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L'Essentiel

8, rue de la Clarte, 24000 Perigueux, France
05 53 35 15 15
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Ranked #4 of 142 restaurants in Perigueux
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Excideuil, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We have lived in this area for over ten years and eating out is one of our passions. Dining out at these prices should be a faultless experience and with its Michelin star and the promises given on the website our expectations were high. This was a celebration so I wanted it to be special. We have lunched here before... More

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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261 reviews 261 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

L Essentiel, Perigueux, Michelin one Star After a hard mornings work searching for bargains at the Saturday morning markets in the old town of Perigueux, what could be more relaxing and rewarding than a long lunch at a one star Michelin restaurant. And l’Essentiel is so convenient both to the old town markets and our hotel at the other side... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I was recommended to this restaurant, and my friends and I enjoyed the food there. Excellent creation of main course and dessert, the presentation of table setting and food were pleasing to eyes. The chef's wife paid attention to every details to make our dining an unforgettable experience, she made the whole dinning experience there a wonderful and magical evening.

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London, United Kingdom
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222 reviews 222 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I was looking forward to my first meal at L'Essential in 2014, and I was not disappointed. The a mouse bouche was very creative, and the ensuing courses all well prepared. Fresh ingredients, cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. A must for any food lover !

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London
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This is a very good restaurant. Shades of cream and biscuit, proper table cloths and cutlery etc - all the simple modern elegance of a Michelin starred restaurant. Service is friendly, unstuffy and pleasant. Food is carefully prepared very good but ultimately not quite as memorable as you might be hoping. You will feel that going to a gastronomic capital... More

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Sydney, Australia
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145 reviews 145 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Was very pleased to find out that our group was to have the pleasure of dining in L'Essentiel. Because of the size of our group, we pre-ordered our meals in advance. We were greeted warmly by the experienced hostess and looked after so well during the evening. We started with a fresh tomato gazpacho and basil sorbet, then a mushroom... More

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UK
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108 reviews 108 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

There are good chefs and there are clever chefs who do unexpected things with flavours and textures. This is a clever chef. I believe that he has a Michelin star, if so he deserves it. If not he deserves one. Service is excellent; effective and unobtrusive. Rhubarb and Granny Smiths to cut the weight of the foie gras is clever,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

I can't recommend L' Essentiel highly enough. Lovely ambiance, excellent well presented food and a good wine list. I can see why this restaurant has gained many awards and accolades. I'll be back, the next time I'm in that part of the world.

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Carbondale, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

My wife and I visited this restaurant on our most recent trip to the Perigueux region, and we were very impressed. We have been visiting this area of France in early summer for the past few years, and we have had an opportunity to try several of the Michelin one-starred restaurants in the area. While there are many excellent restaurants... More

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Mona Vale, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We were on a tour of the Dordogne when we stopped in Perigueux for a few nights. One of the Restaurants we had previously heard about was L'Essentiel, so a group of 9 of us booked a meal there on one of our evenings. The service was impeccable, the food sublime and beautifully presented and no one could fault the... More

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