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“Lovely Food and Beautiful Restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Les Menestrels

Les Menestrels
11 Rue Raspail, Saumur, France
0241677110
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Ranked #12 of 95 Restaurants in Saumur
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
Paris, France
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Lovely Food and Beautiful Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

This is a beautiful restaurant situated right next to the castle. We had a lovely meal and great wine. The staff were friendly and helpful. We would definately return!

Visited May 2014
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Adelaide
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Fine dining and great ambience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We stayed at Anne D'Anjou as part of a cycling tour and so dining at Les Menestrels was part of our package. Therefore we had a 3 course set menu. It was wonderful! From the 3 part Amuse Bouche to the home made sweets at the end, we enjoyed every mouthful! The meals are well balanced and flavoursome. The wine was reasonably priced (30 euro for a local red) and the service discreet and attentive. The table settings (each one unique) were just exquisite. We would not have found this on our own, but highly recommend it.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“For Lovers of Fine Dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Decided to stay overnight in Saumur en route back to the ferry. Was a fairly regular diner at Les Menestrels many years ago when we had a house in the area, so was interested to find out if it was as good as we remembered. We were not dissapointed, finding that M. Hosselet was still chef/owner after all these years! The food was excellent quality with ample use of seasonal items. Service could not be faulted for speed and efficiency, although the waiter seemed a little cool and withdrawn with all the diners. Three course menu at about Eu 35 was a fair price for the excellent quality of the food provided. Would have been nice to have a crisp or nut with our aperitif, but we managed without. Wine list had a good selection of excellent but highly priced wines, but there was rather a lack of more reasonably priced options as many were out of stock. Probably time to refresh the wine list as all those crossings out doesn't give a very good impression! Well worth a visit if you're in the area, but not quite the perfection it used to be.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ashtead, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great find in Saumur despite back street location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

I read the reviews after we dined at this restaurant and did not recognize the poor reviews as relating to the same place! We found the restaurant by chance on a Saturday night in October. It was not easy to find and was empty when we arrived at 7.30, but zoom filled up.

Atmosphere was great with high ceilings and eclectic furnishings. Baser vice attentive but not rushed. Food was all excellent - including a good selection of cheeses. Wine was well priced - we asked for a recommendation for a local red at around €25 per bottle and were offered a Saumur Champigny 2010 which was excellent.

A truly excellent experience and at a reasonable price of about €65 per head.

Visited October 2013
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Good meal and attentive service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

My wife and I chanced on Les Menestrels, although it is probably already recognised as best in Saumur. We went on a Tuesday evening. It was not crowded but the maitre-d was seating everyone to give a cosy yet discreet atmosphere.
Decor is simple with a traditional interior room and a more modern timber and glass extension.The food was really good and well-balanced with several complimentary amuse-bouches to start and delicacies with coffee.
Presentation of the dishes was delicately artistic without being fussy. Clearly we were observed and service proceeded without prompting and we were not oppressed with attention.
Best advice is to book later in the week as, while it is a gem, this restaurant is no secret to discerning locals and visitors alike.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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