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Le Pavillon des Boulevards
Ranked #18 of 2,506 Restaurants in Bordeaux
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $80 - $300
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Located on the rue Croix-de-Seguey in Bordeaux, this intimate and romantic restaurant is a top dining destination for discerning foodies. Run by the husband and wife team of Denis and Nelly Franc, the cream-coloured dining rooms at Le Pavillion des Boulevards have an elegant ambience and are decorated with quirky paintings of kitchen utensils. The restaurant boasts both a garden and a sunny terrace, and is renowned for its hearty French fare. We love the caviar served in chesnut-flavoured cream; the grilled crayfish with blood sausage and cider jus; and the fillets of turbot served with Parmesan risotto. The restaurant's sommelier is extremely knowledgeable, and Le Pavillion des Boulevards hosts regular wine tasting events.
Reviewed November 2, 2012

We had lunch at Le Pavillion des Boulevards in October. We had booked online the night before having made a decision to visit Bordeaux for the day.

It was a cool mid-week day and the area around the restaurant has a drab suburban look. But as you walk through the doorway you enter a different world. We were greeted warmly by Madame Franc and shown to our table in a sunlit room looking out towards the courtyard which, during the warmer months, would be a wonderful place to enjoy what Le Pavillion has to offer. As we sat down the sunlight was warming the room.

We opted for the surprise menu at 80 € per person. It was a delight. The dishes (4 seafood, 2 meat courses and two deserts) were all excellent but special praise must be given to the pan fried St Jaques with a miso saucer, chanterelle mushrooms and tiny almond flakes, the fillet of red mullet with a ratatouille of zucchini and mango with a superb creamy source and a cockle of chocolate filled with fresh raspberries, a slice of foie gras lightly pan fried and dusted with orange powder and placed on a thin ginger bread biscuit with a rhubarb jam and Chantilly and topped with hot chocolate which melted the chocolate cockle when poured on the dish. A must for chocoholics! The flavours were sometimes subtle (the miso source with the St Jaques) and sometimes pronounced (the red mullet) but it all worked wonderfully.

The Maître d' (who spoke fluent English) was friendly and helpful, as was the Sommelier. A young waiter was always there to remove dishes and set for the next course. At the end of a wonderful we were able to convey our thanks to the chef, Denis Franc who deserves the accolades his creative cooking achieves.

The restaurant offers a lunchtime menu for 40 € which, on the day we went, consisted of four ample courses. Given the quality it was surprising there were less than a dozen people enjoying the wonderful food. Overall a great experience with great food served in a very pleasant room. It is certainly worth finding La Pavillion des Boulevards which is a little out the of the city center. Parking could be a problem. We found a spot but there were very few. We suggest you take a taxi and enjoy some of the fabulous wines on the Carte de Vin.

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Reviewed September 12, 2012

After reading all the reviews, we decided as foodies, that we had to try this place. We definitely were not disappointed! We opted for the menu of the day (prix fixe) for lunch..which provided a light salad of fresh seasonal vegetables with a Boursin type cheese, a fish dish (dorado) that was excellently complemented with a minced cauliflower and oyster foam plus a little ball that when broken open gushed a butter, garlic and chive sauce....then onto the lamb dish, accompanied by a stuffed courgette and an aubergine puree (hubby's lamb was a tad on the fatty side, although my cut was fine). Dessert - a biscuit with creme 'sandwich', yuzu sorbet and roasted figs altogether. The luncheon finished with petit fours (marshmallow, chocolate crisp heart and caneles). We dined dans l'exterior, a beautiful courtyard away from the bustle of the street. Immaculate service and wonderful ambience, highly recommended. Lunch for 2 with two glasses of wine each, plus water was 95€.

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Reviewed July 27, 2012 via mobile

On a gourmet tour in Dordogne and Bordeaux regions, we had very high expectations and these were overwhelmed by the chef and his whole team! Thank you for the great experience!
Our table was on the terrace; little paradise in the city. Food was fantastic; very tasty and creative! Service was attentive and sommelier was competent!
Everything was perfect and we had a great experience!

We will surely return!

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Thank Zappett
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

The ambiance: elegant, romantic. If the weather is nice, get a table out in the courtyard, underneath the shady trees. The service: excellent, from the warm welcome at the beginning to the attentive yet discrete service during dinner to helping us with the taxi at the end. The food is simply divine !!! We are a group of gourmet picky foodies-eaters, and we all loved every bite of that food! The presentation was beautiful, the ingredients were super fresh, the dishes were very creative and well balanced. the food there is better than several Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, and at Bordeaux prices (less), not Paris prices. You cannot go wrong with any choice on the menu, but being that's Bordeaux, you must try something with foie gras on it.

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

The food, service and ambience were all excellent. My wife and I went for our 2nd wedding anniversary and enjoyed it very much. The staff was very nice and were always accomodating. It was very expensive but worth it

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Thank Tarek M
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