12625 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, CA | Directions 9139034.510819 -118.355817
Bad experience at Le Chene the other night. Started out with a gnat in my cocktail, which they quickly replaced..no biggie. Then ordered the "Lobster Le Chene", meat of ½ of a lobster tail, on top of a bed of rice and a cream sauce. It had the worst taste to it, like ammonia. Waitress came over and I showed it to her and she smelled it and removed it and asked me to pick out something else. I googled ammonia smell in lobster to find that it means it was spoiled. At the end of the meal the waitress patted me on the back said tonight wasn't my night and handed me a check for the full bill. I asked to speak to a manager and they had said he stepped out.
So next morning I emailed a constructive letter letting them know of my disappointment. I received an email back from Alonso, who I assume is the manager, telling me they cooked the other half of my lobster the next morning and it was fine.
I call bull$#@!
Surrounded by oak trees, this Santa Clarita Valley gem offers traditional French cuisine in a rural setting. – In Short
An elegant French restaurant in the rolling hills of the Santa Clarita Valley may sound incongruous, but chef Juan Alonso has kept customers coming back since 1980. In a roadside stone edifice that used to be a beer bar, the notable chef has created an airy dining room, surrounded on the outside by an oak arbor and an extensive garden, complete with a 10-foot water wheel. French classics like escargot, beef bourguignon, and duck a l'orange can all be had in a restaurant where neither food nor atmosphere take a back seat.
Delicious food, friendly staff and beautiful environment – If you're wiling to brave the long drive, this is the absolute best place to go for a fine meal. The food is delicious, I have been here several times and it has never failed to meet all of my tastebud's expectations. The staff is friendly and welcoming, and you can often see the owner dining there or walking around greeting his customers. If it's in your budget or you're celebrating a special night out you must go here. And try the chocolate moose!
recommended with reservations – when i made the reservation, the receptionist was very unfriendly and robotic. when i inquired if anything special is done to celebrate special occasions she said " they just send a chocolate mousse cake to the table"...nice?...sounds more like an incovenience than acknowledging a celebration. our server had no personality and approached our table to take our dinner orders only. i had to inform her we wanted cocktails before dinner and then a bottle of wine with our meal. this is more forgiveable if the restaurant was busy but with twenty tables and five servers!?...the food is ok but a bit salty. the food prices are GREAT compared to la prices...straight forward french bistro. the wine list is worth the visit; great deals can be found with some basic wine knowledge. le
Worst Dining Experience EVER! – It turned out that they allowed so many reservations that they had to open up their ballroom dance floor to seat everyone; this is where we were originally seated. The table we were on was one of those roll-out banquet style tables with hard metal chairs that gets stacked. It was almost laughable to think that this was supposed to be a romantic dinner setting.
The food was made in mass quantity with the cheapness you would find at a low budget wedding reception. The so called filet minion was nothing more than pot roast slices and gravy. After the snooty host reluctantly switching us to an "indoor" table, we finally finished our meal in what will go down in history as the worst Valentine's day dinner in my entire life... oh, did I forget to mention that my bill was over $200, not including wine? STAY AWAY!
Unbelievable! – This is, without question, my favorite restuarant in the entier Greater Los Angeles Area. You MUST try this place, even though it is out of the way. The atmosphere is so peaceful. The food is exquisite, easily competing with New York and LA's finest. And the service is impeccable. Try the Bison Ribeye... excellent. I love this place!
A Very Romantic Restaurant – Le Chene is hidden away on Sierra Highway several miles north of Soledad Canyon. It's a romantic gem with a wonderful selection of interesting foods and great atmosphere.
Avoid big holidays; food and service aren't as great as other times. The menu and setting are reminiscent of European restaurants; leave the kids at home and enjoy the romantic surroundings.
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