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8 rue de la Clarte, 24000, Perigueux, France
+33 5 53 35 15 15
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 13:15
19:30 - 21:30
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Melbourne, Australia
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378 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place to save up for a special dinner. The restaurant is easy to get to and has a definite charm on the inside. The staff are friendly (even to Aussies!). We opted for the 3 course set menu costing €48 each. A complimentary starter set us for high expectations. For entree I had oyster immersed in a... More 

Thank Johns1951
Hong Kong, China
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Having for lunch in this cosy michelin starred restraurant on the route to Cahors. The place is at chuch of the town not big size with lower and uper part sitting in conjunction to a small courtyard to go out to get fresh air if you like which is nice in warm days. Had a three-course menue including foie gras... More 

Thank Tp0n
Bordeaux, France
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Delicious 1 Michelin star next to the cathedral in the historic centre. Our third visit did not disappoint. First rate starter of oyster and seafood sauce, perfectly cooked pigeon for the main course and exceptional sorbet to finish. The cooking is inventive, intense and light. Superb flavours sing through. The wine list must be one of the best in the... More 

Thank gardener818
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714 reviews
448 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 443 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We had dinner at L'Essentiel and it was absolutely superb. The food was creative and perfectly executed. The owner was very friendly and gave excellent explainations of the various dishes. A great place. Highly recommended.

Thank new_world_travellers
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

This restaurant is owned and run by a husband and wife team: she, front of house; he in the kitchen. And what a beautiful meal we had, every course perfectly cooked and the presentation of my dessert--a wonderful chocolate mousse (tower) on a poached pear with sorbet--was as delicious as it was to look at. Prices were very reasonable with... More 

Thank V6542AZroberts
Somerset West
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164 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

We had lunch at this restaurant and it was an absolute pleasure. A friendly welcome was given to us by Madame Vidal. We were seated in this small but cosy restaurant and given the menus. We chose the menu 'Gourmand' with three courses: escargots de Bourgogne and Foie gras de Canard confit for starters. The snails were delicious and beautifully... More 

Thank LaurentPerrier
New York City, New York
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104 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

A truly perfect meal - the service was excellent, wine recommendations were on point (particularly the Montbazillac), and each dish was inspired and perfectly executed. Truly, everything went right.

Thank ItinerantNewYorker
Limeuil, France
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75 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Tucked in a pedestrian street by the St Front Cathedral is this relatively small restaurant which we have known for years. The menu changes with the seasons, with chef Eric Vidal (one-star Michelin) creating surprises in flavour as the dishes are also a delight to the eyes. There are two rooms with tables, some in the street terrace and the... More 

Thank Ofelia G
Falmouth, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

We found L'Essential while trying to find a special place for a dinner during our stay. We decided to go for a later lunch as the set menu was half the place during lunch €30, However even dinner prices are still very good value at €60. The atmosphere of the restaurant was great and we sat outside in their courtyard... More 

Thank JakeBooth
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2016

Whilst I am sure this gem of a restaurant does'nt need a trip advisor review,it is our favorite,and the most incredable value in the whole region, where can you eat lunch in a "Michelin starred"restaurant, for 29euro's???super service, amazing chef, very good wine list, every visit, a delight to the senses, don't take my word for it just try it,you... More 

Thank Yvette L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
French, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 13:15
19:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 13:15
19:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 13:15
19:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 13:15
19:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 13:15
19:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 rue de la Clarte, 24000, Perigueux, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Nouvelle-Aquitaine  >  Dordogne  >  Perigueux
  • Phone Number: +33 5 53 35 15 15

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?