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Le Formal - Caves Henri IV

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32 rue Espariat, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France
+33 4 42 27 08 31
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19:30 - 21:30
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Tue - Fri 12:00 - 13:30
Tue - Sat 19:30 - 21:30
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San Francisco
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60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

We dined here on June 22 and thoroughly enjoyed the meal at the time: no dud courses, good pacing, and comfortable setting in the cave. However, my husband got a very bad case of norovirus food poisoning, the symptoms beginning the next morning, which required the attention of a doctor today, 5 days later, and has wrecked the final third... More 

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New York City, New York
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48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

we were there over 30 years ago and remember being blown away - of course new ownership, but still the same lovely room in the cave with rock walls, which you either find cool or claustrophobic. We liked it. Food was striving for creativity and they do a pretty tasting menu. Service was fine. We were more excited by some... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

Forgot to write a review at the time but still remember how brilliant this restaurant was. Visited last year with my french boyfriend and had the tasting menu. Each course was so delicious and perfect potion sizes. Brilliant value for money and presentation was incredible. Such good value for money especially when you compare to tasting menus in the uk.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

Refined cuisine in an unusual setting. The best is to ask a table underground in "la cave". Unique experience!!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015

My wife and I ate here for my 70th birthday lunch. We ate upstairs next to the kitchen door which meant that we had a good conversation with the Chef/Patron. The downstairs sounded a bit noisy. The food was excellent, two amuses bouches - one, a slow cooked poached egg with a strip of smoked salmon, was really innovative. I... More 

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Vermont
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

I would come back with pleasure. Delicious French cuisine with original twist. The service is friendly and professional.

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46 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015 via mobile

It is a bit warm in the cave. We had the seven stage menu and by stage two we were full. Was it great? I was v.ery very good. But after a while I was overwhelmed. Not by the quality, which was very good, but by the lack of understanding that too much is not generosity but almost punishment. Not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

We were staying at a VRBO apartment in AIX. The owner recommended Le Formal and TA had good reviews. It is a somewhat formal place, as the name implies, but is friendly, great service, not at all snooty. The menu is very unique. There is a 3 course,an ala-carte, a fixed 7 course and a chef's choice 8 course. Whatever... More 

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Dubai
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

They tried so hard to be a fine dining restaurant but so much is missing. The food in itself was good and well presented although lacking in quantity which is the fine dining touch coming through. The owner and maitre de may have some knowledge on dining but their service staff were average at best. Value wise you are getting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

We had the shorter (3 course) menu because we needed to attend a theatrical performance afterwards. All of the food was excellent and what a value! They gave us a perfect amuse-bouche of a 60 degree egg with truffle shavings (yum!). The Cubism de Foie Gras was delicious: a good quantity of fine foie gras, a perfect passion fruit gelee,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$71
Cuisine
French, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 - 13:30
19:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 13:30
19:30 - 21:30
Thursday
12:00 - 13:30
19:30 - 21:30
Friday
12:00 - 13:30
19:30 - 21:30
Saturday
19:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 32 rue Espariat, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Provence  >  Bouches-du-Rhone  >  Aix-en-Provence
  • Phone Number: +33 4 42 27 08 31

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