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“BE CAREFUL They're Very Independent”

Joelles French Bistro
Ranked #13 of 36 Restaurants in Skaneateles
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 30 August 2016

joelle is in the kitchen and does a great job. her partner, alain, is the front man and is efficient and convivial. the food and service are excellent. however the wine menu is distressingly small for a restaurant that serves this quality food.there are less than 10 whites and 10 reds total, to choose from. speaking of small, the dining room is small too, having been constructed to be the breakfast room of a bed and breakfast.

BEWARE: their web site is totally obsolete and incorrect. their days of operation, hours of operation and menu, are old and can not be relied on.

Call ahead and be sure you have a reservation before you get off the phone. They take days off whenever they feel like it. Instead of being open 6 days/week, it's currently only 3 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday.)

Date of visit: August 2016
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6  Thank chris k
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

We have eaten in Joelle's on numerous occasions. Always has had a wonderful meal with a great dining experience. The food is French, with a Moroccon dishes as Joelle had lived in Morocco, which is why we live this place. You can get a great couscous dish as well, with fresh soups and vegetables from the garden next door. The service has been always excellent and friendly with Alan's personal touch. Good selection of wine chosen by Alan. Our favorite French dining place!

Date of visit: March 2016
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3  Thank Monsieur-Calcutta
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

We went for a day trip to the Finger Lakes and visited the small town (or village) of Skaneatele. I searched online for a good restaurant and this one popped up. I drove over and it was in the middle of farmland, a couple of miles away from the town. The outdoor sitting was nice as it faces the open land. The tuna steak we ordered was really not good and we only ate hardly half of it. It tasted bland and overcooked. It was a disappointment

Date of visit: August 2016
2  Thank Pat2012NJ
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

Love everything about this restaurant! The menu selections all beautifully presented, with fresh ingredients. All very tasty and well balanced. The atmosphere and service all of what to be expected.

Date of visit: June 2016
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2  Thank BeachFan711
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Reviewed 16 June 2016

Appetizers to dessert had delicious elements and some culinary missteps. The Beet and Avocado Salad (with tomato slices) had a good dressing, a very good fried goat cheese en croute but old tasting beets. The Lobster and Crab Cigar was good. The Duck Legs Confit was very well made, however the sauce had a raw liquor taste and was not used. The Lobster was grossly over cooked - a premium seafood product sin. The special apple crisp dessert was good, but would have been better made with "in season" apples. The wine list was limited but had excellent fairly priced choices. A beautiful summer evening made dining on the patio a lovely experience.

Date of visit: June 2016
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6  Thank MCBW5875
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