Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Robin Des Bois Sherwood Cafe
195 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120140.685097 -73.991441
Mon-Thurs 4 pm-midnight, Fri noon-1 am, Sat 11 am-1 am, Sun 11 am-11 pm
Neighborhoods: Boerum Hill
Fantastic staff, quirky decor, A++ Bloody Mary! – Two brunches and counting! One as a couple, one in a group, one inside, one outside, all awesome. This was one of those "we always wanted to check it out" places, and on a random rainy Sunday afternoon we finally stepped inside. Sipped perfectly peppered bloodies (under the virgin mary), and enjoyed giant french toast with fresh blueberries. For the second brunch we sat in the spacious, deliciously eclectic back patio. Staff was fun and friendly, extremely attentive, and beyond patient when one of our party was over an hour late, and we waited to order. Kept the drinkies and the smiles coming, and we'll keep going back for more. Can't wait to try it for dinner or a private party! Have a new rez crush.
One of the best restaurants in the neighborhood – I took an out of town guest here for dinner last night and we loved our experience at Robin des Bois. Everyone who worked there was friendly and professional. Attentive but not overbearing and they did not rush us at all even though we had one of the coveted patio tables. Speaking of the patio, it is one of the loveliest spots I have had dinner in a long time. We started our dinner with cocktails, my friend had the beet salad and I had the gazpacho. For our main course she had the salmon and I had the goat cheese & tomato sandwich. We also had some wasabi mashed potatoes which were out of this world (and one of the specials that night)! For dessert we shared the warm chocolate cake which was delicious and very rich- you could taste the cocoa.
While this place is cash only, you can't beat the prices! Our total bill was less than $65 for very high quality food and service. I will be back again soon and recommend it to everyone.
Fun, great atmosphere, and fantastic food – I've been going to - and loving - Robin de Bois for years now. This weekend I had a revelation: the food is actually getting better. I found this unusual - most places that have been around for awhile and have a dedicated following become apathetic, and the quality of the food declines. Not here - just the opposite in fact. I had the sea bass special, with mashed potatoes, after starting with the tuna tartare and the wild mushroom salad. It is particularly amazing when you see the size of the kitchen (tiny!). The decor is fun, the wine is great, the food is fantastic, and the prices are reasonable. I'm so excited that the nice weather is here too to be able to sit outside in their beautiful garden.
An Edenic backyard, charmingly ramshackle dining room and bistro classics draw diners to this Smith Street pioneer. – In Short
A massive chandelier, fireplace and decade-spanning antiques make for a cozy interior while the plant-strewn, festively decorated backyard more than earns its "Sherwood Forest" nickname. Weekend partyers mix with the nabe's locals and artists, who covet the vintage French movie posters lining the walls. All are drawn by the basic bistro fare--including mussels, steak with potatoes gratin and croque monsieur--and international tangents like couscous with meguez and chili-rubbed pork loin.
So disappointing! – My beet and goat cheese salad had three tiny, lousy crumbles of cheese, the steak sandwich should really be called bread and mayo sandwich since it was this gigantic piece of baguette covered in spicy mayo accented with about 8-12 tiny, tiny slices of skirt steak. And the waitress seemed like she'd rather be swimming in the depths of hell than waiting on us. It made for a really uncomfortable dining experience. I can't believe so many people rave about this place! Bad day maybe?
Would Recomment if... – I ate here in the winter w/my cousin. Food was good. Seating is a problem. The place is small and seating is wherever they can put a table. Even if it's right in the walkway to the bathroom/bar. It's electically decorated and very dim inside.
I didn't find the food very French, more American. However, the food was very tastey and the wine was good. Also, I had the best coffee here.
It's best dining for two people, but doable for small groups of 4 people max. If you're looking for good food and very little comfort ambiance, this is a good place.
Lively, crowded and delicious! – Oh, you folks! When will you learn? Haven't ANYof you worked in a popular restaurant? These places get crowded 'cause they have something to offer- the wait has everything to do with a commitment to their menu(and not to mention, lots of other customers...). It's not all about you, really! We went for the first time Saturday, and yes it was insane. They still managed to serve us great food quickly. They even smiled. But they didn't have time coddle us - they were swamped! They were not aloof, just efficient. Our entire meal was delicious- the wine affordable, the atmosphere a myriad of dark delights.
Seafood Stew! – Stumbled upon this restaurant from a trip to Brooklyn. Food was delicious! Everything was very fresh and tasty and came in good portions. Prices are reasonable. We ordered the pork chop and it was really tasty and not dry eventhough we asked for it to be completely well done. Everything in the seafood stew was fresh--not like some restaurants where the mussels are dry and old. It was still good the second day and I ate to the bottom of the dish including sauce. Will definitely go back.
Best atmosphere, food, decor on Smith St. – I love this place-the food is always well presented and prepared. Good size portions and an affordable menu. I find myself craving the mussels and running on over at least twice a month. The service is so attentive-I am not sure why others had a bad experience? We had dinner there Saturday, and each server came over to check on us- they have good synergy. The citysearch photo does no justice to the interior or decor-I highly suggest checkng this place out-large mirrors, antique chandeliers, with a 60's mod, french, and somewhat sensual charm.
Smith Street - Friday Night – I've been here dozens of times. The first thing you notice when you walk in is the aroma of roasted chicken. Then you realize there is an alligator skin over your head. Toni loves the monk fish. I like anything duck. The food reminded me of my brother-in-law's cooking. So I brought him there.... Sure enough, he and the proprieter came from the same town - Aix. Great french country cooking! The only thing that I don't like about this restaurant is the dishwasher etched glasses.
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