I'll be in Provence with my wife in early September and am trying to calibrate our meal itinerary. I've done a ton of research, thanks to this wonderful board, and I think I'm close to narrowing it down.
We're really looking for the atmosphere that would be unique to the area and would like to eat outside as much as possible, particularly on a gorgeous patio and/or with a great view. For example, the pictures of the back patio at Le Mas Tourteron look ideal for what we're looking for (something we definitely can't get in New York). We would even sacrifice a (little) bit of food quality for amazing Provencal atmosphere. We're only going to be in Provence for 3 or 4 days so we want to really take it all in. So the more "magical", the better.
Can anyone comment on the quality of the overall experience at Le Mas Tourteron? Reviews elsewhere seem tepid. At $57 each, it's at a bit higher of a price point than I wanted but I would definitely go if it's a memorable experience.
Le Fournil - can anyone comment on recent experiences? Was thinking about going for lunch since it seems to be a better deal at $29.90 vs. $50-54 for dinner. Is the atmosphere there as good during the day as during the evening?
Bistrot Mogador - This place looks amazing. Thinking about going for lunch on the first day since someone on this site recommended it as a good "welcome to Provence" type of place. Seems as if the good is good but decidedly not great. Is the overall experience worth it?
Ferme Auberge Le Castelas - Planning on a weekday lunch here, since it would be too far to drive back at night. Recent reviews make it seem like it's still a great place.
Arles and/or Uzes - Any places here with a great atmosphere and very good food? I'm extremely intrigued by these cities but a lot of the good restaurants seem to just be indoors. Sorry if I'm being annoying about the "atmosphere" thing but my time is limited in Provence and I want to soak it up as much as possible.
Le Tracteur - Any recent experiences?
Is Le Bistrot du Paradou worth it? Seems like it's a bit of an overpay but overall a high quality experience.
Also, great scenic picnic recommendations, please. Was thinking of an evening picnic at the top of Les Baux to watch the sunset. Is this a good idea.
Any other recommendations at all for restaurants (mainly) and picnic spots would be highly, highly appreciated.
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