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“Full of character” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La MaIson Rouge

La MaIson Rouge
38 Rue Voltaire, 37500 Chinon, France
+33 2 47 98 43 65
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Ranked #35 of 56 Restaurants in Chinon
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
North Buckinghamshire
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Full of character”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We just had to give this restaurant a try as soon as we saw it. It's in the prettiest part of the medieval section of Chinon. A tiny little place, as old as the hills, judging by the wooden timbered frontage. We sat on the terrace and had a lovely "degustation" menu which came beautifully presented on pretty plates. We finished it off with a cafe gourmand - also to be recommended. It all tasted beautiful and home-made. Attentive and charming service. Staff spoke English, but let us use our French, which we appreciated, as it can feel a bit patronising when they cut in with English when you're having a go with the language. You pay a little more for the location, maybe, but very much worth it. Take the opportunity to use the loo - it's bonkers, with an old brass teapot attached to the wall, with its handle used to hold the loo roll!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Bruges, Belgium
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Not recommended”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

My partner and I went here on our trip through France end of august '11. She had passed the little restaurant on a previous trip and said it looked nice and cosy and wanted to go have diner there.
Perhaps we came in a little late to there liking but we were nearly forced to order even though we hadn't made our choice yet.
You can choose between several plates and also mix and match. This seemed like a good idea. You get small portions on a plate, you can choose things like pate's, foie gras, sausage,... The food was not bad (but not great either) but you can buy all these things in the local butcher shop and put them on a plate with some salad yourself. Far from what you would expect from a restaurant. They surely didn't do any effort and I doubt they actually make anything themselves. Service was also far from friendly.
I can assure you we won't be going back there.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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18 restaurant reviews
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“Best meal in Chinon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2011

Friendly service and real local food. Some interesting dishes I had never tried before. Give it a go, you will not be disappointed.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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