Brasserie Athenee reviews


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Overall Rating

79% would recommend it to a friend
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by Borngrace on December 6, 2018
The restaurant is appealing to look at and perfectly situated for an evening at the theatre. It was “fine”. I probably wouldn’t go back, but it worked for what we needed. The people were very nice. It was a nice looking restaurant. But the food was eh. Our appetizers were fine. Nothing special, but fine. My dinner wasn’t worth eating (I got a risotto), my daughter liked her burger and my husband said his salmon was also fine. Dessert did not feel like it was made on premises and was also “just fine”.
by OpenTable Diner on December 6, 2018
Coffee and mimosas were amazing. The French onion soup was good, as was the salads. Great for everyday meals. I recommend it for the ambiance. It’s the kind of place where you can drink a coffee, read and people watch.
by VictoriaJ on December 2, 2018
This spot was really good. I had to make a reservation though due to high volume but it wasn’t a problem at all. The poached egg with salmon and English muffin was exceptional. The omelettes and steak were as well. It was quick and delicious.
by Pammijohn on December 1, 2018
This is the third time I have visited New York from Philadelphia and eaten at this restaurant. It was extremely busy (lunchtime on a Saturday) but the staff was extremely pleasant and seated us quickly. Their food is also delicious. I will definitely eat there again in the future.
by Sustaina on November 30, 2018
Visiting NYC and stumbled across this restaurant. Delicious food, lots of choices, attentive servers. So good that we returned a couple of days later.
by Drpeg on November 17, 2018
Brasserie Athenee is a convenient spot when going to the theater. It is very loud. It seemed the server had many people to serve so despite wanting to be attentive we had to go find him twice. I had the salmon which was very good. We enjoyed our time and food.
by Anne on November 9, 2018
Very charming, unexpectedly cozy right in the theater district. Great value prix fixe pre theater menu and good wines by glass. So enjoyable we almost went back the next day. We made an early (5:30) reservation the same adternoon.
by maryflier on October 24, 2018
I ate here last year and loved it. This visit I was very disappointed. Ordered the mussels with fries, mussels were gritty (sandy, not cleaned thoroughly) and rubbery. I’m not one to return food so I just didn’t finish them; should have said something. My friend did enjoy her salmon dish. I’ll give it one more try.
by RichardL on October 14, 2018
This place is very well located near Broadway theaters and is very quiet. I was able to get in with a group of 4 without reservations. Service was friendly, professional and helpful. The food is mediocre. Noting was particularly wrong, but nothing was memorable or particularly well prepared. The steak tartar was very fresh overwhelmed with too much mustard. The onion soup broth was ok but could have been more flavorful. The steak was a tasteless cut of meat.
by Paul on October 9, 2018
Chef must have changed or something. This was a reliable neighborhood gem with good bistro French food in a charming setting. Setting is the same, but our food was mediocre at best. The coq au vin, which we’ve had here before and liked, was nothing more than a roast chicken with brown gravy. The seafood pasta was super salty. We were disappointed. A temporary chef filling in, I hope? Not sure we’ll be back to find out.
by Socrates on October 7, 2018
We dined on a Sunday after a 2:00 Broadway matinee. Our perfect Manhattan cocktails were made just as we like them. We opted for the pris fixe menu. The Mediterranean appetizer plate was excellent, the spinach pie was ok. The entrees (chicken and slow cooked beef) were rather bland, but not inedible. We were not rushed at all, which was nice. Dessert was almond cake soaked in simple syrup and creme caramel (the latter was better than the former). In all an adequate early dinner.
by Kitten on October 4, 2018
I have eaten here several times - this was the first time I was disappointed.
by Bookbabe on September 22, 2018
We stopped by Brasserie Athenee on our way to the theatre. The service was friendly and attentive and the menu had vegetarian options, which is always appreciated. I had the pre-theatre menu, which consisted of a Mediterranean appetizer, ratatouille, and a dessert. The ratatouille and dessert were delicious however, the dips in the appetizer were a bit bland. Next time I would opt for the spinach pie.
by SharonW on September 22, 2018
Food was average. I ordered the short ribs. My wife ordered the coq au vin. They both had the same exact gravy and vegetables. They tasted the same. It seemed like they had a vat of this sauce and just poured it over anything. The food lacked flavor. 5 onion soup was excellent however.
by OpenTable Diner on September 17, 2018
We stop in every time we visit NYC. Food is always good and service top notch. Nice neighborhood feel right in the theatre district
by PatriciaS on September 15, 2018
Inedible food - ordered steak frites and neither steak was edible. One was over cooked, the other undercooked; both were cold and somewhat slimy. Had an awful taste. Fries were ok, but not worth the cost. We left both steaks with only one bite take out of them - you think someone would have noticed and asked if everything was ok. Would never go back and highly recommend people try any other restaurant in the area.
by CandyG on September 8, 2018
One of the best pre-theater menus in the area. $29 for 3 courses is a great deal. Good variety. Service is excellent. You don't feel rushed but you're not constantly looking at your watch afraid you won't make the play. They have it down pat.
by JillM on August 31, 2018
Every time we get tickets for Broadway we make reservations at Brasserie Athenee. We love it.
by BetoM on August 31, 2018
In fairness, the braised short-rib dish that my wife ordered looked very good - and she loved it. I had the 10oz. New York strip (Steak Frites) and it was just average. No real flavor to it; the accompanying sauce was ok; and the fries were over done - not worth $35 in my humble opinion. The restaurant was nice and the staff was attentive and friendly. I’d try again, but get a different dish.
by Curlygurl on August 30, 2018
The service was nice and attentive. That’s about all that was particularly positive. This place is OK. Definitely overpriced. We paid $35 for a lamb dish, ordered medium, and it was over-cooked and chewy. The shrimp we had—also overcooked. The chairs need to be replaced, or reupholstered.
by LaurenceF on August 29, 2018
Overpriced, service not great (wrong drink, wrong dish brought to the table)
by robschwa on August 17, 2018
Nothing wrong with ambiance or service. The food was just bland and overpriced.
by Recommended on August 17, 2018
Highly recommended. We ordered the Prix Fixe dinner. Food is fantastic and service exemplary. Perfect for pre-theater dinner or any time, for that matter. We will definitely be back! (Fausto was a great server, and made our meal even more enjoyable.)
by MelissaH on August 11, 2018
The service was excellent and the people who work there were fantastic, but I saw two cockroaches. That’s the reason for giving it less stars. The food was pretty decent and not too overpriced for the area, but I do not enjoy seeing giant bugs while out to eat.
by HarryK on August 4, 2018
Open Table needs to add another "good for" - Pre Theater. It has an excellent "Pre_Theater" price fix memu.
by billp on August 3, 2018
Going out in the theater district is often a risky business. It was even more surprising than to find a good French restaurant at a reasonable price.
by Eddy on July 28, 2018
They were able to accommodate us at last minute. The food was very good although my husband returned his meal because he was not happy with it. No more questions asked, no issues, they got him a new dish. Excellent service. Our cocktails were very good also and definitively plenty of alcohol in them. Overall we were happy with out experience. Definitively will go back.
by OliverTC on July 28, 2018
We went to Brasserie Athenee before a broadway musical because it was difficult to find many places open at 6pm that saturday and the menu looked good. The negative reviews were mostly about breakfast and brunch; if for dinner, people mentioned particular things they liked or disliked. So we decided to use that as a guide. A lot of people mentioned poor service but we saw almost none of that; our waitress was quick and attentive. However, the food could have been better. The lamb chops were good altho were a bit more steamed than grilled. The steak frites was ok but not very grilled. The duck confit was not so good: overcooked and rather dry. Dessert was lemon tart with a good center but thick and hard crust. So over all they need to step up their game. The place itself is very conveniently located for broadway shows and is a pretty nice bistro and not too loud. Just wish the food had been better.
by SarahB on July 28, 2018
We were 8 people including 4 kids for breakfast. The food was very tasty but still simple options available for kids. Service was friendly and atmosphere was fun. We had a great table by the window. Great option for bigger groups, family meals, breakfast/brunch.
by OpenTable Diner on July 27, 2018
It was closed. They should not accept reservations if they plan on being shut. Location was locked and not a soul in site. We paid for a cab from 15m away to get there in time.
by Interjewel on July 26, 2018
Your staff was so kind and friendly to us during our entire visit. Our orders came out perfect. She also made sure to keep our iced water glasses filled as it was an extra hot day out there in NYC! I am already planning my next visit back.
by frequentdiner on July 25, 2018
A great value. Food is excellent and moderately priced. Wide variety of food to choose from. A wonderful, quiet French bistro vibe in food and ambiance.
by Marilou on July 24, 2018
The restaurant was bright because of glass windows around and there was a positive energy when we entered. The hostess and waitstaff had friendly smiles and were helpful. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. We do plan to return for another meal.
by Peterpan on July 24, 2018
This was a pre-theater dinner, and convenient to the theater on 45th. My granddaughter wanted escargot, and so she got them, along with a huge burger that she could not finish (which looked good). All in all, it was fine, but nothing to write home about. A modest dinner for 3, without drinks, came to $100+ with tip.
by Alberto on July 15, 2018
Service was good but food was terrible. Asked for medium and the mear was rare. Risotto not really a risotto. Escargots were bad. Our son got sick later during the day. Definitely never again
by KathyD on July 14, 2018
Early enough that we didn’t have to order the prix fixe. The salmon was more steamed than seared and lacked seasoning. The burger my son ordered was good. The dessert plates were plain and uninspired. Nice service. Close to our theater.
by Lovetodine on July 14, 2018
Our favorite place befor a broadway show. Food is great, Such a cool place. Old wood bark and bottles in the window with plenty of people watching.
by barbarar on July 14, 2018
My daughter and I came for brunch. We had crepes with Nutella and strawberris. OMG, it was delicious!!!! We also shared an omlette which was delicious also. We will be back!!
by RtfireflyNyc on July 13, 2018
The food strives for mediocrity, but doesn’t quite achieve it. Service was poor to boot.
by lesbreal on July 7, 2018
On the corner of 8th Avenue and Restaurant Row, it's a great place for people watching. A friendly atmosphere and good, reasonably priced food make for a nice meal. Great for pre or post theater dining.
by catcam on July 5, 2018
Conveniently located, wonderful restaurant. I have eaten there several times and it was always good in every way - food, ambience, prices, service, etc. I would not hesitate to recommend this place to anyone, especially for a dinner before a show.
by SJF13 on July 1, 2018
Had breakfast as it was near our hotel and menu seemed appealing. Very friendly staff! Place could stand for a refresh/update. Our meals were good.
by OpenTable Diner on June 27, 2018
Play with nieces
by MissLyss on June 23, 2018
I found everything to be very mediocre. Restaurant is on the shabby side but it fits in with an old world European style. The pre theater menu at $29.95 would be well priced except that the almond cake dessert was truly pitiful. It was a small hunk of plain and fairly dry cake slapped on a plate with no flair whatsoever. The spinach tart appetizer was flavorful. The chicken cutlet entree lacked seasoning and truly just an average meal all around. No complaints on the service. We were in and out in plenty of time for the show.
by morrie on June 23, 2018
We were seated in a direct path for all the waiters, event though another room was practically empty. The dinner special could best be described as dorm cafeteria unknown meat covered with a brown sauce and mashed potatoes.
by gracek on June 13, 2018
The restaurant was well located to the theater and the wait staff was helpful in getting us out in time. We had a reservation and didn't need to wait for a table.
by Grammy on June 6, 2018
This was our first time dining here and we loved it. Perfect menu and everything was delicious. We look forward to trying it for dinner and will make this a must for pre-theater dining.
by FayeNY on June 5, 2018
Used to be a reliable go-to for pre-theater meals, but hadn't dined there in a few years. Both the restaurant and food were tired looking. The tuna on a salad nicoise was grey, not seared, and it was clearly not just-caught fresh. The salad greens were fresh but it was likely the salad, egg and potato slices were prepared in advance. Edible but not very enjoyable.
by Crisco on May 29, 2018
Pre theater meal
by Scooter on May 27, 2018
Excellent food and service. Well worth the visit. Would all then likely visit again
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