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Saignon: Auberge du Presbytere

Saignon (Place de la Fontaine) , Phone: 04 90 74 11 50
Closing day: Mercredi (Wednesday)

Reviewed by: Kaydee from TN, review #2224

When: 2006

Exquisite dining experience in a beautiful setting in one of the most unique villages in Provence. Highly recommend lunch on the square.

Directions: Right in the heart of Saignon on the main square with the beautiful fountain.

Auberge Presbytere, photo by Kathy Wood

The Auberge du Presbytere is located in the small village of Saignon in the Luberon. The village is situated high on a rock overlooking the town of Apt and the Calavon Valley. The inn/restaurant is on the main village square, with lunch served right on the square by the beautiful fountain. We had two wonderful and leisurely lunches there in September 2006 and I definitely recommend eating here for both the ambiance and the food. You can read the current menu on their website to get an idea of the offering.

The menu changes regularly, typically offering four choices of entrees and main plat. Although you can have a three course meal, an alternate choice is either an entree and dessert or main plat and dessert. In September 2006 these choices were priced equally, though the main plat/dessert was definitely a better value and a more-than-adequate meal. I had duck one week and pork the next, and sampled other dishes at our table. Everything was simply mouth-watering and beautifully presented. Choices included fish and a vegetarian option. Desserts were substantial, interesting and delicious. Our waiter Francois made the meal enjoyable, though I have to say that our first week he was distracted by young ladies at another table and was very slow to offer coffee. (The second week we spoke to him about this prior to our meal and had extremely attentive and friendly service.)

I definitely recommend reservations, as the restaurant is small and popular. You would be disappointed to arrive here and not be able to get a table. Take time to stroll around the village, including making the climb to the belvedere for a spectacular view.

According to their website, they are now open all year except for mid-January to mid-February.

This is now one of my favorite spots for a special meal. I can't wait to eat there again!

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