Pain D’Avignon

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In 1992, thrown together on Cape Cod by political circumstances none of them could have predicted, four young Yugoslavs founded Pain D'Avignon.Their goal was to recreate the Old World Traditions using baking techniques and recipes barely changed in centuries. Their founding principle: fine breads deserve to be at the center of the dining experience, not a mere afterthought. At their Hyannis bakery, the timeless art of bread making is both revered and respected. Everyday salt, flour and filtered water are combined – like the bakers themselves – with a distinctly European flavor.
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BC
New England
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Swore off this restaurant a couple of summers ago after ordering drinks, waiting for 20 minutes, drinks never came, and walked out. Food has always been good but due to a craft cocktails menu and generally only 1 bartender working, drinks always painfully slow to come out. Being that it is the wintertime, decided to give it another shot this past Saturday thinking wintertime = less customers. WRONG. They were hopping. Thanks to their manager Shay’s everpresence, the service from drinks to check was outstanding. As long as he’s there, we’ll be returning all seasons.

JJ
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful night with my dad. Had a new employee but she was very attentive. Food was delicious as always. We have recommended this restaurant to friends who have also have had a memorable time. It’s a hidden gem on the Cape. Will be back.

MP
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there within the week, this time with guests. Everyone had a different app and a different main. All the dishes were extraordinary, the drinks excellent, a good selection of French wines reasonably priced, including a number of excellent half bottles), plus the break is fabulous. Attentive, but not intrusive service. One of our new favorites on Cape, maybe THE favorite. No reason to wait for a special occasion to dine here.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. I had the escargot and and my wife had the the beet salad for appetizers. Both were amazing. The service was very attentive and engaging. Our waiter was adept at wine pairings and was on point in his suggestion to pair with my entree. The bread was delightful as were the desserts. The crepe Suzette was the best I have ever had. We plan on returning with friends next time. Terrific find.

JM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Celebrating a birthday
Nice touch at the end of the night when the table was given baguettes to take home

MM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and it was fabulous! Would highly recommend.

j
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Food is very delicious. The bread is fresh and baked at the location. It's worth the travel if you are not from the area.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food A very busy night. Not rushed but it did take a bit to get attention. The best and cutest server saved us from being forgotten in the rush. Otherwise a fabulous evening. Food bread wine ambiance. Love it!

MP
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hands down, one of the best meals we've had on Cape in many, many years. The French restaurant in Mashpee has been our favorite special occasion got-to for a very long time. But honestly, the quality and variety of the food at Pain D'Avignon was better. We took the risk of dining there on Valentine's Day which is always a problem because restaurants are packed and the wait staff is overwhelmed. Pain is in the process of remodeling and adding a large dining area so quarters were a little tight and we were put right by the front door feeling the cold air rush in each and every time new customers entered the restaurant. BUT, the food--we had four of the five specials for the night--was simply marvelous. Butternut soup, Wellfleet Oyster Stew, Roasted Veal Tenderloin, and Roasted Sturgeon. All outstanding as was the service amazingly enough. Though a tad less convenient distance wise from our home, we will be making more frequent trips to Pain D'Avignon in the future and we'll be bringing family and guests.

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and service.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely if a bit loud.

OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was perfect! The octopus appetizer is amazing, best I’ve ever had! Service was considerate, but not overbearing. If you happen to be in Hyannis, find your way here.

PJ
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

This will the last time we ever will eat at Pain Avignon (or buy any of their foods). Although the food is usually quite good (but not always), the attitude of the restaurant's staff is arrogant and uncaring towards its guests. It's as though the staff thinks that the guests should feel privileged to eat there, rather than the staff having a customer-centric attitude where the customer feels sincerely appreciated. My wife and I made a simple request to help us enjoy our dining and I offered to pay extra if needed. It was a request that the finest of restaurants would have granted. But, we were flatly turned down. I mentioned our disappointment to the maitre'd and he could not have cared less. I have sensed this arrogant attitude on other occasions during the 15+ years we've been eating there. This time it was crystal clear what they thought of us as guests. As a guest my only recourse for arrogance is to stop patronizing such an establishment. So be it... There are many other fine restaurants on Cape Cod that treat their guests with respect and appreciation.

HC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had great meal and wonderful attentive service. Overall a lovely evening.

CM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first experience. Delicious food and friendly staff. Can not wait to go back.

Y
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The beet salad was incredible but the escargot was only fair as was the flatbread that was too limp and flour like. My partner loved the pasta. The service was very good. Surprised to see an all male staff at night in this day an age but they all worked well together. It is a noisy restaurant on a weekend night but it does have a great atmosphere although mostly close quarters. Enjoyable even with the few drawbacks.

DM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent but slightly overpriced service was good Interior was recently upgraded

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have brunch but decided tonight to grab a reservation and try dinner. Very glad we did because from start to finish it was exceptional. Looking forward to heading back again to the other items off the menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with better service.

RM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Been here many times and love. Tonite not the best. Day after Christmas so short staff. Understandable. Will still go back as the food is normally excellent.

SW
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Five friends getting together for dinner...we all chose different drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts, and everything was absolutely delicious. The menu was sophisticated and adventuresome, but also mindfil of the season.
However, the room is REALLY noisy, due perjaps to the glass walls and concrete floors, which reflect sound rather than absorb it. The noise levelsade it very hard for us to converse.

r
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent French bistro food, perfectly cooked and presented. Service was flawless, and wine choices were good and reasonable.

F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

In all my 65 years of dining out, I have never been seated so uncomfortably close to 2 other tables. Although we booked a week ahead, we were a party of 2 squeezed between the backs of 2 tables of 4. We couldn't even hear ourselves talk. The restaurant is small, I admit, and I'd been there before. In addition, we had the halibut special which was accompanied by a lentil sauce that was bland. Quite frankly, I can do better at home for a fraction of the price. So disappointing.

k
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Just a great experience all around -- outstanding service, delicious food. Thoughtful and unique choices throughout both the food and drink menus. Highly recommend!

PG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were outstanding, as usual, and we enjoyed watching the bread making.

JL
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my all time favorite restaurants! It never disappoints.

TS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Slowest service ever. Been going there for years. Good food, good drink menu. Something must have happened that night though we received no explanation.

p
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

this was our first time here and we weren't disappointed. while the menu was limited there were many specials to chose from. The roast chicken was moist and well flavored. The scallops were delicious. Service was fine and the loaf of bread to take home was a pleasant surprise. will definitely return.

DH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was great as was the service. Their new valet parking is ridiculous. The high top seating is very uncomfortable so get a table.

SH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner at the restaurant and would go back again.

p
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has just the right mix of talent, energy and ambience. Hopefully additional space - coming soon - will reduce noise level which can be too much and takes away from the charm.

OT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorites but not if you want to talk to your guests!

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all, our server, Eduardo, was fantastic! He made great recommendations for items on the menu for our large group of 8. He made the experience personal—enjoying some interesting info about him, his family and his heritage. He took care of all of our needs as though we were his family! No one went home hungry!!! The food was fabulous and the bread and butter are always a signature part of the experience! Bon appetit’

B
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pain D’avignon is always our first stop for dinner on the way to the Cape. A great way to start a long weekend. I had one of their ‘Classiques’, Black Cod, which was delicious!

DD
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was great- as always we come as often as we possibly can

PB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I moved here in July, soon heard about this restaurant, made my first visit, and now early October I would say I have been back about eight times. Lunch and dinner and lunch and dinner and dinner and dinner and dinner. And it has never disappointed. It has always been spectacular best restaurant around for sure and I’m from New York so I know what a good restaurant tastes like. But please don’t tell anyone about this because I don’t want it to get too crowded. It is sublime

KW
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I enjoyed the restaurant, but was shocked when I received the bill. The fish special was $42. each. That seems a lot for halibut. I feel the server/restaurant has a responsibility to tell the customer in advance what the various prices are for specials and not embarrass them when they are presented with the check!

M
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a wonderful meal. Service was great, generally, but when we were served a wrong dessert, the correct one took a long time to come out, and the other members of the party were nearly done with theirs by then. The menu is fabulous, with some different items from what you see in every other restaurant. The place looked great, but by about 7 pm the noise was deafening.

NT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food , good service but very noisy
The noise level was nearly not bearable