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“Well worth the trip”
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Ranked #13 of 36 Restaurants in Chatou
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Bedminster, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Well worth the trip”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Chatou is a bit out of the way, out on the edge of Paris but it's easily reached by the RER and the experience is well worth the trip. When you get off the train you're in the middle of a city but, once you cross the bridge, the clock is turned back. If it weren'r for the apartment blocks across the river you might expect Renoit to show up. The balcony where "The Boating Party" was set is perfect, right down to the striped awning. The building was abandoned for a long time but was restored by the city of Chatou and the French government and it's perfect. The island is a park and the walk along the river is wonderfully bucolic.

With all that scenic history one might think the food would be mediocre. One would be wrong. The atmosphere is delightful. The food is good. The service is friendly and efficient. By all means, go! Sip a coupe de champagne as an aperitif, have a nice meal and just sit back and absorb the ambiance. No wonder Renoir and his friends loved it. There is even, sometimes, a sailboat like the ones Renoir painted anchored off the restaurant. The only thing I can't figure out is where they sailed it. The river is very narrow and, as a sailor myself, I wouldn't want to spend hours tacking up and down.

  • Visited June 2014
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Gravesend
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“This should be on the next series of The Trip”
Reviewed 3 June 2014 via mobile

Went here for lunch today with work and had given it no thought really. Was just hungry and starting to tire of full on work French. The sort you can't blag your way out of.

Then get taken to the Frenchiest restaurant ever! It looks like nothing special at first (we walked from Rueil) but as you get close and then up the stairs, there is a slight wow factor.

Then you find out about the art history and start to wonder about trying out a Roger Moore impression in front of five French people who will have no idea what you are going on about.

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon could do worse than going here if they make another series. It has more than enough about it.

They'll encounter some decent food as well.

Downsides were one particularly chippy waiter (even the French people commented) and feeling a bit cramped. You're really packed in.

The view from the riverbank is also worth checking out.

Not sure I'd go if I were paying but if you're into art, I'd say it was a hidden gem.

Visited June 2014
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Reading, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great setting, great food”
Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

What a find! Great view onto the river and quality food. Brought here by a local and clearly we'll known but a little off beaten track. Worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
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Croydon, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
835 reviews
508 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,134 helpful votes
“Lovely location on a nice day”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

I was here again on Easter Sunday when the restaurant was about three quarters full. Recognised as a regular, if infrequent, customer I had a nice kir as aperitif. The menu is now €41.50 a small rise since I was here in January but VAT has gone up in the meantime in France.
For the third day in a row I started with asparagus. This time with cheese shavings; The seabass was properly cooked; The vacherin dessert was icy and creamy. There are no carafes here so I had a half bottle of manetou salon red wine which is fairly local.
Service was attentive.
Sometimes in the past this restaurant has been "off form" but I thought it was back again today.
The customer profile today was largely older couples and fewer family groupings than I have seen in the past.

  • Visited April 2014
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Croydon, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
835 reviews
508 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,134 helpful votes
“Excellent views and good food”
Reviewed 14 January 2014

On 12 January I went back to this regular haunt for Sunday lunch. Not disappointed. There were many fewer here than in April last year but the cool damp weather probably discouraged customers. The menu had been reduced in price from 41.50 to 38.50 since last year which may also explain falling numbers. Several serving staff were unchanged, including the lady who I think is the maitre d'
In winter seating is indoors but in late spring/summer it is possible to sit on the balcony and look out directly on the river
To get there from Paris I take RER line A to Rueil Malmaison - 4 stops from La Defense - which is on the edge of Zone 3 and walk across the bridge to the island

  • Visited January 2014
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