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Provence for honeymoon - Favorite Restaurants (any price level)

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jeuxdeau Apr 7, 2010 10:44 AM

My fiancee and I are big foodies and we're spending part of our honeymoon a little bit East of Avignon. Do you have any suggestions for favorite restaurants within 90 minutes driving (we'll have a car) that you'd suggest for a memorable experience? (We tried to get a reservation at Pic in Valence, but they're full).

Thank you in advance! :)

  1. Parigi Apr 7, 2010 11:07 AM

    Congratulations.
    Bartavelle in Goult. Wonderful restaurant in a beautiful village east of Avignon, between Gordes, Bonnieux and Lacoste. Must book in advance though.

    1. ChefJune Apr 7, 2010 11:50 AM

      If it's your honeymoon, a luncheon under the plane trees on the terrace at L'Oustau de Baumaniere in Les Baux is imperative! Not only wonderful food, but one of the most romantic spots anywhere.

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        Parigi Apr 7, 2010 12:12 PM

        O yes Baumanière, or its bistro Le Cabro d'Or, in the enchanting garden.

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          sweetwell Apr 17, 2010 11:59 AM

          We had lunch at Le Cabro d'Or on Thursday and it was lovely! I definitely agree with the recommendation.

          Plus they have an excellent lunch menu for just 49euros, which includes entree, plat, dessert and 2 glasses of wine.

      2. beaulieu Apr 8, 2010 03:37 AM

        La Feniere in Lourmarin.

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          pammi Apr 8, 2010 11:10 AM

          Le Mas Tourteron near Gordes. We had dinner last week. It was enchanting- allcreamy stonework, full of flickering candles-one of the most beautiful and romantic rooms I have ever been in. The food was wonderful,49 euros per person and wonderful. One of the finest dining experiences in a very long time...

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          rrems Apr 9, 2010 06:33 PM

          Mas Tourteron is lovely. Also: Mas Des Herbes Blanches near Joucas, Maison Jaune in St. Remy, Auberge de Noves just outside of Avignon. I also had a wonderful meal at Hiely in Avignon many years ago and it still seems to get great reviews today.

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            pammi Apr 10, 2010 02:42 PM

            We strayed at the Mas des Herbes Blanches and ate there the first night and at Mas Tourteron the second. I thought 'Herbes Blances' was incredibly overpriced. Even if you are not watching the prices, it is disagreeable to pay twice as much one night as the next. Especially when the food is half as good... We were there exactly two weeks ago. Lots of people were talking about the good food athe the Maison Jaune,tho we didn't have enough time to try it..

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              rrems Apr 11, 2010 05:11 PM

              We had lunch at Herbes Blanches, chose the lowest priced menu, and though not cheap by any means (and yes, considerably more than our lunch at Mas Tourteron), felt it was good value and the food more sophisticated. Gorgeous view from the terrace. I would expect dinner to be more expensive and maybe not as good value.

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                pammi Apr 12, 2010 05:37 AM

                I certainly agree that the view from Herbes Blanches is superb, so maybe the best thing to do is have a drink threre before dinner on the terrace and then go to Mas Tourteron for dinner. It's only 10 minutes away..The best of both worlds!

          2. ChefJune Apr 13, 2010 08:34 AM

            It seems that no one thus far has mentioned Maison Bru (fka Bistro d'Egyalieres), so I'm feeling compelled to mention it. ;)

            really good food. haven't been since they moved and enlarged, so can't say what that might have done to the ambiance.

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              Lazo Apr 13, 2010 01:56 PM

              I ate at Xavier Mathieu just near Gordes last summer on the terrace and it was an absolutely amazing meal. Very highly recommended. Charming staff, delicate cooking. Deserts a particular highlight. The setting is truly memorable.

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