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“A fabulous meal with excellent service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Baraque a Boeuf

La Baraque a Boeuf
11 place St Pierre, 72000 Le Mans, France
0243280607
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Ranked #1 of 207 Restaurants in Le Mans
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Chester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“A fabulous meal with excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We were looking for lunch in the beautiful plantagenet city and , while many restaurants were shut or empty, this place was absolutely buzzing. There was just one newly vacated table available outside which a waiter quickly cleared for us but, as it was 1.30, warned us that we would only have time for two courses. This suited us fine and we opted for the 11.90 euros menu offering main, desert and coffee plus a 50cl carafe of rose for 8 euros. Excellent bread arrived instantly and the main course about ten minutes later. My veal was superb but my wife's beef was a bit rare even by French standards. One of the waiters noticed her reaction upon cutting into it and immediately asked if it was ok and then whisked it off to the kitchen to be returned in less than 5 minutes cooked to perfection. The deserts were equally impressive and we were given a (for once) delicious cherry liquor to go with our coffee and did not feel pressured to hurry even though, at 2.45, the restaurant was getting ready to close. The old part of Le Mans is definitely worth a stop off or detour and this is THE place to eat.

  • Visited September 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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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
“Good food at a good price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

The restaurant is situated in the beautiful medieval quarter of Le Mans and you need a good map to find it on foot. Booking is absolutely essential and although we did book, there was no record of it when we arrived. No matter, we were found a table in the basement after a short wait. The last table as it turned out. It was actually quite good and the room had a curved stone roof and was fully air conditioned.

Service here is rapid and the waiters efficient and friendly. Within 10 minutes our first course arrived. My wife had eggs poached in a cream sauce enriched with foie gras and I had escargot in a mushroom sauce. Both dishes were very tasty and filling. For main course we had eminces de boeuf – multiple thinly sliced rare beef in a pepper sauce and two brochette de boeuf in a Roquefort sauce. The restaurant are quite clever here, because the beef is the same except that the brochette is actually tightly rolled slices of the eminces beef. All this was served with beautifully crispy potato chips, tomato and a few salad leaves. Quite inexplicable was two large pots of mushroom mash served with the main course. These were really heavy and we only ate a couple of mouthfuls. For dessert we had a colonel sorbet which was heavily laced with vodka. There was a complimentary cherry liqueur which was frankly undrinkable.

Overall, although this is not what you would call a top notch foodie restaurant, it does serve good food at a very good price. Our meal for two was only €20.90 each not including drinks. So if you want to eat in a charming old building in the medieval quarter, this is the place to come.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Nice food good service and relaxed atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Had a great meal here nice staff and excellent food, will defo go again, outside was packed as was the restaurant next door so i would reccomend booking, moderately priced and worth a visit if your in le Mans old town, lots of road works going on in the area but the restaurant is in a nice square off the main roads.

  • Visited August 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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Belfast, N. Ireland
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40 restaurant reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Super Boeuf”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Great day in Le Mans the day before the big race and we need some food. These guys welcomed us into a packed restaurant. The bread was gorgeous, with mustardy stuff to spread on. We ordered their speciality with is finely sliced beef cooked with a pepper sauce and amazing potatoes. It was just fab. And then we had apple crumble and they even brought sweets. The waiters were so friendly, even in English and we had a great night. Highly recommended.

  • Visited June 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Reasonable price made it even tastier”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

It makes a pleasent change that the No 1 rated restaurant in a town isn't also the most expensive.

Food was excellent. Pave of Beef with Roquefort was so good I was dissappointed that I had the excellent starter of eggs in cream with Fois Gras. The Beef was very thinly sliced, cooked to perfection and all sat on a Potato rosti which soaked up all the juices ( I couldn't quite finish this and felt berieved as a consequence).

We dined with our 5 yr old son, although there wasn't a kids menu the waiter came up with a dish at a reasonable price.

Entree and Plat Menu was 17 euro washed down with a cheeky bottle of Chinon at 20 euro.

Everything out of ther top drawer.

  • Visited July 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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