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“Excellent meals and value”
Review of La Belle Etoile

La Belle Etoile
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $49
Cuisines: French
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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.
Reviewed June 11, 2014

While staying in Villefranche-sur-Mer last week we ate at La Belle Etoile twice. The food was excellent and the three course set menu at E29 was a great value. The staff could not have been more helpful, trying especially hard to accommodate a family member with a particular food allergy. This is a small restaurant on Rue de May, with limited seating inside as well as a small outside area. If you are looking for a meal a cut above the rest, I recommend this restaurant.

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Reviewed June 8, 2014

We came across this restaurant on our first night in Villefranche. It was higher up the steps than most. We were a bit wary of entering, as it appeared quite empty. However as a hungry group of 6 on a Saturday night, we were willing to take the chance as the menu seemed quite appealing. What a great decision. Four of us ordered the menu of the day. We were all presented with a wonderful amuse bouche followed by an entree of tomato, mozzarella and eggplant. A simple dish but "one of the best entrees I have ever had" according to one of the boys. Our main dish was a risotto with prawns and a 'crustacean sauce'. We all agreed this was the best risotto we have ever eaten. One of the boys ordered beef, and his comment to the waiter was "Best steak I have had in a hundred years". Our dessert was a delicious delicate chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream sprinkled with warm pistachio nuts. The service was also exceptional and the serving sizes were perfect. We all agreed it was the best restaurant meal of our 4 week stay in France.

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Thank Rhonda H
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

This is a new Restaurant in the old town of Villefranche s/Mer. It is also hidden in the ole and very narrow streets, perhaps not too easily frond; but, worth the fine.It styles itself an a nice venue, nice decor, real table cloths and napkins. The menu is well chosen particularly as it is limited. The preponderance is fish based. The Tuna main course was a delight both in presentation, the aromas and of course the flavors. The Fillet of Boeuf was served 'a point' and was mouth watering. The wine list is somewhat limited and is pricy, the bottle of Blanc de Blanc was delicious but cost c€34. However the Burgundy Pinot Noir serves by the glass was full and it was amazing to see what they were able to fit into the glass! I do not usually do the desert but in this case the exception of a Mango Sorbet with fresh Raspberries was lovely. As I said at the outset a bit pricy but well worth going out of the way to fine.

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Thank BerchmansG
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

This restaurant came highly recommended by a Villefranche resident, and it did not disappoint. This was one of those meals to be remembered for a very long time. The watercress soup came in little glasses so the presentation was lovely and it was delicious. My friends had the tuna appetizer which was both red and white tuna in a beautiful presentation. The best was my main dish which was white tuna ... thin slices perfectly cooked on a bed of the most delicious mashed potatoes topped with green beans and a wonderful sauce. Exquisite. The staff were very sweet, and attentive. Can't wait for my next trip to Villefranche to try this restaurant again. Reservations a must.

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Thank MinigirlPicton
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

La Belle Etoille is a brand new restaurant in Villefranche-sur-mer. High class food and service in a small restaurabt maybe 25 guests at a time. We were 4 and had an excellent dinner with high clas wines.

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Thank Janerik L
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