The place was hopping! the vibe was good: friendly and upbeat and the owners/managers made sure to greet everyone even with a constant flow of customers. service held up ok, with some minor tensions in response to the crowd. food was surprisingly variable: fish soup was good but Rialto outdoes them on this because their rouille is thrillingly more flavorful. Sweetbreads in a morel and cream sauce was outstanding: the essence of good french brasserie/bistro food. Moules were ok but not great, ESK has better bone marrow, and the filet mignon with marrow was good but somewhat bland though the potatos with it were great. winelist was good if pricey but the euro is going to take its toll on wine prices eventually. Had an excellent Bandol rose with the fish soup which i thought overpriced at 57.00 a bottle. the expresso was exceptionally good, which i appreciated. price tag reasonable, all and all, except for the quibble on the wine prices. but the food, while never less than good, was not uniformly "wow." we'll go back and try again.