26 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA | Directions 0180342.482498 -71.187179
Lunch hours: Mon - Fri, 11:30am - 4pm; Sat, 11:30am - 3pm. Dinner hours: Mon - Thu, 4:30pm - 10pm; Fri, 4:30pm - 11pm; Sat, 3:30pm - 11:30pm. Late-night dining: Mon - Sat, until midnight
Best "date night" dining – Whenever we have a special occasion to celebrate, Cafe Escadrille is my first choice for dinner. The service in the Gourmet Room is beyond compare. Lynn in particular always makes us feel like VIP's, and anticipates our every need. Is there anything better than blackened prime rib? Outstanding! The cozy, private booths lend such a romantic atmosphere, my husband & I simply love to dine here.
This place USED TO BE very good. Now it's justa "food factory". Food is "OK" but nothing to write home about. Gourmet section is the biggest ripoff in the place by far. I noted last week that they still serve chilled salad on chilled plates...obviously premade salad in preparared chilled plates...not exactly what you call "fresh". Atmosphere is preety good and food is about average but somewhat overpriced. Might be better off at the Dandelion Green near Burlington Mall, though they too went downhill a bit, but have more justifiable prices.
Disappointing Night Out – We asked for the Gourmet Room hopping for "classically fine dining and attentive service in an intimate atmosphere". We were not seated for until we asked why two couples that came in after us were seated before us. They called the Gourme Manager who came out and confronted us. We were finally seated infront of the heater while there were four tables open. We asked to be moved. The new managers lack class and fine dining is a thing of the past at Cafe Escadrille.
Keep driving by it – This place went downhill bigtime. Who ever heard of "rack of lamb" being served as 3 lambchops soaked in a wine sauce? The salad s-cks ..all chilled and pre-prepared. Gave us the impression of a "food factory". Looks like "anything for a buck" now as opposed to the great place with excellent food of years ago. Incidentally, biggest ripoff is "Gourmet" section. We found it an extremely poor value and inflated prices and manned by guys in suits. Food is no better than a "5" out of "10". Drive right by and go to the Dandelion Green next to Burlington mall for a great value (good food at respectable cost or Legals at the mall.
What happened? – This place sure went a bit downhill ....
Food is bland, overpriced, inconsistent, and some tastes "pre-prepared"...
Service is sometimes spotty too...
All in all, it's almost time to drive by this place and take your hits at the less expensive Dandelion Green across from Burlington Mall. At least there you won't feel as bad if you end up with below average dish and not have to pay a fortune for it....
WAY over rated ... – We had not been here for about 3 months and at that time we had a bad time.....bland food and poor service. We went last weekend and were so dissapointed. No water - had to ask twice. No bread - had to ask a 2nd waitress. Food was only fair except for the french onion soup that was preety good. I'm not sure what those "secret service" wanna-be guys do running around with ear plugs...but they sure didn't help us. Late food. A mixed up order. Not the best seating even though we reserved. And like another reviewr said, STAY AWAY from gourmet area with monkey-suited waiters....
We willnever go there again!
Complete disaster! – I've never had such crummy service that i was inclined to do this.. but this one did it. I planned a surprise birthday party for my mother at the "regular folks dining room" on 12/14/07. The table was over a half hour late, despite having made reservations far in advance, and the hostess didnt bother to tell me when I "checked in". This caused complete chaos amongst our group and the "Secret Service" guy had to be called in, though he wasnt much help.... The surprise was nearly ruined. After finally being seating and sitting for nearly 20 minutes we actually had to ASK for menus. 20 minutes after that we had to ASK for water and even bread! (all having been asked of the "secret service" folks because our server was nowhere to be seen). Several of my guests broke down and went to the bar to get served drinks, and the bottles of wine I asked for took THREE requests (and a good 45 mintues) to arrive. The salads were quite literally thrown at us by several different servers who didnt care that the orders were completely screwed up and ignored us when we made this known. While dinner was quite tasty, it was seriously overpriced for what you got and for the completely terrible service. Was quite glad that the gratuity wasnt included in our bill so I could tip accordingly.
HIGHLY OVER RATED – The place tries to be a classy higher end restaurant. It even has a "gourmet" area with guys dressed up in "monkey" outfits (black suits) to impress customers for an additional 40% charge on the identical food (served with a bit more "class"). Guess what? We went twice with other couples. Both times - the food s - cked ...or at least was no better than a place like the Dandelion Green that charges much less. You know what - drive by this joint and go across from the Burlington Mall to the Dandelion Green or in the mall to Legal Seafoods for great fish meals. We were not impressed. And I p - ssed my pants seeing the "secret service" wanna-bes with earphones hidden in their ears and wire sticking out......the "managers" I guess.... what a joke!! HIGH PRICES and AVERAGE FOOD!!!!.
It's not as good as some people think – The place is not the splendid restaurant that some people think. We have eaten there (in regular "peon" section) a number of times. The food in the "peon" section is good, but certainly not "top shelf". I agree with another reviewer - the "gourmet" section is one mother of a rip-off, just for "separation" from the massses and waiters with suits....all that for about a 30-40% extra charge! GIVE ME A BREAK!! In fact, gourmet section food is no better than "peon" section (so I'm told and I did try it once with a group). The place is clean and atmosphere, while "busy", is fairly good. But the food is a "6" on a 1-10 scale and VALUE is a "4" on a 1-10 scale.
STAY AWAY FROM GOURMET SECTION – We ate at the Escadrille on 10/12/07. There were 8 of us for special occasion in "Gourmet Section" where wait staff is in suits and they refold your napkin every time you get up to go to the bathroom. We paid $900 with tip! We got 2 doz oysters, 6 french onion soups, a salad, and orders of rck of lamb ,1 order of halibut.,, and 1 grilled swordfish The result:
Oysters and soups were good....but it ended there!
ALL of rck of lambs were bloody and significantly undercooked ($78 for order for 2)! Not one person enjoyed the lamb and each was hesitant to "send it back) due to "horror stories" of chef anger and result when one sends stuff back. The halibut smelled a bit offensive - certainly NOT fresh! The grilled swordfish was a small pice and VERY thick and hardly cooked! Tough to cook thick slab of swordfish. The person had guts to send it back to butterfly and cook it more - but it was still not very good. We also had one drink each before dinner and 1 glass of wine each. IT WAS A VERY DISSAPOINTING EVENING AND WE ALL FELT "CHEATED".
Do yourself a favor - stick to non-gourmet area if you dare go...at least you don't pay the 40% more for essentially the same food! We will NEVER return to this place!!
hey must have hired hispanic illegal aliens for cooks!!
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