Whether enjoying the grandeur of dining inside or the great views from the patio terrace outside, dining at Grand Barrail is a wonderful experience.
We thought the food very good in terms of taste, texture and appearance. Having enjoyed a 'menu fixe' for lunch and the 'menu decouverte' for dinner, we found the price to be appropriate to the overall location and dining experience delivered.
The service is admittedly a little slow, which can be easily forgotten when enjoying good company with a full glass of wine. On occasions, there were empty wine glasses on our table awaiting replenishment, which was less easy to forget.
The restaurant and the hotel attract a very diverse crowd, which means equally diverse 'tastes' (in the wider sense) to satisfy. To my mind, this is one of the more challenging aspects of dining here.
Alongside elegant diners, dressed immaculately and adding to the sense of occasion, there were those in very relaxed attire who did not. There were couples, whispering romantic missives between each other, alongside families with young children whose sense of decorum had not yet been fully instilled. Chain smokers seated at outside tables enjoyed their noxious elixir at will, whilst adjacent tables struggled to taste their food for the coarse smoke in the air.
As you may have gathered, I think the restaurant does what it does really very well. I actually think it is beholden upon the patrons dining there to up their game.