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Le Formal - Caves Henri IV

32 Rue Espariat, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
0033442270831
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Ranked #10 of 548 Restaurants in Aix-en-Provence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $88
Cuisines: French
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Telluride
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Le Formal has it all. We had a truly elegant meal. Weren't sure if we should go initially as Le Formal is known as a more expensive place in Aix and we heard of a number of other good dining options. Our hotel called in for a last minute reservation and we secured the last available table for the night.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Very well balanced and delicious tasting menu. Service was very good. Left totally full and happy after far too much rich French food :) As previous reviewers have pointed out, it is downstairs so no natural light but a nice change and worth doing on one night in Aix.

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Quechee, Vermont
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86 reviews 86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The restaurant is located at 32 Rue Espariat, one of the main avenues of Aix. The decor is exquisite artwork. It is divided into several rooms all painted white to accentuate the colorful artwork. There is a wide variety of dishes and the wine selection is excellent. We had the "Decouverte 3 Etapes," a delicious meal indeed.

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Aix-en-Provence, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We went to La Formal restaurant in Aix en Provence last night, just managed to book the last table upstairs. Probably one of the best restaurants we have ever been to, highly recommended. The service was outstanding, chef Jean-Luc Le Formal came out and talked to us, beautiful partner Yvonne took great care of us, the food was simply amazing.... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We ate here mid June 2014. It was a lovely refuge from a monsoon-like deluge that struck Aix that evening. The restaurant is in a stone voulted 'cave' - so don't expect any street views or sunny courtyard - but do come here for the food and service! Service was attentive without being fussy - advice on the menu and... More

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New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We ate here first night of 3 nights... And tried to go back... It was booked. Understand why. Incredible creative food in a great atmosphere! Chef was creative serving up the best of seasonal ingredients ... This restaurant should be number #1...

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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

There's so many crappy restaurants in Aix, or would-be fancy chef, that the Formal is a breeze of fresh air. Let's put it simply: if you're visiting Aix at peak season, it's probably the only place where it's impossible to go wrong. The staff is professional, the restaurant -- although a bit hidden, and tucked under street level -- is... More

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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

A really nice restaurant in Aix. The 7 course tasting menu was delicious and the dessert was exquisite, and the price was more than fair at 48 euros not including wine. I especially liked the chef's personal touch during our meal and at the end when he greeted us as we left.

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Aix-en-Provence, France
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Cave setting downstairs, superb food and lovely wine makes this a great dinner location. Separate cave area for us just out of sight of the rest of the diners was perfect for our young kids to relax and enjoy a great restaurant. Perfect for a rainy day or evening meal for us without kids to.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We waited over 30 minutes but no one even came to take our drink orders. Manager was extremely rude and unwelcoming. Don't go!!!!!

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