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“lovely local tavern in the restored town of Bages”
Review of Cafe Lavinal

Cafe Lavinal
Ranked #3 of 19 Restaurants in Pauillac
Price range: US$13 - US$45
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Welcome to this 1930's brasserie-inspired setting, complete with red moleskin bench seats, a zinc bar and eye-catching central lighting fixture. This warm and welcoming bistro is open for lunches, aperitifs and dinners. Discover a simple, traditional and tasty market-inspired menu made from regional produce. In good weather, its sunny terrace is perfect for appreciating its stunning views and prime location.
Reviewed 20 June 2017

This is an oasis in the small recently restored town and joins the JM Cazes other enterprises as a successful bistrot. It shares the chef with Cordellian Bages down the road. The veal dish, fish and desert were all quite good and reasonably priced. The wine list contains example of Mr Cazes many vineyard properties.

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Reviewed 31 May 2017

An oasis in a sea of vines? Loved the food. Service wasn't as attentive as it should have been. Daily salad special (Green bean) was tasty. As was the charcuterie plate starter. I enjoyed the veal hanger steak as well. Wife ordered the daily special main: Roast Veal. Except she got roast pork. It was good, very good. But... no mention of the switcheroo. But we heard them explain to the next table what was going on. We have nothing against pork, but it does seem to us that we should have been told. Certainly some people would not appreciate the change. Also, the restaurant opened at 12 and we were the first people in the door. The daily specials were hand written on a chalk board. There is no excuse for it to be wrong other than laziness. Additionally, service just seemed to be a bit inattentive. However, everybody was very friendly! Overall a good place to stop between winery visits.

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Reviewed 21 May 2017

If ever there was a restaurant worth making a major detour just to sample, then this is it. I was working in Bordeaux, happened to be in Pauillac and joined two colleagues for a totally unplanned lunch here. The food & service was so good we spent the rest of our three weeks in France talking about it. I had duck which was simply the best I'd ever had - a friend had the seafood salad and it was so good he was heartbroken when he realised we didn't have the time in Bordeaux to make it back here for a return visit. As well as a gorgeous setting in Bages, surrounded by some of the best vineyards in France, Cafe Lavinal provided excellent service with a simply stunning menu. It was so good that when I hear people speaking about top notch French restaurants, I close my eyes and think of this place. One of the best. One tip - make sure to allow plenty of time to savour your food and then do a little wine shopping in the adjacent vineyard shop.

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Thank Ralph R
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Reviewed 12 May 2017

Great meal during our stay in the Medoc.
Very good service, excellent wine list.
Highly recommend the runny egg and asparagus starter, sublime.

Thank Sharon K
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Not expecting to stumble onto such an interesting place. 3 course lunch. Service appropriate. Very good. They love working at their restaurant which is important to find in staff. Food was excellently prepared from the amuse bouche to the desert. Low salt content which was greatly appreciated as the food flavour takes precedent over sauce. Terrasse to die for and super quaint village ambiance around the Restaurant. Strong recommendation if looking for an excellent menu serious staff and superb and different ambiance.

Thank ChrisBiz1
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