L'Express

4.3
423 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
L'express, aLyonnaise bouchon, merges the traditional southern and northern influences ofFrench cooking. Since its founding by the Romans, Lyon has long been the secondcity of France, and the bustle of this hub of culture and cuisine is reflectedin L'express's twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week schedule. The menucelebrates the meat and dairy products of the region, with daily Sausageselections, Charcuterie and Cheese plates, Pig's Feet, Sautéed Tripe, PikeDumplings, and plenty of beers and Beaujolais.

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The Infatuation
7.7

A 24 hour French cafe that is good for everything from casual dinner with friends, to business lunch, to going face down in a burger at 3am.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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UW
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh and delicious, service was prompt and friendly, not expensive, good value, good time.

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

Great food..wonderful service..nice specials. Open 24 hours.

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B
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our group of four was seated promptly with the reservation. The service was attentive. One gluten free diner was accommodated. Two people ordered steak and although "tasty" they claimed it was "chewy". My salmon was cooked as I had asked and the vegetables were good. The diner next to us had mussels, which, if I dined again for dinner, I'd be tempted to order.
I think I'll try brunch next time.

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

Escargot. Escargot. Escargot. One of the great late night spots on Manhattan.

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J
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a great place for a meeting with friends or an informal business lunch. Great character.

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ID
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waiter did not understand English
We had to return the food several times
Onion soup was cold
The sauce on the fish was too mustardy
Stay away during the weekend

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I like going to this place because they normally have good service and food. This time round things just didn’t seem up to par. The kitchen forgot to make half our order. Our waiter was assigned to some other restaurant work while he was waiting tables. So we had to wait for him to come back in and check on our order. When the lamb burger came out it was a little overdone than what we had asked for. Hopefully it was just a bad day.

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AW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here!!!

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The restaurant is very tired. I guess because it is open 24/7 it gets so much use and it shows. It needs a refresh.
The service was pretty bad. Actually, I’d say it was very bad. The servers were more interested in talking to each other than waiting on tables.
The food was average at best. At the end of the day a restaurant is all about the food and the food here is less than average.

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AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great French Bistro in the heart of the Flatiron district. Good food and fabulous service

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S
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always congenial, good bistro food consistently pleases. Especially great onion soup and tarte tatin. Highly recommend for late night bites when a coffee shop simply won't do.

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FD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Asked for one meal to be ready first told hostess then waitress who was totally unconcerned that meal came out last.
Food is good but this waitress should be fired.

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F
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The service was very good, everything we ordered was delicious, except the octopus. It was dry and tough. I told our server about this, but she did not try to compensate in any way. I should've asked for the manager. This aside, all in all we had a lovely dinner.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your manager Anthony Segura is very helpful and makes you feel like you are a special customer

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CV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Escargot was amazing. Frog legs were amazing. Fois gras was amazing! Romantic setting, excellent service... Great date night

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SA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here a few times and each time is better than the previous. The only thing better than the delicious food is the fantastic service.

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C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistently delicious French bistro food.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always good. We had steak frites, steak au poivre, boeuf bourguignon, duck, fish. Everything was cooked perfectly. When seven people go out to dinner someone is usually disappointed. Not at L’Express, never. Love this place.

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S
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Incredibly mediocre food. Tiny cocktails. Good bread.

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PS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Much too noisy. Food good. Service excellent.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great, relaxed place to gather as friends or family

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TB
New England
24 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

I hadn't been back to L'Express for several years - and it has not gotten better with age.
Both the food and the service were not very good. Had to return the steak frites as it was completely over-salted. Eggs Benedict was bland and the potatoes cold. Server was nice - but seemed a bit over-whelmed and we had to flag them down on more then one occasion for simple things like water and salt/pepper.

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G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to restaurant. The best fish in town.

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BL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everyone was attentive, service was quick and the food was good

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G
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food at a fair price with attentive service!

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EC
New York Area
149 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A NYC Classic...still great French bistro food, ambiance/vibe, & drinks after all these yrs!

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

J’adore L’exprèss

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LR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the House pate!

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DA
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A late after matinee dinner. The service and food was excellent. I appreciated the half-bottle wine selection.

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F
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The location was very convenient to where we were going. The lamb burgers were unusual and tasty. The service was a bit distracted but pleasant. Would definitely go back when in the area, but not a destination restaurant.

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Stonefaced server never smiled, never said thank you. Food was mediocre and overpriced for the quality.

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M
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Bread hard. Steak tough. Soup just ok. Molten cake very good.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The food was absolutely delightful (obviously the most important part) Everything arrived in perfect order and no rush between apps and main course. Cocktails were so-so and a bit overpriced for what we ordered. Pinot Noir recommendation was fabulous! The waiter always seemed to appear out of nowhere anticipating our very need while managing 6 other busy tables. Tres bien! Very noisy so don’t expect a night of deep discussions or solving world problems; only if you can score a booth near the windows. Oh and tip to the owner, do away with the TV above the bar. That really takes away from the otherwise lovely ambience.

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s
New York Area
234 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Usually my go to neighborhood lunch place but lately the service has been really slow and bad. This time my server just disappeared and never saw him again after we ordered. Tough to get coffee or a check after we ate.

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L
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, loved the ambiance and service. The food was good but I would say the potatoes in my brunch entree were a little oily and not crispy. Other than that, everything was great!

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F
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Our server was rude to us the entire night and was not very accommodating. Many of us wanted to split dishes and it seemed to confuse her and she acted like it was a burden.
What was really upsetting is that we had a gift card for $177 and at the end of the night they told us it was only $17. I had just checked the day beforehand and the card also had a number to call to receive the balance. While sitting at the table, I called the number again and confirmed the amount. The manager approached me as if I was lying and was trying to steal from the restaurant. He said he would have to call (but expressed it argumentatively when it easily could have been dealt with in a calm manner). When he returned, he said that I was right. They didn't appropriately apologize for their rude tone and they didn't comp anything to make up for the inconvenience.

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CS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L'Express never disappoints. The food is reliable, yummy French bistro comfort food - our party had the duck breast, the duck confit, and mussels (frites!) - and the wine and cocktails are delicious. And all for a reasonable price. We arrived early on a Friday evening, so it wasn't loud, although it had gotten pretty noisy by the time we left. I've had every possible meal there, including very late night (I love that they are open 24 hours - how often do you find that any more, even in NYC?!), and always leave happy.

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SQ
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good value.

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DT
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Extremely mediocre food; blase service. It's a shame, because the setting is nice and it's convenient,

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j
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great vibe, good for groups or solo dining.

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