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“Wonderful Restaurant - A Gem of Villefranche”
Review of La Belle Etoile

La Belle Etoile
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $39
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Since April 2017 the establishment has been taken over by new owners, a young husband and wife team, Manuel and Tamara Dupont. Bringing with them years of experience in some of the best restaurants both in France and internationally, they are delighted to give you a memorable experience. Wether it's in a comfort of an elegant, yet cosy decor or on the terrace framed by bougainvillea, clients can indulge in a classic French cuisine with Mediterranean influences, prepared with the best of seasonal and local produce.
St. Louis
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful Restaurant - A Gem of Villefranche”
Reviewed November 22, 2013

In Mid-September 2013 my wife and I ate at La Belle Etoile three times and had only wonderful experiences. The regional food is superb and beautifully presented and the staff is professional and very friendly.

La Belle Etoile (meaning, in English, “The Beautiful Canvas”) has been open for only three or four months, but is already efficiently run and clearly one of the best restaurants in Villefranche-sur-mer. Located in the center of the Old Town of Villefranche, it is only a short distance (albeit uphill) from the waterfront. Plenty of parking can be found by the Gare Maritime and the restaurant is only a short walk from the SNCF train station.

The Trilogie de chair de crabe, mangue et noix de Saint Jacques à la plancha en verrine (trilogy of crab, mango and scallops) is a great starter; absolutely superb.

The Filet de Boeuf Charolais is finely presented in a generous portion grilled to taste with a truffle-spiced purée of potatoes on the side. Chef Didier Hostein hits this right on the head.

Fondant au chocolat parfumé au Whiskey is a perfect desert.

La Belle Etoile is highly recommended.

  • Visited September 2013
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FelicityE
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36 reviews
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“Fish to die for”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

One of the few good restaurants open in late November in Villefranche . The 29€ menu had no choice just a scrumptious fish soup with scallops followed by a local caught fish which was perfect. The chocolate fondants were cooked while we waited. . The. Decor was white, the chef came out to tell us about the fish, the waiter said they had only opened in July. We loved the ambienc, we loved the food, try it and see!

  • Visited November 2013
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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 reviews
“Lovely! ”
Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in Villefranche for more than two weeks in october and tried out most of the restaurants. This lovely place offered both great taste and delightful service, for good value as well!

Indeed a beautiful star!

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paris
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
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“Excellent !”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

Definitely one of the best restaurants in Villefranche.
Remarkable food. The price of the dishes is no higher than many of the "tourist restaurants" but the quality is ten times better. Original. Delicious. And the daily menu is excellent.
The quantity may be a bit small for American appetites, but quite adequate.
We spend several months in Villefranche every year and certainly hope that La Belle Etoile is here for a long, long time.

  • Visited September 2013
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Helsinki
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“We loved this”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

Instead of paying 200€ for a normal, average lunch in the sun in the port, we decided to go for La Belle Etoile, as we have checked out the reviews from Tripadvisor. And yes, this was perhaps even better than we expected. The menu (29€) gave us a Fish soup as a starter, in Mediterrenean Bourride-style, with a concentrated, tasty broth with grated cheese, toasted pieces of bread and aiolï. Good! As main course a duo of veal and beef with mushrooms and gnocchi, cooked to perfection. And to finnish, a nice Tiramisu.
Service was warm and attentive and we had nice local wines in glass thanks to the waiter's good knowledge in wines. Obviously the staff is doing everything to get the restaurant set on the Villefranche-map as it has been opened in June this year. We benefited a lot of this effort and left very pleased - definitely recommended!

  • Visited October 2013
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