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“great location, warm reception, very good dinner”

Bistrot Les Tontons
Ranked #7 of 128 Restaurants in Saumur
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$40
Cuisines: French, Wine Bar
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Not to be mistaken for a restaurant or a brasserie! Instead, we are a cosy little bistrot (max. 25 seats) ! Enjoy simple bistrot fare freshly prepared on a daily basis, alongside quality niche wines sourced by Gerald from local producers and across France. Available for private wine tasting events. Small & large group bookings and private hire.
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Located on a leafy square in the historic center of Saumur, my wife and I were lucky enough to get a dinner reservation at Bistrot Les Tontons, steps away from the lovely Hotel Saint Pierre, where we stayed during our visit to Saumur; thanks to the help of our hotel manager.
It was the first evening of our 10-day visit to places in the Loire valley, and we had just driven to Saumur from CDG airport, northeast of Paris.
We were ready to have a modest dinner and go to bed.
What we had was an encounter with wonderfully friendly, attentive restaurant staff, a generous and helpful guide to tasting the local wines that he selected and nurtured himself, a fine dinner of several courses and consistent good quality, and a feeling that we were very lucky to have started our visit to the Loire valley in Saumur and at that delightful restaurant.
We would happily return to Saumur, and to Bistrot Les Tontons.

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Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

We found this visit rather disappointing - the food was good quality (but no more) - I had the Andouillette - but it is in a square where you are accompanied by a karaoke singer. The price also reflects that you are in the main square. On reflection, better value awaits down by the Quai where the music that night was an outstanding jazz band.

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Thank Bridgerichard
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LoireValleyUncorked, Propriétaire at Bistrot Les Tontons, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2014

Dear Madam, Sir

I am so sorry to read you have not fully enjoyed your experience at our bistro.
Sadly, I am unable to control any kind of music being played on the place saint pierre as the mairie is choosing for us!

Kind regards

Bistrot les tontons

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We spent a few days in Saumur, and our hosts had already booked a table for us in two other restaurants in the city, but none of them on the last day. I am so glad we chose to visit this place on our own! The food was great, tasty, non pretentious cuisine and the wine was the best we tried in the whole region. Great location too.

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Thank Vicky24_7
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

We didn't book in advance and when we arrived the restaurant was fully booked. However Gerald, the proprietor was incredibly accommodating and by juggling around the tables he was able to fit us in. The whole meal (3 courses) were excellent and the wine, recommended by Gerald was also excellent. Well worth a visit but it would appear that reserving a table is essential, we were lucky they were able to fit us in but several people turning up after us had to be turned away

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Thank Alistair P
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

This is a very popular Resturant. You will need to book and get in early to avoid disappointment otherwise the best choice dishes may well have run out and you will have to make do with "Le Stew". Fantastic choice of wines from the local area and a great atmosphere, mostly due to Gerald, who is totally bonkers, but really knows his wines.

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LoireValleyUncorked, Owner at Bistrot Les Tontons, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2014

Dear Mr Monsieur Mammatt

Many thanks for your comment on tripadvisor regarding your evening at Bistrot Les Tontons.

Bistrot les Tontons is a TRUE french Bistrot where clients comes for a coffee, glass of wines or plates of charcuteries or cheeses.
We do serve fresh daily meals, but as you said it appears sometimes that some of our plates are more popular than others so we could run out very quickly...

Thank you again for your positive comment

Gérald Beaumont
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