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Le Relais - Midtown East Le Relais de Venise, New York, NY

Midtown East Le Relais de Venise

4.5
4.5
534 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steak
Le Relais de Venise has a NO RESERVATION policy; however we offer a limited amount of reservations, exclusively through OPEN TABLE. If your preferred reservation time is not available, please walk in as usual.

Le Relais de Venise is a classic French Bistro-style Steak Frites restaurant which originated in Paris, France, sixty years ago.
Our famous menu features a green salad with our acclaimed mustard vinaigrette dressing topped with walnuts, and Steak Frites, cooked to order, served in two portions, drizzled with our famous, Le Relais de Venise secret recipe, house sauce and perfectly paired wines.
We also have a vegetarian option featuring a double portion of salad, fries and a selection of imported cheeses.
Our grand finale is a marvelous assortment of desserts baked in house by our very own pastry chef.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm Saturday-Sunday 12:30pm - 3:00pm Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:30pm Nightly
  • Phone number
    (212) 758-3989
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Shaun McMahon
  • Neighborhood
    Midtown East
  • Cross street
    Lexington Avenue and 52nd Street
  • Parking details
    There are several parking lots in the area. On 52nd street between Park and Lexington Avenue in the middle of the block. There is also parking on 51st Street between Lexington and Third Avenue in the middle of the block.
  • Public transit
    The MTA subway service 5, 6 , and E, stop at 51st/53rd and Lexington Avenue. The NR and Q stops at 59th Street and Lexington avenue.<br />The M101, 102, 103 bus service travels down Lexington Avenue also.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access

What 534 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

534 Reviews
  1. AnneB

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Reviewed on July 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    This is our regular hangout. I love that there is no menu. That way, we don't ever talk about the food - well, until dessert comes and then we talk about the dessert. They make outstanding desserts too. Our favorite since they opened in, what, 2009?

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  2. Frenchville

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I hosted a birthday celebration with 14 family members. The food was as good as we recalled from their home restaurant in Paris. Even our non meat eating son loved it. We had people from 10 yrs old to 74 yrs old, everyone had a great time and all loved the food.

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  3. JimC

    Minneapolis

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Not quite the same as l'Entrecote in Paris but a fair attempt.

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  4. KimC

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Steak was perfectly cooked. That delicious sauce was a bit grainy, perhaps held too long as we were the last patrons to leave for the night.

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  5. Peter

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great place for dinner with great service and excellent food, especially the desserts. The interior of the restaurant is very nice, friendly and fresh. The have a good selection of drinks and deserts with prices that are reasonable and gives a lot of value for money. I can really recommend this place for business and pleasure.

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  6. JKWELLIN

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rare to find a restaurant with such a limited menu thriving in NYC. They do steak frites and they do them well (done).

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  7. OlgaK

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant makes meetings a breeze since the menu is completely set and the only choice you're making is how you like your steak. Everyone I have introduced to this restaurant has loved their second portion of steak and fries because it's so unexpected. The salad is a nice start as well. Very classy and tasty spot for a quick lunch or a lovely dinner.

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  8. Bjb1

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a wonderful steak frites meal. Out of this world sauce!

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  9. JadeO

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this place and are so happy it’s located in our neighborhood; gem for sure! Fantastic for group celebrations too.

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  10. LennyR

    New York City

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was pleasant but the service was slower than we are accustomed to at this restaurant. The food is always consistently good.

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  11. ChristopheA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    There is just one overpriced menu, if that’s your thing you’re fine.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I love this restaurant. Consistent, good food, wether you are in Paris or NY. Unfortunately the service was poor. I’ll blame it on the waitress. I will definitely go back.

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  13. itamary

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2018

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This place has got the 1st place on my "bad service iv'e ever had" list the service is amazingly bad the waitress make you feel uncomfotable from the begining If I had the option to give 0 star or minus star it was great

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  14. ClaudiaH

    Naples

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous!! Love the food, wine! Best value in New York City!! Terrific service!!

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  15. CliveG

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very similar to the Entrecôte restaurants in France

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  16. JeanP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant, great service. Delicious food. Great price! Will always come back!

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  17. LeaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great value- location - if you like a good steak and frites and delicious salad - perfect spot- reasonably priced for midtown - no other food options - varied wine list - Service is quick - you may need to slow it down -

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  18. JohnD

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very simple concept, excellent food. Definitely a place to recommend.

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  19. lag300

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for steak frites. Same feel and experience as in Paris.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Usually amazing food and service, but I just can’t believe how awful the service and food were tonight! Cold meat, old salad, and the sauce tasted different too. Even the bread was stale! I’m gonna give this the benefit of the doubt and say they had an off night bc they are usually amazing but damn was tonight off

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Quite good Close to the French experience. Somewhat disappointing in that we specifically mentioned it was an anniversary and they made no accommodation whatsoever.

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  22. EmilyD

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Wouldn't recommend unless strictly looking for a budget steak. The plastic-handled cutlery, waitresses in old stained french maid-style uniforms and an all-you-can-eat atmosphere.

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  23. DonnaN

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    If you are satisfied without butter for your bread or ketchup for your fries this is the place for you. One Sauvignon Blanc in a French restaurant- seriously?! I guess I didn’t fully understand the implications of their “limited menu “.

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  24. JasonL

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Definitely not worth all the hype. Not amazing food for the price. But the concept was nice and it was good to have a menu.

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  25. HillaryM

    New York City

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good

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  26. CarolynH

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went to this restaurant in Paris, so just had to go here in New York. It was great, maybe not the same ambiance as Paris but still great

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  27. fishman

    Tampa

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoyed this restaurant. It only serves steak frites, but boy is it good. And they will give you seconds! But make sure you save room for dessert- the profiteroles match up to anything I have had in Paris.

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  28. gabrielamh

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You go to Le Relais for one thing and one thing only—and it never disappoints!

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  29. JenniferB

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place is charming, and the staff are very welcoming and competent. I've eaten there before and had wonderful experiences, however, yesterday the plat du jour was not available at lunch time. Highly disappointing! And for a French restaurant, not very authentic. The items we ordered from the menu were decent, but not outstanding. Great wine list, very nice ambience, staff accommodating and professional.

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  30. Beadgirl14

    New York City

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful joint birthday dinner with a friend. Having been to the Paris location I was curious how this one would compare. Not quite as good, but pretty close. Recommend highly.

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  31. KentH

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been eating in versions of this steak frites restaurant since the early '70s in Toulouse France. It is tried and true. They have modified the salad dressing and the steak sauce slightly for American tastes but still love it and recommend it.

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  32. Olivia

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved our steak frites! The sauce was really tasty and they piled our plate, then came and gave us seconds. Bread was quite dry to start but other than that, tasty. Service was good :)

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good. The food was delicious, the place is nice and quiet.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and amazing food!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time here. The steak was great, the fries were great, and the dessert was terrific. Service was very good. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes a good steak.

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  36. MaryO

    Alabama

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food. Service was attentive and fast! Loved the decor. Overall great experience. Love the concept of only one item on the menu. Dessert was good too!

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  37. BruceJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Lighting is too bright and institutional. Service a bit impersonal. Beef is great but not as generous a portion as advertised.

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  38. MickyB

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Not great for the money. Food weirdly served in two halves. Waitress had a bit of a face on her.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My first time was in Paris...this isn't as good but I don't have to fly to Paris!

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  40. Holly

    New York City

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The steak frites were fine but not amazing, which I was expecting from a restaurant that specializes in only one thing. The meat was good but the sauce was just ok. I liked the mustard on the table but my friends wanted butter with their bread - and they just don’t have it. There’s a fairly small wine list - although it’s not expensive. The service was strange. One woman was great - really friendly and engaging - but the others seemed irritated that we were there. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t go back.

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Google Map for Midtown East Le Relais de Venise

590 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10154

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Lexington Avenue and 52nd Street
  • Neighborhood
    Midtown East
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm Saturday-Sunday 12:30pm - 3:00pm Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:30pm Nightly
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    There are several parking lots in the area. On 52nd street between Park and Lexington Avenue in the middle of the block. There is also parking on 51st Street between Lexington and Third Avenue in the middle of the block.
  • Public transit
    The MTA subway service 5, 6 , and E, stop at 51st/53rd and Lexington Avenue. The NR and Q stops at 59th Street and Lexington avenue.The M101, 102, 103 bus service travels down Lexington Avenue also.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Shaun McMahon
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access
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