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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K
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Our waiter was not terribly friendly nor welcoming. The staff that brought the food to the table was great however. We chose the 3 course meal with wine pairing. The wines were not especially good and putting a vermouth with foie gras was a bad move.A sauterne should have been offered. The first two courses were wonderful but the duck entre was tasteless. For about $316 before tip the meal should have been excellent. Bocca is much better and a better value. The ambiance was beautiful and sophisticated.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience4

The food was very OK for the price and the service was awful! The service was bad! The staff was dreary and unenthusiastic. They need to train their people better. We had to keep asking for our water to get filled and for drinks to be served. It was our anniversary and I should have just gone to Jeff Ruby’s where you can count on excellent service and a great value. I am not affiliated to Ruby’s in any way.

If you like to waste your money on overpriced food and get poor service, then this is the place for you. The place was a ghost town on a Friday night. That should tell you all you need to know!!!

Trust me! This place will not be in business much longer!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best chef for fine dining in city

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely fantastic. I have been to a lot of nice restaurants and this one is a top 5 for me. Very impressed with the experience.

LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, food was fabulous. Two courses plus dessert are plenty

S
Cincinnati
44 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined here many times and are never disappointed. The food, service and ambiance is always excellent. Servers are very friendly. Nothing stuffy here. It’s not just dinner, but an experience. Lovely dining room.

JB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary and my 75th birthday when we visited on November 15. Restaurant L made our evening very special with a champagne toast, special birthday and anniversary plates, fantastic service, and excellent food. The amuse bouche with a little duck mixed in was outstanding!! The selection on the dessert plate was varied and delicious -- and very appealing too. Thanks for a memorable evening!

BB
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding service and beautiful atmosphere

CS
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought a business colleague from France and who now lives in New York with me and he was very impressed with the meal. He said the quality, taste, wine pairings, etc were all comparable to the best French restaurants in Paris or NY but at substantially lower cost. JR visited our table and talked to my guest in French for 10 minutes. It was a delightful evening.

CN
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We love L. It is fantastic and the gourmand tasting is incredible. This one particular night there were some issues with timing and flow that made the evening feel a bit off. It was a special occasion and they were fantastically accommodating of some special requests and we were appreciative. Overall it's the best true fine-dining in Cincinnati by leaps and bounds.

OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely wonderful!

JM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We went for a special occasion and, for the most part, it was very nice. However, we felt the service wasn't as good as it could be. We expect high-end service when we're paying high-end prices. From that perspective, we don't think we would go back.

NJ
Cincinnati
68 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The whole team is very conscientious and clearly focused on delivering a great dining experience. This was my birthday so we splurged on three different courses and each was excellent.

JM
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday and going to a concert afterwards.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An unbelievable experience!

We chose the Menu Gourmand- 5 courses ( not including the amuse bouche, cheese and dessert courses). Paired with wine selections (8!). We were not in a rush and we felt so welcomed by the staff that we let the hours drift along. Actually left 5 hrs later. (Other diners were out in 1-2 - totally up to you). The dishes were exquisite-indescribable. We were taken aback by the graciousness of the maitre d’hotel, Richard, and our waitstaff, Holly. They are masters of their art. We were humbled by world renowned Chef Jean-Robert’s visits to our table to check on how our experience was going, thanking us and wishing us a happy anniversary.

Do not miss this experience!! Please take your time, enjoy the food, the staff, the surroundings and your company.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible!

SM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice! Portion sizes perfect, atmosphere warm and inviting, and service was excellent!

JB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food, was fantastic. I would highly recommend Restaurant L to anyone looking to have great time.

MC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cincinnati finally has a worthy successor to The Maisonette and Pigall's. If you don't look out of the windows, you could imagine you're in one of many cities in the US or Europe -- a destination restaurant, a destination experience. The fixed-price (2+ or 3+ courses) with "perfect wine pairings" makes for an expensive, but NOT too expensive evening. An exquisite evening can be had for 2-people for under $250, perhaps about the same as dinner at Morton's. Intimate and romantic with service that makes you feel special round out the entire experience.

A great special occasion restaurant, but priced to make it a consideration more frequently.

Highly recommended.

b
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Richard Brown, Chef and their staff are incredible. A real experience!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was lovely. I had wine pairings with all my plates. The dessert was fantastic. There were five mini desserts. All the food was incredible with flavors that kept me wanting more. Even though this restaurant is pricey I left feeling full and satisfied. Totally worth it! I will be going back.

KM
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere and service was amazing. My friends and I meet in Cincinnati every year for our annual girls weekend. This was our first visit to Restaurant L and it will not be our last. Richard was charming and completely engaged with the patrons. If you are ever in the Cincinnati area and looking for a special place to dine, this is the place to go.

OT
Cincinnati
28 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fine birthday dining experience.

l
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing and the food was even better. Highlights were the Lobster Salad and the Halibut main. The halibut was cooked perfectly, flaky, but moist. Presentation of all the dishes was delightful. I definitely recommend Restaurant L for special occasions, business meals, or nights out with friends, as long as everyone is aware of the price point.

TK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and one of the best restaurants in town

S
Cincinnati
46 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I had made this reservation for my wife’s birthday. We arrived at 6:15. The waiter was very “disconnected” and this continued as we spent almost three hours there. The food was incredible as it was the last time we were there!
Service was slower than we remembered. By the time my wife got her birthday plate we had been there two hours. The worst was the name in the plate wasn’t my wife’s. I did not include it In The reservation not did the waiter ask me so I am not sure why this happened. The poor guy (not the waiter) that brought the plate was embarrassed and went to bring out one without a name in it. The waiter saw what happened and retrieved the plate with the name on it and didn’t return for almost 15 minutes. After dessert, my wife motioned for the waiter to bring us the check.
Overall Richard Brown does a great job here, but he may want to rethink this waiter. As a matter of tact, the waiter never told us his name. Probably for the best.

HJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had our 28th wedding anniversary dinner here, what a fantastic experience.
Food and service were outstanding, thanks to everyone for the memorable night.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently dined at Restaurant L with some friends visiting from out of town. It was our first visit, and will not be our last. The service was excellent- including the owner, chef, and waiter, with whom we interacted quite a bit throughout the evening. The food was amazing- highly recommend the lobster salad, ravioli, and filet mignon.

S
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey but worth the money for an extremely unique experience. Best restaurant in cincy! #1 and we have been everywhere.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to the Oktoberfest gridlock we were quite late for our reservation. When I called to alert the restaurant of our delay, I was very kindly treated and assured that things would still work out. Our server Tim made sure that we had a beautiful dining experience and still made it to the theater on time. We had just had entered into contract on a home purchase and were happy to be able to celebrate the occasion. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
24 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.....

JT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This may be the best, least known restaurant in Cincinnati. Superior food, outstanding presentation; manages to be amazing without being stuffy. Great experience!

CV
Cincinnati
122 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
41 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

OT
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

L
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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