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8, rue de la Clarte, 24000 Perigueux, France
05 53 35 15 15
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Ranked #5 of 146 Restaurants in Perigueux
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
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
140 reviews 140 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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345 reviews 345 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
199 helpful votes 199 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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258 reviews 258 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 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
43 helpful votes 43 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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155 reviews 155 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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125 reviews 125 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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Additional Information about L'Essentiel

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