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42 Rue Rabelais, 37500 Chinon, France
+33 2 47 58 48 78
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Dining options: Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

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    4 of 5 stars
Visit to Chinon

A very cosy and trendy restaurant. Typical French suisine at a very reasonable price.Enjoyed very much our meal in a cosy atmosphere

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
Frank V
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

C'est magnifique !! Although that is the extent of my French language skills, the staff was friendly and patient with us. We made reservations a day prior, (always recommended for dinner here) and arrived at the beginning of the dinner service. Being one of the first seated guests, the chef's wife,Yelena, patiently explained the fixed menu choices and helped us... More 

1 Thank Brian C
Houston, Texas
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114 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

After a full day of cycling, from Azay to Chinon, and a significant amount of sightseeing, we were ready for a meal to energize us. Using “The Fork” via TripAdvisor, we had made reservations for dinner, prior to our leaving the United States a couple of weeks earlier. Definitely recommend making a reservation, the food, service, the entire dining experience... More 

1 Thank Brad B
Belmont, California
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

My wife selected this restaurant based on reviews at Tripadvisor. In order to get in, we made reservations beforehand for 2 days, and what a great choice that was. After the first night we canceled the other booked restaurant because we liked our choice for dinner here very much. On the first night we selected two different choices of preset... More 

1 Thank Osetleo
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

A very cosy and trendy restaurant. Typical French suisine at a very reasonable price.Enjoyed very much our meal in a cosy atmosphere

Thank Frank V
Sydney, Australia
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106 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Really nice food with pleasant helpful service. The menu was all in French, at which I am quite poor, but what I couldn't muddle out the staff was more than happy to help with. Food was very good and I was surprised at how little it cost. Not that it is a cheap place but the quality at the price... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Professionally run, well organized restaurant serving top notch food. Staff are very friendly and helpful. The meals were excellent, and unique. We made a la carte choices, which is no problem; you can also choose one of the 3 set menus. We received extremely helpful and generous service on wines, which was exceptional considering we were only having a glass,... More 

1 Thank CdnDean
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155 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We had an excellent lunch here. The menu 42 was good with excellent starters. The beef mains were fine and very good puddings. We sat on the terrace and the staff were lovely.

Thank collegefield
Sydney, Australia
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127 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to us by the owners of the Gite in which we were staying. We asked them where they like to eat and L'Ardoise was their first choice. The whole dining experience was very good, food of excellent quality, as usual a picture on the plate and prices very reasonable. Service was also very good, we went... More 

Thank Greg W
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67 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Sitting outside on a lovely warm night, L'Ardoise was an excellent choice for dinner in Chinon. With several formulas to choose from and a variety of dishes, each course was beautifully plated and delicious. The only drawback is that the service was rather slow at the onset but once we finally ordered, it picked up and our server was very... More 

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Stephane P, Propriétaire at L'Ardoise, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice opinion about our establishment. We take into consideration your commentary about the inconvenience you experienced with the chalkboard and plan to print a few menus for people who like it better. We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip! More 

Chichester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Really enjoyable meal food and presentation excellent and just that bit different - lots of atmosphere.

1 Thank Carol J
Stephane P, Gérant at L'Ardoise, responded to this review

thanck you very much for your very nice commentaty we hope too see you again very soon More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 42 Rue Rabelais, 37500 Chinon, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Centre  >  Loire Valley  >  Chinon
  • Phone Number: +33 2 47 58 48 78

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 45


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