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“Cosy place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Les Bacchanales

Les Bacchanales
247 Ave de Provence, 06140 Vence, France
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Ranked #16 of 68 Restaurants in Vence
Price range: $35 - $139
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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“Cosy place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

Walking to the place you think first its looks like visiting a friend, You enter through the vegetable garden. We had lunch on the terrace..All the decoration is in natural marerial, Tables made from old barrels, Even the bread basket was made from bark.The menu looked inventif. But we where desapointed. They tried to hard to mix flavours. Some where too strong or the quantities where not blanced. We where a group of 30 and each plate had another quantity. The chef should maxbe take pictures of the plates and look first if its appealing for the eyes The chef was not there and we guess that the staff was stressed by such a large group. They did not work with the exactitude you would expect from such a well quoted restaurant. The staff was young .A real pitty. They have a beautifull kitchen and the restaurant rooms in the house, including the toilets where decorated with flair.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“It deserves its one Michelin star - just!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

The setting is beautiful, if you don't mind climbing a windy staircase to the outdoor seating area. (Go to the loo before you taking your seat at your table - the loos are down those spiral stairs). The dining area is beautiful, the fairly wild gardens in the background just right for the rustic restaurant - as, indeed, is the handsome Labrador dog. There's an amuse bouche to wet your appetite to start with and then you'll be offered the most delicious bread sticks I have ever tasted. Next the chef! He's handsome, speaks very tolerable English, with that lovely French accent, and he will guide you though the menu. This does not take long! There are just two starters, two main courses, one choice of cheese, and two desserts. He goes for quality, not quantity. Problem is if you don't like what he is serving up so, please, ask to see the menu before you book. I had some interestingly cooked squid and then some equally appealing suckling pig, If you didn't like the sound of either of those, the alternatives were wild mushrooms cooked magnificently as starters and Sea Bream in a great sauce as a main. I am told by the ret of our prty that they were both delicious. The wine list was good - stick to the Provence wines, they're cheaper. The Bandol Rouge is particularly good. Criticisms? The waiters were young, inexperienced and not attentive. The choice, as I have said, is not really sufficient. And then there's that staircase! Price? A bit higher than it deserves to be. I am glad I went but I shall not be returning even though the chef is first class. He must give his diners a greater choice.

Visited June 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“One of the best meals I've ever eaten!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

LOVED this restaurant - beautiful presentation; excellent staff & service; SPECTACULAR food; beautiful table decorations made by the chef's wife - unique & unforgettable. Will definitely return

Visited June 2012
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Victoria, BC
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“Very Glad We Went”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

"This looks promising", said my wife as she entered the restaurant. And then from a nearby room came a chuckle and the words, "I heard that!", and from around the corner appeared our excellent hostess, Valerie.

A quick but humorous moment set the stage for what would be a truly excellent lunch on the terrace of this charming traditional restaurant that mixes in a lot of contemporary flair as well.

So, cutting to the chase, we both agreed: if you're in the area of Nice/Cannes, this place is definitely worth the trip. If your experience turns out to be anything like ours, professional and friendly staff and some wonderful and innovative cooking await you, all packaged in totally agreeable surroundings.

After a tasty apperatif, we were served some amazing freshly baked breadsticks with salted crusts, together with herbed parsley pesto. Then Chef Christophe Dufau and his staff began to strut their stuff. First out of the kitchen was sea asparagus in a light crisp tempura batter, accompanied by fries (very small minnow-like fish), served with a salty provencal broth. An impressive beginning which, we learned later, was made possible by Dufau's culinary experiences in Japan.

Next up was a combination plate of rouget and prawn, accompanied by cubed root vegetables, pureed mango, and a fine olive tapenade, along with natural sliced and completely unprocessed slivers of almond. Again, no disappointments here either.

Then onto the cheese course, which with its smoked-under-glass-at-your-table presentation made for a great show but the cheese seemed to be a bit overwhelmed by the smoking. We both would have preferred a more standard service with a small selection of different cheeses. But, hey, this is the resto bizz and a little showmanship is always allowed.

We got that same showmanship with lots of excellent flavors in the desert which was themed on cherries and chocolate. It featured a cherry "muffin" - so moist we thought it was a clafoutie - a piece of chocolate ganache topped with some sinfully good ice cream and some other lesser elements. Lovely it was.

And though it all Francois, our knowledgeable and lots-of-fun sommelier served us some memorable local red and white wines.

This restaurant impressed us even as it is. But we both had the very strong impression that Les Bacchanales isn't resting on its laurels and that as time goes by things should only get better.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“haute cuisine at it's best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

Attentive service, expert sommelier, real 'art de cuisine', owner and chef was present and looking after the guests, you can't do better in Vence, prices were more than reasonable

Visited May 2012
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