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Posted by Anonymous on 09/13/2009
Went here on Friday night, and really enjoyed it. The place is really intimate (read as small, cute). The size makes it a bit annoying when the people next to you get up or leave, and you have to move your table. Moving on... we started with a lobster bisque and french onion soup... both were ok. Bisque was the kind with no lobster, and the french onion soup was fine, but I would have expected better. The mains we had a Sea Bass special, which was really good, and the lamb shank, which was just beyond tender... if it wasn't still attached to the bone, you could have passed it off for pot roast. Service was pretty good... only thing is our waitress did not tell us about 2 of the specials for the night, and the waitress at the next table over did. Overall, I do recommend this place, just don't both with the soups. Total for 2 soups, 2 mains, and a bottle of wine plus tax and tip came out to $95.
Posted by HotFuss on 08/20/2009
It's a cute French Bistro, very unassuming. There's small outdoor seating (3 tables) and then inside it's very charming and intimate. We had no rsvps, but it wasn't a problem (plus only 2 other people were there when we arrived). There was only 1 waitress/hostess and she was excellent with the wine suggestions. We each had a glass of different whites, very crisp and clean. Then we both ordered the specials of the day. My friend had the Chilean sea bass, I went with the duck leg confit. Both were beyond our expectations delicious. Flavorful and juicy. I was so happy with my 2 yummy duck legs and creamy mashed potatoes. My friend enjoyed the bass, also w some veggies and mashed potatoes. It got more crowded later on but not too bad. Our entrees were $18 each! Not bad for a great meal. I would totally go back. Prices are supremely reasonable for a French place and the food was soooo good! I was disappointed to come here later to read older reviews and see negative remarks...I guess we got lucky and had a good chef in the kitchen. I remember it did take a while for our food to come out tho, so that's the only negative. Would def go back and hope my next experience is just as great! It's perfect for a date night out, or intimate dinner with close friends/family. Service was great as well.
Posted by Aude on 10/17/2008
I had a great time at 26 seats. I had calamars provencal and Sea Bass with a coconut-curry sauce which was delicious. The staff is very friendly. Great for a date!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/18/2008
My boyfriend and I love this place. Everything is fresh and homemade tasting. Flavors are subdued but absolutely delicious. Love the chicken, which is topped with a nice mushroom sauce, and the filet de sole, which has a marvelous lime sauce (not at all overwhelming) and comes with spinach and potatoes. The prices are also very reasonable, and the staff is always sweet and fun. Go for it.
Posted by flora on 07/03/2008
I am austrian and my boyfriend french. I totally can't agree with all these bad reviews. But not to sound arrogant - most americans jus don't know good food. 26 Seats is for that price amazing good. Everybody - even the whole french (and of course picky) family of my boyfriend loved it. The staff is supernice in an european way, maybe the americans don't understand that.
Posted by PM on 06/05/2008
Heard so many great things about this place. But the food was pretty tasteless and boring. Seating is cramped (and not in a charming way). And we were seated a good 35 minutes after our reservation time with no apologies whatsoever.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/28/2007
Having been curious for quite some time, I finally decided to eat at 26 seats last night. I had walked by a few times before and the food looked magnificent. I'm affraid this is where it ends, when our salad arrived, a special of scallops on greans, there was one, yes one, scallop, which had been sliced into 3 slivers, creating a chewy and tough experience, that salad had little to no flavor other than the oil which it was doused in. Our entres the cod special with tarragon and lemon which came with mashed potatoes also had no flavor, the fish was dry and had obviously been frozen, and the sauce tasted overwhelmingly of lemmon, the mashed potatoes were not dry and crusty, very unappealing. Our second dish the duck suffered the same flaws, dry tough duck breast, not done to the ussual medium rare, but more to a well done stage, came with a side of moldy rasberries. The onion tart was fine, but tasted as though onion soup had just been poured over some puff pastry, not creative at all. The deserts were not as bad, but a stale, literaly cruncy perfiterole was not up to par, and left me wanting a 'real' perfiterole. All in all this place is bland and boring, the best part of the meal was the bread and butter, which I could not get enough of. Looking around I saw the place was packed on a tuesday night, which leads me to belive that people either like bad and boring food as a throw back to their childhood, or a simply unaware that things get better than tough bland meat. I will not be going back to 26 seats.