La Porte Sainte Claire is a classic French restaurant that has everything going for it. It is located in the best place for French food—a quaint village in France—and is in a building with plenty of antique charm. From the foods to the wine list to the ambience, this restaurant offers the best of classic France. The website is designed to complement this brand.
The website features pictures of the food and the restaurant, in deep colors that contribute to an upscale feeling. The navigation bar in the center of the page appears to have been made from old leather, while the web pages that slide out from under it are of an ivory parchment. This website does not even feel like a website; it is smooth, silky, and subtle.
This website is not just about feelings; it also offers a variety of functions in an easy to use format. You can reserve a table, communicate with the chef, and peruse the menu. You can locate the restaurant on a map or leave a comment about your meal. The possibilities are endless thanks to great CSS design.
Creativity: 5 stars. We love the way the information glides out from behind the leather bar when the category is clicked on. While this website looks a little overdone, it is well put together and creates a sumptuous, luxury brand. The deep colors and earth tones help the vibrant colors of the photos and the food to stand out.
Ease of use: 5 stars. It is very easy to find whatever you need, even if you do not speak French. Menu items include English descriptions below to make the website accessible to tourists. The website is well designed, and all aspects of the website can be accessed by clicking on a link on the bar in the center of the page.
Functionality: 4 stars. There are no links to social networking websites, which is an unfortunate oversight. However, customers can perform just about any function through this website, from reserving a table to finding out about the historical area in which it is located.
Content: 4 stars. The content is well-written in French and also includes English descriptions for different dishes. The English descriptions for many dishes are incomplete; it would be good to complete them and also to decide whether the website is going to be completely bilingual or French-only. As it is, there is a little bit of English in the descriptions of the different foods, but the rest of the site is entirely in French.
Appropriateness: 5 stars. This website is perfect for the brand of the restaurant and definitely has its fair share of rustic charm. While there are a few small issues, they do not interfere with the overall feeling of the website. It is very appropriate and a good example of how CSS can be used to create interesting effects in websites.
Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars.