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“Tourists- Avoid at all cost!”

La Traversee du Grec
Ranked #1,051 of 2,388 Restaurants in Marseille
Price range: US$29 - US$37
Cuisines: Greek
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Préfecture
Reviewed 14 August 2014

A group of friends and I travelled to Marseilles for a weekend back in May. On our first night we decided to go here for a meal as it was only a few doors from where we were staying.
We ordered wine for the table and enquired about the mixed meze and how many people it would feed, on being informed that it was for 4 people we ordered 2 for the table (there was 9 of us). Luckily, one of our party spoke French, although, it was clear to all of us when the waitress insisted it would be enough. When the mixed meze finally arrived it was on one medium sized plate, having ordered 2 we asked when the other would arrive. We were informed that that was it, all on one plate, there was only 4 of everything. They wanted over 60 euros for this tiny plate of food supposedly meant to feed 8 people! Now, if we were in a nice, atmospheric restaurant I would happily pay this but this place is merely more than a shack. (Considering we were in France, the wine was boxed! Simply transferred into glass bottles! - maybe they kept the good stuff for the locals). The waitress was clearly not interested in what we had to say or helping in anyway. We asked to send the food back, pay for our wine and leave. The waitress was rude and obnoxious in response, screaming and shouting, it was impossible to get a word in edgeways. When the chef emerged, I thought we may get somewhere but he was even more aggressive than the waitress! He was extremely intimidating with his gestures and was very close to one of the girls, there were times I thought she may get caught up in his rage. It seems to me that there was a miss-communication as he was under the impression that that was all we were ordering which was not the case, had they given us a chance to explain this then maybe their attitude would have been different. He then proceeded to place 2 large men at the door whilst the waitress insisted on calling the police even though we had caved in and offered to pay. Although, it is unlikely we could have been arrested for not being happy with our food, a quick glance around the restaurant told me we were best to get out as quickly as we could. We paid and my jaw dropped as I witnessed the change being thrown at us as we exited the restaurant to the cheers and claps of the other diners. I am sad to say that this experience will make me think twice before visiting again. Not only would this not happen in London (or most other places!) but fellow diners would not stand idly by whilst others are treated in such away! I haves travelled to many parts of the world and in all of the countries I have been to have never experienced such hostility as we did that night.

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2  Thank amy G
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

This is the place for you if you enjoy aggressive waiters and overcharged for mediocre food! Perhaps the waitress was having an off day, perhaps the chef was too, however we were threatened with the police when we questioned a ridiculous charge of 64 euros for a very small 2 plates of mezze (starters). Maybe the heavies they placed at the front of the door were having an off day too. However it's difficult to rationalise having our change thrown at us and being physically pushed after we paid up fully and were simply trying to leave. If you are a masochist and love a bit of abuse, and would crave a bit of mezze which clearly must be made from solid diamonds, don't miss out - book now!

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5  Thank Allotapalaver
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

We went as a group of nine ladies - we had been recommended the place by a local who we rented an apartment from via airbnb next door. They accepted our reservation for 9 people at 9pm.

When we entered we received a very hostile reception from the one waitress who was serving ten tables. All the mains looked nice, generous and were reasonably priced at 12-15 euro. We ordered two meze platters for 64 euro and three bottles of wine (the wine list was deposited with a subtle slam on the table and a round of expletives from the waitress who was rushed off her feet and did not appreciate us asking for menus).

After waiting an hour, the waitress turned up with one cold plate of dips, three saucers and said that each spoonful of dip was equivalent to the one person's portion. 64 euros! I cannot begin to describe how small this one plate was for nine people.

Various members of our group spoke French so we were not mistaking any explanation of what to expect. When we said we were happy to pay for drinks and leave quietly the chef came out, screamed and spat at us for a good ten minutes (so humiliating in front of the entire place) and threatened to call the gendarme. We were quite calm and designated one lady to speak for the group in french. However while having the altercation the waitress decided to pop out onto the street and place two heavyset men by the door - just in case we tried to 'escape'?!

Eventually, the dispute ended with me dropping 100 euro into the waitress' hand with her telling the owner ("papa") to kick us out and throwing coins at our heads.

To say this was a totally intimidating nightmare of an experience does not do it justice and I would strongly recommend to avoid this place. Both the rude staff and the aggressive chef/owner made our first night in Marseilles far from ideal. The restaurant went as far as to ring the landlady we rented from to explain the situation. She immediately approached us and apologised profusely for their behaviour, explaining that this was not the first time they had tried it on with foreign visitors.

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5  Thank Emily H
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