Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Juliette
135 N Fifth St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121140.717017 -73.959171
Mon-Thurs 5-11 pm, Fri 11:30 am-3 pm, 5 pm-midnight, Sat 10:30 am-5 pm, 5:30 pm-midnight, Sun 10:30 am-5 pm, 5:30-10:30 pm
Slow service – I have gone to this restaurant twice so far, each time leaving the place disappointed. It is a very charming bistro with lots of detail and the atmosphere is fun, but the service and food just doesn't live up to its decor. When I went there with a friend for dinner, they kept on trying to seat people right next to us, even though the restaurant was empty. Everyone would subsequently ask the waiter if they can be seated elsewhere, and it was irritating that this ordeal continued throughout our dinner. The service was extremely slow and aloof. It took close to 20 minutes to get our drinks, and whatever we asked our waiter to bring, we had to ask someone else for the second time.The burger I ordered had a weird smell and frozen fries were unappetizing. I couldn't bring myself to eat it, so I took (re-ordered) the spicy chicken entree. This was bland and reminded me of asian-inspired frozen dinners... My friend's special lamb entree was actually good, and I'm sure there are other items on the menu I've overlooked, but I won't go back unless the service improves...
Juliette -- Je t'aime pas – I went late on Sunday night. The initial impression is good. Beautiful decor and good atmosphere. That's where is got bad. The waiter fluffed the drink order several times and we gave up and accepted what we got after sitting too long and looking at the cocktails languishing on the bar.
Two of the items we wanted were not on the menu. Too bad. This made the waiter directing us to the steaks repeatedly a little too obvious. The ditzy boy fluffed the order several times and I got bored of hearing "I have only been here two days"
The food was so so. (MY companions said they likes it.) I like my food hot. The food was tepid and tasted like it had been under the heater for a long time. My meat was a little dry, although my friend's steak was pretty good (Though not warm enough, if you like freshly cooked food.) The dessert was again so so -- chocolate cake that had dried out a little and commercial ice cream I could but round the corner.
There are several better French bistros in Williamsburg that are more reasonably priced, have good service and graet food. Try one of those!
Amazing space, Friendly attentive staff and good food. What more do you want? – This is one of my favorite bistros in NYC. I actually live near the "French row" on Smith St., and would rather hop on the G train to go to Juliette than go to my local bistros. The food is much better, the brunch is amazing, and you can't beat the atmosphere.
Hope the food was a New Year's Fluke! – We went to Juliette on a whim on New Year's Eve and were happy to see that we could be seated without a reservation. While the ambiance was charming and comfortable, the food was distinctively SUBPAR. The lobster bisque was runny, the tuna tartare was actually too much and overseasoned, and the beef wellington was dry. We had really high hopes for the place since we are in the neighborhood but it fell short of our expectations. We hope it was a New Year's Eve fluke, since it was prix fixe. Service was good, but something about our whole experience was little off.
Ambience can't compensate for hideous service, inedible food – The ambience in Juliette is spectacular, there is no argument. Maybe hanging there for drinks at the bar would be an better idea than staying for a meal.
My companion and I went on a night when they were not busy, so there should be no excuse for poor service and poorly prepared food. My friend had the duck, which had so much gristle, the entire cut of meat was inedible. I had the special fish of the day which was completely burnt. After speaking to the waiter (several minutes of unsuccessfull flagging down in a mostly empty restaurant) about our dissatisfaction (which I RARELY do...), he told us "that's too bad". And I quote! No offer for something to replace it...no inquiry on details...and even though we could not eat our meal, brought a full tab to the table. Just "that's too bad" and walks away...
No manager on site that evening to take our complaint further.
My suggestion when considering an evening of French cuisine in Williamsburg: Have a couple of drinks at Juliette then head over a couple more blocks to the far superior "Gribouille" on Roebling and Hope (one block off Metropolitan) for a really tasty French dinner with attentive, respectful service.
Bright French cooking and a clean, thoughtful design raise the bistro stakes in Williamsburg. – The Scene
White tiles and high ceilings offer a refreshing entry to this multilevel loft. Up front, cafe tables offer a full street view, while the back room is warmed by wooden benches and mottled mirrors. Stylish young guests dot the space, which is saturated with jazz and global beats.
Nearly everything on the menu exceeds expectations of casual bistro fare. Sumptuous escargots are bathed in a garlicky anise butter, grilled saucisson, or sausage, is crisp and flavorful, and supple mussels are enhanced by a subtle curry broth. Cornish hen makes a star appearance with delectable skin, juicy meat and a compelling side of Roquefort polenta. Although steak au poivre is aptly prepared and pepper-spiked, it's served with the equivalent of McDonald's fries that have been left under the lamp too long--a baffling clunker on an otherwise stellar menu. For dessert, try tarte Tatin with tender, zesty apples.
What happened!!! – I used to be a regular at Juliette since its opening. I had grown friendly with the people working there (a young energetic and fun bunch, as well as great waiters!), and loved my sunday brunch, especially upstairs.
I can't imagine what happened, but one day the whole staff was gone, and the menu went from hearty and french comfort food, to snotty and unreliable quality wise... and I am not even getting into the horrible attitude...
What the heck happened???
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