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“Pretentious - Fell way short of expectations” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Le Clos du Cedre

Le Clos du Cedre
10 Boulevard Marechal Foch, 21200 Beaune, France
0380240101
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Ranked #27 of 152 Restaurants in Beaune
Price range: $64 - $121
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: The gourmet restaurant "Le Clos du Cedre", nestling in the heart of a park, occupies the house of a 19th century master wine grower. The dining room is a suite of rooms with character, with original mouldings, panelling and wooden floors. Beautiful terrace in the gardens where you will be able to enjoy the summer days. Orders are taken for dinner between 7 and 9 pm. Menu from €48.00.After a career path under the stars that begins in Burgundy, continues in the Bordeaux area through the Loire valley, Chef Christophe CANATI chooses to come back to our beautiful region in order to lead the kitchen of the restaurant Clos du Cèdre.Caring much about the quality of the produce he proposes, he definitely gives priority to local producers.His cooking is sober and yet sophisticated, leaving to every dish its authentic flavours.His fulfilling work experience took him around the world, having him discover many culinary traditions.His talent skillfully blends vegetables, spices, flavoured oils and aromatic herbs. Burgundy wines are not left behind, playing a major role in his cooking as well.
London, United Kingdom
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22 restaurant reviews
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“Pretentious - Fell way short of expectations”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Having stayed in the Hotel a couple of times and eaten at Le Clos, on this occasion, one of our regular stopovers in Beaune, we were staying in one of the lesser hotels and planned to have a really good supper in what we knew to be a delightful environment.
We arrived at just after 8.30 and didn't get away 'till well after 11,00!
Yes, dining in the garden was beautiful, but everything else was profoundly disappointing.
We took the a la carte menu, when it finally arrived after over 30 minutes, and chose a light meal.
Everything on the menu however, was over-fancy, and not at all how we remembered it. I suspect the chef has changed since our previous visit about 3 years ago and this time it seemed that the chef's aspirations had exceeded his capabilities. We were given multiple amuse bouches, not only before the meal but also in between courses which failed to make up for the inadequacy of what we had ordered. I started with the 64 degree egg with asparagus and summer truffle, which was watery and lacked character. My St Pierre filet was a reasonable size but over-cooked - I suspect that it had been sitting under warming lamps for quite a while since being cooked - and my wife had langoustine which consisted of 4 microscopic crayfish tails with not much else for over 40€! The desserts consisted of tiny bits of this and that, none of which were particularly flavoursome.
All this took over 2½ hours and when we complained mildly, the maitre d' merely remarked that they were very busy - this at around 10.00 pm when only 5 tables were occupied!
And it was the most expensive meal we had had in 4 weeks travel in France and Italy!
We had to call several times for our wine to be topped-up since the sommelier, although charming, seemed to be occupied elsewhere.
I guess it's back to the Caveau des Arches next trip, even though it doesn't have a garden!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Bogota, Colombia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Be prepared to avoid a bad experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We had high expectations that weren't met, regardless of the beauty of the place; we were almost the first to arrive, and almost the last to leave, due to unacceptably slow service. I don't recommend the menu degustation, if you do not want to stay there for more than 4 hours. I recommend the foie gras, beef or fish as main dish, the cheese is a must, and the wine; all superb, even if they cost less than 75 euros, so don't let the sommelier pressure you. Make sure the wine is within arms reach; only the sommelier seems to be allowed to serve it and she tends to abandon you. The garden is beautiful, but after 4 hours we were freezing. When asked about our experience, we told the maitre it had been too cold the last couple of hours, and he blamed the front desk and said next time we should ask to be seated inside when reserving...

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Amersham, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“A Gastronomic Oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We have stayed here a few times, always on one of their packages (usually the 2 night 'Relaxing & Discovery'). So the meal we have is their chosen menu, which has never disappointed, but this time was amazing. We knew they had just been awarded their Michelin star and expectations were high, but indeed were exceeded. The staff in the restaurant and hotel are great and we always feel relaxed there. It isn't cheap, but it meets our rules for value for money and it will continue to be our hotel of choice for Beaune.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great dinner with friends!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We had our last dinner in Beaune at Le Clos du Cedre. We stayed in the hotel so it was super convenient to have a drink in the hotel salon before walking through the beautiful garden to the restaurant. The staff was lovely and the food was amazing! The sommelier was very knowledgable and gave us great wine recommendations. I had a warm foie gras that I am still dreaming about! And the cheese board selections are mouth-watering delicious!
Definitely worth a try if you are in Beaune and certainly if you stay at the hotel.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Worthy of Michelin star.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

I never write reviews on places. But this restaurant is an exception. It deserves this star. Excellent service. Each dish - a masterpiece of culinary art. Everything was served on time, with a magical sophistication, with a history, as befits a restaurant of this level. Wine and Aperitifs can be picked up on the most refined tastes and budgets. A gourmet dinner gave us a unique admiration of the French culture and an euphoria of the feast that we will remember for a lifetime. Our romantic dinner was tantamount to the honeymoon. We will definitely be back and will advise this place to the friends.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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