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“Great steak but not much atmosphere”
Review of Petite Sirene

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Petite Sirene
Ranked #1,212 of 2,000 Restaurants in Nice
Neighbourhood: Jardin Albert 1er
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Neighbourhood: Jardin Albert 1er
Reviewed 5 March 2015

This restaurant is adjacent to the hotel of the same name and markets itself as 'Steak House'. It's not clear if it also serves the hotel at other times e.g. breakfast. It's nicely appointed and there were a few other people dining. The waiter wanted to speak English and I wanted to speak French, but we got along OK. The waitress was efficient, but not very communicative. The steak was excellent - I had the smaller of the two on offer, and enjoyed it so much I wished I'd had the larger one. The chips were more chips than frites, but enjoyable for all that. I enjoyed the food and would have enjoyed the meal more if there had been more people dining to enliven the atmosphere.

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Thank Paul T
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

Great little restaurant that we found on the internet, We wanted a steak but did not want to eat at the pricey restaurants on the Promenade. This was a very good meal, the steak was tender and the service was good the price was very good for steak and a bottle of wine.

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Thank TIDE2124
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

Enjoyed a great steak dinner on the last night of our holiday in Nice. The dishes were reasonably priced and excellent value.
A large fresh salad, included in the price of the steak dish & served with a honey mustard dressing, negated the need for starters.
The steak, with it's generous portions of chips & vegetables left no room to sample dessert.
If it's steak that you want, then this is the place to go!

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Thank MLW28
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

We have visited Nice for the last 2 Summers and dined at this restaurant each time. The food is of a high standard with generous portions. We can particularly recommend the French Onion soup and the Steaks are really good. The restaurant is within a hotel and nicely furnished, quite a change from the more touristy venues. The staff were friendly and obliging. One tip, make sure you make a point of asking for tap water unless of course you actually want bottled water, otherwise they will give you bottled water and charge for it.

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Thank 123pix
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

What to say?! After living and eating here in Nice for 5 years, we feel truly blessed with such brilliant food. We've been to 60+ restaurants/bistros - 5 of them truly world class, 25 excellent, 25+ very good, 5 totally ok but maybe not quite so special. You can see from my other reviews that I am almost always positive.

Then we [re]visited this place, Wow. It specialises in steaks. We ordered a fillet and a sirloin, both 'a point' [in French, a bit less than medium in English]. The waiter was very nice and spoke perfect English but also happily and cheerfully suffered our pretty passable French. Really nice guy. Chilean wine was superb. Then the steaks arrived. We always quickly cut the middles to make sure it's not over-cooked but it almost never is. French chefs really know their steaks. The fillet was perfect [as always] but the sirloin was almost beyond well done. Completely dry. Brown throughout. I'm normally fairly relaxed about this but this was very very over cooked. We showed the waiter and he was fine and went back to the kitchen. Then the French/Lebanese? owner arrives and starts shouting and insulting us that...''the English' [we're Scots so he already had our backs up] ... ''they always complain... that steak is perfect... no need to change..''.... .we politely pointed out that the crematoreum probably sends out less well done stuff.... the waiter was embarrassed as he knew this we were right.. my wife who is usually very placid said 'right, you can't insult us like that, we're out of here' [obviously paying for the wine we'd drunk]..... but the owner stood in front of us and threatened to call the police! [No more details as it was both immensely boring and extremely rude]. The waiter finally acted as a great peacemaker and went to get us another steak. But the owner kept talking and mumbling in earshot at the bar about 'the English' always being a problem and liking steaks way too raw [has he ever met an English person?.. quite the opposite in our experience?!].... as it's a hotel too, I'd reckon he relied on the English amongst other 'foreigners'?]. The next steak arrived by the waiter and was perfect.
Obviously we would never ever go back and never ever EVER recommend the place - steaks would have been 9/10 - but the rudeness of the owner made the place 0/10. Why does anyone need such attitude? There are many places better in Nice for steak and with charming owners.

I'd actually be fascinated to see if he deems to reply to this on TripAdvisor as he can do.... and apologise profusely. If he does reply and apologise, then go there for the steaks. If he doesn't never EVER even think about going within 100 yards of the place. He makes Basil Fawlty look like a suave polite diplomat. The waiter is brilliant however.

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Thank rickandlyn
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