Restaurant L

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French
Bar and Lounge, a la carte menu.

3 course prix fixe menu only - $85.

2 course prix fixe menu only - $65.

Menu Gourmand - $125

Wine pairings - starting at $35.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered from the Menu Gourmand. Every course was fantastic. Service was spot on. And the intimacy of the dining room rounded out a top notch evening.

CD
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant L is one of my favorite special occasion spots, where my and my guests are pampered by distinctive service and innovative cuisine. It’s a rare treat!

T
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant L never disappoints. It's by far our best restaurant experience in Cincinnati and well beyond.

f
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L is not a restaurant serving good food it is an experience in fine dining that is not found in many U S cities...We should be happy and proud that you can enjoy an evening like this in Cincinnati....There is no match to L unless you fly to New York for the evening....What a great treasure we have here.....

CV
Cincinnati
118 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The menu at Restaurant L offers a great modern take on classic French culinary preparations. The flavor profile combinations are surprising and work delightfully.
The restuarant describes itself as a Parisian-style restaurant with a little New York attitude and an abundance of Cincinnati charm. Menu, aside, the experience is closer to New York style restaurant with a nod to Paris. There are elements that harken back to the days of the Maisonette but they kind of get awkwardly stuck in delivery and it all doesn't *quite* get there. The dining captain and management did do a very good job of ensuring that the dining flow was pleasant.
In food preparation, the menu could probably do with a bit more frequent rotation to ensure that seasonal ingredients are featured. All items were as well prepared and flavorful as possible but some of the ingredients just weren't at their seasonal peak and probably don't belong on a dish being served at a restaurant of that calibur of menu and price point.
The pastry chef, Tracy, is absolutely one to watch. All of the desserts in the farindole were explosions of flavor, yet not overpowering. Each item brought defintive mouthfuls of the principal ingredient and the accompanying notes without being cloyingly sweet or too forceful of a flavor profile.
Restaurant L was an enjoyable experience and has a very pleasant menu and I look forward to seeing it be fine-tuned and developed.

a
Cleveland
40 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambiance and food were impressive. The service was excellent once it occurred but there was a solid 30 minute interval between being seated and someone returning to our table... Even for a drink other than water. It was unclear if that was a part of the "Parisian/New York" experience or just an oversight. It was a Tuesday night with 5 other tables seated total, so not seemingly overwhelming. Richard was gracious and it's always exciting to see Jean Robert. Certainly still a great evening. Two courses with wine was plenty to be very satisfied but not miserable. Definitely a special occasion kind of place.

M
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing compares. The service is excellent and the food varied and wonderful.

L
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance, food and service was wonderful. We went for our anniversary and can't think of a better place to celebrate in Cincinnnati. We will be back!!

C
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best. Wonderful food, great service and beautiful surroundings.

MM
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything at Restaurant L was amazing! The food, environment, wine pairing! Just everything was perfect! I would highly recommend dining at this wonderful restaurant! Chef Jean-Robert and his team did an incredible job!

DB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience in years!

l
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary, it was a totally pleasant experience. They care, they are focused on the details. Food was great!

SF
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, superb food. My palate was overwhelmed with all the different layers and flavor elements. The overall experience was not shy of any 3 Michlein star restaurant in NYC. Absolutely phenomenal.

M
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is exceptional and Cincinnati should understand what a true bargain they are getting from such an exceptional Chef and Menu! We did the Gourmand Menu with the wine pairing which was a steal at $190 per person... more than enough food to fill anyone up... the pours on the wine are perfect and match exceptionally well with the food... we had one wine, which was a white Vermouth from Spain (I believe) which was very odd tasting and for which they offered an alternative, which was very nice of them - otherwise do not miss out on the wine pairing unless you do not enjoy wine! One of the better fixed menu restaurants I have been to in some time... the cheese service and desserts are amazing which come after you have enjoyed so many good courses... well worth a visit if you are from out of town like us... Appreciate this place Cincinnati! Review from a Bomber now living in Texas...

LG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magical is the adjective that describes every aspect of our dining experience. The ambiance, with the tree sculpture and baskets of fresh flowers hanging from it; the food (“food” sounds banal— better: des plats exquis) courses were fabulous, with a touch of whimsy; the wine pairings perfect and imaginative; the service professional and engaging at the same time. Unlike in many places, we were not rushed to make room for the next sitting, but we were allowed to eat mindfully and slowly and savor every morsel. Thank you Jean Robert and Richard Brown and Alex and all the other gentle folks who enhanced our wellbeing for a memorable holistic experience.

c
Cincinnati
308 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner in the bar and it was a wonderful yet different experience from the dining room.

T
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

51st wedding anniversary and the second time we had been there. Everything was very well prepared. We paid about as much for the two of us as for 3 people at another Cincinnati highly touted restaurant but the food at L was so much better. Thanks

SS
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous food and decor in the Restaurant L! Each dish was prepared so great that it is very hard to match this restaurant cuisine in the entire mid-west! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wanted a very special evening dining and who can appreciate French cuisine!

S
Cincinnati
40 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

every attentive even though every seat was full
Staff made a special night even more so
Will always come back
Our favorite restaurant in Cincinnati. In an increasingly casual world it is nice to still be able to dine in an atmosphere with the ambiance of days past.

C
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The finest Restaraunt in the Midwest. This is not a meal it’s an experience to savor and a memory to treasure. Thank you Jean-Robert for bringing fine dining back to Cincinnati! You’re a gifted culinary artist. So happy to see you in good health!

H
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not to be compared with any other restaurant in town. Unique with top service.

NW
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I are new to area and this is easily the best restaurant we’ve been to in Cincinnati. Food was delicious. Service was excellent!

BO
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food and wine were stellar; the service was atrocious. We had a reservation for Friday dinner service. When we walked in, the maitre d' station was unattended. It took 10 minutes for someone to greet and seat us. Once seated, we continued to be ignored, even though the dining room was only half full. Another table seated around the same time as us ultimately stood up and left because they couldn't get a server to take a drink order. The adjacent table struck up conversation with us about how terrible the service that night was. Suffice it to say, we won't be back.

JH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

It was our anniversary and we were looking forward to a first time at L. After being seated, it took over 20 minutes to order our wine. I also ordered a martini, which never showed up. Our server said absolutely nothing to us and was focused on his "ipad" which is apparently L's ordering system. The server came up to us and simply said "are you ready to order?" No explanation, no, hi, how are you, no menu suggestions, not one other word. We then watched a table of 3 across from us get up and leave. They approached our server, who was theirs as well, and said " we are leaving, we have been sitting here for 25 minutes with no service". Then, the table of 2 seated after us and adjacent, same issue. Just not the stressful situation that you want to have on a Friday night on your wedding anniversary. Once the food started coming out, it was on autopilot. food was good. Experience however not worth the money.

G
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fine food. Low noise level conducive to conversation. Service attentive but not rushed.

MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting and ambience at Restaurant L is breathtakingly elegant yet simple, lending to ease of movement for the patrons and service staff, as well as to the ease of eye movement from the recessed ceiling to the silver tree occupying the center of the dining room. Tim, our server, was friendly, patient and knowledgeable. The overall service, impeccable! And a treat to be able to speak with Jean Robert de Cavel himself! We shall most definitely return!

JG
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite special occasion destination. Memorable, elegant and delicious!

SK
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband booked our anniversary reservation at Restaurant L and I’m so glad he did. We had a magnificent meal and outstanding service. From the in-house smoked salmon to the rabbit and the main halibut, every course was expertly prepared and simply delicious. In a city with many dining options, Restaurant L is my new favorite!

JY
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at L for our 50th wedding anniversary. The Menu Gourmand with wine pairings was exceptional as expected from Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel and Maitre d'Hotel Richard Brown and his staff were wonderful.

MS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience is well worth it. The entire environment makes you feel more like a guest in a ho,e than merely a patron in a restaurant . The food was exceptional nd the service beyond reproached

LD
Cincinnati
41 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best restaurant in the city. The attention to detail is amazing.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Cincinnati. An incredible dining experience!

T
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tonight was our 20th Anniversary....such an exquisite « Menu Gourmand « ....probably our best experience...Chris was very attentive, professional and so polite ...so many little attentions for our special night...Thank you Jean-Robert pour le repas majestueux...thank you to all the staff...it is definitely a memorable dinner

SL
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John Robert never disappoints--all the food was spectacular. We were also wowed by the ambience and attention to detail in the table settings. How did it take us 3 years to try this restaurant? So glad that we finally did.

m
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding service

OT
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow what a hidden treasure! Excellent experience and I would highly recommend this spot for special occasions.

JB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to L, and again , such a wonderful experience.

SM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an extraordinary night celebrating our anniversary with Restaurant L. Fabulous service from the entire staff. The food was exquisite. My husband and I agreed- “One of the best meals of our lives. “ Hoping to celebrate more wonderful moments with Restaurant L. I’ve been recommending them to family & friends already !

J
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently ate at Restaurant L for my birthday and it was awesome! I strongly recommend the Gourmand menu with the wine pairing!

RF
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going to restaurant L for our anniversary since it opened. Each time the menu is changed to incorporate different foods and presentations. This time the first course included fois gras terrine and warmed fois gras with an injection of sauternes. This time Monkfish was featured. It has a little resistance to chewing, which I like, and it tastes similar to sea scallops. It was delicious, prepared in its own jus. We had ordered a wine at the bar before the restaurant opened, and it was wonderful. The breads were exquisite. The whole meal was spectacular.

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