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29/31 rue Mirabeau, 14800 Deauville, France
02 31 87 22 11
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Ranked #1 of 79 restaurants in Deauville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $24 - $81
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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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261 reviews from our community

86% Recommend
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English first
Paris, France
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We had lunch here today and were amazed at the care and detail put into the dishes we enjoyed. We sat outside half in the shade and half in the sun which was very pleasant. We started with apéritifs and tapas which were good. Then lobster bisque which was beautifully served and absolutely delicious. For our main courses my Partner... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Good food and good ambiance. You can eat outside and the waiter was very kind with us. Fish is fresh.

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Paris, France
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Good restaurant tasting menu at 59€. I recommend. Perhaps to be picky only downside is that more various tastes would have been needed in the menu.

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Tabanac, Aquitaine, France
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248 reviews 248 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

What a wonderful find ... living in SW France it is hard to find something that is not "duck, duck and steak". L'Essentiel with its Asian influenced French food was a fabulous change, from the norm ...... the lunch menu of the day was tofu/mushroom amuse bouche, ray-wing presse (like a terrine) with pickled radish entree, beef/shitake main and white... More

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Paris, France
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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