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Restaurant L'Essentiel

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2, rue Petite Fusterie, 84000 Avignon, France
04 90 85 87 12
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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 419
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  • 181
    Very good
  • 45
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  • 9
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  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing dinner

The hostess and waitress were friendly and attentive and the food and wine superb. Half of the patrons were tourists.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
KCK5
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

The hostess and waitress were friendly and attentive and the food and wine superb. Half of the patrons were tourists.

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

A fabulous find! Husband and wife duo, Laurent and Dominique, have created and run a restaurant that delights the senses and soul. The chic restaurant is modernly and comfortably appointed. Dominique and the attentive wait staff excel in service. The menu is so smartly designed - with choice of two prix fix menus or al la carte from either. Chef... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Had a great very creative dinner on a friday night in april. Luckily I made the reservation a few weeks before we arrived in avignon. Reservation a must on weekends

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

After a pleasant morning sight-seeing in Avignon, l'Essentiel provided the perfect restorative lunch. The €32 menu was amazingly good value for three flawless courses. Chef Laurent Chauviat clearly has an excellent palate as each course was delicately seasoned and had us licking our lips and uttering gasps of appreciation. It also all looked very pretty but without excessive pretension. Madame... More 

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New York City, New York
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68 reviews 68 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

It was 30 yrs. ago when we first visited this restaurant and it still evokes such fond memories. We ate outside in the courtyard and each dish we were served was divine. Every time I have a friend traveling to Provence or near Avignon I make sure to recommend this place and everyone has come away with the same fond... More 

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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Even that I find the restaurant completely full, witch make it a little bit noised, the food and the attention was 5* from the beginning to the end. The food was really tasty, well prepared and 5* presentation. In the menu you'll find 3 options, where I choose a beginner of salmon witch was very fresh and delicious and after... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 via mobile

Booking is essential but totally worthwhile. Madame is delightfully attentive as are the rest of the staff. Food is fantastic with some very nice wines by the glass (at good prices). If you have one night in Avignon this is the place to eat.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Visiting Avignon for just a day, a friend and I felt like a real French lunch-time treat, and my gosh, did we find it here in L'ESSENTIEL. In a back street, unobtrusive, smallish but with a buzzing atmosphere. The food was French at its best. The service, first class. It was not cheap, but money well spent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It is so nice to come back to this place, again and again... Never ever disapointed !! I love the moderne warm atmosphere, very good taste, as much as the exelente way the Chef ,Laurent, is playing with the flawors in his kitchen. With a safe hand, and a lot of great idears, he propose the clients 2 menus... (and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We were a bit late for our reservation. We were lead to out table in the courtyard. But the people that didn't book behind us weren't seated. So worth booking. The service was attentive and warm. The food was amazing. Outside was the best part of this restaurant. It was inmate. Will be back next time we are back in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2, rue Petite Fusterie, 84000 Avignon, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Provence  >  Vaucluse  >  Avignon
  • Phone Number: 04 90 85 87 12

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm

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