Outrageously Arrogant Policy. Although the food and service were good, I was shocked when the bill came. I do not remember seeing any policy statement of a forced "tip" for a party of 5, and even though I typically tip at least 20% when I go out, I was insulted that they forced a tip and that they forced 20%. At one time a tip was a tip for service well done. Now it's not only a forced service charge, it's forced at a higher and higher level. I've not seen a forced tip this high in any restaurant before, and I won't come back here.
Center city gem for the last 10 years!. I have been going to Beau Monde for the last 10 years and it continues to impress me. The food and atmosphere are a great value in a city where things seem to be getting more and more expensive everyday. The place is romantic and chic, yet also laidback. I hadn't been there in a while and after after a recent visit I decided to leave this review. Not many places in Philadelphia have been as consistently great over the years as Beau Monde. I have gotten to know the owners a bit over the years and I can attest to the fact that they have poured there heart and souls into this restaurant. If you haven't been to Beau Monde in a while you should definitely take a night and treat yourself to a relaxed meal. For the first timer I would not hesitate to check it out as I'm sure it will become a favorite!
I recently had an awful experience at L'Etage. While watching a Martha Graham Cracker performance, the waitress spilled an entire drink on my boyfriend.
So, I'm an adult, and I understand that these things happen, and upon receiving our bill, the waitress mentioned that she removed 4 drinks which is great and much appreciated.
However, much to our surprise, upon receiving the bill, we noticed that we were still overcharged by two drinks.
When we pointed this fact out to the waitress, she deferred to her manager who became quite argumentative. Then, the supposed owner came over, and made the statement "I will take one round of drinks off, but if you say another word, you'll never come back here."
Now, I'm not a big fan of confrontation, and I realize that these sort of disputes happen from time to time. But the attitude of the owner was completely out of line.
We have been patronizing L'Etage for several months, coming to see Martha. We've told others, and on this particular night, no less than 14 of our friends were also in attendance.
For an owner to treat us with that sort of disrespect, is frankly inexcusable.
I will never again patronize L'Etage or Beau Monde, due solely to his insolence, and I have advised my friends against it as well. As much as I love Martha graham Cracker, there is no room in my life for such treatment.
The service here is bad- It took over 2 hours from start to finish for us to get our meal. The table was dirty, and the hostess never offered to clean it up for us. The waitress was very inattentive and the food was only so-so. Additionally, the waitresses here dress very inappropriately, so this is not the kind of place I'd take kids or a nice date to. We were told by the manager that we'd be getting a gift certificate to make up for all this, and then three days later the owner calls me up and tells me and my friends never to come back to his place. Talk about poor customer relations!!! This place was a NIGHTMARE!!! uggh...And the parking all around it is only 2 hour parking, so be prepared to have to leave your meal partway through to go re-park your car- we had to! That's how long the food took!!! Don't show up hungry here!!!
Oh, and I totally agree with the guy below- the owner threw a hissy fit on the telephone. He kept screaming and ranting and raving that anyone dared to complain about his restaurant...can anyone say drama queen??? He also ordered us never to come back to his restaurant. Um, yeah, like I'd EVER go back to that hell hole... Don't ever show up at this dump...it's disgusting the way they treat their customers...
My fav place in philly- GREAT FOOD, GREAT ATMOSPHERE, REASONABLE PRICES. I absolutely love this place. It's by far my favorite restaurant in Philly. The atmosphere is wonderful, the food-no matter what you order- is absolutely delicious, the service is good (and i'm very picky about this), and the prices are reasonable. Go with a date or a group of friends and it won't fail you. I'm a vegetarian and there are plenty of choices for me and meat eaters alike. There's a dance place upstairs as a bonus for those going on the weekends that want to party after dinner. I give this restaurant the highest recommendation I can!
Best place for crepes in Philly. Went there with friends for the first time and loved it. Since then, we went back twice. Some savory crepes (I did not like like their coq au vin) are not as flavorful, but the sweet crepes are very very tasty. My wife and I love their beef tenderloin salad.
fun. crepes are the closest to france ive found in the city...good creative (do-it-yourself) fare...fun atmosphere
Amazing food! Great Ambiance, Fabulous Restaurant! Friendly staff :). We were seated promptly, the coffee was hot, tasty and plentiful, the service was attentive, and the waitresses were all wearing funky Parisian stockings! :) The menu was innovative and the food was superb!!! fresh ingrediants and interesting combinations. The prices are really reasonable. Don't miss the brunch specials on Saturday and Sunday. The Chicken, goat cheese, and leeks is amazing! DEFINITELY EAT HERE!!! :)
Lacks Customer Service. This was my first and probably only visit I will ever make to this restaurant. I went with my boyfriend and two other friends. We went in and were seated immediately, which I thought was great. Then, we all ordered our food. It took so long for my three friends to get their food, and even longer for me. I waited for at least 20 minutes longer than my friends did. We were completely ignored while we were waiting for our food. So, we asked to speak with the manager and she did not offer any sympathy. She gave us a dry apology, said something about the waitress being new (which was untrue...my friend had been in numerous times and she had been there), turned around and walked away. The food was really good, the service was incredibly awful.
Authentic French Creperie.
Being French, I crave good crepes and am a harsh critic. Beau Monde crepes get two thumbs-up. Authentic savory crepes made with buckwheat, original and delicious menu options, and a great atmosphere make Beau Monde a great creperie. I am really excited to have found this place, as I had found another creperie in Philadelphia very disappointing.
The only negative thing I can say is that when I tried to make reservations for 6 people on a Sunday night at 7 PM, they asked for my credit card number and said they would charge us $50 per person if we did not arrive. I completely understand that it is bothersome for a restaurant to have diners not come after reserving, but instead of guaranteeing that we would come, it made us change our minds about where to go. You never know how bad 76 will be...
That being said, I will still go back as frequently as I can, as long as I have enough time to wait for a table, if necessary.
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