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US$116 - US$258
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French, European, Healthy
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Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!
Extremely comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.
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Reviewed August 11, 2020

We did not see the 2nd star here and we don't understand how it can have been kept this year. Actually, we definitely had more interesting and tastier experiences in 1-star restaurants in the region. Food: nothing exceptional nor memorable, bland tastes, creams and mousse...EVERYWHERE give the impression that every dish is the same, in texture but not only. Two plates were even visually quasi-identical (maybe a choice of the chef, but not one of interest for us). Atmosphere: potentially nice terrace but, perhaps due to covid, our table was almost in the garden and under a tree: a barrel of bugs hit us, our table and even the plates during the evening. The staff offered to move us inside before the dessert. Service: no welcome at all upon arrival, a cold goodbye at the end without asking for feedback on the evening (although the opportunity was there), major waiting at the beginning (we suspect to set a manageable tempo across tables for the kitchen) and before the desserts, including a frankly distasteful 15-min wait with our empty plates on the table. Kind but disengaged staff, hardly a smile. Lastly: 8-course menu of which one is a palate-opener and another is a palate cleanser (sorbetto between fish and meat section) that, in other restaurants, are complimentary. So rather a 6-course than 8-course menu, hence too high a price for it, even if all the rest had been perfect.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed October 13, 2019

This restaurant is well worth the journey. The food is spectacular, and the staff are all very friendly and accommodating. The only issue we had was when sat outside for our aperitif, you are right next to Nimes airport runway so can be noisy for...a minute of two as planes come and go. We will definitely be returning, really special place. Michel Kayser even drove us back to our hotel, how many 2* chefs would do this for their clients!? Amazing service.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 3, 2019 via mobile

What an experience. The food combination is amazing. All taste are genially balanced and the wine matching package is a must. The decor is fabulous.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 16, 2019

We ate here recently with three other couples, expecting to be WOWed by the food, wine and service. Only the food held par. We opted for the wine paring on the 8 course menu, thinking that such a fine establishment would pair the wines in...interesting ways (and despite the fact that two of those in attendance are major wine geeks who could have dissected the long list with no problems). While the overall service was generally lacking for a michelin starred restaurant, the wine service was worse than even some lowly bistro. The pours were highly inconsistent, some glasses received a centimeter of wine while the neighboring glass was poured 1/2 full. The server often "sloshed" the wine into the glasses, often missing and dripping on plates and tablecloths. There seemed to be no logic to the choices- the first wine poured was re-poured for the second course despite the flavor profiles being entirely in conflict with the food. And this happened twice! Four courses only had two different wines. This is unheard of in fine dining, as far as I am concerned. Further, the wine would often be poured so early it would be warm by the time the food arrived, or so late we were mostly through the course we had in front of us. Again, unbelievable for such a restaurant. But worst of all- the wine was so incredibly pedestrian and mediocre we were stunned. The second major ding against this establishment was a bit out of their control but poorly managed as far as we were concerned. The week had been beautiful dry and perhaps a bit too hot. We started the meal with everyone else in the garden. Unfortunately, thunder boomed in the distance and rain was clearly on the way. Instead of moving us inside, the servers clearly rushed us into the fish course, dropping the plates onto our table just as big fat rain drops were hitting. Most of has taken one or two bites when the skies opened and we all jumped up and ran inside. Fortunately they were prepared (in theory) with the same amount and size of table inside as out. But setting up tables for the entire population of diners proved well beyond their capacity in a timely manner. Meanwhile we sat at a bare table with no wine, no water and in a sweltering dining room. The AC did not make a dent in the conditions of the room for the rest of the meal. When service finally resumed, we were presented with the next course! When paying these prices, we all expected to be served the fish course again. Or a new and different course. But we never imagined that they were going to just skip past an entire course. Again, the rain was not their fault, and they did try to get service up and going as quickly as possible. But this could not have been the first time they had to do such a thing (clearly they either served the entire restaurant outside or in, based on the conditions). To have not been better prepared, or even more gracious in the inconvenience, was just another ding in our experience. To end on a positive note- the food was borderline amazing, with a high degree of sophistication and expertise which, had the rest of the experience been anywhere NEAR, would and should have left us speechless. Sad that nothing else even came close.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 9, 2019

Unusually perhaps, we had not reserved or expected to stop at Alexandre's restaurant . Friends were arriving at Nimes airport and we were ahead of time to pick them up. Signs led us to Alexandre's and we happily found a table for 2. The ambiance...was exquisite, beautiful views on all sides with flowers and banners of fabric in bright blue. Because we did not have hours to spend, we took items off the menu--courgette blossoms stuffed with truffle mousse for the entree and a combination of shrimps and squid grilled and served with lobster and crab. First arrived and exceptional radish sorbet which was so delicious and cooling, we wanted a second helping (possible). The squash blossoms with truffles could not have been better--perfection in every bite and the lightness was a miracle. Even the little spirals of courgette flesh surrounding the blossoms were delicious with sauce from the mushrooms and truffles. The second course was not such a success. While the grilled shrimps were fine, the squid was very tough (I've live in Greece for 30 years and know it can be better with beating in the rocks). The most disappointing was the "lobster and crab" melange. It was like a little sandwich made with a paste of the two cooked together for a long time with shells. Nothing tasted of lobster--some flavor from crabs--but when you say "lobster and crab" on the menu, there should be some presence of them at $56 a plate. I come from New England where our favorite food is lobster. I can forgive less crab, but not no visible sign or even taste of lobster? Both my husband and I had the same reaction which does not happen so often. We tasted but did not enjoy the little 'sandwiches of lobster and crab. The dessert trolley was an astonishment--but we could not enjoy with limited time. Patrick tried the thyme sorbet--fabulous--and the strawberry--incredible. We loved the space, we loved everything about the restaurant--just not the dish with Lobster and crab.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed March 19, 2019 via mobile

We loved the truffle tasting menu! Go for the 12 course, it is totally worth the money. The wine menu was also very interesting.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

We have spent New Year's Eve at "Alexandre" and food, wine and service where simply exceptional. 4 hours at the table and we did not see the time pass by. When you pay that kind of price for a diner, especially for a new year's...eve diner, there is always a little anxiety to be disappointed. We were not, and I paid the bill with a smile. Michel Kayser is most likely not far away from a 3rd star.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

I have eaten better from lidl because it was closed during the hours that it supose to be open, so bad rewiew because they don’t respect the opening hours!

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

An institution in the area, and the restaurant is worth the reputation ! From service to the plate everything is perfect. All details are looked after . Lovely garden to take the aperitif and coffee . The chef work with seasonal local product, and honor...them in the dishes. The sommelier always found the perfect match to the dishes . Again thanks to the service, they bring the experience from good to memorable . The dessert trolley is full of temptations... An epicurian heaven .More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

The most amazing dining experience ever. We are fortunate enough to have dined at a number of Michelin star restaurants, but without question this was the best we have ever experienced. The food and wine selection were sublime, however, the staff were truly amazing and...really made the evening complete. Attentive, yet not overpowering, friendly, not stuffy, but always thoroughly professional. Mr Kayser himself was warm friendly and incredibly humble, signed our menu and spent time with us. He is a wonderful host and a true culinary artist. If you can, you must visit, an absolute gastronomic bucket lister!More

Date of visit: April 2018
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5