- Oscar Dec 29, 1999 12:06 AM
Does anyone have a review of Cafe Beaujolais, a French Bistro, in the Eagle Rock area?
Thanks in advance.
The Cafe Beaujolais that I know is in Mendocino. They also have a wonderful bakery and mail-order catalogue as well as a website (cafebeaujolais.com) Even though the name Zagat is not spoken of on this site with any respect, their website has a small review and rating for this Cafe Beaujolais.
re: John Dailey
I agree. I have been to Cafe Beaujolais a half dozen times, and the food has always been surprisingly good, and pretty cheap, considering the quality. The menu is a little bit limited, but has many bistro classics on it, like onion gratinee soup, and steak frites. Although their daily specials are very tempting, I often end up with the steak frites, and am never disappointed. Although the rib-eye is a thin cut, the chef masterfully cooks it exactly a pointe (medium rare), as ordered. The frites are thin and amazingly crispy. I also love the classic escargot appetizer, with garlic butter.
The service here is always very friendly, and authentically French, accent and all (but without the attitude).
A couple of decent wines are always available by the glass, and the wine list itself is small, but well-selected, and very affordable.
Credit cards are accepted. Street parking is not too bad in this neighborhood, but their parking lot is woefully small and always full, no matter how empty the place might be (I think the staff parks here).
i actually went to cafe beaujolais this past weekend for my birthday and could not have had a more enjoyable experience! one girlfriend arrived early and got a table while waiting for the rest of us. i'm ashamed to say it took the rest of us a horrendously long time to get there, because we kept getting lost, but the ever courteous and debonair staff permitted us to keep our table for five even though it was a busy saturday evening (and prime dinner time!). upon our arrival, we each ordered something different from the menu, the halibut, the salmon, the steak frites, the fettucine with seafood, and the duck, and all were marvelous! each dish was saucy, flavorful, reasonably generous with portions, and well cooked. we also ordered the french onion soup, and the base for that soup was perfectly seasoned, brothy and flavorful! the staff was super attentive as well, probably partially owing to the fact that one of them thought one of my friends was "cute". we ordered a chocolate eclair dish, as well as a caramel brulee for dessert. they were brought out with a lit candle inserted in the eclair. our server dramatically set up a tent out of one of the trifold menus (to give it more of a private ambiance, i suppose), and commenced to serenade me with "joyeux anniversaire" (the happy birthday song, in french) very, very, VERY close to my ear. upon inspecting the bill later on, we discovered that they had given us our desserts on the house! i have to say, MY entire dinner experience at cafe beaujolais was certainly memorable, and delightful. i will be back.
Get the halibut. Just get it. Yes, the lamb chops are tender and juicy, yes the steak frites is excellent. But just Get The Halibut. You can have the lamb next time. The halibut is one of the more perfect dishes in the universe. And don't forget to get a bit of the candied orange peel in every bite. I know, sounds like it may not be your cup of tea but this is everyone's cup of tea. Just trust me.