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L'Ardoise

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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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  • 85
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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This was our favourite for many years but hasn't maintained top spot (unlike "A'Table"). Food still good, and 15 Euro meal excellent value but no written menus, only chalk boards. Fine for some, but quite a few choices are excluded from the set menu deals. What is unacceptable, in my view, is the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2014
Fishbournefolk
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Southern England
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NYC
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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.

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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 

London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Not many French restaurants serve an excellent three-course lunch in a fantastic location with very efficient and friendly staff for just 15 euros, but this is one of them. The outside doesn't look like much, but the inside is very nice. Also, the healthy number of French people inside the restaurant, on a Tuesday in February, tells you something about... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Superb 25 euro menu, pick what you want from the menu, service excellent, food lovely and very French. it is best to book

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Southern England
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This was our favourite for many years but hasn't maintained top spot (unlike "A'Table"). Food still good, and 15 Euro meal excellent value but no written menus, only chalk boards. Fine for some, but quite a few choices are excluded from the set menu deals. What is unacceptable, in my view, is the lack of a wine list - you... More 

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Yallingup, Australia
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139 reviews 139 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Although there are just four tables on the street, there is a terrace upstairs as well. Decent food, and we managed with a two course set dinner for just €12. By the glass, house wines only, larger selection by the bottle.

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Southam, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We've been visiting Chinon for years to see friends, so It was great to see Ludovic and Angelique's new place. They make a lovely atmosphere and fine bistro cooking where ever they go, we can thoroughly recommend l'ardoise. They are real foodies and pay a great deal of attention so as usual great food and local wine, as well as... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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68 reviews 68 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

What a delicious comfortable place for lunch. Recommend by the lovely people at Domaine Charles Jouget, I was rewarded by driving into this handsome town, parking by the river (near Rabelais statue) and walking a few mistaken blocks in the narrow sweet streets. It was a warm sunny day and a table outside opened up. Like so many places the... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

for this price, i will put 5 stars. cheapest menu at 15euros, even for dinner! dishes were all very good (beef slighty disappointing though). good wine recommendation. this is the kind of restaurant you want to have in many more towns!

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We visited L'Ardoise during our stay in the Loire valley and found it to be friendly food excellent. We dined off the set menu and the choice was very good something for everyone - well worth a visit !!

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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 - 44

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