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“Starving family can't locate food” 1 of 5 stars
Review of CHEZ BOB

CHEZ BOB
Route Sambuc Villeneuve Gageron, 13200 Arles, France
+33 (0)4 90 97 00 29
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Ranked #33 of 200 Restaurants in Arles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
New York City, New York
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Starving family can't locate food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We were so hungry, coming from Marseilles, swimming all day and excited to have some greate cuisine. We drove all over the countryside, with our GPS on, trying to find this cool little place. Please put up a little sign some place so that folks can find you!

Visited August 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Knoxville, Tennessee
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21 restaurant reviews
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“More Like a Family Gathering”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

I just filed a review of Le Bistro du Paradou, and like the Bistro, my first visit to Chez Bob was thirty-one years ago. I remember then that our host (Bob?) cooked our fish on the open fire in the fireplace in one of the dining rooms. I had my first pate at Chez Bob. Others have commented on the difficulty of finding the the place, near Sambuc in the Camargue. Don't let that deter you. Go. You'll have a bunch of fun. I'll note another similarity to Le Bistro: Eating at Chez Bob's is more of a great family gathering than it is a formal restaurant. There were eight of us, and the first course is more like a cornucopia than it is almost anything else. You dip into the vast basket of fresh vegetables, hard boiled eggs, complement them with live oil (mixed that day with anchovie), the delicious bread and your choice of wine. We were asked it we would like to have the leg of lamb. We did. Here again, the full leg, prepared so well that you begin to feel a bit dizzy with the taste (or was that the wine?). More vegetables, gravy, then fromage, dessert and cafe. It's not inexpensive. It's delicious. We were there on a Sunday afternoon. Before long, two musicians, guitarists, got up and began singing some of the American folk and rock standards in English with a pronounced French lilt. They were great. Soon, we had dancing, and when the duo finally took a break, no one seemed ready to leave. They just repaired to the outdoor seating for more wine and perhaps a cigarette. Our group was a mix of visitors and locals. For the visitor, this is an experience that is just so very French, and I say that with the utmost respect.

  • 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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provence77
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“Gem of a Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

Chez Bob is not the easiest restaurant to find in the French countryside. However once you discover it you will be pleasantly surprised. What a wonderful meal and the presentation was over the top. The duck was out of this world.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Chez Bob then Chez Bob now”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2010

When I first started going to Chez Bob that is situated in no mans land in the heart of the Camargue, you simply had to know where to go. This is an area that is very dark at night and the restaurant, off the road, had no signs to indicate that you were indeed in front of the entrance to 'Bob's Place'. It was always a slight adventure and the arrival felt like you had completed a bit of an adventure. These days..I believe Bob has a website and perahps I spied a small sign when I was last there in the fall. That is about the only difference since I first was taken here by French friends in the late 90s. Oh...the last visit, in this small dining room that seats maybe 12-16, there was one table from England! Still, it is quite an overall super experience,. The rustic and charming dining room has as its centerpiece a giant ancient fireplace where Bob will cook the fresh catches of the day. The smell of garlic from the kitchen and sausages make you truly ready to dig in when you arrive. This is about as casual as it gets and as relaxed. Bob and his wife have got their act down to a fine performance and he is the gregarious owner who talks to everyone while bustling from the kitchen to the fireplace or stopping to say something with 4 plates in his hands and his wife is more of the overall server who prepares the appertizers that come to your table automatically. The menu is small...meat or fish....and the standard amazing appetizer melange of succulent cured meats, sausage, tapenade, breads, aioli, fresh vegetables and olives....I can never remember it all. This is hardy provencal cuisine and watch out that you don't over do the endless bounty of appetizers that arrive at your table. If you love Duck...and you love confit or cassoulet, if Bob has his Duck in Confit offered thst night, I suggest you grab it! It is usually a half duck coated in confit and grilled with herbes de provence to perfection. The wines are simple and not expensive ( I never remember if they are included in the 'menu compris') and the desserts while not being in league with the new creations of the last 10 years that have become staples in many French restaurants (M. Bra's incredible ' Chocolat fondant chaud avec glaces vanilles') , you will enjoy a classic french dessert that has not changed for decades. Creme Caramel,Tart Tatin..etc. Finally, you never know if Bob will pull out one of his private 'eau de vie' and bring the bottle to the table with small cups. Wow! Too many of those and you'll wind up driving into quicksand in the Camargue as you try to navigate your way back to civilization. It is always a festive evening and it is even more fun to go if you are in the mood for a 'country experience where you can do, wear and talk as you wish'. I promise you will leave Chez Bob feeling like you have discovered your own little piece of the Camargue. Reservations are essential because sometimes they will not open unless they have enough people coming for dinner. The next morning..get ready to wear the pair of pants that are kinder to your waist line.

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