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L' Essentiel

19 Place Saint Nicolas, 20200 Bastia, Corsica, France
+33 4 95 34 48 74
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good46%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
1 week ago
“Good spot to rest”
7 Jul 2018
“Friendly and efficient”
Open Now
French, Mediterranean, Pub, Gastropub
$$ - $$$
19 Place Saint Nicolas, 20200 Bastia, Corsica, France
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice bar cafe to stop for a drink on a warm day. We sat on the street which was very pleasant and staff were friendly and helpful. It is also good to have a decent toilet when there are few public ones.

Thank Shannon M
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

We arrived in Bastia hot and sticky from the Ajaccio train. Hot, sticky and hungry. Our hotel reception recommended eating in Place Nicholas. We stumbled across L’Essentiel and each of us ordered from the express fixed price menu (formule express). For a mere 14.90 euros...More

Thank AC1964
MICHAEL G, Gérant at L' Essentiel, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2018

Thanks a lot ...

Reviewed April 24, 2018

Avoid "brunch" at L'Essentiel, that was the only tourist trap we've experienced, nothing was locally produced and everything far from the picture describing it: frankfurt, low quality tomato, what they dared call fried Pancetta (which I know very well) was low level industrial bacon as...More

Thank Delphilms
MICHAEL G, Gérant at L' Essentiel, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2018
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

Went there for lunch after walking around Bastia, there are many restaurants on the square, yet we made the right choice. The meal was really good. The very positive advantage is staff that speaks perfect English (not often the case in Corsica).

Thank OftenOnTheRoadFamily
MICHAEL G, Gérant at L' Essentiel, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2017

Thanks a lot and we hope to see you a next Time ...

Reviewed September 13, 2016

We had just returned from a walking tour through the old town of Bastia and decided to stop at this cafe which is located on the main square of this quaint city of Bastia. We ordered crepes and ice- coffees. The ice-coffees were refreshing &...More

Thank Indy215
MICHAEL G, Gérant at L' Essentiel, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2017
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merci et à bientot...

Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

We were just looking for a quick dinner after a long journey and this restaurant far surpassed our expectations. We were served quickly, by friendly staff and the food was great! Big bowls of pasta and mussels, which were just what we needed and more!...More

Thank Love_Sea_And_Ski
MICHAEL G, Gérant at L' Essentiel, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2016
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merci et a bientot....

Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

We arrived Bastia late for lunch, around 14:30, and we didn't have many choices since most of the restaurants were closed. So we picked this one expecting a typical, average, seedy meal for tourists. The service was not very fast. However, we were surprised by...More

Thank Alvaro F
Reviewed September 20, 2013

Received my starter while other received main dish. I still had to get my main dish and desert while the other was already finished. Very smal portions for the amount of money.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
French, Mediterranean, Pub, Gastropub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 Place Saint Nicolas, 20200 Bastia, Corsica, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Corsica  >  Haute-Corse  >  Bastia
  • Phone Number: +33 4 95 34 48 74
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