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Cafe Lavinal

Rue Desquet, 33250 Bordeaux, France
330 5 57 75 00 09
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Ranked #531 of 1,481 restaurants in Bordeaux
Cuisines: French
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
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41 reviews from our community

70% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Naples, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

In a beautiful location, Cafe Lavinal is one of our favorite spots when in Pauillac and we have been dining here since 2006. Kudos to M. Cazes for restoring this lovely corner of Bages village which includes the cafe. Fresh, well-prepared French bistro cuisine pairs with their nicely priced wine list featuring some great local value wines. We enjoyed two... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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155 reviews 155 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We had a booking for 10 and were shown to a large table in an annex. Waiters seemed very busy that day and didn't provide us with any water or bread as we waited for them to take our orders. We approached them every so often to remind them that we were waiting for service but each time we were... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Good service, excellent food. If visiting Lynch-Bages this restaurant is a must. Owned by Lynch-Bages this is a great spot to stop after your tour.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

So agree with other traveler's comment, food quality and the view there is good. But the service there is BAD! I am from Hong Kong and do not know how to speak French. I need to wait for one English speaking waitress to help and place orders. That English speaking waitress is nice but she is really busy. The other... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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79 reviews 79 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We had breakfast there and the service was borderline acceptable with one man running the place and doing the service. Food selection for breakfast was limited and not particularly tasty. At 9 am he was running low on croissant and hot beverages were served unstirred (e.g. hot chocolate). I would add that he was talking on the phone and/or arranging... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The Staff !!!! I cant help feeling that it was because we were English! I know it sounds controversial but we were a party of four and all came to the same conclusion. We were sitting inside and had a good view of the restaurant the waiters were very pleasant to the other diners who were clearly French as we... More

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Carlisle, Massachusetts
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86 reviews 86 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Technically, we did not eat here. We arrived before the lunch time was over but were told it was too late. However, they said, we could buy something at the shop across the square and bring it here and then order something to drink. We did this and let them know we had returned. We waited and waited. we watched... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We traveled with a group of wine makers to several regions in France in July 2013. The tour organizer arranged in advance a meal at this restaurant. It took over 3 hours for 3 average courses for our group of 20. Other tour groups even larger were also fed at the same time. Obviously, no additional help was brought in;... More

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Bordeaux, France
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Nice place in Pauillac in the middle of the vineyard. That's my fifth time there, and I think they have changed the chef, as the food was Ok but not great. nice wines, service is ok

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London, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

My wife and I went to this restaurant when we were doing a tour of the Medoc on a wine buying expedition. It is part of the Chateau Lynch-Bages operation operating in the village (we stayed at the Chateau Cordillon Bages but that's another good review for later). Essentially the village of Bages consists of a number of businesses which... More

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