Brasserie Athenee reviews


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Overall Rating

83% would recommend it to a friend
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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.
by OpenTable Diner on December 16, 2016
Food was awful. Service only fair. Cramped seating. Hardly worth the cost. Don't go!!
by OpenTable Diner on December 03, 2016
I felt borderline racism in the restaurant. The moment I walked in the treatment was different. I don't even think the service was great but I would feel guilty not leaving at least 15% it was definitely an uncomfortable meal. Food was also way too salty, I was dehydrated for the night
by Chuckc29 on December 03, 2016
I had the duck confit and it was excellent my wife had the muscles but she said they were a little dirty although the food was wonderful and we had a great time
by lesbreal on November 26, 2016
Dynamically located on the corner of 8th Ave and W 46th Street. This lovely place has plenty of seats where you can gaze at the passersby, including at the bar. The food leans to Greek and French with a few surprises included. The food was good, as was the service. Nice evening.
by WestSider on November 22, 2016
Something's changed here. Our meals were ordinary, bland. This had been our go-to pre-theater brasserie with many French and Greek classics but the quality has dropped. We ordered a Greek mezze plate - 3 tiny scoops of spreads and a lot (too many) pita points, essentially a plate of bread - and an arugula salad with poached pear (better). For our entrees we had fennel crusted salmon this time - it had only the lightest dusting of crushed fennel seed (if at all) - imperceptible and beef noir, which turned out to be 3 medallions of pot roast with plain tomato sauce spread on top. Dessert was a soggy piece of almond cake. We won't be back.
by OpenTable Diner on November 16, 2016
Disappointed in the quality of the food. We went before theater hoping for good quality at a fair price. The price was fair but the food itself was not
by OpenTable Diner on November 12, 2016
The service was terrible and the food was cold. In fact, I got very sick about 2am after our meal there. I can't say exactly what it was that made me so sick, but due to the temperature of the food, I have significant concerns about its safety. I had escargot for an appetizer and the steak frites for dinner plus a glass of Riesling. Our server was inattentive, we waiting a long time between the appetizers and the main meal (at least an hour), and those who ordered the fixed prix menu had to ask for their dessert. Even though our reservation was at 5:30, we barely made our theater events at 8PM. The tables sitting around us that came after we arrived were served before us. I will not be back.
by Elizabeth on November 05, 2016
Service was slow and my food was cold. Another at my table had to send food back for further cooking. The acoustics were poor and made for a loud dining experience.
by OpenTable Diner on October 31, 2016
We go there for breakfast The meal was good but the service realy to slow.
by Eater on October 19, 2016
The table was sticky, the bread plate was dirty, took a half an hour to get our food and then they never came back and asked if it was satisfactory. Took three requests to get a cup of coffee.
by Nickelplated on October 19, 2016
It's a diner, and not a good one.
by Judith on September 20, 2016
Food and service were very good. This is a middle-level restaurant featuring Greek dishes. Surprisingly well-made and fresh for its type. A good pre-theater choice. Despite telling hostess we had an Open Table reservation, she neglected to check us in--simply taking us to one of the many available tables. Had to work with Open Table later to get our points correctly.
by higuma on September 15, 2016
お料理の味を忘れるくらい店員の態度は最悪です。 旅行で行く人には絶対にお勧めしません。 他にも親切で丁寧な対応をしてくれるお店はたくさんあります。 予約していることを伝えても発音が悪いから何を言っているのかわからないと素っ気なく言われ、頭がおかしいような態度をされ、予約しているにもかかわらず狭い席にわざと案内されました。ちなみに他の店員に英語で話した時はきちんと通じました。 ニューヨークの嫌な思い出の一つです。
by Joan on September 14, 2016
Very good pre theater option. Has a nice prix fixe menu. Food prepared nicely, generous portions.
by OpenTable Diner on September 11, 2016
Ordered burger medium rare, got medium well. Waitress never came back to check on us.
by Dudley on September 09, 2016
Pre-theater dinner that was really disappointing. Everything, and I mean everything, needed seasoning. Every item was bland, flat, and almost tasteless. Portions were large, so if you like expensive cafeteria food... you should try this place. If you want flavor, go elsewhere.
by Ellyninnyc on August 20, 2016
Lovely pre-theater dining experience. We were stuck in traffic and almost 30 min. late. I called the. And they held our reservation, no problem. Nice wine list and well stocked bar. Made an easy adaptation for the vegetarian in our party.
by ebe9800 on August 16, 2016
Great Pre-Theatre and beyond! Authentic French Bisro!
by floridameals on August 11, 2016
Good theater district dining. Good food. Good value. Good menu.
by OpenTable Diner on July 30, 2016
The tip was included by the service in our bill. We think the customer has to decide the tip if the service has been correct. Anyway the food was good and the ambience too. Thank you.