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“Former Fancy, Now Casual”

The Park Bistro & Bar
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Ranked #2 of 75 Restaurants in Lafayette
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$39
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: The Park Bistro & Bar showcases only the freshest, local and organically grown produce as well as naturally raised meats and line-caught fish. Executive Chef Adam Carpenter has created an approachable, yet inventive menu, presenting a French twist on American fare. With a wholesome and earthy quality, many dishes elevate “comfort” food. Natural light from the romantic inner fountain courtyard, intimate alcoves, a large communal table and versatile private dining spaces. Rustic stone floors, natural wood tables, leather seating and an original art program create a warm and inviting, yet grand and inspiring, space that will create the most memorable dining experience in Lafayette. The Park Bar overlooks the recently renovated covered patio with an adjacent outdoor terrace featuring two fire pits offering both dining and casual lounge seating year round. The Park Bar offers guests traditional bar fare, aselection of artisanal beers and wines by the glass, and classic cocktails.
Reviewed 30 September 2013

The much revered but out dated Duck Club at the Lafayette Park Hotel has resurrected as The Park Bistro and Bar. Gone are the mallard murals as well as duck on the menu. Simple gold framed mirrors on the walls and seared ahi on the menu are replacements. The menu has been revamped yet kept minimal, re-introducing the signature French onion soup and adding some wonderful salads, sides, and entrees. I do wish they would offer duck breast, though. We had a small Caesar with Spanish anchovies and the bistro greens with stone fruit, pecans, and goat cheese. Both were substantial, beautiful, fresh, delicious, and reasonably priced around $6.
My husband had the salmon as his entrée and I ordered the lamb tenderloin, which was absolutely perfect served with a yummy potato gratin, beans, and French onion slivers. The chef butchers and cuts his own meat. For our anniversary celebration dessert we split the flourless chocolate cake with truffle filling and vanilla gelato-glorious! The chef beautifully wrote “Happy Anniversary!” on the plate making the presentation extra special. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, and sweet. The bar and the outside sitting area have also been revamped and look inviting. A big plus is that the same menu items can now be ordered at any of the three locations giving diners the opportunity to sit outside by the fire pits, inside by the fireplace, or in the restaurant proper.

With the positives, we believe there are a few items that could be addressed by management to up the WOW factor. We missed having tablecloths on the tables, which lent a more romantic and elegant feeling to the former establishment. The wood veneer tables are plain and common, giving the feel of a diner atmosphere. Ours was unstable and kept rocking. With hardwood floors and wooden tables, the restaurant is much too noisy making it difficult to carry on a conversation or even hear what the wait staff asks. Since prices are in line with other high end restaurants in the area, it would behoove the bistro to upscale the décor as well.

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Reviewed 30 September 2013

The much revered but out dated Duck Club at the Lafayette Park Hotel has resurrected as The Park Bistro and Bar. Gone are the mallard murals as well as duck on the menu. Simple gold framed mirrors on the walls and seared ahi on the menu are replacements. The menu has been revamped yet kept minimal, re-introducing the signature French onion soup and adding some wonderful salads, sides, and entrees. I do wish they would offer duck breast, though. We had a small Caesar with Spanish anchovies and the bistro greens with stone fruit, pecans, and goat cheese. Both were substantial, beautiful, fresh, delicious, and reasonably priced around $6.
My husband had the salmon as his entrée and I ordered the lamb tenderloin, which was absolutely perfect served with a yummy potato gratin, beans, and French onion slivers. The chef butchers and cuts his own meat. For our anniversary celebration dessert we split the flourless chocolate cake with truffle filling and vanilla gelato-glorious! The chef beautifully wrote “Happy Anniversary!” on the plate making the presentation extra special. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, and sweet. The bar and the outside sitting area have also been revamped and look inviting. A big plus is that the same menu items can now be ordered at any of the three locations giving diners the opportunity to sit outside by the fire pits, inside by the fireplace, or in the restaurant proper.

With the positives, we believe there are a few items that could be addressed by management to up the WOW factor. We missed having tablecloths on the tables, which lent a more romantic and elegant feeling to the former establishment. The wood veneer tables are plain and common, giving the feel of a diner atmosphere. Ours was unstable and kept rocking. With hardwood floors and wooden tables, the restaurant is much too noisy making it difficult to carry on a conversation or even hear what the wait staff asks. Since prices are in line with other high end restaurants in the area, it would behoove the bistro to upscale the décor as well.

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Reviewed 29 September 2013

The Former Duck Club's cozy bar and comfortable main diningroom with linen table cloths and carpeted floors are gone. The new" Bistro" lacks any specialness and looks like one hundred other minimalist places with wood floors (noisy) a few pieces of art, bare table tops (no more linen) and an uninspiring menu. The bar is noisy and the overstuffed wing chairs and tables have been replaced with bar stool height tables. Carpeting in the bar is gone too which makes the bar noisy.
The Bistro appetizer size salad for $5 was pretty good. The pork loin was slightly dry and not especially flavorful. It was served with a generous amount of fresh green beans and tasty potatos. Have to ask twice for a more generous helping of the ginger applesauce, which the waiter forgot to bring with the order, a second 2 oz helping was delivered in a tiny olive dish.
The trio of sorbets was a generous portion, easily splitable for two people, and very flavorable.
The overall experience was lackluster and I think I will choose other restaurants in Lafayette before going back to the Lafayette Park Hotel.

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Reviewed 27 September 2013

This restaurant was always good, but it is now trending towards great. A great renovation resulted in a very bright room with large alcoves facing the courtyard/patio. These alcoves have comfortable bench seats that are next to the large windows. The atmosphere is really nice. Thus far, we have been here for Sunday Brunch, only. But we will return soon. The brunch was a large buffet, but with individual entrees. The three of us had the Strawberry French Bread, The Traditional Eggs Benedict, and the California Eggs Benedict. All were excellent, but the French bread was superb. Our server, Erika, was professional, friendly, and accommodating. The bottomless mimosas and champagne were continuously filled. The buffet included pastries, desserts, salads, cheese and charcuterie, fresh fruit, seafood appetizers, etc, and all were good. Another bonus is the free parking in the hotel garage or the no-cost (but please tip) valet service.

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Thank dragonrees
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

The Former Duck Club's cozy bar and comfortable main diningroom with linen table cloths and carpeted floors are gone. The new" Bistro" lacks any specialness and looks like one hundred other minimalist places with wood floors (noisy) a few pieces of art, bare table tops (no more linen) and an uninspiring menu. The bar is noisy and the overstuffed wing chairs and tables have been replaced with bar stool height tables. Carpeting in the bar is gone too which makes the bar noisy.
The Bistro appetizer size salad for $5 was pretty good. The pork loin was slightly dry and not especially flavorful. It was served with a generous amount of fresh green beans and tasty potatos. Have to ask twice for a more generous helping of the ginger applesauce, which the waiter forgot to bring with the order, a second 2 oz helping was delivered in a tiny olive dish.
The trio of sorbets was a generous portion, easily splitable for two people, and very flavorable.
The overall experience was lackluster and I think I will choose other restaurants in Lafayette before going back to the Lafayette Park Hotel.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank BillyTraveler
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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