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$$ Avignon French

This chic hot spot, steps from the Palais des Papes, is part of the "bistronomy" movement, which focuses on top-notch cooking, a casual atmosphere, and reasonable prices. Trained by Bardet and Senderens, chef-owner Laurent Chouviat makes his experience apparent with dishes like open ravioli with asparagus and petit pois (small peas) in a creamed basil sauce with garlic, or roasted cod with tomato confit, fresh coriander, and risotto. The quaint terrace on this side street will lure in passersby, but the romantic 17th-century interior courtyard will keep them coming back. Choose between two affordable set menus (€32 and €45).

French Quiet Prix-Fixe Lunch Dinner $$

Quick Facts

2 rue Petite Fusterie
Avignon, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  84000, France

-04–90–85–87–12

www.restaurantlessentiel.com

Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., 2 wks in Nov., 2 wks in Feb., and 1 wk in Apr.

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