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Posted by Wendy on 03/06/2009
Le Rivage is a charming French restaurant with a true Gallic charm in the decor, the French servers, and true detail in the food. The ambiance is that of a small French cafe, white tableclothes, candles /small lamps on the tables, fresh flowers. You are greeted warmly (really need to make reservations for dinner Thurs-Saturday), and seated quickly. Warm homemade rustic bread and french rolls and water are put down while you order a drink. Full bar, a nice list of wines, some by the glass, mostly bottles, all in a normal price range coming from France, Spain/ California. Diverse menu, with nightly specials. Their classic French onion soup was great, bubbling with hot cheese and not beef based, so a nice change. The country pate with onion confit/cornichons and a small salad was hearty and good, as was the fois gras torchon. Nice to have true French pate. The menu is not huge, but covers all bases.The special that night was lobster tails with a gratin of cheese. They serve a small house salad of mixed greens, lighty dressed with their homemade vinegrette dressing that was clean with a tart yet sweet taste that really cleared the palate. The shrimp scampi was incredible. 4 extra large shrimp came out in al dente pasta, rolled, with sides of a carrot souffle, creamed spinach and a piece of aspargus. How wonderful to taste the lightness of the carrot souffle, and although not a spinach lover, the nutmeg and lightness of the cream in the dish made it tasty for even those who are not fans. I was truly impressed with the shrimp scampi- I have had it many ways in Florida, and usually it is awful. The fact that a French restaurant made it the best for me than every Italian restaurant here is amazing to me. I think the garlic was not overwhelming, the pasta amount was perfect and the shrimp big and fresh. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. I saw other dishes and everything looked great. Again, the service was great, servers attentive but not hovering, professional. Great for romance, friends. Not really a kid place for dinner or lunch, and the clientele was older and professional/ retired. I am planning to go back for lunch, as they have crepes and I love seafood crepes! A bit out of the way, but worth finding. Note: They just recently opened on Sundays- take advantage and go!