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“Disappointing This Time” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le cafe Mancel

Le cafe Mancel
Ranked #64 of 446 Restaurants in Caen
Price range: US$13 - US$39
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Café Mancel is located Inside the Ducal Castle. It is in a quiet courtyard in front of a delightful garden. Its assets are: very peaceful surroundings, a place full of history, a dynamic cultural policy and above all a creative cookery that reinvents the Norman terroir .
Venice
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256 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Disappointing This Time”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

We ate at Mancel twice five years ago and decided to come back again this month. It is located in Caen at the Chateau, the place occupied by William The Conquerer around 1063.

The restaurant has slipped a notch(my wife thought two notches) We took two local friends and another guest from the U.S. at around 8:30PM. It happened to be a band night with this group playing some oldies as this was also the week of the 70th D-Day ceremonies. It was difficult to talk and that was part of the problem as it was too hot to sit outside.(Yes, hot in Caen)

The food was average and in France, it is difficult to survive on average but the place was packed and people seemed to enjoy the music.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JTFLORIDA
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Christian M, Gérant at Le cafe Mancel, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Dear Sir we understand your inconvenience.

We proposed for this musical evening a less developed menu at 36,00€ttc, except drinks which included the musical performance. The last time when you had dinner in our restaurant, you had chosen a menu Pierre Bernard Mancel à la carte at 36,00€ttc, except drinks ,including as exemple " the duck liver as a main dish, the beef filet or the apple pie way tatin flamed with Calvados. It was a dinner without animation. Please consult our new menu à la carte on www.cafemancel.com.

We remain entirely at your disposal for more information and hooping to see you soon
Best regards
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Wintergreen, Virginia
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131 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Good surprise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2013

We stopped in for a light lunch and ended up having two surprise platters of cheeses, light salad and bruschettas with cheese and ham. The service is spotty, but it is worth the wait. It was so good that we seriously considered returning for dinner!

Visited June 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Great "bib gourmand" recommendation, terrific location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2013

We ordered one of the "formule" meals for 17.50 euros -- great value and delicious, sharing the starter and my husband has the tripes a la mode which were tender. Wine and beer and coffee, all under 50 euros for a delicious meal with a beautiful view of the castle, in the center of Caen. Parking under the castle for convenience.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Boston
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“What a find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2013

We stumbled into this our first day in Caen, expecting at best a touristy-trap restaurant and finding instead a terrific dining experience--superb oyster stew with julienned fresh vegetables, savory sweetbreads in a lovely sauce, serene setting, acceptable service. The proprietor at the bed-and-breakfast later was happy that we'd lucked into finding it--he's got a good eye on the local food scene and also thinks it's excellent.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ichiban46
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Russia
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136 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Very nice place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2012

Cute and cosy place, very nice atmosphere, attentive staff, the food is delicious. The fish was awesome! And in the evening when you come out - it's a superb view from the castle!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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