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L'Essentiel

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8, rue de la Clarte, 24000 Perigueux, France
05 53 35 15 15
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Special occasions

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  • 143
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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
Cooking with Care

We went here for a birthday meal, two of us, but we have been before. The food is amazing, delicious and beautiful. I don't know how it is still hot it is presented so beautifully. Several different cooking skills in each dish and everything cooked to perfection with the seasoning just right. They... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Elizabeth O
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Perigueux, France
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
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195 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Perigueux, France
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We went here for a birthday meal, two of us, but we have been before. The food is amazing, delicious and beautiful. I don't know how it is still hot it is presented so beautifully. Several different cooking skills in each dish and everything cooked to perfection with the seasoning just right. They are friendly as well, you feel pampered.

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Bergerac, France
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

For little more than the price of any number of very ordinary restaurants in Perigueux one can dine Michelin star. The food and service are first class and the value for money in unbeatable. The pigeon is divine.

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welshpool
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We ate here for lunch with some French friends we were staying with in Le Nicoulou and we were hopeful that the experience was going to be better than the restaurant, not very far from this one, we took them to the year before. We need not have worried. We had champagne aperitif followed by the Gourmand three course menu... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

L'Essentiel is one of the few hundred Michelin Star rated restaurants in the whole of France. It only has One (out of 3) stars to date, I recommend this restaurant because the food, service and ambience are just right. To eat in a restaurant of this quality is not cheap, if you wanted a higher rated Michelin rated restaurant expect... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Our second visit to this place was just as good as the first. On a sunny day in Late September we were able to sit outside in the small seating area with views of the Cathedral and enjoy quite exceptional food beautifully presented. The service was friendly and knowledgeable and the ingredients nothing but the finest. Not cheap but worth... More 

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Excideuil, France
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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382 reviews 382 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
240 helpful votes 240 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
Top Contributor
269 reviews 269 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8, rue de la Clarte, 24000 Perigueux, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Aquitaine  >  Dordogne  >  Perigueux
  • Phone Number: 05 53 35 15 15

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?