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“A fantastic lunch in Fontaine De Vaucluse”

Hostellerie le Chateau
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
76 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“A fantastic lunch in Fontaine De Vaucluse”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

During our last October two-week trip in Provence we had a fantastic lunch in Hostellerie le Chateau in Fontaine De Vaucluse. After a walk to the source of river Sorgue we came to the door of the restaurant rather late, 2-3 minutes before 2pm, when seating for lunch was supposed to be over. However, the hostess kindly allowed us in, but told, since the lunch was over, we had to order from a regular menu only. I am not certain what really happened that day - if this restaurant is always so good, or if it was our luck that the chef tired of cooking lunch specials and wanted to create something different as a great artist would make a grand finale. The truth must be said - we had an exceptionally good meal this day. A juicy trout with a crispy skin covered with a perfectly crunchy toasted almonds; mixed fish grill where each fish was perfectly cooked, tender salmon appetizer, mouthwatering fried frog legs, refreshing ice cream; a very good wine recommended by a hostess. Beautiful seating by the window with river view, swimming ducks; murmur of water; emerald color of waving seaweeds, sunlight after light drizzling rain. Combination of all these impressions and senses left us with magic, poetic and lasting memories.

  • Visited October 2012
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Memphis, TN
Level 6 Contributor
27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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“Still a Very Nice Restaurant for an Evening Dinner”
Reviewed January 12, 2012

We had first eaten here in 1999 and were looking forward to our return on this trip. We had reserved a table at the windows looking out over the water. Our appetizers were escargots in a tomato sauce, sort of a Creole taste to it. I had foie gras with caramelized onion, honey, with toast. The char of toast and the sweetness of honey was an excellent combination.

I had one of the best prepared steaks I have ever had - a fillet with morel mushrooms & foie gras. My wife had a grilled fish selection of white fishes, gamba, and scallops served with an aioli sauce.

For desert I had two scoops of chocolate ice cream, I cannot remember the other desert.

The view looking out over the water towards the town center is excellent, with the water flowing past below the restaurant. We had very good service. When we told our waitress that we had eaten there 12 years ago she said that the same chef was still there. It was very good to return to a restaurant which we had stumbled across by accident, and to have another excellent meal just as we had remembered from years ago.

One bit of advice - not just for the restaurant but the town itself - with the town being at the end of a valley on a stream that comes up from mountain springs, at night it can get a bit chillier than the outlying areas. This may be especially true in the early Fall if you have dressed for a warm day, and then find yourself underdressed for the cool aevening air coming off the stream.

  • Visited September 2011
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Jacksonville, Florida
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217 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
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“Georgeous view overlooking water, reasonable food”
Reviewed July 18, 2010

Good basic french cuisine. Lovely view from indoor terrasse with open windowsm Make reservations so you can be by windows.

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