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Le Formal - Caves Henri IV

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32 rue Espariat, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France
+33 4 42 27 08 31
12:00 - 13:30
19:30 - 21:30
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Tue - Fri 12:00 - 13:30
Tue - Sat 19:30 - 21:30
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57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016

The dining is downstairs in what feels like a cleverly lit old wine celler hence the name 'caves'. Subtle elegance and cool from the outside temperature. This is not a big restaurant and not wheelchair friendly but this is 17th Century Aix and few establishments here are. This does not detract from the food. Whilst not having an extensive menu,... More 

Thank ChapInAKilt
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

We visited this restaurant the other night and found the food mediocre. To start with we asked for an English menu and the waiter just said 'we don't have one' and walked away with out offering to explain dishes to us (I must say that later on a nice waiter did come and offer to explain to us). Both our... More 

Thank SmilesUK
Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Elegant but casual setting for lunch and, perhaps dressier in the evening. An inventive and talented chef that succeeds on his own terms, great products, beautiful and historical settings and impeccable service. The ratio price/quality is unique in the neighborhood.

Thank Papalotillo
San Francisco
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

We dined here on June 22 and thoroughly enjoyed the meal at the time: no dud courses, good pacing, and comfortable setting in the cave. However, my husband got a very bad case of norovirus food poisoning, the symptoms beginning the next morning, which required the attention of a doctor today, 5 days later, and has wrecked the final third... More 

Thank happywanderer71
New York City, New York
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2016

we were there over 30 years ago and remember being blown away - of course new ownership, but still the same lovely room in the cave with rock walls, which you either find cool or claustrophobic. We liked it. Food was striving for creativity and they do a pretty tasting menu. Service was fine. We were more excited by some... More 

Thank birdwins
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

Forgot to write a review at the time but still remember how brilliant this restaurant was. Visited last year with my french boyfriend and had the tasting menu. Each course was so delicious and perfect potion sizes. Brilliant value for money and presentation was incredible. Such good value for money especially when you compare to tasting menus in the uk.

1 Thank beachbumNorwich
London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2016

Refined cuisine in an unusual setting. The best is to ask a table underground in "la cave". Unique experience!!

3 Thank IsaCora
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2015

My wife and I ate here for my 70th birthday lunch. We ate upstairs next to the kitchen door which meant that we had a good conversation with the Chef/Patron. The downstairs sounded a bit noisy. The food was excellent, two amuses bouches - one, a slow cooked poached egg with a strip of smoked salmon, was really innovative. I... More 

2 Thank Andy L
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60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

I would come back with pleasure. Delicious French cuisine with original twist. The service is friendly and professional.

2 Thank Gigi N
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55 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2015 via mobile

It is a bit warm in the cave. We had the seven stage menu and by stage two we were full. Was it great? I was v.ery very good. But after a while I was overwhelmed. Not by the quality, which was very good, but by the lack of understanding that too much is not generosity but almost punishment. Not... More 

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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
Average prices
French, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 13:30
19:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 13:30
19:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 13:30
19:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 13:30
19:30 - 21:30
19:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 32 rue Espariat, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur  >  Bouches-du-Rhone  >  Aix-en-Provence
  • Phone Number: +33 4 42 27 08 31

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