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“Worth the climb!”
Review of Le Cafe des Baux

Le Cafe des Baux
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Santa Rosa, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 381 helpful votes
“Worth the climb!”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

If you scroll down past the English and Italian contributions, you will notice that the majority of the reviews of written by the French themselves. During out lunch on June 14, our table was the only non-French table. (I do speak French.) At 11 AM, I notice our server putting the finishing touches for the lunch crowd. It was a good think we reserved our table, as it was almost "complet" when we arrived at 1 PM (it was fully booked 15 minutes later). The menu was rather strange in that the salade gourmande listed seven or eight different preparations, including foie gras and a confit of some kind. We just wanted the non-meat options. Our server explained that you get everything--"tout" was his word but he managed to give us extra helpings of grains and crudités (raw veggies) at 20€ each. And quel festin! The servings were enormous and even included giant scampi. A half liter of local rosé (15€) accompanied nicely. Of course with all the publicity about the desserts we each indulged in sorbets and large cookies, freshly prepared that morning (10€ each). While the total was rather high, at 75€, we felt the quality trumped the price. I should point out that when we arrived, there were three tables available. Although our assigned tabled had an excellent view of the cliff sides, we both knew that withing a half hour we would be baked. Our server found us a perfect table in the shade. He was truly excellent in his ability to multi-task. And I imagine he will repeat the whole affair in the evening. How lucky for someone able to return!

  • Visited June 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Thank you trip advisor”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

We stayed in LB halfway through a 2.5 week vacation in France. We ate at multiple Michelin starred restaurants and this was not only on par if not better than some, it was in some cases 1/3 of the price.

Great staff and the desserts are not to be missed. Did I mention the desserts? This guy is a pastry champion...........

  • Visited July 2013
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Georgetown, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great find in Les Baux”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

We had lunch one day and then returned for dinner another day at this great restaurant. We had lunch there based on a recommendation from a worker at the fortress we had just visited. Be forewarned that the location is very close to the top of Les Baux meaning a pretty good climb from where you enter the city. It is worth the walk.

Max was our server both meals and he was a delight. With our meager French and his better than meager English, we had a good time.

The food and wine selections were ample enough to give most a good choice. The food was beautifully prepared and presented. Very good value for the price.

  • Visited July 2013
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Cape Town
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“BAUXTIFUL CAFE”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

This surely is a find, even if you do have to climb all the way up to the high village of Les Baux de Provence to sample its magic. (There is a way up for cars.)
I think it was the colourful décor that first attracted me after the thirsty walk among the ancient stones – it was certainly eye-catching: rather like a Gauguin painting. Pinks, reds and cerises vied with each other for top spot and only then did I glance at the menu. Then I was hooked: tomato basil icecream, goats cheese delicacies, an award-winning dessert menu and a chef – Pierre Walter – who comes complete with the highest recommendations. This is Mediterranean food at its best and with a affordable price tag to boot. We lunched in our Alpilles retreat on the tenderest beef and the freshest catch of the day, and rounded off the meal with a strawberry and chocolate dessert that almost set the ancient bells ringing. Three cheers for this master chef in Les Baux.

  • Visited June 2013
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“Good restaurant, excellent desserts”
Reviewed August 6, 2012 via mobile

Found refuge from the rain, and lunch was good. The starter of chèvre croustilliant with a tomato basil ice cream was very nice, and the dessert of 7 migniards was a great finish. I would recommend for those visiting les Baux.

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