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“Not quite up to expectation!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of La Table du Pecheur

La Table du Pecheur
21, Rue de l'Ancien Puits, 11100 Bages, France
04 68 411 511
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Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in Bages
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Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
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“Not quite up to expectation!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

We had had very good reports of this restaurant in Bages, and went there for lunch recently.
The older couple, who presumably own the place and were behind the scenes, were rather warmer in their welcome than the server. It was some time before he offered us menus and service was slow. The small restaurant interior was full, and it was too cold, that day, for tables on the terrace.
The food we had was good, but we thought the presentation of our different fish dishes (two fish dishes of the day were offered) was rather similar. Clearly the "Marmite du pecheur" (the house's signature fish stew) is the house speciality, but we could not go for this, as we had one person who could not take swordfish, and one who could not eat scallops. No substitutes for the day's ingredients were on offer.
The restaurant is a little bit old-fashioned (with its quaint "fishing" interior). It is relatively expensive (almost 30 euros a head for the Marmite or a similar dish, and the wines are quite expensive- no house carafe). We may try the restaurant again for the Marmite, but were a little disappointed this time round.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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42 restaurant reviews
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“Fishy treat.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Isn't it lovely when you come across a little restaurant by chance in a quiet village, go in and have a lovely lunch? My wife found out about the village of Bages during our holiday in the Languedoc. It doesn't seem to be widely known about. The village is picturesque, perched on a hill overlooking a lagoon on the coast, south of Narbonne. The restaurant specialises in seafood (the clue is in the name) and serves a seafood 'Marmite' special which was excellent. A bit like a Bouillabaisse, the fish was cooked perfectly and the stew liquor was extremely tasty. Accompanied by a chilled rose, we ate on a small shady terrace overlooking the lagoon accompanied only by a French couple and their small child at an adjoining table (note: why can't children in the UK behave properly in restaurants? This child and most others we saw elsewhere in France behaved impeccably). Service and price were all good. It was idyllic. The chef and waiter lined up and shook our hands as we left. UK restaurants take note.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lund, Sweden
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A surprising restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

The small village of Bages just outside Narbonne on the seaside is really worth a visit. when you are ther, you should absolutely not forget to stay for a nice dinner at La Table du Pecheur.

The dish Marmite (pot) of different fishes is something special. Do not miss it. You can also rather easy see the chef in action when you come or go.

Service and atmosphere is top. The view just marvelous.

I would however not mind if the dessert would have been a little bit bigger. I took the glace au miel. It was good but I would have preferred less flowers and more to eat.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A very special restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

We have visited this restaurant on several occasions over the years and never been disappointed.
A superb location on the top of the beautiful village of Bages.
The owners are most hospitable and make you feel very welcome.
You feel as though they will go out of their way to make your visit a truly exceptional occasion.

Every dish is served with artistry and style.
We particularly enjoyed the rosemary-flamed chevre chaud followed by the 'marmite' - fresh fish including white fish, shell fish, moules and prawns , salmon, all in a saffron sauce. Incredible!
The deserts are works of art, beautifully presented.
Whilst not cheap, this restaurant is excellent value and a unique experience.
Great for a special night out.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mailhac
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“House speciality is magic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

The 'Marmite du pecheur' or Fisherman's Pot is really excellent. Well worth a detour into this picturesque little village. Restaurant is small with a very small terrace, but all food is freshly cooked, well cooked and nicely presented. Staff are knowledgable and helpful!

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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