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“Must Try Harder”
Review of La Boheme

La Boheme
Ranked #11 of 174 Restaurants in Waterford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$45
Cuisines: Seafood, French, European
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Good for: Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: La Bohème Restaurant is housed in the vaults of the Georgian ‘Port of Waterford’ building – an historic property which has been associated with the local Chamber of Commerce for many years.Proprietors Christine and Eric Théze have patiently restored this magnificent space to create an inviting and intimate atmosphere. Its original flagstone floors, limewashed walls and vaulted ceilings are unique and particular to Waterford. The design of the restaurant is sympathetic to the architecture of the building, with influences of New Baroque. The restaurant combines ornate antiques and decoration with modern touches creating an eclectic, decadent interior.La Bohème is a restaurant where the pleasures of the table are in accord with the décor, blending modern delicacies with recipes passed down from generation to generation. Enjoy an aperitif at our beautiful pewter bar while perusing the menu and whetting your appetite.‘Here at La Bohème we pride ourselves in going the extra mile to give our customers a dining experience beyond comparison’
Cork, Ireland
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Must Try Harder”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

We ate here on Sunday 20/04/2014 (Easter Sunday). The restaurant was quiet.

The quality of the plates varied - the Fish Mouse, Black Sole and Desert Plate were very good, not quite so the goats cheese terrine and the cheese. In general the service was very attentive. The wine list is varied and reasonably priced. The setting is charming.

Our disappointment was the handling of a mistake made with our main courses (Monkfish and Black Sole). When the mains arrived, we received Monkfish and Sea Bass. We pointed this out immediately and were told that it was an error in the kitchen and the Sea Bass would be replaced. Both the sea bass and the monkfish were removed, along with the side dish of potatoes and veg. The replacement mains were delivered in approx 12-15 mins. The blacksole was outstanding. What disappointed us was the return to the table of the Monkfish, which had been "kept warm" for the duration. The side plate of veg received the same treatment. At the prices prevailing, €29 and €28 for the Sole and Monkfish respectively, this was inappropriate. The Monkfish and veg should have been replaced. No mention was made of the error at the end of the evening and there was no adjustment to the bill.

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank SouthernSatisfaction
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CTheze, Owner at La Boheme, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
Dear SouthernSatisfaction,
Many thanks for your review on Trip Advisor. We are delighted you found our setting charming and the wine list reasonable.

We always appreciate a review, good (preferably) or bad, as it keeps us on our toes as long as the review has no intent to harm. Any business can have a bad day or make a mistake. I am sure you will agree.

With regards to our food, we are delighted you enjoyed the fish mousse, black sole and dessert plate. Perhaps you might let us know what you found lacking in the goats cheese terrine (a very popular starter) and our cheese. We are cheese lovers ourselves and always feel there is a good selection on offer.

With regards to the mix-up with your main courses, we are very sorry. This should not have happened, but as it did, it should have been rectified to your entire satisfaction.

You should of course both had your main course and side plate replaced. I have investigated with the kitchen. We only order small amounts of fish for the week-end. Nothing is frozen, and on Sunday night, after a busy week-end, there were only 3 portions of Monkfish left. Your table received the very last one, therefore there really was no possibility of replacing it.

This should have been explained to you, but I know the kitchen was embarrassed as they had already made an error or your order. Nonetheless, it is not how we normally proceed.

I do apologize and would very much appreciate it if you would telephone me personally on the restaurant phone line so that we may discuss how to make it up to you. Our manager should not have charged you for the monkfish, and he should have explained it was the very last one. On top of that, a complimentary drink after dinner would have helped to make amends.
I hope this is a satisfactory response to your disappointment.
kind regards,
Christine Theze
Proprietor
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English first
Dublin, Ireland
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“"Superbe"”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

This is a fantastic restaurant, The setting is really nice with arches, candles, tables well spaced and neatly set out.
The waiters were attentive and very friendly. We had an Italian red and a French white from the wine list and both were very good. I had pork belly for starters, Roast rump of lamb for mains and
a beautiful lemon cake desert with a really good coffee to finish.
We shall always eat here when in the area.
Waterford does not have many fine restaurants to dine in but thanks to Trip adviser I found this
one and now I'm happy to add to the reviews.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank jim o
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CTheze, Owner at La Boheme, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
Dear jim o,
We are over the moon you found our restaurant, as you left us a beautiful review on Trip Advisor, thanks so much.

We are very happy you enjoyed, the food, the setting and our attentive and friendly service. Its always this combination that makes for a successful dining out experience and we hit all the right spots for you.

We look forward to welcoming you back to La Boheme, and in the meanwhile, Merci encore for taking the time to write on Tripadvisor, its much appreciated,
kind regards,
Christine Theze
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Waterford, Ireland
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55 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great value for money”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

I revisited La Boheme last week. We opted for the "early bird" menu at €29 which was very well priced. This time I was among a very large group of friends. The service was excellent and efficient. The menu was varied and the waiter was very knowledgeable as to gluten free options.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Mary F
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CTheze, Owner at La Boheme, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
Dear Mary F,
Thanks firstly for "revisiting" La Boheme. We thrive on repeat business, especially happy guests.

Secondly for your kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed the meal, the excellent and efficient service and found the early bird, good value.

We really take to heart good and not so good reviews and always appreciate when a dining guest takes the time to put pen to paper on TA for us, so many thanks,

We look forward to a future visit of yours to La Boheme,
kind regards,
Christine Theze
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Waterford, Ireland
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10 reviews
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“Good value quality food”
Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

Many good visits here. On this occasion early bird special. Good choices. Food good quality and served nicely.charging for tea coffee as extra bit mean.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank s0phistikates
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CTheze, Owner at La Boheme, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
Dear Sophistikates,
It seems like you have been more than once, which is always a great sign. Thanks for the lovely review of our early bird, delighted you enjoyed the food and choice.

With regards to the charge for tea/coffee on the early bird, this is customary in Ireland and a necessity for a small business like ours.
We have not raised our prices in over 6 years (we have actually reduced them) but all of our suppliers have inflated theirs.

Thanks again for the lovely review, we very much appreciate a guest who take the time to write about us,
kind regards,
Christine Theze
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Waterford, Ireland
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Visited the restaurant with a group of 6. Food was excellent. We had the €35 menu it was great and everyone in the party was very happy with their meal from start to finish! The only downside to the evening was there is too much over waiting on the table and we could not access our wine we had to wait for a waiter to serve it as it was stored behind us? But apart from that it was a wonderful night and we will be back.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank MGIreland
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CTheze, Owner at La Boheme, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
Dear MGIreland,
We are delighted with your very kind words on tripadvisor. Wonderful when all six in your party was happy with their meal.

With regards to your comment that there was too much over-waiting on the table, there are always two points of view. Some of our guests come for dinner to be waited on, which means serving the wine throughout the meal. Others, prefer for us to leave the bottle of wine on the table and they help themselves. This is a very personal point of view. Perhaps next time, you might suggest to the waitperson to let you look after the wine yourselves.

We thank you for the kind review and hope to see you on a future occasion to La Boheme,
kind regards,
Christine Theze
Proprietor
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