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29/31 rue Mirabeau, 14800 Deauville, France
02 31 87 22 11
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Ranked #3 of 68 restaurants in Deauville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $83
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Cuisine créative et raffinée, service décontracté mais professionnel, pour un repas entre amis ou pour un tête à tête romantique.Nous seront là pour vous accueil avec le sourire.
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85% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Hong Kong
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We went to this restaurant because it was highly ranked on TripAdvisor, and was advertising "French-Asian" fusion. We took the "Découverte" menu, which is 4 half-portions, plus cheese, plus a dessert, for 59€, which is good value and allows you to try almost half of their menu, but is not a massive deal. They managed to accommodate our "no red... More

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

A blast! Very creative cuisine, super fresh ingredients, a bit of fusion and a lot of talent!! Wine list is just amazing; connaisseur wines at v reasonable price. Chef makes himself available to his passion. Such a contrast with all the other restaurants we tried in Deauville.

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Vaxjo, Sweden
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Surprisingly for a Friday night, the restaurant was half empty. Luckily this was not a sign of bad food. The food was great with Asian twists, really great, especially the lamb confit. The Wagyu beef was sadly over cooked and slightly dry.The prices are on the high side, but it was still worth it.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

L'Essentiel will definitely deserves its first Michelin star any time soon - we had the "menu decouverte", 6 dishes, all of them exquisite. Definitely a "must go" address in Deauville for fine dining.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

My husband and I recently choose this restaurant according to the many of the outstanding reviews and even some of the "disappointed" reviews. I'm not sure if it was the excitement and anticipation leading up to the actual dinner or the dinner itself that left us feeling a bit "deflated". First of all the only person who actually smiled and... More

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Paris, France
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

We chose this restaurant for our anniversary celebration because we had eaten there a year ago and it was superb. We chose the Decouverte Menu (58 Euros for 5 courses). This time the food was again quite delicious (especially the cut beef with Japanese sauce, and the fresh pasta with preserved lemons), but the service was atrocious. Despite having made... More

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Explained i couldnt read wine list as i had forgotten my glasses- so asked for a recommendation to accompany the meal we ordered- Billed arrived & they had given me a bottle costing 138 Euros the most expensive wine they had on there the food came to 90 euros. Entirely accept its my fault but my mistake was trusting them... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

One of the best in the area for sure. Menu was imaginative and a bit different from the usual fare in restaurants around here. Friendly service and lots of opportunity to people watch!

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Rotterdam, Nederland
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

We booked a table in this place because everyone at TripAdvisor said it was the best, and it was. Food was perfect, small plates but more than enough for us. The employees were also very friendly, they even translated the menu for us in English. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant, everything was great and we had an amazing evening! We... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

Booked here for my Birthday on the ratings given by other Tripadvisors and was not disappointed. We chose a-la-carte as we eat fish but not meat and did not feel overly restricted in what was on offer. Service was very good and food of exceptional standard. The formule menu at lunchtime look to be good value, although we didn't have... More

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