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21 rue du Docteur Louis Marcon, 83150, Bandol, France
+33 4 94 05 85 29
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Arlington, Texas
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

My wife and I decided to disembark our ship and spend some time in Bandol. After touring the markets we decided to have lunch. We walked around a lot and then saw L'esperance. Looked nice from outside and we walked in and sat down. The lady who seated us could speak some English, and we could speak some French, and... More 

Thank Traveling_man58
London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We were taken to L'esperance for lunch as a treat, and indeed it was. The restaurant is small, just 7 tables and is light and airy. It is run by a husband and wife team, with the husband doing the cooking and the wife running the front of house. The service is excellent, very professional but friendly too. The food... More 

Thank Jackie W
Dublin, Ireland
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111 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

This is serious cooking served with great care and attention in a lovely serene room A mise en bouche of a small cup of broad bean soup with tiny bits of chorizo was delicious. Excellent bread and tapenade. Next we had a poitrine of pigeon and a dish of cepes which were intense and excellent This was followed by mains... More 

Thank graham w
Paris, France
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117 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015

20% too expensive for what it is. Products are fresh and noble but it looks like the Chef has trouble with a few mixes. Need to be improved and it'll be very good. Meat is great, fish average. Small place, need reservation.

Thank Parisienne75008
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

L'Esperance is just a small restaurant - just seven tables, I think, and none outside - and they are well spread out so the place feels light and spacious. The food is of a high standard and my lamb, done in a Middle Eastern manner, was tip-top (as was my wife's fish). We went for the €52-per head menu as... More 

Thank wem62
Croydon, United Kingdom
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808 reviews
486 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,128 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2015

Last summer we had begun to feel the chef here was losing his touch. But our dinner here in June showed Gilles was back on form. You are lucky to get a glimpse of him as his wife does single handed all the front of house. The @€43 menu gave us a duo of smoked and (I think) sashimi salmon... More 

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Bandol, France
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2014

I live in Bandol and this the best restaurant in town.The service is top class and the food memorable.It is run by a husband(chef) and wife(service) team both extremely professional without any snobish pretentions.You must reserve well in advance as there are only a few tables. The menu starts at 31 euros and goes to 52 euros.At 32 euros the... More 

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Fort Worth
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

We used our hotel concierge for this recommendation since this was our first visit to Bandol. We were extremely please with the solection. The staff did not speak English and our French is limited, but that did not prevent us from a wonderful meal. The Wine List was not extensive, but had good selections at all price points. As other... More 

Thank Tiger061
Croydon, United Kingdom
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808 reviews
486 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

we try to eat here on each annual visit to Bandol but we have learned nver to just turn up. Book in advance. The standard menu which now costs €31 has one item for each course; €52 buys 3 for each course. High by Bandol standards but not by that of London! decoration of the dishes is tasteful and the... More 

Thank alanreynolds
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

A positive experience in a very nice setting. But having read the reviews we had quite high expectations, expectations that were not fully met. We went for three course menu at approx 50€ per person. I had hommard as starter, decorated with flowers - maybe a bit too much so. Very tasty though. Veal as main course, the meat was... 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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
French, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 rue du Docteur Louis Marcon, 83150, Bandol, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Provence  >  French Riviera - Cote d'Azur  >  Bandol
  • Phone Number: +33 4 94 05 85 29

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