For holiday season dining at its finest in the Vaucluse, PVB recommends seven restaurants for your culinary pleasure.
They are ordered by the price of the New Year’s Eve dinner menu with the priciest at the top. Of course, price is only relevant in relation to quality, service, décor and ambiance. Among the seven, three received a 1-star from Michelin.
You will find the menus for the various servings on the respective restaurants’ websites. The menus are dreamy, and make for good perusing even if you are not looking to book a table.
Book early. Bonnes Fêtes.
Hotel Les Bories and Spa: 185€ New Years Eve, 65€ Jan 1, Noel 95€
On the road from Gordes that leads to the Abbaye de Senanque, you turn right up a long tree-lined driveway to the crest of a large hill where sits a colony of stone buildings – the five-star Hotel les Bories and Spa.
The secure confines of this luxurious property nestled among oak trees offer sweeping panoramic views of the valley. The place is money.
Chef Pascal Ginoux, a native of nearby Oppède, commands the 1-star Michelin restaurant where there is a impeccable orchestration of service. Here you will find haute cuisine in an opulent setting.
Route de l’Abbaye de Senanque, Gordes – Tel. 04 90 72 00 51 Website
La Salle Pleureur: 130€ New Years Eve, 90€ Jan 1, Noel 80€
Creative and hugely talented, Chef Laurent Azoulay earned a Michelin 1-star in 2009. Perfection asserts itself in every aspect from service, cuisine and presentation.
145 Chemin de Beauregard, Monteux, Tél 04 90 62 01 35 Website
Domaine des Andéols: 120€ New Years Eve with Jazz, 55€ Jan 1 Brunch
Enveloped by the countryside, a stunning setting of sweeping vistas of the Luberon; eclectic modern design in harmony with nature, a thoroughly elegant dining experience.
Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt, Tel 04 90 75 50 63, Website
Le Vivier: 95€ New Years Eve, 70€ Jan 1, Noel 70€
Ebullient owners Patrick and Céline Fischnaller, Lyon-bred, possess a London pedigree. Décor of dining area is smart and modern; feel here is more peaceful urban park than country, Sorgue River out the window.
It’s been four years since Patrick received a 1 star of Michelin for his brilliant food. Gigantic wine cellar guarantees a perfect pairing. Everything clicks here. Total satisfaction.
800 Cours Fernande Peyre, L’Isle sur la Sorgue, Tel 04 90 38 52 80, Website
These three restaurants are smaller than those listed above:
Restaurant Au Fils du Temps: 95€ Jan 1, 70€ New Years Day, Noel 70€,
Clare and Chef Julien Drouot spent two years in San Francisco and brought back a flare for chic bohemian design to this former epicerie. Friendly warm ambiance. Julian delights your palate with his creative cuisine.
51, place Louis Giraud, Pernes Les Fontaines, Tel 04 90 30 09 48 Website
Auberge du Beaucet: 80€ New Years Eve, 80€ Jan 1
Pure romance. An intimate dining experience in a charming room with fireplace. New chef Clément Bazin, formerly at Château des Fines Roches in Châteauneuf du Pape, and maître d’hôtel Amélie L’hôte continue the tradition of the Auberge as a fave among gastronomes. Book early.
29, Rue Coste Chaude, Le Beaucet Tel 04.90.66.10.82 Website
Restaurant Gajulea: 78€ New Years Eve, 65€ Jan 1, Noel Menus 39€, 53€, 78€ with 13 desserts of Noel.
Michel Philibert, a Maître Cuisinier de France, spins out delicious superbly prepared dishes to a happy clientele. Choose your bottles from a walk-in wine cellar (photo). From January to March, Mr Philibert prepares “Le Gala de la Truffe.”
Cours Louise Raymond, Le Barroux, Tél: 04-90-62-36-94, Website,
Note: PVB would have included in this list Edouard Loubet’s Domaine de Capelongue, yet the restaurant is closed for the season. As wink to Mr. Loubet, the photograph in the heading is his superb rack of lamb.