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“Excellent food and service in a scenic location”
Review of Bistrot Le Cortal

Bistrot Le Cortal
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $31
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed August 5, 2012

The manager of our hotel told us this was the best restaurant in Vernet and I see no reason to doubt it. The location, at the highest part of the old town, means that if you are lucky to be on the terrace, the view is stunning. There are propane heaters, if necessary, as the evenings can be cool even in mid-summer. The restaurant prides itself on remaining true to the region and both the carte and the wine list reflect this. I had a casserole of squid, chorizo, and fava beans and my friend had "souris d'agneau" (lamb shank) both were excellently prepared and presented. Service is also excellent and we were able to discuss the dishes before choosing. The wine list is short, local, and suits the food perfectly. Most enjoyable and not expensive. Make a reservation as it is quite a hike up, and you don't want to be disappointed.

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Reviewed July 8, 2012

If like us, three foodies from Scotland who not only go to Pyrenesse region to enjoy the weather and beutiful scenery but to also experience the culinary delights.Then a visit to the Le Cortal is a must.

Not only is the food of the highest quality, but the location and service provided equally matched up. Even when the restaurant was full, you were still attended to as if you were the only ones dining.

In the 2 weeks we were in Vernet Les Bains, we ate at the Le Cortal on four occassions, twice for lunch and twice for dinner and on each occassion everything was faultless.

To avoid disappointment and missing out on a treat, I would fully recommend booking in advance.

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Reviewed May 19, 2012

Almost whole year open. It is advised to make a reservation in advance because a lot of people know about this gem. They make you feel very welcome. You will not regret it paying them a visit. And as in the title... good food!!

Thank AlOmbreDuFort66
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

This is a lovely place, and by far our favourite restaurant in the region. So much so that its on our short list for a looming "big" birthday!

Perched on a hillside just a couple of hundred ( uphill) metres from the village square, Le Cortal works on all fronts. Creative menu using high quality ingredients with hot stones to cook your own main course for added fun, friendly and hard working hosts David and Tiffany, and the most magnificent of views from the terrace outside in the summer months.

It also has the bonus of being very reasonably priced, with a varied but not daunting wine list. The house wines are perfectly acceptable too.

I can pretty well guarantee once you've been, you'll want to return!

p.s.Book in advance as they stick strictly to the number of covers they feel comfortable serving

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Thank david h
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

We have been to Le Cortal on many occasions as we have a home in Vernet les bains. We have been as two of us and as a party of 13 and in between numbers! We have always found the service to be excellent and the food amazing. Prawns with pastis and rice pudding to follow is really quite extraordinary. Dave and Tif are brilliant. They give great attention to detail and will not overbook so book early in busy summer. They always want to make sure their customers have good service and a great evening. Overlooking the valley down to Villefranche de Conflent from next to the Chateaux is beautiful. We look forward to our next visit.

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Thank Alastair and De... W
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