In Les Misérables II: Final Justice, Jean Valjean is arrested for committing an even greater crime against French law: applying margarine to another man’s moustache during dinner without asking first. Feast around the proper table-side etiquette of France with today's Groupon: for $20 you get $40 worth of French fare and beverages at Le Voltaire Restaurant. This Groupon is valid for dinner only.
Le Voltaire Restaurant's wine list and menu of authentic French steak, duck, chicken, and seafood dishes has earned it a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and a spot on Omaha Magazine's Best of Omaha list in 2010. Chef Cedric Fichepain spotlights cuisine from all regions of his native France, including third-generation family recipes. Begin French jaunts with classic escargots de Bourgogne, six snails baked in garlic, butter, and parsley ($9.95). Entrees include a filet mignon, whose flavor explodes thanks to your choice of three detonators: brandy peppercorn sauce, onion bleu cheese, or mushrooms ($26.95). The cassoulet of duck confit emerges with potatoes sautéed in coordinating duck-themed fat ($18.95). Just like a favorite child, the chef lavishes his favorite dish with lullabies and extra helpings of protein; taste the results in the bouillabaisse de Marseille, a seafood stew that melds flounder, tilapia, salmon, crawfish, mussels and potatoes ($18.95). Aspiring sommeliers can study the recommended pairings that accompany each menu item and then order from a wine list featuring both French and American vintages ($6–$13 per glass). Vanilla crème brûlée ($5.95) serves as a decadent finale.
Accouterments at Le Voltaire evoke the south of France, including golden walls, black-and-white photography, and colorful paintings. Take one of 40 seats inside the restaurant's intimate dining room to reminisce about past French excursions, or ask a member of the well-reviewed wait staff to mime a wine recommendation.
- It is obvious his staff truly enjoy their jobs. They are refreshingly friendly and sincere and are very knowledgeable about the menu, the wine list, and the French culture; everything is amazing! – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 2/5/11
- Very romantic and service was friendly and steady. – LULU, Urbanspooners
Le Voltaire Restaurant
Born and raised in France, chef Cedric S. Fichepain carried his family recipes and passion for traditional French fare across the pond in 1997. Four years later, Cedric cut the ribbon at Le Voltaire Restaurant, which serves up classics such as croque madame sandwiches and coq au vin stewed in white wine. The cellar's 1,000-bottle inventory of French wines has earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence thirteen years in a row, and the eatery was also recognized as one of the city's best French dining experiences in Omaha Magazine's Best of Omaha for the past fourteen years. The restaurant's lemon-yellow walls and rough-hewn wooden door create a rustic feel, and beneath a unique glass bar top is a display of carefully arranged dried flowers.