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“Vive Bastille Day at Chez Jacqueline!”

Chez Jacqueline Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$27
Cuisines: Seafood, French
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Long Beach, CA
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103 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Vive Bastille Day at Chez Jacqueline!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013

Apparently, there is 'special occasion' dining at Chez Jacqueline--by advance reservation only.

We were so fortunate, during our last visit, that our hostess and chef, Jacqueline, let us know about her Bastille Day dinner (July 14). Although it was several months into our unknown future, we made our reservations.

SO glad we did! This was a magnificent culinary experience involving 10 (ten) courses plus appropriate wines culminating in a choice of fresh fruit tortes for dessert.

It was a full house for dinner: only one family with children (pre-teens)--but they were on their best behavior, so it was all good. Live music provided by a French gentleman violinist who took requests but also delighted with his varied offerings from 1920's cabaret torch songs, better known American musical songs from Maurice Chevalier and Leslie Caron among others, and traditional French songs (Frere Jacques, etc.)

The food: my oh my! Madame Jacqueline sure can cook! However, since a lot of her menu could not be pre-cooked, and there were 10 courses, dinner was NOT a fast marathon: start to finish was about 3 1/2 hours. Exquisite. Delicious. Savory. Surprising. Tasty. There are not enough adjectives. Terrific. Wonderful.

The time between courses was spent chatting with other diners from various parts of Louisiana and Texas--quite a few 'regulars' who never miss one of these special dinners. And listening to the sultry music of the violinist.

Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves--and were very pleasantly surprised by the bill--including our bar bill, total for the 2 of us was less than $140 including a (imo) generous tip for the wait staff and musician. MORE than worth it--hope we are included in the next fete!

  • Visited July 2013
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English first
Long Beach, CA
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103 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Gourmet cooking with unexpected surprises”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2013

After reading some of the other comments, makes me wonder if we all went to the same restaurant. This was our 2nd time at Chez Jacqueline's--a repeat visit based on our wonderful culinary experience from the 1st time in November 2012.

This time, as the last time, we were greeted and warmly welcomed by the owner and chef, Jacqueline herself. She trained in France--and has brought her expertise to the USA where she also incorporates Creole and Cajun flavors in her menu.

A bit off beat; maybe even odd-ball--but we loved the entire meal--waiting for our main courses was not a problem: lots of home baked, crusty french bread with sweet butter and tasty libations with fresh herb garnishes from the fully-stocked bar.

The facility is old; if you want ambiance and 'fancy', then my first question is: "What are you doing in Breaux Bridge?!" I don't think there is anything of the 'white linen tablecloth/napkin' style here. The decor is kitsch--assorted photographs and paintings, framed newspaper clippings, and old photographs adorn the rustic, faded walls.

There are nightly regulars who have been coming for years--very friendly also--and very interested in any new face(s). Great, rambling stories of by-gone times on Bayou Teche and incisive commentary on current, world wide events.

The food! Oh my! Such exquisite flavors--spices, herbs, seasonings. And the sauces! Of course, French cooking is all about the sauce! The Creole and Cajun offerings also do not disappoint. If I have a complaint, it's that there is so much good stuff to sample and my poor stomach is limited. Going to have to come back several more times....

(Ah--for those who equate expensive with 'fancy'--you WILL be disappointed for sure! It's all about the FOOD, dudes!)

  • Visited June 2013
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Puerto Escondido
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13 restaurant reviews
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“Go Elsewhere”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013

Open on Mondays, sadly Café des Amis is not. Beignets do not have the crust or flavor that Café des Amis does, nor is the coffee good. Our breakfast (eggs Florentine and sides) was pretty tasteless and the owner scolded us for a) having to ask for a second fork and b) not taking long enough to eat breakfast. Suggest other places for food.

p.s. The bathrooms were dirty, the place overall cluttered without the charm

  • Visited May 2013
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liberty mo
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“great french lady”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2013

wandering around breau bridge we found Chez Jacqueline. a wonderful quaint place but a bit dark . We talked to Jacqueline for a time. her stories were great. I had gumbo with shrimp, crawfish and scallops. wonderful sauce and loaded with meat. my wife had crabcakes with shredded cabbage. no fillers, just huge crabcakes. amazing. french bread was home made as everything else. i ate most of my sauce with the french bread and Jacqueline saw this and brought more sauce and bread. WOW. Then a huge delicious piece of cake. All this while talking or listening to Jacqueline. What a treat. Jacqueline, you are my SHERRI.

  • Visited April 2013
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Good Food and Music for Breakfast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2013

We cam upon Chez Jacqueline Restaurant while walking the historic district Saturday morning. We heard what we thought was live music and were drawn in.
Turns out they have live music Saturday mornings during breakfast and lunch. An older Cajun woman was playing the keyboard and accordion and singing in a wonderfully french accented Cajun voice.
We arrived just as they were changing over from breakfast until lunch, so we ordered a mimosa and Bloody Mary to pass the time while listening to the music until they were ready for lunch orders.
We decided to try three items off the menu and just share them between the two of us. First out was a gator burger. I had expected a filet, but it was more prepared like a crab cake except with shredded gator meat. The sandwich was good, but the best was to come. We also ordered a cup of Crawfish Etouffee. It came out with a nice thick broth with tons of crawfish. It was thick and earthy and delicious. Finally we ordered Coquille St. Jacques, which was mushrooms, shrimp, scallops, and crab meat covered with cheese and broiled with a rich buttery sauce. This was served with warm french bread for dunking in the sauce. Yumm.
As far as ambiance, the restaurant is small and tables are packed together tightly. It is dark and homey, with dated furnishings. Do not expect fancy. But do expect great food at a great price.

Visited March 2013
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