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La Bohème

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3 euro For Cooking & Service Well Above Average Serious About Seafood The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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La Bohème
2 George St., Waterford Co Waterford
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Tel: +353 51 875 645

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La Bohème is a restaurant that is serious about its food and is a great asset to Waterford city
  • Banqueting
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Conference Venue
  • Family Friendly
  • Live Music
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Open New Year
  • Private Parties
  • Romantic Venue
  • Smoking Area
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Contemporary International
  • European Classic
  • French (Classic)
  • French (Modern)
  • Game (in season)
  • Seafood
  • Atmospheric
  • Budget Meals (€21-35/£14-23 pp 3-courses, not inc. dr
  • Business Meal
  • Buzzy Atmosphere
  • Cocktails
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Cool Venue
  • Early Bird / Value Menu Available
  • Extensive Wine List
  • Formal
  • MSG Free
  • Music - Other Live
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Romantic
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)
  • Vegetarian Menu

La Bohème

Christine and Eric Thèze’s elegant restaurant in the basement of Waterford’s Chamber of Commerce building is cleverly flooded in light, with white arched ceilings giving the room a wonderful feeling of height.


The feeling is certainly France: French waiters are warm and friendly as you are shown to the bar for your aperitif - no cold French professionalism here, but they give one a feeling of being in expert hands. The shining glass, silver, and crisp white linen are perfect in this room, which has plenty of flowers, some nicely restrained art on the walls,


French music in the background, and - a homely touch - mismatched old crockery. Seasonally changed menus are not overlong but offer plenty of choice and good value for the quality of food and service; an early 2/3 course early dinner offers remarkable value at €24/29, and includes excellent dishes like a delicious seafood terrine served with rocket leaves and homemade herb mayonnaise, a chargrilled rib-eye steak with green peppercorn & cognac cream sauce, and a Sheridans French farmhouse cheese plate among the options. At €35, the 'Market Menu' Table d’Hôte also offers good value and there is no time restriction.


The cooking style is modern classic French and menus offer Irish lamb and beef, the rabbit and veal dishes that typify French restaurants and a list of daily specials, including a vegetarian dish and the soup, pinned on the menus. A strong seafood section includes fish landed nearby at Dunmore East and, not only is it a highlight on normal menus, but Seafood Night Menus are a regular feature.


An excellent amuse bouche sets the tone for the cooking, and luxurious treats may include foie gras and, among the tempting range of seafood offered, a speciality of Dunmore East lobster, flambéed in cognac or Pernod and smothered in a herbed beurre blanc sauce.


Pleasingly, for Irish tastes, main courses are accompanied by some good mashed potatoes and vegetables, and in addition to the all-French cheese board, there are excellent classic desserts. Good wines - strongly French, as you would expect, but including some cheaper regional French wines - and very good service.


This is a restaurant that is serious about its food and is a great asset to Waterford city.

D Tue-Sat, 5.30-10pm. 2/3 course early bird D €24/29 Tue-Fri 5.30-7pm; set D €35 all evening; gourmet menu €75; also a la carte. Children welcome; wheelchair lift available, please call ahead & to reserve table. House wine from €21. Live music - Thu & Fri Jazz. 'La Boheme & Bodega Restaurant Trail', alternate Wed nights - details from either restaurant. Free broadband wifi. Closed Sun (except bank hol weekends), Mon, 25-27 Dec. MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 12-08-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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Comments

13th February 2013
rhona levingstone
Ate at La Boheme recently and was freezing all night. Lovely food but we were too cold to appreciate it and had to leave our coats on all night. Pity. I did complain but was told its an old building and the heating bills are expensive..............pity
28th February 2013
Admin
Thank you for your input Rhona. Not having been there I can't comment on this particular case but I can tell you that, as restaurants strive to cut costs in every possible way, this is becoming an increasingly common problem - and, of course, it is not acceptable. People have to be comfortable in order to enjoy good food and it is a false economy to do anything that compromises that. Georgina.

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