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“Out of Country Experience”

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, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 10 November 2017

From the moment we were greeted with a "bonjour" by a personable maitre d, and saw the old world interior design, we knew we were in for a treat. Our waiter was wonderful and the food we were served was even better. Those who imbibed said they were served the best manhattans they had ever had in a restaurant. We each had an appetizer and entree, and shared desserts. Everything was absolutely delicious. The chef thanked us for coming as we left. Wonderful experience. We will be back.

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Thank Janice M
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

After years of visiting the Finger Lakes - and thinking we would likely never have a dining experience that as actually good - we went out of our way to stop at Joelle's French Bistro in Skaneateles.
Our experience was nothing short of superb. The service was genuinely warm and welcoming. The wine (we bought by-the-glass) was unusually good, so much so that we made a note of the name of the excellent Bordeaux for later use. Due to the lateness of the season, and the evening, we ate inside, although we understand that they have a view from the patio, we did not see it.

Then we sampled the food, which was amazing. My wife is French, and we have often vacationed in France, so the frequent experiences we've had with wannabe "French" restaurants have often fallen short. Joelle's cooking was genuinely French, excellent, flavorful, perfectly done; and unlike many French restaurants, the cuisine here did not leave us feeling heavy or overly full. We started with the crab soufflé, which was amazing. My wife had the duck confit, and I had the cassoulet. The cassoulet was inventively presented, not the usual "bean stew". To our surprise we had room for dessert.

We visited at the end of September and the place was almost empty - I think that just 3 tables were occupied. Apparently .the off season had already started.

We paid $177 for the meal including (2) appetizers. 2 entrees, dessert, and (3) glasses of wine, and espresso. We felt this was very reasonable for the superb meal that we enjoyed here.

Joelle's is well worth the drive if you are staying elsewhere in the Finger Lakes. It is now our first-choice go-to for our future visits.

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Thank Woofy25
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Reviewed 16 July 2017

Miam miam! Que c'est bon! A la campagne, à quelques kilomètres du centre-ville de Syracuse, ce petit resto qui a un charme très authentique gagne à être connu.

On acclame:
Le repas delicieux. Le confit de canard, l'agneau, la vichyssoise...tout était impeccable!
La chaleur des restaurateurs/serveurs, l'acceuil aimable, souriant...
La vue pittoresque!

On aime moins:
Les moustiques...nous avons été bouffés par les moustiques...!!
Ce n'est pas trop mon truc le "lobster & shrimp cigar"

Un conseil: Il faut faire une réservation à l'avance

Eng: What a lovely restaurant with a charming, authentic feel to it! We were warmly welcomed and enjoyed excellent service for our meal. We ordered the vichyssoise (it is a potato and leek soup, traditionally served cold), the lobster and shrimp cigar, the duck confit, and the lamb...all was very good except that I was not a big fan of the lobster & shrimp cigar appetizer; it was a bit too heavily fried for my taste. We loved sitting outside with the beautiful view, our only regret was that we were eaten alive by the mosquitos...have to take the bad with the good though, I suppose. Maybe we could've avoided this by coming earlier. We recommend making a reservation in advance (call ahead), as this is a small restaurant and (deservedly) quite popular.

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2  Thank Stephanie L
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Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

We were invited to Joelle's French Bistro for a private dinner. It was a preset dinner menu with your choice of 4 different entrees. We chose the grilled salmon with a basil sauce and the Moroccan chicken meatballs with couscous. Both were hot and delicious. An appetizer plate consisted of samples of leek, spinach and potato soup, beet, apple and walnut salad, crispy Boursin roll and a sun-dried tomato creme brûlée. The dessert plate consisted of samples of chocolate mousse, biscotti and a wonderful mango panacotta. It was a great meal and the special menu was perfect. We would definitely return. The perfect spot for a special evening.

2  Thank Katherine8183
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Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

We went there celebrating our 41st anniversary.

One thing we can count on is a wonderful dining experience. The wife, "Joelle" is the chef and her husband is the mater de

Staff is attentive, food fantastic , and a wonderful atmosphere.

2  Thank Paul H
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