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“Worst dining experience”
Review of Meteora

Meteora
Ranked #12,999 of 17,152 Restaurants in Paris
Cuisines: Greek
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Dining options: After-hours
Neighbourhood: Odeon / Saint-Michel
Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Worst dining experience”
Reviewed 2 May 2014 via mobile

There are a number of Greek restaurants around this part of the Latin Quarter, but we chose this one for its live Greek music and we're looking forward to a good time with perhaps some singing and dancing, reminiscent of our many wonderful trips to Greece. The food was just OK, and the bouzooki player quite accomplished, but there was a certain air among the staff which I would describe as gloomy nervousness. It was not until we started on our moussaka that it began to make sense. The restaurant owner, Giorgos, appeared and drew up a seat at our table, plopping himself down in between me and my wife. He was age 76, wore only a lower denture (no top teeth) and looked like he'd just come off his fishing boat in samos. He proceeded to spout an endless litany of complements to my wife about how beautiful he is and how he wanted to run away with her, grabbing her arms and trying to drag her off ( so much he left bruises). Apparently he planted a kiss on her lips when I wasn't looking. We'll I'm not one to hit an old man, but I admit I was a bit slow to realize that this wasn't a friendly joke, the guy was actually demented. My wife for her part couldn't understand what the old fella was saying in Greek, and wasn't sure how to react appropriately. Had she understood, the guy would've got a stern slap on the face and probably a boot to what was left of his manhood. I finally got rid of him after about 20 minutes, by which time the moussaka was cold and we couldn't wait to get out of there never to return. I did feel sorry for the staff who said he does this all the time, but he's the boss so they feel powerless. I'm sure the place would get a lot more business if Giorgo helped with the cooking instead of treating his guests like potential ménage a trios prospects..

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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Surrey, England
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45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Nice Greek in Latin Quarter”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

Ignore the negative reviews, the service was quick and the food perfectly good. We were staying nearby and lured in partly by the offer of a free drink, but also by the food on show, and glad to say the food served looked and tasted just as good

  • Visited April 2014
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Padua, Italy
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“never ever ever”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

When we arrive, there seem to be difficulties in having us seated: first we have to wait standing (50% of tables unoccupied), then are seated to a table, then redirected to another, and another, for no readily apparent reason.
Finally seated, we eventually place our orders: and wait. After one hour, with no news from the cuisine, we try and beg for some information. The cathegorical answer is: "The Chef is just one, and you are so many" (there are seven of us, not forty): OK, back to the waiting.
After one other half an hour we are definitely hungry and angry, and start motioning as to go away. Magic! the food starts pouring out of the kitchen.
I will not talk about my friend's food (I know they are writing their own comments). Personally, I ordered "faux-fillet au poivre". Now, let me state that I am not particular. I have served in the Army, I have travelled all around the world for decades, I have strong professional notions concerning what is fit for human alimentation and what is not: never seen anything like this.
I send it immediately back to the cuisine: no explanation, no substitution, no apology; just the mere information that the price of the so-called fillet will be scraped from my bill. In this grim and rather unfriendly context, an old and presumably drunk gentleman (the Patron I assume) keeps on grabbing by the wrist a couple of ladies from our party, in order to invite them to some ethnic dance.
To conclude: when you go to an ethnic restaurant in the Quartier Latin on Easter Eve you're entitled to some tourist-trap stuff, and you know it: let say, you accept a kind of bargain between bad food and high prices on one side, and a cheerful environment and a good location on the other. However, a line should be drawn somewhere: and this place is far, far beyond the line.

  • Visited April 2014
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Terrigal, Australia
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600 reviews
312 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 332 helpful votes
“Contrary to negative reviews we enjoyed our dinner”
Reviewed 5 November 2013 via mobile

On busy Rue De La Huchette - with a smooth guy standing in doorway trying to entice diners - we were staying close by - very tired after long day and the locations suited our needs.

Very efficient service - very palatable moussaka accompanied by a bottle of house wine.

Have travelled throughout Greece - in general Greek food is not fine dining but essential comfort food - our experience matched that !

Visited November 2013
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Really good souvlaki, great service”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

It was our second time in the restaurant. We've been here 2 years ago and because the food and the waiters were really good we decided to go back during our next stay in Paris. We weren't disappointed. The hospitality is amazing, the food we ordered was really tasty( souvlaki, meze, tzatziki ) although not as good as my mothers in law:-) We visited on a Thursday night and enjoyed live Greek music and some dancing as a bonus to our dinner:-). They didn't charge us for 2 alcoholic drinks and when we pointed it out to the waiter, he said it's ok because we are such a nice couple. Needles to say we left a really big tip :-) We had a great night in there, and if we come to Paris again, we definitely will be back.

  • Visited August 2013
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