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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
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 567
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  • 235
    Very good
  • 52
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  • 10
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  • 13
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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
Spectacular food and service, and good price

We did a 1 day tour and our tour guide highly recommended this place, and then she managed to get us a reservation which was not easy on short notice. When we turned up for dinner a sign in the doorway politely said it was fully booked, so don't enter. My wife and I have just spent 5 nights in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
G_Brisbane2012
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Brisbane
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Brisbane
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did a 1 day tour and our tour guide highly recommended this place, and then she managed to get us a reservation which was not easy on short notice. When we turned up for dinner a sign in the doorway politely said it was fully booked, so don't enter. My wife and I have just spent 5 nights in... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are never disappointed when we eat at L'Essential. This time was just as good - well cooked food with an interesting twist. The service was excellent on a very busy evening - we were made to feel very welcome. The restaurant has a very good wine list from which it would be difficult to go wrong.

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Thank catherine j
Rome, Italy
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

We have had a great experience in L'essentiel. Dominique has been as wonderful as the wine she has advised us: elegant, meticoulous when describing wine and food. The butternut soup was a real surprise! We will for sure come back next time we are in Avignon!

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Thank FabM87
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

My very first meal at France. I chose Avignon as my first city during my trip to France. A lovely medieval town. And I chose Restaurant L'Essentiel as my top priority when I started to plan my trip half years before I arrived there. No regret, Delicious & tender fish. Fabulous wine with reasonable cost recommend by hostess. I will... More 

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Thank Ching Yang W
Los Angeles
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

We had a great time in this restaurant. All the food we ordered were outstanding. We ordered 3 set dinner. The one we like the most was butternut squash soup, white fish and partridge. I like their food that had complex taste and not too salty. Their service was excellent. Our daughter was not feeling well that day and the... More 

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Whistler, Canada
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Our dinner was excellent and as we were there in off season and mid week, we were very surprised how very busy it was. Proof that the food is very good. Service is professional, atmosphere is upbeat. Probably a good idea to reserve but a must in busy times.

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Thank S Amanda S
New York City, New York
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

We ate in 2 great restaurants in Avignon but overall, the food was best in L'essentiel. We thoroughly enjoyed every bite and only regret we're not still in Avignon so that we can go back. The service is friendly and warm but a little harried and the ambience is a little less exciting than I think the restaurant deserves but,... More 

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Thank grahamgw1
Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

I think that L'Essentiel is in the top flight of fine dining in Avignon, and you are well advised to book in advance. A wonderful courtyard to the rear of the restaurant provides a truly elegant environment, and the food was very probably the best (in fine dining terms) that we had in Avignon. There are so many exciting and... More 

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Thank Francis T
Fort Worth, Texas
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

I want to take my daughter to a nice place for a celebration. This place was perfect. Very intimate with excellent food. The lovely owner couldn't of been more considerate and was happy to offer excellent suggestions. I don't particularly recommend anyone dish over another. They did have a decent seafood and I'm a very fussy seafood eater. Wine list... More 

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caunes
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

food was excellent and so was the service--good wine list and attractive setting. would definitely return

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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: Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?