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Saul - 34 Reviews - 140 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Brooklyn, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (718) 935-9844

Saul

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140 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (at nr. Bergen St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Reviews

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Best

We enjoyed our visit to the restaurant a lot.

Worst

Someone should tell these people that high prices on the menu does not make your restaurant better. The place was really boring -- menu, food, decor. It was nearly empty when I ...

good food, good service 2/23/2009

We enjoyed our visit to the restaurant a lot. more

Great Service, Interesting Menu, Upscale Dinning 11/29/2008

I actually came here today for dinner. We went around 6:30pm on a Saturday without a reservation. The place had only a few people inside and we were seated promptly. The service was amazing. Our water was refilled continuously and when I accidentally dropped my knife, two people came to replace it right away without me having to flag anyone down. We were first given a complementary soup dish. The dishes on the menu are interesting, not traditional. My friend ordered the skate, I ordered the squib. We also shared an appetizer which was a mixture of pasta, seafood and an egg on top. The dishes tasted good, but definitely not the usual things use see on menus. the desserts left something to be desired. When we asked for the check we were given complementary chocolates. A very nice experience. We left around 8:30pm and the place was packed. Pros: service, interesting menu, atmosphere Cons: dessert choices more

Terrific 11/8/2008

Amazing food. Great ambience. No vegetarian entrees on the menu, but Saul will make you something great if you just say what vegetables you like. more

Solid High-End Brooklyn Dining 8/27/2008

Came here a while ago for an anniversary with my girlfriend. Loved the intimacy of the small, exposed-brick dining room. The food was very good, albeit overpriced (as was the wine). The server was very gracious and friendly. We noticed that the patrons skewed to the older set, though this was a weeknight. DOesn't get a lot of buzz, but that's a good thing. Pros: Intimate, cozy, service Cons: Expensive more

The best meal of my life. 6/17/2008

In my life, I have had many fine meals. I consider myself a connoisseur of most things foodie. But last night, I realized I had never truly experienced a meal before. For my anniversary my girlfriend and I went to Saul in Boreum Hill. Dinner started off with a lively discussion with our waiter about tannins and types of bodies and bouquets of wine, and finally we decided on a lovely Post Scriptum Douro. As we began, we were surprised with a divine peach gaspacho. It had a nice kick to it, but perfectly smooth, with a hint of basil. The we shared the Duck Confit appetizer with grits and wilted greens. The meat so so tender it practically melted on my tongue! My girlfriend then ordered the lamb special, a pan seared leg of lamb and a grilled lamb chop. It was served over a pea puree with grilled ramps and roasted fingerling potatoes. It was some of the best lamb either of us have ever tasted. I ordered the chicken special, which was a buttermilk sou vie chicken breast served on top of an herbed garlic potato puree with wild mushrooms and some sort of greens. This was the star of the entrees. It was perfectly tender and juicy, with a hint of spiciness from the garlic in the potatoes. I barely ever order chicken out, but this was an awe inspiring dish. We then ordered the rhubarb tart and the baked Alaska for dessert. The rhubarb tart was, well, tart. It paled in comparison to the baked Alaska. It was perfectly warm and crisp on the outside, with perfectly softened ice cream on the inside, with a decadent chocolate cookie on the bottom, served with a smoky caramel sauce. Upon my first bite all I could say to my girlfriend was ""eat this now."" It was so good, so unbelievably delicious, we even ordered a second one! All in all this was the best dining experience I have ever had. The wait staff were knowledgeable and available without being pretentious or over bearing. The setting was small enough to be intimate but big enough to feel comfortable. Pros: Ambiance, Service, Wine List, Duck Confit, Lamb, Sou Vie Chicken, Baked Alaska Cons: Price (but worth it, really), Rhubarb Tart more

very average for the price 4/20/2008

I would not rate it below average , if this restaurant was not overpriced. Pros: cute in and out Cons: way over priced, over the top food, and wine list more

Impressive ingredients made with time and... 2/6/2008

Impressive ingredients made with time and care. The only time I wasn't disappointed by the high expectation... more

Impressive ingredients made with time and... 2/6/2008

anniey1 Provided by Partner
Impressive ingredients made with time and care. The only time I wasn't disappointed by the high expectation of a well-reviewed restaurant of this p... more

Impressive ingredients made with time and... 2/6/2008

anniey1 Provided by Partner
Impressive ingredients made with time and care. The only time I wasn't disappointed by the high expectation of a well-reviewed restaurant of this p... more

Phenomenal 1/26/2008

Our friends in Brooklyn had been talking about this place for a while, and we finally went last night. We had an amazing dinner that makes me unable to comprehend some of the negative reviews. The foie gras absolutely incredible, and the lamb special was excellent. While its true that the portions were relatively small, that, to me, is to be exepcted for food this rich. In short, we loved it and highly recommend it, enjoying it even more than Le Cirque. Pros: Remarkable food, great menu, wonderful experience Cons: Expensive wine list, portions could be bigger, service not the best more

Michelin Star? 1/1/2008

We went with high expecations knowing that it's a Michelin rated restaurant. The service is unpolished and inconsistent from what one might expect. For example, our server was unfriendly and we could see the wait staff drinking and eating within the dining room which reflects in an unprofessional way on the dining area and the experience in general. The food was generally very good; tasty, portions fair, but fell short with a cod fish entree that was bland. Overall, decent food but does not merit a repeat visit for us. more

Rushed and unwelcoming service 12/9/2007

We went to Saul with high expectations for a lovely evening and a fine meal. Unfortunately what we got was good food, but a very unpleasant experience. As other reviewers noted, the portions were small but the food was well prepared and presented. The problem was with the service, which was less than gracious. When the price of dinner for four is over $500.00 with wine and tip, one would hope that the service would be hospitable and warm. Instead, we felt rushed- our waiter gave us almost no time to peruse the menu and enjoy our bottle of champagne, we were served almost immediately and our plates were whisked away. In our opinion, a fine meal should certainly have good food, but the atmosphere needs to be warm, relaxed and convivial. NY has many restaurants with good food. The really good restaurants are the ones that combine good food and a sense of welcome and hospitality. We will not go back. Pros: creative food Cons: cold service more

Tasty food, but the meals are extremely small 11/20/2007

Just came from the dinner at Saul. I liked the taste of my food very much. However, consistently with some reviews below, found the dishes very small and left the place hungry. On the positive side, service was excellent. The prices - well, the check was $100 for two very small dinners without wine. Pros: taste Cons: the size of meals more


worst birthday ever at Saul 10/1/2007

I had the most unpleasant experience I can ever recall having? anywhere? at Saul in Brooklyn on Saturday night. After having made a reservation weeks ago for six people to celebrate my birthday, a seventh person was added to our party at the last minute. (A friend?s husband whose work suddenly freed him up.) And rather than squeeze another chair in at our table for six, we were summarily turned away. more

worst birthday ever at Saul 10/1/2007

I had the most unpleasant experience I can ever recall having? anywhere? at Saul in Brooklyn on Saturday night. After having made a reservation weeks ago for six people to celebrate my birthday, a seventh person was added to our party at the last minute. (A friend?s husband whose work suddenly freed him up.) And rather than squeeze another chair in at our table for six, we were summarily turned away. more

Fantastic 8/30/2007

I really don't know why there isn't more hype about Saul. I've been there a couple of times, and it is consistently fantastic. On our recent visit, we had an heirloom salad, tuna tartare, scallops, and bass with artichokes - it was all amazing. The staff was super friendly, totally unpretentious, and attentive. I'll keep returning - it is a true neighborhood gem. Pros: Fantastic everything Cons: nothing! more

One of Smith Street's best 7/19/2007

Some of the best food in NY. The portions may not be enormous, but the flavor is. A lot of work goes into every dish and it shows: it's creative and meticulous. If it's quantity you're looking for, there are plenty of places to get heaping portions of decent food on Smith Street, but, if you're looking to treat yourself to some really delicious food, Saul is a guarantee. As with any other high-end restaurant, avoid the fixed price menu. Pros: delicious, creative dishes Cons: prix fixe - but that's not what you should be coming here for anyway more

Recommended for those on a starvation diet. 1/29/2007

Jeffib, you are right on target! We were starving when we walked out-we only received 4 slices of steak, although they were the same size as you described. The shortrib was flavorless. There was not enough squash to coat the fork, and yes, we did go out to get something more to eat when we left. Pros: lots of empty table-we finished our measl before out 1 hour meter ran out Cons: miniscule portions for the price-you will leave hungry more

Don't go if your hungry 12/24/2006

My wife and I went to Saul on a Tuesday night to celebrate her birthday. We made 7 PM reservations and had no problem being seated, although the table we were given was near the entranceway, which was blocked off by fabric panels that did little to keep out the draft each time the door was opened. The decor was sparse and nondescript, certainly not a romantic environment by any stretch of the imagination. Pros: Excellent food. Cons: Ambience. Absurdly small portion size. more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    Saul Bolton's popular restaurant opened on Smith Street in 1999, just as Carroll Gardens was gaining a reputation as a fashionable dining destination. The spare, 48-seat space...

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  • Hours:

    Sun - Thu, 5:30am - 10pm; Fri - Sat, 5:30am - 11pm
  • Payments:

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

    Boerum Hill
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