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Restaurant L'Essentiel

2, rue Petite Fusterie, 84000 Avignon, France
04 90 85 87 12
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Ranked #6 of 389 restaurants in Avignon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Manila, Philippines
Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

we ate here as it was recommended by several foodies and our hotel manager. one of the purposes of our 2 week trip in Europe was to eat in the best restaurants we could find, i am glad we found this place! we tried to walk in the first night but was impossible as the restaurant was packed so we... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This restaurant was a surprise. We had one of the best dishes we had in all our trips to France including many restaurants with stars from the Guide Michelin. Try the fleur de courgette, an unforgettable dish. You should make reservations.

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paris
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

really world class food - slightly more sophisticated/modern interpretations of simple/traditional dishes. good value for money. the only slight disappointment was the slow service but, being fair, the restaurant was extremely busy and it's understandable that food of this quality takes a little time. thoroughly recommended.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A very nice and chic restaurant in a very nice and quiet street of Avignon. A quiet place during the festival to have lunch or dinner. and recharge batteries.The hostess is very welcoming and charming and the food is delicious, well presented an delicate. A nice surprise discovered by walking by.

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Grand Rapids, MI
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by a trusted source. Yet when we looked at the menu outside and then walked in (reservations needed) we were concerned that we might not like it. We had brought guests so the evening was important to us. Wow! Every course was beautiful and delicious!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Two set menus - and so many combinations: every option can be ordered à la carte or used to make your own set menu - with that, we were able to get the best of l'Essentiel! We had first a variation with Summer truffles with oeuf mollet - superb; followed by a suprème de volaille - even better; and a... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We got lucky when a shop keeper told us about L'Essentiel while visiting Avignon. Lunch was amazing, The amuse–bouche of a melon gazpacho set the tone for a perfect lunch. The Lamb was flavorful and the chicken was moist with a delectable mushroom gravy. Don't skip the starter of soft boiled egg with truffles...worth every calorie! Dessert, yes please,for me,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

We had just come from a week in Paris and our expectations were high. This husband(chef) and wife(host) really delivered. The zuchinni flower stuffed with crawdad was spectacular. Delicious ,inventive food, very generous portions. We loved it. Very good vibe to the place to. You have to look for it its not on the beaten path. But if in Avignon,... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Our meal at L'Essentiel proved to be the best dinner in France we had this trip. Recommended by le propriétaire d'hôtel, we felt extremely lucky he had made the reservations for us. As we enjoyed our delectable meal, we witnessed many without reservations turned away as the restaurant was full. The cuisine, wait staff, front of house service, and setting... More

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Mechelen, Belgium
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84 reviews 84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

There are restaurants from which you expect more. This was one of them. Our 3-course meal was served in a hurry as if the table had to be freed up for the next guests. Food was average, the deserts were below average (eg a 'tiramisu' that I don't mind to come from a creative cook but this mascarpone-pudding with speculoos... More

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