Cafe de Paris reviews
Can I just say that our waitress was nice, the person I emailed was very accommodating (before they take your money and rip you off, that is) but everyone else encountered on the night was all a big act.
My friends and I (all in our late 20's) recently booked a VIP table at a cost of £700. You are told there will be a 15 % service charge. When queried, it's made out this is with the initial payment upfront (as in a total plus 15 % service), but this is not true. In fact they add 15% per bottle, which makes the cost of every bottle way more than advertised in the menu.
We were charged £740 first time payment and made to believe this was with service (I asked twice) and we thought, "Oh, great, ok, that's less than we thought, that's good". Wrong! We ordered 3 bottles at £170 (so, not equating to the £700 we should be entitled to) yet when we asked to order more drinks we were told that our tab was up. Incidentally, mixers are supposed to be free... pfff.
Regardless of this everyone was determined to have a good night, as it was a friend's birthday. But from then on people were picked on one by one for reasons to leave. As I said, we are in our late 20's so not really young/silly, just enjoying the night as a group.
One friend (male) was standing with us looking over the balcony at friends below with me and another female friend and he was asked to go outside for "fresh air". When asked why, they said "No problem mate, we will let you back in, you just need a breather". If you've worked in clubs you'll know this "breather" means you're being kicked out.
Another friend (female) was sitting having a drink minding her own business quietly (tired from night shift so admittedly maybe looked a bit tired), as a few of the girls had gone to dance. A guy came over and said "You seem a little drunk, please go outside". When we argued in a civil way with, "Sorry, what's the problem? She is having a drink, sitting quietly, there is no issue here", we were met very rudely with "She needs to leave". At which point my other friend (the host) got quite upset at friends being made to go. A manager came over and said "No problem, go out for a minute, you can come back in". My friend and boyfriend went out and were not allowed back in.
Another friend dancing on the dance floor had ice chucked towards her from the balcony above, which cut her nose. Staff were good in helping her. However, a friend was blamed for this although he wasn't even standing near the balcony but was chatting with us as a group.
I am sure that Cafe de Paris sells you a table and tries to resell it at their convenience. You will be picked on for reasons they will choose if they have already resold the table for a certain time. This is what we were victims of. If you would like to go here be warned that VIP is anything but and you are not guaranteed anything (i.e the quoted minimum spend is not the case, the table for the night is a lie, etc).
All in all, a very expensive, stressful evening. Music cheesy pop (though I don't really mind that), venue decor very nice, medical staff great, waitresses pleasant (but they know full well they are going to overcharge you), management unhelpful, bouncers a joke... Enjoy!
by susiepeacock, 14 Apr 2013
by raul008, 24 Apr 2012
by l_dalley, 04 Jun 2010
It was nothing short of fabulous and made more special by the venue's splendid surroundings. A truly awesome night.
by seanabrettle, 04 Jun 2010
Booked the club for a friend's birthday party, and insisted it be a closed event. The staff started letting the public in shortly after dinner. I was so angry!! For the £25,000 I spent, I am having my legal counsel slam them for being in breach of contract. (If I could give them a negative rating, I would: -2 stars.)
by NatFairfax (2 reviews), 04 Mar 2010
The waiting staff were so unfriendly (I'm sure I even heard one 'shoosh' a guest at the table). Our food was brought out by a guy who looked like he was doing a 'deer in the headlight' impression and it was brought out in dribs and drabs. We had to beg for the wine that we had pre-ordered and we had to eat to a timescale. One of our guests left to use the toilet and came back and they had removed his chair in order to clear the dance floor, so he had to stand for 10 minutes while the rest of us finished up. We then had a problem with the bill, which was sorted out at a later stage, although it did feel like quite a fight even though we had spent lots of money. (I must say, the lady who did the initial email reservations was brilliant and she cleared things up later in the week.)
We then moved up to the VIP area, and I have to say that this was good service. We did have a dedicated lady who looked after us the rest of the evening, serving us drinks in style. So for that and the initial reservations staff, I'll give the place two stars.
Overall though, I think that for all the money spent the food is mediocre and the waiting staff are unfriendly. (The usual explanation being that they work very hard; yes, we work hard too, which is why we deserved a nice Christmas Party!) There may be other places more suitable for a good night.
PS: In the bathroom, I overheard a lady say that they had spent over £1000 on dinner and went to the bar/seating area for a drink but were then asked to leave if they didn't buy more booze... NICE!!
by Rossi, 15 Dec 2009
We'd only just got our drinks and spent about 10 mins on the dance floor when someone from the top floor spilled their drink on us. The first time it wasn't that bad and could be forgotten. The second time, it started to annoy. When they did it the third time we made a complaint to the manager as my £60 shirt was partially covered with red wine. We knew the table who had done this. The manager told us that he was going to bring those people to us and they would have to apologize otherwise they would be kicked out of the club.
However, he was either told off or bribed as he changed his defense strategy. He came back saying that people there move from table to table and it was hard to say who had done this. I suggested that a certain table should be fined at least for the inappropriate behaviour and property damage. The manager responded, irrelevantly, that the table costs £500. (Why on earth would he said that? If it was £15K I could be slightly impressed but, anyway, what has it got to do with the issue?) I suggested that, considering the price for the table, these people were capable of paying the same in penalty fare: £500. The manager ignored this suggestion and tried to convince me that such things happen accidentally - and then even showed me the scar on his neck which he'd got from a dropped bottle in the club!
I requested the names of the people who'd booked that table and the club policy regulations. I wasn't given either and instead was invited to consider the issue Mon-Fri day time. The request of the documental proof of the incident was refused. The manager talked to me as if I were dumb or drunk. They don't seem to care about their guests - we weren't even offered any complimentary options. We decided to leave and weren't given a refund. 10 mins in the club and 20 mins of negotiations costing £105 (entrance + lost shirt) plus a really bad mood for the rest of the evening.
Want to have some perverted fun? Go to Cafe de Paris, get a VIP table and humiliate people by spilling drinks on them...
by brianwhite, 23 Aug 2009
I asked the bouncers nicely if I could have their names, as I have rights to know who are they so I can make a complaint. They refused. I tried to have a look at their ID cards which were around their necks but they twisted my hands so hard and told me to fuck off. I told them that I had a right to know their names. My wrist is hurt cos they grabbed it so hard. I was shocked...
by ljdocker19, 23 May 2009
Unfortunately, the rest of their team let them down. The waiters/waitresses were incredibly slow and forgetful. I asked for a glass of water three times before they brought out a whole jug.
We understood that after dinner the tables would be removed from the dance floor, which was fine. We then asked where else we could be seated for the rest of the night. A member of the team pointed to a booth and told us that we could sit there if we paid £500! Other than that, we had to "stand or dance". There were no offers to take jackets or direct us to where we could leave them.
So here we are hanging around the bar with all our jackets and bags, and I order a drink. The very dismissive bartender took my card and PUT IT IN HIS MOUTH!! I would usually say something at this point, but I think I was too shocked. I wish I'd told him off, as I did not order saliva with my drinks.
So yeah, that's about it really. Don't mind me, I may be the wrong side of 20 for this sort of place. It was certainly an eye-opener.
by jolousich, 15 Mar 2009
by james 2000, 02 Mar 2009
by shazer4eva, 15 Feb 2009
by me1, 13 Dec 2008
In summary, a dying club trying to inject some new ideas. They'd do better to take the advice and let the developers knock it down.
by daveo1978, 13 Apr 2008
by london1987 (3 reviews), 31 Jan 2008
by raga, 02 Dec 2007
by skids1815, 25 Nov 2007
The venue itself is OK, the decor however has seen better days but you have to remember CDP is a brand and the logo and the decor is what sells the place. Music-wise, the policy is commercial plus a bit of cheese and R'n'B. On one of the occasions I went they had a fantastic bongo player, which was a hoot. Generally though, they should rethink their music policy. The VIP section is very nice, with lots of nice comfy bed areas to lounge on, but then I'm not that much of a poser so bored of it after a little while. Doorstaff very rude and obnoxious on a couple of occasions I attended, which is a shame. Unfortunately they clearly do not have concise instructions on who to let in and who to keep out. The redeeming feature in the place for me personally is the balcony, as it's fun to people-spot and have a walk right around when the bed-lounging gets a bit boring.
Keep CDP for filming shoots for 'How to Look Good Naked'. As a club it's not that great and, overall, not my first choice for a Saturday night out... maybe my 5th or 6th choice.
by MusicallyLed30yroldFemale (3 reviews), 15 Oct 2007
Bouncers are great, as are the bar staff and waitresses - love 'em, always have a good laugh with them. Drinks prices are reasonable, and generally it's an excellent place. Although the music's letting it down, I would still go back!
by **Annonymous**, 21 Aug 2007
by Cocoa Brown, 20 Aug 2007
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