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“Never experienced such dreadful service”

Restaurant le Phare
Price range: US$24 - US$85
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Good for: Business meetings, View
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: This restaurant located at the top of the lighthouse of the Mediterranean (over forty meters high), opens its doors to the department of Herault and the beginning of the Camargue. A magnificent 360-degree view, to observe the wonders of this region, which is on land or at sea. In addition, your table is on a rotating performing a 360 degree rotation in one hour and a quarter, allowing the entire meal powers enjoy the outside view and also from the interior view with open kitchen shelf. The new serving and cooking the Panoramic Restaurant Lighthouse welcome you with pleasure in this property. You can enjoy fresh, worked with passion. It is a traditional and refined cuisine you'll find in this extraordinary place to explore flavors, visual delights while having a good time in our company.
Reviewed 18 September 2013

Food was very good, views amazing, but OMG we can't remember the last time we had both experienced such appalling service anywhere in the world.

We felt we were being punished by the incredibly rude maitre'd for not being French speakers. When we requested assistance with the menu, he said said he didn't speak English, but we soon found out he did when he basically TOLD us what we would be eating (in English). He also made sure that several other tables that had been seated well after us, received their meals well before us. It took them an hour and 45 minutes to serve a main and desert, with the restaurant being far from full.

Save your money and being treated like a second class citizen by eating at one of the other restaurants and paying a couple euros to get a look at the view from the floor below this restaurant.

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Reviewed 14 July 2013

My boyfriend and I decided to come here for a treat on account of the excellent views over Palavas. The food was very good, but not the best I've had in Montpellier and given how close it is to the coast seafood is readily available and need not be so expensive. The service was very poor, waiters were not attentive, and as it was apparent that we were not people who eat in this sort of restaurant regularly, we got the distinct impression they were looking down their noses at us! Bref, over-priced for what it is, snooty waiters, and you have to pay before you even sit down (3€ for the lift.) Cannot deny that the views are absolutely fantastic though.

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1  Thank Emma H
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

My boyfriend, his grandmother, and I had a wonderful lunch here in January. The view is spectacular and is a great place to take people to get an understanding of the area. We had the lunch special for 28 euros which included and appetizer, main course, and dessert. All very good flavor and a pretty big portion size. I would love to go back for the sunset some day. To enjoy the 360 view as you're eating is special. Enjoy!

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Thank USAoc
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

If bad service , disappointing food and professional incompetence are what you will accept from a well-recommended restaurant then this is the place for you. Good points? Yes the viiew is great and the restaurant floor goes round and round.

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1  Thank Bryan C
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Reviewed 27 August 2011

This restaurant is at the top of an old converted water tower in Palavas. It is about a 10 minute walk from the beach. Be aware that is costs 3 EUR per adult (2 for children) to go up an elevator to get to it, which isn't refunded. The view from the top is wonderful though, and you can go up the elevator to a bar without any further charge.
The restaurant is then up another (free) elevator. We went midweek for lunch around 1pm, and we got a table for 6 without having to reserve. The wine was lovely, and the food was lovely. Difficult if you don't know much French though, as the restaurant was a very good one, and as such their menu was very complicated. We went for the 22 EUR set two course meal, and just had one of each option - same for the kids at about 10 EUR per meal. This worked well as it was essentially a fish dish and a meat dish.
There were English menus available, but the translations were so bad that they were pointless. They were very funny though, particularly the childs meal, which I think was guinea fowl, and was translated as something to do with a pavement :)
Most expensive restaurant that we went to all week, but well worth it.

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Thank jdtootell
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