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Restaurant L'Essentiel

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2, rue Petite Fusterie, 84000, Avignon, France
+33 4 90 85 87 12
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 21:45
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 21:45
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Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Came here on our last night at Avignon as a treat. The service was amazing, but perhaps my expectations were too high, because I was underwhelmed by the food. We got the set menu and while the food was tasty, it was not very exciting or particularly memorable -- it was good, not great. I thought everything was fine, but... More 

Thank woofriedrice
Boca Raton, Florida
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The owners are the chef and his wife. Very elegant food. If you think chicken is boring, you have never been to this place. The menu changes every week, and my wife and I were so tempted to go back to this restaurant 2 days later to see what new things they had. (It didn't happen, but my sister mom... More 

Thank DrWoliner
Napa Valley, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was outstanding, the service attentive, the wine list well priced, the owner was present and friendly. The restaurant was filled with a combination of locals and tourists. We will definitely return and highly recommend

Thank 476Diana
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231 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a largish group, the restaurant was full but the service was excellent and friendly. The food is delicious, they use seasonal foods so lovely chestnut soup with accompaniments that made it special. The main dish was also put together with imagination to bring out the best flavours. Good wines. We will definitely return when next in Avignon.

Thank ColchesterSleeper
Saint-Bonnet-du-Gard, France
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was the second time I went to this restaurant and this time again I was very satisfied. The restaurant is clean , well decorated, the servers are friendly and efficient . The food is absolutely excellent , "le foie gras" homemade is very good... We chosen wine of the country " Côte du Rhône " a good choice.

Thank DanielMarie-France
Roussillon, France
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm writing this because L'Essentiel is clearly the obvious top choice in Avignon. I've been dropping into Avignon for the past twenty five years and for the life of me I don't know why I haven't discovered this before. It's unlikely I'll want to go anywhere else in the future. Fantastic! The beauty of TripAdvisor, we can still discover great... More 

Thank Real-Provence
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here after our other two choices were unavailable. The service was excellent and most of the entrees were very nice albeit tapas sized portions. However the menu itself was strictly limited to chicken and fish packaged for the ease of preparation and service. The wine list was again only limited to opulent choices -- this is Provence where... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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75 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant came highly recommended. But we were disappointed. It certainly did not live up to its hype. I had the Tomato Gazpacho with Mozzerella and Basil. It tasted mostly of viniagry tomato although there was a sprig of basil you couldn't taste it in the soup and the mozzarella balls were totally overwhelmed by the soup. My husband had... More 

Thank Barbara L
Katy, Texas
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Genuine family run restaurant with excellent food. We were very please with each course. Tried the Pigeon as this is something I have never had and definitely would not get at home. Excellent. Desert was outstanding.

Thank Peter S
Applecross, Australia
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We managed to get a booking at the last minute on a weeknight but once we got there we were obviously very lucky because the place was full. The owner went out of her way to fit us in just before the kitchen theoretically closed, so much so that she was genuinely unhappy about having to ask us to wait... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
French, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 21:45
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 21:45
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 21:45
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 21:45
12:00 - 14:00
19:00 - 21:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2, rue Petite Fusterie, 84000, Avignon, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Provence  >  Vaucluse  >  Avignon
  • Phone Number: +33 4 90 85 87 12

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?