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“Overpriced traditional French cuisine”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of The Left Bank

The Left Bank
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Ranked #37 of 123 Restaurants in Vail
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$80
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: International Bridge
Description: Recently remodeled after 44 years, Left Bank has been a place to wine and dine for discerning locals and visitors from around the world since 1970. Specializing in a very traditional French menu with a modern twist, Left Bank brings you a true fine dining experience in an exquisitely classic way. We have cultivated relationships in France and California over the past 44 years in order to bring you selections of the rarest wines available, impeccably stored and aged for your drinking pleasure. With Jean-Michel Chelain as your Chef - it is my pleasure to consistently use only the freshest ingredients of the finest quality and prepare everything from scratch. Our menu features specials such as Gigolette d'Agneau and Bouillabaisse de Crustaces au Fenouil to offer a truly remarkable culinary dream giving your taste buds a treat. Come see what Left Bank has to offer where you don't just come to eat, you come to dine.
SF bay area
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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Overpriced traditional French cuisine”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

The food is average, and combined with expensive pricing results in a "poor" rating.

We enjoyed the french onion soup (vegetarian) which was also prepared gluten-free. The gluten-free rolls were excellent. The regular bread was unimpressive. The portion size was small for the price, but appropriate for an appetizer (think cup instead of bowl). We also had the 2 salads and the steak tartare. Compared with the main courses, the steak tartare was reasonably priced. It came pre-mixed and was tasty (medium spice level was a too hot for my friends' tastes). The salads were fine, nothing special.

We were able to combine our Valhrona souffle order with another table to meet the minimum order of 4 (they are individual souffles). The souffles were very, very light and nice a crispy on the edges (crusty sugar). We thought they were very good.

The bathroom was a bit odd with very dated decor and no towels or any way to dry your hands, just some kleenex. The noise level was fine. Even though a very large party was in the center of the dining room we could easily hear ourselves.

  • Visited March 2014
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“Arrogant Reception”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014 via mobile

We were so badly received that we decided not even to enter the restaurant.
Coat lady friendly and from there all goes wrong.

Visited March 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014

As mentioned in an earlier post, the service was a huge problem. We had a reservation, but the staff appeared very unorganized. The real problem came when it came to paying the check. Our party of 7 did ask to split the bill 3 ways, which I am sure is not ideal for any restaurant, but it did take over 30 minutes for that when the restaurant was clearly not busy. When the divided bill arrived, it was divided incorrectly which then took another 45 minutes. Not cceptable when you have a 7 am meeting! Also as mentioned in a previous post, the food was mediocre….certainly palatable, but not amazing. I had the elk chops which were prepared as ordered, but with the accompaniments the meal was something that I easily could have prepared at home. Since we live in Denver, we go to Vail often, but will not be visiting the Left Bank. Try Kelly Liken.

  • Visited February 2014
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Maryland
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“Traditional French Food with slow service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014 via mobile

Walked into the restaurant coat check was very friendly, waited at the host stand for at least five minutes before anyone even acknowledged us, several people walked past & didn't make eye contact. Once seated service was very slow, water order, then finally beverage order, then food order.

The food came out in a timely manner and was fantastic, traditional French, freshly prepared, very hot. Steak was tender, Duck cooked perfectly, Snails in a great garlic butter.

However our drinks were finished well before the food arrived & no refill was ever offered, they left money on the table as all of us would have had at least one more.

Waited upon the again 10 plus mins for check to be dropped. Even though the restaurant is very old fashioned the The food is great, slow unattentive service lets this place down.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Fine French Dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2014

My first visit to the Left Bank was in 1992 and I have always enjoyed the experience. While it has been some time since I dined there, my family and I had dinner earlier this week. The food was every good and the service was excellent. We enjoyed appetizers, dinner and desert. The wine list was a little pricey and they would be well served to adjust the list to offer some more reasonable options. We would definitely return.

  • Visited January 2014
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