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L'Essentiel

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22 Place de la Republique, 29120 Pont-l'Abbe, France
+33 2 98 58 63 05
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We had spent the morning wandering around the market in Pont L'Abbe and happened upon this restaurant which faced the market place. What a marvellous choice we made - The décor inside was very tasteful and we were pleased that there was air conditioning. There was plenty of room between tables. We had a set menu of two courses. We... More 

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Weston
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Very friendly and professional welcome from Bruno and his associates. The menu is well written and offerings are most appealing and well described by the wait staff. The food on the plates was well presented and tasted real good. The restaurant interior decor is somewhat modern and the colors are well coordinated. You would have to drive far to find... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Best food I have eaten. Fantastic wine as well Terrific customer service. Be crazy to come to pont l abbé and not stop in for a meal.

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Bretagne
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562 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2015

A close tie with Esprit de Famille to be the best restaurant in Pont l'Abbe. Locals debate but I find L'Essentiel more consistent. Lean decor with outstanding kitchen. The chef is working with fresh and local ingredients but with a trsit and a lot of originality. Service is very good. All in all an excellent place.

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London, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

This is not my first review of l'Essentiel but it does it for me every time. We always have a really nice welcome from Bruno Cossec who's in charge of the front of house, and it's good to see the same team in place because there's a real feeling of continuity. But it's chef Bertrand Cossec's great dishes that win... More 

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71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

The self fulfilling prophecy of TripAdvisor lead us to the L'Essentiel. This place is a must see...no regrets! Everything is perfect. Reservation, service, food and location. The style is some kind of modest modern traditional dishes. Not to fancy just to be different but far from "just standard". We went there twice just because we had to try the other... More 

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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2015

Booked here for our wedding anniversary end of March. On arrival for 7.30 booking, place was empty, but filled up completely in just over 30 minutes. Service very friendly and helpful and all the food beautifully presented and so tasty. I had the €27 menu, whilst my wife had two starters, the lobster-based one being absolutely delicious. With a glass... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2015

It was with great pleasure that we returned twice more to l’essentiel in Pont-l’Abbé last month. Having experienced both their à la carte menu, and specially prepared vegetarian dishes on previous visits, we opted for their lunch “Formule du midi”, which changes every day, depending on what is available, the weather, and what attracts chef Bertrand Cossec on the day.... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

We come to Brittany every year and are always looking for a great restaurant that serves something other than crepes. We read the reviews and we not disappointed. Great food, awesome service and atmosphere. Definitely returning next year!

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Compiegne, France
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

we went here on the recommendation of several friends and family members and confirm that it is now our favourite restaurant in the area. We only had a quick lunch this time but will certainly be back to enjoy a leisurely dinner. Even for a very reasonably priced lunch, everything was freshly cooked.and the combinations interesting.

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Place de la Republique, 29120 Pont-l'Abbe, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Brittany  >  Finistere  >  Pont-l'Abbe
  • Phone Number: +33 2 98 58 63 05

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