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L'Essentiel

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8 rue de la Clarte, 24000, Perigueux, France
+33 5 53 35 15 15
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12:00 - 13:15
19:30 - 21:30
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Tue - Sat 12:00 - 13:15
19:30 - 21:30
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London
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671 reviews
420 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 409 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We had dinner at L'Essentiel and it was absolutely superb. The food was creative and perfectly executed. The owner was very friendly and gave excellent explainations of the various dishes. A great place. Highly recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This restaurant is owned and run by a husband and wife team: she, front of house; he in the kitchen. And what a beautiful meal we had, every course perfectly cooked and the presentation of my dessert--a wonderful chocolate mousse (tower) on a poached pear with sorbet--was as delicious as it was to look at. Prices were very reasonable with... More 

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Somerset West
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142 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

We had lunch at this restaurant and it was an absolute pleasure. A friendly welcome was given to us by Madame Vidal. We were seated in this small but cosy restaurant and given the menus. We chose the menu 'Gourmand' with three courses: escargots de Bourgogne and Foie gras de Canard confit for starters. The snails were delicious and beautifully... More 

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New York City, New York
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102 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

A truly perfect meal - the service was excellent, wine recommendations were on point (particularly the Montbazillac), and each dish was inspired and perfectly executed. Truly, everything went right.

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Limeuil, France
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Tucked in a pedestrian street by the St Front Cathedral is this relatively small restaurant which we have known for years. The menu changes with the seasons, with chef Eric Vidal (one-star Michelin) creating surprises in flavour as the dishes are also a delight to the eyes. There are two rooms with tables, some in the street terrace and the... More 

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We found L'Essential while trying to find a special place for a dinner during our stay. We decided to go for a later lunch as the set menu was half the place during lunch €30, However even dinner prices are still very good value at €60. The atmosphere of the restaurant was great and we sat outside in their courtyard... More 

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bergerac
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

Whilst I am sure this gem of a restaurant does'nt need a trip advisor review,it is our favorite,and the most incredable value in the whole region, where can you eat lunch in a "Michelin starred"restaurant, for 29euro's???super service, amazing chef, very good wine list, every visit, a delight to the senses, don't take my word for it just try it,you... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

We had lunch here and the food and service were simply outstanding. It is worth a visit to this town just to eat here. Well deserved one star and compared favorably with other Michelin star restaurants we visited. Owner/host delightful and could not be friendlier.

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Dordogne, France
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

Read all the other 5* reviews and I'll just agree with them. I felt like a judge at a masterchef final... simply a wonderful place.

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Ramat Hasharon, Israel
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

We stopped for lunch. It was worth it. The main course was delicious and the deserts amazing. The placing on the plate is a work of art Because it was lunch they offer a menu in a very reasonable price. Don't miss!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
French, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 - 13:15
19:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 13:15
19:30 - 21:30
Thursday
12:00 - 13:15
19:30 - 21:30
Friday
12:00 - 13:15
19:30 - 21:30
Saturday
12:00 - 13:15
19:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 rue de la Clarte, 24000, Perigueux, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Nouvelle-Aquitaine  >  Dordogne  >  Perigueux
  • Phone Number: +33 5 53 35 15 15

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