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Provence (luberon) Decently Priced Restaurants

Provence (luberon) Decently Priced Restaurants

Aug 5th, 2012, 07:46 AM
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Provence (luberon) Decently Priced Restaurants

We are going to Provence for two weeks in September and renting in a smalll village outside of Gordes. We are looking for some decently priced restaurants; I don't mind spending 100 euros once, maybe twice but the ones that I have seen online seem to be vastly overpriced.
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Aug 5th, 2012, 08:01 AM
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Any restaurant counting on the local population as its clientele will offer meals that will range from 12€ for the plat du jour (lunch time) to 25€ or so for a prix fixe, taxe et service compris but excluding wine. Ask the people you rent from for recommendations.
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Aug 5th, 2012, 08:23 AM
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We've always enjoyed Bartavelle in Goult - especially dining outside.


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Aug 5th, 2012, 09:01 AM
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gads, I've never spent that kind of money on a meal in my life anywhere, let alone Provence.

These are a couple of my favorites restaurants in Pernes les Fontaines area.

La Dame l'Oie in the town itself is lovely and prix fixe dinner around 25 euro

The restaurant in the hotel Cantosorgue just north of Isle sur la Sorgue is very good, you'd never expect it from a 2* hote/motel on the main road. But it is also very nice because it is right next to the river on a terrace, so can be a cool choice when the weather is hot.

Their prix fixe may run around 25-30 euro, also, as I recall. I haven't been there in a couple years and notice the website doesn't mention the restaurant, so I'd call and ask if it is still open before going. It was very popular as a place to dine out for folks who live in the area and could get crowded, it would be a shame if it were closed, but you never know. Looks suspicious.
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I just wrote an article on our 20 favorite restaurants in the Luberon, close to Lourmarin. It has been a popular post as there is a mix of good restaurants, so I think it may be helpful:

Noting your location, I would also suggest La Coquillade's outdoor restaurant overlooking the lavender fields and vineyards. Located in this wonderful Relais & Chateau Hotel, it sounds expensive but it is not. The setting is incomparable, the mood festive, and the food excellent. (I did not elaborate on this restaurant in my article because I limited my list to restaurants close to Lourmarin where we stay.

Have fun!
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Aug 6th, 2012, 10:28 AM
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I find the question very strange. The vast majority of the French living in the provinces, including Provence, would not dream of spending more than 20€ per person for a restaurant meal. So the vast majority of restaurants offer meals in that price range.

And the vast majority of restaurants in France are not "online" so that may be the crux of the problem. The best thing to do is to just discover the wonderful offerings once you arrive, not try to hunt every meal down two months in advance.
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Aug 6th, 2012, 10:42 AM
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I agree with keruac. For years my late husband and I would try all tyhe notable restaurants and one day, I suggested we not drive and eat at the cafe across from where we were staying. So inexpensive plus we met all the locals who ate there often and it became our 'local"
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Aug 18th, 2012, 07:11 AM
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Thanks to all who responded
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ditto what kerouac said. we rented a gite in a village in the area south of the Loire a couple of years ago; the local restaurant was very good, but did not feature on any websites.

it was €17 pp for 3 courses and there was no need to book.

you won't starve!
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Aug 18th, 2012, 08:54 AM
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Kerouac nailed it. I enjoy doing internet research, but the best places have been the ones we just stumbled into.
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Aug 18th, 2012, 09:20 AM
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Some years ago, we were touring the Alsace region, and stopped for the night in the village of Illhausern. We thought the place where we were staying served dinner, but we were wrong. I walked up the main street to see what I could find.

The first place I saw was the Auberge de L'Ill (www.auberge-de-l-ill.com). I had not heard of it before, but thought it rather expensive. Their fixed-price menu is currently €122. I later discovered it has 3 Michelin stars.

Nearly opposite was an unassuming restaurant, where the husband cooked and the wife served. It was busy with local couples, a son with his mother, etc. We had a superb meal at a reasonable price. I don't remember the name, but the Restaurant a la Truite (www.restaurant-alatruite.com) could be the one. The menu du jour costs €12.50.
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Their fixed-price menu is currently €122

A bargain compared to similarly rated U.S. restaurants where one has to add the tax and usually the tip, which means 25%+ of extra cost.
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Aug 18th, 2012, 01:48 PM
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>>which means 25%+ of extra cost>>

And if you live in San Francisco where Michael lives (and where we dine), it is closer to 30%+ because of a higher sales tax, sometimes a 3-5% "healthy San Francisco" tax, and the "usual" 20% service tip.

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Our favorite SF restaurant is the Jean d'Arc, in the basement of the Cornell Hotel de France, Bush at Powell.
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