Sel et Poivre Restaurant

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433 reviews
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French
Welcome to Sel et Poivre Restaurant, a classic French bistro located on the Upper East Side—serving the neighborhood and beyond for twenty-eight years.
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GJ
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent traditional French food in a cozy atmosphere in a great location. Excellent service too!

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A
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was terrible. No waiter was assigned to us. We were told they don’t have stations. After at least half an hour I had to get up and track down a waiter. I’ve been there before and never encountered anything like this.

Sel et Poivre Restaurant
Responded on May 13, 2019

Dear Anon: Thank you for your review . we apologize for your experience. This review will help us reevaluate and improve for a better experience the next time. We do hope you give us an other try . Thank you Sel

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful neighborhood stalwart with excellent food, super service and generous pours.

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B
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Sweet little neighborhood place near the Armory. Wide menu choices. Food good. Service a bit slow on drinks, but ok. A little pricey, but then it IS the East Side.

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Soup that was cauliflower broth Mediocre salmon Tepid over cooked green beans Chose it as close to Armory No reason to return

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s
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is excellent and it has an old school neighborhood vibe. Lots of regulars

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CF
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This restaurant never disappoints. I am particularly fond of the liver and onions.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful family owned place.

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H
New York Area
152 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food in a charming setting makes this place a favorite of ours. We especially like the Prix Fixe dinner.

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e
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

We had a reservation for 6pm as we had theater tickets. When we arrived, there was no Maitre D' nor was there a bartender. People were lined up to get in - it's a small place. we found a waiter and explained we had a reservation and had some time constraints. We waited 15 minutes and decided to eat at tha bar. No tables were close to opening up. The food came out quickly however, and our meals were delicious. But it was disappointing to never get a table as I was with a friend I haven't seen for a long time and the bar noise made it difficult to talk. So would I recommend this restaurant- a maybe.

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N
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its wonderful that this restaurant has maintained its standards...consistently providing excellent cuisine and great service at a fair price.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Our meal was quite disappointing. Not one of our party of four found our meal to be more than fair. The entrees were not well seasoned or particularly creative. We expected much more for the price.

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W
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delightful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the menu, with skate, veal kidneys and sweetbreads, and I love the ambience.

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DD
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Quiet enough for conversations

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m
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, prompt service and charming restaurant

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A
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sel et Poivre has been our long time place for special occasions as well as a simple romantic dinners with my husband and for get together meals with friends and family.
The food is consistently fantastic and the staff is amazingly attentive and friendly!
We will continue to go there for many more years to come😊

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JP
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Quiet French bistro with standard fare--at least at lunchtime.

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ET
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sadly, one of a dying breed of small French bistros in Manhattan, Sel e Poivre provides a touch of Paris on the UES. The space is small and filled with neighbors who rely on a varied menu of French classics, pleasant service, and reasonable prices. All perfect when you're heading to the Park Avenue Armory for an event.

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LM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had dinner before an evening performance at the Armory. Felt like we were in France. I had skate which was absolutely perfect. Only slight complaint the tart tartine was a little too mushiy.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

High price, not worth

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S
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party totally enjoyed the evening . The food and service were outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant. We all commented on what a wonderful meal we had and the great service.

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JW
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent, reliable bistro French food.
Convenient neighborhood restaurant.
Attentive service.

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OT
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I can't understand the glowing reviews. Friendly service but average food -- basic bistro (which is often great) with B- execution.

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f
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a favorite of mine. I dine out lots, but when looking for a nice, relaxing, relatively quiet place, this is where I go!

And the trout is my favorite.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just love this place. Excellent food, superb staff and fairly priced. Heavy pours. What else could anyone want?

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

not my first time. always a treat. wonderful value and terrific atmosphere.

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ET
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, great service and terrific food. Sel et Poive is a little gem!

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b
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best French Bistro in neighborhood. Service is attentive and pleasant

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LK
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service and ambiance made up for what the food lacked. Three for dinner and two ordered from fixed price meals. The vegetable soup was ok as was the pate. The salmon and the skate was good but the roast chicken was beyond dry and should have been sent back. Dessert was sorbet and ice cream.

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f
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure to go back to Sel et Poivre, home away from home. Excellent food ,great drinks, lovely authentic ambiance. Wonderful service.

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BF
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great French bistro food with a decent wine list. Nice place for an afternoon or rainy day.

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OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Good food and lively crowd. Fair prices. Staff friendly and helpful.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious game menu!

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

An old stand by for a certain older Upper East side crowd. Prices have crept up a bit, though the price fix is still an attractive value, our food was good, service was confusing. We had 4 different servers, so never really clear who our waiter was. But an enjoyable evening overall.

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PE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent restaurant for relaxing,dating or even going with friends

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M
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant good for all occasions. It is a solid go to place for great bistro French cooking

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E
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My daughter was in town for a few days so we went for February Game Menu, absolutely delicious. The Osso Buoco was amazing and the deer medallions delicious. We enjoyed everything we had.

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AP
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quiet, charming little French bistro with a prix fixe lunch menu at $17.95 - great value!

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D
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a delightful bistro with really good food, pleasant service and an ambience the that allows calm conversation.
It also has 50% All wine on mondays which makes for a great $ deal.

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