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Cafe Escadrille in Burlington

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A friend wants to meet there for lunch but is open to other suggestions. Has anyone eaten here and can you tell me what it is like.


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  1. okay. let me try to be kind here. i had driven by this restaurant hundreds of times and was curious and you know, wanted to give it a try. my husband and i ate there with another couple and it really was not good. it was 'old fashioned' new england food with poor, snootie service. in fact, the next day, the husband of the couple we went with wrote cafe escadrille a letter to see if he could offer some constructive criticism. they did write back! but really, their response showed that they didn't really care. it's too bad. i hope someone else on the site has had a better experience at this restaurant.

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    1. re: karen

      I work near this place and sometimes go for a cocktail or two... burlington is not a great place to go out... I have to agree that the food is fair at best and the service is overly snooty..... As a matter of fact I had my first big date here when I was 16.... many, many years ago!

    2. Used to work at several companies near the Cafe Escadrille, so I got a little 'drille-d out on the place. (I also detest the song in the radio ad.)

      It's not a bad place; just not particularly chowhoundy, IMO. It can get a little expensive for lunch, depending on what you get. But you can also get pretty good chef or Caesar salads and decent burgers there.

      Depending on the day of the week, it can be VERY crowded; Fridays is usually not a good day to go. Menu is at the link below...Greenhouse Cafe is usually where lunch is served.

      Link: http://www.cafeescadrille.com/

      1. I second the previous opinions. Been there a couple of times (not by my own choice) and found it overpriced and underwhelming.

        Won't be going back on my own nickel.

        1. I suspected as much. Visited the site before my post and I could tell. But I had to ask.

          Sometimes clean and simple food like that can be excellent, and just what is needed. But bad renditions are certainly to be avoided.

          Thanks for the guidance everyone.

          1. Don't know how well supplied you are with "other suggestions" for Burlington, but here's one: The Lemon Tree on Middlesex Turnpike has fairly decent Thai food.

            1. Having lived in Burlington most of my life, I agree that it's a challenge to find decent places to eat. I've never heard enough good things about Cafe Escadrille to want to eat there.

              I have heard that the Korean barbeque place further down on Route 3A is good. (It's located in a place that was a Friendly's restaurant when I was growing up, so I think subconsciously I still think of it that way!) I haven't been (something I keep meaning to fix), but at lunch time it's always very busy. Alison Arnett also gave it a good review awhile back, despite its location in a strip mall.

              If you're interested, here are directions from Route 128 and 3A:

              Head north on 3A, toward Burlington Center. Go through the center, past the dunkin donuts, then look for Dale Pharmacy on your right. On the right, just past the pharmacy is the enormous parking lot for the strip mall that contains the Korean barbeque restaurant. The restaurant is down the other end, between the bank and the laundramat.

              One more thing: further still down 3A in Pinehurst, just over the Burlington line, the erstwhile Jane Lams so-called chinese restaurant is being resurrected as Masalaa, an Indian vegetarian restaurant. I'm hoping it'll be better than the Indian place at the Burlington mall, which is good if you've got a craving, but not worth going out of your way for. No opening date yet.

              If you decide to try the Korean place, or the Cafe Escadrille, be sure to post your review here!


              1. Just had to add one positive to the posts here as I'm surprised no one has mentioned it. The cafe menu and bar menu is, as other posters have said, good but not great, and working in the area, I think of it more as a great place to have cocktails and appetizers after work. But, at dinner, it is well-known for their tableside presentations of Classic American and French dishes. It has a pricy, but unique dinner menu in a separate section from the main dining room called the "Gourmet". They are one of the few places that still have tableside preparations of the old classics (i.e, Duck A L'Orange, Chateaubriand, Veal Oscar, Steal Au Poivre, etc.). I've eaten there a lot over the years and I have to admit that I went for dinner Wednesday night after the poster asked about it! We had the Caesar salad for two which is excellent, one of the best in or out of Boston, although our server used a tad too much Dijon (ask for Tony, he makes the best). The steak Diane is one of those dishes I crave from time to time, tender filet cooked in a shallot and burgundy wine sauce. E. ordered the 3-pound baked stuffed lobster and couldn't finish it. Both came with sides of buttery mashed potatoes and cauliflower with Bearnaise sauce. I rarely get appetizers because the meal is always so filling, but would also recommend the escargot, Oysters Rockefeller and Clams Casino. And to finish the meal -- where else can you get Cherries Jubilee or Bananas Foster?