my boyfriend’s birthday! They brought us ice cream and champagne on the house and the food was delicious! Love this place.

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

No rush meal, friendly and tasty. We had the French Week prix fixe which was fulfilling. The vegetables are amazing!

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JB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

I really like this restaurant. The food is delicious & well presented. I am unhappy with the waitress we had. After specifically stating my daughter had a mushroom allergy, a side of fries came with truffle oil on them. Sadly, we realized it too late! She was seriously affected by the oil! We had to rush out to care for her! La Sirene has added truffle oil to a lot of it's dishes. We will not be able to return as a family in the future. Disappointing.

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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We dined there during French Restaurant Week and we order from that menu. We therefore weren't able to evaluate the value of the food. The wine that was available by the glass was good but pricey. We liked the food but not the desserts. The tables were too close together and it was noisy. I would recommend trying it when it's unlikely to be full because the noise level was the part we disliked the most.

I liked the cornish hen and the shared vegetables.

I will try it again and hope that they've changed the desserts by then.

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b
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This is a quaint small restaurant and convenient to the #1 train. A perusal of the menu (regular not prix fixe) suggested that there would be interesting choices. I had the salmon with leeks. The salmon was quite good but the leeks consisted of two pieces of the white part of the plant but tough as wood. The rest was chopped up green part and inedible. The veg offered on the side were pedestrian and the wine list very limited. Mostly unknown vineyards. My white cote de Rhone was sour. It got a great write up in Open Table but I would not go back.

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ME
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Went for early dinner Bastille Day hoping for a bit of festivity .... There were very few people there at 5:30 yet we waited and waited for any kind of offer of a drink etc. Evidently some servers hadn't shown and they were shorthanded, but considering we were seated next to the wait station and still had to struggle to get attention, was pretty disappointing. Food was good, tho kind of pricey for a very basic neighborhood place. There are better options out there.

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GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
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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DK
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Stale mussels and WAYYYYYYY overpriced wine by the glass.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
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 on July 11, 2019
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 on July 10, 2019
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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