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“Totally Great Dining Experience in Sancerre” 5 of 5 stars
Review of restaurant la tour

restaurant la tour
rue de le nouvelle place, 18300 Sancerre, France
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Ranked #1 of 27 Restaurants in Sancerre
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $37 - $147
Cuisines: French, Wine Bar
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Santa Barbara, California
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“Totally Great Dining Experience in Sancerre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Restaurant La Tour deserves its one Michelin Star. The food and service were outstanding. The scallops were delicious. Everything was great except for the steak. The sauce with the steak was excellent but the steak was gristly. The cheeses were excellent but the 90 day old goat cheese was hard to take. The desserts were divine. We enjoyed a number of half bottles of wine which we really enjoyed. Overall, an excellent dining experience.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Missouri
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30 restaurant reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant, charming atmosphere, skilled waitstaff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This was one of many destination cities in our trip through Bourgogne (even though it's slightly outside of the region) and we had read tripadvisor about restaurant la tour. It's all true. We walked in without a reservation, were seated next to the warming fireplace on a cold rainy, day. We ordered two different menus and our waiter suggested a perfectly matched Sancerre to accompany the meals. We did get menus in French, but despite our attempts to continue to communicate in French, the staff continued to interact in English.

They were celebrating some dishes of the season with cèpes, in particular, featured. There was a wonderful serving of ris de veau (sweetbreads) done very nicely and the magret de canard was exceptional. Red wines by the glass came out to match these meat courses.

Definitely worth the trip. Even though parking is always full, just around the corner are more spots that overlook the valley.

  • Visited October 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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Lake Bluff, Illinois
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Off the beaten path”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This quiet, lovely restaurant is located in the quaint wine town of Sancerre, France. It's nestled in the middle of the Sancerre wine district and really exemplifies all the charm and quality of that area. There were 8 of us and all of our meals were truly superb. Local ingredients prepared masterfully. I just wish it weren't so far away, as I would return often.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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“Memorable dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

From the moment my wife and I walked in the front door to the late hour when we left, this was a lovely and totally satisfying experience. From a range of menus, we chose the 40 euros per head option, and it was unbelievably good value for money. The five courses showed imagination and innovation, one of the highlights for me being my 'queue de boeuf confite' The extensive wine list, which included lots of local wines, was fantastic, and definitely not a 'rip-off' as is the case in many establishments.The pace of service was perfect, and all the staff appeared to go out of their way to make it a memorable occasion,.Would strongly recommend to others and would love to return some day

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kirchhain
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“The promised "one-star" is difficult to find”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

As a German-Finish mixed golf-group we were visiting the La Tour as a one star restaurant (Guide Michelin) and were expecting something special.
The La tour is a very nice romantic restaurant in the middle of Sancerre with good wines (big winecard). The prices were too expensive for the offered dishes. In my case the quails were not sufiiciently desosser, hard and dry. However, all our chosen deserts were clearly outstanding.
If you are in that aera drive on to La Charité and eat at the "Milles et une feuilles": Half price and double quality.

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