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Le Cardinal des Mers

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25, bd de la Corniche, Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, Royan, France
+33 5 46 05 15 66
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 19:00 - 21:00
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Great restaurant, with excellent menu - plenty of fresh fish and seafood dishes to choose from as well as steak dishes cooked over a charcoal fire. Serving staff were very attentive and helpful. Overall, a great dining experience. Try to book a table overlooking the ocean, well worth it.

Thank John E
Geneva, Switzerland
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This is a unique place to go for lunch or dinner! The view on the ocean, the cosst and the bay of Royan is fantastic! The seafood is fresh and the variety is abundant. I recommend to select from the list (à la carte) rather than a menu; this is worthwhile for little more money and much more pleasure. Efficient... More 

Thank Jean-Claude V
Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Lunchtime special is good value ,he rest is meagre and somewhat industrial especially desserts. Not too sure about hygiene two of us were rather ' uncomfortable ', for the rest of the day.

Thank ann h
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

A first time visit to this place. Went with family for a celebration meal. There was 11 of us in total. We were seated outside in the covered over corridor with views overlooking the sea. Great views but if yr facing the sea when the sun is setting then take yr sunglasses with you as it shines right directly in... More 

Thank rojaml
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

The view is the draw here. It's like sitting on a ship overlooking the mouth of the Gironde estuary as it opens into the Atlantic, imagining the Cockleshell heroes canoeing past in the dark all those years ago to reach Bordeaux, 100 km south, the majestic Royal lighthouse, La Phare de Cordouan, guarding the entrance. Book and ask for a... More 

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Saintes, France
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70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

A personal recommendation,rather than recent reviews got us to visit during our Indian Summer. First, it must have the best view of all restaurants in St George and Royan, a great start as we were only one table from the massive windows(you need a reservation for the top view). The menu at e14.50 gave 4 good choices for both starter... More 

Thank Paulblanc1
Oxford, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

Cardinal was one of our favourites, not just for the tremendous view but also for the menus. Delicious! Lately it seems that the menu is a little 'deja vu' and the quality slipping. We arrived to celebrate a joint anniversary/birthday and had arranged for an 'Omelette Norwegienne'. It was brilliant, but the entrees and plats were just average. 200 euros... More 

Thank kgrob
Paris, France
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

Despite the negative recent reviews we went there because we used to go there some time ago. The food was more than OK, either oysters, sea food or fish, all were very satisfied with their meal. The staff was friendly, too. One might look suspicious at the fact that there are only cutish waitresses. Ours was very nice and smiling... More 

Thank Mefle
Strasbourg, France
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49 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

This long-established restaurant is located on the cliff with great sunset view. the restaurant has expanded over the years, but obviously at the expense of quality. It was certainly a good restaurant before, but is only mediocre nowadays. They barely propose local products, the grilled fish is not more that average. Overall rather expensive for what it is.

Thank Johann B
W Yorks
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44 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2014

Clean and crisp,good service. Food better than average,in fact very good and fair value. Main attraction is the location.set on a pro entry overlooking the Gironde Estuary with a view across to Verdun.also a beautiful view along the fine stretch ob bay to Royan some 4km distant. Reserve a seat in the window,time the meal half an hour before sunset... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
French, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25, bd de la Corniche, Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, Royan, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Nouvelle-Aquitaine  >  Charente-Maritime  >  Royan  >  Saint-Georges-de-Didonne
  • Phone Number: +33 5 46 05 15 66

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?