136 4th Ave NE, St Petersburg, FL | Directions 3370127.776034 -82.633348
Neighborhoods: North Downtown
good food ,good service – My wife and I just returned from dinner at "Chateau France". We read the reviews on "City Search" and some were so nasty we had to see for ourselves. We have been investors in a couple of fine dining establishments and know it isn't always easy to satisfy, but some of these reviews are over the top.
We were seated upstairs. The policy is to seat more casually dressed downstairs and the better dressed upstairs. (Same food up or down) The converted house is old and shows signs of some minor roof leaks as many of these old buildings have. The rooms were clean, not musty and cutely decorated in a French theme. Our room had a reproduction Renoir and the table settings were shiney clean and the china was of an expensive quality.
We started by sharing a very good goose pate followed by a rather uniquely presented house salad. The leaves are stood on end and wrapped with very thinly sliced cucumber and placed on top of a creamy, home made mild and tasty dressing.
Nexr we were served a small portion of home made sorbet' as a palate cleanser.
My wife's entree was sea bass with thinly sliced potatoe with peas and carrots in a sauce and covered with puff pastry. Naturally I sampled her's and we both agreed it was exceptional. My entree was boullabase with large chunks of lobster, a beautiful prawn, sea scallops and rather than the usual fish broth a very creamy broth that although not really authentic had a really good flavor.
Desert was a chocolate souffle, that was so light and good that it really didn't need the chocolate.
The wine list was mostly French (naturally) We chose a bottle that was priced at about twice the price of a wine store. Personally, I don't think that is excessive. One minor complaint was although it was a white wine it was served in a red wine glass.
All in all the service was very attentive and the meal was first rate. I'd suggest you try it yourself rather than allow the the poor reviews influence you.
A TERRIBLE RIPOFF - THUMBS DOWN – The service was horrible. The food was substandard and the ambiance was phony.
The price - obscene.
Go here if you really want to get the bent over Vaseline special!
Great place, great food – My husband and I went to eat at the Tampa location last week and everything was great. I was very hesitant at first as I read the reviews but friends recommended the place and I decided to take my husband there. The food was great, and it wasn't our first French restaurant (my husband's French). Only the wine by the glass seemed expensive eventhough it tastes very good (but we asked to see the bottles, and thay are good French wine bottles). If you are thinking about eating there just try it and be surprised like us.
RIP OFF, should be called Chateau SAMS CLUB – Oh chateau France, where do I start.... Not only is this restaurant a rip off in price and quality, its want to be French owner is FAR from French he's Portuguese. More importantly he is crazy, he ruins many dinning experiences by yelling, screaming at wait staff, and acts unprofessional in front of guest by causing such unpleasant scenes. He claims the restaurant is 100% organic, but its actually far from it, the Kobe beef isn?t really Kobe, the prime isn?t really prime, it?s actually all us choice, from sams club, where Antoine Lauro is a member and buys most of his products on his menu. If you want a miserable dinner experience due to the owner and his rip off cuisine go here!
Delicieux! – Wonderful food, gorgeous ambiance, no issues with service. I had lunch there and was very impressed by how meticulous everything was - from the interior design, to settings, to food presentation and taste (had a gorgeous, organic house salad and crepes). I was surprised to read about the last two bad reviews about the service...maybe the Tampa location is still to new to be consistent. We, however, experienced no problems - the staff was accommodating and responsive with being overly fawning. We definitely intend to return.
Great food ruined by terrible service – We dined at their Dale Mabry site in Tampa. A quick review is great food, ruined by terrible service. After being seated, we had to wait 15 minutes before anyone came over and gave us a menu. The lighting is by very small kerosine lamps. It was so dark that people were using the lights from their cell phones to read the menu. Our first course was a lobster bisque. It took over 20 minutes to arrive. We had to ask that the water glasses be filled and when I asked what a particular plate was in front of me, I was told that it was a bread plate. I then said could we have some bread, so I could use the plate! The main course was great, if you like eating in the dark. The poor service was so stressful that we could not enjoy the meal, one which was not cheap. We were so disgusted that we skipped dessert. After paying the bill, we left. No one thanked us or even said good-bye. If they paid as much attention to the customer as they did in the preparation of the food, they would have a great place to eat. Dining out should be a pleasant experience from the moment you arrive to the time you leave. This was not! There are too many equally as good places to get a great meal that I would not recommend this place. Life is too short to have a bad dining experience.
Worst Dining Experience - Ever! – I wish that I had read the good doctor's review before dining at Chateau France last Saturday night. My friends and I had a disappointingly similar experience. There were several warning signs before we began our meal: the terrible service (the poor waitresses were simply out of their league -- "This is a sorbet to cleans [sic] the palate," they both repeated verbatim at different times); the endless wait for our meal ( I grew up in France, so I'm not expecting McDonald's-type service when I go out to eat); and the grossly over-priced wine list (our wine selection at $89 turned out to be a bottle you can buy for $10:99 at Total Wines, we have since discovered). When our food finally came, it was mediocre at best. My Chateaubriand was unidentifiable as such (it was so dark in the restaurant, they could have been serving me any old cut, and it certainly tasted like that). My husband didn't fair so well. His duck was completely inedible. When I complained, the waitress informed me that duck should be rare. Again, growing up in the Perigord region of France, I am aware how duck should be served. It is, however, important for the meat to come into contact with some kind of heat -- there is a difference between rare and raw, after all. The only member of our party who was satisfied ordered cassoulet, which was apparently excellent. Still, even she could not justify the $400 bill we ended up with (we were not charged for the duck fiasco). I've spent this much on a meal before, but not one as pitiful as this, and certainly not one for which I felt completely ripped off. This is not just a second-rate restaurant that is over-priced, in my opinion it is a conscious scam on the part of the management to swindle their customers.
I implore you, do not part with your hard-earned money at this restaurant. Spend it on a flight to Paris instead and find out for yourself.
Gastronomic facade – Overall, the dining experience at Chateau France is at best, specious. The ambiance is inviting and the menu looks appealing, but not enough to justify the cost. For 8oz of beef tenderloin with foie gras and demi glace (filet Rossini), the market price is $65. The price of a 6oz Australian lobster tail is the same. The meat quality is mediocre, sauces are inconsistent, and the service is generally very slow, cold, and unprofessional. For a party of 2, the pricetag is well over $300 with a modest bottle of wine. Additionally, to a discriminating palate, the food quality is not outstanding. Combined with the service, dining at this establishment is just risky. Its potentially romantic and promising allure is quickly negated by overpriced, mediocre quality, poorly served food. In addition, the number of patrons (even on Saturdays) is generally sparse-not a good sign.
A renovated St. Petersburg mansion, backed by an accomplished kitchen. – In Short
As soon as you step into the foyer, you know you're going to be pampered. Gaze deliriously at the clean stemware so perfectly arranged and the beautiful view from the lace-curtained bay window to the quiet streets beyond. Start with scallops au citron--shellfish delicately pooled in a silky lemon sauce. Move on to the poulet roullade, breast of chicken baked with lobster meat. Finish off with crepes suzette made fresh at the table with orange, cognac and Gran Marnier.
Wonderful... – This was a romantic birthday that I will never forget. Just know going in it is going to be a "budget splurge", but well worth it. This was the best meal I have ever had. I had always loved this building since it was a tea house, Chateau has luckily retained all of the charm. I had the Tournedos Paris, a few slices of sliced tenderloin, it was the most tender piece of steak I have ever had, more than fork tender, it literally fell apart in my mouth. The lobster bisque was a heavenly starter, and don't get me started on the desserts! The sorbet was a nice touch (to cleanse the pallete in between courses). The owner was present and made us feel as if we were regular VIP's even though it was our first time. They have a nice wine selection and the service was first rate.
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