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Le Rivage - 47 Reviews - 340 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 765-7374

Le Rivage

340 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036 (at nr. Eighth Ave.)
New York, NY 10036
(212) 765-7374
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Le Rivage (""The Shore"") is one of the best restaurants in Manhattan - period. I almost hate it to disclose on line because I am almost greedy to share this information. This is ...


Super low quality food. Chewy and over cooked steaks/meats. Tinny portions. Bad service. Cocky waiters. Overly priced. It's too dark. It's depressing. Creating a romantic atmos...

Editorial review from Citysearch 11/24/2014

Everyone have their own opinion as for me, my girlfriend and I really like this pl. Great Food and Service! more

French Food as it should be, New York dining as it must 11/5/2011

Le Rivage (""The Shore"") is one of the best restaurants in Manhattan - period. I almost hate it to disclose on line because I am almost greedy to share this information. This is a jewel found by chance and held dear. Why do I write review? Because I was surprised to read 1 star reviews and what people write in there. Come on, it is just about folks too rustic to understand what good cuisine and great service is all about. If one judges about restaurant by the size of portions or by how much the tip should be, then don't waste your time - this place is not for you. On the contrary, if you know and love food, especially French food, and if you want it to be served in pleasant atmosphere with sufficient, but not annoying amount of attention, if you like your Coffee Fran more

A Great Experience 1/17/2011

I dined at Le Rivage this past Sunday and I must say that the atmosphere was amazing. I was sitting in the back room with my party of five and we all adored our dinning experience. The food was exquisitely prepared, the service was wonderful, and the decor of the restaurant was unlike any other that I've been to in New York City. I recommend it highly and will definitely be back in the next few weeks for another taste of Le Rivage. more

Won't go there again 11/16/2009

Went to celebrate my mom's bday. We set there for almost 2 hours, were done with food and paid the bill. But the conversation was flowing and we didn't leave right away. We paid cash and included good tip. Waitress decided that tip was too much and brought the change. We left it and didn't take. The other waitress came along and asked why we left such a small tip... That was embarrassing for my dad as she asked in-front of our guests. He explained how much he left and this was just a change.... She went and confirmed this with our waitress, then came back and apologized...But the mood was already ruined and we were unhappy with such service. Ridiculous. Tip is always voluntary and should never be questioned!!! And sad part is we left such a good tip that our waitress decided to give some back!!!! Pros: Good location, interesting design Cons: Service more

Maybe I missed something 6/18/2009

Maybe we experienced this place on an off night, but I did not have 4 1/2 star food or service at Le Rivage on my recent visit. I had the ""Artichoke and tomato salad"" which consisted of a few lettuce leaves, 2 slim slices of tomato and 4 pieces of artichoke that looked and tasted like they had come out of a can. It looked like a plate you would get at a roadside (and I mean highway) cafeteria in Europe- minus the cellophane wrap. The main course, Coq au Vin was terribly dry and accompanied by very bland and also dry, not to mention uninteresting red potatoes and a birds nest of some unidentifiable vegetable, perhaps parsnip. It came off as a meal that had either been long prepared (a la a hotel banquet meal that sat in the hot box too long) or it had been microwaved. My husband's salmon tasted as though it had been pulled out of the Hudson- last week. Yuck. Dessert held little hope for us and we weren't surprised by the quality of the creme brulee which again smacked of something pre-prepared/frozen/purchased through a vendor like Sysco and definitely not made on premises , nor made recently. It was the worst creme brulee I have had; and I have liked creme brulee ever since the first time I had it in Paris when I was 12. It seemed to me by the staff on hand that the proprietors are not French, nor are the cooks (and I mean cook and not chef), which could be part of the issue. I regretted choosing this restaurant as the location where I had my last meal in New York before I left the next day. Talk about leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Pros: Ambiance Cons: everything else more

Not worth it 4/14/2009

Having read the reviews on city search my boyfriend and I decided to treat ourselves to a romantic night out. We were the only people in the restaurant which was concerning but we sat down and ordered. Although we ordered completely different meals it appeared we both had the same brownish sauce. Everything seemed to be made from this one sauce. We had the fixed price menu and they managed to get through all three courses in 40 minutes; this would have been fine if we were heading to a show but we weren't we were after a nice lesuirely meal. The service was good but it is certainly not a 4 and half star place and I wanted to let people know that perhaps this place has gone downhill somewhat and perhaps go somewhere else. Pros: Location Cons: Food and decor more

Food worth every penny, in every course. 2/15/2009

SO me and the boyfriend did a Valentine lunch, cause of our hectic schedule. This restaurant has been here for like 40+ years so you;ll find a lot of umm Mature people in here during the lunch on saturday for the cheap prix fixe meal. and its opens at 12. we were there by one. the place was packed. its very popular. every course was so delicious, I couldn't believe it. cause there is always one course that's just okay.Not the case here. We both agreed its the best french food we had on restaurant row. and will definitely y come back again. more

Best French food and entertainment 1/28/2009

Aside the food being fantastic, the french Marie antonette fashion show was excellent and in very good taste. The designer was from Providence, R.I. and had the pleasure of meeting her at the restaurant. Her name was Bruna from Bruna Costumes . They make original designed gown, hats and wigs. The french would be envious Pros: excellent food and atmosphere more

Nothing Special 12/28/2008

I found the restaurant in need of a renovation. Its 1960s decor was not comfortable and its rest rooms were worse than Penn Station. The food is ok for someone just getting familar with French food but I would not suggest it for an experienced person. The presentation was awful. Coq Au Vin served with a lump of mashed potatoes and a few carrot stix . The Chinaware resembled something that was purchased from an OLD Greek Diner. The French Onion soup was no better than one can get at Cosmos Diner on 23rd Street. None of the dishes were bad. They were all decent. But with wine and tip the bill was $60.00 per person. I can get a much better meal in NYC for that price. Pros: Traditional French Cuisine most people would be familar with Cons: Traditional French Cuisine you can find in a Greek Diner. more

Really Good 12/25/2008

I went here once with some people from my high school. This place is amazing. Its pricey, but everything is really good. Try the dessert, especially the peach melba because its the best. more

My Best French Restaurant 12/7/2008

This is one of the few restaraunts I remember really well. The food is unbelievable. I remember that the first time I came in I had the Salmon and it was the best I ever had. The servers were friendly and knowledgeable about the food and wine had a really nice relaxing dinner .I cant wait to go back. more

Very consistant and a fair price 10/26/2008

If you are looking for consistantly good French food at a fair price to enjoy before seeing a Broadway... more

Very consistant and a fair price 10/26/2008

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If you are looking for consistantly good French food at a fair price to enjoy before seeing a Broadway show...then Le Rivage is the place. Located ... more

I love FRench Food 10/2/2008

Came here during lunch with a bunch of coworkers for my birthday. This isn't the best french food I've ever had, but the place does a great job of combining charm, convenience, and overall good experience. The food was around the price I'd expect for this type of place and area. In a great unassuming alley, there are places to eat outdoor or indoor on a colder day. Service was slightly slow, but since we were just taking a long lunch it didn't matter as much. Generally, everyone was happy with their food. I had the salmon and it was perfectly cooked. I would reccomend to anyone.\r \r Pros: foods Cons: slow service more

Last real French restaurant 9/8/2008

\r This is not a trendy bistro, or brasserie but an honest to god real french restaurants. Not the same generic menu that you find all over. The food was great with plenty of authenticly prepared classic dishes. The service was very nice and the owner was very visible, how nice for a change.\r Will return with friends and even more friends\r Great experience Pros: everything Cons: none more

Bad Experience! 7/5/2008

Super low quality food. Chewy and over cooked steaks/meats. Tinny portions. Bad service. Cocky waiters. Overly priced. It's too dark. It's depressing. Creating a romantic atmosphere doesn't necessarily mean too dark. Unless you're creating a cave. Pros: ? Cons: Food ad Service! more

Le Rivage Restaurant 6/24/2008

This restauant was recommended by a friend. My girl friend and I went there for lunch before a NY show and we were very, very pleased. We had choices of food we can't get at the Jersey shore and all was excellent. The tables were close to one another, and we were able to talk with other patrons, which made for added funI Can't rave enough about this small place...the service was beyond words. If our waitress was not near, someone else readily assisted. It was great! I can't wait to get back in the city and dine there again. It is also a good idea to make reservations. There were no tables open. more

delectable food - especially the duck 6/12/2008

We went to Le Rivage for my birthday - very, very pleased! The service was above par; our servers were very attentive and made sure the evening was special. I had the duck at the recommendation of the server - just delicious! Dessert was fabulous too. Wished I could have eaten more! more

prepare your wallet 5/6/2008

The ambience at Le Rivage was good and there was enough space between tables to have a private meal. The service was attentive but not intrusive and the food really was good with a fantastic wine list to match.\r I came here for an intimate dinner for two but would also happily bring a bigger group of girl friends to Le Rivage to sample some wine before dinner too. The only con is its a bit overpricey, you should be ready for a real bill. Pros: Nice wine list and tasy food Cons: overpricey more

Great Pre-Theatre French Food 4/1/2008

Great french food and fast, attentive service for pre-theatre diners. Dinner menu is prix-fixe and very reasonable. Owners are visible and make sure the waitstaff is paying attention. Charming, casual atmosphere is relaxing and very french. I plan to return. Pros: great food, fast service, near Broadway theatres more
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French restaurant in the Theater District with prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus; full bar, private party options.

Owner Message

  • Le Rivage is one of New York's most famous French restaurants. The Denamiel family has owned and operated Le Rivage for over 25 years. The current Chef, Paul Denamiel not only has the restaurant business in his blood, but brings culinary merit to Le Rivage as a graduate of CIA & experience as a sous chef in the City's best restaurants. As an NYC restaurant, Le Rivage changes over the years to stay with the times, but is consistently cozy & romantic serving authentic & expertly prepared French cuisine.

    Located on 'restaurant row' (46th St bet 8th & 9th Avenues), Le Rivage is a perfect pretheater and post-theater restaurant. Le Rivage is a fantastic lunch spot for the theater crowd and mid-town business. Along with an array of entres and appetizers, a $20 lunch prix fixe is also available & an after 8pm $25 dinner prix fixe. Call or visit the website to make reservations.


  • Nobody looks to Restaurant Row for culinary innovation, and Le Rivage may have the distinction of being the most outdated place even in that gastronomic backwater. In fact, the place is a time...

  • 9/17/2009 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon 11:30am-9:30pm Tue-Sat 11:30am-11pm Sun 11:30am-10pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Diner's Club, Discover, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Clinton, Midtown