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Le Bistro

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This Antiguan institution's peach, periwinkle, and pistachio accents subtly match the tile work, jade chairs, mint china, and painted lighting fixtures. Trellises divide the large space into intimate sections. Chef Patrick Gauducheau delights in blending classic regional fare with indigenous ingredients, displaying an especially deft hand with delicate sauces. The kitchen now runs smoothly after bouts of inconsistency. Opt for daily specials, such as smoked marlin carpaccio with pink peppercorns, prawns in a gossamer ginger white wine sauce laecd with leeks, lobster medallions in roasted red bell pepper-lime sauce flamed with grappa, and almost anything swaddled in puff pastry. The fine wine list hits all the right spots, geographically and varietally, without outrageous markups. Co-owner Phillipa Esposito doubles as hostess and pastry chef; her passion-fruit mousse and chocolate confections are sublime.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Closed Mon. No lunch.
Updated: 02-27-2014

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    A birthday we will always remember

    Wow! We went there on my husband's birthday and now that we're back home, we're still talking about Le Bistro. We like 'gourmet food' and there was so many things that we wanted to try on the menu that we ended up taking two appetizers each: The best ever onion soup, and a very delicous pumpkin and crab soup, then on to escargot and ceasar salad, three meat, and scallop, and you must have the banana pie and the chololate dessert - you just won't believe how good the food is, trust me on that one. My only complaint (which I didn't voiced then) was that the music was only in English. I was expecting to hear some Edith Piaf in the background which will have made this night awsome - it still was. Can't wait to go back to the Le Bistro!!!!

    by carmcasavant, 6/5/07
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    Not what we expected

    We were not the typical tourist guest, but rather nationals of the Caribbean. We were greeted by a young lady who seemed astonished at our presence. We later dismissed that to us not having reservations, which are recommended. We were approached by the bar man who insisted we take a look at the menu and stated clearly that there was a 15% service charge in addition to the prices. I told him that there was no need to state the prices of dinner. Subsequently, we asked to be seated at a table, but only because we were really hungry and it was not convenient to go to another establishment. And of course we thought that the shaky beginning would escalate into great service and food as advertised in various media. Through the course of dinner the service was quite bland and we decided to ask for the host, since she had not inquired how we were doing after her initial greeting. She seemed a bit reluctant to come to our table and even joked that if it was a complaint she was going to runaway. She pretty much dismissed all of our concerns, until I asked her if it was customary for her employees to mention that there is a 15% service charge. She was a bit stumped but informed us that it was in fact a 10% service charge, that the bar man was renowned for great service and she didnt see why he would say that, and then she apologized. This was followed by the bar man coming out and serving a house special shot, he never asked if we wanted the beverage, nor did he apologize. I can go on and on but my main point is that it is sad that these types of situations still happen, especially in the Caribbean.

    by airb42, 3/27/07

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