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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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12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 190
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Great first visit

Have seen this restaurant many times but never ventured in - thankfully we finally did tonight - great to see a restaurant experimenting with food without loosing the essence of the food. I would go back again, if only to try the oysters which my friend had and were delicious

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have seen this restaurant many times but never ventured in - thankfully we finally did tonight - great to see a restaurant experimenting with food without loosing the essence of the food. I would go back again, if only to try the oysters which my friend had and were delicious

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Thank dax a
Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

5 of us went for lunch in Nov 2015. It was fantastic. The food looked great and tasted even better. It was a wonderful experience, one which I will repeat. It was not expensive for what it is, the wine may have been a bit pricey but then don't choose an expensive bottle. The desert was the best I have... More 

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Thank Michael G
Belfort, France
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

The food was very good, the oyster starter stood out as being exceptional. Only disappointment: the tête de veau croustillant was not really croustillant! The service was professional and friendly. We found the restaurant cramped, tables very close to each other and we had to struggle to get into our seats in an alcove table. The wine prices were very... More 

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Thank Lynn F
Tunis
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This restaurant si probably THE place to eat fabulous French food and drink delicious wines downtown Perigueux ! A must Go.

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Thank JaBoKeOn
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We travelled an hour from where we were staying just to go for lunch here as we had read the reviews about its Michelin star and we were not disappointed. We had a fantastic lunch in the beautiful courtyard with a fabulous bottle of wine. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys fine food!

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Thank JennieLynnRead
Vancouver Island, Canada
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We were there for lunch, having tried and failed to get a last minute seat a few days earlier. We had the 29€ lunch which was fabulous - fish for one, and pigeon for the other of us. Of course, with a glass of wine, coffee and water, the bill ended up at €75 but for a one star M... More 

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Thank Linda M
Perigueux, France
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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Thank Elizabeth O
Bergerac, France
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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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Thank roxane13
welshpool
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 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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Thank rayglyn
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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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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, 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?