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L'Arc en Ciel

#750 of 1,949 Restaurants in Bordeaux
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
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3 impasse du Couvent, 33000, Bordeaux, France
+33 5 56 81 06 79
11:50 - 22:00
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Wed - Mon 11:50 - 22:00
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Bordeaux, France
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206 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When looking at earlier reviews and pictures I realise that something must have gone terribly wrong. The place itself is pretty depressing, and we actually "felt bad" of the service instead of angry or whatever. He really didn't look happy and wasn't friendly at all! This wouldn't have been all that catastrophic if it wasn't also because of the fact... More 

Thank Hyoga83
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29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2015

A little restaurent with fusion cuisine. I liked a lot the mix of different tastes in my plate. It was interesting to try different plates and to see how creative is the chief. Make a reservation before your visi in weekends it may be full.

Thank Alina Z
Warrington, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2015

I booked this restaurant after reading the reviews in Tripadvisor, through the connection with Tripadvisor, I was looking forward to our visit. We arrived at 8pm and the place was empty, we were greeted by a young man and showed to a table & given a wine menu. After 15 to 20mins having been left to our own devices we... More 

Thank Tony S
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47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2014

Without TripAdvisor I doubt we would have found this restaurant. It is down a dead-end narrow lane off a narrow road, but what a find. The waitress was having a break outside just before they opened, we asked her what the style of the food was like, and “Japanese French” was her answer, sounded interesting!!! What did we like? Well,... More 

Thank David C
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
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47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2014

This restaurant is a hidden gem in Bordeaux and we were lucky enough to find it and to find a table. The menu is written on a big blackboard on the wall. It is composed by up to 5 courses, made out of fresh ingredients by the chefs in the open kitchen at the back of the restaurant. We had... More 

Thank Apteryx42
Hobart, Australia
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153 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2014

We had No reservation but were very obligingly fitted in just as the restaurant filled up. The format is simple with a large chalk board that lists the choices and the plat du jour. You can chose to eat from the menu by the number of plates ( five being the maximum and amuse bouche, entre, pre plate, plate and... More 

Thank Candide57
Hobart, Australia
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2014

Really enjoyed our meal here, its on a side street so we were lucky to find it and get a table with no reservation as it filled up very quickly. There is a set menu, the only thing you get to choose is the number of courses. There are 5, none of them huge, but I chose 4, (missed the... More 

Thank Jip11
Bordeaux, France
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37 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2014

The restaurant is tucked down a side street of the funky rue Notre Dame. The decor is simple with the daily menu on a large blackboard on the wall -a bit difficult to read depending where you are sitting. Maximum of 40 places so book ahead. Open kitchen so you can see the 2 chefs preparing what you've ordered. Service... More 

Thank FlyingTM
Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 September 2014

Had dinner here in Sep14 and it was amazingly good. I come from Melbourne, Aus, which is renowned for its high quality food at reasonable prices (particularly Asian fusion given our large multicultural population). I'd say that L'arc en Ciel is as good as anywhere I've eaten - delicious fresh food with the subtle elegance one gets in French and... More 

Thank Andy170
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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128 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2014 via mobile

What a hidden gem; french japonese fusion and very tasty. The tuna & foi gras maki is a treasure. The prices are very low; 5 small courses >30€. Even the winelist is nice. 2006 Chinon for €33 is a bargain.

Thank hvdmeeberg

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:50 - 22:00
11:50 - 22:00
11:50 - 22:00
11:50 - 22:00
11:50 - 22:00
11:50 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 impasse du Couvent, 33000, Bordeaux, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Nouvelle-Aquitaine  >  Gironde  >  Bordeaux
  • Phone Number: +33 5 56 81 06 79

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