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Solena

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5, rue Chauffour Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
+33 5 57 53 28 06
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed - Sat 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Tucked away into Place Tartas, a stone's throw from centreville, is...
Tucked away into Place Tartas, a stone's throw from centreville, is Soléna, owned by chef Aurélien Crosato, a Bordeaux native and Serena Lee, a native San Franciscan. Classically trained, Aurélien spent 2 ½ years broadening and honing his culinary palette in the foggy city before returning to his hometown. Market driven 3 and 5 course menus stay true to the Sud Ouest region with original and eye opening combinations, such as venison ravioli with aged gouda, soy-glazed magret, foie gras with foraged herbs, and mesquite smoked sturgeon. A solid wine list spans terroirs from juicy, ripe St. Josephs to bucket list Bordeaux vintages, or a glass of Maury to accompany that Turkish spiced Grand Cru chocolate mousse.OUR HOURS: Wednesday through Saturday 20h00 to 21h30 Sunday lunch 12h00 to 14h00 and Sunday dinner 19h30 to 21h30
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    Very good
  • 22
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great restaurant - though pricey

We splashed out a little on the 5 course "menu de degustation" as well as a couple of bottles of great Bordeaux wine. The food was fantastic and the welcome was impeccable, though the price was a little elevated - costing €120 each. This was really a really fine dining experience and I have to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
JohnnyMac68
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Paris, France
Good for:
  • Large groups
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English first
Paris, France
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We splashed out a little on the 5 course "menu de degustation" as well as a couple of bottles of great Bordeaux wine. The food was fantastic and the welcome was impeccable, though the price was a little elevated - costing €120 each. This was really a really fine dining experience and I have to say we thoroughly enjoyed it.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We were very well received. The food os fantastic! Quite an experience! Amélie est très gentile. Le chef Aurélien est fantastic et créatif! This should be the Number One of Bordeaux!!!

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Morges, Switzerland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We heard so many good things about Solena restaurant and the chef (A. Crosato) we desperatly wanted to have a meal there April 19th and booked very early. ( the Chef will now know who we are 😉) We chose the 5 course menu and every one of the dishes was just fabulous; excellent ingredients cooked to perfection, great flavours... More 

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Felbridge, United Kingdom
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289 reviews 289 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Booked a table here based on TA reviews. It was a Sunday evening and the restaurant was more or less fully booked. The restaurant is a little out of the way but easy to find, and was approx 30 min walk from our hotel. Being our anniversary we thought we'd have the tasting menu which can be either 5 or... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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326 reviews 326 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Knowing that we would want a leisurely Sunday lunch on our last day in Bordeaux, I did some research on Trip Advisor before we travelled, and found Solena. I am so glad I did, as we would not have just stumbled upon it - it is well off the beaten track, although actually not that far to walk, when you... More 

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Bristol, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

We wondered what we'd be able to find for lunch on Sunday in Bordeaux as many places are closed. Impressed by all the great reviews and delighted to find that they had a table open for Sunday lunch, we made the easy walk from Place Gambetta. So glad we did! The food was fabulous. Seasonal, fresh and flavorful, but nothing... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Booking made one month in advanced based on Michelin one star and other tourist advisor reviews. Exceeded expectations in all respects. Contemporary understated interiors, eight tables, very attentive service and intriguing menu choices. Preparation, plating and combination of flavors and textures innovative without going to extremes. Three of us had nine dishes from a la carte menu-3 appetizers, 3 main... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This review is actually well belated. we visited this restaurant in July 2013. I am updating all my reviews and realised i never did this one! anyway, this restaurant has the best smoked beef steak ever! the taste was utterly unbelievable. i could not describe it so u have to go and taste it yourself!!

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Kewadin, Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Local restaurant with nice wine list. Comfortable atmosphere, good food and nice prices. Warm and attentive staff in this quaint spot off the beaten path. Nice start to a Bordeaux visit.

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

After overnight travel from US first night meals can be iffy. We tried Solena because of the good reviews and we're not disappointed. Relaxed dining in an informal setting was what we needed BUT much more important was the quality and presentation of the food--an instant reminder that we were back in France. Having the chef come out and talk... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5, rue Chauffour Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Aquitaine  >  Gironde  >  Bordeaux
  • Phone Number: +33 5 57 53 28 06

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 45 - 90
  • Cuisine: French, German

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups

Description

Tucked away into Place Tartas, a stone's throw from centreville, is Soléna, owned by chef Aurélien Crosato, a Bordeaux native and Serena Lee, a native San Franciscan. Classically trained, Aurélien spent 2 ½ years broadening and honing his culinary palette in the foggy city before returning to his hometown. Market driven 3 and 5 course menus stay true to the Sud Ouest region with original and eye opening combinations, such as venison ravioli with aged gouda, soy-glazed magret, foie gras with foraged herbs, and mesquite smoked sturgeon. A solid wine list spans terroirs from juicy, ripe St. Josephs to bucket list Bordeaux vintages, or a glass of Maury to accompany that Turkish spiced Grand Cru chocolate mousse.OUR HOURS: Wednesday through Saturday 20h00 to 21h30 Sunday lunch 12h00 to 14h00 and Sunday dinner 19h30 to 21h30
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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