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“A Delightful Experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bistrot de l'Horloge

Bistrot de l'Horloge
98 Grand'Rue Mario Roustan, 34200 Sete, France
+33 (0)951727109
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Ranked #157 of 212 Restaurants in Sete
Price range: $13 - $47
Cuisines: French, Pizza & Pasta, Bistro, Family Fare
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Maryland, USA
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28 restaurant reviews
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“A Delightful Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

For someone like me, who doesn't eat shellfish or red meat or things like foie gras, the Bistrot de l'Horloge creates difficulties. I could find only 2 main course possibilities, one of which (a chicken leg quarter) was so hard and tough as to be almost inedible.

Strangely, however, the entire experience of eating at the Bistrot de l'Horloge - including my husband (who eats all of the above) groaning with pleasure - made me want to keep coming back. The atmosphere in this restaurant is relaxed and delightful, directed (almost as with an orchestra conductor) by the woman who seems to be the heart of the restaurant. She jokes with the customers, helps out with children, gives us French lessons, and generally makes the place a delightful experience.

Another thing that makes the place a delight is the incredible quantity of menus, starting with a three course menu at 9,90 euros! All of the menus (yes, even the 9,90 one) start with a complementary glass of san gria and a dish of duck foie gras. The 9,90 menu limits your dessert choices to a crepe au sucre or a dish of amazingly rich vanilla ice cream.

The first time we went there, my husband took the Menu de Dimanche. This was an amazing meal! For his entree (following the san gria and foie gras de canards), he took a terrine of foie gras aux figues. Then came a special, additional course: a dish of Coquille Saint Jacques Gratinée. Next came his main course = a Pave de Boeuf, served with French fried potatoes, a small portion of spinach and also of something that might have been a purée of carrots and sweet pepper, plus a beautiful individually baked dish of Potatoes au Gratin. He chose for his dessert an individually baked moelleux au chocolate (what we would call a heart of darkness cake) which was beautiful and apparently delicious.

During our week in Sète, this was the only restaurant that we went to 2 times. Had we been staying in Sète longer, we would have gone back again. If you are looking for an elegant restaurant, this is not the place for you. If you don't eat shellfish, red meat or foie gras, you'll have difficulties here. Otherwise, you will probably have a marvelous experience at Le Bistrot de l'Horloge.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Superb value plat du jour menu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

We found this just by wandering. It was busy, full of French families. We opted for the absolute basic menu at €9.90. This was 3 courses, starter, main and dessert. But it also included a little taste of a terrine at the start, washed down with a complimentary Sangria.

The food was excellent, all fish (though there were meat options as well) and clearly fresh. We had a carafe of basic white which was fine and the coffee and Armagnac I had at the end came with some free sweets. Total bill for all that €32.

The decor was different, you'll either love it or hate it, with objects of all sorts from all over the world.

Friendly owners/staff who would have spoken English if we'd wanted them to.

I don't think I've ever had a better value meal and it gave us a real taste of the local specialities. Normally I'm not much of a fish eater but this was something different.

  • 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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