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Arles: Le Grillon

Rond-Point des Arènes , Phone: 04.90.96.70.97


Reviewed by: kaydee from TN, review #1581

When: 2005

Friendly little restaurant with an outdoor terrace overlooking the arena. Extensive menu with very reasonable prices.

Directions: Right behind the arena

Le Grillon, photo by Kathy Wood

We made a couple of trips to Arles during our 6-1/2 month stay in Provence, initially having lunch at one of the cafes on the busy Place du Forum.

On a later visit we discovered Le Grillon, located behind the Roman amphitheater (which was in an active restoration during our time in Provence). This small restaurant/crêperie has a sunny indoor dining room with big windows and an outdoor terrace on the pedestrian street looking out over the ancient arena. We had a wonderful meal at a very reasonable price. Three of us ordered one of the "menus," a three-course meal of entree, plat principal, and dessert for I think €15 each, maybe less. The fourth person had a huge and absolutely wonderful looking crepe and dessert. Crepes are also available for dessert. All our meals were beautifully presented and the service was prompt and very attentive. We ordered a carafe of the house wine.

On a later visit in mid-March we stopped in just for drinks and dessert and sat outside on the terrace. Although it was a month later, the young manager remembered us. He spoke some English and we enjoyed the interaction.

We will definitely eat here many times in the future when we visit Arles. I'm torn whether to include a photo of one of our meals or a photo of the restaurant. I've decided to put a photo of the restaurant with this review so others can recognize the place when they go to Arles. But I've also set up a photo album of our meals (salads, main courses, and desserts) here: www.slowphotos.com

This is the kind of meal I most enjoy in Provence, a friendly environment and service with interesting and realy good food that's attractively presented, and at a very economical price.

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