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★☆☆☆☆

“Puzzled by the popularity ”

Written on: 22/08/2011 by fairminded (1 review written)

I don't understand why people rave about this place,I went on Saturday night for a friends birthday. We waited at out table approx 30 mins until our'turn'to go to the counter to order. At the counter we waited another 15 minutes until we were able to place our orders. The guy at the till gave people no time to look at the menu everyone at out table( 12 in all) felt rushed into making a selection. I ordered the Crispy Honeyed duck, it was awful tough and tastless, we were given 3 shallow plates… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“avoid weekend party tables”

Written on: 09/07/2011 by ninz25 (1 review written)

La Brasseria is a well established and much frequented restaurant. The food we've had has always been fresh, well cooked and tasty. A word of warning however, avoid dining upstairs if large parties are in your vicinity! Having previously always dined in the downstairs area we had no objections to being seated upstairs as it was very busy. How wrong we were! We were shown to our table at the rear of the room, behind two long tables seating some 20 people each. One table proceeded to get rather… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“La Brasseria Swansea, Wales. Imagine some wacky...”

Written on: 14/03/2011 by Arron Is Here (2 reviews written)

La Brasseria Swansea, Wales. Imagine some wacky American decided to build a European Pub out of plastic in the middle of Orlando to allow parents to get drunk while their kids consumed chips and coke until they vomited. Now take that vomit and leave it to dry on the table until it goes sticky. Remove the bright coloured cocktails, the zany and friendly waiting staff, beers, familys and fun, pick the building up and drop it in the middle of Swansea and welcome to La Brasseria!

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Sludminger's Response to Arron Is Here's Review

Written on: 04/04/2011

I found this review not helpful because...it's way off the mark. The interior is far from "plastic" with walls adorned with photos and imagery of days gone by in the homeland of SPAIN not "France". The Rioja tinto and blanco they serve is good and their wines are listed on the walls near the serving hatch or available through the menu. Their "moldy" (sic) salsa is a far cry from Heina ketchup and I always order extra - never yet found anyone else's food there though. The waiters normally spoon some onto your plate. "sick on the tables"? Blimey you clearly frightened the kids with your ranting! Oh and the ordering system - well it's worked adequately for the 25years I've been going there. They don't serve beer. Get over it. They serve home-made salsa not Heinz. So what? Gladly it seems you won't be there the next time I visit which is the only redeeming aspect of your rant.

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Guest's Response to Arron Is Here's Review

Written on: 10/06/2011

This sounds so like my last visit there and I have no intention of ever going back. The food might have been ok but the service.... OMG, terrible.

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★★☆☆☆

“we went here for out christmas party.We were told that...”

Written on: 27/02/2011

we went here for out christmas party.We were told that we would be eating at 12.we arived just before only to be kept waiting in the frezing cold outside for around 20 minutes!We had to que up to the till to order food like it was a school canteenwe were finaly served adverage food around 2.30!!!I will not visit again… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“For some reason there is an absence of any kind of...”

Written on: 06/01/2011 by paulos78 (1 review written)

For some reason there is an absence of any kind of beer on the drinks menu. I'm not sure what reason this is for other than the management turning their nose up to beer/lager drinkers. The steak was very nice along with the sides of chips. But the starters of Calameres and Garlic prawns were rubbery and bland… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“This is not a chain run restaurant, the atmosphere is...”

Written on: 07/11/2010 by gowergirl10 (1 review written)

This is not a chain run restaurant, the atmosphere is wonderful and we have always experienced excellent food and service over the years, plus a variety of wines and food combinations to make your mouth water. The oysters,prawns and scallops are delicious, but there is also a meat menu avaaible. The atmosphere is hard beat and lunch time menu offers vfm. Yes, they can be busy but it is worth the wait… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Ate here as a couple and after getting the hang of the...”

Written on: 10/07/2010

Ate here as a couple and after getting the hang of the ordering system enjoyed a fantastic meal. Fresh mackerel for starter and my first taste of ostrich for main left me full and very happy. My girlfriend had the duck which was delicious and cooked to perfection, also it could have fed a family on its own which meant the above average prices felt justified. We took the advice of the waiter on wine which turned out to be an excellent Sauvignon Blanc and reasonably priced at £16. Although we… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“I went here last night and this is the second and last...”

Written on: 09/05/2010

I went here last night and this is the second and last time I will go here. Many of the party I went with had not been here before and did not know the format of ordering your meal. The staff did not explain the complex and lazy ordering system. The meal as a whole was quite tasty but very very overpriced. The wine was very overpriced as well - £13 for a house white. Dont go here unless you have remortgaged your house before going. You do feel very rushed, and the staff are not helpful at all… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“It's not the first time my family and me or my...”

Written on: 25/04/2010

It's not the first time my family and me or my colleagues go there and all the times we've been in La Braseria Swansea it has been a disappointment... Evenings over priced, starter + main course + house wine = 37 each!!, rushed by the manager and waiters just because our table was needed. We found out that the weight of the sea bass had been changed -real weight 486 grams against 575 grams we were charged- and paid a fortune for it. Moreover we've been told by some customers and a very nice… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Great restaurant, have had several good meals there. I...”

Written on: 14/03/2010 by MattDesigns (2 reviews written)

Great restaurant, have had several good meals there. I would recommend the fish as it is always cooked beautifully, with them skinning and boning it at the table so it saves you the work. The wines there are a little more expensive than other places but they are good quality so that can be overlooked… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“ La Brasseria is excellent but the chips served were...”

Written on: 16/09/2009

La Brasseria is excellent but the chips served were poor i.e. lots of small fat crunchy chips like you get in the chip shop at the end of the day… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“La Brasseria has a great, rustic atmosphere. The...”

Written on: 07/09/2009 by jamestucker40 (5 reviews written)

La Brasseria has a great, rustic atmosphere. The quality of food varies on whether you go for lunch or an evening meal. The lunch time offer is great value for money offering 2 courses for £8.95. I recommend the fillets of beef in peppercorn sauce served with chips. However, my starter was of very poor quality (spare ribs). They tasted like they had been cooked for weeks. Service is exceptional, if so looking slightly chaotic. You get the feeling of being rushed through your food. Evening meals… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I have been a regular visitor to the La Brasseria...”

Written on: 13/08/2009

I have been a regular visitor to the La Brasseria "Braz" for more years than I care to remember,watching staff come and go. All have been wonderful. This restaurant holds many wonderful memories for me. Fabulous girls only lunches, romantic meals for two and lovely family occasions(so many wonderful memories of myself and my late mum enjoying a long lunch in the Braz.I have only ever recieved the very best food, wine and service. What makes La Brasseria so special is the atmosphere there. Once… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“La Brasseria, Swansea is a bit over rated but normally...”

Written on: 08/08/2009

La Brasseria, Swansea is a bit over rated but normally the food is reasonable. If you are in a large party keep a close eye on the wine you consume. We have found that keeping the empties under the table is the most reliable way of knowing what you have consumed. Not suggesting that inaccuracies occur but !!!… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“La Brasseria, Swansea must be the most over-rated...”

Written on: 18/05/2009

La Brasseria, Swansea must be the most over-rated restaurants in Swansea! I went for lunch with a few business colleagues and was shocked at how basic, yet expensive, the food and service is and is served in such an out of date fashion. You can't even have a beer as they only serve wine and when we asked for a wine list the waiter just pointed at the board! Two of our steaks were over cooked and the steak knife made little headway into one of the chewiest steaks I've had in a very long time… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Visited La Brasseria, Swansea for the first time for a...”

Written on: 18/01/2009 by Badiva (1 review written)

Visited La Brasseria, Swansea for the first time for a family birthday meal, was so looking forward to it given the reviews I had been given. Was completely disappointed by the whole experience. I wasn`t aware that no beers were on offer and was scowled apon by the waiter for even mentioning such a thing! A bottle of red was ordered but as I don`t drink red we asked for a bottle of white aswel upon the waiters return, this request was greeted with a look of dismay from the waiter! As for the… Read Full Review

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Welsh Foodie's Response to Badiva's Review

Written on: 25/02/2009

All other reviewers, mostly regular contributors, rate this restaurant highly. I suggest the reason your replacement halibut dish took 20mins was because they cooked a fresh one and didn't just re-heat your apparent "under cooked" one. I also am guessing that you were there on a Friday or Saturday night at peak time when you will be delayed in service - the reason being the place is so popular, so good and therefore you have to wait. It's part of the fun. Drink the wine, soak up the ambience and relax, as you would were in Spain, Portugal, Italy or France.

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Sludminger's Response to Badiva's Review

Written on: 04/04/2011

Blimey Aaron you really didn't enjoy did you. Probably too many jonny foreigners for your liking and they don't serve scampi n oven chips. All this real fish n proper food stuff is quite taxing isn't it!? I'd suggest you get out more but I get the impression you're happier at home with a findus ready meal...

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Arron Is Here's Response to Badiva's Review

Written on: 15/03/2011

Great and accurate review. Sounds typical of my visit to this hole.
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<br/>I notice the previous comment is dated Feb 2009. The place must have changed an awful lot since my experience last week. If they can't cope with peak times at weekends then they shouldn't allow so many people to book. Quite simple! More attention to quality and less emphasis on packing the place out and turning tables would be very welcomed. Also, no matter how busy, there is never an excuse for sub-standard, scruffy, impertinent service. It is not like this place has any class or reason to be arrogant, it is effectively just a low end Steakhouse (apparently trying to pose as a Spanish Restaurant according to it's sparse, amateur website) and I'm surprised the brainless waiting staff even know how to turn the ovens on, let alone have the cheek to correct a customer on how it should be cooked.
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<br/>How can anybody really feel relaxed and as though they were on the Continent in this place? It feels more like a plastic kids club. It is dumb to not sell beer here, even if it was an expensive bottle of imported larger (to satisfy the ego of the staff) I'm sure a good 40%+ customers would still opt for it.
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<br/>I am so confused as to how anybody can find this place even satisfactory... Where do La Brasseria find these happy, returning customers? I wish I knew because I can think of so much other awful, overpriced garbage I could sell these clueless victims. Just because somebody acts as though they are better than you it doesn't mean this is the case and trust me, those scruffy, ignorant fools at "Braz" are not better than you.
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<br/>Please don't admit to liking this place, you're embarrassing yourself.

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★★★★★

“Great relaxed atmosphere, great food. Excellent...”

Written on: 30/05/2008

Great relaxed atmosphere, great food. Excellent restuarant for a family meal! Excellent choice of wine, just an overall good choice of restaurant. One of the best in swansea - thats if you can get a table on a busy evening… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I have been eating at the Brasseria for about 7 years...”

Written on: 23/04/2008 by lalli40 (1 review written)

I have been eating at the Brasseria for about 7 years but always at lunch time as the evening menu is a bit pricey, but if it's a special occasion - push the boat out. The food is very good, particularly the mushroom starter and the chips are to die for. The french bread is gorgeous. Must stop as I'm getting hungry! The waiters are friendly and the service is good. I love the atmosphere and look forward to going as I know I will have a great time. Ideal for a long lunch over wine whether in a… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Love this restaurant, but can be very pricey in...”

Written on: 27/03/2008 by 1427 (1 review written)

Love this restaurant, but can be very pricey in evenings ( but worth it ) but they do offer a great deal for lunch time, 2 course for £8.50! Have been here about 2-3times for lunch and twice for evening meal! have never had a bad meal… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“As a family we've been eating at the Braz for years....”

Written on: 01/02/2008 by Dubius (1 review written)

As a family we've been eating at the Braz for years. It's our favourite restaurant. The Lunch menu is excellent value. Two courses for '£8.50. Always cooked right and served well. Try the Gravalax (Gravad Lax) starter - beautiful!… Read Full Review

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