We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

L'Ardoise

42, rue Rabelais, 37500 Chinon, France
02 47 58 48 78
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #12 of 52 Restaurants in Chinon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
18 visitor photos
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Making dinner plans? Search availability and book online
Find a restaurant
Write a Review

142 reviews from our community

78% Recommend
    60
    52
    18
    10
    2
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Southern England
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Yallingup, Australia
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Southam, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hong Kong
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Stafford, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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 !!

Was this review helpful? Yes
cincinnati, ohio
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The food is acceptable but if u are looking for a relaxing place this is not it. The restaurant is very busy but staffed with just two servers. These folks are run ragged and it is rather distracting. Found it impossible to relax and enjoy the evening. There are better places in chinon

Was this review helpful? Yes
Middle England
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

L'Ardoise used to be our favourite restaurant in Chinon and I reviewed before as excellent. It now seems to have become just another bistro and has for us lost its sparkle. The service was ok but not as personal as before, just like the average bistro in fact. No wine list was offered when we asked for a glass each,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cravant, France
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Really great restaurant. Extremely well priced and the food is terrific in terms of quality, presentation and price. Good wine list as well. We go there regularly throughout the year.

Was this review helpful? Yes
France
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Great food with a menu that changes regularly, nice relaxed atmosphere and a great selection of good wines at sensible prices. No wine list tho - just pick the bottle you like from the rack. One of the best and least pretentious of the serious addresses in Chinon

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed L'Ardoise also viewed

Chinon, Loire Valley
Chinon, Loire Valley
 
Chinon, Loire Valley
Chinon, Loire Valley
 

Been to L'Ardoise? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage L'Ardoise, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing