Brasserie Athenee reviews


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Overall Rating

69% would recommend it to a friend
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by OpenTable Diner on April 19, 2018
A delightful pre-theater dinner. Very delightful service, quite good food..overall very pleasant and a very good value. .
by OpenTable Diner on April 18, 2018
Very good food, good service.
by Juicerbud on April 18, 2018
The restaurant was under staffed. They had two servers. We waited a very long time before the server even stopped at our table. The order was rushed and each person was not able to finish their order without being cut off for taking too long and the next person having to go. No smile. No hello. We did not see our server again. The food was just okay.
by LaurenL on April 15, 2018
Food was fair at best. Appetizers took almost an hour to arrive. Floor and walls looked like they are rarely cleaned. Never got around to ordering entrees because of the delay with appetizers. We went for Sunday brunch. Skip it.
by JodieC on April 14, 2018
Went for pre-theatre meal. Service was fast without feeling rushed. Three of us had burgers, which were very good. The 4th had steak tartare which was a generous portion for an hors d’ouvre. The warm chocolate cake and chocolate mousse were wonderful
by chrisR on April 14, 2018
Came here for a pre-theater dinner as it was one of a few restaurants that still had reservations for the time slot I needed. We ordered from the pre-fixe menu which needs some serious work in my opinon. The pita and spread appetizer was very big and very tasty, though I had to quit eating before it made me too full for the main course. We each ordered the slow cooked beef entree, and to our disappointment the beef was very overcooked and dry, and we had to load it up with salt and pepper to get any flavor out of it at all. The flan desert (what they called cake with caramel) and the crepe were both pretty awful. Honestly its pretty hard to make a bad crepe but they certainly found a way. Overall wouldn't based on the pre-fixe meals, though the spot itself was gorgeous and the wait staff was exceptional.
by hopingformore on April 11, 2018
We ordered the prix fixe theater menu, which seemed good value at the time. Food was mediocre at best. Service was attentive, but food was really quite sub standard, despite the glowing descriptions on the menu.
by Hipgran on April 01, 2018
The tables are kind of worn-looking, which is a turnoff if you're bringing someone special - looks llike you didn't really make an effort. However, for dining or brunching pre-broadway shows with friends, it's convenient and fine.
by FoodCricket on March 27, 2018
Excellent value for pre show dinner!
by OpenTable Diner on March 23, 2018
Buen servicio. Buena carne. El pulpo también está bueno. Tiene una carta suficiente. Recomendable
by JackieN on March 17, 2018
Loved the ambiance and at the service was great. The menu had some of my favorites that I rarely find. Excellent food and I could not believe how affordable it was. Excellent.
by barbEH on March 08, 2018
Very good for pre-theater
by OpenTable Diner on March 07, 2018
Perfect place to meet up before a show and grab a quick bite. Food isn’t anything special but it’s perfectly adequate.
by NormaK on March 02, 2018
The restaurant is great for pre-theater. Very close to all. Food is fine but not consistent. Some meals were great, others were solo.
by Claudius on February 24, 2018
Good food and service. Flan dessert was tasteless; Napoleon slice was equally tasteless and not as expected (round and pastry to hard and thick).
by OpenTable Diner on February 15, 2018
Had dinner here with my daughter prior to going to a show. Conveniently located in the theater district, but the food was absolutely awful. I would avoid this restaurant and we certainly will never go again. The food looked nothing like the nice meals shown in the photos. Beware, false advertising. The appetizer tasted funny. Our main courses were precooked and then heated-up prior to serving to us. The deserts were not fresh. I don't know how you mess up steak frites, mac and cheese, or apple tart but they did. Too bad, because it is a lovely setting, nice ambiance and well-located but don't eat here!
by FoodLVR on February 14, 2018
The look and feel created a nice quiet hideaway next to the busiest block in America. The service was quick and my glass was never empty. The food was decent; nothing bad, but nothing good to say. The prices were extremely affordable for NYC.
by OpenTable Diner on February 01, 2018
Food was superb
by OpenTable Diner on January 20, 2018
Not sure why this restaurant is rated as highly as it is. The food was just average, ditto the service, but what really annoyed me was that they served those little pre-packaged cups of "breakfast syrup" (actually corn syrup) that you get at breakfast in a Hampton Inn or similar chain motel. We ordered french toast and pancakes, and this was the accompanying "syrup." For $10 or $11 each, genuine maple syrup would have been appropriate. Actually, in a Hampton Inn, you are also offered the "sugar-free" breakfast syrup, so at least there, if one wants the flavor of maple syrup, it's possible to avoid the calories. Not here.
by OpenTable Diner on January 19, 2018
The food is fine. Nothing special. It’s close to theaters which is useful and isn’t too loud so conversations are possible.
by susan on January 15, 2018
Once again we had a fine lunch and even good coffee after our meal. This restaurant is a reliable choice in the mid-town theatre area with reasonable prices, good food, and efficient service.
by Mags on January 06, 2018
Very happy with the food and service. Very good wine list too.
by OpenTable Diner on December 27, 2017
I had the best escargot I’ve ever had, and the lamb shank was amazing. The lamb chops were underwhelming next to the shank but were still good. I had two whiskey sours and the first was very weak but the second was perfect so drinks are hit or miss. Out server was wonderful, didn’t interrupt us and wasn’t too chatty but was friendly and gave great food and wine recommendations, she really knew the menu. I will absolutely eat here next time I’m in town.
by susan on December 12, 2017
I met 3 out-of-town friends for lunch on a Tuesday. The service and the food are excellent - I've had dinner here many times but never brunch. Highly recommend it, especially on regular, not matinee, days. My 3 friends were very impressed and will return whenever they're in town, I'm sure.
by OpenTable Diner on December 07, 2017
One of the best pre-theater menus, great value. Excellent service allows ‘leisurely’ enjoyment of a 3-course meal with no rush to get to theater on time. Quiet enough to truly enjoy conversation. Very good food.
by OpenTable Diner on December 05, 2017
Salade niçoise le thon inmangeable, boeuf bourguignon manque de goût et de légumes d’accompagnement, ps de ventillation nos vêtements sont imprégnés d’odeur de bouffe. J’y étais allée , il y a qq années et c’est bcp mieux.
by OpenTable Diner on July 22, 2017
Good spot for pre-theater meal. Appetizer menu was small, but good French onion soup. Entrees tasted bland.
by OpenTable Diner on July 15, 2017
Rude wait staff
by SheilaH on July 15, 2017
Have eaten here before a number of times and was looking forward to returning. Exceptionally disappointing. Poor quality food and seriously overpriced
by David on July 15, 2017
The space is nice and convenient to the theater district. Overall, the food was disappointing. I ordered steak frites and it was only passable which was disappointing given this was a french bistro. My wife ordered the seafood risotto and said it was the worse risotto she had ever had. The seafood was okay (clams, mussels) but the risotto was not cooked correctly. My daughter had the mussels and french fries which she liked.
by Paul on July 13, 2017
We live nearby and Brasserie Athenee has become a go-to for us. The coq au vin was excellent. The monkfish was less so. Lovely authentic French setting and convenient to Times Square and theaters.
by lesbreal on July 01, 2017
We dine here several times a year. Always enjoy the friendly good service. Enjoyed appetizer,salad and 1 of the entrees. The other entree was not up to par. Will return.!
by OpenTable Diner on June 28, 2017
Brasserie Athenee is an "always reliable". The food is good, moderate prices, and absolutely great for watching people scurrying by to get to the theater for a matinee. Snag a table by the window and watch "the passing parade".
by OpenTable Diner on June 24, 2017
Food was not impressive and my husband's dinner entre was inedible.
by samradiogirl on May 26, 2017
The service was great but the food was very disappointing.
by Red255 on May 10, 2017
Good food. Service a little slow for pre play time
by BroadwayRocks on May 02, 2017
Was going to a show and went solo. Ordered muscles there were filled with grit. Only ate 5 max and bus boy ushered the plate off without questioning why I only ate 5 muscles. spoke with the hostess, who's response was. Well..... When you don't eat your meal and you need to have a drive attention to that fact. It's a sad commentary on the service. When you indeed speak to someone and their immediate reaction isn't an apology, it's unforgivable.
by Brooklyn on April 26, 2017
Like most NYC restaurants it is small and tables are packed tight and seemingly put wherever they can be placed. We were on an open corner at the end of a row. No place for two sets of legs under the table and one chair was in the throughway. That said, the food was very good and the service was excellent. We would absolutely go there again.
by KenM on April 16, 2017
Ordered the Linguine with seafood. Broth was great, seafood was great but the Linguine was so mushy and it was spaghetti not Linguine. BIG difference.
by OpenTable Diner on April 14, 2017
Brasserie Athenee is a great place for dinner before the theater. Get yourself a table by the Windows, and watch the Broadway crowd scurrying past. The mussels are scrumptious, large and in a delicious broth - save your bread for dipping!
by LifelongNYer on April 13, 2017
This is one of 3 "Go To" restaurants whenever we are going to theater. Great service, nice atmosphere, excellent drinks and delicious food ad a fair price. We've taken friends there several times and highly recommend it.
by OpenTable Diner on March 31, 2017
Decent pre-theater meal, food was good, reasonably priced. Menu doesn't offer a lot for picky kids, but then again, maybe the kids shouldn't be so picky.
by matthew on March 31, 2017
Always an excellent meal here!!
by OpenTable Diner on March 16, 2017
We love this restaurant and visit whenever we are in town. Bravo!!
by teej129 on March 04, 2017
Pre-Theater menu options are limited, but the service was extremely slow. I had to ask twice where our main courses were. Tables that were seated well after ours were served and left before we got our mains delivered, which should have been hotter. Second time dining here, same experience. It's off my list now; pity, because the location is ideal for many theatres.
by Doglover on February 17, 2017
On a very cold night, the French onion soup really hit the spot! The broth that included five kinds of onions was very substantial and we enjoyed the way the cheese with baked. Our entrées of doc and Fisch were good but the real winner was the crème brûlée. We really enjoyed the ambience and thought we were in Paris.
by Paul on January 20, 2017
Charming French bistro with nice ambiance, delicious food and reasonable wines.
by archer5852 on January 18, 2017
This is a favorite stop for a light lunch before matinees. The food is consistently good. The wait-staff is always friendly and attentive. We find it to be a good value.
by jdg5562 on January 05, 2017
The food was very good. The duck special was exceptional, as was the cheesecake. Our waitress though, rushed us to order at the beginning on our meal but then ignored us completely once we placed our order.
by Paul on December 22, 2016
A charming French bistro in the Theater District. We were between theater crowds, so it wasn't too crowded. I had the crispy salmon and my partner had the coq au vin. Both were delicious. Our waiter was attentive and friendly.
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