Clayton >Food & Dining > Chez Leon Restaurant
7927 Forsyth Blvd., St Louis, MO | Directions 6310538.650324 -90.339360
Lunch: Mon - Fri, 11am - 2pm. Dinner: Tue - Thu, 5pm - 10pm; Fri, Sat, 5pm - 11pm; Sun, 5pm - 9pm
Neighborhoods: Central West End, Saint Louis
Real dissappointment – Where do I start? We were celebrating our anniversary with another couple on Friday, 11/18. We arrived to be greeted by...no one! Waited 5 minutes to be seated by a waiter. After waiting 15 minutes for our drinks to be delivered, we had to ask for menus. Upon choosing our entrees we were informed that 2 of the menus were not current! After reordering from the correct menu, we waited at least 15 minutes between courses with no explanation for delays. The food was very good...service was atrocious. My friend's caeser salad was the only low point. It was far too salty and when she mentioned it to the waiter, nothing was done to exchange or comp it. We were there for 3 hours waiting to complete our meal. Unfortunately since there was not even a manager, much less owner there to speak with about the service or keep the staff accountable I need to vent my frustrations here. All 4 of us live in Clayton and eat out 2-3 week in the area. We will never frequent Chez Leon again. Why should we with all the other restaurants available that appreciate our patronage?
Great Dinner/Great Service – My wife and I celebrated our 33rd anniversary at Chez Leon's on Sat. evening. We arrived at 6:30 as per our reservations and were promptly seated. Our waiter introduced himself and then brought our drinks. I had the lamb chops---which were a good deal at 39 because I saw the same chops at the global market on LIndbergh for 5 bucks a piece. There were four on my plate. They were done perfectly, with a ' to die for' sauce. My wife had the duck--also excellent. We also had the escargot and oysters rockefeller. Creame Brulle for dessert.
It was a "fine dining" experience. Exactly what we had hoped for. Yes, it's abit pricey ,but you get what you pay for.
So Much for a Good Birthday – Made a reservation for my 40th birthday 2 weeks before the date. Was very excited because I love French food and had eaten at Chez Leon when it was in the CWE. Decided to use my Groupon, and called two days before my birthday to let the restaurant know that I would be using the Groupon. I am told that I cannot use it because they are having a special 3 items for whatever. When I made the reservation, there was no mention of a special...I received an email two days after I made the reservation that this special was being offered. I ask if my husband and I can order off the regular menu, and am told yes, and the person taking the reservation makes a note of this.
Fast forward to my birthday, we get seated right away, have drink orders taken, and our server brings out this "special" menu. When I let him know that we requested the regular menu, I am told that it is not available at all because they "have so many people in".
Upon looking at the menu, not one of the items I was looking forward to are on it.
I will not patronize Chez Leon again. Anyone want a Groupon?
Avoid at all costs – There is a saying, "fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me." This is exactly how I felt after dining at Chez Leon for the second time. Me and my girlfriend had a horrible experience the first time, but our server was so nice and accommodating that we decided to go back and try it again with a groupon that we had purchased a while back. The second time was slightly better, but not by much. We arrived at the restaurant around 6:00 and we were immediately sat at a nice cozy table in the back. We were waiting for probably around 5 minutes before a waiter comes from the front and asks "What can I get you to drink?" The way he said it was just very rude and condescending, as if we were inconveniencing him. We asked him about the wines by the glass and by the bottle, and he could not give us an informative answer about any of them. After a minute of him stumbling over the wines by the bottle, I ordered a martini and my girlfriend ordered a glass of champagne. After dropping off our drinks, our waiter brought menus and took our dinner orders. I ordered the duck breast medium temp, and my girlfriend ordered the strip steak medium rare. Then we waited. It took 35 minutes for our entrees to finally come out, and the restaurant had only two other tables sitting down! The entree dishes were awful. My girlfriends steak was medium well, was very thin and tough, and just tasted bland. The fries that came with the meal were soggy and had no flavor. My duck was rare, and the "orange sauce" did not taste like any orange sauce I have ever had. I did not even want to take anything home it was so awful. After "dinner" I asked for the check and saw the prices for our drinks. Sixteen dollars for a glass of champagne, 10 dollars for an extremely poor gin beefeater martini, and $15 for a glass of white wine which I just saw at whole foods for $18 a bottle. Bad food, bad service, and bad prices.
Bad Experience, would not recommend – Chez Leon in Clayton was a huge disappointment. Before dining their I had read several reviews online raving about the great food and service. This past Saturday I dined at Chez Leon with my husband and it proved to be one of the most expensive mistakes we have ever made. We arrived at around 8:30 and sat in the foyer waiting to be sat for 5 minutes. The host, who smelled somewhat like mildew, came up to us from his SEAT in the dining room, and led us to a cramped table on the cafeteria style booths they have. We gave our drink orders to the host and then waited. We waited for 10 minutes till a waiter came up to us and asked us if we had been helped. We were then asked for a drink order again (apparently the host had forgotten about us). The server was nice, but seemed pre-occupied while he explained the 3 plat for 43. It seemed like a great deal at the time, but we were sadly mistaken. The escargot I got for first course tasted foul, but the rotten taste was almost covered up by the garlic fennel butter it was served with. My husbands foie gras was okay, but it was undercooked and a little slimey. The chicken, which the server said had a piece of foe gras in it, did not have any foie gras and was extremely dried out. It was topped with an extremely salty and heavy cream sauce that made my stomach hurt. My husband got the filet for dinner. Not only was it extremely tiny, but it was cooked to Medium Well when he order Medium Rare. For Dessert we split the Pomme A La Reine which was delicious but not enough to save the dinner. Drinks were too expensive, a glass of white wine is $15, a glass of champagne is $16, and my husbands Jack & Coke was $10. Save yourself and never come here.
NO! – I haven't recommened CL to anyone and I don"t plan to. CL attempts to achieve the level of a French Bistro but succeeds only superficially. Let me start first with the service. We were never brought a wine list and were never offered a wine. We were also never given the attention that one would expect to receive at such a restaurant because, as our waiter explained, they were understaffed and just were caught off guard by the amount of people coming in. Hello? Upon ordering our food I asked about what sides came with the entrees. He said vegetables. Yeah guy, what type? How are they prepared? Do all entrees get the same sides? He just wasn"t being all that specific. Let's talk about the food(and just know that I am a classical trained chef who went through a three year culinary program in the south west of Germany). We first had appetizers and my wife ordered the seared scallops and there were actually perfectly cooked. My mother's shrimp with bacon were also good, but both apps were smothered in rich, heavy cream sauces that, yes, I know, are familiar to french cooking but not necessary for an appetizers, who should normally be light as not to effect the following courses. I went with the seared foie gras because they paired it with cabage and bacon. Normally one would pair something as rich and fatty as foie gras with something sweet and fruity like figs or raspberry. I was curious and unfortunately disappointed. The sauteed cabage and bacon completey ruined the flavor of the foie gras, which wasn't seasoned to begin with. I guess choosing it was my own stupid mistake. As for the entrees, my black bass and my wife's salmon were overcooked. My beurre blanc sauce tasted more just like plain old melted butter. My mother had the roasted chicken, that was burnt and dry, with "truffel" sauce. I was disappointed overall and will never go back nor recommend Chez Leon to anyone.
I will not return! – I went there for my friend's birthday party. He made the reservation and told them that it was his birthday. The service was not that great. We had a party of 15 and they had us at three different tables. My friend was served last and had to wait an additional 20 minutes for dessert. I asked the owner about this and he made up a story about where he was from France. More less, he could not find a valid excuse. He said that the host was always served last and that is his policy. I told him that he was not the host and that it was his birthday. He apologized, however did not do anything about it. I ordered a pork dish and it was very dry. I will not return to this establishment. And to add fuel to the flame, the waiter gave the entire bill to my friend. This place is a complete joke!
Sacre-bleu! Great food! – My girlfriend and I went to Chez Leon to celebrate our 2 year anniversary. The first thing I noticed was that our two person table was was situated extremely close to the table next to us. We received water and bread promptly from the busboy, but then we were forced to sit for well over fifteen minutes without even having menus to look over. When our waiter finally noticed us, he was very apologetic and offered us some complimentary drinks. It was there that the night pulled a complete 180. Five minutes later we not only had two complimentary glasses of some nice bordeaux but were surprised with two glasses of fine champagne, also on the house. We received five star service the rest of the night.
We ordered the escargots as an appetizer, a new experience for me. They come in a wonderful buttery sauce which has a a garlic and basil flavor.
I ordered the salade vert (green salad) which was very basic: lettuce and oil and vinegar with a cracker which was covered in some deliciously stinky french cheese. In such a simple salad, there is little room for error. The salad was good, but I will be trying a different salad on my next visit.
For the main course, I ordered the Duck a l'orange. It blew my mind. It was juicy and bursting with great balance of the two main flavors. It had just the right amount of orange without overpowering the succulent flavor of the duck. It was served with sides of creamy potatoes, carrots, green beans, and sweet red cabbage (surprisingly tasty).
Dessert was an apple tart served a la mode. It did not disappoint.
If you're willing to drop a decent amount of money (our bill was $100 without the wine - escargots, 2 salads, 2 entrees, and dessert) this is a great french restaurant. Although someone obviously screwed up in having us sit unattended for fifteen minutes, but they went out of the way after that to show that they truly value their customers. The chefs know their way around the kitchen, and it really shows on your plate.
Delicious food but not very cozy atmosphere – I always read reviews before I go out on a special occasion, but I?ve never written one myself, so this is my review-writing debut? My husband and I were at Leon for our wedding anniversary. Here?s what I liked about the restaurant: food. Simply delicious. All the three courses were very tasty, with the veal (main course) being one of the best I?ve ever had. I find the food a little pricy (if I recall correctly, we spent close to $200 with wine for the two of us), but since its quality was exceptional, I think it was worth the expense. What I didn?t like: I expected a more cozy environment that it turned out to be. The restaurant space is a big rectangular hall with tables located very closely to each other. The wall decor is nice but in my point of view is not sophisticated enough for a pricy French restaurant. My biggest complaint is that the tables are so scrunched in the space, it?s hard to keep your conversation private on a busy night (the night we were there, it was very busy) and it?s hard to hear your companion because of the noise. Overall, it?s just not the right atmosphere for a romantic date - it?s a very nice, but not cozy restaurant. They would definitely win my heart if they redesigned the restaurant floor to make it look less like a dining hall. Also, I find that the waiting time was somewhat longer than expected, though it was not disturbing. However, I think the restaurant deserves the ?recommended? rating simply because the food was exceptional. My compliments to the chef!!!
My favorite restaurant of all time – We spent 4 hours for dinner here. The price fixe menu is fantastic, with different offerings each day. Be prepared to spend upwards of $120 for dinner with drinks and tip.
Service was fantastic, the waiter even comes and scoops your bread crumbs up after each course.
Every bite was amazing. I had Es Cargo for an appetizer, Roast duck with a cherry sauce for the main course, and an orange custardy sort of cheesecake for dessert.
The environment was beautiful too. Seating fills up quickly, I would suggest reservations.
This restaurant is the one thing I wish I could have brought with me when I moved to Seattle. I haven't found anything comparable to replace it.
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