La Belle Etoile

La Belle Etoile

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+33 4 97 08 09 41+ Add website
Hours
Sun
19:00 - 21:30
Mon
19:00 - 21:30
Tue
19:00 - 21:30
Wed
19:00 - 21:30
Thu
19:00 - 21:30
Fri
19:00 - 21:30
Sat
19:00 - 21:30
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
£10.00 – £59.00
CUISINES
French, Mediterranean, European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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About
Beautiful, french restaurant located in the heart of old town Villefranche. When it comes to food and service we are the best in the area. We have a Maitre Restaurateur title, which means everything is homemade and localy sourced. Eating in La Belle Etoile is a 5* experience. DON'T MISS IT.
PRICE RANGE
£10.00 – £59.00
CUISINES
French, Mediterranean, European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles574 reviews
Excellent
450
Very good
87
Average
21
Poor
10
Terrible
6
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

SurreyBirder2013
Guildford54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
LBE is a perfect example of what makes modern french food hard to beat. small, intimate even, with personal bilingual service LBE offers a short and innovative daily menu using local market ingredients for the very reasonable price of €33. The wine list is also quite short and is quite pricey. finally take a GPS to navigate through the rabbit warren of pedestrian back alleys that lead to LBE
Written 19 March 2020
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Max W
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 couples
We visited for my fiancé’s birthday and had an incredible evening. Manuel and Tamara are charismatic and quick witted hosts and provided excellent service all evening. The food was the best we have had during our week long holiday in Villefranche-sur-Mer and is without doubt the #1 restaurant in the village. They are in a charming location, tucked away in the winding streets of VSM and have tastefully decorated, providing a unique, natural and warming ambiance. The menu focused on local and in season produce and offered an excellent selection of fish, meat as well as vegetarian / gluten free options. We look forward to returning when we are next in VSM and wish Manuel and Tamara every success in the future.
Written 9 August 2020
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Chris B
Glasgow12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 none
Ate here on our first night in Villefranche, having booked a few weeks ahead on a recommendation. The restaurant is in a lovely setting in a quiet street a short uphill walk from the harbour. Started with a terrific negroni (which my wife promptly knocked over..) only for it to be changed - along with the table cloth in minutes. Food was excellent, I had a foie gras ‘crème brûlée’ with a home made brioche, followed by wild sea bass. My wife had the rocket salad with artichokes, followed by the summer risotto with courgettes, petit pois and parsley crème. Everything was beautifully cooked and presented with flair. Finished with some cheese and the owners also sent over a small dark chocolate delice (complete with candle) for the birthday boy…! Service was superb, and relaxed for what is a very chilled (though busy) venue. Customers were a mix of couples, larger groups of tourists and locals Total bill, including service and a couple of glasses of wine was c€140 - which was great value for both the quality of the food and Villefranche. . Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend and willreturn when we’re next in Villefranche! Would recommend booking ahead, particularly in peak season. Thanks for a lovely and memorable night.
Written 28 August 2022
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Shelley R
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 none
We were so looking forward to this and enjoyed the ambience. BUT the food is awful. First they made an error on our order with wrong main course for 1 of the diners. We waited 20 minutes, still no main course so we cancelled that main course. They apologized, & offered free dessert of our choice. We chose a dish labeled as “peach parfait” and were served an icy block of something unidentifiable surrounded by syrup of diced fruit which was tasteless & Inedible. And the person who DID get a main course received a small salty piece of gray colored fish that was supposed to be a “white fish”, & mushy vegetables for 29 euros! Terrible. The owner was defensive & made us feel like she was doing us a favor with “free” inedible desserts! Go elsewhere!
Written 28 July 2022
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Tamara G
401 „EXCELLENT” reviews, 84 „VERY GOOD” reviews and now, after 5 years and for the very 1st time since my husband and I took over La Belle Etoile, we have received this „terrible” review. I let this speak for itself. Doesn’t matter what I said, did or offered I couldn’t make you feel better. This deep dissatisfaction, irritation and meanness your represented throughout your visit it is not something I can help with. On that note, please don’t come back. Sincerely, La Belle Etoile Management
Written 29 July 2022
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296GTS
Huddersfield40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 family
The last time we visited this little haven we were reminded that hospitality would be great without customers. People turning up an hour late etc etc…all dealt with excellently by front of house! Anyway, this is now….we returned as a 4. To put in to context, one of the four is a now retired successful chef who has spent much of his life cooking properly the french way! The Madame of the maison is now heavily pregnant and radiating charm and warmth as she greets. Husband now playing a supporting role at which he is excellent. Between us there were too many dishes to describe but all were again superb. Standout maybe a humble risotto. Too many people just throw things in to rice and expect it to have flavour. This was different. Done properly. Someone that can cook had elevated it! Oooh nearly forgot my porc! Very very good! OUR chef, whom I afraid, and this is without bias, is the best chef that we have been lucky enough to have cook for us, stated that it was obvious to him that a lot of work and effort had again gone in to the meal. Technique. Sauce making. Care. Between us, for quality of food and value for money. We feel that La Belle Etoile is probably the best restaurant in the village. Our guests are here a while longer and so can return! Whereas we are leaving and don’t return until January. Merci et à bientôt!
Written 14 September 2021
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Agata B
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 family
This is a wonderful restaurant and the best meal we had on our trip to France which included Paris and many towns in the Provence. The food was absolutely delicious and the presentation very attractive. We had 3 courses which started with complementary gazpacho soup which tasted great. The starters included cannelloni with goat cheese with modern twist and fresh cuttlefish salad. Our mains of duck and local fishes were fantastic and we enjoyed them paired with great wine that was recommended by the very nice waitress. The deserts were equally delicious. I would also like to mention that the location of the restaurant on a quiet small street corner and the decor are absolutely magical. We enjoyed this superb meal outdoors in this wonderful ambience. The chef is extraordinary and the restaurant staff are exceptional. I would not be surprised if this restaurant is headed for a Michelin star in the near future! Don’t miss this gem in the French Riviera!
Written 26 July 2023
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Filippo M
Lissone46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
A Saturday dinner with friends , Restaurant located inside the small village , is not a typical tourist location, but a nice intimate place. The owner is a nice smiling guy and helped my friends and my self to choice the entrees and main courses . Fish and vegetables are local, coked and presented well, the wine list is long enough to cover all the possibilities. One only remark, space is not so much .. suggestion book the table in advance and ask for the round table in front the window. Price is ok, aligned with food quality and location .. last comment from my point of view It is not s restaurant for children
Written 18 February 2020
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J4th
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 none
La Belle Etoile truly is 'the beautiful star', multi-faceted and shining brightly in Villefranche sur Mer! A fine dining experience is like great theater; all components, both seen and unseen, must come together seamlessly so that the magic spell remains beautifully unbroken. It is performance art at its best; incredible challenges and relentless work behind the scenes, yet when the 'curtain rises', appear as gracefully executed choreography, and this is what you will discover at this precious gift of a restaurant tucked away on a winding stairway in the old town. From the moment you arrive, you are invited in by the sweet spirit of bienvenue and bonhomie that flows from amazing Tamara and the professional staff. The perfectly chosen menu changes daily to reflect Chef's desire to create unique and inventive dishes using the freshest of local ingredients, allowing one to taste the terroir, the special 'somewhereness', of the region and the seasons. Each plate that comes out of his kitchen is both beautiful to behold and a joy to taste! We have loved every lovely, luscious moment that we've been fortunate enough to enjoy here! We feel absolutely sure that you will, too!
Written 22 July 2022
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tm_rome
Ladera Ranch128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 couples
Absolutely wonderful experience at La Belle Etoile. The husband (chef) and wife (manager/server) combo delivered amazing food and 5 star service (as well as the other waiter). We had such an enjoyable meal and dinner to celebrate the last night of our 25th anniversary trip to the French and Italian Riviera. This is a hidden gem, located away from the more touristy plaza above the harbor. Book ahead! She had to turn away many groups because space is limited and this is a great find. Our compliments to the staff, what a memorable evening!
Written 14 September 2022
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LightPacker745911
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 couples
Another magnificent dinner at La Belle Etoile! The hostess Tamara is back, delivering charming and professional service. The menu varies from day to day, however the fish soup (starter) is still the very best, and the long cooked meat in various styles is always a winner. The cheese platter is well composed and deserves to be followed by a quality Bourgogne red wine. The prices is still sympathetic compared to other quality restaurants in Villefranche Sur Mer. Recomended!
Written 8 September 2023
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barrylupton72
Dublin11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 couples
A top spot right in the center of the town. The food was excellent and the staff was very helpful and polite. Highly recommend you visit it. Like most things in Villefranche Sur Mer you pay for views so if you want to eat at the seafront don't expect good value.
Written 20 May 2023
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Gloria C
Milan56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 family
The food was amazing and high quality. Fresh and variable ingredients. Every dish was beautifully Presented. The grilled watermelon dessert was quite unique and deserves a try again. We would reorder all the dishes we ate. Service was warm, kind and friendly. Manuel the owner and his beautiful wife made us feel comfortable and welcomed, as though we were regulars, when in fact it was the first time we had been there. When back in villefranche, we will definitely go back.
Written 20 August 2021
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Suzanne M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 couples
We have just returned from an absolutely beautiful experience at La Belle Étoile restaurant. The food was exquisite with matching wine. Excellent and most pleasant service. We dined outside in the balmy warm atmosphere in the old street surrounded by flowers and sparkly lights. A relaxing time and we can’t wait to return.
Written 16 May 2022
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acn0202
87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 friends
Very charming restaurant in the old town of Villefranche. Lovely setting on the terrace (actually the old cobbled street) with bougainvillea .. fairy lights and candles. Imaginative simple cooking with locally sourced ingredients including barracuda and local herbs. Good wine list though we contented ourselves with a couple of glasses of Chablis. Recommended.
Written 11 June 2021
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Michele
54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 family
A beautiful dinner at the Belle Étoile… actually 2 dinners because we enjoyed it so much the first time. The proprietor and her team were so lovely and gracious and the food was divine! Everything we tasted was so delicious and artfully plated. The beautiful location on the ancien rue above the waterfront was idyllic and surreal. Probably our best meal(s) in 2 weeks of traveling through Paris, Lyon, burgundy and the Côte d’Azur.
Written 25 August 2022
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