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Bistrot Le Cortal

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$$ - $$$
Contemporary, French
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du Chateau, 66820 Vernet-Les-Bains, France
+33 4 68 05 55 79
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Wed - Mon 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2016

You can see why this is #1 in Vernet as it combines excleent food, service, location and a view, can't fault the menu or the hot stone approach, showing the French how it should be done -who says the Brits can't cook?.? V

Thank Dougle1965
Pondicherry, India
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2016

A very pleasant lunch on the terrace of Le Cortal! Friendly service, beautiful setting. The food is really nice and you get to cook your meat/fish the way you like it on the hot stone... Entertaining and yummy! Prices are really reasonable so indeed a place to recommend! Enjoy the meal and the walk in the small streets around :)

Thank Claire Jean Mi... A
Almelo, The Netherlands
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Le Cortal has introduced me to the concept of hot stone cooking and it's amazing! Great meat and you get to cook it to your liking which is not only an interesting experience, but also makes for an amazing meal. I'd go back here anytime!

Thank Niels d
London, England
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233 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2016

Great views, good ambiance, friendly staff and good food.. All reasonably priced.what is there not to like?

1 Thank yanhLondon_England
s e london
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43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed April 6, 2016

Highest point in the village with beautiful views, the service and food were excellent,very clean with more than one level,we went there(booked in advance) to celebrate a birthday i had steak on a hot stone,cooked it the way I like it,the others had huge prawns and the food all round was well cooked and presented to perfection, luckily we were... More 

1 Thank bustin4
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89 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2015

Loved everything about this restaurant. The setting is stunning, right at the top of the village with beautiful views and a lovely outside terrace (although we were there for dinner in October so didn't try it out) and inside it is warm and cosy and very welcoming. Dave was a very welcoming host to both his lone English customers (us)... More 

Thank mrslab
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 22, 2015

La Cortal is definitely our favourite restaurant in Vernet Les Bains. David makes you feel welcome as soon as you arrive and looks after you for the duration of your meal. The food is of an excellent standard and we have been to many restaurants in a Birmingham so know good from bad. The hot rocks menu is excellent value... More 

Thank Tina B
Catalonia, Spain
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2015

A lovely restaurant with splendid views of the mountains. We went there on our first evening in France and really enjoyed the meal, good value too! Just bare in mind they have no high chairs, if you are planning to go with children.

Thank Gabriela T
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 31, 2015

This is a really good restaurant in a great setting and it just goes to show the leaps and bounds that English cooking has taken over the last 20 years because this is indeed run by an English couple. That however certainly doesn't detract from the authenticity of the place for whilst we were there it was largely booked by... More 

Thank Dave G
Chefinheels, Owner at Bistrot Le Cortal, responded to this review

Well Thank you indeed, so glad you had a nice time. More 

Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2015

We've dined there two years in a row. The food and the service are excellent. The view from the deck is beautiful. The owner is gracious and friendly.

Thank Jackie B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $28
Contemporary, French
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: du Chateau, 66820 Vernet-Les-Bains, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Occitanie  >  Pyrenees-Orientales  >  Vernet-Les-Bains
  • Phone Number: +33 4 68 05 55 79
Small pretty bistrot type restaurant situated in the old part of Vernet with glorious views out over the valley and mountains and interior seating in an old stable for the colder months or inclement weather. Informal honest food with friendly service. Booking highly recommended as our capacity is extremely limited. Bookings are accepted and welcomed but choice of table is on a first come first served basis.

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