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“Wonderful setting, delicious food”
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Bistrot Mogador
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Ranked #11 of 22 Restaurants in Fontvieille
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$35 - US$41
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Beautiful restaurant with a beautiful terrace in the heart of the field of Estoublon, vaulted room in the old cellars of the castle. Cuisine Mediterranean accents chic bistro way accompanied by wines and olive oils of the domain.
Boca Raton, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Wonderful setting, delicious food”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Bistrot Mogador is located on the grounds of Chateau d’Estoublon, the centerpiece of rolling vineyards near Fontvielle.

The Bistrot offers dining outdoors under towering shade trees in front of the chateau, or inside in a vault-like room also used for tastings. Outside dining, weather permitting, is infinitely more enjoyable, with vistas of trees, and garden-like grounds with roses and all manner of landscaping.

Service has always been friendly and efficient here. The knock on Mogador through the years has been the turnover in the kitchen, with a parade of talented chefs putting out top-rate food for a couple of years and then moving on. On our visit, a new chef had just taken charge, and we were anxious to see if what was happening with the menu.

We arrived and were promptly seated by a gracious server. Menus appeared, and kirs ordered and served, while we perused the menu. The entrées looked good, especially the “Toast St. Marcellin.” As this is one of our favorite cheeses, we decided to try it and were rewarded with a small round of St. Marcellin cheese, wrapped with a thin slice of lardon (bacon), then melted over a round of bread with fresh arugula on the side. A wonderfully imaginative dish that could only be faulted as being too much, too rich, for an entrée. The plats were equally creative – Camargue black rice risotto with chicken, and a delicate cod with spring vegetables – both prepared perfectly with an appealing presentation.

The chateau’s wines and olive oils are excellent. We chose a rosé to go with our meal and found it crisp and delightful, and reasonably priced to boot.

The tab for lunch for two was very reasonable, especially given the quality of the food. This is an excellent choice for lunch if you are in the area, and worth a modest drive to get there. Seating outside can be tight, so it is worth a call to reserve a table outside.

  • Visited May 2014
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Adelaide Australia
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“wonderful food and wine”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

A lovely meal in an amazing setting, Sit outside if you can. We loved the 100% Grenache (white) which was amazing. it Was 39 euros a bottle but worth it. You can buy bottles to take away for 29 euros, not cheap but worth trying

  • Visited May 2014
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Pertuis, France
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“What a great place !”
Reviewed 8 March 2014 via mobile

We went for lunch, it was on a suny day. I love my meal, a perfectly cooked fish, and a white wine Château d Estoublon. Marvelous!! Me and my girl friend can't wait to go there again :) don't hesitate, if you drive by, STOP !

  • Visited October 2013
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Poole
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“I would like to review this bit did not even have a chance to.”
Reviewed 13 September 2013 via mobile

We were advised to check this chateau out and while there thought we would have a drink as it was very hot. We sat at a table outside shortly followed by a waitress coming and telling us rather rudely, after rolling her eyes when we first sat down, that we could not be served as it was for a group. My partner speaks a small amount of French and asked if there was somewhere else we could get a drink but she remained off-hand and rude telling us we could not. We were most offended and chose to leave the chateau, then seeing a sign that clearly indicated that there is also a tea-room. We shall not be visiting again.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great setting, average meal”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

I'm not quite sure what they're trying to pull off here. The chateau itself is absolutely magnificent , the setting, the grounds, the shop etctec. But the Bistrot is curious. A few tables under the trees just under the main doors. Given the quality of everything else, you'd be forgiven for expecting polished accomplished service and a fairly swish experience. But that's not quite what you get. Had to ask to order drinks. Service haphazard at best. Food was fine - Foie gras and the terrine in particular very very accomplished. Mains very good - stand out was the salmon and cod with borlotti in a light parmesan sauce. Lamb over salted. But the cheese when it came was a good (if slightly boring) selection which would otherwise have been fine except for the fact that it was stone cold. Straight from the fridge. Which of course meant it all tasted like polystyrene. Great night though under the stars in such a beautiful setting but dont expect a gourmet experience.

  • Visited July 2013
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