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La Nouvelle Maison



Name: Joanne Straatsma

Occupation: Practice Manager

Lives In: Coral Springs, Fl

Restaurant Pick:La Nouvelle Maison

Reviewed:La Nouvelle Maison

We entered the foyer, which is small, but inviting, and were immediately arrested by the stunning floral arrangements and the understated décor. A charming gentleman greeted our party of four, recognized our reservation at once, and ushered us to our seats. Slate walls, subdued lighting, and modern art all combined to create an ambience of understated elegance. The restaurant is bigger than it first appears. A large bar area forms the heart of La Nouvelle Maison, and there are several smaller rooms off this bar. We were seated in a smaller area to the right of the bar (walls separate each cozy chamber). At the beginning of our dining experience, the noise level was more than tolerable. However, as the night progressed and all the tables filled, conversing amongst each other became a bit labored.

Our waiter, Johnny, proved both knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing. The young sommelier, whose name we did not catch, never missed a beat. We ordered a couple of glasses of white wine to start and then settled down to choose our appetizers. The menu offers just the right amount of choice, including three different types of caviar, which are priced by the ounce. Johnny related the specials of the night, including two appetizers, and an organic salmon entrée. Generous portions of a Swiss cheese, blue cheese, and brie formed part of the artisanal cheese selection. Toast points, a dried fruit compote, and quince jam accompanied the chunks of cheese. And the cheese lover amongst us ate every single morsel of the three selections because, as he said, “It would be a mortal sin to do otherwise.”

In summation, La Nouvelle Maison’s ambience and service is flawless from start to finish. The food is exquisite and even though the price tab is well above the norm, this is a restaurant that never disappoints, and it is the perfect place for special celebrations.

Name: Stephen Pinsky

Occupation: Retired Rabbi

Lives In:Wellington, FL

Restaurant Pick: Carpaccio

Reviewed:La Nouvelle Maison

It took us close to an hour to drive to the restaurant on a Friday evening but the valet parking – much needed – was efficient and, surprisingly, free. Because our reservations were early – 6:30 p.m. – the restaurant was only half full but by 7:00 nearly every table was occupied. We were taken immediately to our table in a very modern French bistro style dining area just off but separate from the bar. It was quiet enough – unusual for South Florida – for my wife and me to be able to speak to one another without shouting. Our waiter – a very friendly and well-trained man named Johnny – took our drink orders immediately. The martini was perfectly prepared and my wife had a reasonably priced glass of Cote du Rhone red wine – some of their wines by the glass were much pricier. A bus person soon thereafter brought over a superb French bread served in a bag with delicious butter. Our waiter allowed us enough to time to enjoy our drinks and when we summoned him back to the table he described the evening’s specials. Because the restaurant is certainly not cheap, we asked him the price of each special. In any event, we ordered Hudson Valley duck liver pate for me and French onion soup for my wife. In a few minutes, they both arrived. The soup – Les Halles style -- was piping hot – not always the case in a lot of restaurants, and was just delicious. The pate was also very good and served with sufficient toasted baguette to finish the generous portion. The calvados apple jelly and the cornichons were very good – especially the jelly which I asked for an additional portion which arrived at the table very quickly. Our dessert – which we ordered early in the evening – was an absolutely heavenly chocolate soufflé which my wife and I shared. It was big enough for a third sharer! When we asked for our check, it arrived quickly. When I told the maitre d’ that I loved the restaurant but did not like the entrée, he suggested that we return and try their lamb or beef – which are, by the way, much more expensive than the duck. He was, however, very friendly and interested in my comments. Our car was returned promptly and we left Boca. My wife and I would most definitely return to La Nouvelle Maison for a special occasion or with special guests. We might not order an entrée at all and share a couple of appetizers, perhaps add a plate of cheese and then share a dessert – and, if we were just the two of us, we might very well choose to sit at the very lively bar for dinner. All in all, it was a great experience!

Name: Hope Pacheco

Occupation: Mom and fitness buff

Lives In: Davie, FL

Restaurant Pick: Dairy Belle

Reviewed: La Nouvelle Maison

On Palmetto road in Boca Raton lies a French restaurant Trattoria la Nouvelle Maison. The art walking inside and throughout the restaurant is bold and beautiful. I noticed many bouquets of fresh smelling lilies. Strongly suggest reservations if you don't want to sit at the bar. It was a full house. I visited with my sister for a beautiful dinner. We were seated right away at a high top by the bar. I can see big families or parties enjoying themselves, as well as date night outs. They brought out chips with a sour cream onion dip, score for being at the bar! We decided on the smoked salmon to start. They came little rosettes of salmon, fish eggs, and horseradish beads, along with delicate salad and micro greens on a plate, tiny rounds of pumpernickel toast to make a canapé. I ordered the shrimp , crab risotto entree. I heard the specials of the day and truffle risotto, so I subbed the saffron risotto for my fav taste- truffle. Mushrooms, garlic, and lump crab, shrimp throughout the thick cooked to perfection risotto. There was a soufflé with Grand Marnier and we were too full to order but it sounded great and heard great things about it. Eclectic music playing throughout , and attentive service. I really enjoyed the bartender. He was on point with checking up with us, and the most important part -when we were ready to leave the bartender gave us the bill and followed up perfectly. The hostess went outside and gave our ticket to the valet to have our car pulled around like a rockstar, no waiting. I would say it is pricey as it is Boca and it's a French Restaurant. An appetizer, two entrees with tax came to just under 100$. I would recommend this restaurant for a romantic dinner out.

Restaurant Information

Location: 455 E Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Phone: (561) 338-3003
Restaurant Owners: Arturo Gismondi
Executive Chef: Gregory Howell
Pastry Chef: : Stephanie Steliga

Type of Cuisine: French
Signature Dishes: Roast Duck, foie gras, caviar, lamb rack
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Alcohol Served: Yes
Corkage Fee: $40
Bottle Limit: N/A

Restaurant Hours: 
Monday –5:30 PM-11PM 
Tuesday –5:30 PM-11PM 
Wednesday – 5:30 PM-11PM 
Thursday –5:30 PM-11PM 
Friday – 5:30 PM-11PM 
Saturday – 5:30 PM-11PM 
Sunday –5:30 PM-11PM

Meals Served:
Prix Fix Menu: N/A
Take-Out: Yes
Delivery: N/A
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 20% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $75-$100
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 20% gratuity, w/o alcohol): N/A
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? Amex, All credit cards
Accept Reservations: Yes
Need Reservations: No
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: N/A

Accommodations for Children: Yes
Dining Style: Formal
Disabled Access: Yes
Restaurant Size: 150 seats
Accommodate Groups: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes
Tables with Scenic Views: Yes
Outdoor Dining: No
Entertainment: No