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“Genius”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of O'Bidul

O'Bidul
Ranked #2 of 2,109 Restaurants in Marseille
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$27
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Scotland
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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Genius”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

How else can you describe someone who runs a restaurant this good single-handed? Small - only 16 seats if I counted correctly. Very small menu - at lunchtime two starters, three main courses and two desserts. But all of it perfect. Not only does the owner cook, serve at table, answer the phone, deal with takeaways, but he also manages to take the time to talk to customers, explain the menu and generally give the impression that he is under no pressure at all. As a lesson in time management and organisation it is a masterclass! Not in the most touristy part of Marseille but not difficult to find if you know where you are going. Not expensive. Just in case it sounds as if I was more impressed with the organisation than the food, can I say that the salmon I had was probably the best cooked salmon I have ever tasted. The polenta was great. The tomato salad starter was amazing. Perfect.

Visited July 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“The way all restaurants should be!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

Small place (book ahead), daily menu (2 starters, 2 mains, 2 deserts), nice wine list at reasonable prices, with a chef / owner / maitre de / one man show extraordinarre who really cares about the food and service. Like having dinner in private dining room of a really good home chef. A wonderful experience, our best meal in Marseille. Highly recommended.

  • Visited July 2014
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A great one-man effort!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

O'bidul is more a Table d'Hote than a restaurant, tucked away in a backstreet 5 min.utes walk from the old harbour in the centre of Marseille.

Only a few covers - so essential to book. (A lot of people were turned away whilst we ate).

This was one of the best value, most pleasant eating experiences we've had!

Just one delightful man runs the place on his own - and everything was seamless - even though the place was full.

The menu. is sensibly restricted but there is adequate choice. The food is freshly cooked with a lot of care and love and the portions well presented and generous. It's not Michelin star - but you'd be hard pushed to find better value.

If you're in Marseille do go - you will not be disappointed - we'll certainly eat here again!

The restaurant itself is simple and Sparten and spotlessly clean.

  • Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“A Great Find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

A one man show, a small, clever French Menu, beautifully cooked, and excellent value.
The Owner and Chef, is welcoming, and the Wine Selection is very good.

Visited June 2014
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Radlett, United Kingdom
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“What a find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

Wow what a find! This amazing little restaurant is served entirely by one delightful young man. As a party of six we had almost half the 16 cover restaurant. It has a wonderful intimate but casual atmosphere. The menu is tiny, 2 choices in three courses, but the food was excellent, presentation delightful, just fabulous! The service was spot on. A great start to a fabulous weekend with friends.

  • Visited June 2014
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