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“Good for organic and vegetarian food, popular”
Review of Le Recreation

Le Recreation
Ranked #8 of 33 Restaurants in Lourmarin
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed March 10, 2019 via mobile

Having parked on the north side of the town, this was the first open restaurant that we passed. The menu outside looked inviting, with organic and vegetarian options and a large carte. We booked for later and were glad to have done so, since the place was packed when we arrived. The interior was a pleasant surprise, with stone walls, exposed beams and a roaring fire. Despite the wide choice, we all plumped for the daily special of rabbit done in a Provencal stew, which was extremely tasty and arrived fairly quickly. The apple crumble had not been finished in the oven so made for a slightly strange topping, but the chocolate mousse with a strong orange tang was more successful. A local organic pale ale plus glasses of an extremely pale but tasty rose wine rounded out our pleasant experience. Very friendly and efficient service.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 15, 2019

This is a very nice restaurant located in a nice town in Provence. For us, as tourists visiting Provence for this first time, Lourmarin was a very nice surprise, and within it, this restaurant was the perfect way to end the day

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed December 26, 2018

I have eaten in Le Recreation several times over the years, and am rarely disappointed. Our most recent visit was the week before Christmas, where I enjoyed melt in the mouth confit lamb, whilst my wife had a tender lamb saddle. Starters were unusual and interesting. Most significant however was the vegan plate which suited our vegetarian son very well. Vegetarian residents or visitors to Provence will be aware of the difficult finding imaginative vegetarian food, so our veggie member was very happy with his stuffed mini pumpkin, spinach & chickpeas, broccoli hummus, beetroot and cauliflower. Service as usual was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant to anybody, whatever your dietary tastes.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Thank Rick E
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

I have dined at La Recreation several times in recent years and always had a great evening. The restaurant has a wonderful secluded terrace which is perfect for a warm evening. They offer a variety of fixed price menus, my favourite is the Bio menu which offer slow cooked lamb that is superb. Contrary to other reports, they do allow you to change items on the fixed menus. The food is best described as rustic French and I have never had a disappointing dish here. You will find more refined cooking in Provence but will struggle to improve on the al fresco ambiance of La Recreation.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

If you are traveling in Provence, the town of Lourmarin is not to be missed. It is something out of a storybook. Adorable streets, cute authentic shops, a bunch of restaurants. There is something magical about it. Our hotel recommended Le Recreation- "Le Recree" in French. The place was solid. It sounds like a strange world but that is the adjective I would choose. The food was good, not great but good. We sat outside on the patio which was lovely except people smoke everywhere so as an American who is no longer used to eating in a cloud of smoke, it was hard to enjoy the meal. The price point is good- they had a prix fixe that was reasonable but they are very strict on substitutions so you need to the type of person who eats exactly what the menu says. We walked aroun after dinner and it did seem like this restaurant was less touristy and more authentic than some of the others in the town. It's on a side street which keeps it more low key and the Proprietors were friendly. Enjoy!

Date of visit: July 2018
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