Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecote Marylebone

French, Steak·
££££
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Bronze Award
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London, W1U 2QG ·Website ·Call020 7486 0878

SquareMeal Review of Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecote Marylebone

Bronze Award

“I love the concept of this place”, trumpets a fan of this seriously unfashionable Parisian steakhouse chain: look through the window before opening time and you’ll see staff eating their customary communal meal – it’s one of many unchanging traditions here. The bistro interior is dominated by garish paintings of Venetian scenes and there’s no menu: as always, dinner comprises a nutty, dressed green salad and a decent-enough steak served with the tarragon-inflected house sauce and frites. The meat is brought in two hefty servings, while the combination of a fully loaded dessert trolley plus quick-fire service may necessitate some belt loosening – expect to remain “un-coddled” throughout. A neat wine list does its job too. “This isn’t a steak-sniffer’s paradise”, notes one reviewer, “but it’s handy to have up your sleeve”. No bookings, so be prepared to queue.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
French, Steak
Ambience
Cosy, Lively, Traditional
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Location for Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecote Marylebone

120 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2QG

020 7486 0878

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Opening Times

Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm (Fri -2.45pm) 6-11pm Sat-Sun 12.30-3.30pm 6.30-10.30pm (Sat -11pm)

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Louisa C

23 July 2019  
The food is amazing quality, simple concept and great service. What is the secret to that sauce? An example of picking one thing to do and doing that thing really well.

Claire G

27 June 2018  
Fail safe steak and frites, you know what you're getting, always excellent food, drink and service. And you get seconds!

emma L

11 July 2012  
I love this place! the food is simple and well prepared… the secret sauce on the steak is delicious! I like the fact you don't have an endless list of dishes to choose from and the staff aren't trying to be your best friend. But I would suggest you arrive early, as queuing to get inside the restaurant can be a problem as you can't make a reservation. However, its always worth the wait! Don't go there if you want special treatment or a large menu to choose from. But if you appreciate a nice steak and salad – then i would definitely recommend it.
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Yoonjin S

15 October 2011  
Pros: 1. Basic menu (no choice except for dessert) 2. Delicious simple food 3. Love the 2nd serving! 4. Great wine menu – even the house wine! 5. Lively atmosphere Cons: 1. Can't book, so you end up waiting in a queue outside for over 30mins every time 2. The wait staff often bring your mains before you've even finished your starters!
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Noreen C

18 March 2011  
Reviews for Relais de Venise seem to fall in to two categories either good or bad. Notice the negative reviews have all been from people expecting to have some time for a relaxed meal and then being utterly disappointed at the set up and finding a special meal completely ruined, and I can totally understand why they would feel that way. We only go for a quick meal on the way home from work, because we know we can be in and out in virtually the same time it would take for us to walk home and make dinner ourselves. You will probably be in and out in 45 minutes. This is fast food French style! They don't take reservations, it's first come first served and if there is a queue and you get to the front they won't let you in if you are not all present, there is nowhere to wait inside if it is raining or cold. It is run with what can only be described as military precision, which can easily be misinterpreted as rude and brusque, but at least you know they are treating everyone the same. We always try to speak to the waitresses who seem to be on fast forward and are invariably taken aback that anyone should actually take time to talk to them! Everyone is served with the same starter, a green salad with mustard dressing, everyone has the same main course steak, sauce and chips, and there is none of that medium rare, slightly pink choices palaver. It's straight up Rare, Medium or Well Done. You get probably a medium plate full, (very small if you are used to American portions), and then they will bring you second serving. There is a choice of about 6 desserts. Probably not a great venue for vegetarians, as the last time we went there was obviously one veggie on a table of eight next to us. Her main course was a huge cheese plate… It is slightly frenetic, as the tables are turned fast, and in keeping with the French brasserie style you are quite squashed so you will be extremely close to your neighbours. That said we like it very much, so if you want a super quick meal it fits the bill perfectly, if you want to take more time over dinner you would be better off going to Cafe Luc at the top of Marylebone High Street.
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Tony B

15 November 2010  
You got to know what this place is about before you try it … It;s all about getting there at a time so you dont have to queue… eat…drink and leave !… if that is the timetale you are on …done deal !.. quite simply…it's French …it's steak and chips with their special sauce …it's red wine .. it's pay and go ! The staff are fine… yes they are not there to have a chat and compliment your tie or blouse !… they are all about turnover… but not to the degree they will ask you to leave ! But its not a 3 hours over a meal job . The steak and chips idea works for me … house red is just fine… This one is far busier that the one in the city ..bit if I am hungry and I see a spot…i go and enjoy…others times I can't be bothered to wait for a table.. …but you have to give it a go !
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Apple P

05 October 2010  
This is a rather typical French brasserie so yes, the food is generally good and the service is generally poor. If you go expecting the Ritz, for a 10th of the price, then you will be disappointed. It's not the place to go to for a celebration dinner or lunch, especially because the turnover is quite quick. It's ideal, however, for a quick-ish meal, when you feel like having steak frites. The service is indeed quite sharp and Gallic, but the secret is not to take it personally. They don't do it because they hate you, they just like to keep up appearences…
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Simon W

02 September 2010  
The other views are fair – both the negative and positive ones. A set menu of salad, steak frites and pudding. It is quick, almost too quick and too prepared. The salad was over dressed and dressed too early leading to wilted leaves. My rare steak was cooked correctly and when seconds arrive you can have pretty well as much as you want. The frites, in my opinion, should have been salted more but were classic ‘allumettes’. If you want a quick meal, where you do not even have to waste time looking at the menu, and the service is more 'gentlemen's club/Oxford College' than top restaurant, this is your place.
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ss S

02 September 2010  
Quick and simple and trying to be nothing else. It delivers on this.
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Jessica S

29 March 2010  
With great excitement, I invited my father to join my husband and me for lunch at “L'Entrecote” on Saturday. My father has lived in France for many years and I thought this would remind him of home whilst on an extended business trip in London. I am sorry to say that this miserable place let him down at almost every opportunity. We were shown to a decent enough table – all tables are small and close together, but not unreasonably so given the restaurant's popularity – and within about 10 seconds were asked how we wanted our steak cooked. I replied “medium rare”, only to be told “we only cook in the French way: blue, rare or medium”. Well why ask what I want, I thought, why not tell me what I'm allowed? Salad and bread arrived. The salad was small, but I have to say delicious with a strong mustard dressing and a few walnuts. But when my husband asked for butter, the true nonsense began. The waitress replied that we could not have butter, as it's a French restaurant. He asked for the manager. The waitress explained the manager would say the same, but agreed to get her anyway. The manager said “this is a French restaurant, we do exactly what they do in Paris and so we don't serve butter”. When asked if the restaurant was in possession of butter, she replied, “Yes, but only to be served with cheese”. Her manner was that of someone explaining an important and inalienable principle, rather than someone making a petty point of denying a paying customer's simple and reasonable request. At this point we would have left but for the fact that we were entertaining my dad and did not want to spoil the occasion. The steak arrived smothered in a sauce which would have been nice were it not for the sheer quantity on the plate – and I say this as a lover of sauces of all kinds, and someone who oftens asks for more. The meat – delicious beef which I believe is from the excellent Donald Russell – barely stood a chance against the tarragon-heavy gloop. The fries were very nice, but rendered soggy by the aforementioned sauce, which was a shame. The bill was £95 (which included 2 small glasses of wine and 2 small beers). Considering the constituents of the meal – lettuce, beef, potatoes, sauce – it seemed steep. But to be honest I don't mind paying that for a good, if simple meal, assuming all parts are well executed and the service good. In this case neither was true, for even the good bits – salad and the meat – were spoilt either by their accompanying sauce or accompanying attitude and so I just felt ripped off. If you've read this far then I'm sure you will not be surprised to read that I will never be going back to this ridiculous place. France is a country of wonderful food and extraordinary restaurants (some of which admittedly have service less gracious than one might expect, though in my experience nothing to compare to the lows achieved by L'Entrecote), and it's truly shameful for this restaurant to suggest it has anything in common with it.
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