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Posted by Neighborhood Resident on 08/09/2007
This place is a staple for Columbia faculty and students: walk in at lunchtime and it's like a who's who of university bigwigs talking business and gossip. Waiters are pretty varied, from the very nice and professional to the barely competent. Some waiters are overly friendly and others are too cool for school. The food is similarly uneven: the smoked salmon on brioche is not good, the gnocchi is poor, the omelettes decent (and huge), the fries are oily and scrawny, and the cheese plate very good for the price. Coffee is okay but juices are weird. The best part of the restaurant as far as I'm concerned is the large, lovely vase of fresh lilies in the entrance!
Posted by Vlap77 on 07/23/2007
Burger royale is amazing! I highly recommend it. The prices are lower than most French restaurants in the area. I will definitely return and I urge you to try it if you're in the neighborhood. We need more places like Le Monde here.
Posted by Best Restaurant in the Neighborhood on 07/18/2007
From the foie gras burger royal to their homemade pastas and pate... this restaurant is a gem in a neighborhood lacking many alternatives.
Posted by hmmm on 07/02/2007
the service was not good. we waited 15 minutes before any server even glanced at us (bus boy did bring us water) and finally we had to ask to be served. the guy we asked said he wasnt our server and didnt know where she was but that he'd take our order. he was super snappy and rude. when our server finally came she didnt even say hello, but rather put down our drinks. she brought me tea without sugar, i didnt even bother asking for it, i dont think she said one word the entire time. the food was very good though--ill give it that. also they keep the tables uncleared for way too long.
Posted by morning on 07/01/2007
I've never been here for dinner, but for a relaxing breakfast or lunch, this is the best restaurant in the area. Servers are efficient and amiable, food is up to snuff, and the pastry chef is outstanding. Prices are very reasonable.
Posted by downtowner on 06/28/2007
This place looks great on the outside and definitely appears to be one of the more authentic restaurants in the Columbia area. Upon arriving, you'll notice the ceilings are not really original pressed tin as you would find in downtown or Brooklyn bistros, but instead it really is a type of drop ceiling. This sort of exemplifies this place. Middle of the road french fair with more attitude then any downtown restaurant. If you like to wait around and be ignored by people who aren't even French, this is the place for you!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/13/2007
It's a pity that one of the few "nice" restaurants in the Columbia area, with a great selection of beers and decent food, should have such consistently incompetent and arrogant service. If the manager is reading, could you please hire staff that don't offer sullen glares and dirty glasses, take fifteen minutes to bring you your check...in other words, people who don't think waiting tables is beneath them, and consequently don't try to be good waiters? They ruin the experience.