This part of Provence is not well discussed on Chowhound, so I thought I would post a note about three restaurants that we ate in during our week living in a villa in Grillon with 17 of our nearest and dearest family and friends plus our two grandchildren, aged 2 and 1/2. That number of people plus the children meant much arranging before hand and it certainly paid off. Plus, one of our party is a wine importer, and he used his connections in Chauteuneuf du Pape and Gigondas to help us find great food and wine.
La Poeme in Grignan. We essentially had the entire restaurant. Lovely dinning room in small delightful village near where we were staying. Three course menu with wine and two amuse bouche, plus pasta for the children. Delicious food, extremely well prepared and served with charm and courtesy by the single waitress (who might have been the wife of the chef?). Delightful way to start our week in Haute Provence.
Second meal was a lunch at Coteaux et Forchettes in Cairanne. This might have been our favorite meal in all of France (including a subsequent two weeks in Paris). Absolutely amazing food, fabulous wine, and gorgeous looking restaurant. We ate at two long tables in the beautiful garden. The vinter who recommended Coteaux told us that this restaurant could have a Michelin star, and that was not an understatement. A spectacular meal!
Similarly, on the recommendation of the winemakers, we ate at L'Oustalet in Gigondas and also had a great lunch. Of course the wine was fabulous as was the food and service.
The staff at these three restaurants were universally kind and generous to the small children in our group. We felt very well cared for and had memorable food.