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Chateauneuf du Pape: Le Verger des Papes

4 Rue du Chateau, Chateauneuf du Pape , Phone: 04 90 83 50 40

Reviewed by: Kaydee from TN, review #3060

When: 2008

Attractive and comfortable restaurant at the top of this famous wine village. Lovely terrace. Excellent three -course menu at a reasonable price.

Directions: Once in Chateauneuf du Pape, follow signs to the chateau at the top of the village and park there. Follow signs down a small pedestrian street - the restaurant is on the left.

We enjoyed a relaxed lunch here with a friend in September 2008 at the end of two weeks in Provence. It was a perfect spot and meal, and we'll definitely return.

The restaurant is situated at the top of the famous wine village Chateauneuf du Pape. From the terrace there are sweeping views across the lovely countryside-- we could see Mont Ventoux, the Dentelles, the Luberon, and Avignon. We noticed there are also two attractive dining rooms for times when the weather is cooler, but on a pretty day you'll definitely want to enjoy the terrace. We had a reservation and were given a table with great access to the view.

We passed on the plat du jour (since we had a similar dish the night before) and ordered from the "Menu du Verger," which offered a three course meal for 29 euro, focusing on provencal cuisine. The menu seems to change regularly. There were three choices for each course, and our group of three sampled all the courses. Everyone was pleased with their choices. As you might imagine, there were many options on the wine list.

We had a reservation for 1 pm on a Saturday afternoon, and the restaurant was quite busy when we arrived. We received our menus promptly, but it was a while before our order was taken. As some people finished their meals, our service was more attentive. The waiter was funny - told my husband he couldn't get the beef "bien cuit," since it wouldn't be good! (Fortunately Charley didn't take offense and went ahead and took it "a point.") We were one of the last to leave about 3 pm. This is a spot for a leisurely meal.

The menu also had a variety of a la carte items, including several pasta dishes.

Just below the restaurant is the Cave des Vergers de Pape, a wine shop/tasting room that offers free tastings of a range of carefully-selected Chateauneuf du Pape wines. They do ship wine back to the USA.

Parking is at the top of the village by the ruins of the chateau. You'll see small signs pointing to the restaurant. Walk down the cobblestone pedestrian street and you'll see the restaurant just down on the left.

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