Restaurant L

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598 reviews
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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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BM
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant is first class, from the interior, to the service and especially the food

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ST
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good and very unique. It is the perfect place for a special occasion.

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PH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a delightful experience. The flowers were fabulous. Loved the decor. The music was French. The service was first class.
I chose the 8-course dinner with wine pairings. Duck, potato and watercress soup, lobster salad, goose liver, red snapper, steak, cheese, sorbet and flan. Champagne, light white, crisp white Bordeaux, full-bodied white Burgundy, Sauterne, Cabernet, St. Emilion Bordeaux, Sauterne. The wine complemented the flavors of the foods, which ranged from the familiar to the unexpected. We started early at 5:30 PM and left about 4 hours later. Yes, one person in our party was the designated driver. There are two and three-course options for those headed to the theatre or club.

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KM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were fabulous! Loved it. We will be back!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience

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DC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Service was terrible. There were 2....yep, 2 other people in the lounge when we arrived AND throughout our dinner there.....our server was non-existent unless you count being behind the bar talking to the other two patrons as being existent.

The server asked us twice if we wanted bread....both times we said "yes", but we didn't receive any bread until right when our entree's came out some 35 minutes later and even then it was one piece each. Next to no communication from anyone during our wait for our food and we only ordered entree's....not too difficult.

The food was at least decent as we had the filet mignon and the snapper. Nothing special for $115; in fact overpriced.

Overall, we were extremely disappointed with our experience and will not be back.

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RT
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at four of the top rated restaurants during a stay in Cincinnati of a few days. My wife and I have been to nearly every top restaurant in the area over the last several years. This one tops them all by a significant margin. The attention to detail regarding every aspect of the dining experience is superb, particularly the food. It’s not cheap, but worth every dollar if you enjoy fine dining and superlative service in an exquisite setting. The house wine pairings were precisely in point and enhanced each course. Max’s service was extraordinary. I can not recommend this restaurant more highly.

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

Server was terrible. Flustered the whole time, forgot half of order, was totally not flexible with simple request. Music was not good. Nice dining area. Bartender was nice. Girl helping the server was nice. Food was ok but a little bland.

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BL
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening! Celebrating niece's 21st birthday. What a treat for her...and for us! Food and service was beyond outstanding. We had the 2-course prix fixe and it was more than enough, especially with the 5 tiny deserts they brought each of us. It was definitely an evening to remember.

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SR
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the finest restaurant in Cincinnati. I love Boca, Orchids, and the others. But Richard Brown and Jean Robert de Cavel have returned the five-star flair of the Maisonette to Cincinnati. Impeccable and delightful!

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SN
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I have loved most of Jean Robert's restaurants, But my wife and I were both disappointed with the food here. Every item I ordered including the lobster salad, the salmon, and the Chicken entrée were overdosed with a mixture of grains that overwhelmed the dishes. My vegan daughter loves to chew on these types of grains, not sure if it was barley, couscous, or some other health food, but it added nothing to the flavor, and to have it repeated in every dish was disappointing. Usually we love the sauces and all the other items that accompany the dish served, but not at all here. The service was decent, but they mixed up our order, forgot to serve the bread, and we waited a bit long in between courses and to get our check. The room is very nice as was the bar area.

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PE
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of Our Jean Robert Paris group from years ago getting together for a late Valentine’s dinner

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R
Cincinnati
49 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We splurge here every anniversary and as often as we can afford to in between. The Arctic Char preparation is like none other in the world. Hard to pass up, even though there are so many other worthwhile dishes. Every course is memorable, as is the very professional service and pacing. Unforgettable.

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OT
Cincinnati
72 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite spot for fine dining in Cincinnati since it has opened. And just sitting in this gorgeous room makes for a splendid experience. It is visually stunning just as each course is visually stunning. The mix of flavors is always perfect as are the portion sizes. No it's not priced for everyday dining in the main room but you can also get a killer $12 lunch in the bar on Fridays. If you are a foodie, this spot has to be your number one stop in the city.
Service this trip was wonderful as always. The staff is well trained, warm and efficient.

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AZ
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the table service and knowledgeable staff. Thank you for a great experience.

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S
Cincinnati
36 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. Always a pleasure to dine at Restaurant L. The food, service and ambiance cannot be beat. Very comfortable and romantic setting that facilitates quiet conversation. Always made to feel at home. Very friendly staff. Love the wine pairing option. Always explain how the wines compliment the course.

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A
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent. Front of the house not so much. We tried the three course tasting menu with wine pairings. Flavors were bright and complex. The food experience was outstanding. On arrival, however we were warmly greeted then left standing alone for about 15 minutes. As we left after the meal, the hostess was nowhere to be found and our coats were laying across her stool unattended at the front door. Not the goodbye you'd expect after dropping $350 on dinner.

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c
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Overall great, but the service at the beginning of our meal and the end was very slow. Once they took our order, things progressed appropriately and the food was excellent; once we ordered dessert, then things slowed to s standstill, we were not offered coffee and we sat around for over an hour before a waiter even came close enough for me to summon to ask for the check.

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OT
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The wait to be sat down was too long , a member of the wait staff saw us but ignored us and made no attempt to communicate . Just " Someone will be right with you " or "good morning " would have defused my impatience.
The restaurant decor is just wonderful the centre piece metal tree adorned with at this time vases of tulips was outstanding a true testament to the designer.
First contact at the table was good water offered and drink order taken, but then a long wait again.
Ok what about the food ? Duck confit with poached egg masterful, warm and delicious the soft runny yolks adding another texture/taste layer to an already rich dish took it to another level.
Lobster bisque the bowl garnished and the soup poured from a silver pot. A journey back to the heady days of the 70s.
Alas the bisque was poorly seasoned and bitter to.the taste, no seasoning on the table, and not able to catch a servers attention to try and remedy it.
Bread service I could have just dined on that, the raisin rolls were spectacular, the butter had a stale fridge taste, but I loved them san butter.
Halibut on a bed of jasmine rice and wilted spinach with beurre blanc that was poured on by our server.
It was a nice presentation well seasoned but didn't excite me as the confit did.
The beurre blanc well it wasnt! beurre blanc is a reduction of white wine and shallots "monte au beurre " it should be an emulsifiction. Not cream based it took a lot away from the delicate taste of the fish In my opinion.
Rest rooms are beautifully decorated and ultra clean, cloth hand towels is a great touch.
Look out for the plaster molded panels on the wall there stunning.
Its not on my list of definatly go back to places but I will try it again, even if it's just for the decor , duck confit and great bread rolls

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BC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we've ever had. The staff were able to help us understand the menu and order from it despite our lack of experience at high end restaurants. It is expensive, but I cannot wait to go back again.

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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great love this place...

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OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came to celebrate our anniversary, this was our second time here. Beautiful room very elegant, we chose the two course dinner with wine pairing. On the food- for this level of restaurant we were expecting to be amazing. Some of the dishes were very good (foie gras, and special halibut) others were just average (duck well prepared but contours were at best average , dessert pretty looking nothing special in taste or textures). Service - overall it was very good but again for his level of restaurant you would expect impecable service and attention to detail, we had to remind our server to bring our wine for pairing with each dish as he forgot

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was world class food and world class service. We had an exceptional experience. Robert and Tim provided exceptional service.

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JU
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! What a wonderful dining experience! We will definitely be returning!

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M
Cincinnati
111 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at L for the first time this week. It was wonderful. I really loved the door effect. Fun first to watch others entering, and then it was our turn. The tables/banquets are nicely spaced so enjoying the ambiance, the tree for sure, and the walls, can be done without intruding on someones else's space.
Our server was great, efficient, attentive, explained wines and menu.
And each of the five courses :) of the three course prix fixe were delicious. My husband went straight seafood, while I started with the mushroom tart, followed by ravioli, and then arctic char. I often order by sides rather than the main feature, and each of these selections and lovely sides. We were quite full by the time the dessert assortment arrives, but we persevered. The banana choice was my favorite.
We also had the wine pairing, again 5 elections, not 3. Some I enjoyed more than others, but it was nice to try some new varieties.
Will look forward to a return dinner here.

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S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best restaurant (overall) we've been to in Cincinnati. Perfect for a special occasion. Staff were all wonderful, attentive, and responsive. Food was excellent, interesting variety and well prepared. the desserts were fantastic. we will certainly be going back for anniversaries etc.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely amazing and immaculate per usual. I have dined here several times and every detail is on point. I still stand by my original statement saying that this is the best meal that I have ever had in Cincinnati.

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GD
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was lovely. The food and wine pairings were perfect.

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D
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we want to go out for a special occasion and truly enjoy a quiet, relaxing evening we go to Restaurant L. The food is spectacular and the service impeccable. Alex has served us on two occasions and delighted us. He is friendly and attentive, never overbearing. For my wife and me he’s just the right kind of waiter. He notices when we need attention, anticipates our needs and otherwise leaves us alone to enjoy ourselves. He knows us and recognizes us with a welcoming smile.
Restaurant L is the only place in town that serves food of this caliber. Correctly portioned, beautifully presented and deliciously prepared. I had the lobster salad to start with Arctic char to follow. My wife had a mushroom tart first and then the filet mignon. The desserts were a bite size variety of delicacies chosen by the chef.

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

This is the premiere Cincinnati restaurant for fine dining. The prices are reasonable for what one is getting -- an upscale, gourmet dining experience with first class service.

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KR
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful evening with my wife for her birthday. The food was amazing and we were able to try some dishes we had never had before. I would especially recommend the Wild Boar and the Monkfish, which were delicious and perfectly prepared. The only thing better than the food was the service. The staff was incredibly knowledgeable and always on point with everything. It was extremely expensive, but like anything else, you get what you pay for. Really enjoyed it!!

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E
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Disappointed. Waitor was terrible. We had to ask for a desert menu and he looked at us like we had horns. Made no suggestions. Didn't know what flavors on hand.

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z
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. I loved the lobster salad. And the dessert was beautifully presented and tasted fabulous. I would go back.

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MF
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Richard Brown made our experience memorable and fun!!

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant; however, I took my mother to dinner, so the two seat couches were a bit strange. Would have enjoyed more if there was a 2 seat table with two chairs. Otherwise, everything was exceptional.

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific time enjoying good food and wine celebrating a special birthday.

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SD
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed every minute of this evening beginning with the friendly welcome and walk to our table. Elegant atmosphere, but comfortable. The prix fixe menu offered the opportunity to try new things -- all delicious. Thanks to Richard for making our night special. Great place to celebrate a special occasion.

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CB
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Tasting Menu was much enjoyed by our table. The food and service were excellent and the restaurant is lovely. Can't wait to go back again!

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PH
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special experience for the Cincinnati area-highly recommend!

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C
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent best in Cincy!

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