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L'Essentiel Restaurant

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44 Place Madeleine | 44 Place Madeleine, 21200, 21200, Beaune, France
+33 3 80 24 95 15
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mon 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Perth, Australia
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60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

After being frustrated by finding other restaurants closed or full on a Wednesday evening, we eventually found L'Essentiel through the Fork. When we arrived, there was only one couple in the place, so I felt a little anxious about what was to come. The waiter, however, immediately made us feel more relaxed. The food was very good and presentation excellent.... More 

Thank Bobby182
Lully, Switzerland
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

We entered this restaurant for dinner although it was empty and ordered a glass of white wine which had a taste of cork and had to be replaced. This can happen. I then ordered duck. Rather tasteless, and with a long hair wrapped around it. No apology from the waiter who informed me that it could not have come from... More 

Thank Baat46
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

We found L'essentiel just down the street from our hotel, away from the main crowded, downtown area. The host was most gracious, along with his one other wait person. We started with a "crab cake" type of entree (appetizer) that was the highlight of the meal. It was different than any previous type. Home made mayonnaise was in the middle... More 

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Hailsham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

I very much enjoyed our meal here. I had an excellent terrine followed by a Boeuf Bourguignon which could not of been more regional. It was a simple but fine example of the dish. The room was fine, the position excellent and the service friendly and efficient. The price was reasonable. No complaints a all!

Thank Gareoult
Bedford, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

Dining in Beaune on a Monday evening was challenging as many restaurants are closed but we were not disappointed with L'essential which was conveniently located very close to our hotel. The prix fixe menu was reasonably priced. The terrine with morels was delicious and the boeuf bourguignon was sublime with beef so tender it was difficult to pick it up... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

A very good meal here on the recommendation of our local host. The aiguillettes de canard (duck) with local mustard was outstanding. Not a particularly romantic venue and looks nothing from the outside but clearly popular with local people and reasonably priced for Beaune.

Thank X1GTX
Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France
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645 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 317 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

Three of us ate here and we were all agreed it was the best meal we had during our stay in Beaune . Lively bistro type food , but although it was busy the noise levels were not unpleasant. Prompt and efficient service, by pleasant staff . Good food and good local wine

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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2015

In a city where the restaurants can be overpriced and very ho-hum, trading on a stale tradition of French bistrot food, L'Essentiel was a breath of fresh air. The restaurant had a simple modern decor, unpretentious wine list and a menu that included wasabi cream, eggs with epoisse cheese, ham with parsley jelly and a cassis sauce, cassis sorbet with... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2015

Near the centre of Beaune and was recommended by the receptionist at our hotel. The fixed price menus were very reasonable and the food we had was traditional to the area, ie. boef Bourgogne which was delicious, my husband had hake which was also delicious . To finish, try the assiette of desserts, it's yummy! The young staff here are... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2015

Traditional Burgundy food. Nothing exceptional but everything above average and reasonably priced. Free parking right across the street.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
French, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44 Place Madeleine | 44 Place Madeleine, 21200, 21200, Beaune, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Bourgogne-Franche-Comte  >  Cote d'Or  >  Beaune
  • Phone Number: +33 3 80 24 95 15

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?