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“VERY slow, even if the food is inventive” 3 of 5 stars
Review of L'autruche

L'autruche
5, rue Dulau, 13200 Arles, France
04 90 49 73 63
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Ranked #5 of 189 restaurants in Arles
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
United States
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7 restaurant reviews
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“VERY slow, even if the food is inventive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

I was the 3rd table of the night, and ordered only 1 glass of wine, and the plat of bouef. 1 hr into it, I ordered dessert. 45 minutes later, no dessert. I went inside and asked to cancel my dessert. The waiter who had been fantastic, told me, you know this isn't "fast food". Clearly I understand this, and I am not judging on American standards, but French standards. I'm sorry, but this was the SLOWEST meal I'd had in all of France including in some of the best regarded restaurants in Paris, etc.

The amuse bouche of tuna was good, although could have kicked up the flavor. The bouef was ok, it was chewy and unevenly cooked and lacked flavor on its own. Although the tapenade and the salad were very good. I had to ask for more tapenade because the beef was bland. Overall the food looks pretty, and the chef is clearly looking to provide inventive cuisine that is not the typical French meal. However, he falls short.

I felt bad for the 2 guys who were running between 14 tables, the 2 men were generally very pleasant, up until the you know this isn't fast food comment. They were working very hard, so I felt for them. The woman, maybe the wife of the owner, or the hostess would periodically serve people, or take orders, but overall she was busy sitting down with guests she clearly knew, smoking, etc. She would walk by tables and look at people, and just keep going to sit down with friends.

Sorry, but since the food is not amazing, and the service is terrible, I can understand why this restaurant is not more popular.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“One of the best meals we had.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2011

This restaurant is under-stated in terms of its location and ambience but we had one of the best meals here. Just speak to the hospital host (who speaks english) and you will get to select the little gems prepared by the chefs.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bath
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“great restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2011

Imaginative menu cooked by an ambitious chef. Good service. INtersting wine list.
Not the cheapest but worth it

  • Visited October 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Best kept secret in Arles.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2010

This restaurant is hidden gem in Arles. About 9 months ago the new owners were able to convince 2 rising stars from l'Ousteau de Baumanière to join them. Alexandre Somers had trained at the famous Ferrandi on Paris. After working for Ducasse (Plaza Athéné) and Les Serres, he set his sights for Provence.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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hampshire
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“a gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

we had lunch here after the saturday market. the young staff could not have been more welcoming, friendly and informative. the fiuxed menu was great value and delicious. stuffed courgette flowers followed by delicious veal. great local white wine- domaine d'ole. a great addition for arles

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