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“Superb”

Restaurant L'Essentiel
Ranked #18 of 630 Restaurants in Avignon
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 6 November 2017

The restaurant was recommended to us by the bar waiter at the Central Hotel in Avignon.
He even called and booked a table for us. Fab Hotel.
This restaurant is worth a visit. We were tired of seeing Steak and chips on menues.
We chose meals from the set menu. Wow presentation & flavour impeccable. Great service, friendly and helpful staff with a sense of humour. The restaurant was packed which says a lot. Well worth visiting this establishment for innovative french food.

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Thank charli901
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

Elegante, inovador, amigável ... o jantar e toda uma experiência saborosa e inesquecível! Indicada pela Dona de nosso B&B e respaldado por opiniôes do TripAdvisor, acertamos no alvo a escolha para nosso jantar de 25 anos de casados! Gostamos tanto por volta como para saborear o segundo menu degustação disponível no dia seguinte. Sensacional, vá!
Elegant, innovative, friendly ... dinner and a whole tasty and unforgettable experience! Indicated by the owner of our B&B and backed by TripAdvisor reviews, we hit the target the choice for our 25-year-old wedding dinner! We liked it so much around to savor the second tasting menu available the next day. Sensational, go!

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Thank Myrian M
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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Great meal and location. Highly recommended by our guide & hotel. Even gave us a dessert with candle in it when they found out it was our honeymoon :)

Thank Nicole P
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

One of the best (and reasonably priced) French restaurants in Avignon! Had the chicken with artichokes (yum~) and my family ordered the cod dish. Loved the ganaches and desserts.

Service seemed a bit hurried, so I'm giving it 4 stars. Otherwise, it would be 5. Worth it for the food~!

Definitely need to place a reservation for this place. For dinner, you might want to dress nicely (instead of wearing casual shorts). Bon appetit!

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Dined at this Michelin mentioned, fine-dining restaurant, a short walk from Place de l'Horlorge, and having booked that morning - the restaurant appeared full that evening, so booking in advance (at any rate at weekends is a good idea. Inside this old building one finds a two room modern restaurant, with white tablecloths, etc, candles. All very smart, with a terrace for summer dining at the rear. Friendly welcome from the front of house, who led a team of youngish staff.

In the evenings expect to be offered a choice of two fixed price menus - at 36€ and 48€. Typically, 2 choices for each of three courses on the former, with add-ons/ a mouse shou he's for the latter. Good bread, Lots of chef skills in all the dishes, as you expect at this level. Typical dishes that we had included a cod starter, mixed with spices, tomato, and chilli, a utterly delicious salmon tartare with cheese , and mains of roasted cod with, tomato, spices and herbs, and chicken in a white wine and drained fraiche sauce with tiny vegetables. The mains were accompanied by two small pots of mashed potato - - one with cream, the other with oil or similar, a bit like traditional aligote. All beautifully cooked and presented, with a lot of care. One of us took cheese as a third course, the other a delicious creamy, fruit,dessert. We didn't take coffee but nonetheless were offered petit fours.

An almost exclusively regional wine list, at all price levels. Helpful discussion with our excellent waitress led us to an excellent Cotes de Luberon.

This is an excellent destination, with a kitchen team who can really cook, and presented a small range of dishes to a high standard. Service was first rate. Expect to pay about 110 130 for two menus + wine ( depending, of co what wine you choose). All in all, a high-quality dining experience in an informal, modern and lively atmosphere - none of the stuffiness one sometimes gets!

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